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					                             STORIES TO GO
 DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME AND NEED A FUN SET OF BOOKS AND ACTIVITIES
 FOR KIDS? TRY OUR NEW “STORIES TO GO” AND YOU’LL BE ALL SET FOR
  LOTS OF READING FUN WITH YOUR CHILDREN OR THOSE UNDER YOUR
                             CARE.

 THESE SHEETS ARE FOR YOU TO KEEP. SIMPLY RETURN THE BOOKS WHEN
                   YOU ARE DONE READING THEM.

                                       ENJOY!




                               Music & Instruments


The Cat’s Midsummer Jamboree                by David Kherdian (JEASY KHER)
Chuck’s Band                                by Peggy Anderson (JEASY ANDE)
Farmer Joe and the Music Show               by Tony Mitton      (JEASY MITT)
Froggy Plays in the Band                    by Jonathan London (JEASY LOND)
I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello   by Barbara Garriel  (JEASY GARR)
Lentil                                      by Robert McCloskey (JEASY MCCL)
Mama Don’t Allow                            by Thacher Hurd     (JEASY HURD)
Manuelo the Playing Mantis                  by Don Freeman      (JEASY FREE)
Our Marching Band                           by Lloyd Moss       (JEASY MOSS)
This Jazz Man                               by Karen Ehrhardt   (JEASY EHRH)
Violet’s Music                              by Angela Johnson (JEASY JOHN)
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin                     by Lloyd Moss       (JEASY MOSS)




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                         TIPS FOR READING WITH YOUR CHILD

After you have read a book to your child, ask him or her “read” the story to you. Your child
simply retells the story to you using his or her own words. Let your child hold the book, turn the
pages, and look at the pictures to help him or her retell the story.



                                          ACTIVITIES

                         Activity #1: Homemade Tambourine and Shaker

Materials: Paper plates, dried beans, markers, paints, or stickers, empty paper towel roll, ribbon
(or yarn), stapler, and hole punch.

Procedure: To make the tambourine, have your child paint, color, and/or decorate with stickers,
the bottom sides of two paper plates in a manner he or she chooses. Set the plates aside to dry.
Once the plates are dry, place the “eating sides” of the plates together. Using the hole punch,
make holes along the edge of the plates. Along with your child, count out dried beans, as many
as needed to cover the “eating side” of one paper plate. (Or, count handfuls). Put the beans on
the one plate. Next, place the other plate on top of the plate with beans so both “eating sides” are
facing each other. Make sure the holes line up with each other. Staple the plates together,
making sure the beans remain inside. Have your child lace the ribbon around the plate. The
tambourine is ready to play!

To make the shaker, have your child paint, color, and/or decorate with stickers, the paper towel
roll in a manner he or she chooses. Set this aside to dry. Once the paper towel roll is dried,
staple one end shut by pinching the ends together then stapling. Along with your child, count out
dried beans, as many as needed to fill the paper towel roll half way. (Or, count handfuls). Place
the beans inside the roll. Staple the other end shut by pinching the ends together then stapling.
The shaker is ready to shake!


                                    Activity #2: Making Music

Materials: Musical instruments. Or, use the instruments you made in activity #1. Or, use items
from your kitchen. Ideas include: for a drum, use an empty oatmeal box with lid and a spoon for
a drum stick, or use a pail and a spoon; for cymbals, use the lids from pots and pans.

Procedure: Play some music, gather up the instruments, and march and dance to ALL the music!




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                       Activity #3: Song “Old MacDonald Had a Band”

Materials: A tambourine, a shaker, a drum, and cymbals. Or, any other instruments you have.

Procedure: Sing the following song while you play each instrument:

Old MacDonald had a band
E-I-E-I-O
And in this band he had a tambourine
E-I-E-I-O
With a jingle jangle here
And a jingle jangle there
Here a jingle
There a jangle
Everywhere a jingle jangle
Old MacDonald had a band
E-I-E-I-O

Repeat the song with the other instruments. Replace tambourine and jingle jangle with:

Shaker and “shike shake”
Drum and “boom bang”
Cymbal and “cling clang”

(Modified from Great explorations: 100 creative play ideas for parents and preschoolers from
Playspace at the Children’s Museum, Boston, by A. Nolan)


                           Activity #4: Dancing with Music and Scarves

Materials: Colorful scarves. Or, you may tie together 5-10 strands of gift wrapping curling
ribbon, using various colors. Make each strand about 3-4 feet in length.

Procedure: While listening to your child’s favorite songs, dance to the rhyme of the music
waving around the scarves or ribbons.


                       Activity #5: Song “The Instruments in the Band”

Materials: Toy drum, bells, blocks, and horn. Or, use pretend or homemade instruments.

(sung to “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The drums in the band go boom, boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom



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The drums in the band go boom, boom, boom
All around the room.

The bells in the band go ding, ding, ding…
The blocks in the band go tap, tap, tap…
The horns in the band go toot, toot, toot…

(Modified from The storytime sourcebook II: A compendium of 3500+ new ideas and resources
for storytellers, by C. N. Cullum)




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