Tag Archives: fall 2011

Owls!

The Plan

Books

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Whoo? Whoo? by David A. Carter
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Extension Activities

Action Song: “Owl Hokey Pokey”
You put your right wing in
You put your right wing out
You put your right wing in
And you flap it all about
You do the owl pokey and you fly yourself around
That’s what it’s all about! Hoo, hoo!
(left wing, right claw, left claw, beak, whole self)
Credit: Ms. Hegna’s Storyroom

Song: “Owl In the Tree”
Owl in the tree says, “who, who, who?”
Owl in the tree says, “who, who, who?”
Owl in the tree says, “who, who, who?”
Who, who, who are you?
Credit: Ms. Hegna’s Storyroom

Fingerplay: “Wide-Eyed Owl”
There’s a wide-eyed owl (circle your eyes with your hands)
With a pointed nose (make a beak with your fingers)
Two pointed ears (make ears with your fingers)
And claws for toes (wiggle your “claws”)
He lives way up in the tree (point way up)
And when he looks at you (point to children)
He flaps his wings (flap your wings)
And says, “Whoo! Whoo!” (say “whoo whoo”)
Credit: Wilmette Public Library

Flannelboard: “Five Hoot Owls”
Five hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three, four. (count down)
Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Craft

I picked this up at Michaels — it came in a kit and was self-stick. It’s supposed to be an owl picture frame, but none of the kids wanted to leave space to put a picture. That was fine by me!

How It Went

Thursday morning
Had a really good, energetic storytime. The kids loved the extension activities for this theme. Their favorite books were “I’m Not Cute!” and “Wow! Said the Owl.” We had a great time!

Friday morning
This was a much rockier storytime than I expected. I had a class of two-year-olds and my class of four-year-olds didn’t show. So, I wound up shortening much of storytime because my two-year-olds had a much harder time paying attention without the four-year-olds to model that behavior for them. No biggie, though, librarians need to be able to adjust, right? We wound up skipping “Owl Babies” and “A Book of Sleep.” Their favorite book was “Whoo? Whoo?”

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Pumpkins and Apples!

The Plan

Books

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry
It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “Apple Roll”
Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(Count down)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

Action Rhyme: “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a circle)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball! (make a big circle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a circle)
Credit: Step by Step — Pumpkin Theme

Fingerplay: “Way Up High In the Apple Tree”
Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arms up high)
I saw two apples looking at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples… (make a downward motion)
And mmm, they were good! (smile and rub stomach)
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Five Little Apples”
Five little apples hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking
Guess who came to eat?
A rabbit! Munch, munch, munch!
(Other animals: A mouse, a crow, a turtle, a bat.)
Credit: Storytime Secrets

Flannelboard: “Five Little Pumpkins”

Craft

Another kit from Oriental Trading. This one was not self-stick, so I had the kids use Glue Dots to attach the pieces to the plate.

How It Went

Thursday morning
Again, my showstopper was my flannelboard/puppet show. I used puppets to “munch” the apples and flipped them around. Other than that, I think that the most enjoyed book for this group was “Apples and Pumpkins.” A lot of the kids had gone to an apple orchard with their families this year, so this book echoed that experience.

Friday morning
This group really got into “Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch” — mostly because I oinked a lot and they think that’s pretty funny. They also really enjoyed the flannelboard activity and getting pats and kisses from the puppets at the end of storytime.

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Fall Animals!

The Plan

Books

Acorns Everywhere! by Kevin Sherry
The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner
In My Forest by Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Extension Activities

Rhyme: “Boing Boing Squeak”
Boing, boing, squeak / Boing, boing, squeak
A bouncing mouse is in my house / He’s been there for a week
He came from out of nowhere / He quickly settled in
I’m thankful that he came alone / I heard he had a twin
He bounces in the kitchen / He bounces in the den
He bounces in the living room / Look, there he goes again
The mouse just keeps on bouncing / Every minute of the day
He bounce, bounce, bounces / But he does not bounce away
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Fingerplay: “This Little Squirrel”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s run and play!”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s hunt nuts today!”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good.”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, my favorite food.”
This little squirrel said, “Come climb this tree.” (run fingers up other arm, quickly)
And crack these nuts: one, two, three! (clap hands three times)
Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Fingerplay: “Two Little Squirrels” (Two Little Blackbirds)

Song: “You Might See Some…” (Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
If you’re ever in the forest,
The forest, the forest,
If you’re ever in the forest,
You might see some deer
(Squirrels, mice, bears, whatever other animal you need to add in!)
Credit: Preschool Education

Flannelboard: “Ouch”

Craft

This was a craft kit from Oriental Trading. I fell in love with immediately, and was so happy that it was well received by my storytime kids! They are HUGE fans of foam sticker crafts.

