Story Time

Not So Fast...A Slow Storytime
Submitted by: Melissa Licon Baker, Baldwin Boettcher
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Score One for the Sloths by:Helen Lester
Hi, Harry! by:Martin Waddell
The Very Sleepy Sloth by:Andrew Murray
"Slowly, slowly, slowly," Said the Sloth by:Eric Carle
Songs
Slowky Pokey
You do the slowky pokey and you SLOWLY turn yourself around...

(When turning around, try to turn as slowly as possible).
The Turtle Song
to the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat

(use the sign language sign for the word "turtle" as you sing)

Turtles, turtles, turtles go,
Turtles go so slow!
Turtles walk and poke along,
Turtles go so slow.

Turtles, turtles, turtles hide,
Turtles in their shells,
Turtles hide away inside,
Turtles in their shells.

Turtles, turtles, turtles swim
Turtles swim so well
Turtles splish and splash along
Turtles swim so well.

adapted from http://www.myschoolonline.com/page/0,1871,48979-139697-51-86528,00.html

Sammy Snail Poem
(I created my own sign for the snail, by curling my hand into a fist and running the fist along the floor slowly with the thumb wiggling like the snail's head--Kids move their hand snails along while the poem is read).

Sammy snail is slowly moving
See him sliding across the grass
He leaves a silver path behind him
We all know when he has passed.

Sammy snail is never worried
Though he wanders far and wide
For on his back his house he carries
And when he's tired he pops inside.
(pop thumb inside fist)

Poem from http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/animal-rhymes.htm
Craft
Paper Plate Turtles

Kids can decorate the turtle's shell with crayons and markers, then attach the pre-cut legs, tail and head (green construction paper) using tape or staples. Glue google eyes for the final touch.
Other
Activities:

Tell the story of the Tortoise and the Hare (include flannelboard or puppets, or split kids into two groups and act it out).

Play "Red Light, Green Light."

Do the "Slow-key Pokey."
Notes
Score One for the Sloths is more appropriate for preschoolers than toddlers, but the other titles are appropriate for either age group.