I use my hand drum and sing a song about putting their books away. The sound of the drum draws the children's attention instantly and they respond wonderfully.
This story time happened at one of our evening sessions (we offer one a month). The theme was pizza and pajama party. Thus the reason I'm wearing my pajamas.
Our hello and goodbye songs are always the same. I love watching even the youngest child learn the actions (which they do long before they say the words). Here are the words...
Touch the sky
And touch the ground.
Wiggle your fingers
Wiggle your toes.
Wiggle your shoulders
And say Hello.
Hands go up, down
Touch the sky
And touch the ground
Tickle your tummy
Blink your eyes
Blow a kiss
And say Goodbye.
The interesting thing about telling a story are the children's possible reactions. This little guy wanted to blow the candle out for me.
The Candle Story
Once upon a time there was a family that lived a long time ago. And in this family there was a mother, father, son, daughter and baby.
This family lived a long time ago before there was electricity. That means that they didn’t use stoves to cook their food, computers, tv, or even lights in their house.
What they used for light was candles and what they used for heat in their house was a fireplace and that what they used to cook their food too.
At night they’d put the fire out then they carry the candle up the stairs (pat-pat on knees slowly) to head to bed. When they’d get to the top of the stairs the mom would say, “Ok someone has to blow out this candle. And this night she said to her little boy – you can blow out this candle –
The only way the little boy could blow was ‘up’ (mock blowing up through lips) No matter how hard he tried he could not blow that candle out.
And she said to the little girl– you can blow the candle out – and the only way the little girl could blow was down – and she went (mock blowing down out of lips) No matter how hard she blew the candle didn’t go out.
So the mother said to her husband – dear you can blow the candle out – and the only way he could blow was out of the left side of his mouth – (mock blowing) No matter how hard he blew the candle did not go out.
So the mother said - ok I’ll blow the candle out tonight – and the only way she could blow was out the right side of her mouth – (mock blowing) But the candle would not go out
Now they could not go to bed with the candle lit because it was too dangerous to have a fire lit all night.
Then they heard footsteps (pat-pat fast on knees) outside the house
Who do you think it is? Fireman – call him (Have families call ‘fireman’ several times) He came running up the stairs ‘yes yes can I help you’
Yes our candles burning and we can’t blow it out
He said I’d be happy to blow it out – and he went whoosh and the candle went out.
Then he said wait it’s too dark – I can’t see to get down the stairs. So they lit the candle again – held it out so he could find his way down the stairs
And here they are again with the candle lit so they all tried to blow it out again
And the little boy blew up (mimic). The little girl blew down (mimic). The father blew to the left (mimic). The mother blew to the right (mimic). They couldn’t get the candle out
They heard some more footsteps outside
Who do you think it is? Cop?? Let’s call him
He came running up the stairs. And said what’s the problem? he said
We can’t blow this candle out
Oh I’d be happy to help and he blew – whoosh – wait it’s too dark, it’ way too dark. I can’t see to get down the stairs. So they lit the candle again – showed him the way down the stairs
They there were with the candle lit again
They didn’t know what to do but to try again. Do you remember how the little boy blew? up. Do you remember how the little girl blew? down. How did the father blow? to the left. And how did the mother blow? to the right. They couldn’t blow the candle out
They didn’t know what to do. They were getting very tired of standing at the top of the stairs - everybody wanted to go to bed
Now do you remember that there was another child in the family? That’s right – the baby. The baby had crawled up the stairs behind everyone. Pulling on his fathers pant leg saying “I can do it” (whisper). Pulling on his mother’s gown saying “I can do it”(louder). But they said ‘you’re too little, you’re too little – we’ll figure this out. But he said “I’ll help, I’ll help’
Finally they said OK maybe you better try it because we’re awfully tired
And they put the candle down in front of him
And the baby went – (big wet blow)
And blew out the candle
And that’s the end of that story.