Preschool Storytime: Crocodiles and/or Alligators

We read…

Egg by Kevin Henkes
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
I’d Really Like to Eat a Child by Slyviane Donnio

We sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
If You’re Happy and You Know It

We wiggled…

Alligator, Alligator
Open, Shut Them
These Are My Glasses

We played…

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We played an egg game very similar to Little Mouse. This is a great opportunity to talk about all the different kinds of animals that come out of eggs!

We made…

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Source: Easy Peasy and Fun

This is a great craft to work all those muscles in little hands and fingers. We skipped the teeth and just focused on coloring the craft stick (we used crayons) and wrapping the pipe cleaners.

Our literacy tip…

Using our fingers and hands in rhymes and songs helps strengthen the muscles that will help us learn to write.

Preschool Storytime: PARTY!

This year my department has decided to take May off so we can focus all our attention on school visits and summer learning prep before the chaos starts. We’ll have quite a few kids graduating out of our preschool storytime this years, so it seemed only natural to celebrate!

I decorated the room with streamers and balloons that we already had and got out our awesome new bubble fish. What’s a party without a bubble machine?

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We read…

Where’s the Party? by Ruth Chan
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff

We sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
If You’re Happy and You Know It
There Are Bubbles In the Air
Shake Your Sillies Out

We wiggled…

Open, Shut Them
Dance Your Fingers Up
This is Big, Big, Big

We played…

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What’s a party without presents? We played Little Fox, of course.

We made…

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Everyone knows all the best parties end with cake! I pre-cut the bottom and top shapes and put them in piles on the tables. I didn’t make a sample (only for you guys!) and let them glue and decorate however it felt right to them. We had a lot of fun coming up with crazy flavor combinations.

Our literacy tip…

Asking questions as you read will strengthen your child’s reading comprehension.

Preschool Storytime: Painting

We read…

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont (I sing this one!)
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

We sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I Can Sing a Rainbow

We wiggled…

Red, Red is the Color I See
Open, Shut Them
These Are My Glasses
This is Big Big Big

We played…

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We played a color guessing game with the paintbrushes I made for Flannel Friday! It was a HUGE hit. I will definitely be bringing this one back.

We made…

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What else do you do with a paint theme? You paint! I put sets of primary colors at three tables so we could experiment with color mixing like the mice in Mouse Paint. I used liquid watercolors and I really recommend them for this- unlike gloopy tempera paint, it’s really easy for the peanuts to see the colors mixing together and forming a brand new color. I mixed them in little condiment cups so if they did spill, it was only a few tablespoons.

Our literacy tip…

Color awareness can be a tricky skill to master. The more you and your child talk about the colors around you, the easier it will be for them to learn! Point out colors when you’re reading, driving, or shopping for groceries.

Preschool Storytime: Getting Noisy

Every now and then I like to include lots of really interactive picture books- ones that encourage the peanuts to move, ask questions, and think. This is a whole story time all about doing!

We read…

Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins
Noisy Night by Mac Barnett
Mix It Up by Herve Tullet

We sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Head ,Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

We wiggled…

Open, Shut Them
These Are My Glasses
This is Big Big Big
Two Little Blackbirds

We made…

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Noisy Night apartments! Noisy Night is about an apartment full of noisy people. Each one hears a different, mysterious noise above their heads, all the one to the very top. I made this simple template in Word and asked the kids to imagine who might make a very noisy neighbor and draw what it might look like. My two favorites? A big, stinky pig and “daddy.”

Our literacy tip…

Young children have a hard time sitting still and listening. Try reading books that encourage movement to capture their attention and indulge their wiggles at the same time.



Flannel Friday: Paintbrushes

This week I made and used these super fun paint brushes that I originally saw at Storytime Katie (and she credits Anne’s Library Life).

I use them with Anne’s rhyme too:

I know the colors of the rainbow.
Do you know them too?
If one color were missing,
Would you know which hue?

I start with the paintbrushes in random order and then after a few tries, I mix them up and make it a little harder. I’ve used this one with two preschools and two sets of storytime kids and all of them loved this new game!

You can find this week’s round-up at Storytime with Miss Mollie!

Toddler Storytime: Ducks

It turns out there aren’t actually that many duck books for toddlers, so we ended up doing more a general bird theme.

We read…

What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

We sang…
Well, Hello Everybody
Can You Shake Along With Me?
Shake Your Shakers
If You’re Happy and You Know It

We wiggled…
Open, Shut Them
Dance Your Fingers Up
This is Big, Big, Big
Two Little Duckies (it’s Two Little Blackbirds… but with ducks!)

We played…

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Why, Five Little Ducks, of course! I managed to forget the words completely, so I asked my patrons to help me out and an older brother of one of the toddlers lead us through the rhyme. It was great, I couldn’t have planned it better!

We made…

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Credit: Domestic Mommyhood

We painted ducks with yellow paint and pom poms! This is one of my favorite crafts to do because gripping the clothespins and using them to pick up the pom poms is so great for fine motor skills. I do use the pom poms instead of cotton balls because I’ve found the cotton balls will unwind or fall apart when too much paint is used (and 100% of toddlers will use too much paint). It’s an easy craft that you can use with literally anything. It makes really lovely textures too!

Our literacy tip…

Even when your child isn’t sitting still or looking at the book, they’re still listening and absorbing what’s going on around them. Moving and playing is how young kids learn and interact with the world.

Toddler Storytime: Dogs

We had a LOT of barking through storytime because we read books all about dogs today!

We read…

Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
I Love Dogs! by Sue Stainton and Bob Staake
I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins

We sang…
Well, Hello Everybody
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
If You’re Happy and You Know It

We wiggled…
Open, Shut Them
Dance Your Fingers Up
This is Big, Big, Big

 We played…

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Little fox, little fox, are you in the purple box? A fox looks like a weird choice for a dog theme, but foxes are members of the canidae family! So there’s a little science to throw into your storytime. Plus, he’s really cute.

We made…

Paperbags + crayons = puppets! We had some very cute ones and I never manage to grab any pictures. I suggested dogs, since we’d looked at picture books of several, but we had people puppets too. All of them were lovely.

Our literacy tip…

We repeat the same songs every week to help little ears learn and remember new vocabulary.