Get a Move On – Revised All of us need more exercise – kids included! So a storytime that emphasizes movement can be a fun way to motivate kids to get moving. Incorporate many movement songs and activities, from “The Hokey Pokey” to “Head and Shoulders.” For a hands-on activity, make dance streamers by taping tissue paper strips to a craft-stick or chopstick. Or make this cool streamer craft. Wave and shake them as you sing “Shake Your Sillies Out,” or “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Carle, Eric. Head to Toe. The audience can re-enact the movement of each animal in this clever song.
Cauley, Lorinda B. Clap Your Hands. In this rhyming book, children clap, jump, spin, and demonstrate other movements that the audience can emulate.
Cronin, Doreen. Bounce. A dog demonstrates movements using a ball. The audience can do the same using beanbags.
Davis, Katie. Who Hops? In this fun guessing game, children can call out which animal doesn’t hop, fly, slither, or swim, and demonstrate the actions.
Hindley, Judy. Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes. Similar to the song “Head and Shoulders,” this rhyming story helps children point to various parts of the body.
London, Jonathan. Wiggle Waggle. The audience can demonstrate the answers to questions such as “How does a duck walk?” in this interactive story.
Meyers, Susan. This Is the Way the Baby Rides. While on a picnic, a family plays together, and an animal family on the same page also runs, hides, eats, and does other actions.
Martin, Bill. Here Are My Hands. Like “Head and Shoulders,” the rhyming text of this simple book will help a child name the parts of the body.
Newcome, Zita. Toddlerobics. Eight multi-ethnic toddlers move about in this rhyming story.
Reid, Rob. Wave Goodbye. In this delightful story, a baby waves, blows a kiss, and performs other greetings.
Rosen, Michael. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. In this popular camp song and story, the audience acts out the repeated phrases of a bear hunt.
Thompson, Lauren. Hop, Hop, Jump! Four campers demonstrate actions in this rhyming story.
Wood, Audrey. Quick as a Cricket. Children can act out the actions of the animals featured in this look at idioms.
App: Go Noodle.