Thursday, June 30, 2011

Please! More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed!

Last night for Sleepytime Tales we shared books designed to get us up and moving!

After our normal welcome and warm up it was time for the books.

We read 'I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!' by Karen Beaumont and our library friends helped us name the parts that were painted.

We then learned the signs for the colors white, red, blue and brown along with shoes and wet and read 'Pete the Cat' by Eric Litwin. A new friend joined us to introduce our next book.

Banana, the Monkey went, well bananas, as he welcomed each of our library friends to storytime.

Banana waking himself up this morning

One of the Sleepytime Tales readers helped share our next book 'No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed' by Eileen Christelow. We learned the signs for jump and helped mama call the doctor for our injured monkey friends!  Last but certainly not least was 'Dancing Feet' by Lindsey Criag. Our library friends were encouraged to get up and move as we read about slappity, stompity and creepity feet.

Since we were up we used the activity cube rectangle. This cube rectangle is six sides cube of easy and fun activities to help keep us moving.
The activity cube rectangle idea was found on the website Little Family Fun.. While ours was more of a rectangle, we were still able to have a great time! We decorated the box with colorful paper and put instructions on each side:
The sides of the cube are:
Spin in a circle.
Hop on one foot.
Jump up and down 5 times.
Flap your arms like a bird.
Run in place.
There were only eight children in attendance so each were able to toss the box several times.

We ended with our closing routine and the children could then play with the toys in the library or read more books.

Sleepytime Tales meets Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 PM and is for the whole family to enjoy.

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