Tag: paper crafts

Favorites!

The Plan

Books

Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli
I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Old MacDonald”

Flannelboard: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Action Rhyme: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay & Puppets: “Two Little Owls”
Two little owls, sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I came up with this craft on my own. I wanted to have a free-draw, so I left most of the page blank. The kids drew a wide variety of favorite things — their drawings were great conversation starters between child and parent.

How It Went

This was a last minute theme; I wasn’t planning on doing it! But at ten minutes to storytime, I had a daycare group drop in…with twenty extra kids. I wasn’t expecting them and didn’t want to turn them away, so I changed up my theme to “Favorites.” It was easy to pull from our in-house storytime collection the books that have always been storytime hits. It’s really hard to pick a favorite book from the ones we read since they were all old favorites for the kids. I think “Grumpy Bird” got the biggest laughs and most participation.

Elephants!

The Plan

Books

Elmer by David McKee
Hide and Seek by Il Sung Na
My Elephant by Petr Horacek
What to Do If An Elephant Stand on Your Foot by Michelle Robinson

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Elephants in the Bathtub”

Action Rhyme: “Big Gray Elephant”
The big gray elephant slowly walks.
She doesn’t make a sound.
She swings her trunk from left to right.
When she puts her feet on the ground.
Swing, swing, left and right,
She doesn’t make a sound.

Fingerplay with Puppets: “Two Big Elephants”
Two big elephants were sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Run away, Jack! Run away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

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 a snake up the hill, slither, slither, slither, slither (slide up arm)
Here goes an elephant up the hill, thud, thud, thud, thud (clap up arm)
Here comes an elephant down the hill, boom, boom, boom, boom, CRASH! (bounce down, clap hands for crash)

Song: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”

Craft

This craft came from this amazing Pinterest pin, originally from Tippytoe Crafts! Parents and kids loved this craft, and Miss Katie made sure to buy noisemakers that were super difficult to make the noise with.

How It Went

I had a lot of new families in this storytime and I got a lot of high compliments on their way out the door! (It is totally reassuring, even if you a veteran, to hear that your work is appreciated!) I think they had the best time during “What If An Elephants Stand on Your Foot,” which was the book that inspired this theme! I also modified the “Up the Hill” fingerplay, which led to lots of giggles once the elephant went down the hill!

Letter V!

The Plan

Books

I Love Vacations by Anna Walker
Rah, Rah, Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre
Sweethearts by Jan Carr
This Is the Van That Dan Cleaned by Lisa Campbell Ernst
What In the World Is a Violin? by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Six Little Valentines”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter V”

Fingerplay: “Let’s Count Valentines”
Let’s count valentines – one, two, three
Let’s count valentines, all for me!
Let’s count valentines – four, five, six
Let’s count valentines, match and mix
Let’s count valentines – seven, eight, nine
Let’s count valentines, I’m glad you’re mine
Credit: ChildFun

Song: “Vegetable Song” (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)
Carrots, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me
For my snack and in my lunch
Veggies sticks are great to munch
Carrot, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me
Credit: Preschool Education

Song: “What Begins With V?”
What begins with V?
What begins with V?
We all know, we’ll tell you so.
What begins with V?

Violin begins with V.
Violin begins with V.
We all know, we’ll tell you so.
Violin begins with V.
Credit: MotherReader

Craft

This idea came from a Google Image search, but you can see the original post right here at Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas! The flowers and stems were pre-cut by teen volunteers, the kids glued down their flowers and colored their vases. We had some very pretty flower vases once everyone was finished!

How It Went

The kids were fascinated by “What In the World Is a Violin?” and kept telling me that it was a “wrong guitar,” which made me crack up. “Rah Rah Radishes” almost inspired a riot — apparently NO ONE likes vegetables at all in this classroom, so we had lots of “YUCKS” and “EWS.” I was sad, because I’ve used the book in the past and it’s worked well for me before. Valentines were a big hit, and was the only “V” word that they guessed correctly after seeing the book. We’re nearing the end of these alphabet storytimes — only four more to go!

Letter R!

The Plan

Books

Hello, Robots by Bob Staake
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee
Race You to Bed by Bob Shea
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter R”

Flannelboard: “Four Little Rockets”
Four little rockets winking at me
One shot off and then there were three!
Three little rockets with nothing to do
One shot off and then there were two!
Two little rockets afraid of the sun
One shot off and then there was one!
One little rocket alone is no fun
He shot off, and then there were none!

Action Rhyme: “Rain Is Falling Down”
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap loudly once)
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap loudly once)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs softly)
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap loudly once)
(repeat)

Puppets: “Five Little Rabbits”
Hippety hop and hippety hay
Five little rabbits went out to play
Hippety hop and hippety hay,
One little bunny hopped away.

