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Pancakes!

The Plan

Books

pancakes

Chew, Chew, Gulp! By Lauren Thompson
Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Who Wants a Pancake?”
Who wants a pancake, piping hot?
“I’ll take the one with butter on top.”
Who wants a pancake, fresh off the griddle?
“I’ll take the one with butter in the middle.”
(More toppings: syrup, blueberries, strawberries, sugar)

Action Rhyme: “Mix a Pancake”
Mix a pancake;
stir a pancake;
pop it in a pan;
fry a pancake;
toss a pancake;
catch it if you can!
Credit: Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Pat-a-Cake”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake
Pancake man!
Make me a pancake as fast as you can
Roll it and pat it
And mark it with a “B”
And put it in the pan for baby and me!
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Song: “The Pancake Man” (Tune: Muffin Man)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I got this idea from Mollie at What Happens In Storytime and the original idea came from EstherStorytimes.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Manners!

The Plan

Books

manners

Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau
The Ducking Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems
Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “All the Little Germs”

Flannelboard: “Thanks a Lot”

Action Rhyme: “Thank You”
My hands say thank you with a clap, clap, clap.
My feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap. Tap, tap, tap.
I turn around, touch the ground,
And with a bow, I say…thank you, now.
Credit: The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, & Chants by Jackie Silberg

Action Rhyme with Puppets: “Ah-Choo! Ah-Choo!”
Farmer’s nose tingles (point to nose)
Farmer’s nose twitches (wiggle puppet)
And he is going to sneeze!
Ah-choo, ah-choo, ah-choo!
Ah-choo, ah-choo, ah-choo!
(Cow, moo-choo / pig, oink-choo / chicken, bawk-choo)
Credit: Modified from SurLaLune Storytime

Fingerplay: “Thumbkin”
Credit: Childhood

Craft

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I got this craft from a fellow librarian at Confessions of a Real Librarian! The kids had a great time coloring and their moms loved the reminder to cover our mouths!

How It Went

This was a wonderful storytime theme. I loved all of the extension activities and the books — and it really, really showed by how the kids responded to them. The “Thanks A Lot” flannelboard got a lot of parents all misty-eyed and it took me a few listens to not get misty-eyed, myself! The action rhyme I last used in “Sick” storytime was remembered by a few patrons and the kids were more than happy to help me make animal noises. Their favorite book had to be “Oh, No George!” I think they were delighted to be watching George try to be good.

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Music!

The Plan

Books

If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Ed and Rebecca Emberley
Old Macdonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Ten in the Bed by Jane Cabrera

Extension Activities

Song Dice: “The Ants Go Marching”
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
(two, tie his shoe; three, climb a tree; four, shut the door; five, take a dive)
Credit: Childhood

Song Dice: “Apples and Bananas”
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas (Repeat with other vowels sound)
Credit: Childhood

Song Dice/Flannelboard: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Credit: Childhood

Song Dice/Flannelboard: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”
Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a hollow log
Eating the most delicious bugs
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are only four speckled frogs
(count down from there)
Credit: Childhood

Craft

This craft came from Pinterest and was originally from Preschool Crafts for Kids. I have to say…this was a bit of a craft fail for me. I think our rubber bands were too tight and kept stretching out the plate. I ran out of paint stirers and had to use rulers from our supply cabinet. The kids had a hard time with this one, and while they loved making noise, they were super frustrated during the actual crafting.

How It Went

Other than the craft fail, this was a great storytime. I love singing, and I think that the kids are really engaged when they’re singing along. Their favorite for the day was definitely “Seals on the Bus.” I will do a post about the Song Dice later on for a Flannel Friday, but it’s my new favorite storytime tool!

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Letter W!

The Plan

Books

Alistair and Kip’s Great Adventure by John Segal
The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins
One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter W”

Flannelboard: “Watermelon Counting”

Flannelboard & Song: “What’s the Weather?” (Tune: Clementine)
What’s the weather, what’s the weather,
What’s the weather, everyone?
Is it windy, is it cloudy,
Is there rain, or is there sun?

Action Song: “Winter Hokey Pokey”
You put your mitten in, you take your mitten out
You put your boots in, you take your boots out
You put your hat in, you take your hat out
You put your coat in, you take your coat out

Song: “Baby Beluga”

Song: “Watermelon Patch Song”
Watermelon, watermelon (make a circle with arms)
On the vine, on the vine (wiggle arms)
Sweet and red and juicy, sweet and red and juicy (rub tummy)
Please be mine! Please be mine! (palms together, pleading)

Craft

Another storytime craft brought to you by Pinterest, originally from Blissfully Domestic! I had the teen volunteers pre-cut and pre-glue these, the kids at daycare colored them in. These crafts were IMMEDIATELY hung up in their classroom and the kids kept checking the window to see if the weather had changed so they could move their clothespin, haha!

