N is for Numbers: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

 Book: The Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri

Cover image for The big storm : a very soggy counting book / Nancy Tafuri.

Action Rhyme: ANY "Five Little" or "Two Little" rhyme or Here is the Beehive

Action Rhyme: "1-2 Hands" [standing]
[spoken, but by and sung on Laurie Berkner's album Superhero. Touching our body parts slowly the first time--second time, a little more quickly]
1-2 hands
1-2 eyes
1-2 ears and
1 nose my size

1-2 legs
1-2 feet
fingers meet.

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin’ Red

Book: Lifetime: the Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer 

Cover image for Lifetime : the amazing numbers in animal lives / by Lola M. Schaefer ; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.

Action Rhyme [if time]: any 5 Little rhyme

Action Rhyme [standing]: "Octopus Arms" [via storytime katie]
How many arms does an octopus have? That's right--8! "Oct"--the beginning of the octopus's name--actually MEANS "eight". There's even a shape called an OCTagon that has 8 sides. This is the shape used for stop signs [show stop sign graphic, count sides together]

Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish (swing arms back and forth)
Arm #2 helps me catch fish (wiggle hand back and forth)
Arm #3 pats my head (pat hand on head)
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed (put hand to mouth)
Arm #5 swims me to shore (move arms in swimming motion)
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor (touch hand to floor)
Arm #7 can grab and tug (open and close hands)
But all eight arms give me a hug! (cross arms and hug yourself)

Action Song [standing] "Octopus Arms"

Action Countdown: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF!

Song: "Jumping and Counting" by Jim Gill

Book [if time]: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Cover image for Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons / created and illustrated by James Dean ; story by Eric Litwin.

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with "N". Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: necklace [Ooh, it's a beautiful necklace! Let's take it out and put it on]; nose [Ooh, it's a NOSE, a great big giant nose that's about to sneeze right on us! Ahhh-choo! Close the book! We don't want to spread any germs].


Alternates to swap in:
Book: One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read
Book: Ten Pigs: an Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson
Action Song [standing] "We're Blasting Off to Space" (var. on "We're Going to the Moon")
Zzzzipp up your spacesuit, we're blasting off to space.
Tug on your boots; pull your helmet over your face.
Climb aboard the spaceship and buckle up real tight (CLICK!) 
["Let's check it. Is it tight enough (pulling on seatbelt)? Good."]
Now here comes the countdown; let's count with all our might:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 BLASTOFF!