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Music & Movement – October 26, 2018

Books

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig
Fly Blanky Fly by Anne Margaret Lewis

Music

Bendable Stretchable from Action Songs for Preschoolers
Rocketship Run by The Laurie Berkner Band
Scarves on Your Laps by Johnette Downing

Yoga Pose of the Week: Tree

Bring one foot on top of the other on top of your heel, and your hands together at your heart, then grow your tree nice and tall. Can I blow you down? Let’s see! Try it with your breath.

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Sometimes
Sometimes my hands are at my side,
Then behind my back they hide.
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers so,
Shake them fast, shake them slow.
Sometimes my hands go clap, clap, clap,
Then I rest them in my lap.
Now they’re quiet as can be
Because it’s listening time, you see.

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
up the garden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly very quickly
into his little house.

Prop Rhyme: Dancing Snowflakes
Tune: Frere Jacques
Dance like snowflakes,
dance like snowflakes
In the air, in the air
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Everywhere, everywhere

Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around.
Dance them on our shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed.

Movement Rhyme: Wave Goodbye
(Tune: Frère Jacques)
Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Sing this tune, sing this tune,
It’s time to wave goodbye,
it’s time to wave goodbye
See you soon, see you soon.

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Close your eyes, close your eyes
Take a deep breathe in… (breathe in instead of repeating this line)
Now breathe out goodbye… (breathe out instead of repeating this line)

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November 9, 2018 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – October 26, 2018

Books

Say What? by Angela Diterlizzi
Move! by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Music

Run Baby Run by Caspar Babypants
Baby Shark
by Pinkfong

Yoga Pose of the Week: Bowl

Lying down on your tummy, bend your knees. See if you can reach around to grab your ankle, and do the same with the other foot. Lift yourself up, and rock like a bowl!

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

I Wiggle
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my arms,
I wiggle my nose.
Now there are no more wiggles left in me,
Because it is time for the next story.

Prop Rhyme: If You’re Happy and You Know It, Play Your Instrument
If you’re happy and you know it . . . Play your instrument
Play up high
Rub your tummy
Play them softly
Play them loudly
Tap your hand

Prop Rhyme: Play Your Instrument
Tune: Frere Jacques
Play your instrument, play your instrument
One, two, three, one two three
Can you play a song, can you play a song?
Just like me, just like me
Play your instrument, way up high, play down low, quietly, loud as can be

Let Your Hands Go Clap

Let your hands go clap,
Let your fingers go snap,
Let your lips go up and down,
But do not make a sound.
Fold your hands and close your eyes,
Take a breath and softly sigh.

Movement Rhyme: Wave Goodbye
(Tune: Frère Jacques)
Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Sing this tune, sing this tune,
It’s time to wave goodbye,
it’s time to wave goodbye
See you soon, see you soon.

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Close your eyes, close your eyes
Take a deep breathe in… (breathe in instead of repeating this line)
Now breathe out goodbye… (breathe out instead of repeating this line)

October 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Evening Music & Movement Storytime – July 19, 2018

Books

Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

Music

“Hot Diggity (Warm Up)” by Georgiana Stewart
“Dance, Freeze, Melt” by Eric Litwin
“Twirl, Twirl, Twirl” by Mr. Leebot

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers

I have ten little fingers
And they all belong to me.
I can make them do things,
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight.
Or open them wide.
I can put them together,
Or make them all hide.
I can make them jump up high,
Or make them go low.
I can fold them up quietly,
And sit just so!

Movement Rhyme: Bananas Unite!

Bananas unite!
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
Mash bananas, mash mash bananas
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
Go Bananas!

See movements here.

