Storytime! Music Theme!

What a fun and LOUD story time this was!

We had music note nametags and played songs from my Spotify playlist (Music Theme Storytime) as they walked in.

I read Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler.

Then we got up to move. We did the “We Can…” fingerplay that I found on this blog post by Miss Meg.

I read Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig and we tried to guess the animals that were dancing.

Last book was Dance With Me by Charles R. Smith, Jr.  With this one, we got up and did whatever the characters in the book were doing. Next time, I might play some music as I read this one, so that we have something to dance by.

After reading about music and dancing, it was time to make our own music! I borrowed a bunch of instruments from our music teacher and showed kids how to play with the Sound Box app on the iPad. I gave everyone about 5 minutes to make their own music. That was the loud part of story time 🙂

Then it was time for a craft! They made drums out of styrofoam bowls (inspired by this blog post) and decorated them with foam stickers. Their snack was “drum sticks” (stick pretzels).

We had lots of fun making music and dancing!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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4 Responses to Storytime! Music Theme!

  1. Holly says:

    Hi Valerie–I just discovered your blog today while planning my next Sensory Storytime. I now have tons of new ideas. Could you tell me some of the songs you have on your Spotify playlist (the ones that are playing in the background as the kids arrive)? I always like to play music before storytime begins–it makes the room so much more inviting–but am curious what songs you use. Are they always the same, or do you change them for each storytime? Thanks for sharing all these great stories and songs and rhymes and activities.

    • Hi Holly!
      I’m so glad you enjoy the blog! I do change the playlist each time to match the theme of my story time…Some of the songs for this playlist are:
      They Might Be Giants – Clap Your Hands!
      They Might Be Giants – D is for Drums
      Dogs on Fleas – Do You Wanna Know My New Dance Step?
      Ralph’s World – Dance Around
      Lots of stuff by Laurie Berkner
      Do you use Spotify? You can follow me and use my playlists, if you like!
      Thanks for reading!

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