Friday, March 31, 2017

Storytime: Colors

Books

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~Brown Bear, Brown bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
~Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
*Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Red is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong
~Freight Train by Donald Crews
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Books marked with a ~ were used for my toddler storytime and books marked with a * were used for my all ages storytime. I am finding that often my toddler storytime is pretty mellow and the all ages one tends to be much more high energy. Consequently, we usually read more books during the toddler one. I really wanted to read Red is a Dragon with my all ages group since it's a fun intorduction to some things from Chinese culture in addition to being a book of colors, but it isn't a high energy book the way Monsters Love Colors is so I went with that one first. The all ages storytime was slow to start so we only had time to read one book with all the other activities I had planned.

Click read more for extention activities.

Songs and Rhymes

Action Song: “Rainbow Dancers”

(Tune: Paw Paw Patch)

Rainbow dancers let’s get ready
Hold your scarves nice and steady.
You’ll hear the colors of the rainbow.
Listen for your time to go.

Shake red…
Shake orange…
Shake yellow…
Shake green…
Shake blue…
Shake purple…

Red scarves turn around,
Orange scarves up and down.
Yellow scarves reach up high,
Green scarves fly, fly, fly.
Blue scarves tickle your nose,
Purple scarves touch your toes.
Everybody dance around,

Shake purple…
Shake blue…
Shake green…
Shake yellow…
Shake orange…
Shake red…

Rainbow dancers dance around,
Scarves swirl up and down.
Our colorful dance is at an end.
Thank you, thank you, all my friends.

Source: Storytime ABCs

~Action Song: “Color Pokey” (With Scarves!)

(Tune: Hokey Pokey)

You put blue in, you take blue out.
You put blue in and you shake it all about.
You do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!


Repeat, naming a different color each time.

Source: Johnson County Library

~*Action Song: “We Wave Our Scarves Together”

(Tune: The More We Get Together)

We wave our scarves together, together, together.
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do.
Wave red scarves, wave orange scarves, Wave yellow scarves, wave all scarves!
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave our scarves together, together, together.
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do.
Wave green scarves, wave blue scarves,
Wave purple scarves, wave all scarves!
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

Verses: Swirl, Toss, any other movement you want!

Source: I made this one up myself, inspired by Jbrary, but with a different tune!

Action Song: “If You’re Wearing Red”

(Tune of Happy & You Know It)

If you’re wearing red, shake your head,
If you’re wearing red, shake your head,
You’ve got red on and you know it,
So don’t be afraid to show it!
If you’re wearing red, shake your head.

If you’re wearing blue, touch your shoe…
If you’re wearing black, pat your back…
If you’re wearing yellow, shake like Jello…
If you’re wearing brown, turn around…
If you’re wearing pink, stop and think…
If you’re wearing green, make a scene…

Source: Storytime Source Page

Action/Transition Rhyme: “Red, Red”

Red, red is the color I see
If you’re wearing red, then show it to me
Stand up, take a bow, turn around
Show me your red and sit back on the ground!

Continue naming colors until every child has had a chance to show their colors!

Source: Everything Preschool

Flannelboards and Fingerplays

*Flannelboard: “Rainbow Stew”

(Tune: Jimmy Crack Corn)

Take an apple, put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out now. What will it be? The prettiest red you ever did see!

Take an orange, put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out now. What will it be? The prettiest orange you ever did see!

Take a banana, put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out now. What will it be? The prettiest yellow you ever did see!

Take a pear, pit in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out now. What will it be? The prettiest green you ever did see!

Take some blueberries, put them in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out now. What will it be? The prettiest blue you ever did see!

Take some grapes, put them in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out now. What will it be? The prettiest purple you ever did see!

Take some cream, put it in the put
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out now. What do you see? Two fluffy white clouds as happy as can be!

What did  we make with our rainbow stew?  A magical rainbow for me and you!

Source: Modified from Storytime ABCs

I thought the rainbow looked incomplete without clouds, so we added some nice white cream to make fluffy white clouds with our rainbow stew!

Craft


Crafty Morning comes through with another fun craft: 3D paper rainbows!


How It Went


It was Spring Break for the schools this week. I expected this to either make my groups much larger with a wide age range or make them much smaller as families with older kids decided to skip storytime. It ended up being the latter. My all ages group was especially small. We didn't get started until five minutes after the scheduled start time as I waited a bit to see if a few other families might show up. Even though it was small, the group was very high energy so we only ended up reading one story and spent a lot of time with the scarves. Everyone really enjoyed the "Rainbow Stew" flannelboard, which is good because I spent far more time than I should have making that!

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