Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/13

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The Plan


Book
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
I like to think of this book as wonderful for a lot of reasons: STEM connections (five senses), diversity, music & movement, and just plain fun. I had a very large crowd today and they really got up to show me how they had the rhythm. As I read this book, I also like to talk about different ways that the children are moving and try to vary my movements. I want everyone to know that it’s okay to move differently from each other!

Props
Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
The More We Get Together — Rolie Polie Guacamole
Everybody’s Jumping — Aaron Nigel Smith
Heartbeat — Laura Doherty
The Shaker Song — Rocknoceros
I Know a Chicken — Laurie Berkner
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

Both The More We Get Together and Everybody’s Jumping have instructions in the lyrics which are helpful for caregivers to follow if they get stuck for ideas on how to move. I thought that the familiar The More We Get Together was a great opening song for storytime since it gave the grown-ups immediate buy-in. Everybody’s Jumping is always a kiddo favorite because of its high, high energy. Afterwards, I played Heartbeat as a slower song before transitioning into our prop songs.

I used a new song — The Shaker Song — to start the prop time this class. This song probably would have worked better as a second song, since the kids were too involved with shaking to listen to the directions of the song. I’ll have to remember that for next time. And then, an old favorite made its debut for the first time this summer: I Know a Chicken. This is my favorite way to have kids practice self-regulation!

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

Baby Bundles: Faces

For an overview of the Baby Bundles early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Tote Bag ($6.89) — 4Imprint
  • Global Babies Bedtime by Global Fund for Children ($6.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Play by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Sassy Crib and Floor Mirror ($14.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $38.37

Confession time: I actually started with toys while I was creating Baby Bundles. Since baby/toddler toys are a relatively small market compared with children’s toys, it seemed like I should get a list of toys that were appropriate for circulation before I picked out themes. Luckily, the toys lent themselves to natural themes and I still have a list of toys that I may use for future kits!

We all know how much babies like to look at faces! This toy helps promote tummy time use, and lets baby see themselves in a mirror. I spent a lot of time reading reviews on mirror products. I wanted to make sure that it was a plastic mirror, which is safer but often distorts the mirror a bit. Many of the product reviews mention this. Ultimately, I decided safety was most important to me and the patrons.

Both Global Babies Bedtime and Play are very popular board books in our circulating collection. Since they are so popular, I decided to add them to the Bundle. I also really like that the whole Happy Healthy Baby series (of which Play is a title from!) also has caregiver tips at the back of the board book to encourage and empower caregivers.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated five times. Fun fact: this was the first Baby Bundle ever checked out!

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/6

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The Plan


Book
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Cabrera’s singing books. I find that they always get a crowd involved and that the magical benefits of choral singing with a large group get everyone to pay attention. This book, in particular, works for Shake, Shimmy because it gets the kiddos ready to start moving with me.

Props
Wrist Ribbons!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Rise & Rhyme — Culture Queen
Clap Your Hands — Red Yarn
Lizzie Spins — Joanie Leeds
The Tempo Marches On — Jim Gill
Up & Down — Miss Nina
All My Colors — Ralph Covert
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

All of my instructional/free dance songs this week were new! I like trying out new music to keep this program fresh and exciting. “Rise & Rhyme” is off one of our new CDs in the library, I Like Me!. This is a great introduction song for a program because it focuses on getting ready and stretching. “Clap Your Hands” is a traditional song that asks for listeners to clap along, etc., but it ALSO has a chorus that I used as a free dance opportunity.

“Lizzie Spins” is a new song, but a favorite Shake, Shimmy artist Joanie Leeds. This song talks about different friends and what they like to do (dance, spin, jump, etc.). It was pretty much adored by everyone in the room. And then, I capped off this portion of the program with Jim Gill’s “The Tempo Marches On”. I challenged the kids to start as slow as they could because the song would keep getting faster as we went! I love watching them during that slow portion because they’re so proud at how slow they can go. I had one young friend who kept telling me that they weren’t even moving, they were going that slow.

Afterwards, it was time for wrist ribbons. We practiced our opposites with “Up & Down”, which does run a little bit long. I try really hard to find songs that are under 2 minutes, 30 seconds, but it’s also good to stretch their attention spans’ with a longer song from time to time. And finally, “All My Colors” by Ralph Covert. I am still heartbroken that this CD is out of print and am eternally grateful that I have a digital copy. The kids took their wrist ribbons and found a friend to make a rainbow with to conclude today’s program.

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

Baby Bundles: Counting

For an overview of the Baby Bundles early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Tote Bag ($6.89) — 4Imprint
  • Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Pallotta ($9.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting by Dawn Sirett ($5.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Infantino Squeeze and Stack Blocks ($9.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $38.36

Confession time: I actually started with toys while I was creating Baby Bundles. Since baby/toddler toys are a relatively small market compared with children’s toys, it seemed like I should get a list of toys that were appropriate for circulation before I picked out themes. Luckily, the toys lent themselves to natural themes and I still have a list of toys that I may use for future kits!

