Fizz Boom Read: Movement- Pre School

Be ready to wiggle, jump*, laugh, and play in this movement themed storytime!
*do not plan this storytime after you spent a night of contra dancing at a library school friends wedding and have incredibly sore calves

We started with our new opening song that I adapted from Rickety Tickety:
Fizzy, Boomy, Sciency,
Can YOU say your name for me?

Movement Picture Books

Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Stretch by Doreen Cornin and Scott Menchin
Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Hop, Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Dancing in my Bones
Dancing in my Bones by Slyvia Andrews, illus. by Ellen Mueller
Wokka Wokka
How Do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle, illus. by Randy Cecil
**This one was a favorite among the parents!**

Movement Songs & Rhymes

Dance Any Way You Want To
source: Librarian Jenna

Dance any way you want to
Dance any way you please
Dance any way you want to
But stop when I say freeze.
Jump as high as you want to…
Dance as fast as you want to…
Dance as slow as you want to…

Thumbs Up Chant
source: Jen in the Library

Thumbs up! (Do action, and have audience repeat the line back as they do it)
Thumbs up!
Arms out!
Thumbs up!
Arms out!
Feet apart!

Keep building until you are doing a lot of ridiculous movements all together.  My pattern of actions for this is usually: Thumbs up, Arms Out, Feet Apart, Knees Bent, Bottoms Out, Head Tilt, Tongue Out.

Shake Your Sillies Out- Wiggles

Icky Sticky Bubble Gum- David Landeau

Wiggle It- Koo Koo Kanga Roo
if you have a projector this would be a fun music video to watch!

This was a very simple storytime to put together and required very little preparation!


Fizz Boom Read: Rainbows- Pre School


This storytime was a huge hit, but I would recommend you brush yourself up on your rainbow facts beforehand!  There were some questions that I wasn’t able to answer.

I started with the awesome Rainbow Stew activity from Storytime ABC’s. By the time I had finished the activity all of the kids had figured out that our theme this week was RAINBOWS!


Rainbow Picture Books

The Rainbow (Bamboo & Friends)
The Rainbow (Bamboo & Friends) by Felicia Law, illus. by Claire Philpott & Karen Radford.
This books was GREAT for being a story but also informational about rainbows!
Lemons are not Red
Lemons are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Baby Bear Sees Blue
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
Definitely a favorite with any age group birth through pre-school!
Elmer and the Rainbow
Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee

Rainbow Songs & Activities

We have these awesome rainbow ribbons so I passed them out and we danced to some scarf songs that I just changed to be ribbon. I used the songs from Library Village: Let’s Make a Rainbow. Check out their whole post it is filled with great ideas!

Rainbow Storytime

Let’s Make a Rainbow!

Let’s wave our ribbons high!
Let’s wave our ribbons low!
Let’s wave our ribbons fast!
Let’s wave our ribbons slow!
Now let’s crumple up our ribbons.
One, Two, Three!  (Throw ribbons into the air and watch the rainbow of colors fall to the ground.)

Let’s All Twirl (Sung to the tune of “The Mulberry Bush”)

Let’s all twirl with our ribbons today,
Scarves today, ribbons today,
Let’s all twirl our ribbons today,
All around the room.
jump… clap… stomp…wave

Awesome Rainbow by Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Ever since someone posted a video of these guys on the Storytime Underground page I have been obsessed!

David Landau: Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
on Kids and Kitties album, image link brings you to itunes purchase

David Landau

Los Colores
a play and learn play group I used to go to when I was a nanny…
[tune: frere jacques]

Red is Rojo
Green is Verde
Blue, Azul
Negro, Black
Yellow Amarillo
Purple is Morado
Grey is Gris
Brown, Cafe

We will be singing this every week for the rest of the summer.  Before we sang it the first time we went over the colors and pronunciations a few times.


I ended with a last minute rainbow paper chain but the kids LOVED it!

Rainbow Storytime Rainbow Paper Chain

Other Rainbow Ideas

Sturdy for Common Things: Rain & Rainbow Storytime
1 Plus 1
Plus 1 Equals 1: Hands on Rainbows
Storytime with Miss Mollie: Storytime Colors of Rainbow


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