The collaborative theme for Texas libraries this summer is "On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read!" It was only logical to start off summer storytimes with movement! Here is what we did:
We sang along with the flannelboard "Five Little Monkeys." Our craft was a drum made out of a cup, wax paper and a rubber band. I used my sample of the drum craft during the dancing feet book, and explained how the kids could sound out the syllables of their names with beats. I brought out different puppets and asked the kids to tell me what the animal was, what sound it made and what color it was, then they kept a beat while I made the puppets dance. We used scarves to dance with and used several songs from Jbrary. If you haven't checked out their videos yet, you must! I opened the storytime doors early for preschool time, and we did many of the yoga poses from You Are a Lion. Those kids had zero problems moving like a frog, butterfly, mountain, etc. I had planned on having them play with the parachute at the end, but there were way too many kids in the room and chaos would have ensued. Parachute is great for groups of 10 or less, in my experience.