Blocks are one of the best toys that you can give a toddler. But I knew that I wanted soft blocks, or at least softer blocks than wooden ones! I was happy to find these Infantino blocks, which are colorful and have great textures on each side of the blocks. I was able to make them almost squeak with my adult hands, but I’m not sure that young babies/toddlers will be able to, at least only using one hand.

My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting is an oversized toddler board book and I love that it goes beyond counting to ten. So many of the children’s books stop at ten — this one is perfect for older toddlers who want to learn more. And Butterfly Colors and Counting is a book that we use in storytime. Our caregiver tip is that Butterfly Colors and Counting is easily translated as you read aloud in another language.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated five times.

Baby Bundles: Colors

For an overview of the Baby Bundles early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Tote Bag ($6.89) — 4Imprint
  • My First Book of Colors by Scholastic ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Rainbow Zoo by Martina Hogan ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups ($10.00) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $39.41

Confession time: I actually started with toys while I was creating Baby Bundles. Since baby/toddler toys are a relatively small market compared with children’s toys, it seemed like I should get a list of toys that were appropriate for circulation before I picked out themes. Luckily, the toys lent themselves to natural themes and I still have a list of toys that I may use for future kits!

This toy is actually a favorite of a small person in my life! She loves to stack the cups, and loves taking it apart when you put it together for her, and it is a fantastic ball for her to practice rolling with. So, I knew that I needed to include it as a toy for the library patrons. Fine-motor, gross-motor, color identification, basic engineering, hand-eye coordination — this toy has it all.

My First Book of Colors is a book that would probably be fine to circulate in the library, but since it has the colored plastic pieces, i wanted to save it for a kit. I also think that tabbed books like Rainbow Zoo are great for promoting fine-motor skills, but don’t always hold up on multiple check-outs.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated six times.

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 5/26

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The Plan


Book
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Another favorite of my crowd. This crowd really got into mixing up the colors and the kiddos were pros at telling me what colors we were making! This title is a great way to incorporate STEM ideas (color mixing) into your preschool and toddler events/storytimes. Also, it goes great with our prop, too.

Props
Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Music (Keeps Me Movin’) — Fresh Beat Band
Wiggle Your Lah-de-Dah — Ralph Covert
Dance With Me — The Not-Its
Beep Beep Beep — Dan Vapid
Colors — Play Date
Fireworks — Laurie Berkner
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

Since we’ve had a few weeks of Shake, Shimmy to re-acclimate to moving together, I started today’s class off with a free dance! I absolutely adore the energy of the Fresh Beat Band and I really appreciate that they have diversity in their group (unlike many of the other TV show adult singing groups), so “Music (Keeps Me Movin’)” was an awesome choice. Then, a Shake, Shimmy song that hasn’t been used in quite some time: Ralph Covert’s “Wiggle Your Lah-de-Dah”. This song really works best for preschool, so I probably should have held off until the summer when my crowd ages up.

“Dance With Me” is one of my favorite ‘trick’ songs. I always introduce the song by having my friends find the best grown-up to dance with. I remind caregivers that the kids *like* dancing with me, but they *love* it when their familiar grown-ups join the group. And then it was time for a new Shake, Shimmy song called “Beep Beep Beep” by Dan Vapid. I told the kids today was a special day that they got to drive around the room. And believe me, they took off!

For our props today, I used two brand-new Shake, Shimmy songs. I started with “Colors” by Play Date to encourage the kids to look at the different colored scarves around the room. If this hadn’t been at the tail end of a germy couple of weeks at the library, I would have had them practice exchanging scarves with a friend to share their colors. For “Fireworks”, we tossed our scarves up in the air to simulate fireworks. (And yes, my arm mysteriously hurt the next day from this activity, ha!)

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

Baby Bundles: Bugs

For an overview of the Baby Bundles early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Tote Bag ($6.89) — 4Imprint
  • Hello Bugs by Smriti Prasadam-Halls ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • In My Flower by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich ($8.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Melissa and Doug Caterpillar Gears Toddler Toy ($9.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $38.40

Confession time: I actually started with toys while I was creating Baby Bundles. Since baby/toddler toys are a relatively small market compared with children’s toys, it seemed like I should get a list of toys that were appropriate for circulation before I picked out themes. Luckily, the toys lent themselves to natural themes and I still have a list of toys that I may use for future kits!

The Melissa and Doug Caterpillar Gears toy is definitely geared for older children as opposed to young babies. But I felt it was important to have some toys for the 2-3 age range, since babies grow up to be toddlers, and they also need Bundles of their own. I love that this toy provides opportunities for caregivers to help their child with colors, basic engineering, and bugs! And since it’s Melissa and Doug, I know that it will also stand up against multiple circulations.

Hello Bugs is one of my favorite board books to give to friends who are expecting. The high contrast pages make it ideal for young children, but the shiny bits can also capture the attention of older children. And the vocabulary building is great. In My Flower is part of a wonderful series of books, but it’s books that won’t get added to the library’s general collection due to wear and tear. But it works in a Bundle!


