Favorites!

The Plan

Books

Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli
I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Old MacDonald”

Flannelboard: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Action Rhyme: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay & Puppets: “Two Little Owls”
Two little owls, sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I came up with this craft on my own. I wanted to have a free-draw, so I left most of the page blank. The kids drew a wide variety of favorite things — their drawings were great conversation starters between child and parent.

How It Went

This was a last minute theme; I wasn’t planning on doing it! But at ten minutes to storytime, I had a daycare group drop in…with twenty extra kids. I wasn’t expecting them and didn’t want to turn them away, so I changed up my theme to “Favorites.” It was easy to pull from our in-house storytime collection the books that have always been storytime hits. It’s really hard to pick a favorite book from the ones we read since they were all old favorites for the kids. I think “Grumpy Bird” got the biggest laughs and most participation.

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