Hack My Storytime: One World, Many Stories

HACK THIS STORYTIME! Thanks, Meagan for offering up your storytime for hacking.

Here’s how to play:

-leave a comment with changes or additions you would make

-email us (storytimeunderground at gmail) if you’d like to totally revamp this storytime and we’ll post your hacked version

About the storytime:

Ages 3 – 5 years with caregiver, average attendance between 15 – 35 families. Parents receive a song sheet with the words to the song we’re singing this week (many repeat each week, with a few new ones added in to match the theme). Storytime is 30 minutes, craft time is 15 minutes, computer lab is 15 minutes. I’ll be taking this storytime on the road for my next preschool outreach (so no crafts, no computer lab) — I’d love suggestions! Thank you!

Bread & Butter

Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say Hello
As quietly as we can: “hello”

Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say Hello
As loudly as we can: “HELLO!”
Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say Hello
As slowly as we can: “h  e  l  l  o”
Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say Hello
As fast as we can “hello!”
Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say Hello
As high as we can: “hello”
Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say Hello
As low as we can: “hello”

Are You Sleeping/Frère Jacques 

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John

Morning bells are ringing
Morning bells are ringing
Ding, ding, dong

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques
Dormez-vous, dormez-vous?

Sonnez les mâtines
Sonnez les mâtines
Din, din, don

Say Hooray (clap a beat and chant, stand up and say hooray if you are wearing the color that I say)

If you’re wearing red today, red today, red today, If you’re wearing red today
Stand up and say hooray! (Repeat with other colors, last verse is “if you’re wearing any color today” so we all stand up together)

Book: No! That’s wrong! by Zhaohua Ji and Cui Xu

Song: Baby Shark

Baby shark do do do do do do! (3x, tap thumb and pointer finger)
Mama shark do do do do do do! (3x, clap hands close together horizontally)
Daddy shark do do do do do do! (3x, (clap hands together horizontally with big motions)
Going swimmin’! do do do do do do! (3x, pretend to swim)
See a shark! do do do do do do! (3x, move hands above head like shark fin)
Swim away! do do do do do do! (3x, pretend to swim)
Swimming faster! do do do do do do! (3x, swim faster)
Even FASTER!!! do do do do do do! (3x)

Whoooo! Safe at last! (wipe brow)

Mama Says

You’ve got to sing when your Mama says sing
You’ve got to sing when your Mama says sing
When your Mama says sing you’d better sing right along
Sing when your Mama says sing.

(repeat with march, wiggle, clap, bounce, dig, yawn, sleep and snore)

Book: Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox

Zoom-ah Zoom

(repeat after me) Thumbs up!

(sing all together and dance) A-zoom-ah-zoom, a zoom-ah-zoom, a-zoom-ah-zoom-ah, A-zoom-ah-zoom, a zoom-ah-zoom, a-zoom-ah-zoom-ah,

(elbows back, feet apart, knees together, arms flap, bottoms up, tongues out)

Felt Board: Un Elefante

Un elefante se balanceaba
Sobre la tella de una araña
como veía que resistía
fue a llamar a otro elefante

Dos elefantes se balanceaban
Sobre la tella de una araña.
como veían que resistía
fueron a llamar a otro elefante

(…tres, cuatro, cinco!)

Song: The Princess Pat

The Princess Pat
Lived in a tree
She sailed across
The seven seas
She sailed across
The channel 2

And she took with her
A Rigabamboo.
A Rigabamboo
Now what is that?
It’s something made
By the Princess Pat
It’s red and gold
And purple too
Thats why it’s called
A Rigabamboo.
Now Captain Jack
Had a mighty fine crew
He sailed across
The channel tooo
But his ship sank
And yours will too
If you don’t take
A Rigabamboo.
A Rigabamboo
Now what is that?
It’s something made
By the Princess Pat
It’s red and gold
And purple too
Thats why it’s called
A Rigabamboo.

Song: Little Red Wagon

You can’t ride in my little red wagon
The front wheels broken and the axels draggin’
Chugga, Chugga
Chugga , Chugga, chugga, chugga

(Second verse, same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse; Third verse, same as the first, a whole lot  louder and a whole lot worseFourth verse, same as the first, so much louder and so much worse; Fifth verse, same as the first, so much softer and so much worse)

Tell Together: we acted out the story The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy.

