Tag: paper crafts


The Plan


I Love Tools! by Philemon Sturges
The Magic Toolbox by Mie Araki
Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman
Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia
Whose Tools Are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Toolbox Match-Up”

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: Everything Preschool

Action Rhyme: “Dump Truck”
Dump truck, dump truck, bumpin’ down the road (bounce throughout)
Spillin’ gravel as you travel with your heavy load
Bumpety bumpety bump
Dump truck, dump truck, dump truck, DUMP! (tip)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Action Rhyme: “Johnny Works With One Hammer”
Johnny works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer
Johnny works with one hammer, and then he works with two
(Two hammers – both fists on legs; Three hammers – both fists on legs and one foot on the floor; Four hammers – both fists on legs and both feet on the floor; Five hammers – both fists on legs, both feet on floor and nod head up and down; “And then he goes to sleep!”)
Credit: Mrs. Hegna’s Storyroom

Fingerplay: “Noisy Nails”
I use my hammer and five nails (hold up five fingers)
That’s too noisy, my neighbor yells (yell)
I’ll hammer them now before it’s night (pretend to hammer)
And to my neighbor, I’ll be polite! (bow)
Credit: Everything Preschool


This idea came from Mrs. Hegna’s Storyroom and the pattern came from the book: “Ready-To-Go Storytimes.” My teens cut out the tools and tool belts; kids decorated with crayons and foam stickers.

How It Went

This was a very funny storytime. I picked the theme after several friends had done it because I’m still a mostly boys storytime group (though the demographics are changing a bit as of very recent storytimes!). I knew that the kids would really respond to this theme and I was right. Their favorite book was “I Love Tools,” although the parents thought “Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop” was hysterical — mostly because I sung it and somehow remembered all the sounds for all the tools correctly while they kept tripping up. Craft went over just as well and many of the kids walked out wearing their tool belts!


The Plan


Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
I Feel Happy & Sad & Angry & Glad by Mary Murphy
If You’re Happy and You Know It! by Jane Cabrera
Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Feelings by Kristen Balouch

Fingerplay: “Frogs”
One, two, three, four, five (hold up hand and count fingers)
Five little frogs standing in a row
This little frog stubbed his toe (point to each finger, following the rhyme)
This little frog said, “Oh, Oh, Oh!”
This little frog laughed and was glad
This little frog cried and was sad
This little frog, so thoughtful and good,
Ran for the doctor as fast as he could
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Rhyme: “If You Chance to Meet a Frown”
If you chance to meet a frown
Do not let it stay
Quickly turn it upside down
And smile that frown away!
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Song: “Skinnamarink”
Skinnamarinky, dinky, dink
Skinnamarinky, doo, I love you!
Skinnamarinky, dinky, dink
Skinnamarinky, doo, I love you!
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening, underneath the moon
Oh, skinnamarinky, dinky, dink
Skinnamarinky, doo, I love you!
Credit: Childhood


How It Went

Well, I’m back to only doing one storytime a week right now. I’m planning on doing daycare outreach after the month of December since my library is closed on two of the Fridays; I was on vacation for the first two; and it seems silly to just do one storytime out of the whole session.

So, Thursday morning’s group — they had a great time with this theme. I had some great participation, and two brothers just STOLE my heart. During “Llama Llama Mad at Mama,” one of the page spreads has a picture of Llama Llama throwing a tantrum. When I got to that page, I asked, “What is Llama Llama doing?” One of the brothers answered, “Eating the toilet paper.” (And indeed, it does look like Llama Llama was eating the toilet paper!) Then, during “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” they both stopped to give their mom kisses when one of the animals blew kisses. So sweet!

This group’s favorite book was definitely “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” though all of the books were huge successes anyways!


