February 3, 2020 | strande
Did you miss our Gray Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own colorful storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.
Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.
A winter's day is transformed from bleak to beautiful by warm friendship and a new perspective in a gentle story that encourages the appreciation and celebration of cozy pleasures and quiet joys. Use as inspiration to notice the colors around you.
Guess each elephant's color based on the rhymes that describe them.
AAA-OOOOH WENT THE GRAY WOLF (inspired by jbrary)
Aaa-ooooh went the gray wolf one day, aaa-ooooh went the gray wolf.
Aaa-ooooh went the gray wolf one day, and they all went aaaa-ooooh. But…
We know gray wolves go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]
[clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]
We know gray wolves go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], they don’t go aaaa-ooooh.
Splish splash went the gray whale one day, splish splash went the gray whale.
Splish splash went the gray whale one day, and they all went splish splash splish. But…
We know gray whales go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]
[clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]
We know gray whales go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], they don’t go splish splash splish.
Five Little Sharks Swimming in the Sea by Steve Metzger
The sharks all get into mischief, and mama shark is very worried. But in the end they are all well, and mama shark gets some better advice, and all the sharks swim happily in the sea.
More Songs and Stories to Enjoy
On a gray and rainy day, a lonely kitten feels better after writing a song, and as she sings the "magic" song around her neighborhood, her animal friends cheer up, as well.
FIVE GRAY RABBITS
Five gray rabbits, going home to their rabbit hole.
One tripped on their ears and started to… ROLL.
They rolled down a hill and landed with a flop.
How many gray rabbits are left to hop?
[count down until all the rabbits are in a floppy heap]
When Vincent is sent to his aunt Mimi's city apartment for the summer, he's surrounded by so much concrete: things are looking gray. But before long, Vincent meets Toma, and the boys bond while throwing dirt balls into an empty lot. Little do they know, though, just as their friendship is growing, something is also blooming in the empty lot.