Same and Different Family Storytime

Opposites_Tad Carpenter   Tiny Little Fly_Rosen

Opening

Weekly Opening Song – The More We Get Together
We sang this twice, with signs for more, together, happy, and friend.

Weekly Opening Song – Bread and Butter
[slap hands on knees to the beat]
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Can you say hello as slowly as you can?
Hello [very slow]

We repeated this with slowly, quickly, high, low, and ended with loud and quiet.

Introduction

We talked about what opposites are and talked about some well-known opposites like up and down, in and out, short and tall, and big and small.  I brought a number of finger puppet and larger puppet versions of the same animal and asked the children which one was small and which one was big, ending with three owls.  The puppet idea came from Beyond the Books Storytime and was lots of fun!

Book 1 — I Say, You Say Opposites by Tad Carpenter
This bright, simple, lift the flap book is great for toddler and babytimes.  I basically planned this storytime around this book.

Movement/Stretch — This is Big, Big, Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no

Movement/Fingerplay — Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap clap clap

Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Lay them in your lap

Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin chin chin
Open wide your little mouth…
But do not let them in!

TimeforStorytime -- I'm the Biggest Thing In The Ocean  TimeforStorytime -- I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Flannel/Felt —  I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
A quick and easy foray into storyteller plus a chance to show off a flannel that I’m particularly proud of.  The tie into the theme was big and small.

Book 2 — The Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron
This beautifully illustrated book has a simple story line that works with the ideas of big and little.

Action Song — The Elevator Song
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
On a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
And this is what we do when we go out the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around!

(from Jbrary; watch the video here)

Action Song —  Go In and Out the Window
Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
As we have done before.

Go up and down the staircase,
Go up and down the staircase,
Go up and down the staircase,
As we have done before.

This song comes from Jbrary; watch video here.  I modified it for an older group of storytimers according to the suggestions from Storytime Secrets.

Action Song —  If You’re Happy and You Know it Opposites Style
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!

Repeat with
Sad – say boo-hoo
Hungry – Rub your belly
Full – Say I’m full
Dirty – Wash your face
Clean – Shout Hooray!

This opposites version comes from BayView Storytimes.

Shakers

Shaker Song — Shake Your Shakers Up and Shake Your Shakers Down
Modified from the classic, Dance Your Fingers Up


Shake Your Shakers
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake them here
Shake them there
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake your shakers!

Shake them high
And shake them low
Shake them high
Shake them low
Shake them high and shake them low
Shake your shakers!

We skipped out closing song and just collected the shakers and stamped hands with a spaceship stamp.  I had a nice conversation with a couple caregivers who often go to storytime at another branch and with a grandmother who had come to storytime for the first time.

Synopsis

I had a lot of fun at this storytime and I hope the kids and caregivers did too!  I had hoped to use our parachute but it was simply too small for this group of 30 kids and 20 adults.  If I redid this one, I’d probably read the books in opposite order as Tiny Little Fly was a little longer at that point of the storytime.

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