The Plan


Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Ducking for Apples by Lynne Barry
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “Apple Roll”
Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(count down)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

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

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
Down came the apples, and mmmm, they were good!
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Five Little Apples”
Five little apples hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking.
So guess who came to eat?
A rabbit! Munch, munch, munch!
(Mouse, crow, turtle, bat)
Now the tree is bare
There are no more apples there
But when next fall comes around
Guess who’ll be there!
The rabbit, the mouse, the crow, the turtle, and the bat!
Credit: Storytime Secrets


I found this idea on Pinterest! I found up making my teen volunteers cut out the tissue paper apples, but this would be much easier if you had a die-cut machine.

How It Went

Friday afternoon
This was a requested storytime from a local daycare class (different from my three regular daycares); apples were their theme this week. The kids had a great time with all of the apple themed fun. Favorite book was probably “Apple Farmer Annie” — I heard a lot of choruses of “I eat applesauce!” “I eat apples!” “I eat apple pie!” during that one.

Night and Day!

[From my daycare storytime set last spring, I discovered a few that I had never transferred from write-ups to the blog. Previous entries in the Opposites series are here: Stop & Go and Up & Down and Loud & Quiet.]

I decided to do this storytime as almost a “day” block and a “night” block of activities. Naturally, we started with greeting the morning with “Hello, Day!” by Anita Lobel.

Animal noises are a wonderful way to start off storytime! The kids really participated with this book, eagerly repeating the animal noises after I read the page. Then, we stood up to greet the day ourselves with a song:

Action Song: “Mister Sun”
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, hiding behind a tree
These little children are asking you to please come out so we can play with you
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me
Credit: Childhood

Then we read the book that I was dying to read, hoping that they would love it as much as I do: “Yes Day!” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

This is a fun, imaginative story about a little boy who has a day where every question that is asked is answered with a “yes!” This book is definitely for preschoolers, in my opinion. I don’t think that two-years and under would necessarily understand what was going on without a lengthy explanation. But my group was hugely amused by this one. Afterwards, I had a lot of questions about when we could have a yes day at the library!

Then it was time to switch to night with our flannelboard: “Ten Teddy Bears Sleeping in the Bed,” followed by an action rhyme:

Action Rhyme: “Going to Bed”
This little child is going to bed (point to self)
Down on the pillow he lays his head (rest head on hands)
He wraps himself in covers tight (wrap hands across body)
And this is the way he sleeps all night (close eyes, nod head)
Morning comes, he opens his eyes (raise head, eyes open wide)
Off with a toss the covers fly (fling arms wide)
Soon he is up and dressed and awake (jump up)
Ready for fun and play all day (clap hands and turn in a circle)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

And then it was time to read some sleep stories. I started with “A Book of Sleep” by Il Sung Na.

I have loved this book since it first came out and we purchased it for the library. It has such gorgeous illustrations! It was a natural fit with this theme. As was…”Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes.

Another book that I adore. The kids kept reminding that Kitten was wrong — that the moon was NOT a bowl of milk. I loved that this book was a bit of an adventure book to remind the kids that nighttime isn’t always so quiet! Speaking of being not quiet…our next action song was hysterical:

Action Song: “Ten In the Bed”
There were ten in the bed and the little one said, “Roll over, roll over.”
So they all rolled over and one fell out! Boom! (count down until…)
There was one in the bed and the little one said, “All to myself!”
Credit: Childhood

The kids had a lot of fun rolling, clapping their hands, and counting down with me. But I saved the best for last: “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me” by Eric Carle.

The pop-ups in this book are stunning! I love the full moon spread, the variety of how the pages open up. This is a great storytime book. (Though it doesn’t always fare well in the collection — lots of rips and tears!) I would have to say that this was definitely the favorite book of the day at storytime.

We ended storytime with another flannel of “Hey Diddle Diddle” and an extra closing song of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” before moving on to our craft:

We made “Night and Day” door hangers. The other (less interesting) side was a big sun and said “Day.” My daycare teachers were in love with this craft, and I was super proud because I came up with it myself!


