Monkey Business Family Storytime

Phew! What a summer! Like most libraries out there, we had Summer Reading Club madness at my library system.  We adopt an abbreviated storytime schedule during that time, giving us time to do outreach to the schools in June and giving us a breather in August before we get back into the swing of things in the fall.

We’re back into full-on storytimes season here and I’m happy to share my latest program with y’all.  Here we go!

   giant pop out safari   ape by jenkins   If You're Happy Cabrera

Opening

Weekly Opening Song (with signs) – Hello Friends
Hello friends,
Hello friends,
Hello friends,
It’s time to say hello!

This is a new opener for me!  It’s a simple one with signs for hello, friends, time and say, that was easy for even the littlest children to sign and sing along too.  Big thanks to Jbrary for this one!

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.

Monkey Business Really Begins!

folkmanis chimpfolkmanis monkey

Introduction to Theme — Let’s talk about Monkeys!

We talked about different animals that we might see in the jungle, the rainforest or out on safari.  I told them that I was thinking of one in particular, and we’d see if they could guess which one was our theme today from all the ones in the pop-out book

Book 1 — Giant Pop-Out Safari Animals from Chronicle Books
Holy moly! All the books in this series are storytime gold.  Gold, I say!  And, boy, were those kids ever good at guessing which animal our theme was about — monkeys, of course!  We did a little show and tell about the various types of monkeys out there, starting with our fabulous Folkmanis monkey and chimp puppets (cuteness visible below), and continuing with a little tour of Steve Jenkins’ beautiful book, Ape.  We talked a bit about bonobos, orangutans, and more members of the ape family, and I snuck in an early literacy aside to the parents about increasing their kids’ vocabulary.

5 Little Monkeys

Counting Song with Finger Puppets– 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
5 little monkeys jumping on the bed
1 fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

[Count down to 0 monkeys jumping on the bed, then awkwardly make joke about how the doctor got his way. Or don’t repeat my mistake and come up with a better ending than that].

These super cute finger puppets come from the treasure trove of storytime props owned by my library branch.  There is also a crocodile finger puppet (not pictured) that allows these little monkeys to play “Can’t Catch Me!” on other occassions.

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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

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