Preschool Storytime

Dinosaur Preschool Yoga Storytime

Hello Friends Song

Introduce Pose of the Week: A new thing I am trying where we have one pose we can go back to throughout the storytime. This week’s pose was Warrior 3

Breathing Activity (Prayanama): “Dinosaur Breath” (aka adapted dragon’s breath 🙂 )

Interlace the fingers underneath the chin. 
Inhale and lift the elbows up to frame the face. 
Exhale, lifting the head up making a whispered ‘hah’ sound towards the sky, like a dragon breathing fire.
At the same time, lower the elbows back down to meet at the bottom again by the end of the ‘hah’ exhale. 
This breath technique builds strength and heat within so is a good energizer. 
It helps us feel brave when we might be nervous or pepped up when we’re a bit tired. 
from cosmic kids yoga

Adapted Sun Salutations

Each month I keep being unsatisfied with how I teach and do sun salutations,
so I am continually changing it (along with every other part of my preschool yoga wah!)
I think I may have found a version that works!

For this one, we are pretending to be dinosaurs of course,
and we stretch up tall and wave hello to the sky.

Then, bend at the hips all the way down to say hello to the ground.

Put your waving hands on the ground and go into downward dog
so you can see your toes and say hello to them one hand at a time!

Put your knees down and come into child's pose 
and let's hide here for a minute.

At the count of three, let's POP UP and say SURPRISE! 
(Count to three then pop up into hero pose)

Stand up tall again and have your hands face each other and say hello to each hand! 
Then put them together so we end with our hands at our hearts 
standing tall for our next activity!

Book: The Littlest Dinosaur’s Big Adventure by Michael Foreman

Poses for Book: Dinosaur Wake Up

  • Start in child’s pose (our dinosaur egg)
  • Happy baby (wiggling out of egg)
  • Hero Pose (we are out of the egg!)
  • Gate pose (stretch out!)
  • Tabletop Stretch arms and legs seperately

Dinosaur, Dinosaur Song

(Just the Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear song but changed the words to dinosaur)

Book: How Does a Dinosaur Eat Their Food? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Poses for Book: Dinosaurs Eating

  • Tree pose (A tall dinosaur eating leaves off a tree)
  • Locust pose (a flying dinosaur swooping down to catch some food)

We are the Dinosaurs song by Laurie Berkner : We just marched around the room being dinosaurs for a bit!

Rest/Savasana:

We laid down on our backs and stretched out dinosaur legs over our bodies.
Then I passed out beanbags and scarves so they could put the beanbag on their belly to feel their breathing and cover they face with the scarf. 

We laid like this for one short song (around 2 minutes). 

Then, I came around with the fox puppet and told them if they wanted Ms. Fox to come wake them up to continue to pretend they are asleep... 
if they don't want to be tickled by the fox they should wake up now. 
I added this option because I have many children who attend who are either shy or have sensory sensitivities 
and I didn't want to force fox tickles on them! 
However, usually almost all the children eagerly try to stay as still as possible so Ms. Fox can come get them.

Peace Begins With Me Rhyme

When you touch your index finger, say: PEACE.

When you touch your middle finger, say: BEGINS.

When you touch your ring finger, say: WITH.

When you touch your pinky finger, say: ME.

from aimhappy

We do this 4 times. The first time very loud with our hands above our head, normal voice with our hands by our shoulders, a whisper with our hands on our knees, then silently in our own head with our hands on our hearts. When we finish, and the room is silent I whisper “Did you still hear it that time? Inside your head?” And the kids all nod knowingly and it is such a sweet goodbye.

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Preschool Storytime

Fruits and Veggies Preschool Storytime

 

Hello Friends

Talk about fruits and vegetables

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Soup Song w/play food and puppet

(tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Stir, stir, stir the soup
Stir it all day long.
Add some (insert food name here),
Take a taste (slurrrp!)
Soup will make us strong.

from Jenn In the Library

Five Fat Peas Fingerplay

Five Fat Peas in a peapod pressed (hand in fist)
One grew, two grew (pop out one finger, then two)
and all the rest! (whole hand open!)
They grew and they grew and they didn't stop (make hands wider and wider)
They grew and they grew until they POPPED! (clap hands together)

Big Book- The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

5 Ripe Strawberries Felt Rhyme with Bear Puppet

Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One red strawberry, left all alone.
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

