Tag: paper crafts

Chickens!

The Plan

Books

Charlie the Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
The Little Red Hen by Rebecca and Ed Emberley

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”
Five eggs and five eggs
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is mother hen
Cackle, cackle, cackle
And what do I see?
Ten fluffy chicks as yellow as can be
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Puppets: “All Around the Barnyard”
All around the barnyard
The animals are fast asleep
Sleeping cows and horses
Sleeping pigs and sheep
Here comes the cocky rooster
To sound his dairy alarm
“Cock-a-doodle-doo!”
To wake the sleepy farm!
Credit: CanTeach

Song: “I Know a Chicken”
Oh, I know a chicken and she laid an egg
Oh, I know a chicken and she laid an egg
Oh my goodness, it’s a shaky egg!
Shake your eggs!
(Fast, slow, circle, etc.)
Credit: Miss Sarah’s Storytime

Craft

I printed out a coloring page and used the foam eggs I had bought for my failed Easter storytime and put them on the coloring page. I added a brad so the chicken could hide. The kids glued feathers and colored their chickens.

How It Went

This was a high-energy, almost wild storytime. I’m seeing higher and higher numbers each week and this week had quite a few new faces, some with questionable behavior. This is the first time I’ve ever had to stop storytime to prevent a child from falling off something they had climbed on. Yikes. Other than that, we had a lot of fun with this theme, even if I was a little stressed the whole time! Best books were “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” and “Charlie Chick.” With the amazing pop-up at the end, I wonder why I don’t do that book for every storytime.

Letter K!

The Plan

Books

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter K”

Flannelboard: “Kites”

Action: “Different Kinds of Kisses”
Grandma kisses (grab cheeks and squeeze)
Fish kisses (purse lips and move them)
Movie star kisses (blow big ones)
Rabbit kisses (wiggle nose)
Dog kisses (stick out your tongue and lick)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Action Song: “Here We Go Jumping”
Here we go jumping high,
Here we go jumping low.
Here we go jumping around,
That’s how a kangaroo goes.
Here we go jumping fast,
Here we go jumping slow.
Here we go jumping everywhere,
That’s how a kangaroo goes.
Credit: Baraboo Public Library

Fingerplay: “Two Little Kittens”
Two little kittens sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
Credit Modified from Childhood

Craft

This was a very simple craft to do. I modeled it after an Oriental Trading craft that I did last year at this time, but just used paper supplies instead of foam since I had thirty crafts to prep for. The kids really enjoyed watching me curl the curling ribbon, they kept saying that I was using magic.

How It Went

I just have to keep writing what a dream group this daycare group is; they are fully engaged in the material, they participate with me, and they retain knowledge from the previous weeks’ storytimes, so I know that these hours are mattering to them! Letter K was an especially fun storytime to do because the kids kept pointing out that my name starts with “K.” In our flannelboard puzzle this week, I put a picture of myself on it and saved it for last. The kids laughed really hard when I pulled my picture out since they have been telling me the whole time that I started with “K.”

Letter I!

The Plan

Books

I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
Isaac the Ice Cream Truck by Scott Santoro
An Island in the Sun by Stella Blackstone
Look Inside an Igloo by Mari Schuh
Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ice Cream Colors”
We have ice cream, the best in town,
Let us begin with chocolate brown.
Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink,
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.
Here is ice cream minty and green,
It is the creamiest I have ever seen.
Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,
We like its taste from the very start.
Scoops of blueberry would make my day,
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!
Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,
All these scoops are a heavenly sight.
Vanilla white is a popular flavor,
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.
Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,
Good and yummy till the very last lick.
Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,
We love ice cream in any combination!

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter I”

Fingerplay: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again
(Great big hairy spider, teensy weensy spider)
Credit: Childhood

Craft

I got the idea for this craft (and used their printables) from First School. Teen volunteers again cut everything out and had everything glued down for the daycare. The kids spent their time coloring and making up flavor combinations. I had a lot of rainbow-flavored ice cream cones!

