Van Gogh Storytime 2

This is my first storytime post in over two years! I’m back in school, and this semester’s class is children’s literature – a fun class for sure, and one where I have had to plan multiple storytimes/programs centered around various books. One of the main requirements was to do a thematic program at a library. I chose to do a storytime, and liked the idea of revisiting my Van Gogh storytime.

I ended with five children (and a baby) attending. Coincidentally, all of them were boys. It was a good turn out given my local library doesn’t have evening programs for children – they don’t have enough staff. The boys all had fun, and the parents expressed interest in attending more evening storytimes.

Opening Songs
“Hello, Hello, How Are You?”
“Mary Wore a Red Dress” (I sing the first verse, then make up additional ones using the children’s names and an article of clothing they are wearing)

Books

Katie and the Starry Night by James Mayhew
Vincent’s Colors by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Egg Shaker Songs

“Shake Your Shaker” (from Libraryland)
Tune: “London Bridge”

Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake it yes, shake it no.
Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it up and shake it down,
Rub your shaker on the ground.
Shake it up and shake it down,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it near and shake it far,
Drive your shaker like a car.
Shake it near and shake it far,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake it stop, shake it go.
Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake your shaker.

“Shake it to the East” (from Jbrary)
I usually chant this as opposed to singing it

Shake it to the east
Shake it to the west
Shake it all around
and then you take a rest
Shake your shakers up
Shake your shakers down
Shake it, shake it, shake it,
and then you settle down.

Activity
My initial inspiration came from a Van Gogh-inspired art project from The Imagination Tree. I used this activity with my previous Van Gogh storytime, and the kids had fun with it. It felt something was missing, so I ended up getting a bit more fancy, adding paper cutouts of the cypress trees and moon. This version was also a hit. The boys loved swirling the paint around and smashing the paper on top of it to make an impression.

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