Tag: paper plate crafts

Fruits & Veggies!

The Plan


Chew Chew Gulp! by Lauren Thompson
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Rah, Rah, Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Lunch”

Action Rhyme: “Picking Up the Fruits”
Picking up the apples and puttin’ ‘em in the basket
Picking up the apples and puttin’ ‘em in the basket
Picking up the apples and puttin’ ‘em in the basket
Way down yonder in the apple field
(Repeat with other fruits)
Credit: What Happens In Storytime

Fingerplay: “Way Up High”
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 mmm, they were good
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Apples and Bananas”
Credit: Childhood

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


This is another craft from KidsSoup. I had all of the fruits and veggies cut out, as well as the plate basket. (Thank you, teen volunteers!) The kids colored and glued their food down. It was a very simple craft that went over very well.

How It Went

We had a much better storytime experience this week than last, which I was grateful for. The kids all insisted that they eat their vegetables at home, but I saw several moms shake their heads and laugh when I posed the question. The best book of the day was “Eating the Alphabet” and the kids were thrilled when my mouse puppet ate the food off of the flannelboard.


The Plan


Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Pretty Ladybug”

Flannelboard: “Six Little Bumblebees”

Action Rhyme: “The Ants Go Marching”
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Bumblebee, Bumblebee”
Bumblebee, bumblebee, landing on my nose.
Bumblebee, bumblebee, now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows.
Bumblebee, bumblebee he lands and then he goes.
Credit: Mrs. Jones — Insects


This was another Oriental Trading purchase; everyone was THRILLED with it. I have to agree, ladybug is super cute!

How It Went

This was the first session of Spring II and I had a FULL house! For whatever reason, the kids were not having any activities this week, other than the flannelboards, which I was glad I had two prepped! This wasn’t a super original storytime — I did it last year too. But it’s a theme that is always a crowd-pleaser, so I’m happy to do it again.

Kids Art: Dr. Seuss

For the program, I started off by reading my very favorite Dr. Seuss book, which is the classic “Green Eggs and Ham.” Ideally, I would have like to have feed them green eggs and ham, but we’re only allowed pre-packaged food or food that we prepare in the library. The kids really enjoyed chanting the refrain along with me, and I still think it is one of the few Dr. Seuss books that work in a storytime setting.

After the book, the kids went to the table and began painting the hats of the Dr. Seuss craft that I had found at Brilliant Beginnings Preschool, via Pinterest.

The kids had a great time painting their hats. I used clothespins with sponges cut into small squares as our paintbrushes. This (mostly) cut down on the mess.

While we waited for our hats to dry before assembling, we met back up on the storytime rug to play two games: Build-a-Lorax flannelboard and One Fish Two Fish fishing. (I bought a set of One Fish Two Fish cut-outs at Michaels, laminated them, and attached magnets. We already have a fishing set, so this was a super simple insta-game that the kids went CRAZY for.)

And then, we returned to assemble our Cat in the Hats. The hats were almost completely dry and the moms around just blotted the paint that was still too wet. This was a fun way for the littlest kids to participate in our “Celebrate Seuss” week, and I had a lot of positive responses (especially to the craft) that ensures that I’ll likely do this program again someday!


The Plan


One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George
Snow by Manya Stojic
Snow Happy! By Patricia Hubbell
Snow! Snow! Snow! By Lee Harper
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


Flannel Activity: “Matching Mittens”

Flannelboard: “Five Little Snowflakes”
One little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and then there were…two!
Two little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and then there were…three!
Three little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and then there were…four!
Four little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another and then there were…five!
Five little snowflakes, having so much fun!
Out came the sun, and then there were none!
Credit: DLTK

Extension Activities

Fingerplay: “Here’s a Hill”
Here’s a hill (tilt left arm so that it forms a hill)
And here’s a hill (tilt right arm so that it forms a hill)
All covered with snow (raise hands up, bring down in slow motion)
I’ll put on my coat (put coat on)
And jump on my sled (hold the rope of a sled)
And ZOOM, down the hill I will go! (clap hands, slid hands down)
Credit: The Holiday Zone

Action Song: “Winter Hokey Pokey”
You put your mittens in, you take your mittens out
You put your boots in, you take your boots out
You put your hat in, you put your hat out
You put your coat in, you put your coat out
Credit: Step By Step — Winter Theme


This was a craft that I got from KidsSoup. The kids had a ton of fun putting stickers all over their paper plates!

