This week, I had the chance to use two of my favourite newer books, Blue Chameleon and Pete the Cat!
Opening rhyme: I Have Ten Little Fingers
Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett: Great for both colours and shapes. The spotty ball transformation elicited the most giggles.
The kids favourite transformation was the final one where Blue Chameleon retains his shape, but goes wild with colour.
Colour Fish (sung to I Saw Three Ships)
I saw a fish go swimming by, go swimming by, go swimming by.
I saw a fish go swimming by, so early in the morning.
I saw a fish that was green and pink, green and pink, green and pink.
I saw a fish that was green and pink, so early in the morning.
And so on to match the five fish I have made. Only three showed up for the photo shoot.
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd. I read this while using the cut-out dog and spots one of my coworkers made. Good for colours and counting.
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin. I would use this book at every storytime if I thought I could get away with it. I love saying “Gracious no!” and singin’ his song.
Next up was Color Rhyme by Jean Warren. I really like this rhyme although I do often add a stanza like “If your clothes have any pink, give your a eye a little wink” given the preponderance of pink among the girls’ clothing these days. I try to wear this Chinese vest whenever I do this rhyme because then I am sure that I am wearing every colour. Isn’t it wonderful?
by Jean Warren
If your clothes have any red
Put your finger on your head
If your clothes have any blue
Put your finger on your shoe.
If your clothes have any green
Wave your hand so you’ll be seen
If your clothes have any yellow,
Smile like a happy fellow
If your clothes have any brown,
Turn your smile into a frown.
If your clothes have any black,
Put your hands behind your back.
If your clothes have any white,
Clap your hands with all your might.
Everyone stood up to do the Color Rhyme so to get every one seated for the next story we did this quick action rhyme:
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Wave them in their air
Touch the ground
Sit down if you dare.
Next up was Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler: A delightful story about a flamingo that eats all different food to change colour. Very satisfying final page!
(Tune: London Bridge)
All the squares have four sides,
have four sides, have four sides.
All the squares have four sides,
and this one is red.
A triangle has three sides,
Has three sides, has three sides.
A triangle has three sides
and this one is green.
All the circles are very round,
Very round, very round.
All the circles are very round.
and this one is brown.
Rectangles are extra tall
Extra tall. Extra tall.
rectangles are extra tall
And this one is blue.
Diamond shapes are very sharp,
Very sharp, very sharp.
Diamond Shapes are very sharp
and this one is white.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. It really doesn’t matter whether you feel comfortable singing or not with this crazy book.
Except for guest storytimes, my library ends with a movie. This week I used Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
I usually end each storytime by stamping the children’s hands (and sometimes their cheeks and arms and so on). It’s a nice chance to at least say a couple of words individually with each child. This week’s stamp was a cat that looked vaguely like Pete the Cat.
Apologies for any uncredited rhymes. I’ve been collected them for awhile for a private wiki without any blog in mind and very infrequently kept track of the original source. Please let me know if you see anything you created and I would be happy to provide credit (or remove it if that is your preference).