(from http://craftlearnandplay.com/felt-board-five-red-strawberries/)

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Oral Storytelling- The Great Big Enormous Turnip

Retell with preschoolers

Get the bells out! Bell Activities:

            Shake to ‘Fruit Salad’ by Laurie Berkner

            Lemon in the Bowl

Five big lemons in the bowl. 
One fell out and started to roll. (shake bells)
It bumped the table and hit my toe (Shake bells against toe )
How many lemons in the bowl? 1-2-3-4 (Give a shake for each number)
(from Mister Roger's Neighborhood)

 If You’re Happy and you know it give a shake!

Storytime is Over Song

Craft – Lacing Fruit

I printed out outlines of apples on cardstock and punched holes along the edge, allowing the preschoolers to decorate it however they want with markers and crayons then practice their find motor skills by lacing yarn around the edge

How it went: I did this storytime a bunch of times at various outreaches and also at my branch for regular preschool storytime. Most of the time all the elements worked together really well. Creepy Carrots scared a lot of the kids and the ending always seemed to not make sense to them (I ask: why are the carrots happy? Did they want the fence? They reply: creepy carrots!!!!!). So when I went on to The Little Mouse and the Red Ripe Strawberry they were already in scared mode and were SO SCARED of the bear. I prefaced the story by saying it was one of my favorites which helped. Also after when I did the red ripe strawberry felts I brought out a tiny little bear puppet which they all found cute and were no longer scared of an ominous approaching bear.

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Preschool Yoga Storytime – Shapes

This storytime went pretty well. But afterwards I left thinking, I need a more exciting theme next time. They enjoyed shapes for the most part but it did not excite them.

Welcome Song: Hello Friends

Breathing Activity (Prayanama):Triangle and Square Breathing

(from: Coping Skills for Kids)

Partner Poses:Twinkle Star

Toddlers take star pose with arms and legs spread out wide and while parents help them rock their star from one foot to the other foot and sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Stick to the Glue song

Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position) (from yogibrarian)

Hello Stretch/Sun Salutations

Book:Triangle by Mac Barnett

Yoga re-telling of book

  1. Poses:
    1. Triangle: Downward Dog
    2. Square: Tabletop
    3. “Running” in between (walk legs, crawl, bear crawl, etc)

When I Stretch Up Rhyme

When I stretch up, I feel so tall. (Reach high)
When I bend down, I feel so small. (Bend over)
Taller, taller, taller, taller. (Reach up high and higher.)
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller. (Get low on the floor.)
Into a tiny ball. (Sit down.)

Open the Book Stretch

Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. (from yogibrarian)

Book:Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald

  1. Poses:
    1. Circle in Mountain Pose
    2. Back Draw Game (Draw shapes on caregivers back and have them try to guess the shape, then switch and have shapes drawn on your back and try to guess!)

Relax Poses:Butterfly Pose, Child’s Pose

Rest/Savasana:

Imagine you are on a soft white fluffy cloud, what is the shape of the cloud? Relax all body parts. Fox wakes you up if he thinks you really fell asleep (gets kids to lay still :)) Option of putting a beanbag on their belly to feel their breathing.

Goodbye Rhyme: Peace begins with Me

Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
(Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training)

 

STEAM

Slime Science – School Age STEAM

Learn from my mistakes dear friends, take heed my advice.

Slime Science. Sounds great right?

I mean, right… but…

After the program, I told my coworker that if I ever claim I am doing a slime program again BY MYSELF and INDOORS with 20 school-age children that she needs to hit me in the face. (I will admit a little dramatic)

I learned a lot from the program so here is what I did and what I learned.

My Plan

To start, I thought I would give an introduction where I introduce the three different stations set up while also covering some slime science. As I introduce the three different kinds of slimes, I would discuss non-Newtonian fluids, polymers, bases and activators.

OK, this part went as planned I guess 🙂

The three stations were:

  1. Oobleck: At the oobleck station, I thought we would make the oobleck together as a whole group while discussing non-Newtonian fluids. I also set up some iPads with cool videos of people walking on pools of oobleck, shooting oobleck, etc. My vision for this station was a way to introduce slimes and have a whole group activity before they make the other two slimes independently.

