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Elephants!

The Plan

Books

Elmer by David McKee
Hide and Seek by Il Sung Na
My Elephant by Petr Horacek
What to Do If An Elephant Stand on Your Foot by Michelle Robinson

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Elephants in the Bathtub”

Action Rhyme: “Big Gray Elephant”
The big gray elephant slowly walks.
She doesn’t make a sound.
She swings her trunk from left to right.
When she puts her feet on the ground.
Swing, swing, left and right,
She doesn’t make a sound.

Fingerplay with Puppets: “Two Big Elephants”
Two big elephants were sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Run away, Jack! Run away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Fingerplay: “Up the Hill”
Here goes a turtle up a hill, creepy, creepy, creepy, creepy (crawl up arm)
Here goes a rabbit up a hill, boing, boing, boing, boing (bounce up arm)
Here goes a snake up the hill, slither, slither, slither, slither (slide up arm)
Here goes an elephant up the hill, thud, thud, thud, thud (clap up arm)
Here comes an elephant down the hill, boom, boom, boom, boom, CRASH! (bounce down, clap hands for crash)

Song: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”

Craft

This craft came from this amazing Pinterest pin, originally from Tippytoe Crafts! Parents and kids loved this craft, and Miss Katie made sure to buy noisemakers that were super difficult to make the noise with.

How It Went

I had a lot of new families in this storytime and I got a lot of high compliments on their way out the door! (It is totally reassuring, even if you a veteran, to hear that your work is appreciated!) I think they had the best time during “What If An Elephants Stand on Your Foot,” which was the book that inspired this theme! I also modified the “Up the Hill” fingerplay, which led to lots of giggles once the elephant went down the hill!

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Flannel Friday: Two Big Elephants

Since summer reading ended, I’ve been able to start concentrating on making my flannelboards and props for fall storytime. First up on my list of planned themes is elephants! So I made these adorable finger puppets:

I used the pattern that was linked from this craft: Tippytoe Crafts to make the finger puppets. I did stuff their heads with some polyfill which makes them a little puffier that just flat flannel pieces.

I’m planning on modifying the “Two Little Blackbirds” rhyme just by substituting elephants in there and I know that it will be a big hit for me and my families!

Erin is hosting this week’s Flannel Friday; visit her blog to leave a comment to link up your post! To find out more about Flannel Friday, please visit the Flannel Friday website!

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Flannel Friday: Elephants!

Inspired by Mary, and I know that Mollie did her own, too. Anna posted the second rhyme. The combination of both of these flannels came from Andrea. Basically, these are two flannels that have been around the block!

Rhyme: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”
One elephant went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun
He called another elephant to come…
(HEY, ELEPHANT!)
Two elephants went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day
They had such enormous fun,
They called another elephant to come…
(You get the picture.)

Rhyme: “Five Elephants in the Bathtub”
One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock, (Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in.)
Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc.
(Until…)
Five elephants elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!

And there you go — one flannel set; two flannel rhymes! I haven’t used either of these rhymes with the set yet, but I can’t wait until I do.

Sharon has the round-up this week. Melissa started this. Anne has the archive. And you can also follow the Flannel Friday Pinterest account. (Also, Melissa has a new button if you want to link to Flannel Friday and it’s up at her blog here.)

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Animals Around the World!

The Plan

Books

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From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”

Flannelboard: “Seals on the Bus”

Action Rhyme: “Little Monkeys Swinging In the Tree”
Little monkeys swinging in the tree
All hold hands and swing with me
Swing up high and swing down low
Swing in the tree, now don’t let go!
Swing, swing like I do
Swing like the monkeys in the zoo
Credit: Step By Step — Rainforest Theme

Song & Puppets: “You Can Hear” (Tune: She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!
(Elephants trumpeting, zebra braying, monkey eeking)
Credit: Perpetual Preschool

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I visit four classrooms total, reading to five classrooms total. The first classroom is a combined two-year-olds classroom. Then I visit two three-year-old classrooms and finally a four-year-old & five-year old classroom. I’m at the facility for about two hours, and my voice is definitely feeling it by the end of the visit!

Topic
This particular facility selects themes for me to do ahead of time to tie into their curriculum.

Two-Year-Olds (Combined classes)
This group was definitely most involved in “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” — I think it more than helped that I encouraged all the toddlers to rock slowly with me. There’s a definite benefit to asking toddlers to do a kinetic motion along with their listening. You get a lot better results! The kids loved the finger puppets that I brought for the song “You Can Hear” and I had nearly every animal that they called out!

Three-Year-Olds (First classroom)
My most enthusiastic participants during “Hooray for Hat!”. “Hooray for Hat” was a wonderful treasure that I ordered and a co-worker pulled off the new books shelf to read aloud to all of us in the department one day. It had fast become the book that we read to each other on particularly difficult days. I was so pleased that the kids seemed to love it as much (if not more) than we librarians do.