How It Went

Thursday morning
You know those shy kids that you’re never really sure are enjoying storytime? Well, I have a pair of sisters who listen quietly, who do the motions for fingerplay and songs, and come regularly that almost never give a big smile. There are a few times they giggle or interact, but rarely do they smile. Well, when I brought out my goat puppet to “eat” all of the felt pieces off of Hedgehog, they lost it — laughing hysterically, hugging goat, kissing goat. It was a great moment and I think it overshadows everything that happened this week!

Friday morning
My daycare group had just done a unit on acorns and squirrels, so they really enjoyed “Acorns Everywhere!” And I got just the same amount of joy when goat came out to finish up “Ouch.” I walked him around after our flannel was done and gave the kids the chance to say hello to the furry friend. The reactions from both groups to goat makes me think I ought to get a storytime mascot.

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Me!

The Plan

Books

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
I’m Me! by Sara Sheridan
Incredible Me by Kathi Appelt
What’s Special About Me? by Kristina Evans

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” // “Pelo, Pecho, Piernas, Pies”
Credit: Childhood and High School Spanish Class

Action Rhyme: “Me, Complete”
I have ten little fingers and ten little toes
Two little arms and one little nose
One little mouth and two little ears
Two little eyes for smiles and tears
One little head and two little feet
One little chin and that’s me complete!
Credit: Everything Preschool

Chant: “All By Myself”
There are many things that I can do (All by myself!)
I can comb my hair and lace my shoe (All by myself!)
I can wash my hands and wash my face (All by myself!)
I can put my toys and blocks in place (All by myself!)
Credit: Songs and Rhymes (LAMP CHC)

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

Flannelboard: Me and My Body

Craft

We colored “Me” sticks with markers. This was a treat, as I tend to never put markers out in storytime (caps are scary choking hazards — and markers are a mess on clothing), but the markers were the only thing that colored on the wooden sticks well enough. So I pulled the caps ahead of time and had smocks out if anyone was nervous.

How It Went

Thursday morning
I had several new families in this morning at storytime, which either leads to wonderful group behavior or miserable group behavior. Thankfully, it was the first of the two — I had some great moms who were really interactive with their kids during the stories! This group’s favorite story was definitely, “I’m Me!”

Friday morning
“Incredible Me” disappeared between the two sessions (and was found later, don’t worry), so I had to make a last minute substitution with “What’s Special About Me, Mama?” I had looked over this book while planning this storytime and decided to skip it because of the minor religious reference at the end — however, I just edited it out verbally when I did for my daycare group. It wound up working beautifully. Their favorite activity, though, was our flannelboard for this week. The kids had a ton of fun correcting Miss Katie!

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Numbers!

The Plan

Books

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Fish Swish Splash Dash by Suse MacDonald
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Ones and Twos by Marthe and Nell Jocelyn
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera

Extension Activities

Fingerplay: “Five Fat Peas”
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (make a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (pop out fingers, one by bone)
They grew and they grew and they did not stop, (raise hand in air)
Until one day the pop went POP! (clap)
Credit: Harris County Library

Song & Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging From the Tree”
Five little monkeys, swinging from the tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “You can’t catch me! No, you can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile, as quiet as can be
And snatched that monkey out of that tree
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Pretty Ladybug” (Tune: Muffin Man)
The ladybug has one black spot, one black spot, one black spot
The ladybug has one black spot, pretty ladybug
Credit: What Happens In Storytime

Action Song: “Ten In the Bed”
There were ten in the bed and the little one said, “Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out!
(countdown)
Credit: Childhood

Craft

From an Oriental Trading kit — but this could easily be made without the kit! Both groups were thrilled with this craft; my parents were excited to explain how a clock worked to their kids.

How It Went

Thursday morning
This storytime was a pretty awesome one. I had a great bunch of kids who were ready to count with me! Their favorite book, by far, was “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.” (I personally love all the Jane Cabrera books — great way to use a book, but also encourage interaction — I sing them aloud and get a lot of parents to join in.) I also used my new finger puppets for “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree” and the kids just freaked out with joy.

Friday morning
I got a similar reaction from my Friday morning group about the finger puppets! After storytime was all over, I let them come up for some puppet pats and kisses (puppets kissing them, not them kissing puppets!). Most of the kids poked their fingers directly into crocodile’s mouth and snatched them away before he could catch them. This group had a great time with “Dog’s Colorful Day” and I think it might have been the first time I’ve used an Emma Dodd Dog book with them.

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Farm!