Reality: In the beginning it went as planned. We made the oobleck together and discussed some science-y words. However, as the program went on, no one looked at the iPad videos and instead they got covered in oobleck. Also kids wanted to make their own oobleck and not just use the communal oobleck. Picture corn starch flying everywhere. Picture oobleck splattering across a carpeted floor. This is just the beginning.

2.  Edible Slime: I introduced the edible slime station after introducing the Oobleck station. This was the next easiest slime to make. I explained how to make it. I had printed directions with pictures on how to make it. The recipe I used for small batches was 2 tbsp corn starch, 2 tbsp jello mixture, and a TINY bit of water, emphasis on the tiny.

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Reality: Of course no one used a tiny bit of water. Everyone ended up in edible slime soup land. Picture corn starch flying everywhere. Picture kids eating raw jello powder. This is still just the beginning.

3.  DIY Slime: This is your classic slime recipe that makes the super fun wiggly jiggly slime. I introduced the station and described how to make it. I had printed out sheets, with pictures, on how to make it. The recipe I used for this small batch slime was 2 tbsp glue and 1 tbsp water mixed together, then slowly add the borax water solution (1 tsp Borax mixed with 6 tbsp water). Only a tiny bit of the solution is actually needed to make the slime.

Reality: They didn’t use a tiny bit of the Borax. They used it all, and then some.. I’m talking multiple cups of Borax. Everyone’s slime turned into a hard slime ball that was not fun at all to play with. Picture me running around the room covered in food coloring soaking hard slime pieces in hot water to try to save them. Picture some children’s tears! Picture the library’s entire food coloring supply depleted! Picture 25 people needing my attention at once! Phewwwww

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(the calm before the storm)

After

Well, I already told you a lot of this. It was frantic and wild. The kids still had fun! But I felt out of control. In the future I would do this program in the summer outside with teen volunteers to help. Also, I blame a lot of the chaos on myself and the way I structured the instructions. Although these programs are aimed for school-age children, I often get preschoolers-3rd grade. These kids do best with demonstration and are not stoked on written instructions. In the future, I would demo EACH AND EVERY slime before releasing the crowds upon them. I think if the kids saw me pour only a tiny bit of water and create the correct slime, they would be way more likely to do so also.

Oh yeah, did I mention I had to leave work 10 minutes after the program ended and then had to host a state-wide children’s librarian conference in this same room at 8am the next morning? 🙂 🙂 🙂

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime – Mail

Preschool Storytime

I am so behind in writing about my programs. (Imagine me ashamed right now)

I have sooo much fun stuff on my horizon that I cannot wait to get to, but for now I will step back and look at this preschool storytime I did 3 months ago 🙂

Mail! I love it! Another selfish choice in theme, but also the best storytimes and books are ones that the kids can tell you like. If you do not like it, neither will they! I am realizing that more and more as I choose books to read that I feel “meh” about. 

This storytime was well-received, though also overstuffed. I did not even get to the manipulatives because I had so many big ideas I wanted to try out. I definitely would pare it down in the future.

Hello Friends

 

Talk about Mail, Open a letter

I made a letter addressed to Preschool Storytime with the library name under, then address of the library. This gave us a chance to talk about our city, our state, and our homes! Inside was a library card that read “Have a great storytime!” They were a bit disappointed in the lackluster message. In the future, I may have written it from the perspective of a puppet with a special message.

Book: A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Each time I did this story the kids seemed to enjoy it.

Mailing Letters-tune of Mulberry Bush

This is the way we write a letter, write a letter, write a letter.
This is the way we write a letter so early in the morning.
2nd Verse-Stamp a Letter, 3rd Verse-Mail a Letter
(Courtesy of Verona Storytime via Out of the Box Programming)

Six Little Letters Felt Rhyme

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I edited the common Six Little Valentines to letters 🙂
Six  little letters were sent to my house,
The first one said, “Hello, From Mouse.”
Five little letters in my mailbox,
The second one said, “How are you, Love Fox.”
Four little letters full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, from Dove.”
Three little letters just for me,
The fourth one said, “Want to play, Love Bee.”
Two little letters mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, from Bear.”
The last little letter, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Have a happy Day!”

