These Are the People In Your Neighbourhood: Community Helpers Family Storytimes

Work smarter, not harder, right? A class visit that’s coming next wek requested a Community Workers/Helpers theme so I thought I’d use similar content for today and tomorrow’s Family Storytimes, plus incorporate some of it into next week’s Babytime, and then do it all again for the class visit. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and refine.

Round #1

shhhhh  Bark George

Version #1 on Thursday was the least successful. I learned that although tons of toddlers come to our Family Storytimes, everything’s different when ALL the kids at your Family Storytime are toddlers! Which is exactly what happened on Thursday. I only saw one person cry. Luckily it wasn’t me (but still, poor little guy!).

Welcome Song with signs —  The More We Get Together (x2)
Flannel/Felt/Guessing  Game — Little Cat, Little Cat Are You Under the ___’s Hat? 

(based on Making Learning Fun and Storytime Katie)

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
Book #1 — Shhh! Everybody’s Sleeping! by Julie Markes
Movement/Rhyme — Fireman, Fireman, Turn Around (x2)

(to the tune of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Fireman Fireman, turn around
Fireman, fireman, touch the ground
Fireman, fireman, drive the truck
Fireman, fireman, don’t get stuck!
Fireman, fireman, hurry to the fire
Fireman, fireman, spray the water higher.
Fireman, fireman, give a shout,
Fireman, fireman, you put the fire out! Hooray!
(from Sunflower Storytime)

Transition — If You’d Like to Read a Book Clap Your Hands

We did several verses like stomp your feet and turn around, and ending with quietly.

Book #2 — Bark George by Jules Feiffer
Movement — Open Them, Shut Them (x2)

Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouths…..
But do not put them in!

Song with Puppets: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Movement: Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes (x2)
Closing Rhyme: See You Later Alligator

See you later, alligator (use arms and hands to make biting motion like an alligator)
In a while, crocodile (use arms and hands to make biting motion like a crocodile on other side of body)
Bye-bye, butterfly (make butterfly sign with hands)
Toodle-oo, kangaroo (wave while bouncing)
Time to go, buffalo (point to wrist where a watch would be)
Just like that, fat cat (snap fingers)
It’s the end, my friend. (shrug shoulders and throw up hands in a “giving up” gesture)
(from The Bratty Librarian)

Stamp: Farmer Teddy Bear
How it went

Maybe they were too little to know what kinds of workers the hats belonged to for Little Cat, Little Cat (which was pretty fun to make, btw). Maybe I should have picked a less ho-hum book to start with. They did perk up for Fireman, Fireman, but I was surprised that Bark George wasn’t as popular as it normally is. It was Old MacDonald where things got chaotic.

It was hard to pull the puppets out of a bag and then get them back in again before they became too tempting for little hands.I still don’t blame the toddler who took the lamb out of my hands and ran around the room with it. It was pretty funny!  My second puppet bag with non-farm animals — a bear, a kangaroo, a flying squirrel and an octopus — just didn’t tickle their funny bones. Oh well. I quickly switched to Head and Shoulders and just kept on trucking! It wasn’t a total flop, but I was determined to do better for round 2.

Round #2

kittenredyellowblue  Moving Rhymes For Modern Times

And Version #2 was much more successful! I made some changes and moved a couple things around:

Weekly Opening Song– The More We Get Together (x2)
Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
Flannel/Felt/Guessing Game — Little Cat, Little Cat Are You Under the ___’s Hat?
Transition/Movement — If You’d Like to Read a Book Clap Your Hands

We did quite a few more verses this time.

Book #1 — Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalonotta
Movement/Rhyme — Fireman, Fireman, Turn Around (x2)
Red Fire Truck Red Fire Truck
Flannel — Red Firetruck, Red Firetruck, What Do You See?

From our branch’s flannel treasure trove, this felt features a red fire truck, a black police car, a white ambulance, a yellow school bus, a purple car, a green tractor, and, of course, a pink airplane. Apologies for the poor photo!

Song with Puppets — Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Movement — Jump Up, Turn Around by Jim Gill

from Moving Rhymes For Modern Times CD.

Action Song — Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes (x2)
Closing Rhyme — Wave Up High, Wave Down Low, Wave Goodbye ‘Cause It’s Time to Go
Stamp — Farmer Teddy
How it Went:

Still lots of toddlers in Round #2, but also some more slightly older kids. Lots of kids called out the workers who went with the Little Cat, Little Cat hats, and it just kept on going well from there. I shortened up Kitten Red Yellow Blue, the Fire Truck, Fire Truck flannel was a great addition, and I got my puppets under control for Old MacDonald. They even liked the joke about the out of place farm animals! Yay!


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