Craft

The daycare now has over 30 kids attending storytime at a single time, so I’ve tried to make the crafts as simple as they can be. This week, they colored their rabbits and we glued cottontails on with cotton balls and glue sticks.

How It Went

This storytime was a mixed bag. Books were either *HITS* or *FLOPS*! Hits: “My Rhinoceros,” “Wow! Said the Owl,” and “Little White Rabbit.” Flops: “Hello, Robots” and “Race You to Bed.” Honestly, I think the storytime was difficult for several reason. One because one of the classrooms was losing their primary teacher and we had both the new teacher and the old teacher in doing different discipline. Two because the kids had just changed classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year based on their new ages. Add this all up and it made for a bit of a mess. Luckily, my rabbit puppets were giant hits, as well as my rocket pieces on the flannelboard!

Monsters!

The Plan

Books

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberley
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Shape by Shape by Suze MacDonald

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Go Away Big Green Monster”

Action Rhyme: “Monster, Monster”
Monster, monster, turn around
Monster, monster, touch the ground
Monster, monster, reach up high
Monster, monster, touch the sky
Monster, monster, find your nose
Monster, monster, find your toes
Monster, monster, find your knees
Monster, monster, sit down please
Credit: Modified from childhood

Fingerplay/Puppets: “Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed”
Five little monsters jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monsters jumping on the bed!”
Credit: Modified from childhood

Song: “Monster Pokey”
You put your claws in, you take your claws out
You put your claws in and you shake them all about!
You do the wild rumpus and you turn yourself about!
That’s what it’s all about! (horns, tail, big feet, and hairy self)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Craft

Today’s craft came from Pinterest. I simply put out a ton of cardstock scraps and let the kids make their own monsters. Most of the kids were super happy to rip the paper, but I did have a few parents request scissors and I passed them out to adults only.

The Plan

Since the CSLP summer theme was “Dream Big, Read,” I decided to do themed storytimes. (I did with 2010’s “Make a Splash” and I did not with 2011’s “One World, Many Stories.” I am planning on using the theme in my storytimes for next year’s “Dig Into Reading.”) I really wanted to make sure that my monster storytime had different stories than the last two times I did monster in 2010 and 2011. At this storytime, it should come as no surprise that “The Monster at the End of This Book” was the most well-received. I’m silly for having omitting it previously! We also had a lot of fun with the finger puppets that I made and making them jump on the bed!

Kids Art: Nightscapes

“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.”

The Plan

Books

Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City by Robert Burleigh
Subway by Anastasia Suen
Wow! City! by Robert Neubecker

Craft

I found this craft originally on Pinterest. The original post came from Patty at Deep Space Sparkle and it was an amazing craft that went over so well with my parents.

How It Went

I had the kids start with finger-painting the swirls in the sky. This took the majority of the time, and once everyone was pretty much done, I had them sit down for our stories. I opted not to do any extension activities since I had a much older crowd of mostly six-year-olds. “Wow City” was the biggest hit, and we spent a lot of time looking at the pictures to find items that look like Chicago. When our stories were read, we moved back to the table and started gluing our scrap paper. Some of the kids had too much paint to dry this quickly, but no one minded getting more paint on their hands!

Owls!

The Plan

Books

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
I’m Not Scared! by Jonathan Allen
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Owls”
Five hoot owls sitting a tree
One flew away, how many do you see?
One, two, three, four. (count down)

Action Rhyme: “Wide-Eyed Owl”
There’s a wide-eyed owl (circle your eyes with your hands)
With a pointed nose (make a beak with your fingers)
Two pointed ears (make ears with your fingers)
And claws for toes (wiggle your “claws”)
He lives way up in the tree (point way up)
And when he looks at you (point to children)
He flaps his wings (flap your wings)
And says, “Whoo! Whoo!” (say “whoo”)
Credit: Wilmette Public Library

Action Song: “Owl Hokey Pokey”
You put your right wing in, you put your right wing out
You put your right wing in, and you flap it all about
You do the hokey pokey and you fly yourself around
That’s what it’s all about! Hoot, hoot!
Credit: Ms. Hegna’s Storytime

Song: “Owl In the Tree” (Tune: Skip to My Lou)
Owl in the tree says, who, who, who?
Owl in the tree says, who, who, who?
Owl in the tree says, who, who, who?
Who, who, are you?
Credit: Ms. Hegna’s Storytime

Song: “Twinkle, Twinkle”
Credit: Childhood

Craft

This was a craft that was inspired by this blog post, at Meet the Dubiens. (I originally saw this as a Pinterest post, but without a link back. Luckily, I recognized Jill’s watermark!) I used the template that Jill links to, but I did balk on the handprint painting when it came time for storytime to start. Instead, I pulled out our feather bin and let the kids go at it!

