Wednesday, October 15, 2014

COLORS!

This was a fun topic for storytime today.  We started with the beginning song and the ABC song and then I shared a story that I found online.  The original idea I saw on pinterest but I made a file folder and did the Scat the Cat story and had the kids do the magic words to change colors.  It was a lot of fun.

I found a pop up book this weekend that was called Colors pop-up peekaboo! that I then shared with the kids.  I love to use pop up books when they are colorful and have a great theme.  This one worked very well with my theme.  Next I read "Bears Sees Colors by Karma Wilson.  This was another interactive book.

I had seen a you tube of a song called Bubble, Bubble, Pop that we then did.  the kids did the actions very well.

The last book I shared was " White Rabbit's Color Book" by Alan Baker.  This led right into the activity that I had planned for the kids today.

We finished with doing the Hokey Pokey.

Craft:  I made a sheet with 8 rabbits on it that they could color like the book.  Here are the pictures of story time today. (I had Teresa here to help me as she is going to do story time for me in a few weeks so she took some pictures also)






















Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SHARING

I had a blast with the kids today.  We did a sharing storytime because of this new book I received that I knew I wanted to share with the kids called "One Big Pair Of Underwear" by Laura Gehl.  This is a counting, rhyming book about sharing.  The artwork was great also.

Began with the opening song, "If You're Happy and You Know It".  I had one of the kids come up by me to direct the song.  She did great.  All the other kids came up and stood by me too so it was like we were performing for the moms.  We then did the ABC song.

Then I started off by reading the book above and told them to figure out what we were going to talk about.  Then asked them what sharing was.  They had good explanations for it.

Next, I read the story "The Bear Who Shared" by Catherine Rayner.  Good story about sharing and making new friends.

We sang the song, "Are You Sharing" to the tune of "Are You Sleeping" that I found online and then we played a sharing game.  I took the game, Duck, Duck Goose and changed it to Frog, Frog, Share and used a frog that I had.  The kids had a lot of fun.  I had them make sure that everyone got a turn and those that were smaller I tried to help.  Went very well, even though I had different age groups and a lot of kids.

Next I read the book by Mo Willems, "Should I share My Ice Cream? and had one of the kindergarten kids come and read the parts of Piggy.  She was great!  A great reader already!

We wrapped up by doing a round of "Ring around the Rosey"

Sharing is not an easy topic for a craft activity so I got out my Ready To Read magnetic game and we took turns going around and playing the game.

So much fun!  As we did not do a craft I did not take pictures.

Cya next week!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NINJA

We had a Ninja story time today.  I had received some new ninja picture books that I wanted to share so I thought this would be a good day to share them.

Opening:  If You're Happy and You Know It and ABC song.

Book:  Ninja by Arree Chung - I really liked the artwork in this one.  It is the story of a little boy ninja and how he creeps through the house to find his cookies and milk.

Activities: I had pictures with ninjas doing different things that I had the kids tell me what they were doing.  Then we did the 5 little ninjas and ninja, ninja and I shared the song "If you're a Ninja and You Know it with the kids.

Books 2 and 3:  The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Schwartz.  This is a three little pig story with a twist as the pigs become ninjas.  The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer is a twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf story.

Wrap up:  If You're a Ninja and You Know It

Craft:  We made ninja finger puppets.  I found a pattern online that I modified to make it simpler for the group that I was with and here is what they came up with:










Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ELEPHANTS!

The elephants came to story time today.

Started out with the "Bean Bag Song" and the "ABC" song.

Stories shared today:
Tweak, Tweak by Eve Bunting is the story of a baby elephant who pulls his mama's tail to ask questions.
Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems. I love the elephant and piggie books.  They are not the easiest to read in story time because of the format but they work.
I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems.  This one led us into our craft for the day.

Activities:
Flannel/ 5 elephants in a bathtub (I had the kids bring up the elephants)
Elephant Hokey Pokey - trunk, feet, wiggle ears where the parts I used.

Craft:  I found this idea on pinterest but you color and cut out an elephant then use one of those party blowers to attach for the trunk.  The kids seemed to enjoy blowing them when they got done.  Here are some pictures from todays activity.











Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PIRATES!

I love doing pirate storytimes.  I don't know why as when you think about it they were thieves!  Anyway today we had the pirates come.

When the kids first came in I let them wear one of my scarves like a pirate would and I gave them an eye patch to wear. Then we did "If your Happy and You Know it" adding and AARRH! for the pirates at the end and talked about pirates and how they dress and why and what they did.

Read "Pirate Pete's Giant Adventure" by Kim Kennedy.  This story is a little wordy but I did it first hoping they wouldn't be to restless.  We had a big group today so it was a little chaotic but fun!

I tried doing the pirate freeze song, "Belay" but it didn't work as well as I would have liked so we did the "Shake your wiggles out song".

I then read "The Night Pirates" by Peter Harris to wrap things up before we did our activity for the day.

We had a parrot from a previous summer reading manual where you color, cut out and attach to a clothespin and attach it to your shoulder to have your "pirate parrot".  Here are some pictures from today's activity.


















We will be having Pirate games a week from Thursday in the afternoon for more pirate fun.