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Imagination Story Time

I started this story time with my usual opening song–“If You Want to Hear a Story.”

If You Want to Hear a Story
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
If you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story, clap your hands.

(Other verses include “zip your lips,” “sit so still,” “nod your head,” etc.)
Found at A Library Geek.

Next, I read and acted out an original poem titled “A Scarf Is Not a Scarf.”

A scarf is not a scarf when you can dream.
It can be a hat or even a tiny stream.
Is it what makes a superhero fly?
Or whipped cream on pumpkin pie?
Is it a princess’s gown for a grand ball?
Or an old witch’s ratty shawl?
Is it a tent pitched to keep out the storm?
Perhaps a baby’s blanket to keep them warm?
It can be a sash for a pirate so scary,
Or, perhaps, a beard on a man, oh so hairy!
Is it a sail on a great adventure ship?
Or a towel to dry after a quick ocean dip?
It could be the waves of the great ocean blue,
Or it could be a ghost to jump out and say “Boo!”
A scarf is not just a scarf when you can dream.
For nothing is as it may seem.

This poem was a big hit! I wasn’t sure about it (even though I personally loved it) beforehand because it is somewhat long, but every group that came to story time had a favorite from the poem and repeatedly requested it for the rest of the program.

After that, I read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis.

The kids loved calling out the things the box turned into throughout the story and were really engaged through this short book.

Then, I did a flannel board I made based on It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw. (I found the pattern from Kidclub.)

The kids also loved calling out what each shape was, though my artistic abilities were called into question with the birthday cake which only a few kids guessed correctly.

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Then, we sang a shortened and adapted version of the traditional Scouts song “I Wish I Were.”

I Wish I Were
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
Oh I wish I were a little bitty orange
Oh I wish I were a little bitty orange
Oh I’d go squirty squirty squirty over everybody’s shirtey
Oh I wish I were a little bitty orange

Oh I wish I were a little hunk of mud
Oh I wish I were a little hunk of mud
Oh I’d ooey and I’d gooey under everybody’s shoey
Oh I wish I were a little hunk of mud

Oh I wish I were a little stinky skunk
Oh I wish I were a little stinky skunk
Oh I’d sit beneath the trees and perfume all the breeze
Oh I wish I were a little stinky skunk

Then, we read Ella’s Games by David Bedford and Peter Kavanagh.

This book is somewhat long, but the kids seemed to enjoy it pretty well. It didn’t seem as popular as the other two books I read, but they were amused by the tall tales Ella invented.

After Ella’s Games, it was time to stand up, sing, and dance a bit.

We started with “Shake Your Sillies Out”

Shake Your Sillies Out
I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out,
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out,
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out,
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out,
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out,
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out,
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away,
And wiggle my waggles away!

by Raffi

Then, we sang a song that I’d used in a previous story time that I knew was a hit and happened to go with this theme.

Can You Move With Me?
(to the tune of “Do Your Ears Hang Low”)
Can you wiggle like a worm,
Can you squiggle, can you squirm?
Can you flutter, can you fly, Like a gentle butterfly?
Can you crawl upon the ground
Like a beetle that is round? Can you move with me?

Can you flip? Can you flop?
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like a bee
who is buzzing in a tree?
Can you move with me?

(Found at KCLS.)

Then, we read Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland.

I love this book! I was worried because, like Ella’s Games, it’s kind of long. However, the kids loved it too! They sat through the whole book and loved calling out the various fairytale characters who popped out of the book. Be prepared to spend several minutes on the last few pages so they can spot and name every single one!

Then, I wrapped it up with my closing song that I typically use.

Goodbye, Goodbye
(to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
Goodbye, goodbye, time to go.
I had lots of fun, you know.
I’ll come back another day.
I’ll come back to read and play.

Our craft was going to be one where we had to use our imaginations to create something out of a paper circle. I originally found this craft at The Wielded Pen. Here are the examples I  made.

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However, most of the kids in attendance weren’t quite old enough for this particular craft, so we just did some imagination-themed coloring sheets.

NOTE: I did this storytime a second time at my new branch and used Diggy Dan: A Room Cleaning Adventure by David and Daniel Kamish instead of Ella’s Games, and it went very well. This is an adorable book about making things fun by using your imagination!

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