Source: Busy Crafting Mommy

Book: It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

I thought this book was funny and cute but the kids actually did not love it. My kids seem to not be drawn to funny books (maybe it is just my delivery with funny books??). For my outreaches, I switched this book out for Stanley the Mailman by William Bee

Letter Game

Put letters into envelopes and pass them out. Then sing this song as the children hold up their letter then come and put them into the mailbox.

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(Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man?)
Oh, have you seen the letter M
The letter M, the letter M
Oh, have you seen the letter M?
It makes the sound muh-muh-muh
Oh, yes I’ve seen the letter M
The letter M, the letter M
Oh, yes I’ve seen the letter M
It makes the sound muh-muh-muh
Spell out MAIL by the end!

(abbythelibrarian) 

Head and Shoulders

Book: Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier

Parachute if small enough group (15 or less)

Scarves if over 15 children

Storytime is Over song

Craft

          We decorated these simple postcards I designed with markers,  stickers, stamps, etc.

To_

Playtime!

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Kid’s Cooking

Ya, know… seems pretty straightforward. I cooked with some school age kids. Above are bookmarks I made of the recipes I decided to do. Will I make Pizza Hummus again? Likely not. However, it was fun and the kids were willing to try this new strange thing because they had a hand in making it. This program was not well attended so there was no major cooking chaos. But, in the morning session we forgot to drain the chickpeas and make hummus soup and in the evening session a feisty preschooler poured in about 9 tablespoons of salt….
Overall, an experience for the palate 🙂
Preschool Storytime

Preschool Yoga Storytime – Superheroes

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This was my smallest yoga storytime of the fall (5 kids). But the small group got reallly into our topic today of superheroes. I tried out some new things that really were a hit, including using my fox puppet to “Wake up” the kids while they were pretending to sleep in savasana.

Welcome Song: Hello Friends

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

It’s time to say hello!

Breathing Activity (Prayanama): Wonder Woman breath

With one hand up in the air, inhale as you spin your lasso. Exhale and throw that lasso out in front of you.

From Kid’s Yoga Stories

Partner Poses: Forward Folds

Sitting with legs extended and feet to feet with Mom or Dad, toddlers & parents reach up to the sky and down to touch their toes. With toddlers, it’s nice to do as much as you can with song, so we can sing:

This is the way we touch our toes, touch our toes, touch our toes. This is the way we touch our toes, in our stretching class.

Stick to the Glue song

Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position) (from yogibrarian)

Hello Stretch/Sun Salutations

(Call and Response)
Centered
Butterfly up.
Butterfly down.
Ragdoll.
Jump back..
Plank pose.
Downward dog.
Upward dog.
Downward dog.
Jump forward.
Ragdoll.
Butterfly up.
Centered

Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best.
Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best
(https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/buy-songs/using-our-music/sergeant-salutation/)

Book:  Max Speed by Stephen Shanksen

This book worked really well. The kids were engaged and intrigued throughout and loved retelling the book later during our poses.

Yoga re-telling of book

  1. Poses:
      1. Car – Staff pose/ dandasana. Get in the car. Point toes on one foot, then the other like pressing the gas and brake. (Yes, kids, don’t drive with two feet; this is just to stretch both legs and feet equally.) Twist to either sides as you drive.
      2. Volcano – Goddess/utkatakonasana. Jump up to erupt.
      3. Parachute – balloon breath.
      4. Shark – locust pose/ shalabasana Use hands over head like shark fin, or – if you have older kids who will call you out on where a dorsal fin is – hands in reverse namaste for  fin. Swim to each side, rolling over and coming back to center.
      5. When Max thinks about his toys, come into sukhasana/ easy seated pose. Close your eyes, with hand over heart or on knees.

original idea from yogibrarian

When I Stretch Up rhyme

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.

From Storytime Katie

Book: Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis

This book was slightly less popular than the first but I am still happy I used it to show some female superheroes.

Yoga Poses: Warrior I, Warrior II, Reverse Warrior

Activity: Monkey Toes/Toe-ga

Toss out pompoms around the room and have the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls.

Relax Poses

  1. Candle Breath

Hold a finger out. Pretend this is your candle. Take a deep breath in, and let it out slowly. Try not to blow your candle out. Just let the breath out slowly enough that your pretend flame would flicker and dance. Repeat this until the room is calm.

  1. Beanbag belly breaths

Rest/Savasana

Goodbye Rhyme: Peace begins with Me

Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.

(Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training)

Coloring Page/Small Activity