Saturday, February 22, 2014

Let's Dance Storytime

This week's storytime theme was really fun: Dance!  And boy did we ever! Young Family Storytime usually involves a lot of music and movement, but this week's theme made it especially fun.

Books I shared:

Songs:  My groups REALLY enjoyed dancing to Jim Gill's Silly Dance Contest with the colored scarves. It is a fantastic song to dance to with young children and the FREEZE is so much fun!
We also did the Hokey Pokey, which is always a big hit.
Fingerplay: “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 your shoulders, dance them on you head.
Dance them on your tummy, then put them all to bed!
For my feltboard this week I had so much fun making this Helloy Kitty ballerinas! I used white felt and traced them with a permanent marker, then used fabric paint to fill in the details. The little girls in my storytimes this week really loved them, so they were worth the effort!

5 Little Ballerinas” (source:
5 little ballerinas dancing across the floor,
One twirled away and then there were 4.
4 little ballerinas stretched tall like a tree,
One leaped away and then there were 3.
3 little ballerinas, one in a tutu so blue,
She danced away and then there were 2.
2 little ballerinas having lots of fun,
One twirled away and then there was 1.
1 little ballerina dancing all alone,
She danced away and then there were none.
For our craft, we made dancing wands using large crafts sticks, 2 stars (cut using the Ellison, I love ours so much!), some crepe paper and some jewels to decorate. I added the word "Dance!" to every wand beforehand. They were a lot of fun!

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