Tag: Using Music in Storytime

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

Pete the cat

Pete the Cat has exploded in Flannel Friday World, and I’m hoping on the bandwagon! The song that accompanies this book is so catchy, I sing it all day long! I made a flannel board to use for this story, and I edited the songs to use with it. Here are the time stamps for each shoe song:

Time Part of song
0:14-0:30 white shoes  
0:53-1:06 red   shoes  
1:30-1:44 blue   shoes  
2:08-2:23 brown   shoes  
2:54-3:15 wet   shoes  

Here’s a Pete the Cat Shoes Craft.

For more flannel ideas check out Mrs. Andre’s blog, or Flannel Friday.

Using Finger Puppets with Music

I use puppets in a variety of ways in storytime. One way to use a mix of finger puppets (for the children) and hand puppets (for you) is to sing a song. If I want to begin storytime with a puppet song, I’ll hand out the finger puppets as the children enter the storytime room. If I’m using stick puppets, I sometimes place a pair in a baggie and hide them under the children’s mats that they sit on. When I’m ready, I ask them to find a surprise to use. Or if the wiggles have taken over the room, I just pass them out while everyone waits for a turn. I like using vinyl puppets because I can wash them easily. They are costly, though, and I try to incorporate the cost into grants or special funding. If you’re just starting, you can create your own finger puppets using this easy technique from Mel’s Desk.

Here are a few videos you can watch to see different ways of using puppets with music. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll find more songs with a list of puppets you’ll need to spice up your program!

Susan Salidor’s extended version of Two Little Blackbirds teaches opposites. You can use any puppets you have for this song (I usually incorporate the summer reading theme and use this song as the welcome song all summer):

I like to use Carole Peterson’s There’s a Dog in School with early preschoolers. It helps teach them the alphabet. I’ve included lyrics and a set of make-your-own finger puppets here: There’s a Dog in School:

A high energy song is Laurie Berkner’s Pig On Her Head (Alternate version). I created a handout with lyrics and finger puppets here: Pig on Her Head Alt Version:

A soothing song I like to use when I need the children to calm down is Laurie Berkner’s Goodnight. The lyrics and puppets (frog, owl, tiger, kid) to make are here: Goodnight by Laurie Berkner:

For more puppet song ideas, try these:

Little Groove’s Puppet on Your Finger (you can use any finger puppet you have!):

The original Laurie Berkner song, Pig on Her Head, (pig, cow, sheep, alligator, elephant and skunk):

Mother Goose Rocks’ take on Old MacDonald set to a Taylor Swift song (cow, pig, horse, duck):

Kimmy Schwimmy’s Mr. Owl (owl, bird, kitty):

Raffi’s Little White Duck classic (duck, frog, bug, snake):

Little Groove’s I Love My Pets (dog, cat, fish):

Carole Peterson’s Say Good Day (cows, pigs, dogs, chickens, kids):

For other storytime ideas check out Story Time with the Library Lady, or Flannel Friday.

What’s your favorite puppet song to use in storytime?

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

red brontosaurus

I try to incorporate a “What Do You See” song into every season. The children love the melody, the predictive text, and that they can “read” along with me. Of course these are all inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I use this story in the beginning of the year, so children know what to expect. Greg & Steve wrote a song to accompany the book:

Kimmy Schwimmy wrote a dinosaur song similar called Red Brontosaurus that I’m going to use weekly in storytime for the Dig Into Reading theme:

You can use this same melody to create your own. Here are some ideas you can use throughout the year:

red brontosaurus

Red Brontosaurus what do you see

Red brontosaurus booklet craft

Jack o lantern what do you see

Jack o lantern what do you see

Jackolantern booklet craft

Scarecrow what do you see

Scarecrow what do you see

Scarecrow booklet craft

Menorah what do you see

Menorah What Do You See

Santa what do you see

Santa What Do You See

Santa booklet craft

Bunny what do you see

Bunny what do you see

Bunny booklet craft

Red car what do you see

Red car what do you see

Red car booklet craft

For other storytime ideas check out Read It Again, or Flannel Friday.

Do you have any What Do You See stories that I missed?

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