Imagination!

The Plan

Books

Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli
I’m Me by Sara Sheridan
Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler
Something to Do by David Lucas
That’s How by Christoph Niemann

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “It Looked Like Spilt Milk”

Action Song: “The Pirate Song”
When I was one,
I banged my drum.
The day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me.
We’re going, this way, that way,
Forwards and backwards,
Over the Irish Sea.
A bottle of rum, to warm my tum,
And that’s the life for me.
(When I was two, I buckled my shoe / When I was three, I banged my knee / When I was four, I knocked on the door / When I was five, I learned to dive)
Credit: Early Years Experience
(I changed “rum” to “milk” when I did this one, haha.)

Game: “Applesauce Says”
This was just a version of “Simon Says,” but I had our storytime mascot Applesauce whisper the instructions to me.

Craft

I actually did NOT have a craft for this storytime theme! Instead, I put out paper plates, toilet paper rolls, paper, cotton balls, foam stickers, tissue paper squares, glue, and crayons. And then I let the kids go at it! I had a lot of very creative kids who came up with some great art, but I did have a few that I had to whisper some inspiration to.

How It Went

This was a really funny storytime. I had some of my favorite little boys here and they just loved the “Peg Leg Peke.” Both “That’s How” and “Higher, Higher” were also great choices for this theme and I think the kids really responded to those books! I wasn’t sure how the word “imagination” was going to go, but I think that the kids understand what I meant when I talked about playing pretend. They certainly understood it during “Applesauce Says” when our storytime mascot asked everyone to pretend to be different animals!

11 comments on “Imagination!

  1. jlbb_1
    February 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Was thinking of doing an imagination storytime in a few weeks, and planned to use “That’s How” and “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” thanks so much for the other ideas!!!

    • Katie
      February 28, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      You’re welcome! I hope your storytime goes well!

  2. Vicki Kouchnerkavich
    February 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I have never thought about doing an imagination themed story time. I think I will now! I have one comment about your craft. It’s a great idea! I recently attended an early literacy workshop and the library who put it on said they never have a planned craft. Their crafts are always just like you described for this story time. It did get me to think about how I can save time on my prep time, by not always preparing a “fancy” craft. My rotation for crafts is going to be playdough, “prepared craft”, stamping, open-ended make what you want craft and sticker day. Most of these craft involve fine motor skills. If anyone else has another idea to add to the rotation, I’d love to hear it.

    • Katie
      February 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

      Sounds like a great idea! Sometimes I think parents put too much emphasis on making the craft perfect and not enough emphasis on being creative.

  3. Beth @ More Than True
    February 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    I love “imagination” as a storytime theme. Some other books I’ve used for it are _Not A Box_ and _Not a Stick_, Millie’s Marvelous Hat, and _Duck! Rabbit!_.

    • Katie
      February 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

      I love “Not a Box” and “Not a Stick” — some of my favorite storytime books!

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