Preschool Storytime: Transportation

We read…

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The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera
Calling All Cars by Sue Fliess
Freight Train by Donald Crews

We Sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands
The Hokey Pokey

We Wiggled…

My Thumbs Are Starting to Wiggle

We Made…

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Car puppets! I cut out (and drew… can you tell?) the car shapes and had the kids assembled them with the popsicle sticks. They decorated the cars and the sticks with little people. It’s always fun to ask the kids who they drew driving the cars. I got a lot of “Daddys” and a “Batman.” Fun car!

It went…

How can a storytime about cars and buses go anything other than great? My highlight moment was standing up to sing, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” which is a staple for me. I asked, “Who can guess what we’re going to sing?!” and one of my regulars shouted, “THE HOKEY POKEY!” Well… who can resist that kind of enthusiasm? We sang it, of course, and you’ve never seen a kid so happy in storytime. I call that a storytime success.

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Storytime: Colors

“Colors” is a pretty foundational theme. It’s one you can repeat with endless variations because there’s so many great books, songs, and rhymes that relate.

We read…

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Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

We Sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
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ooming Around in My Little Red Car

We Wiggled…

Open, Shut Them
My Thumbs Are Starting to Wiggle
Red, Red Is the Color I See

We Made…

We painted! I put out a rainbow of colors and let the kiddos make whatever they wanted. Funny how the crafts that require the least preparation are the ones that are the most popular (and arguably the most beneficial).

It went…

Preschool Storytime sometimes goes through periods where the kids are younger and where they’re older. At the moment, it’s skewing young so we’ve been doing more songs and rhymes and reading fewer books. This trend usually continues until the young ones start to grow up, at which point they graduate to Homeschool Club (held concurrently with Preschool Storytime in another room with another librarian) and we start the process all over again!