Three-Year-Olds (Second classroom)
These kids asked once I finished “It’s a Tiger!” if I could read it again. One of their teachers copied down the book’s information and promised them that she’d buy a classroom copy. Now if that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is! They also really enjoyed “From Head to Toe” and following along with the movements in the book. (I still paper-clip the donkey page!)

Four-Year-Olds & Five-Year-Olds (Single classroom)
Another set of kids that really loved “Hooray for Hat!” and “It’s a Tiger!”. This group really appreciated the interactive reads this summer and I will definitely keep that in mind if I’m asked to return next summer. They were also really happy to see the “Seals on the Bus” flannelboard again; they had last seen it at the beginning on June and this was the middle of August at this point. More than enough time to repeat a favorite!

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Classic Children’s Books and Authors

The Plan

Books

classicchildrensauthors

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Flannelboard: “Seals on the Bus”

Fingerplay: “Two Little Tigers”
Two little tigers sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(Other verses: cloud/quiet & loud; pole/fast & slow)
Credit: Modified from childhood

Song: “Red and Yellow, Green and Blue”
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Red as a flower, blue as the sea
Yellow as the sun, green as a green
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Credit: Read Sing Play

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I visit four classrooms total, reading to five classrooms total. The first classroom is a combined two-year-olds classroom. Then I visit two three-year-old classrooms and finally a four-year-old & five-year old classroom. I’m at the facility for about two hours, and my voice is definitely feeling it by the end of the visit!

Topic
This particular facility selects themes for me to do ahead of time to tie into their curriculum. They were doing an author study each day this week: Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, Leo Lionni, Tomie dePaola, and Beatrix Potter. I was asked to do classic authors without reading books by these authors. (You can see I did use an Eric Carle flannelboard and a Bill Martin Jr. book that Carle illustrated, but I felt that was okay.) So I took it in the direction of “new” classics.

Two-Year-Olds (Combined classes)
I’m going to be really honest here — I was shaky as heck as I started this storytime because I was dealing with a medical issue and had spent the first hour of my day trying to get in to see the doctor before I went to ALA Annual on Friday. I do not know how I managed to pull this off, but the toddlers were absolute angels. I sang “Brown Bear” and that was definitely their favorite. They also loved when I passed out the scarves!

Three-Year-Olds (First classroom)
This classroom is my least favorite in terms of set-up. I’m right next to the door and was interrupted a few times by attendance checks and meal counts. I did my best as putting that aside. One of the girls in this classroom knew the book “Dear Zoo” by heart and I had to ask her not to reveal the animals to everyone. This group loved getting to be quiet and loud during “Two Little Tigers”.

Three-Year-Olds (Second classroom)
This group made a lot of great connections between the tiger and “Color Zoo” and our “Two Little Tigers” rhyme. I was impressed that also knew hexagon and octagon as shapes! They absolutely loved “Bark George” and I got the biggest laughs of the day when George said hello at the end. This was also the group that told “Very Hungry Caterpillar” with me since they knew it so well!

Four-Year-Olds & Five-Year-Olds (Single classroom)
These kiddos became my best friends immediately since I was carrying my books in an Elephant and Piggie tote bag. It was a natural segue to start with “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” which they loved. This was also the class that made me laugh the hardest. During “The Seals on the Bus”, I always ask what everyone thinks the boy and girl will say. One little boy stood up and shouted, “LET ME OFF!” which I decided to sing instead of the traditional HELP HELP HELP.

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Toddlers: Zoo

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

zoo

Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek**
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall*
Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti**
Polar Bear, Polar Bear by Bill Martin Jr.*

Early Literacy Tip

When you read a book to your child, running your finger under the text lets them know you are reading words.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Color Zoo”**

Flannelboard: “Dear Zoo”***

Prop Song: “Where Are Animals?”**
Where is [animal]? Where is [animals]?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
Credit: Modified from childhood

Action Rhyme: “Monkey See, Monkey Do”*
Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?
(jump around, swing your arms, scratch an itch, eat a banana, screech)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Song: “You Can Hear”**
(Tune: She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!
(Elephants trumpeting, zebra braying, monkey eeking)
Credit: Perpetual Preschool

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Dance Your Fingers**
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat*
  • Wake Up Toes**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
“Monkey See” was the most popular rhyme/activity this day! I kept it going for quite a while. “Peek-a-Zoo” was the most successful book with lots of good animal noise participation. And “Dear Zoo” was a great game to play. We did a lot of rhymes this session — a few of the kids were very restless.

Tuesday afternoon
Today was a day for a lot of singing. We had a new registration and the new toddler really shook up our rhythm. But “Where Is Animal?” was a great song and the kids were waiting on the edges of the rug to find out what animal would be next. They enjoyed the song cube so much that I rolled it twice.

