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Silliness abounds!

Set up for the book app

Set up for the book app

I learned a few new silly songs at the ALA conference, so I decided to share them at my monthly Milk & Cookies Story Hour.  I also share an app, and was looking for something silly, and then found out that Sheree Fitch’s book, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, has been made into an app. This is the first time that I have used a book app in storytime (I have usually used shorter, interactive apps).  I actually let Sheree Fitch read it, (using the “Read to Me” option) since she is a well-known and beloved author for Nova Scotians.  And she does a good job of reading it. But 3 year olds would rather have a LIVE person read to them, even with the interactive elements such as popping a bubble-gum bubble and dancing along with monkeys. The older kids (ranging from 6-9) enjoyed it, and sat for it, but the younger ones got a bit fidgety. Lesson learned! The adults in the audience also enjoyed it.

But the main reason I wanted to use a silly app was that I had these awesome silly songs and puppet show that I just learned. We did “Fruit Salad”, which I learned at ALA during “guerrilla storytime”.  You can see it in action here, at around 3:16 in the video. We’ll be doing that “Shake Shake” song next month, so stay tuned!  I also learned “The Wishy Washy Washer Woman” from the WCCLS wunderkind, Rick. Both songs were very well received by the whole age range (even adults).

I also found a fun little puppet story that I adapted a bit to match my puppets (I didn’t have a chick, so I used a hen). The story is from the book Farmyard Beat by Lindsay Craig, and here’s how Steven Engelfried does it.  After the puppet story I had to read the book because the crowd demanded it! Always fun to compare.

Play storytimeOther books we shared were: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea, which again was more appreciated by the older kids, but since this storytime has turned into a family free-for-all, I’m ok with having some things that are over the littler ones heads.  I also read The Doghouse by Jan Thomas and Duck on a Bike by David Shannon.

Then it was time for play and also milk & cookies. Vanilla sandwich cookies and chocolate milk this time. It really doesn’t matter how cheap the cookies are. Kids will eat them. And these were pretty good for cheap cookies. The 6 iPads were quickly snapped up, but so were the puppets, the textured balls, and the magnets. I also brought along the Monster Feet which are always a hit.

Milk & Cookies storytime is really fun– and I consider it my Testing Ground storytime — I get to try out new things on a live audience. And so far, they really seem to enjoy being my guinea pigs!

Storytime with SONGS

My husband is a musician, and every once in a while I can talk him into accompanying me to storytime. This week, we practiced a few tunes and had a very appreciative audience. Even if you don’t have a musician to help you out, you can do this fun musical storytime! Here are the books/songs I used:

Teeny Weeny Bop  by Margaret Read MacDonald – In which Teen Weeny Bop finds a gold coin and goes to market (to market) to find some pets. Sing the lines of the song twice so that the kids can chime in on the second round.

A-hunting we will go  by  Steven Kellogg.  Did not read this one, instead, I used puppets (thanks to Steven for the idea ). I had a fox in a box, a snail in a pail, a pig in a wig, an owl in a towel, and a bear in underwear, sitting in a chair. We had to do it again, the kids loved this one so much.

If you’re happy and you know it by  Jane Cabrera. You know the song, but this one has lots of fun animal actions and some roaring as well.

Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin – this book was my inspiration for storytime with songs. If you still have not heard the song and live reading, here’s the link.

Juba this, Juba that by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Ron Ligthburn. Local illustrator Ron Lightburn read this one at an elementary school and his wife Sandra did some fun motions that went along with it. Basically, when you say JUBA, you slap your thighs, clap on the next word, and for the refrains, touch elbows. You can make up your own movements, and it is plenty fun to read the story first, then read it again with movements. Hard to do with just one person—so either have the words typed out , or have an adult partner do the motions while you read.

To wrap up, we played Musical Chairs. We had 9 kids so we used 9 chairs—at the tender age of 3, it is hard to be left out, and for some it is hard enough to just find a chair when the music stops! Our live musician played slow, fast, and medium tempos for us, and we tried things like walking on tiptoe, walking very slow, dancing as we went in the circle. Lots of fun and very easy to do with a CD player or iPod.

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