Tag: paper crafts

Names!

The Plan

Books

From Anne to Zach by Mary Jane Martin
My Father Knows the Name of Things by Jane Yolen
My Name Is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee and Matthew Forsythe
Naming the Cat by Lawrence Pringle
Princess Baby by Karen Katz

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “BINGO”

Action Rhyme: “My Name Is…”
Hi, my name is Joe
And I work in a button factory
One day, my boss said to me, “Joe, are you busy?”
I said no.
“Push the button with your right hand.”
(keeping pushing with right hand; add left hand, right foot, left foot)

One day, my boss said to me, “Joe are you busy?”
I said yes!!
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Sing Hello”
Stand up (child’s name) stand up (child’s name)
Turn around, turn around
Reach up high to the sky
Reach back down, touch the ground
Sit back down, sit back down
Credit: A to Z Kids Stuff

Activity: “Name Train”
The name train is coming
Get on board! Choo-choo
The name train is coming
Get on board! Choo-choo

Welcome to…(child’s name)
Get on board! Choo-choo
(repeat until all kids are on board)
Credit: Modified from A to Z Kids Stuff

Craft

Originally found on Pinterest, this craft idea comes from Tippytoe Crafts. My volunteers assembled the cars/wheels and engine/wheels. The kids were able to write their names (some with parent’s help, of course) and put together their train.

How It Went

I had a pretty bad cold during this storytime and I think that, unfortunately, it suffered because of how I was feeling. The biggest hit from this storytime was “Princess Baby.” BINGO was also a great song/flannel to do with them and all the kids cracked up during “My Name Is…” when I was doing all the motions. The name train was a sudden stroke of genius when I pulled out my wooden train whistle and we marched around the room. Everyone hopped on the train then!

Letter E!

The Plan

Books

Chew, Chew, Gulp! by Lauren Thompson
Elmer by David McKee
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Five For a Little One by Christ Raschka
I Drive a Fire Engine by Sarah Bridges

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter E”

Flannelboard: “Elephants in the Bathtub”
One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands)

Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
They all fell in! (knock the felt pieces down)

Action Rhyme: “Hurry, Hurry”
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (pretend to turn wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (pretend to turn wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (pretend to turn wheel)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (ring bell)
Turn the corner (lean over to one side, then the other)
climb the ladder (pretend to climb)
spray the water (pretend to spray a hose)
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay: “Eat an Apple”
Eat an apple (bright hand to mouth)
Save the core (close hand in fist)
Plant the seeds (touch the ground)
And grow some more (extend arms up)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

Craft

I came up with this idea on my own. All of the elephant crafts that I found were adorable, but not practical given that I only have access to crayons and glue at the daycare. So, I decided to spice up a regular coloring sheet by turning it into a puzzle! The kids really enjoyed the puzzle aspect and a lot of them colored their own version of Elmer.

How It Went

Nearly the whole daycare was sick this week, so the kids were very quiet and not their normal boisterous selves. "Elmer" was probably the biggest hit as this group of kids LOVES naming colors. I got the kids to be absolutely silent during "Five for a Little One" as we listened with our ears to hear what we could. It was so quiet, we could hear the clock ticking the seconds down!

Letter D!

The Plan

Books

Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler
One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter D”

Flannelboard Song: “Five Little Ducks”

Action Rhyme: “Dinosaur, Dinosaurs”
Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Little Duck”
I saw a little duck go hop, hop, hop (hop three times)
I told the little duck to stop, stop, stop (hold up hand for stop)
I went to the window to say, ‘How do you do?’ (hold out hand for handshake)
He wagged his little tail and far away he flew! (shake tail and fly away)
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

Puppets: “Five Little Doggies”
Five little doggies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.)
This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.)
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Craft

I got this amazing craft idea from Totally Tots, and they have done a craft for every letter of the alphabet — I know that I will definitely be using that again. Because this was another outreach storytime, I had the dinosaurs pre-assembled except for the spines, which the kids glued on at the daycare. They colored all over their dinosaurs and some of their names wound up inside their dinosaur’s belly. Quite a few kids made jokes about their dinosaurs eating them!

How It Went

I truly cannot express how blessed and grateful I feel to be doing storytimes with this group of kids. They are amazing listeners, kind-hearted helpers, and it really raises my spirits every time I walk into their classroom and squeals of “MISS KATIE! YOU’RE HERE!” reach my ears again. As for this particular storytime, the kids LOVED “Dinosaur Vs. the Library” and really enjoyed roaring along with the book. “Dance Your Fingers Up” remains one of the best fingerplays that I’ve recently found — definitely add it to your repertoire.