How It Went

This is very similar to the owl theme that I did in the fall, but I knew I had to repeat it for the CSLP theme of “Dream Big, Read!” This time around “Owl Babies” was the big hit, followed by “A Book of Sleep.” The extension activities went AWESOME and they had a great time shaking their tails in the Owl Hokey Pokey. We made a lot of great connections in this storytime about owls sleeping at night and having wide-eyes so they could see in the dark. It was a very rewarding storytime to be at!

Letter N!

The Plan

Books

Just How Long Can a Long String Be? by Keith Baker
Not Me! by Nicola Killen
Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera
Whose Nose and Toes? by John Butler

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “The Napping House”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter N”

Action Rhyme: “On My Face”
On my face I have a nose,
And way down here I have ten toes.
I have two eyes that I can blink.
I have a head to help me think.
I have a chin, and very near,
I have two ears to help me hear.
I have a mouth with which to speak,
And when I run, I use my feet.
Here are arms to hold up high,
And here’s a hand to wave goodbye.
Credit: King County Library System

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 left to pound.
(count down)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Fingerplay: “This Little Squirrel”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s run and play!”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s hunt nuts today!”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good.”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, my favorite food.”
This little squirrel said, “Come, climb this tree.” (run fingers up other arm, quickly)
And crack these nuts: one, two, three! (clap hand three times)
Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Craft

I made this craft up, based on the book “Just How Long Can a Long String Be?” I had the kids color a bird and then we glued down ripped paper and string to make a bird’s nest. The kids had a ton of fun ripping up the paper, but they did have some difficultly gluing down the string.

How It Went

I made a grave mistake in this storytime — I did not check our copy of “One, Two” since I had read it before in storytime. We were missing not one, but two pages, so I had to make up the rhymes on the spot. The biggest hit of storytime was “Five Little Nails” since it’s such a noisy one! Their favorite book was probably “Whose Nose and Toes?”

Letter M!

The Plan

Back to Bed, Ed! by Sebastien Braun
I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Cirumsanti

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Little Mouse

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter M”

Fingerplay: “Baby Mice”
Where are the baby mice?
Squeak, squeak, squeak
I cannot see them
Peek, peek, peek
Here they come out of their hole! (bring your fist forward)
One, two, three, four, five, and that is all! (open your fingers one at a time)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Action Rhyme: “Monster Monster”
Monster, monster, turn around
Monster, monster, touch the ground
Monster, monster, reach up high
Monster, monster, touch the sky
Monster, monster, touch your nose
Monster, monster, grab your toes
Monster, monster, touch your knees
Monster, monster, sit down please
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’ll be there very soon!
So, if you’d like to take a trip
Just step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’ll be there very soon!
Credit: Library School

Craft

This is a craft from Totally Tots. This is one of my favorite of their letter crafts, and I was super thrilled to use it!

How It Went

Another successful storytime with my daycare group. Letter M is a great letter, with lots of different ideas so this storytime was a breeze to plan. Their favorite book was “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” which made me super happy since Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite picture book authors of all time. And as always, my Little Mouse flannelboard thrills them to no end!

Letter L!

The Plan

Books

Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Song: “Pretty Ladybug”
The ladybug has one black spot,
One black spot, one black spot
The ladybug has one black spot,
Pretty ladybug!

Flannelboard: “Lunch”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter L”

Fingerplay: “The Lamb Went”
The lamb went…
Around the cow in the corn (trace circle in palm)
Under the haystack (go under the hand)
Up the hill and down the hill (go up the arm and down the arm)
Over the fence (go above the hand)
Through the door (slide hands and clap)
And was back in time to meet the teacher (trace circle in palm)
Credit: Hubbard’s Cupboard

Puppet & Song: “Did You Ever See a Llama?”
Did you ever see a llama, a llama, a llama?
Did you ever see a llama go this way and that?
Go this way and that way, go this way and that way?
Did you ever see a llama go this way and that?
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Song: “The Leaves are Falling Down”
The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green, and brown
The leaves are falling down
Credit: Preschool Education

Craft

This craft was based on an idea that I saw on KidsSoup. I spiced it up by buying glitter foam stickers, which the kids loved. As with most of my sticker crafts, at least a quarter of the stickers wound up on the kids instead of the paper.

How It Went

Only half of my daycare group made it this week, so it was a much smaller storytime. This was good and bad because the kids got a lot of individualized attention, but it also seemed to make them more restless. Their favorite stories were “Lola at the Library” and “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.” And they have a great time when I brought out my llama puppet to sing — most of them had no idea what a llama was!