Preschool Storytime: Superheroes

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This 30-minute storytime was designed for a ages 3-5 years. You can hear all of the songs and rhymes by clicking on the Watch Here links. For more Superhero storytime ideas, check out our Pinterest board!

Books I Shared:

The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee BoyPrincess Super KittyGo Away, Big Green Monster!Baron Von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident

The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis
Felt Story: Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Baron Von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident by George McClements

I was really conscious of making sure there was an even amount of boy vs. girl superheroes, or gender neutral pronouns used throughout today’s storytime. I wanted to read Soman and Davis’s other book, Ladybug Girl, but it was checked out. The kids loved the stories, and Baron Von Baddie was a great choice for discussing motives and words like villain, enemy, and nemesis.  When we did the felt story we talked about how you have to have courage and a brave spirit when you face monsters. I also like to pitch it to parents as a way to teach their kids to deconstruct their fears.

Rhymes and Songs:

1. Welcome and Goodbye Song: Hello Friends with Sign Language

Hello, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say hello.

Goodbye, friends (x3)
It’s time to say goodbye.

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2. Action Song: Superhero, Superhero Turn Around

Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground
Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Verses: jump up high, fly, fly, fly

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3. Action Song: Did You Ever See a Superhero?

Did you ever see a hero, a hero, a hero,
Did you ever see a hero, flying through the sky?
Fly this way and that way, and that way and this way
Did you ever see a hero flying through the sky?

Verses: Putting on their cape, hopping on one foot, saving the day, twirling around

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4. Counting Rhyme: Five Superheroes
5 superheroes ready to fly
Here comes the villain, Stop that guy!
This superhero can save the day.
Off he flies – up, up, and away!

Count down from 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

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5. Song: I’m A Superhero
(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a superhero with my star
I help people near and far
If you have a problem, call on me
I will be there 1, 2, 3

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Preschool Storytime: Bears and Berries

This preschool storytime features books, songs, rhymes, and an oral story all about bears and berries.

Books We Shared:

Sleepyhead BearJamberry by Bruce DegenWhere's My Teddy?Black Bears

Sleepyhead Bear by Lisa Westberg Peters
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
Black Bears (Animals in my Backyard) by Pamela McDowell

Check out our Pinterest boards on bears and berries for additional book suggestions.

Rhymes, Songs, and Stories:

We started and ended with our favorite hello and goodbye song which uses sign language.  Check it out here!

1. Oral Story: Grandfather Bear is Hungry

Watch our YouTube video to see this oral story performed.  We used a chipmunk puppet, a bear puppet, and a paper log to help bring the characters alive.

2. Rhyme: A Little Brown Bear

A little brown bear, went in search of some honey (shade eyes with hand)
Isn’t it funny, a bear wanting honey? (shrug shoulders)
He sniffed at the breeze (lift head and pretend to sniff)
And listened for bees (hold hand to ear)
And wouldn’t you believe it (shake index finger)
He even climbed trees! (pretend to climb)

Watch the video of A Little Brown Bear to hear the tune and see the hand motions.

3. Song: Bear is Sleeping

Bear is sleeping. Bear is sleeping.
Wake him up! Wake him Up!
Come and say hello, bear. Come and say hello, bear.
Time to eat, time to eat.

Watch the video of Bear is Sleeping.

4. Flannel Story: Jamberry by Bruce Degen

We adapted this book as a flannel song which you can watch here.  We used the repeating refrain, “Under the bridge and over the dam, looking for berries, berries for jam” and had the kids help us count to ten.

5. Action Song: Pop Goes the Berry

(Tune: Pop Goes the Weasel)

All around the strawberry fields,
We picked some juicy berries
We brought them home and washed them off,
Pop! Go the berries! (have kids jump up on “pop”)
Other verses: blueberry, blackberry, huckleberry, raspberry

Hear it performed here.

6. Song: Picked a Strawberry

(Tune: Clementine)

Picked a strawberry, picked a strawberry
That was growing in the sun.
Then I washed it, and I ate it,
And I picked another one.

Other verses: blueberry, blackberry, huckleberry, raspberry

Hear it performed here.

7. Fingerplay: Two Little Black Bears

Two little black bears sitting on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill,
Run away Jack, run away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little black bears digging in the snow
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little black bears feeling very proud
One named Quiet and one named Loud..

You can hear it here.

8. Song: Grizzly Bears

(Tune: “Mary Had A Little Lamb”)

Grizzly bears are big and brown,
Big and brown, big and brown,
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.
Polar bears are soft and white,
Soft and white, soft and white,
Polar bears are soft and white,
And live where it’s cold.
Teddy bears are just my size,
Just my size, just my size,
Teddy bears are just my size,
To cuddle with at night.

Watch this song performed here.