Hugs and Kisses!

The Plan

Books

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Who Should I Kiss Today?”
I have five little kisses that I want to give away.
Who should I kiss today?
I’ll kiss…Mommy!
(count down using the family set; for the last kiss, have parents kiss kids)
Credit: Storytime Secrets

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 Rhyme: “I Can Hug”
I can hug, hug, hug
I can hop, hop, hop
I can kiss, kiss, kiss
I can stop, stop, stop
I can nod my head for yes,
And I can shake my head no,
And I can sit down very slow.
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Action Rhyme: “Give Mom a Hug”
Roar like a lion, growl like a bear
Give Mom a hug, show her you care
Hop like a bunny, flap like a bird
Quiet as a mouse now, don’t say a word
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Craft

I was partly inspired by this Pinterest pin and just added the Xs and Os for the hugs and kisses. Some of the kids covered their wreaths, others only sparsely put down hearts.

How It Went

This was our first storytime session after a three-week break, so I was really happy to see the kids again. I had seven returning kids and parents, and one brand-new family! (The first week back it always a bit low, attendance-wise.) The kids were super excited to be back, and I did not have anyone grossed out by kisses. I had a ton of sweet parent/child interactions with kissing and hugging. And the kids were thrilled with Applesauce’s puppy kisses at the end of storytime. My favorite part was at the end of Kitty’s Cuddles when one of my siblings sets gave each other hugs on the baby brother page spread. SO CUTE.

Letter C!

The Plan

Books

Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter C”

Finger Puppets: “Ah-Choo!”
Chicken’s nose tingles
Chicken’s nose twitches
Chicken is going to sneeze!
Baa-choo! Baa-choo! Baa-choo!
(Repeat with different animals)
Credit: Modified from SurLaLune Storytime

Song: “Driving Round In My Car”
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep!
Credit: Childhood

Craft

This was an easy idea that I’ve done before — teen volunteers punched out the circles from cardstock and the kids assembled their own caterpillars and colored them. They had a great time assembling their caterpillars and writing out their names.

How It Went

This was a very loud and rambunctious storytime — the kids loved shouting out colors in “Toot Toot Beep Beep” and “Dog’s Colorful Day.” And this group had NEVER heard “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” before! I was very glad to fix that and they enjoyed hearing about the letters climbing up the coconut tree. I always love getting to use my “Very Hungry Caterpillar” flannelboard because it was the first one I ever made! The letter puzzles continue to be a huge hit, and I will keep doing it until it gets dull!

Letter B!

The Plan

Books

Banana by Ed Vere
Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
Butterfly, Butterfly by Peter Horacek
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Letter B” Puzzle

Flannelboard: “Six Little Bumblebees”

Action Rhyme: “Bears Eat Honey”
A bear eats honey (pretend to eat)
He thinks it’s yummy
In his tummy (rub tummy)
But the bees don’t think it’s funny!
Buzzzzzzzzzzz! (make buzzing noise)
Credit: King County Library System

Song and Puppet: “Sleepy Bear” (Tune: Thumbkin)
Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.
(Have kids shout “WAKE UP BEAR” to do the song again.)
Credit: Preschool Education Music & Songs — Winter Animals

Craft

Letter B bird! I got this craft idea from Kiboomu. I did the template for the letter B and the feet/beak in Publisher. The feathers were a Google Image Search find. The kids had a great time with this one and one of the teachers said it was her very favorite craft that I had ever done with her class!

How It Went

Even though I was sick during this storytime, I think that it was another rousing success. The kids had a lot of fun making farm noises during “Book, Book, Book,” but the best part of storytime was when I read “Grumpy Bird.” I had everyone make grumpy faces along with me as I read. They alternated between pursing their lips and scrunching up their foreheads and pouting to hysterical laughter. And I figured out a way to let everyone greet Applesauce during storytime by using a set of apples numbered to let everyone have their own turn to pat the puppy.

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!

Letter A!

Welcome to the first letter in my alphabet series! I’m doing the whole series with my daycares and have (at this point) plans to do every letter until I wind up doing “XYZ” together.

