Storytime: Expand Your World

by | Jul 13, 2023 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

Let’s “Expand our World” by reading around the world! The best way to expose your child to different cultures is to read books set in different areas of the world. Try some of these books or go to for some great book suggestions. Then color the continent together and talk about similarities, differences, language, foods, that you have discovered together.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play


The use of small percussion instruments such as bells, rhythm sticks, shakers, and drums helps children with muscular development and coordination. -Lambert


Find, fill, and seal a plastic egg, clean vitamin bottle, or something similar for a homemade shaker. Sing and shake familiar songs together such as, “If You’re Happy and You Know it give a shake.” You can make other “percussion” instruments at home like the bottom of a bowl, or a couple of wooden spoons or chopsticks.

Books Presented

Ten Little Dumpling by Larissa Fan - Asia

In the city of Tainan, there lives a very special family — special because they have ten sons who do everything together. Their parents call them their ten little dumplings, as both sons and dumplings are auspicious. But if you look closely, you’ll see that someone else is there, listening, studying, learning and discovering her own talent — a sister. As this little girl grows up in the shadow of her brothers, her determination and persistence help her to create her own path in the world . . . and becomes the wisdom she passes on to her own daughter, her own little dumpling.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen - Europe

The three billy goats outsmart the hungry troll who lives under the bridge.

Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicholas Oldland - North America

This moose may live in the wild, but he doesn’t act it — he watches from the sidelines as his friends have fun. Every now and then, he wonders if he’s missing out on anything. When the moose finally takes a chance and goes on a solo sailing trip, a raging storm carries him far from everything he knows. Will he curl up in a ball and cry, or make the most of it? The moose’s unlikely hero-journey is a lighthearted, contemporary fable that celebrates living life to the fullest.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal - South America

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Shake My Sillies Out

I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I’ve gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I’ve gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
And wiggle my waggles away

I’ve gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away
And wiggle my waggles away

I Was Going to Kentucky

I was going to Kentucky
Going to the fair
to see the senorita with the flower in her hair
Oh shake it, shake it, shake it
Shake it if you can
Shake it like a milkshake
And do the best you can
Oh wobble to the bottom
and wobble to the top
And turn around and turn around
until you make a stop.

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, give a shake
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it, give a shake

Verses: Give a tap, clap your hands

Crafts and Activities

Children Around the World

Make a Mini Maraca

Make a Mini Maraca- Children use funnels (or their hands) to fill a cardboard tube with dry beans or rice. Prepare tubes by covering one end with construction paper and a tight rubber band. Provide funnels, construction paper, and a second tight rubber band. After the maraca has been filled, caregivers cover the other end, and children get to shakin’! Optionally, prepare a play list for a maraca dance party.

Additional Books

I Just Want to Say Goodnight by Rachel Isadora - Africa

In a village on the African plains, a little girl stalls bedtime by saying good night to various animals and objects.

Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein - Australia

A lyrical story about waiting for the rain to come to an isolated Aboriginal community. Tension in the community builds as the rain clouds thicken and grow dark. Everybody waits. When will the rain come?

Be Brave Little Penguin by Giles Andreae - Antarctica

Pip-Pip, the littlest penguin, is teased for being afraid of the water until, with his mother’s guidance, he finally jumps in.

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

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