How It Went

With some of the harder letters, I’ve been pulling some of the Pebble Book non-fiction from our collection. I sometimes skip pages and tend to skim over any complicated parts, but I love letting the kids see some photograph-based books. Igloos BLEW their minds! Also, this was the first opportunity I’ve had to read “Mañana Iguana” and it is my very favorite new storytime book! I’ve read it four more times since this storytime.

Clouds and Rainbows!

The Plan

Books

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Extension Activities

I used the pieces from another flannelboard to do: Flannelboard: “Magical Rainbow Stew”
Take an apple, put it in the pot
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out. What will it be?
The prettiest red you ever did see.
Credit: Andrea at Rovingfiddlehead Kidlit

Action Rhyme: “Rain Is Falling Down” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down) SPLASH (clap once loudly)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down) SPLASH (clap once loudly)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs softly)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down) SPLASH (clap once loudly)
Credit: King County Library System

Fingerplay: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Song: “What’s the Weather?” (Tune: Clementine)
What’s the weather, what’s the weather,
What’s the weather, everyone?
Is it windy, is it cloudy,
Is there rain, or is there sun?
Credit: Perpetual Preschool

Scarf Rhyme: “Rainbow Dancers”
Rainbow dancers let’s get ready
Hold your scarves nice and steady.
You’ll hear the colors of the rainbow.
Listen for your time to go.

Shake red…
Shake orange…
Shake yellow…
Shake green…
Shake blue…
Shake purple…

Red scarves turn around,
Orange scarves up and down.
Yellow scarves reach up high,
Green scarves fly, fly, fly.
Blue scarves tickle your nose,
Purple scarves touch your toes.

Everybody dance around,
Swirl your scarves up and down.

Shake purple…
Shake blue…
Shake green…
Shake yellow…
Shake orange…
Shake red…

Rainbow dancers dance around,
Scarves swirl up and down.
Our colorful dance is at an end.
Thank you, thank you, all my friends.
Credit: K at Storytime Fun

Craft

The idea for this craft came from 1+1+1=1, who also has a TON of other rainbow activities in this post. I did wind up using streamers though, since we already had those pre-cut from another craft.

How It Went

This was the last week of the Spring I session of storytime, so it was packed with kids! I got called a magician after the “Magical Rainbow Stew” flannelboard, when I pulled out the rainbow, which pretty much made my day. The biggest hit for the kids was when we danced around with the rainbow scarves — the kids just shriek with joy when I pull out scarves/shakers. And as for books, both cloud books went great, and “Planting a Rainbow” was probably the favorite of all the books.

Letter H!

The Plan

Books

Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
Heads by Matthew Van Fleet
Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Where Is Maisy Mouse?”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter H”

Action Rhyme: “How Do You Say Hi?” (Do actions as they are said.)
Hey! Hi! Howdy! Yo!
There are many ways to say hello!
Wave your hand. No your head.
Smile big or wink instead.
Blow a kiss. Tip your hat.
Shake your hands. Give a pat.
Of all the ways to say hello,
Here’s the way I like to go…HELLO!
Credit: Transitional Songs

Action Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Fingerplay: “Houses”
Here is a nest for robin (cup both hands)
Here is a hive for bee (fists together)
Here is a hole for bunny (make a circle)
And here is a house for ME! (make a roof)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Craft

I found this WONDERFUL letter craft at Totally Tots. I haven’t been doing every craft with the letter in the craft, but have been instead striving for the easiest craft possible at the daycare setting!

How It Went

This was probably my last easy letter before a couple of ones I’ll struggle with (I and J), so I made sure to have a lot of fun picking books for letter H! I’ve had “Heads” in our storytime collection for over a year at the library and haven’t used it in a storytime until now — the group went NUTS for this interactive board book. It was definitely the hit of the day. (Really, all of the books went amazing because I LOVE all of the books so!) It’s been a while since I played “Little Mouse” with this group, but they still remember/love the Maisy flannelboard when it comes out. All in all, just another perfect storytime with this group.

Art!

The Plan

Books

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Mouse Paint”

Action Song: “This Is the Way…”
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint
This is the way we stir the paint so early in the morning
(dip our brush, paint the paper, blow it dry, frame the picture)
Credit: Modified from several other sources.

