Flannel Friday: Jamberry

We used this flannel song in our Bears and Berries storytime. This storytime activity uses repetition, number sequencing, and would work well in a storytime on summer, food, or berries. It is based on the book Jamberry by Bruce Degen.

Jamberry

These flannel pieces were easy to make.  All we did was draft a canoe shape and five different coloured berries.  Feel free to use berries from other flannel stories you have laying around. It was quite nice to have the berries as a visual cue on the flannel board that we could refer to throughout the storytime.

Here’s a video showing how we used the felt pieces as a flannel song.

Here’s how we sang it:

Under the bridge and over the dam, looking for berries, berries for jam.
1 berry, 2 berries, pick me a strawberry
Under the bridge and over the dam, looking for berries, berries for jam.
3 berries, 4 berries, pick me a blueberry
Under the bridge and over the dam, looking for berries, berries for jam.
5 berries, 6 berries, pick me a red cherry
Under the bridge and over the dam, looking for berries, berries for jam.
7 berries, 8 berries, pick me a blackberry
Under the bridge and over the dam, looking for berries, berries for jam.
9, berries, 10 berries, pick me a raspberry.
Under the bridge and over the dam, looking for berries, berries for jam.

For the full Flannel Friday round up this week, check out Kathryn’s blog Fun With Friends at Storytime. For more Flannel Friday ideas, click on the Flannel Button in our sidebar.

Preschool Storytime: Transportation

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This 30-minute storytime has been adapted from one I learned from Allison Taylor McBryde in my Children’s Services courses.  You can hear all of the songs and rhymes by clicking on the Watch Here links.  For more transportation storytime ideas, check out our Pinterest board!

Books I Shared:

Who's Driving? by Leo TimmersDown By The Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter Trashy Town by Andrea ZimmermanFreight Train by Donald Crews

Who’s Driving? by Leo Timmers
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
Freight Train by Donald Crews

Who is Driving? is a highly interactive story that helps kids learn to make inferences.  I did this one first, but it could have easily come last because it kept the kids engaged the whole time.  When I do Trashy Town, I teach everyone three hand movements that match the refrain in the book: dump it in, smash it down, drive around the trashy town.  It’s a great way to emphasize the repetition and get the kids involved.  I sing Down by the Station to the tune of Little Bunny Foo Foo. Lastly, I did Freight Train as a felt story. I don’t have the pattern to share, but you can find it here with lots of good early literacy tips as well.

Rhymes and Songs:

1. Welcome Song: I’m in the Mood for Singing

I’m in the mood for singing. Hey, how about you?
I’m in the mood for singing. Hey, how about you?
I’m in the mood for singing, singing along with you.
Hey, hey, what do you say? I’m in the mood for that today.
Hey, hey, what do you say? I’m in the mood for that.

Other Verses: Clapping, Stomping, Listening, Reading

Watch Here!

2. Action Song: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We’re going to the moon
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We’re going to the moon
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,,, Blast off!

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3. Song: I’m Sitting in a Boat

This song is an African American spiritual. I have the kids sway side to side and then lift their arms (or their whole bodies) when the waves are high.

I’m sitting in a boat
And the boat is rocking, rocking, rocking
I’m sitting in a boat
And the boat is rocking, rocking, rocking
I’m sitting in a boat
And the waves are oh so high
Oh so high in the morning
Lord, Lord, Lord

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4. Song: Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat?
Tune: “Did You Ever See A Lassie?”

Have you ever seen a sailboat,
A sailboat, a sailboat?
Have you ever seen a sailboat
Waving its sail?

Wave this way and that way,
Wave that way and this way.
Have you ever seen a sailboat
Waving its sail?

Other Verses: Rocking back and forth

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5. Sign Language Rhyme: Stop Light Colors

Watch the video to see the sign language demonstrated.

Stop says the red light, Go says the green
Now just wait says yellow in between
That’s what they say and that’s what they mean,
We all must obey them, even the queen.

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6. Action Song: I’ll Take You Riding in My Car by Woody Guthrie

I’ll take you riding in my car, car
I’ll take you riding in my car, car
I’ll take you riding in my car, car
I’ll take you riding in my car

The doors on the car go open, shut (x3)
I’ll take you riding in my car

Windshield wipers go swish, swish (x3)
I’ll take you riding in my car

Horn in the car goes beep, beep (x3)
I’ll take you riding in my car

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How It Went:

The books were such a hit!  Three out of the four were very interactive and I think that helped keep the attention of the 2-year-olds who tagged along with their older siblings. When signing I’m Sitting in a Boat, I mentioned that the rhythm of the song would make a great lullaby or bedtime song for any age group. If I could do it again, I would introduce the sign language stop light rhyme at the beginning of the storytime and then again at the end to reinforce the signs.