How It Went

You want to know how to wow a group? Bring out a pop-up or action book. The kids sat awestruck when “Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book” was pulled out. I had to do the actions three or four times before they were ready to move on to the next page. Also, the kids loved telling me how wrong I was when I was doing the watermelon match-ups!

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Letter U!

The Plan

Books

Bear in Underwear by Todd H. Doodler
One Rainy Day by M. Christina Butler
Red, White, and Boom! By Lee Wardlaw
Uncles by Lola M. Schaefer
Up, Down, and All Around by Katherine Ayres

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter U”

Flannelboard: “Red, White, and Blue”

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Umbrellas & Ten Little Raindrops”
One little, two little, three little umbrellas
Four little, five little, six little umbrellas
Seven little, eight little, nine little umbrellas
Ten umbrellas up for the rain
Repeat with raindrops going on top of umbrellas – last line “Ten raindrops falling down.” Pull raindrops away, counting down – last line “No raindrops out today.” Pull umbrellas away, counting down – last line, “Everything’s put away!”
Credit: Modified from childhood

Action Rhyme: “Up and Down”
Put your arms up
Put your arms down
Put them through the middle
Move them all around
One arm to the left
One arm to the right
Give yourself a hug
And hold on tight!
Credit: MotherReader

Bounce: “Mama and Papa and Uncle John”
Mama and Papa and Uncle John
Went to the market one by one
Mama fell off, Papa fell off
But Uncle John went on and on
Credit: King Country Library System

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 an elephant up a hill, thud, thud, thud, thud (clap up arm)
Here goes a snake up the hill, slither, slither, slither, slither (slither up arm)
Here comes a rock down the hill, boom, boom, boom, boom, CRASH!
(bounce down, clap hands for crash)
Credit: Bright Spot — Brighton Memorial Library

Craft

This was a simple paper plate craft that was inspired by Jenna’s post at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. Since I was doing this with a daycare, I did want to minimize our mess, so I did not do it three-dimensional.

How It Went

The hit of storytime was “Up, Down, and All Around” — they loved this book! Everything else went pretty good, but I was met with a huge reaction of “EWW UNDERWEAR IS GROSS” when I read “Bear In Underwear.” I mean, the kids were in hysterics laughing, but I honestly wonder if they think underwear is gross. The umbrella craft was a huge success and the kids had a great day at storytime!

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Letter T!

The Plan

Books

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
Freight Train by Donald Crews
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: Letter “T”

Flannelboard: Clickety-Clack

Fingerplay: “Eeny Meeny Miny Mo”
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay: “Five Little Nails”
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.
(count down)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Fingerplay: “This Little Train”
The little train ran up the track (run fingers up arm)
Toot, toot, toot (make train noises)
And then it came toot-tooting back (run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot (make train noises)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

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

Song: “Down By the Station”
Credit: Childhood

Craft

We made tiger masks! I cut these out of paper plates and attached popsicle sticks. I did not bring my example and was so pleased when the kids had purple and pink and green tigers instead of just orange!

How It Went

This was a super awesome storytime. I loved all the books and had a ton of kids who repeated the last word or two as I turned the page. (I adore when that happens and it’s so good for them to practice vocabulary and to build their early literacy skills!) The best book was obviously, “It’s a Tiger!” which is such a natural read-aloud — I really encourage all storytime providers who like to be loud to look into it!

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Bedtime & Pajamas!

The Plan

Books

Fly Blanky Fly! By Anne Margaret Lewis
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep? By Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Little Quack’s Bedtime by Lauren Thompson
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Papa Please Get the Moon”

Action Rhyme: “Big Yellow Moon”
Big yellow moon shines so bright, (circle overhead)
Glides across the starry night (arms left to right)
Looks down at me (hand shades eyes)
Asleep in bed, (head on hands)
Whispers, “Good night sleepyhead.” (shh)
Big yellow moon, your turn is done (move arms down)
Here comes Mr. Morning Sun (circle overhead)
I wake up. (arms stretch out)
You go to bed. (head on hands)
“Sleep well, Moon, you sleepyhead.” (shh)
Credit: King County Library System

Action Rhyme: “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance you 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

Rhyme: “Good Night”
One fluffy quilt on my bed,
Two little pillows on my head,
Three teddy bears to hold tight
Four kisses from Mom for a restful night,
Five hugs from Dad, and off goes my light!
Good night!
Credit: Canton Public Library

Song: “Twinkle, Twinkle”
Credit: Childhood

Craft

This AMAZING moon craft came courtesy of Andrea at Rovingfiddlehead Kitlit. We glued macaroni to the paper plates and then put a layer of tinfoil over it. The macaroni made some craters and other imperfections on the moon. Since we don’t have anything but glue sticks, we did have to use Tacky Glue, so I handed out bottles to our adults. Luckily, everything worked out!

