I’ve done several storytimes about body parts, but this is the first one I did solely about hands. Eye hand coordination is obviously very important for a child’s development, so I think I picked some great stories, rhymes, and an activity to help with that.
“High Five Animals!” just came out and it is amazing, since a high five is the best gift you can ever give someone 🙂 So this one has lots of silly ways you can give a high five–the moose high five is the best. Most of the groups loved this, but when a group wasn’t feeling this one, it’s easy to just switch it up and talk about the animals instead and just do animal noises.
“Kiss For You” is another good one, since it talks about all the things you can do with your hands, like blow a kiss, give a high five, or wave good-bye. A great one for everyone to participate in.
“Clap Clap!” is another great interactive picture book that I just found out about. Some of the actions work better than others, so skip some pages depending on the developmental skills of the group. But overall there are great opportunities to discuss what the characters are doing with their hands and then trying to duplicate their actions. There’s also a counting element that you can add for this one.
There’s obviously a lot of rhymes about hands, but here’s a few of my favorites. Some of these you can sing and put to music, but I find they work just better as rhymes.
Put Your Hands up High (Found on Jbrary)
Put your hands up high
Put your hands down low
Put your hands in the middle
And wiggle just so.
Put your elbows in front
Put your elbows in back
Put your elbows in the middle
And quack quack quack!!
Hands Go Up (Found on Literary Hoots)
Hands go up and hands go down,
I can turn around and round.
I can jump with my two shoes.
I can listen, so can you.
I can sit, I’ll show you how.
Story time is starting now!!
Hands Reach Up (Source Unknown)
Hands reach up
Hands reach down
Hands reach out
And all around!
Hands In (Source Unknown)
Hands in the air
Hands in your hair
Hands on your hips
Hands on your lips
Hands on your nose
Hands on your toes
Show your hands if you got ‘em.
Put your hands on your bottom!!
This one also goes well with a body storytime theme–but it’s also a hit no matter when you do it. Teaches body parts but more importantly it teaches following instructions in a group setting. So in between each verse I always tell my kiddos that we’re going to do a different body part so make sure to listen so you can play along.
“Hokey Pokey” is also an option, but my kiddos are so little that I don’t do “left hand” or “right hand” since that’s too confusing, even for me. So if we do “Hokey Pokey,” I just tell my kids to put hands in and hands out, as we sing.
I originally found this activity here, it’s incredibly easy to prep and great practice for eye-hand coordination!! All you need is some colanders, some laundry baskets, some yarn, and some tweezers. Put some yarn in the holes of the colander to create a webbing effect. Throw some pom-poms in there and have the kids try to fish them out with the tweezers. There should be a bunch of options available on Amazon, just make sure they’re big enough for kiddos to actually hold.
I set this one up for my older kiddos, but I also had an easier one I set up for my younger peanuts. Basically just did the same thing, but with laundry baskets. So put some yarn through the holes of the basket to create that web again. This time I threw our ball-pit balls in there and have the kids try to fish them out with their hands.
I think I made three colanders and two laundry baskets, and that was fine for my group. Make sure that you give instructions beforehand, and try to direct kiddos to their age-appropriate activities.
Hope this gives you a hand with storytime 🙂