Folder Story: “Scat the Cat”
I’m the Scat the Cat and I’m sassy and fat
And Miss Katie can change my color just like that!
Credit: Modified from Tell Me a Story, but originally I heard about Scat from Anne at So Tomorrow

Song: “I Know the Colors”
I know the colors for painting fun
Green like grass and yellow sun
An orange pumpkin and white snow
A red rose and a black crow
Blue like a mailbox, brown like an ape
A pink pig and some purple grapes
Credit: Preschool Education, many thanks to K at Storytime ABCs for suggesting this one!

Craft

I came up with this idea on my own. I just had my teen volunteers print off palettes and provided the kids with TONS of materials (left-overs) to put all over. Mostly, we had very crazy-looking palettes, not the kind of control you see in my examples!

How It Went

This was a FUN theme! I was so excited about all of the book choices and I think the kids REALLY picked up on that. (I basically drove around to three different libraries to get the books I wanted; that’s how dedicated I was to this theme!) Twitter came through for me big time with extension activities, and I got to use my Mouse Paint flannelboard again! Also, this was my first time ever using Scat the Cat and the whole room was just…mesmerized by it. I will definitely be looking at more folder stories in the future!

Construction!

The Plan

Books

Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson
The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer
Road Work Ahead by Anastasia Suen
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “Cranes”
Cranes reach up,
Cranes reach down,
Cranes reach out,
And all around.
Credit: Pre-K Fun

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

Song: “Construction Worker Song”
This is the way we pound our nails, pound our nails, pound our nails
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning
(saw the wood, turn the screwdriver, drill a hole, stack the bricks, stir the paint, paint the walls)
Credit: Pre-K Fun

Song: “Dump Truck” (Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuump out the load.
Credit: Pre-K Fun

Craft

This craft was found on Pinterest, but originally was developed by the Texas State Library for their summer reading program, Dig Up a Good Book!

How It Went

This was a requested outreach storytime that I did at a local daycare. Their learning theme for the month was construction, so I was asked to tie into that. I had visited them last year around this time and done a Very Hungry Caterpillar re-telling on the feltboard at a parent’s night, so I was familiar with their site, but not with the classrooms. I did two separate storytimes — one in their Pre-K classroom and one in their two-year-old room. So, I want to spend a little bit of time talking about how I tweaked the same plan to fit two age groups.

Pre-K

I did all the activities in this room, except for the “Dump Truck” song. The reason why is that the whole class set very attentive throughout storytime and we didn’t need to bounce out any sillies. Since this was the first time I had worked with this group, I had actually planned a lighter storytime — I could have brought a fifth book! (And a flannelboard would have worked with this group as well.) This group has breakfast scheduled immediately after storytime, so I did not see them do their craft, though I left enough behind.

Two-Year-Old Room

In the two-year-old room, I only read 3 out of the 4 books I had with me. We skipped “Construction Countdown.” I chose “Tip Tip Dig Dig” because of the sounds, which the kids repeated after me. I really liked “Road Work Ahead” for the storyline — I kept their interest by continually asking “Do you think we can make it Grandma’s house?” and waiting for their responses. And “The Construction Crew” was a natural progression after we sang “This Is the Way.” In this room, I did not do the “Five Little Nails” rhyme and instead brought out the “Dump Truck” song. And I was able to hang out while the kids did their crafts before their scheduled outdoor time.

All in all, both groups were successful outings and I’ve already secured an invitation to return for next month’s theme — Gardening!

Jobs!

The Plan

Books

Bark, George by Jules Feifer
Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”

Action Rhyme: “Hurry Hurry”
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep!
(Turn the corner, spray the water, climb the ladder, save the people)
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay: “Pat-a-Cake”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, 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

This was a quick craft, just a coloring sheet that I made up in Publisher and captioned. My favorite kid creation was a superhero/soldier combination. We also had a lot of notable firefighters and quite a few princesses.