The Plan

Books

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
I Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Apples”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter A”

Fingerplay: “Way Up High in the Apple Tree”
Way up high in the apple tree
I saw two apples looking at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
And down came the apples
And mmmm, they were good!
Credit: Childhood

Song: “ABCs”
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Apples and Bananas”
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas (each x2)
(repeat with other vowel sounds)
Credit: Childhood

Song: “The Ants Go Marching”
The ants go marching, one by one, hurrah, hurrah!
The ants go marching, one by one, hurrah, hurrah!
The ants go marching, one by one, the little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground, to get out of the rain
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom
(Two by two/the little one stops to tie his shoe; Three by three/the little one stops to climb a tree; Four by four/the little one stops to say “no more!”)
Credit: Childhood

Craft

Alligator Masks! I got this template from KidsSoup and my teen volunteers cut everything out and assembled it. At the daycare, I only have access to crayons and glue, so I’m doing the most basic crafts possible when I’m there.

How It Went

This was my first outreach storytime in a long time. (I think in over a year, actually.) Needless to say, I was pretty nervous about the logistics of the room set-up and how everything would go. I packed up all the books, puppets, and my travel flannelboard and had a WONDERFUL time. The kids were super receptive to the theme and while I was reading “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,” they tried to come up with all “A” names for the animals. That led to the crocodile becoming an alligator and one child calling the cow an “ACOW.”

Sick & Get Well Soon!

The Plan

Books

Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
If Beaver Had a Fever by Helen Ketteman
Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Activity: “Bandaids”

Flannelboard: Doctor Bag

Puppets: “Ah-Choo! Ah-Choo!”
Farmer’s nose tingles (point to nose)
Farmer’s nose twitches (wiggle puppet)
And he is going to sneeze!
Ah-choo, ah-choo, ah-choo!
Ah-choo, ah-choo, ah-choo!
(Cow, moo-choo / pig, oink-choo / chicken, bawk-choo)
Credit: Modified from SurLaLune Storytime

Action Rhyme: “I’ve Got a Cold”
I’ve got a cold (point to yourself)
My nose can’t smell (point to your nose)
My eyes are red (point to your eyes)
I don’t feel well (hand on forehead)
So I’ll drink my juice (pretend to drink)
And go to bed… (fold hands under head)
My nose feels better (point to nose)
And so does my head! (point to head)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Craft

How It Went

We had a great time with this theme — lots of good books. The kids told me all about the different times they were sick; I heard a lot of stories about throwing up, so be prepared for those stories! The “Ah-Choo” rhyme that I modified to do with my farm finger puppet set was a really big hit. The kids loved making silly sneeze noises. The craft was a GIANT success. Every kid walked out with band-aids all over their project and a few walked out with band-aids mysteriously on themselves. As for their favorite book, it was definitely “Bear Feels Sick.”

Boxes!

The Plan

Books

Magic Box by Katie Cleminson
Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun
My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand
Not a Box by Antoniette Portis
Sitting In My Box by Dee Lillegard

Flannelboards

Flannel Activity: Boxes

Flannel: Dear Zoo

Extension Activities

Puppets: “Here Is a Box”
Here is a box where something is hid
I wonder whatever is under there
Could it be? Why, yes!
Without any doubt, it is a _______
Let it come out!
Credit: Perry Public Library

Action Rhyme: “I Like to Be a Jumping Jack”
I like to be a jumping jack
And jump out from a box
I like to be a rocking horse
And rock and rock and rock.
I like to be a spinning top
And spring around and round
I like to be a rubber ball
And bounce right to the ground
Credit: Perry Public Library

Fingerplay: “Little Turtle”
I had a little turtle (hands on top of each other, move thumbs)
Who lived in a box (make box)
He swam in the puddles and climbed on the rocks (with hands swim, climb)
He snapped at a mosquito (clap), he snapped at a flea (clap)
He snapped at a minnow (clap), and he snapped at me (clap)
He caught the mosquito (cup hands), he caught the flea (cup hands),
He caught the minnow (cup hands), but he didn’t catch me! (wag finger)
Credit: Childhood/Library School

Craft

This idea came from Sarah at Awesome Storytime. She did it for her tools storytime. I tried to stick with mostly box shapes, but I threw in some half-circles and triangles so that the kids could really get creative! The kids made castles, boats, spaceships, and houses.

How It Went

This was a great storytime to have — the kids loved the interactive flannelboard and as always, “Dear Zoo” was a smash hit. Their favorite book was probably “Magic Box.” The kids were just fascinated by the different things that were conjured up (and of course, the polar bear pet is a great wish for every child!) and the colorful spreads. They especially had fun pointing out all of the food in the birthday party food spread.