Storytime

Sensory Storytime: Sticks

Welcome Song: We Clap and Say Hello

We clap and say hello
We clap and say hello
With our friends at storytime
We clap and say hello

We wave and say hello
We wave and say hello
With our friends at storytime
We wave and say hello

We stomp and say hello
We stomp and say hello
With our friends at storytime
We stomp and say hello

 

New Book: Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

For my first book I always pass out a sensory element they can hold and use while I read the book. This helps them connect with the text and keep them engaged longer.

For this title, I passed out jumbo craft sticks and encouraged them to use their sticks the way little piggy does in the book.

 

Extension Activity: Bread and Butter, Marmalade and Jam

I always try to have an extension activity with the sensory element from the first book. This week we did Bread and Butter using our craft sticks like rhythm sticks. Thanks to Jbrary, as always, for sharing this version of Bread and Butter for the inspiration!

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam.
Lets tap our sticks as high as we can.

As low as we can.
As fast as we can.
As slow as we can.
To the side if we can.
Behind us if we can.

This activity helps with listening, self-regulation, and proprioception.

 

Prop of the Week: Squishy Ball

I was able to purchase enough of these for everyone to have their own. I pass them out and gave them a few moments to just play. Then I asked if they could balance it on their head, their shoulder, their knee, etc. Then we asked them to either turn to their caregiver or a nearby friend and pass them back and forth. Then we sang this song I wrote.

Pass the Ball, tune of Row, Row, Row the Boat
Pass, pass, pass the ball
Pass it to your friend.
Pass it to the side then
the ball comes back again.

 

Then we have a clean up where we ask our friends to bring up their sticks and the ball.

 

Repeating Grounding Activity
To bring them back from the chaos of a clean up, I made up this little rhyme for a grounding activity that repeats every week.

March, march, march with me
march with me then stop.
Jump, jump, jump with me
jump with me then stop.
Twirl, twirl, twirl with me
twirl with me then sit!

Give yourself a hug really tight.
Lean to the left, lean to the right.
Rock back and forth, 1 2 3.
Now please read this book with me!

That leads us to our repeating book that we read each week for half of our session, so 5 weeks.

 

Repeating Book: Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

This is a great way to start to close down Sensory Storytime. Great rhymes, lots of movement and interaction.

 

Finish with Bubbles!

I had out mini-Fubbles so they can have fun blowing and popping bubbles. Then I grab my ukulele and sing the following song. I don’t know the source for this one. Sorry about that!

Bubbles in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air.
There are bubbles in the air, in the air.
There are bubbles in the air.
There are bubbles everywhere.
There are bubbles in the air, in the air.

way down low. On your toes.
way up high. In the skies.

I always like to remind them that blowing and popping bubbles have lots of great benefits such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

 

Closing Song: We Clap and Say Goodbye

We clap and say goodbye
We clap and say goodbye
With our friends at storytime
We clap and say goodbye

We wave and say goodbye
We wave and say goodbye
With our friends at storytime
We wave and say goodbye

We stomp and say goodbye
We stomp and say goodbye
With our friends at storytime
We stomp and say goodbye.

 

Final clean up as they leave
As they head out the door, we ask for helpers to bring up anything else we used that day. I give stamps to those that are interested though for Sensory I usually wait for them to ask since some of them may not be interested.