Storytime Theme: Make Some Music


We were making joyful noises all over the place this week! From practicing our singing to playing actual instruments to making our own drums, we rejoiced in the music and fun!


  • Animal Music by Harriet Ziefert (Introduces children to various musical instruments and their typical uses within the context of a fun animal band!)
  • Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steven Goetz (I used this version of “Old MacDonald” with the older kids. Parents and children alike were laughing at the different version which told about the construction equipment our farmer likes to use. It’s fun to sing something familiar with different words. )
  • Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins (This is a funny little rhyming book that allows us to practice rhythm patterns)
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrede (Giraffe is not a graceful dancer…that is until cricket gives him advice and helps him find the music that moves him!)



Paper Bowl Drums: I cannot have a music themed storytime without making an instrument. This time we made drums out of paper bowls.  This is an extremely easy craft with a ton of payback!  Kids can practice rhythm skills by keeping a beat to their favorite songs or even creating their own.  Understanding rhythm helps children in so many other areas!  All you have to do is take two bowls and turn one upside down over the other.  Then staple them together.  Kids can decorate and then play their drum for all to hear.  Another idea: add beans, rice, pasta, etc. and explore different sounds each item makes!



To introduce this song, I pointed out that children are already born with an instrument–their voice!


For this song, I divided the room into two.  One side played rhythm sticks and the other played the bells.  In the end, we all shouted hooray together!  (My instruments are below)


The “bells” were bought as a pack from Oriental Trading.  The rhythm sticks are pieces of pvc pipe cut to size.  You can make this easily at home if you have something to cut pipe with! 


This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!



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