Outreach Storytime: 5/5

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



Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins*
I Ain’t Gonna Paint by Karen Beaumont*
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean*
Ten in the Bed by Jane Cabrera*
What a Wonderful World by Tim Hopgood

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”*

Flannelboard: “Paintbrushes”*

Prop Sticks: “Green Says Go”*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Action Rhyme: “Dance Your Fingers”*
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down,
Dance your fingers side to side,
Then dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your knees,
Then put them straight to bed.
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (site no longer has link)

Action Rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”*
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
In five, four, three, two, one, BLASTOFF!
Credit: Jbrary

How It Went

This was a hard storytime to do. My location within the store moved to a much smaller location with less horizontal space and more vertical space, which made my families further away from me. I thought that the most books were Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons for the song engagement and Hooray for Fish! because of the trim size of the book. Other than that, props were a big hit today. Also had some very interesting conversations (one involving a political candidate and a child expressing their opinion of the candidate) while reading. All in all, a good storytime. But I will be making some adjustments for next time.

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