Mo Willems-Themed Pre-School Storytime

July 25, 2015

The Chair of the CLEL Steering Committee has graciously agreed to share some of her fabulous storytime plans with us. Here is her Mo Willems themed preschool storytime for your entertainment pleasure! If you’re looking for more wonderful ideas, make sure to check out her blog directly. 

 

 

preschool storytime

 

Opening Song

 

I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.

I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.

I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.

I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.

I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.

I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”

Now I have no more wiggles left in me

And I sit on the floor as still as can be.

 

Source: Storytime with Jason

 

 

 

Book – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

 

Song – Ziggy Marley’s “Ziggy Says

 

If You’re A Bird (“If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings

If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings

If you’re a bird and you know it,

Then you really ought to show it,

If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings

 

Additional verses:

Shake your tail feathers

Say tweet – tweet

Drive the bus

 

Source: Adapted traditional

 

 

 

Book – That is NOT a Good Idea!

 

Song – Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken

 

Sometimes I am Tall

Sometimes I am tall.

Sometimes I am small.

Sometimes I am very, very tall.

Sometimes I am very, very small.

Sometimes tall.

Sometimes small

See how I am now. (sit)

 

Source: King County Library System

 

Song: Ram Sam Sam

 

A ram sam sam

A ram sam sam

Guli guli guli guli

A ram sam sam

A rafi A rafi

Guli guli guli guli

A ram sam sam

 

Source: Storyblocks

 

 

 

Book – Leonardo the Terrible Monster

 

Chant: If You Want to be a Monster

 

If you want to be a monster,

Now’s your chance.

‘Cause everybody’s doing the monster dance.

You just stamp your feet,

Wave your arms around. (Stomp, wave arms.)

Stretch ‘em up, stretch ‘em up, (Stretch up arms.)

Then put them on the ground. (Put hands on the floor.)

‘Cause you’re doing the monster stomp. (Stomp feet.)

 

Source: Storytime Katie

 

Action Rhyme: Monsters Galore

 

Monsters galore, can you roar? (Roar.)

Monsters galore, can you soar? (Flying motions.)

Monsters galore, please shut the door. (Clap.)

Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (Sit/fall down.)

 

Source: Storytime Katie

 

Goodbye

 

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam

Let’s say good-bye as high as we can

Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam

Let’s say good-bye as low as we can

Good-bye! (in a deep voice)

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam

Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can

Good-bye! (very quick)

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam

Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can

Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam

Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can

Good-bye! (in a whisper)

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam

Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can

GOOD-BYE! (yelling)

 

Source: Jbrary

 

Early Literacy tip: Mo Willems uses simple illustrations to convey complex emotions. Find pictures in magazines or online of people being happy, sad, scared, embarrassed, etc. Show your child these pictures and have them practice making similar faces in the mirror. Being able to read emotions in others teaches children sympathy/empathy and allows for smooth social interactions.

 

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