The Plan


The Family Book by Todd Parr
Hello Bicycle by Ella Boyd
I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae & Emma Dodd
I’m Going to Grandma’s by Mary Ann Hoberman
The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell

Extension Activities

Fingerplay: “My Family”
This is mama, kind and dear. (point to thumb)
This is papa, standing near. (point to pointer finger)
This is brother, see how tall! (point to middle finger)
This is sister, not so tall. (point to ring finger)
This is baby, sweet and small. (point to pinky finger)
This is the family, one and all! (wiggle all fingers)
Credit: Kididdles

Fingerplay: “Where Is Family?”
Thumbkin; with family members
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Knock Knock”
Knock, knock, who’s there?
[Repeat with Grandma, Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister, Baby…Pizza? Pizza Party!)
Credit: Storytime Secrets

Flannelboard Song: “Five Little Ducks”
Credit: Childhood


Family Tree craft!

How It Went

Thursday morning
This was a pretty good storytime theme. My moms were thrilled by the book “I Love My Mommy” — it was a hit! I think the kids best responded to “The Family Book” because of the awesome bright colored illustrations. It was a great discussion book! The kids were very eager to say “Like my family!” when the pages applied to them. And the craft was just awesome. I had a great time visiting with each kid during craft time, and they were able to tell me about their families.

Friday morning
My daycare kids had a ton of fun with the craft, but I’m not sure that they grasped the “family tree” concept. Mostly I think they were just thrilled to glue the leaves on. Other than that, they were so confused by the “Pizza Party” at the end of “Knock, Knock” but once I explained it, they couldn’t stop giggling. Their favorite book was also “The Family Book.”


Every year at the first fall session, we have a few sad moments when I have to explain that to a child that some of their friends won’t be coming today because they go to school now. This year, I decided to try and help that transition by doing a whole storytime theme on school.

The Plan


Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Wow, School! by Robert Neubecker

Extension Activities

Song: “Come to School” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
We like to come to school
We like to come to school
Our school is such a happy place
We like to come to school
Credit: Preschool Education

Flannelboard Rhyme/Story: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Flannelboard Song: “Wheels on the Bus”

Fingerplay: “Way Up High”
Way up high in the apple tree
I saw two apples smiling at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples…
And mmm, they were good!
Credit: Childhood


How It Went

Thursday Morning
A pretty successful storytime theme! Of course, it was a bit hairy behaviorally because we had been on a storytime break for four whole weeks. I had to use a lot of my filler activities to shake out a lot of sillies. The favorite book of this group was “Mouse’s First Day of School.”

Friday morning
My daycare storytime LOVED this theme! The kids had a great time through all of the books, and one of their teachers stopped to take pictures during the class because the kids were having such a great time. Our craft was the best thing ever for everyone! I had a ton of kids drawing people on their buses, putting animals as passengers, and even one little girl who had her animals eat the people on her bus. This will remain one of my most favorite sessions with this group!

Stop and Go!

My next opposite storytime theme this week was stop and go! The “go” part was very easy to find material for, but the “stop” definitely presented some creative storytime solutions. (I really like challenging myself to find *good* books to fit!)

First up, I read “Watch Me Go” by Rebecca Young.

This is a much smaller book than I ever thought that I would use in storytime, but I love the moving pictures so much! Anyways, reading this one definitely had a lot of panning involved, but the kids were so excited about this book that I didn’t mind the extra work for me. We talked a lot about different kinds of transportation (since the book has so many different examples) and launched straight into singing “Down By the Station.”

The next book was a “stop” book — “The Bus Stop” by Janet Morgan Stoeke.

A sweet story about kids getting ready to go to the bus stop. And throughout their school day, they all can’t wait to get back to the bus stop. After I finished reading, the kids and I talked about why it’s called a stop.

For the flannelboard, I got to use some ideas from the Michaels flannelboard I purchased either this month. I had to re-do some of the pieces because the felt wasn’t sticking very well. (Super thin felt and while it had no problem sticking to my board, it did have a problem sticking to itself.) Using the astronauts, I got to do this rhyme I learned in library school:

Flannel: “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 mon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’ll be there very soon!
Credit: Library School

And I followed it up with another space-themed activity:

Action Rhyme: “Bend and Stretch”
Bend and stretch, reach for the stars
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars
Bend and stretch and reach for the sky
Stand on tip-e-toe, go so high!
Credit: Preschool Kids

The next book was “Go to Bed, Monster!” by Natasha Wing.

