Happy 2022, everyone! We want to thank you all for joining us at MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home in 2021. We had such a great time reading stories, singing songs, doing crafts, and sharing with each other! These are some of our favorite things from Storytime at Home in 2021:
Holidays! We had some awesome holidays songs, stories, and crafts. It’s almost time for Lunar New Year decorations again. Last year we made lanterns from paper and string! (What decorations should we make this year?) In the summer, we had a great time learning how to paddle and drum for a dragon boat race, complete with an awesome song to help us paddle together. Then, in the fall, we shared the legend of Hou Yi and Chang’E and made beautiful Jade Rabbit moon viewers to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.
Singing! Our favorite songs? The sillier, the better, especially if we got to move our bodies, too. The silliest song in 2021? The dragon dance that we did in April, when we read Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon! It was so fun to dance, prance, hop, and shake our tails together. Want to try your own dragon dance? Click here for the song lyrics, and click here for a paper-tube dragon craft or here for a patchwork dragon.
Sharing! We learned so much about each other, and our families and friends and loved ones. We also made crafts that we can share with our loved ones! One of the most sharable was this adorable paper heart butterfly. We want to make them in every color of the rainbow, and give them to all our family members and friends! (That means you, too!)
Coming together! Something that was tough for lots of us in 2021 was that we couldn’t see all of our family and friends as much as we wanted. We were always thinking about them, though! In May, we read I Dream of Popo, and we shared about our loved ones who live far away. Do you have someone you love who doesn’t live close to you? Maybe they live in another city, or another state, or even another country? Click here for a craft that shows how much our loved ones mean to us, no matter the distance! It’s made of string and paper, so it’s easy to send in the mail if you want to share it with your special person.
Wow, we really did a lot of fun things in 2021. Thank you for having such a great time together! We can’t wait to see what 2022 will be like. Let’s keep on making crafts, singing songs, and having wonderful Storytimes together! Make sure to visit our website at mocanyc.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you can join us every time!
Here’s a list of all the songs and crafts from our 2021 Storytimes!
- LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW: Songs, Snowman Sock Craft, Snow Person Coloring Sheet
- LET’S REMEMBER TOGETHER: Songs, Small Remember Balloons, Big Remember Balloon, Colorful Chameleon
- FUN FOR THE LANTERN FESTIVAL: Songs , Lantern Craft
- A SPECIAL DAY WITH A SPECIAL PERSON: Songs , Wriggly Paper Fish Craft
- EXTRAORDINARY, MAGICAL PEBBLES: Songs , Paper Tube Frog Craft
- DRAWING DRAGONS: Songs, Paper Tube Dragon Craft, Patchwork Dragon Craft
- LOVE IN A BIG, WARM BOWL: Songs, Hot Pot Night Ingredient Cards, Hot Pot Night Coloring Sheet, Hot Pot Night Word Search, Hot Pot Night Recipe Cards
- LOVE FROM HEAD TO TOE: Songs, Flower Portrait Craft
- FAMILY NEAR AND FAR: Songs, Family Craft
- LOVE FOR EVERYONE: Songs, Heart Butterfly Craft
- COLORFUL COLLAGES: Songs, Hungry Caterpillar Craft
- STORIES ARE FOR SHARING: Songs, Monkey King Bookmark
- ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR (DRAGON) BOAT: Songs, Paper Boat Craft (video), Dragon Head Template
- BACK-TO-SCHOOL BUDDIES: Songs, Backpack Craft
- WOW! WORKERS!: Songs, Paper Worker Chain Craft
- MID-AUTUMN MOON GAZING: Songs, Jade Rabbit Moon Viewer Craft
- LON PO PO… WITH PUPPETS!: Full Storytime, Lon Po Po Craft
- REEL IT IN: Songs, Fish Wand Craft
- HATS OFF TO YOU: Songs, Build A Hat
- THE SKY IS THE LIMIT: Songs, DIY Egg Puzzle Template
MOCAKIDS Storytime program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.