How It Went

This was a great storytime! I had a giant group since this was during Winter Break — so lots of siblings attended as well as a lot of families whose kids are now in preschool during my storytime! It was great to see a full rug; over forty people in attendance! (That is A LOT for my library.) The craft led to a lot of creativity and I was glad that I didn’t make an example so that parents forced their kids to make it “like Miss Katie’s!” Their favorite book was probably “Snow Happy!”

Winter Animals!

The Plan


I Am Small by Emma Dodd
In the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Red Sled by Lita Judge

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “Marco the Polar Bear”
Marco the Polar Bear, (make circle in front of body with arms)
White as the snow, (extend out arms proudly)
Sat down on the ice (sit down)
Near the cold water’s flow (shiver)
“Lunch! I need lunch,” he said (rub stomach)
“I’ll make a wish.” (rub hands together)
He stuck in his paw (put right hand down)
And came up with a fish! (hold up right hand and smile)
Credit: KidsSoup

Rhyme & Puppets: “There’s Something In the Snow”
There’s something in the snow, now what can it be?
There’s something in the snow that I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound…HOWL HOWL HOWL
A wolf is what I found! HOWL HOWL HOWL
(CAW CAW CAW, A cardinal is what I found! / GRR GRR GRR, A bear is what I found! / WADDLE WADDLE WADDLE, A penguin is what I found!)
Credit: Modified from “There’s Something In My Garden” originally found at SurLaLune Storytime

Song & 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 : Animals > Winter


This came from KidsSoup, which does have a membership requirement to view.

How It Went

We had a great time with this theme — the kids loved the extension activities and variety of puppets that I used! Their favorite book of the day was “Red Sled” and they had the best time talking about what was happening on the page. My storytime moms loved “I Am Small,” which came as no surprise to me — the ending is definitely geared for the mom “awww.” Our craft was a big success; we had a lot of creative hibernation caves!


The Plan


Banana by Ed Vere
Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli
Kiki’s Blanket by Janie Bynum
Tall by Jez Alborough

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Credit: Childhood

Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree”
Five little monkeys swinging in the tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “You can’t catch me; no you can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile, as quiet as can be…
And snatched that monkey out of that tree!
(count down)
Credit: Childhood

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: Perry Public Library

Action Rhyme: “Monkey See, Monkey Do”
Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey in the zoo
Monkey, monkey, in the tree
Can you jump around like me?
(swing tail, clap hands, nod head, sit down)
Credit: Perry Public Library


This was another Oriental Trading craft kit. I think it kind of looks a bit like a bear instead of a monkey though…

How It Went

This was an energetic group of kids. Definitely a lot of monkey business. I would say that they had the most fun with “Be Quiet, Mike” — though it wound up riling them up, which made it difficult for the next book. (Which was “Tall” — most of the kids were bouncing around and not “reading/guessing” if the monkey was tall or small.) The craft was a huge hit with parents and kids; everyone was definitely tired by the time they left — I heard a few meltdowns on the stairs as everyone was leaving.

Pumpkins and Apples!

The Plan


Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry
It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe

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

Action Rhyme: “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a circle)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball! (make a big circle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a circle)
Credit: Step by Step — Pumpkin Theme

Fingerplay: “Way Up High In the Apple Tree”
Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arms up high)
I saw two apples looking at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples… (make a downward motion)
And mmm, they were good! (smile and rub stomach)
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Five Little Apples”
Five little apples hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking
Guess who came to eat?
A rabbit! Munch, munch, munch!
(Other animals: A mouse, a crow, a turtle, a bat.)
Credit: Storytime Secrets

Flannelboard: “Five Little Pumpkins”


Another kit from Oriental Trading. This one was not self-stick, so I had the kids use Glue Dots to attach the pieces to the plate.

