Tag: spring 2012

Trains!

The Plan

Books

And the Train Goes by William Bee
Freight Train by Donald Crews
I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturges
A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Clickety-Clack”

Flannelboard: “This Little Train” (tune of This Old Man)

Action Rhyme: “This Is a Choo-Choo Train”
This is a choo choo train
Puffing down the track
Now it’s going forward,
Now it’s going back,
Now the bell is ringing
Now the whistle blows
What a lot of noise it makes
Everything it goes.
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Fingerplay: “This Little Train”
The little train ran up the track (run fingers up arm)
Toot, toot, toot (make train noises)
And then it came toot-tooting back (run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot (make train noises)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Song: “Down By the Station”
Credit: Childhood

Crafts

I bought this craft from Oriental Trading and the kids used glue dots to attach all of the foam pieces. The parents liked this one a lot because it was a picture frame and a magnet craft all in one! The kids liked it because they got to drive their train around once it was done!

How It Went

This was the largest parent/child storytime I have ever done. We had nearly fifty bodies in the room and it was crowded, loud, and energetic. The best books were “I Love Trains” and “A Train Goes Clickety-Clack.” This is the first group that didn’t really respond to “Freight Train,” which surprised me because they are normally a huge fan of any books with colors. (Next week’s theme was “art” which made me super nervous, but I am pleased to say they regained their love of color books between sessions.) After storytime, I had a mom ask me about where she could buy the flannel pieces, and I got the BEST compliments ever when I told her I had made them!

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!).

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!

Houses and Homes!

The Plan

Books

At My House by Priddy Books
Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh
The House In the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson
A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “A House for Birdie”

Flannelboard Game: “Maisy Mouse”

Fingerplay: “Here is a House”
Here is a house built up high (hands over head to make a roof)
With two big chimneys reaching for the sky (raise arms up high)
Here is a window (draw a square)
Here is a door (pretend to open a door)
If we look inside (peek through fingers)
There’s a mouse on the floor! (scamper fingers away)
Credit: Perry Public Library

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 AMAZING craft idea on Pinterest, but it’s originally from Snippety Gibbet. My volunteers filled the houses with some paper towels so that the preschoolers could push on them without squishing the whole paper bag. I had pre-cut circles and squares for them to make into windows or doors or whatever they wanted.

How It Went

This was a pretty fun theme to do — I really loved the extension activities that I found and so did the kids. As for books, they have a great time guessing in the lift-the-flap book, “At My House.” They also were very vocal when I read “Do Lions Live on Lilypads?” — they love telling me when the book is wrong! And the craft was very well received by kids and parents. They had a lot of creativity opportunities, drawing what was in their yards. Some drew flowers, some added in pathways or driveways, some drew cars. It was an excellent craft; absolutely recommended!

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.