Preschool Storytime: Campfire

This is one of my favorite themes! I’m noticing a lot of my themes fall under that umbrella… but it’s really true! For campfire storytime, I pull out my paper campfire, dim the lights, and read scary stories (relatively speaking).


We read…

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The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins
The Great Big Enormous Turnip told by me

We Sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
Baby Shark
f You’re Happy and You Know It

We Wiggled…

Open, Shut Them

We Made…

I spent about five years mixing up an ancient silver paint powder, added approximately nine pounds of glitter, passed out black paper, and we made night sky paintings! Once you ignore the weird smell of paint powder, it’s a really fun, special craft.

It went…

Wonderfully. I really like to touch the “traditional” elements of a campfire by reading a “scary” story and telling a folktale. I learned a variation of the Great, Big, Enormous Turnip in grad school. It has a sung refrain and hand motions that make it really engaging and unique. I use it as often as I can just because it’s so much fun for me to do and it’s such a crowd pleaser. If you’re not using storytelling in your storytimes, I encourage you to start! It captivates little minds (and really impresses the grown-ups).


Preschool Storytime: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

In the summer, I occasionally try to tie storytime themes to the summer learning theme, but it can provide a challenge I am sometimes not up for. I don’t particularly care for athletics but I do like storytime. I don’t see a very compelling reason for using themes I’m not interested in, BUT this was the first storytime of our Summer Learning Program, so I embraced it.

We read…

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Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Froggy Play T-Ball by Jonathan London
Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins

We Sang…

Hello/Goodbye, Friends
If You’re Ready for a Story
mm Ahh Went the Little Green Frog
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

We Wiggled…

Open, Shut Them
These Are My Glasses
My Thumbs Are Starting to Wiggle

We made…

We did a traditional outdoor activity… We made chalk drawings! Black paper, chalk, done. Super easy, very popular.

How It Went…

We had so many new faces today! A lot of kids very new to storytime, so we ended up cutting Froggy and Maisy short and spent a lot of time singing instead. If Zoom, Zoom, Zoom isn’t the most popular storytime song, I don’t know what is.