This was a pretty hysterical read. My daycare teachers were cracking up, and because they were really into the book — so were their classes! While this book has always worked well for me in storytime, today’s reading of it will be particularly memorable.

Then, we shook things up with an action rhyme:

Action Rhyme: “If I Were a Monster”
If I were a happy monster, I’d go ha! ha! ha! (laugh)
If I were a sad monster, I’d go boo, hoo, hoo! (rub eyes)
If I were a mad monster, I’d go stomp, stomp, stomp! (stomp feet)
If I were a scared monster, I’d go AHH! AHH! AHH! (scream)
But I’m just me, you see, so I’ll just read, read, read (sit down)
Credit: Perry Public Library

And then it was onward to “The Going to Bed Book” by Sandra Boynton.

This is another title that we have multiple copies of in a board book form. This was the first time that I used these books in a daycare format, and while the kids were good with sharing — they didn’t have the same interaction as my parent & kid sets. I don’t know if I would do this again. That being said, they definitely enjoyed the book!

The last book for today was “Red Light, Green Light” by Anastasia Suen.

I love that this book talked about stop and go; it was perfect for this theme — and the kids never get tired of transportation books. But this one especially worked because it led us straight through our action rhyme and then onto our craft.

Action Rhyme: “Green Says Go”
Green says, “Go!” (march quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly)
And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze)
Go! Go! Go! (march fast)
Slow…slow…slow (march slowly)
and STOP! (stop)
Credit: Toddler Storytime

And then I borrowed this craft from Sarah at Awesome Storytime. This craft was a super simple one for the kids — they just glued down the circles and then wrote their names at the bottom, but I knew that the two teachers wouldn’t be able to help twenty two kids tie their necklaces, so I did it ahead of time.


Ack! This storytime post got lost in my queue — this was weeks and weeks ago at this point!

I started off storytime with “Ella Sarah Gets Dressed” by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.

This is a super cute book about a little girl who has made up her mind on exactly what she will be wearing! Every family member tries to suggest a more reserved outfit, but Ella Sarah will not yield! This one elicited a lot of laughter from parents, and I prompted the kids several times, “Do you like Ella Sarah’s outfit?” and one little girl said, “It’s the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.” Clearly a winner with both!

Next up, I read “New Socks” by Bob Shea.

While this is a wonderful book, and I am totally in love with it — I’m not sure that the kids really knew what was going on. I think that this book would work much better as a one-on-one book instead of a group read. But that’s storytime! You learn as you go sometimes.

After our first two books, I whipped out my flannelboard of “Froggy Gets Dressed.” Instant hit, folks! Hysterics all around when everyone realized that Froggy forgot his underwear. And I had one little boy ask his mom if he remembered his underwear that morning. Thankfully, he did!

A quick action rhyme from my childhood:

Action Rhyme: “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”
One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, shut the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, begin again // that’s the end!
Credit: Childhood

And then it was on to “Too Purpley” by Jean Reidy.

I used this book in “Purple” storytime earlier this year, but had to use it again for this storytime! There’s tons of different kinds of problems with this little girl’s clothes. This storytime session’s favorite page was the page with lots of tags — apparently I have a lot of kids who hate tags, and a lot of parents who wanted to point that out!

One of my favorite activities this week was this action rhyme:

Action Rhyme: “Red, Red”
Red, red is the color I see
If you’re wearing red, then show it to me!
Stand up, take a bow, turn around
Then sit back down right on the ground!
(Additional colors: blue, black, brown, purple, pink, white)
Credit: Perpetual Preschool

The kids were REALLY good at playing this one — they were very careful to examine all their pieces of clothing and their shoes before standing up. Afterwards, we read “Bear Gets Dressed” by Harriet Ziefert.

