Get Fit with Storytimes at Handley Regional Library

Froggy RFTW_ENGStorytimes are back!  We’re getting ready for the Valley Reads Summer Reading program, and we can’t wait to Read for the Win with you!  Learn more about our upcoming Summer Reading program at the link above, or ask a Youth Services staff member next time you visit your branch of the library and we’ll be happy to get your started.

iRead2016-3As we get ready to Read for the Win, our storytime this week is focused on fitness. In young children, developing physical skills are closely tied to growing cognitive skills.  Of course we all know that physical activity and fitness is important to health, but did you know that studies have found a memory boost from physical activity?  Students in one study improved their math and spelling scores by doing physical activities while studying. Read more at the link.

So if you have a wiggly toddler or preschooler, take heart: storytimes are designed for active little ones.  We work to harness that energy and tie learning into their natural love of movement.

Here are a few of our favorite fitness themed picture books, songs, and games for you to keep reading, singing, and learning with your little ones at home.

Books to Share

Book Jacket for: Get up and go!

Get up and Go! by Nancy Carlson – JE Carlson
“Text and illustrations encourage readers, regardless of shape or size, to turn off the television and play games, walk, dance, and engage in sports and other forms of exercise.”

Book Jacket for: Stretch

Stretch by Doreen Cronin – JE Cronin
“Rhyming text describes the many ways to stretch.”


Book Jacket for: WiggleBook Jacket for: A tu ritmo!

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin – JE Cronin
A tu ritmo! / Doreen Cronin – JE Cronin (Spanish)
“Rhyming text describes the many ways to wiggle.”

Book Jacket for: Bearobics : a hip-hop counting story

Bearobics by Vic Parker – JE Parker
“There’s a rhythm in the jungle – what’s going on? All the animals have gone aerobics mad!”

Find the fitness storytime books in our catalog here: Fitness storytime books

Songs, Poems, and Games to Share

Dance Your Fingers (tune: Grand Old Duke of York)

Dance your fingers up.
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers to the side
And dance them all around.

Dance them on your shoulders.
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed!

A-Roosta-Sha (movement song)

A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)

A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)
Elbows back (echo)

A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)
Elbows back (echo)
Knees together (echo)

A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)
Elbows back (echo)
Knees together (echo)

Legs bent (echo)

A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)
Elbows back (echo)
Knees together (echo)
Legs bent (echo)
Bottoms up (echo)

A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)
Elbows back (echo)
Knees together (echo)
Legs bent (echo)
Bottoms up (echo)
Head back (echo)

A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)
Elbows back (echo)
Knees together (echo)
Legs bent (echo)
Bottoms up (echo)
Head back (echo)
Tongue out (echo)

Wave Your Scarf (Tune: London Bridge)

Wave your scarf up and down, up and down, up and down.
Wave your scarf up and down, wave your scarf.
…left and right
…fast and slow
…high and low
…’round and ‘round
…to say goodbye.

Tick Tock Clock

Tick-tock, tick-tock
(sway back and forth)
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
(point to self while swaying)
Tick-tock, tick-tock
(sway back and forth)
STOP!
(stop swaying, hold hand up in front of body)
What time is it?
(lift hands in question)
It’s one o’clock.
(hold up one finger)
Cuckoo!
(jump up one time)

Repeat rhyme, adding one hour per verse.

Crafts and Games

Balloon Tennis... Easy and cheap entertainment! -- 29 of the MOST creative crafts and activities for kids!
Image from: Listholic 

If your kids (and you!) are climbing the walls after all this rain, Balloon Tennis is a great way to get moving and switch the mood in the house from   Handley Library’s Preschool Time made these this week.  Directions at Listholic above.


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM (Except for 2nd Mondays)
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

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