Fun and Games at Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Fun and Games Storytime

Play is one of the five practices essential for building literacy in early childhood.  That means you don’t have to choose between having fun during the summer and learning: you can do both! From babyhood onward, play is the natural way for children to learn.  Not only does imaginative and social play itself help children gain background knowledge and important social and relational skills, what they learn in a positive, relaxed, enjoyable environment is retained more easily than what is taught in a boring, stressful, or uncomfortable environment.  Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, reading, and laughing with your little ones at home.

Fun and Games with Words

Word games that encourage children to play with words, sounds, rhythms and rhymes enhance children’s ability to hear the separate sounds that words are made of, making it easier for them to read and spell.  The following songs and books are great for playing with words and sounds.

Book Jacket for: Chicka chicka boom boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin – JE Martin
“An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.”

Bingo

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
And Bingo was his name-o.

Apples and Bananas

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

Now change the vowel sound to A:

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays

Now change the vowel sound to E:

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees

Now change the vowel sound to I:

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis

Now change the vowel sound to O:

like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos

Imaginative and Social Play

Storybooks, poems, and songs can also encourage children in healthy play behaviors by modeling ways to play, how to navigate social situations, and how to persevere in the face of challenges when mastering new skills.

Book Jacket for: Hide-and-squeak

Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick – JE Frederick
“A mouse baby leads his father on a merry game of hide-and-squeak at bedtime.”

Book Jacket for: Sergio saves the game

Sergio Saves the Game by Edel Rodriguez – JE Rodriguez
“Although Sergio the penguin loves to play soccer, he is very clumsy and uncoordinated and he practices day and night, hoping he can help his team win the big game against the Seagulls.”

Book Jacket for: Block city

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson – JE Stevenson
“A child creates a world of his own which has mountains and sea, a city and ships, all from toy blocks.”

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I’ll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbor as well where my vessels may ride.

Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on top of it all,
And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.

This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors on board!
And see on the steps of my palace, the kings
Coming and going with presents and things!

Book Jacket for: Watch me throw the ball!

Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems – JE Willems (Easy Reader)
“Gerald the elephant tries to tell Piggie that ball-throwing is serious business, but Piggie just wants to have fun.”

A Little Ball

A little ball, (form circle with thumb and finger)
A bigger ball, (form circle with hands)
A great big ball I see. (form circle with arms)
Now let’s count them.
Are you ready?
One, (form circle with arms)
Two, (form circle with hands)
Three! (form circle with thumb and finger)

What’s your favorite way to turn learning into a game?

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books from these storytimes in our catalog here: Fun and Games Storytime Booklist. Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

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

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

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

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