The Plan

Books

Charlie the Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker
Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee
Cock-a-Doodle Quack Quack by Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
My Farm Friends by Windell Minor

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Open Up the Barn Door”
Open up the barn door, the spring goes “Boink.”
There’s a pig in the barn, saying, “Oink, oink, oink.”
Open up the barn door before the clock strikes two.
There’s a cow in the barn, saying, “Moo, moo, moo.”
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day.
There’s a horse in the barn, saying, “Neigh, neigh, neigh.”
Open up the barn door, singing, “Tra-la-la.”
There’s a sheep in the barn, saying, “Baa, baa, baa.”
Open up the barn door, while the sky is blue.
There’s a rooster in the barn, saying, “Cock-a-doodle-do!”
Open up the barn door and don’t get off the track.
There’s a duck in the barn, saying, “Quack, quack, quack.”
Credit: Addison Public Library

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”

Action Rhyme: “Ten Galloping Horses”
Ten galloping horses came through the town
Five were white and five were brown
They galloped up and galloped down
Ten galloping horses came through town
Credit: Perry Public Library

Song: “Over in the Barnyard” (Tune: “Down By the Station”)
Over in the barnyard
Early in the morning
See the yellow chickies
Standing in a row
See the busy farmer
Giving them their breakfast
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep
Off they go (remove finger puppet)
[Also, pink piggies and spotted cows]
Credit: Teach-nology Farm Songs

Craft

This was a kit from Oriental Trading. All of the animals were self-stick, so this was a GREAT choice for storytime!

How It Went

Thursday morning
My Thursday kids were bananas for the craft! I have never seen these kids more enthusiastic about sticking stickers on their barns. As for the stories, their favorite was “Charlie Chick” — that book steals the show every time! And they had a great time making animal noises during “Open Up the Barn Door.”

Friday morning
My Friday kids were absolute GOLD during this storytime. Participating in every story, energetically doing the fingerplays and action rhymes, and singing along loud and proud during the songs. I can honestly say that the kids really enjoyed each of the books that I choose and it was hard to pick their favorite. But…they are in a phase when they LOVE when I’m wrong, so “Cock-a-Doodle-Quack-Quack” probably got the biggest laughs!

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Family!

The Plan

Books

The Family Book by Todd Parr
Hello Bicycle by Ella Boyd
I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae & Emma Dodd
I’m Going to Grandma’s by Mary Ann Hoberman
The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell

Extension Activities

Fingerplay: “My Family”
This is mama, kind and dear. (point to thumb)
This is papa, standing near. (point to pointer finger)
This is brother, see how tall! (point to middle finger)
This is sister, not so tall. (point to ring finger)
This is baby, sweet and small. (point to pinky finger)
This is the family, one and all! (wiggle all fingers)
Credit: Kididdles

Fingerplay: “Where Is Family?”
Thumbkin; with family members
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Knock Knock”
Knock, knock, who’s there?
Grandpa!
[Repeat with Grandma, Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister, Baby…Pizza? Pizza Party!)
Credit: Storytime Secrets

Flannelboard Song: “Five Little Ducks”
Credit: Childhood

Craft


Family Tree craft!

How It Went

Thursday morning
This was a pretty good storytime theme. My moms were thrilled by the book “I Love My Mommy” — it was a hit! I think the kids best responded to “The Family Book” because of the awesome bright colored illustrations. It was a great discussion book! The kids were very eager to say “Like my family!” when the pages applied to them. And the craft was just awesome. I had a great time visiting with each kid during craft time, and they were able to tell me about their families.

Friday morning
My daycare kids had a ton of fun with the craft, but I’m not sure that they grasped the “family tree” concept. Mostly I think they were just thrilled to glue the leaves on. Other than that, they were so confused by the “Pizza Party” at the end of “Knock, Knock” but once I explained it, they couldn’t stop giggling. Their favorite book was also “The Family Book.”

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School!

Every year at the first fall session, we have a few sad moments when I have to explain that to a child that some of their friends won’t be coming today because they go to school now. This year, I decided to try and help that transition by doing a whole storytime theme on school.

The Plan

Books

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Wow, School! by Robert Neubecker

Extension Activities

Song: “Come to School” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
We like to come to school
We like to come to school
Our school is such a happy place
We like to come to school
Credit: Preschool Education

Flannelboard Rhyme/Story: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Flannelboard Song: “Wheels on the Bus”

Fingerplay: “Way Up High”
Way up high in the apple tree
I saw two apples smiling at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples…
And mmm, they were good!
Credit: Childhood

Craft

How It Went

Thursday Morning
A pretty successful storytime theme! Of course, it was a bit hairy behaviorally because we had been on a storytime break for four whole weeks. I had to use a lot of my filler activities to shake out a lot of sillies. The favorite book of this group was “Mouse’s First Day of School.”

Friday morning
My daycare storytime LOVED this theme! The kids had a great time through all of the books, and one of their teachers stopped to take pictures during the class because the kids were having such a great time. Our craft was the best thing ever for everyone! I had a ton of kids drawing people on their buses, putting animals as passengers, and even one little girl who had her animals eat the people on her bus. This will remain one of my most favorite sessions with this group!

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