Little 2 year old Joey just jumped down three steps at a time and fell in a crying heap on the floor. His mom, helping to pick him up says, “Joey, don’t jump on the stairs!” And then little Joey climbs back up the steps to jump again! … What happened? Why did Joey repeat something his mother just told him “No” about?
A young child thinks in pictures. He will interpret the words he’s hearing by “seeing” the pictures in his mind. Not having a concrete picture for the word, “No,” he sees a picture of jumping and the stairs … and goes to repeat his behavior! Again, if Joey is now running around the room and he is told “No running!” he “sees” these words in his mind as running … and he will go to repeat the behavior again!
For this age, as much as possible it is best to change our directions into a positive statement such as:
Walking feet vs. Don’t run
Let’s use a quiet voice vs. Don’t yell
Can you roll the ball? vs. No throwing inside the house
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
- Read the book, make animal noises, identify ways that they are moving. Use the tune to Head and Shoulders to sing the book. i.e. turn your head baby one, two, three; raise your shoulders baby one, two, three; etc.
- Play along to When Sheep Get Up in the Morning. Use an instrument to tap various body parts while singing with same tune.
- Get up and move to the Head and Shoulders song, following the motions of the lyrics. Touch head and shoulders, clap on 1-2-3 and jump back, forward, and side-to-side with the song.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
- Read book and discuss. This is a bit long and might be best for older kids and smaller groups.
- Explore shakers with the tune of Jazzy Twinkle
- Play along with The Library Song.
Career Day by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell
- Read the book and explore what people do for work.
- Use the song When I Grow Up to sing about people in the book and about ideas the kids have about what they would like to do when they grow up.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Baking Day At Grandma’s By Anika Denise
Illustrated by Christopher Denise
Published by Philomel
Baking Day at Grandma’s Text Copyright © 2014 Anika Denise
Artwork Copyright © 2014 Christopher Denise
Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can’t wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma’s! In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir—with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing—to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they’re shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents. Enjoy stirring, shaking and dancing with this specially adapted song from the Little Hands library of songs!
Purchase the book HERE.
Listen to the Baking Day Song from Little Hands: View other story time music suggestions on our website HERE.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke
- Read the book and notice the changes that occur, the animals that come, and how Fletcher tries to help the tree.
- Sing Falling Leaves (link below) while making hands fall like leaves. Get up to move and fall like the leaves. Scoop imaginary leaves like the squirrels, roll in the leaves like the porcupine, fly like the birds:
- Squirrels are scooping leaves up, time to make a nest. Taking just what we need, leaving all the rest.
- Porcupine is rolling, in leaves that have come down. Collecting a warm coat, of leaves down on the ground.
- All the birds are flying, swirling to the tree. Bringing back the colors, found in autumn leaves.
- Add rainbow streamers, scarves or silk leaves and make them float and fly and fall to the song. Enjoy moving and dancing to Bassez Down (link below.)
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban
- Read the book and notice the foods Frances won’t eat. Also, note that she comes to change in her own time and with the patience of those around her.
- List foods that Frances didn’t want to eat and possibly some new food ideas.
- Sing Yeah, I Might Try That (link below) and add in foods from the book. Start with ‘I’ll eat bread and I’ll eat jam…’ and go from there.
- Possible art tie-in – make a picture of a food you don’t like to eat, but that you might like to try and/or a picture of a food you do like to eat. Maybe sing the song again with the children’s foods.
- Another book along these lines is I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, and could be used instead of, or in addition to, Bread and Jam for Frances.
Here’s an excerpt from the song “Hello Rainbow” a song from our upcoming HELLO RAINBOW session…
Join us on an artistic and musical adventure through the colorful world of the rainbow! Visit with squirrels, frogs, whales, and other friends as we travel from the sunny red and orange leaves of fall through the green meadow to the big blue sea. Children will spend time investigating the wonders of nature and various locations where bright colors spark the imagination and call out for singing and dancing. Through a combination of teacher and self directed activities we will work to develop rhythmic, listening, movement, and singing skills.
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“Arabella, the Musical Princess” is now available for birthday party visits and activities. Arabella is a musical princess who sings songs, stories and plays musical games and plays fun instruments. Party activities are about 30-40 minutes and cost $150 for up to 12 children.
Parties can be booked by calling Beth Frook at (703)631-2046 or emailing email@example.com with details to request a “royal visit!”