How It Went

I really enjoyed doing this theme and absolutely loved the books that I choose for it. A big thank you to Katie at Storytime Secrets for introducing me to “Kitten Red Yellow Blue” which was the biggest hit of storytime! And of course, to Melissa at Mel’s Desk for the “Down Around the Corner” rhyme which the kids LOVED doing and they had a great time playing with my flannel cookies pieces (which will be this Flannel Friday’s feature!).

Letter G!

The Plan

Books

At the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell
Gorilla Gorilla by Jeanne Willis
Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Go Away, Big Green Monster”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter G”

Action Rhyme: “My Garden”
This is my garden
I’ll rake it with care (make raking motion)
And then some flower seeds (pat the ground)
I’ll plant them there
The sun will shine (make circle with hands)
And the rain will fall (let fingers flutter down)
And my garden will blossom
And grow straight and tall (cup hand together, extend upward slowly)
Credit: Step by Step — Garden Theme

Fingerplay: “Grandma’s Glasses”
These are Grandma’s glasses
This is Grandma’s hat
This is the way she folds her hands
And lays them in her lap
Here are Grandpa’s glasses
And here is Grandpa’s hat
And here’s the way he folds his arms
And takes a little nap
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Sticky Bubblegum”
Sticky, sticky, bubblegum, bubblegum, bubblegum
Sticky, sticky, bubblegum, sticking your hands to your head
Un-stick!
Credit: Local Daycare (They taught this to me while they were waiting for the bus to take them back to school. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this song.)

Craft

I came up with this craft on my own forgot I saw this craft on Abby’s, googled the template, and bought some label stickers for the kids to use as gumballs. This was a great idea, and worked very well with my daycare group! [Edited to add: I clearly subconsciously remembered Abby doing this and thought it was my own idea!]

How It Went

Letter G was a hard one to find books that I liked, for whatever reason. I had a lot of good topics brainstormed (grandparents, giraffes, gorillas, grapes, groceries, gardens, girls) and it took me a while to find books that worked. I was super pleased that I put the extra effort into it because I found a lot of storytime gems. “Gorilla Gorilla” was a huge success and the kids also really enjoyed “At the Supermarket.” Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite storytime authors and “My Garden” was again a rousing success. Their favorite activity was definitely “Go Away Big Green Monster” and the “Sticky Bubblegum” song. All in all, another wonderful storytime session.

Letter F!

The Plan

Books

Big Frog Can’t Fit In by Mo Willems
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera
A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter F”

Action Rhyme: “The Frog”
Croak said the frog, (make croaking sound)
With his golden eyes. (fists up to eyes)
Sitting on a lily pad, (crouch on the ground)
Catching flies. (grab air with hand)
I have a sticky tongue, (stick out tongue)
It’s as fast as can be…
And I catch the mosquitoes (catch bugs again),
1-2-3. (count on three fingers)
Credit: Child Fun

Fingerplay: “Two Friends”
Two little friends are better than one,
And three are better than two
And four are much better still
Just think! What four little friends can do!
Credit: King County Library System

Song: “One, Two, Three, Four, Five”
One, two, three, four, five, (hold up fingers one by one, while counting)
Once I caught a fish alive. (put hands together and wiggle like a fish)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten, (hold up fingers one by one, while counting)
Then I threw it back again. (make throwing motion)
Why did you let it go? (hold hands out asking why)
Because it bit my finger so. (shake hand, as if hurt)
Which finger did it bite? (hold hands out asking why)
This little finger on my right. (wiggle pinky finger)
Credit: Childhood

Craft

This is a craft that I came up on my own. I printed up fish from a Google Image clip art search and then had my teens cut and tie the fish onto the yarn. The kids LOVED this craft and had a great time with their strings of fish.

How It Went

This was a great letter — so many different topics to choose from — and it was a very fun storytime to do. There was a lot of singing with this plan and my daycare kids really make an effort to sing along with me, even if they don’t know all the words. The only thing that didn’t work well was “A Splendid Friend Indeed.” I’ve used it before and it went very well, but it didn’t hold the daycare’s attention like I thought it would.