Instruments Prop Rhyme: Play Your Instruments

Tune: Frere Jacques

Play your instrument, play your instrument
One, two, three, one, two, three
Can you play a song, can you play a song?
Just like me, just like me

Play your instrument way up high, to the side, play down low

Instruments Prop Rhyme: If You’re Happy And You Know It: Instrument Edition

If you’re happy and you know it . . .
Play your instrument
Play up high
Play down low
Play them quietly
Play them loudly

Tap your hand

Fingerplay: Let Your Hands Go Clap

Let your hands go clap,
Let your fingers go snap,
Let your lips go up and down,
But do not make a sound.
Fold your hands and close your eyes,
Take a breath and softly sigh.

Parachute Play: Popcorn!

Pop! Pop! Pop!
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Put the corn into the the pot.
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Shake and shake it ’til it’s hot.
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Lift the lid and what have you got?
Pop! Pop! Pop! POPCORN!

This can be done with a parachute or a blanket. We used cotton balls and pompoms as popcorn.

July 21, 2018 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Evening Music & Movement Storytime – July 12, 2018

Books

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

Music

“Warm Up” by Greg & Steve
“Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill
“Shakin’ Everywhere” by Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Movement Rhyme: Reach and Wiggle

Lift your arms way up high,
Wave them, wave them in the sky.
Reach way down and touch your toes.
Wiggle your eyebrows, wiggle your nose.
Put your bottom on the floor,
Count with me: one, two, three four.
Clap your hands now: one, two, three, four.
Then fold them in your lap like me.

Rhyming 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!

Far, Far, Far!
We’re going to the stars.
Far, Far, Far!
We’re going to the stars.
If you want to take a trip,
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Far, Far, Far!
We’re going to the stars.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
BLAST OFF!

Fun, Fun, Fun!
We’re going to the sun.
Fun, Fun, Fun!
We’re going to the sun.
If you want to take a trip,
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Fun, Fun, Fun!
We’re going to the sun.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
BLAST OFF!

Shaker Prop Rhyme: Everyone Can Shake

Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
And then we make a stop
Tap, clap, wave, swirl

Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall. (Reach high)
When I bend down, I feel so small. (Bend over)
Taller, taller, taller, taller. (Reach up high and higher)
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller. (Get low on the floor)
Into a tiny ball. (Sit down)

Opposite Rhyme: This Is Big

This is big, big, big (Hold arms to the side)
This is small, small, small (Cups hand together)
This is short, short, short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall, tall, tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast, fast, fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (Nod head)
This is no, no, no (Shake head no)

 

July 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Evening Music & Movement Storytime – July 5, 2018

Books

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Color Dance by Ann Jonas

Music

“Wiggle and Stretch” from Kids Now
“Moving Like the Animals” from Music for Moving
“Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” by Mother Goose Club

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Movement Rhyme: Clap Your Hands

Clap your hands, clap your hands, clap them just like me.
Touch your shoulders, touch your shoulders, touch them just like me.
Tap your knees, tap your knees, tap them just like me.
Shake your head, shake your head, shake it just like me.
Sit, sit, sit right down, sit right down like me.
Fold your hands, fold your hands, and let them quiet be.

Song: This Is the Way

Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
This is the way we play the guitar, play the guitar, play the guitar
This is the way we play the guitar when we join the band!
(Tickle the piano, bang the drum, blow the trombone)

Scarves Prop Rhyme: Making Pancakes

Mix a pancake, stir a pancake (swirl scarf in front of you)
Put it in a pan (bunch scarf in hands)

Fry a pancake, toss a pancake (rub scarf between hands, then toss in air)
Catch it if you can! (catch scarf)

Scarves Prop Rhyme: Roly Poly

Tune: Frere Jacques
Roly, poly, roly, poly (roll scarf in wheel motion)

Up and down, up and down (lift scarf up and down)
Roly, roly, poly, roly, roly, poly
Up and down, up and down

Animal Rhyme: I Went to the Farm One Day

I went to visit the farm one day,
I saw a cow along the way.
And what do you think I heard it say?
Moo, moo, moo.
I went to visit the farm one day,
I saw a duck along the way.
And what do you think I heard it say?
Quack, quack, quack.

 

July 5, 2018 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment


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