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated four times. I think it’s because it’s one of the older toys that I’ve used in the Bundles

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 5/12

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The Plan


Book
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
This is a classic Shake, Shimmy, & Dance book that always manages to get my preschools and toddlers up and engaged. I think that the silliness and pretending aspects of the book are absolutely fantastic and that preschoolers in particular love the twist ending.

Props
Stretchy Band!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Can’t Wait to Celebrate — Jim Gill
Get Your Move On — Mr. Jon & Friends
It’s a Doo Da Day/You Are My Sunshine — Wendy & DB
Roller Coaster — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Rainbow — Milkshake
Row, Row, Row Your Boat — Charity and the JAMband (Putumayo Rock N’ Roll Playground)
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

One of two May editions of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance! Since we were on hiatus in both February and March, I scheduled two events to take place in May. And for the first event, I decided to try out our stretchy bands. We purchased bands (two XL Latex-free bands) last summer and one of my co-workers has used them in outreach events to much success. I used the stretchy bands in our Romp & Rhyme program (more info on that program coming soon!), and also had great feedback. It was time to try it as a Shake, Shimmy prop.

To start our day though, I picked another classic Jim Gill song, “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” that gave me an opportunity to pass along a great caregiver tip about using this song as a game to practice patience and waiting. I continue with “Get Your Move On” by Mr. Jon & Friends, which also has directions in the lyrics.

For “It’s a Doo Da Day/You Are My Sunshine”, I encourage the kids to find a grown-up to dance with for a free dance. “Roller Coaster” involved me leading a group of kiddos around in a circle as we lifted our arms up during the “wheeee!” lyric of the song.

And then it was time for the stretchy bands! Since we have two of these bands, I asked one be a less active band (aka babies and young toddlers) and one be a more active band (older toddlers and preschoolers). My less active band sat down on the floor and my more active band had grown-ups on the floor, kiddos standing. My groups did a great job splitting up and using these new props!

During “Rainbow”, I had the kids practice working together with the stretchy band and lifting the band up and down in the air as the song played. And for “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”, they pretended to row a boat while pulling the stretchy band back and forth. This was a fun activity, and I was happy that I had separated the groups as my preschoolers tended to pull much harder than my littles.

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

Baby Bundles: Balls

For an overview of the Baby Bundles early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Tote Bag ($6.89) — 4Imprint
  • A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka ($8.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Where is Baby’s Beach Ball? by Karen Katz ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Infantino Textured Balls Multi Set ($9.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $35.41

Confession time: I actually started with toys while I was creating Baby Bundles. Since baby/toddler toys are a relatively small market compared with children’s toys, it seemed like I should get a list of toys that were appropriate for circulation before I picked out themes. Luckily, the toys lent themselves to natural themes and I still have a list of toys that I may use for future kits!

The Infantino Textured Balls are actually a set that we have in our in-house play items for after storytimes/during play groups. I know from personal experience that babies loooooove to chew on them and that toddlers love to put them into boxes/bins or to throw them. I figured that it would be worth it to have a kit dedicated just to balls!

I included a board book adaptation of A Ball of Daisy. This is a board book that I did not purchase for the general collection because our picture books versions do not circulate very well. I thought that the board book is a great choice for the older toddlers who are started to develop their own words and that the story would be relate-able — the best kind of book to put inside of a kit. It will reach a whole new audience! And Karen Katz is a genius of board books — her flap books, like Where is Baby’s Beach Ball? are beloved here. An easy decision to include it!


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated a whopping six times! Impressive!

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 4/21

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The Plan

Since I’m on the Caldecott committee, I won’t be writing about the book that I used in this storytime since it is eligible for the award.

Props
Shaker Eggs

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Reach for the Sky — Alison Faith Levy
Hands Are for Clapping — Jim Gill
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Go! Go! Go! — Caspar Babypants
Shake & Sing — Little Miss Ann and Amy D
I Can Shake My Shaker Egg — The Learning Groove
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

For our first Shake, Shimmy, & Dance after tax season (when our meeting room is taken over for tax help), this was an excellent turn-out. I wish I could talk about the book I read because it was an excellent introduction to the program.

“Reach for the Sky” was a good warm-up song. I like that it’s instructional and gives the kids an idea on how to start moving. Often times (especially after a re-launch), I have to get everyone comfortable with moving around again and this song worked well. And I went straight into a classic Jim Gill with “Hands Are for Clapping” to keep that momentum going. I pulled out one last favorite: “The Airplane Song” before I segued into some new Shake, Shimmy material. “The Airplane Song” also gives directions in the lyrics and it is beloved by all of my patrons.

“Go! Go! Go!” was our first new song today. It is by a classic Shake, Shimmy artist though! I had to work to get motions for each of the lyrics (For example, I asked the kids to find a friend to dance with during “just met a baby with an entourage”), but I thought the song went over really well. I love the music, because the “go, go, go” part is really easy to dance to.

And then, I introduced Little Miss Ann and Amy D to my storytime audience, with “Shake & Sing”. They had shaker eggs for the song and really just enjoyed using their instruments with some great tunes. I also used “I Can Shake My Shaker Egg” and later had a kiddo come up to tell me that that song “sounds like HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEEEEN”. Needless to say, it was probably my favorite moment of the day.

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)