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DIY Storytime: Our Colorful World

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.
JulieYouth Services Librarian

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: Snap! by Hazel Hutchens

Question 1: Do you like coloring with new crayons?

Question 2: Have you ever had a crayon break? How did you feel about the crayon breaking? Were you mad or upset or did you just continue as if nothing had happened?

Question 3: Evan used his broken crayon and turned it into two crayons. Evan uses broken crayons, crushed crayons and crayons without wrappers to make new crayon creations. What can you make using your crayons?

Early Literacy Tip: Have the child in your care make a picture. Scribbling, drawing shapes and air writing are good pre-writing activities. Have the child in your care try some crayon rubbings. In order to make a crayon rubbing, find an object to use for the crayon rubbing, use a crayon that does not have paper on it, place a white sheet of paper on top of the object and then have the child in your care rub the crayon back and forth over the object. Ask the child in your care about the texture of the object. Was it rough, smooth or bumpy, etc….?

Sing: “The Wheels on the Bus Color Song” 

Early Literacy Tip: Singing this song with a familiar tune will help the child in your care learn his/her colors.

Read: Red is a Dragon by Roseanne Thon

Question 1: Have you been to the beach? Did you collect seashells at the beach? Have you built a sandcastle?

Question 2: Do you have a raincoat and rubber boots? What color is your raincoat? What color are your rubber boots?

Question 3: What color are the socks/shoes you are wearing?

Question 4: Have you flown a kite? What needs to be blowing to help you fly a kite?
Answer: The wind.

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, sweet and treat, sand and hand and flowers and hours. Hint: You can pause the story to point out the rhyming words on the page.

Sing: “Rainbow Colors Song” 

Early Literacy Tip: Singing the “Rainbow Colors Song” is a great way to learn colors. Seeing the object appear on the screen with the name of the object and the color of the object helps to encourage print awareness.

Read: Red is Best by Kathy Stinson

Question 1: If you have a favorite color, what is your favorite color?

Question 2: Do you have a shirt, a hat, mittens, a coat, boots and/or a swimsuit in your favorite color?

Question 3: Do you have a cup that is your favorite color? Will you only drink out of that cup?

Early Literacy Activity: Caregivers please direct the child in your care to talk about any experiences he/she may have had that are similar to the experiences the character has in the story.

Sing: “Color Song” (Tune: Frere Jacques)

Instructions: Guardians please sing the “Color Song,” do the motions for the song and have the child in your care stand up and do the motions when he/she is wearing the color mentioned in the song.

Early Literacy Tip: Singing the “Color Song” will help the child in your care to learn his/her colors. Clap to songs with rhythm.

Children with red on.

Children with red on.

Please stand up, please stand up. (make a motion for the child to stand up)

Clap your hands together, (clap to the beat of the music)

Clap your hands together, (clap to the beat of the music)

Then sit down, then sit down. (make a motion for the child to sit down)

  REPEAT WITH OTHER COLORS

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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