Thursday morning
Both books were hits in this storytime — they loved both the flaps and fold-outs. “Color Zoo” was definitely their favorite activity though and it gave my heart such joy since that book is the first book I remember being read to me in the library. This session went by really fast and I couldn’t believe it was over already.

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Toddlers: Counting

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

toddlers-counting

Animals 123 by Britta Teckentrup**
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker***
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Fish, Swish, Splash, Dash! by Suze MacDonald*

Early Literacy Tip

Singing to your children is very important. Babies as young as one week can distinguish a family memeber’s voice from a group of stranger voices. Singing helps trigger speech developments.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”*

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”***

Puppets: “When Animals Get Up in the Morning”***

Song: “Ten in the Bed”**
There were ten in the bed (Hold up five fingers)
And the little one said, “Roll over, roll over!” (Make rolling motion)
So they are rolled over and one fell out. (Hold up one finger & surprised face)
// Count down until
There was one in the bed (Hold up one finger)
And the little one said, “I’ve got it all to myself!” (Spread out arms)
Credit: Childhood

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Dance Your Fingers*
  • The Elevator Song**
  • My Thumbs Are Going to Wiggle**
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat**
  • Wake Up Toes*

How It Went

Tuesday morning
The flannelboard was a big hit today — we did both of them. Lots of toddlers were obsessed with petting the board and pieces. “Animals 1 2 3″ is a multi-copy board book set that a lot of kids remembered from our baby storytime. They really enjoyed passing the books in and out.

Tuesday afternoon
Caregivers have been complementing this smaller session. I’m very glad that we tried this afternoon timeslot to give families this opportunity. “Animals 1 2 3″ was also really successful here. And the group has really settled in nicely compared to last week.

Thursday morning
For this session, I tried to sit on the floor which maybe wasn’t the best idea. But this group for whatever reason loves to fight over who sits in my chair when I get up for the flannelboards. I thought removing the chair might fix the problem. But since I was on the floor, one of my toddlers volunteered to be my baby.

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Toddlers: Animal Sounds

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

toddler-animalsounds

Hello Day! by Anita Lobel
Moo Baa La La La! by Sandra Boynton
Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti**
Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy**

Early Literacy Tip

Children love being able to identify animals and imitate the sounds they make. Use some stuffed animals and make up new verses for each one. What sounds would they make?

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Seals on the Bus”**

Puppets: “There’s Something In My Garden”**
There’s something in my garden
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound…
RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT
A frog is what I found!
RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBT
(SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK, A mouse is what I found! / CAW CAW CAW, A crow is what I found! / THUMP THUMP THUMP, A rabbit is what I found!)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Song: “You Can Hear…”**
(Tune: She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!
(Elephants trumpeting, zebra braying, monkey eeking)
Credit: Perpetual Preschool

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Dance Your Fingers**
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • This Is Big**

How It Went

I had a lot of fun planning this theme since I had never done an animal sounds storytime before. (I’m trying to repeat some classic themes, but I don’t want to just repeat exactly what I had done at my old library at my new library.) My favorite part is either class was when I opened up to suggestions after “You Can Hear” and had to come up with a dolphin sound and a raccoon sound. Dolphins clearly whistle and raccoon tap on garbage cans, right? Everyone’s favorite was “Peek-a-Zoo”, because it’s awesome and has pop-up flaps.

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Toddlers: Bathtime

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

toddler-baths

Animal Baths by Bob Barner*
Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman*
Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka
Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont**

Early Literacy Tip

If your child dislikes bathtime, try to make it fun by singing a favorite song or playing with some toys.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Clean and Dirty Pigs”**

Flannelboard: “Five Elephants in the Bathtub”*

Action Song: “This Is the Way”
This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
When we’re in the bathtub.
(Legs, tummies, heads, hair)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes*
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • This Is Big*
  • Tick, Tock*
  • Two Little Blackbirds**

How It Went

I loved watching the kiddos “wash” themselves at storytime. We really got into making sure our hair was clean. Lots of kids and parents laughed at Miss Katie’s funny hair after our song. “Five Elephants In the Bathtub” went right over Tuesday’s class’s heads, so I skipped it for Thursday. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s favorite book was “Dini Dinosaur”.

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Storytime & Flannelboards Presentation

Last week, I presented an hour and fifteen minute presentation all about flannelboards for a fabulous Illinois group, Prairie State Story League.


 

(I have no idea why the “Performing” title slide put the G on its own line. I promise it wasn’t that way in the actual presentation.)

Also: I updated my flannelboards hand-out from this spring; and I also traced several flannelboards to make some patterns which are available here: patterns!

Patterns include:

I want to thank the Prairie State Story League for having me present and I’d also like to thank Schaumburg Township Library District for hosting the event.

And of course, I want to thank everyone that came to the workshop — I had such a wonderful time meeting and talking with you! If you have any questions, please let me know either through a comment, email [simplykatieATgmailDOTcom] or via Twitter — @storytimekatie.

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