How It Went

This was my storytime during Chicago’s 100 degree four-day heat warning. I still had eight families come out to brave the weather! (Honestly, I really consider that a very good program attendance number, all things considering!) It made this a very subdued storytime, which was okay. We had a great response to “Fly, Blanky, Fly!” and “Little Quack’s Bedtime.” And the movement activities were very well-received overall.

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Kids Art: Space

“Kids Art” was a program created to pair a book with a larger art project. The library already hosts a monthly craft program for grades 1-6, but our little kids were not getting much art — other than my storytime crafts. Thus, “Kids Art.”

This summer, Kids Art is back after a long hiatus! This program is definitely an important one for my community and I’m pleased that we have the space to offer it again. This month, I themed it to space and we painted planets on paper plates.

The Plan

Books

Blast Off! by Malachy Doyle
Space Boy by Leo Landry
Zoom, Rocket, Zoom by Margaret Mayo

Craft

This was a very last minute idea. I had no idea what to do for my craft, because I try to incorporate painting without it being dreadfully messy. Anyway, I figured we could make some planets since it would be a very easy contained craft by limiting the art space to a paper plate.

How It Went

“Space Boy” was the favorite book, and each kid got to make three planets before it was time to call it quits. First, we painted and then we did the books to give their planets some time to dry before going home. Overall, it was a very successful program and we’ve had very positive feedback from parents via our Facebook page!

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Letter P!

The Plan

Books

Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe
Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington
Polly’s Pink Pajamas by Vivian French

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean”

Flannelboard: “The Pirate Wore a Red Patch”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter P”

Fingerplay: “Two Mother Pigs”
Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)
These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Fingerplay: “Pizza Man!”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, pizza man [Clap hands together.]
Make me a pizza as fast as you can [Shake finger.]
Roll it [Roll as if with rolling pin.]
Toss it [Pretend to toss dough in the air.]
Sprinkle it with cheese [Sprinkling motions.]
Put it in the oven [Pushing motion with hands.]
And bake it fast, please!
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Song & Puppet: “Did You Ever See a Penguin?”
Did you ever see a penguin, a penguin, a penguin?
Did you ever see a penguin swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way, swim this way and that way?
Did you ever see a penguin swim this way and that?
Modified from Childhood

Craft

This was the same craft that I made for pizza storytime. I just saved all the left-over yarn for this storytime.

How It Went

The kids were particularly impressed by the two books that had multiple P words in the titles. And I think that “Polly’s Pink Pajamas” was the overall favorite; mostly because it inspired a chaotic conversation about what color was best for pajamas. Our big extension activity hits were definitely the flannelboards and the rhyme “Pizza Man.” Their pizza crafts were very creative — I had a lot of kids who made rainbow pizzas!

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Pizza!

The Plan

Books

Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter
Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “The Pizza That Sally Made”

Action Rhyme: “Pizza Man, Pizza Man”
Pizza man, pizza man, turn around
Pizza man, pizza man, touch the ground
Pizza man, pizza man, reach up high
Pizza man, pizza man, touch the sky
Pizza man, pizza man, find your nose
Pizza man, pizza man, touch your toes
Pizza man, pizza man, find your knees
Pizza man, pizza man, sit down, please!
Credit: Modified from childhood; idea from Awesome Storytime

Action Song: “If You Wanna Eat Some Pizza”
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
If you like bubbly cheese then just say, “Pizza please!”
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
Credit: Awesome Storytime

Fingerplay: “Pizza Man”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, pizza man (clap hands)
Make me a pizza as fast as you can (shake finger)
Roll it (roll)
Toss it (pretend to toss in air)
Sprinkle it with cheese (sprinkling motions)
Put it in the oven (pushing motion)
And bake it fast, please!
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Craft

This was a craft from KidsSoup, and it was very simple! I could have cut out tons of toppings, but I find most kids just prefer cheese at this age.

How It Went

Pizza storytime was SO fun! I love doing this theme because there are some great pizza books out there. Their favorite books were “Hi, Pizza Man!” and “Pizza at Sally’s.” I did not have a good group for “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza,” so I wound up abbreviating a lot of the humor in that book. It made me a little sad, but you have to roll with the punches in storytime! Their favorite extension activity was, of course, “If You Wanna Eat a Pizza.”

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