I cannot resist the dollar section of Target. It calls to me. It whispers my name. Lately for good reason- every season they have AMAZING felt pieces! I’ve scored candy canes, snowmen, cats, bunnies, and these super cute eggs. What I love about these is that I could 100% have made them myself, but the idea never occurred to me until I saw them.
I used them with Kevin Henkes’ new book “Egg,” which is why there is a teeny little crocodile inside. I also use a little bit owl with them when I read “Wow! Said the Owl” and “Night Owl,” but you could put anything at all inside. Dinosaurs, snakes, a platypus!
They work the same as the little mouse game (closed eyes, hide, guess the color), except we all knock on the floor and say,. “Mr. Crocodile, Mr. Crocodile, are you in the (yellow) egg?”
I’d really hate to pigeon hole myself as a stereotypical librarian buuuuut… I love cats. Every time we get a new cat picture book I think to myself, “When was the last time I did cat storytime?” And if the answer is anything other than “you’re literally doing one right now,” then I do it again.
So this week we read…
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwartz
Paper bag cat puppets. I forgot to take a picture because I am the worst but I gave every child a brown lunch bag and a sheet of brown paper. We talked about the shape cat ears and cat tails are and I had everyone draw and cut their own. As penance, here is a picture of my real cat, whom I love very much.
Great! A fun storytime for the librarian is fun for everyone. In particular, They All Saw a Cat is such a great book. It provides so many STEM opportunities (I said “echolocation” for the first time in storytime with this one) but be prepared to chat. We spent a lot longer on this book than I had planned.
Tony Chestnut is a song I learned in elementary school that I’ve always loved. If you don’t know it, it’s similar to head, shoulders, knees, and toes. As you sing Tony’s name, you point to the different parts of your body (toe-knee chest-nut (head)). We don’t do the whole song, we end on “that’s what Tony knows,” and then just repeat it going faster and faster. It was a hit and a nice shake-up from my typical routine.
Indiana is pretty gross in January. Especially this year- we’ve barely had any snow but we’ve still been treated to freezing rain and subzero wind chills. If I had my choice, I’d hibernate, but I don’t have hibernation leave at work. As long as I’m stuck, I’ll be doing warm and cozy themes until it starts to thaw.
We read… Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson Soup Day by Melissa Iwai Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
This cute soup bowl! I found it on Pinterest with no credit and a reverse image search was unhelpful. Please let me know if you know the origin of this craft! I use plastic cups instead of bowls (we have a weird surplus of cups right now) and foam alphabet beads. Everyone got a squirt of paint inside their cup and a strip of paper with a spoon printed on it (yep, I made them cut their own- gotta work those fine motor skills). They were so cute! And it was nice to send a paint craft home in which the paint is actually contained for once. No messy paintings.
Great! Who doesn’t love soup, other than lots of picky preschoolers? They loved telling me the things they thought were gross on each page and they loved sharing their favorite foods to use in our soup song. I worried our craft might be a little too simplistic, but it was really popular.