One day a farmer (that’s me!) planted a turnip (pick volunteer turnip from audience, turnip sits on the floor by me). She wanted to the turnip to be big and delicious, so what do you think she did? (take audience suggestions  and act them out – water it, give it sunshine and love, put fertilizer on it). The turnip grew, and grew, and grew into an enormous turnip! (volunteer turnip stands up, puts arms up). The farmer thought that turnip looked so delicious; she decided to make turnip soup for dinner. So she grabbed a hold of the turnip and she pulled (hold turnip’s arm, pretend to pull while leaning back and forth), and she pulled, and she pulled. She pulled and pulled with all her might but that great big turnip was stuck in tight. She needed help, so the farmers’ children came up. Does anyone want to be the farmer’s child? (select volunteers, position them to stand in line holding hands). So the children held hands with the farmer, the farmer grabbed a hold of that turnip, and together they pulled and they pulled and they pulled. They pulled and pulled with all their might but that great big turnip was stuck in tight. They needed help. What animal lives on a farm that could come help them? (pick volunteer to be cow or whatever animal they select. If multiple children want to be that animal I may bring 2 or 3 kids up to be a cow or whatever. Position them holding hands in a line with the farmers children). So the cows held hands with the children, the children held hands with the farmer, the farmer grabbed ahold of that turnip, and together they pulled, and they pulled, and they pulled. They pulled and pulled with all their might but that great big turnip was stuck in tight (usually the audience is chanting this refrain along with me by now. Repeat with more volunteers and farm animals until all the children but one are in the line). They needed help! So the mouse volunteered (usually the mouse ends up being a baby/younger sibling that comes up with the parent to be the last in line). And everyone laughed and said the mouse was too small, but the mouse said I might be little but I’m strong (make a muscle) and the mouse held hands with the (farm animal, farm animal, children, farmer) the farmer grabbed a hold of that turnip and together they pulled and they pulled and they pulled and the turnip popped (whisper jump to the turnip) right out of the ground. Moral of the story? Little people make a big difference, and you can do lots when you work together as a team.

Letter of the Day: W (written on the board in upper and lower case). Who can tell me what the letter of the day is? And what does the letter W sound like? Can anyone tell me a word that starts with the letter W? (write W words on board)

Raise a Reader: Each week at the end of storytime we talk about an early literacy skill and give parents a bookmark we created with info on the skill and a tip of the week to incorporate at home (based on Every Child Ready to Read). This week the skill was talking. In addition to the bookmark, they received a booklist with recommended books to act-out and instructions for making their own doorway puppet theater (adapted from http://innerchildfun.com/2008/12/frugal-last-minute-gift-idea-for-kids_19.html)

Craft: This was one a lot of work to pre-prep. A teen volunteer made a map of the earth (using blue construction paper for water and green for continents) on a big piece of posterboard. Parents traced their child’s hand on construction paper and cut out the handprints (tip: would have been much better to have children color first, then have parents cut out the shape). Children colored them, kept one and brought the other to me to add to the posterboard (I glued them in a ring around the earth). For a mosaic-y component, children took pre-cut squares of green, blue or white paper and used a gluestick to stick the squares on the earth (theoretically the green squares would go on the continents, the blue on the oceans, and the white on the polar regions, but of course we ended up with a lot of color everywhere). Usually my crafts are much simpler and child-centered!

Since we have people from many different backgrounds attending storytime, I had planned to ask parents to share a favorite childhood song or rhyme with each other while they did the craft. Helping the children with the craft ended up taking everybody’s time and attention, so that didn’t end up happening.

Little Learners Lab: At the very end of storytime, children have the option of going to Little Learners Computer Lab. A library assistant opens the computer room, pulls up the site of the day (I often use sites from ALSC’s Great Websites for Kids) and stays in the room in case anyone needs help.

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One thought on “Hack My Storytime: One World, Many Stories

  1. Profile photo of Johanna HyattJohanna Hyatt

    Hi,
    Just saw this post from February so I’m sorry to be so tardy. When I do “If you’re wearing red today”, I sign the colors, and when I get to the last one, I use “if you’re wearing shoes today, stand up and say hooray!”, and sign shoes. Everyone has shoes, so it is a mass stand-up! They always laugh. Silly isn’t it!
    My version of Bread and butter uses knee slapping rhythms, and I always comment on the importance of rhythm for songs, and for reading. This song always gets ’em laughing!
    Sorry if I duplicated others’ responses, I just got excited when I saw your song choices!

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