This is a great lift-the-flap book that tells the weather forecast and then invites the reader to guess what kind of clothes Bear will need to wear. The kids were very enthusiastic shouting out answers to the book’s questions. Since we just finished talking about the weather — we sang a very appropriate weather song:

Song: “I’m Going to Take a Sweater” (Tune: Jolly Good Fellow)
I’m going to take a sweater, a sweater, a sweater
I’m going to take a sweater when I go out today
When I go out today, when I go out today
I’m going to take a sweater when I go out today
(Additional: Umbrella, hat, raincoat, etc.)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

And then followed it up with a VERY successful action rhyme:

Action Rhyme: “Old Shoes, New Shoes”
Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three four,
Now I stomp them on the floor!
Credit: Preschool Education

I am going to repeat this one as often as I can. The kids really enjoyed stomping on the floor, and I had some very creative descriptions during this one. My favorite was “shoes shoes.”

The last book for the day was “Polly’s Pink Pajamas” by Vivian French.

This book was a big hit because when I pulled it out I had a little girl proclaim that it was her favorite book! Well, you know that when kids endorse something, everyone is immediately interested in it. It was a great way to end the program.

Afterward, it was time for our craft!

I got this idea from the Best Kids Book Site. My teens cut out the clothes and the kids colored and strung them on the yarn clothesline. I thought this was a great idea and that the kids would really be able to be creative with their clothes. I had several kids who colored the clothes they were wearing that day!


Last week was the last week of regular storytime! I’m now on a three-week break until our summer session starts. I am using the time to prepare the whole eight weeks of storytimes, as well as get the summer reading program launched.

But enough of that, this week’s theme was pigs — my favorite barnyard animal!

First book up, “Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?” by Barney Saltzberg.

The book had the kids laughing pretty hard at all the silly ways Cornelius tries to get ready for bed! I think their favorite page spread was when he fed cookies to his fish. This book always has the moms awww-ing at the end of the book when Cornelius needs his hug before bed.

I used one of our purchased flannelboards to tell “The Three Little Pigs.” I was mildly worried that the kids would be freaked about the wolf, so I made him less scary and didn’t deepen my voice or anything. Also, our set ends with the wolf getting burned in the chimney pot and he runs away. The kids were HYSTERICAL at this point. I did not need to worry, obviously.

Next up, “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” by Laura Numeroff.

I know I say this a lot, but there are reasons why some books are classics — they just work in storytime. And this series is one of them.

Then, we did a sing-a-long of “Old MacDonald” with my Manhattan Toy finger puppets. The kids always love a good puppet show, even if it’s small!

Time for another series book with “Little Oink” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Another series that I think is just amazing to use in storytime. I just wish that the books were bigger!

After, it was time for a counting rhyme!

Fingerplay: “Five Little Piggies”
“It’s time for my piggies to go to bed,” the great big mother piggy said.
“So I will count them first to see if all my piggies came back to me.
One little piggy, two little piggies, three little piggies dear
Four little piggies, five little piggies, — yes, they’re all here!”
Credit: Preschool Rainbow

And then I got to use my new flannelboard:

Flannelboard: Five Clean and Squeaky Pigs
Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest that you’ve ever seen
Wanted to outside and play (IN THE MUD)
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a great big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs (Oink, oink!)
Credit: Mel’s Desk / Miss Mary Liberry

The next book was “Pepo and Lolo Are Friends” by Ana Martín Larrañaga.

This is a great story that I’ve used several times before in storytime. I love that it is so simple, and brightly colored, and that the kids really respond to the storyline.

Then it was on to “Who Said Coo?” by Deborah Ruddell.

This was a first time using this book for me! I read it several years ago, and we purchased it for our in-house storytime collection. This is the first storytime that I pulled it out for — and the kids loved it! Animal noises are the most popular participation aspect for my kids.

Then it was on to my favorite fingerplay of the day:

Fingerplay: “Two Mother Pigs”
Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)
These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

And then we ended storytime with a rousing chorus of “This Little Piggy.”

Then, it was on to the craft portion!

Dirty pigs! I thought I found this in a Snapshot Day picture, but after seriously going through all the pictures tagged on Flickr, I couldn’t find it again. Sorry! My pig template came KidsSoup though.


Let me just say for the record that purple is the HARDEST color to find books about! There’s tons of food that’s purple (plums, jelly, jam) but no books for preschoolers about that food. Someone please write a book about jelly and grapes, please!

With that being said, I did manage to find some books for this storytime, and I have to say that the books were received with great joy and happiness on behalf of my preschoolers. Previous color storytimes can be found here: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

First up, this is a book I found in my library’s collection, “Lunchtime for a Purple Snake” by Harriet Ziefert.

This book is very similar to Tomie dePaola’s “The Art Lesson,” which is one of my favorite books from being a child. A young girl paints with her grandfather. Her purple streak across the page turns into a snake, and they decorate the page with objects for their snake. The kids were really involved in this story!

Next up, I read “Gladys Goes Out to Lunch” by Derek Anderson.

At library school, someone used this during our storytime week and for whatever reason the book stuck with me. When I was trying to think of purple books, I remembered that Gladys was a purple gorilla, and grabbed the book off of the shelves. The kids were pretty horrified that a gorilla had escaped from the zoo. They kept saying, “She shouldn’t be out, Miss Katie!” during the reading. But when it was revealed that she was looking for bananas, lots of giggles ensued. And then everyone got a chance to be a monkey!

Action Rhyme: “Little Monkeys Swinging In the Tree”
Little monkeys swinging in the tree
All hold hands and swing with me
Swing up high and swing down low
Swing in the tree, now don’t let go!
Swing, swing like I do
Swing like the monkeys in the zoo
Credit: Step By Step — Rainforest Theme

Next up, a super short book, “Too Purpley” by Jean Reidy.

This book is about a little girl who doesn’t want to wear most of what’s in her closet. Every outfit she tries on has something wrong with it. This got a lot of laughs, especially during the polka-dot page. Afterwards, the kids and I did this song:

Action Song: “I’m Going to Take a Sweater” (Tune: Jolly Good Fellow)
I’m going to take a sweater, a sweater, a sweater
I’m going to take a sweater, when I go out today
When I go out today, when I go out today
I’m going to take a sweater, a sweater, a sweater
I’m going to take a sweater, when I go out today
(Additional Refrains: Umbrella, hat, raincoat, etc.)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

I changed the words a bit from what’s originally on the BKBS, but I went with what felt natural singing to me. (Sometimes I find that there are too many syllables in the songs, and I get tripped up as a singer.) I acted out putting on the clothes we were singing about, and so did the kids.

And then I brought out my flannelboard of “Harold and the Purple Crayon.”

I was really shocked when one of the little boys said that he knew this story! Hooray!

The next book was “Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem” by Ruth Ohi.

This book didn’t work out nearly as well as I had hoped. My kids were confused about the fact that chicken, pig, and cow are all clay animals that the girl made — so the whole book they kept reminding me that cows were not purple. I think this book is definitely a kindergarten and up book, and will save it for them.

However, singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” with my Manhattan Toy puppets made everything better because my cow puppet is black and white, so that fixed their world.

And then it was on to the last book of the day, “Purple” by Sarah L. Schuette.

This is technically a non-fiction book, but it works for storytime because it’s told in rhymes and has bright pictures. I just skipped over the little information boxed and everything was fine. I choose it because I needed a book about grapes and jelly, and I’m glad it worked so well!

Then, a favorite song of mine from childhood:

Song: “Peanut Butter and Jelly”
First you take the peanuts and you crunch ‘em, you crunch ‘em
First you take the peanuts and you crunch ‘em, you crunch ‘em
For your peanut, peanut butter and jelly
Peanut, peanut butter and jelly
(Grapes/Squish ‘em; Bread/Spread it; Sandwich/Eat it)
Credit: Childhood

And then our craft!

I made up this craft, basically. I have a circle scrapbook punch, punched out some purple circles and we made grape bunches. Super simple, and the kids were so much more creative than me, as always!