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DIY Storytime: Bedtime Stories

Hi, storytime friends. I miss seeing you at storytime so I put together a storytime that I thought that you might like to try at home. I will use books and songs from TumbleBooks. You can access TumbleBooks by either clicking on the title of the book or by clicking on “Search TumbleBooks” which appears below the picture of the cover of the book. Then you will use the TumbleSearch option located in the upper right hand corner to search by title for the book.
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Opening Song: “Hello Friends” (Tune: “Goodnight Ladies”)

Sing “Hello Friends” like we do in storytime. Do you remember what the sign is for hello? That’s right you salute.  What is the sign for friends? That’s right. You take your index fingers on each hand and you link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth. Sing the song through twice. Sing the song again adding the names of any grownups, brother or sisters you have, your pets, etc… (Salute hello and replace the word “friends” in the song with the person’s name.)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

It’s time to say hello. (salute hello)

  REPEAT ONCE

Sing: “Wiggle Your Toes” (Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your toes, 

Wiggle them up and down.

Wiggle them fast, wiggle them slow,

Wiggle them all around.

  REPEAT WITH THE FOLLOWING BODY PARTS:

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your fingers…

Clap, clap, clap your hands… 

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet…

Read: Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Question 1: Have you been to school?

Question 2: Have you played hide-and-seek? What animal was hiding in the bushes? Did you see the animal hiding in the tree and the turtle when Little Hoot was playing hide-and-seek?

Question 3: Do you like staying up and playing late at night? Does your parent/guardian make you stay up late and play with your toys like Little Hoot’s parents?

Question 4: Does your parent/guardian allow you to jump on the bed?

Early Literacy Tip: Play hide-and-seek. As a caregiver you can help increase the vocabulary of the child in your care by explaining the meanings of the words pondering, staring and compromise.

Sing: “Pop the Bubbles 

Early Literacy Tip: Listening to this song helps the child in your care with the concept of counting. The numbers that appear on the screen while the bubbles are being counted, help the child in your care to learn that print has meaning. The caregiver and the child can blow and pop imaginary bubbles along with the animals in the song.

Question 1: What makes you happy?

Question 2: Singing, blowing bubbles, jumping rope, riding her bike and playing drums make the girl in our story happy. Which of these activities make you happy?

Question 3: If you have a dog, have you ever tried to give your dog a bath? What happened when you tried to give your dog a bath?

Early Literacy Tip: The girl in our story liked to play dress-up and pretend she was a monster. In order to encourage play have the child in your care try the previously mentioned activities.

Sing: “Scrub-a-Dub-Dub”

Question: Does your parent/guardian allow you to throw your bath towel on the floor?

Early Literacy Tip: This song will help the child in your care learn different parts of his/her body. Point to the words as they appear on the screen. This will help the child in your care learn that print has meaning.

Read: Into the Tub by Jill P. Nolen and Laura J. Beaver

Question 1: In our story Sadie the mouse does not want to go to bed so she stomps her feet and throws her toys. Do you ever get mad because it is time to go to bed and take a bath?

Question 2: Why should you not throw your toys?

Question 3: Do you like to take baths?

Question 4: What toys do you play with in the bathtub?

Question 5: Do you sing songs and read stories before you go to sleep?

Question 6: Do you sleep with a favorite teddy bear, stuffie or blanket?

Early Literacy Tip: When you read, it is important to share books with rhyming words. Listen to the story again and point out some of the rhyming words in the story. For example, late and eight, said and bed and mad and bad. Hint: You can pause the story to point out the rhyming words on the page.

Sing: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Early Literacy Tip: Songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” are a great way to introduce children to the concept of rhyme.


Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
(open and close fingers with each word)

how I wonder what you are. (hands out to the side with bent elbows)

Up above the world so high, (point up towards the sky with your index finger)

like a diamond in the sky. (make a diamond shape with your hands)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, (open and close fingers with each word)

how I wonder what you are. (hands out to the side with bent elbows)

Closing Song: “Goodbye Friends” (Tune: “Goodnight Ladies”)

Sing “Goodbye Friends” like we do in storytime. Do you remember what the sign is for goodbye? That’s right.  It is the same as the sign for hello, you salute.  What is the sign for friends? That’s right. You take your index fingers on each hand and you link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth. Sing the song through twice.

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

It’s time to say goodbye. (salute goodbye)

  REPEAT ONCE

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