How It Went

Thursday morning
Again, my showstopper was my flannelboard/puppet show. I used puppets to “munch” the apples and flipped them around. Other than that, I think that the most enjoyed book for this group was “Apples and Pumpkins.” A lot of the kids had gone to an apple orchard with their families this year, so this book echoed that experience.

Friday morning
This group really got into “Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch” — mostly because I oinked a lot and they think that’s pretty funny. They also really enjoyed the flannelboard activity and getting pats and kisses from the puppets at the end of storytime.


The Plan


Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Fish Swish Splash Dash by Suse MacDonald
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Ones and Twos by Marthe and Nell Jocelyn
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera

Extension Activities

Fingerplay: “Five Fat Peas”
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (make a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (pop out fingers, one by bone)
They grew and they grew and they did not stop, (raise hand in air)
Until one day the pop went POP! (clap)
Credit: Harris County Library

Song & Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging From the Tree”
Five little monkeys, swinging from the tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “You can’t catch me! No, you can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile, as quiet as can be
And snatched that monkey out of that tree
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Pretty Ladybug” (Tune: Muffin Man)
The ladybug has one black spot, one black spot, one black spot
The ladybug has one black spot, pretty ladybug
Credit: What Happens In Storytime

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!
Credit: Childhood


From an Oriental Trading kit — but this could easily be made without the kit! Both groups were thrilled with this craft; my parents were excited to explain how a clock worked to their kids.

How It Went

Thursday morning
This storytime was a pretty awesome one. I had a great bunch of kids who were ready to count with me! Their favorite book, by far, was “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.” (I personally love all the Jane Cabrera books — great way to use a book, but also encourage interaction — I sing them aloud and get a lot of parents to join in.) I also used my new finger puppets for “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree” and the kids just freaked out with joy.

Friday morning
I got a similar reaction from my Friday morning group about the finger puppets! After storytime was all over, I let them come up for some puppet pats and kisses (puppets kissing them, not them kissing puppets!). Most of the kids poked their fingers directly into crocodile’s mouth and snatched them away before he could catch them. This group had a great time with “Dog’s Colorful Day” and I think it might have been the first time I’ve used an Emma Dodd Dog book with them.

Loud and Quiet!

[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.]

This was by far my favorite opposites pairing. The kids had a great time being extra noisy, but were also super attentive and very good at being quiet when I asked.

I started off storytime with “Noisy Nora” by Rosemary Wells.

This is a classic from my childhood, and from one of my favorite authors. The group laughed a lot during this one, especially given all the mischief that Nora gets into. Afterwards, I asked them if they were ever noisy at home and I had a lot of nods. But then I asked if we could be quiet mouses and taught them our next fingerplay:

Fingerplay: “Quiet Mouse”
Here’s a quiet little mouse
Living in a quiet little house (hold thumb in fist)
When all was quiet as could be
OUT! popped he! (pop out thumb)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

And that led up to another noisy book, “Katie Loves the Kittens” by John Himmelman.

This is a great book about a dog who is too loud and winds up scaring the new kittens at her house away. Katie (the dog…not me) learns to be quiet and the kittens become her friends. I really liked that this book had both loud/quiet moments. The kids really liked that the dog was named Katie (MISS KATIE, HER NAME IS YOUR NAME) and my “Arooooooooooooooooos!”

It was time to practice some jumping in our flannelboard for the day, “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” I let the kids get up and jump while the monkeys were jumping, too.

To transition between activity and book, we had a discussion about bedtime and if you should be noisy at bedtime. Most of the kids told me that bedtime was quiet time. Then, I introduced them to “Stop Snoring, Bernard!” by Zachariah Ohora.

This book was a little gem that I found while looking at the shelves at my local bookstore. I absolutely fell in love with it and bought it for our downstairs storytime collection. It’s about an otter who has a bit of a snoring problem at the zoo and needs to find a new place to sleep. The kids and I are big fans of any books that require me to snore dramatically.

