Every spring muddy sports uniforms descend on my washing machine and remind me it’s a good time to do a messy storytime.
Background music as children gathered for storytime: Black Socks by Bill Harley and I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine by Jim Gill.
Fingers go like this, this
Knees and toes
Hips and nose
And, that’s the way it goes (clap 2x)
via King County Library System’s Tell Me a Story (includes video)
What did you put in your pocket? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers. This is a good chance to talk about April 26, Poem in Your Pocket Day, too)
Action song: Alouette Game (English version)
Those Messy Hempels by Brigitte Luciano. An all-too familiar scene in my house — trying to find one lost thing (in the Hempels’ case a whisk) leads to the discovery of many more lost items.
I got out Melissa’s adorable Clean and Dirty Pigs for the next two rhymes.
Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest pigs you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big THUD
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.
Repeat until no clean pigs left.
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David McPhail. I have teen boys. I can relate :)
I kept the pigs muddy side-up on the flannelboard and we did this next rhyme after finishing Ten Dirty Pigs; Ten Clean Pigs.
Five little pigs rolled in the mud -
Squishy, squashy, felt so good.
The farmer took one piggy out.
“Oink, Oink, oink,” the pig did shout!
Continue with four, three, two, until…
No little pigs rolled in the mud.
They all looked so clean and good.
The farmer turned his back and then,
Those pigs rolled in the mud again.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont — this story is always a lot of fun!
Movie: I’m Dirty. Based on the book by Kate McMullan.
Other book suggestions:
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley