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Food!

(These are very old storytimes, so I don’t remember every detail about them. Instead of my regular post, I’m just going to write down the plan & craft, with a brief commentary on how it went.)

Books

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington

Extension Activities
Flannelboard: Five Big Lemons
Five big lemons in the bowl (hold up five fingers)
One fell out and started to roll (fold down one finger, and roll hands)
Where did it go? (hold hands out) It hit my toe! (point to toe)
How many lemons left in the bowl? 1-2-3-4 (count up with fingers)
(Repeat until “no more lemons left in the bowl”)
Credit: Early Literacy

Song: “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

Fingerplay: Pattycake
Pattycake, pattycake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a B
And put it in the oven for baby and me
Credit: Childhood

Craft

Got this pizza craft a long time ago for a Pizza Taste-Off with my K-5th graders and bookmarked it on the computer. Used it again in storytime. Craft is from Making Friends.

How It Went

This was the first time that I used a big book in storytime (Eating the Alphabet) and I was shocked when parents started reading along with me. This was a great way to get the kids engaged in the story. The craft was a great one too — the kids LOVED gluing toppings onto their pizzas even though each child told me they liked cheese the best.

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Things That Go!

(These are very old storytimes, so I don’t remember every detail about them. Instead of my regular post, I’m just going to write down the plan & craft, with a brief commentary on how it went.)

Books


Cars! Cars! Cars! by Grace Maccarone


Freight Train by Donald Crews


A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London


Who Is Driving? By Leo Timmers

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “The Wheels On the Bus”
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.
The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish; The doors on the bus go open and shut; The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep; The Driver on the bus says “Move on back, The people on the bus go Up and Down; The baby on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah”; The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush.”
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “The Airplane”
The airplane has great big wings (arms outstretched)
Its propeller spins around and sings “vvvvvv!” (make one arm go round)
The airplane goes up (lift arms)
The airplane goes down (lower arms)
The airplane flies high (arms outstretched, turn body around)
Over the town! (fly around)
Credit: Preschool Rainbow

Action Rhyme: “Choo-Choo Train”
Everyone rubs their hands together in a circular motion to make the noise, slowly at first, getting faster, the librarian says the following:
Choo, choo, choo, choo
Too-too, too-too, too-too
Choo-choo, choo-choo, choo-choo
Ding-dong, Ding-dong, Ding-dong, Ding-dong
Hissssssssssssssss
Credit: In-House Activity

Craft

Paper Train – Templates are from Danielle’s Place.

Teens had cut-out everything. Kids assembled train and decorated with stickers.

How It Went
This was a frustrating week for me because I had put so much into planning, and for whatever reason we had very sad attendance (this week before was 14; this week was 7). I must say though that the kids that attended storytime LOVED the craft. And even though I was low on attendance, everyone was very enthusiastic about the theme — so it worked out. Yay!

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Farm!

(These are very old storytimes, so I don’t remember every detail about them. Instead of my regular post, I’m just going to write down the plan & craft, with a brief commentary on how it went.)

Books


Clip Clop by Nicola Smee


The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen


Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera


Pepo and Lolo Are Friends by Ana Martín Larrañaga

Extension Activities
Flannelboard: Bingo
There was a farmer who had a dog and Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Repeat, replacing one letter with a clap each time.)
Credit: Childhood

Song/Puppets: “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

Action Rhyme: “Farm Chores”
This is the way we ______, ______, ______
This is the way we ______, so early in the morning.
(Feed animals, plants seeds, water plants, pick plants, eat crops, etc.)
Credit: Preschool Education – Animals, Farm

Craft
Paper Plate Pig – Busy Bee Kids Crafts

How It Went
This was a very fun storytime to do. This was my first time using puppets, and I thought that it went really well — and definitely prompted me to buy more finger puppet sets from Manhattan Toy. And my parents flipped over the craft. They are always very impressed with the amount of things that we make out of paper plates.

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Colors!

(These are very old storytimes, so I don’t remember every detail about them. Instead of my regular post, I’m just going to write down the plan & craft, with a brief commentary on how it went.)

Books


Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.


Cleo’s Color Book by Caroline Mockford


I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont


Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Extension Activities
Song: “Colors We Know” (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple too!
These are the colors that we know, way up high in the great rainbow.
Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple too!
Credit: Everything Preschool – Colors

Flannelboard Song: “Driving Round In My Car”
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom
(Go through red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Red, Red”
Red, red is the color I see
If you’re wearing red, then show it to me.
Stand up, take a bow, turn around
Show me your red and sit back on the ground. // Repeat with other colors.
Credit: Everything Preschool – Colors

Song: “Sing a Rainbow”
Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
Oh, I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too
Listen with your eyes, listen with your eyes
And sing everything you see
Oh, I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow
Sing along with me
Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
Oh, I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too
Credit: Childhood
(My mom used to sing this to my sister and I before bed — but I found where you can learn it too, if you’re so inclined: NIEHS.)

Craft
Streamer Rainbow — Honestly, I made this one up. I had a ton of leftover streamers from a paper plate craft, and found a use for them.

How It Went
This theme was such a great one, and I truly loved every book that I chose for it. I was very comfortable with the songs and extension activities, so this turned out to be a great storytime.

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Counting!

(These are very old storytimes, so I don’t remember every detail about them. Instead of my regular post, I’m just going to write down the plan & craft, with a brief commentary on how it went.)

Books


Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd


Fish Swish Splash Dash by Suse MacDonald


Ten in the Bed by Jane Cabrera


Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith

Extension Activities
Flannelboard: Five Big Balloons
Five big balloons, colorful and bright
The red one said, “I feel full and tight”
The orange one said, “What a beautiful sky”
The yellow one said, “We’re up so high”
The green one said, “I can see the bay”
The blue one said, “We’re all blowing away”
“Whoooosh” went a playful gust of wind
And the five big balloons were never seen again
Credit: “Color Bears” Felt Set (In-House)

Song/Fingerplay: Five Little Speckled Frogs
Five little speckled frogs
Sitting on a hollow log
Eating the most delicious bugs (yum yum)
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four speckled frogs (ribbit ribbit) // count down
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, shut the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, begin again // 2nd time: that’s the end
Credit: Childhood

Craft
Ice Cream Counting – First School

How It Went
This was the second storytime in the session, and by then I had enough people to really have a great storytime. The craft had to be modified right before storytime because I had way too many kids, and not enough crafts. So instead of making the whole cone — numbers 1 to 10; each kid got to pick three numbers and put those in order. Now, I prepare for as many that have signed up plus ten more!

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Bears!

(These are very old storytimes, so I don’t remember every detail about them. Instead of my regular post, I’m just going to write down the plan & craft, with a brief commentary on how it went.)

Books

A Very Curious Bear by Tony Mitton


Bear Flies High by Michael Rosen


Bears On Chairs by Shirley Parenteau


Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Extension Activities
Flannelboard: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Action Rhyme: “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your knees
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please

Song: “If You’re a Bear and You Know It” (tune of “If You’re Happy…”)
If you’re a panda bear and you know it, clap your paws
If you’re a panda bear and you know it, clap your paws
If you’re a panda bear and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re a panda bear and you know it, clap your paws

If you’re a polar bear and you know it, show your teeth
If you’re a polar bear and you know it, show your teeth
If you’re a polar bear and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re a polar bear and you know it, show your teeth

If you’re a grizzly bear and you know it, growl real loud
If you’re a grizzly bear and you know it, growl real loud
If you’re a grizzly bear and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re a grizzly bear and you know it, growl real loud

Craft
Bear Puppet – I don’t remember at all where I got the template for this.

How It Went
This was my first storytime after a *LONG* hiatus and I was nervous! And I’m pretty sure that the kids caught on to that. Overall, I picked some longer books for my crowd of mostly 2/3s. Should have had some shorter ones and a few more stretchers to grab their attention. The craft was a great one though — went a lot better then I thought it would.

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