9. Song: Hug Your Bear

Hug, hug, hug your bear
Squeeze him very tight
Hold him high and help him fly
Then hug with all your might.

Watch this song here.

10. Song: Dancing With Bears

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing with bears
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing round chairs
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 that’s what we’ll do
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing with you.

Listen to this song here!

How it Went:

We had a lot of toddlers mixed in with this preschool group, so it was nice to have a large range of songs and rhymes to choose from.  Starting with the oral story was a good choice as the kids were engaged the whole time.  They especially liked it when tiny chipmunk pops up out of the log.  Many of the preschoolers understood the humor in Jez Alborough’s Where’s My Teddy? and we will definitely use that book again.  Both of the berry songs were a hit – the kids loved popping up and shouting out different names of berries!  We’ll be recycling these songs in any future summer-themed storytimes we do in the next few months.

Babytime Outline #1

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These are the songs and books I used for a 30-minute babytime.  You can hear all of the songs and rhymes by clicking on the Watch Here links.

Books I Shared:

Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane CabreraCounting Kisses

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera

I tend to focus more on songs and rhymes in babytime, so I only used these two highly interactive books.  The caregivers helped me sing Old MacDonald and I snuck in an early literacy aside about using animal sounds to develop phonological awareness. Anything by Karen Katz is great and this one encourages caregiver-baby interaction, a great choice for supporting print motivation as the babies grow older.

Rhymes and Songs:

1. Welcome Song: Wake Up Feet

Wake up feet, wake up feet,
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
Wake up feet, wake up feet,
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.

I start at the bottom of the body and work my way up with knees, hips, arms, head, and ears.

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2. Lap Bounce: Cha-Cha-Chabogin

Cha, cha, chobogin
Cha, cha, chabin
Watch out little baby
You might fall in! (Swing baby between legs or lift baby up)

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3. Lap Bounce: This is the Way the Ladies Ride

This is the way the ladies ride.
Nim, nim, nim
This is the way the gentleman rides.
Trim, trim, trim
This is the way the farmer rides.
Turot, turot, turot
And this is the way the hunter rides,
Galop, galop, galop, galop.

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4. Lap Bounce: Pudding on the Plate

Pudding on the plate, pudding on the plate
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble (gently bounce baby)
Pudding on the plate.

Candies in a jar, Candies in a jar
Shake them up, shake them up (lift baby)
Candies in a jar.

Sausage in the pan, Sausage in the pan
Turn it round, turn it round (twist baby back and forth)
Sausage in the pan.

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5. Song: I Wish I Were A  Little Bar of Soap

Oh I wish I was a little bar of soap.
Bar of soap! (lift baby)
Oh I wish I was a little bar of soap.
Bar of soap! (lift baby)
I’d slippy and I’d slidy over everybody’s hidy,
Oh I wish I was a little bar of soap.
Bar of soap! (lift baby)

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6. Diaper Changing Song: Sign Language Song

Make sure to check out the video to learn the signs and how I teach them to caregivers.

When my diaper’s on I like it dry,
And when it’s wet, I get upset.
When my diaper’s on I like it dry,
And when it’s wet, I get upset.
I want it off,
I cry, “Please change me!”

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7. Diaper Changing Song: You Roll It

You roll it, you roll it, you roll it, (rock baby back and forth)
And then you put the raisins in. (poke baby’s belly)

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8. Diaper Changing Song: Charlie Chaplin Went to France

Charlie Chaplin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.
First he did the rumba, rumba, rumba (move baby’s legs in a circle)
Then he did the kicks, the kicks, the kicks (kick baby’s legs back and forth)
Then he did the samba, the samba, the samba, (move baby’s legs in a circle, the opposite direction)
Then he did the splits, the splits, the splits. (move baby’s legs apart)

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9. Movement Song: Go In and Out the Window

For the first part of this song, I ask caregivers to swing baby into the center of the circle so they get to see each other up close.  For the second part, they turn and face another baby.

Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
As we have done before.

Stand up and face your partner,
Stand up and face your partner,
Stand up and face your partner,
As we have done before.

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10. Movement Song: The Elevator Song

Caregivers lift baby up and down as the elevator moves.

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.

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How It Went:

Wake Up Feet is an excellent welcome song as caregivers are able to pick it up quite easily.  I asked for a few suggestions on what body parts to wake up and added in shoulders and nose.  Many of the songs we did 3-5 times, especially the ones that had babies laughing.  You Roll It was a baby favorite.  I wasn’t planning on doing two movement songs, but I asked for any caregiver requests that they really wanted to do The Elevator Song so we added it in at the end.  Last thing to note is that although the caregivers don’t tend to check out many books, they were all over the CDs I talked about featuring pop music (Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, you get the idea).  Definitely going to keep having those ones out at babytime!