Outreach Storytime: 4/7

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan



Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard*
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin*
Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony*
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera*
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Flannelboard: “Five Hungry Ants”*

Flannelboard: “Lots of Cars”*

Prop Sticks: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (Emotions)*

Puppets: “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly”

Action Rhyme: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Credit: Childhood

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 you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (Site does not link anymore)

How It Went

This storytime wound up having an unintended theme of “feelings” for a bit between Please Mr. Panda and Grumpy Bird and our prop sticks. But I was okay with that! Connective storylines/threads just allow me to transition between elements easier. And these wound up being the most successful parts today! I had all of the preschoolers making faces at me — grumpy along with Grumpy Bird and all of the other emotions with the prop sticks. I also had a great time singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat at the top of my lungs and actually getting more friends to stop by storytime!

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