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 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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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!