Since everyone was so pleased with themselves, we wound up singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” This is a very noisy song which led up to “The Noisy Counting Book” by Susan Schade and Jon Buller.

We have the giant board book version of “The Noisy Counting Book” and it was a big hit — the kids loved counting along with me. Then, we got up to stretch and do this action rhyme:

Action Rhyme: “Loud and Quiet”
Quietly, quietly not a sound
I’m listening and I’m listening
As I look around
No sounds as I nod (nod)
No sounds as I clap (clap)
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap (tap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
All that noise, well fancy that!
Credit: Preschool Storytime Outlines

And then it was time for our last book of the day: “Who Said Coo?” by Deborah Ruddell.

This is a funny book about a pig who cannot sleep because someone is saying “coo!” It was an excellent way to end storytime…except it wasn’t the end! I brought out our shakers and led everyone in this action rhyme before our craft:

Action Rhyme: “Shaking Your Shaker”
Shaking your shaker
Shaking it up high
Shaking it down low
Shake it side to side
Tap it on your foot
Tap it on your knee
Shaking your shaker
Very quietly // Very loudly
Credit: Preschool Storytime Outlines

And what noise storytime would be complete without a shaker craft?

This is the same craft that I did for “Shake Your Sillies Out” but instead I had the shakers pre-made and the kids just colored them. I didn’t want to be pouring beans into plates for thirty plus kids without parents to help me!


A few weeks ago, I did the ocean as my storytime theme because I was clearly missing it from last summer where I did nothing but water themed storytimes!

The Plan


Big Fish, Little Fish by Ed Heck
Fish Swish Splash Dash by Suse MacDonald
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Rub-a-Dub-Sub by Linda Ashman

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “I’m a Little Octopus”
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish (swing arms back and forth)
Arm #2 helps me catch fish (wiggle hand back and forth)
Arm #3 pats my head (pat hand on head)
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed (put hand to mouth)
Arm #5 swims me to shore (move arms in swimming motion)
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor (touch hand to floor)
Arm #7 can grab and tug (open and close hands)
But all eight arms give me a hug! (cross arms and hug yourself)
Credit: Pubyac (Library listserv)

Action Rhyme: “Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab”
Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab pinch and snap all day
Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab pinch and snap all day
With a pinch, pinch here and a snap, snap there
Here a pinch, there a snap, everywhere a pinch, snap
Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab pinch and snap all day.
Credit: Everything Preschool

Song & Puppet: “Did You Ever See a Fishy?”
Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy
Did you ever see a fishy, swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way, and that way and this way?
Did you ever see a fishy, swim this way and that?
Credit: Childhood

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

Flannelboard: “Five Little Ocean Friends”
Five little ocean friends on the ocean floor,
The starfish walks away and now there are four
Four little ocean friends living in the sea
The crab slides away now there are three
Three little ocean friends looking for a clue
“Glub, glub,” said the lobster now there are two
Two little ocean friends not having much fun
Off swam the sea horse now there is one
One little octopus sad and all alone
Back swims the starfish, back swims the crab,
Back swims the lobster, back swims the sea horse
And they played in the sea foam, safe in their home.
Credit: Beach Fingerplays from Carroll County Public Library


On Thursday, we made a paper plate fish that I got from KidsSoup for the Thursday group. For the Friday group, I redid a craft from last summer: Aquariums.

How It Went

Thursday morning
I had a pretty nice sized storytime crowd this morning; 16 kids — which is a perfect amount if you ask me. Everyone had a great time, but my absolute favorite part was when we read “Big Fish, Little Fish.” I have the kids read with me, identifying Big Fish and Little Fish. One of my little girls turned to her mom and said, “I did storytime all by myself!” So cute! The favorite book of this morning, though, was definitely “Hooray for Fish.”

Friday morning
Another pretty packed daycare storytime, with three daycares attending again. This group really enjoyed the “One, Two, Three, Four, Five” song and we sang through it several times at their request. Their favorite book was “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean,” which we re-told as a flannelboard once I finished the book.