Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

"There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." -Shel Silverstein

Alligator Storytime!

Alligator Clip art

This week we talked about alligators!

Songs:

The Tempo Marches on By: Jim Gill (we used rhythm sticks)

Tooty Ta By: Dr. Jean

Flannel Board:

5 Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree

5 little monkeys swinging in the tree, teasing Mr Alligator you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me…(whisper) along came Mr Alligator quiet as can be and SNAPPED (make loud snapping alligator arms) that monkey right out of that tree.

4 little…

3 little…

2 little…

1 little…

Books:

Solomon Crocodile By: Catherine Rayner

Alpha-gator Folder Story

The Odd Egg By: Emily Gravett

Check out my alligator/crocodile tag on my Shelfari page for more good books that I didn’t have time to read!

Craft:

We made snapping alligators!  I’ve posted about it before here. There is a template too.

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Bug Storytime!

Bug Clip art

This week we talked about bugs!

Songs:

Itsy Bitsy Spider By: Dr. Jean (Love this one cause we also sing about the big fat gorilla and teensy weensy ant)

Alabama, Mississippi By: Jim Gill (we use egg shakers for this one)

Hands are for clapping By: Jim Gill

Flannel Board:

5 Little Bees

1 little bee flew and flew, he met a friend and that made 2.

2 little bees busy as can be, along came another and that made 3.

3 little bees wanted one more, found one soon and that made 4.

4 little bees going to the hive, spied their little bother and that made 5.

5 little bees working every hour, buzz away bees and find another flower!

Books:

Can You Make a Scary Face? By: Jan Thomas

The Very Lonely Firefly By: Eric Carle

Aaaarrgghh! Spider! By: Lydia Monks

Check out my Bug tag on my Shelfari page for more good books that I didn’t have time to read!

Craft:

We made little ladybugs out of card-stock.  They stand up all on their own!  Here is my template so you can print it and use it too.  Enjoy!

Ladbug CraftLadybug Craft pop up

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Donuts & Dads!

donut

I just finished with my Donuts & Dads program and overall it went pretty well!  The attendance wasn’t that great, but Saturday programs at our branch are never well attended.  Oh well.  We just had a lot of leftover donuts and coffee 🙂

First I had the kids pick a paper tie for their dad to decorate with stickers.  It was so cute when all the dads had their giant ties on.  Here’s the template I used:

Blank Tie

Next I read the book, What Dads Can’t Do By: Douglas Wood, it’s a really cute story.

Then I had the dads interview the kids.  They asked them questions like “How old do you think I am?”.  There were some really great answers.  Here is the interview sheet I used from Pinterest.

Next we made picture frames out of foam sticks.  Here is the sample one I made with my husband and Kailey when she was much younger:

Foam photo frame

Lastly, we enjoyed donuts, OJ and coffee!  Even though it was small, they all had a lot of fun.  Happy Father’s Day!

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Sheep Storytime!

Sheep Clip art

This week we talked about Sheep!

Songs:

Bubblegum By: Dr. Jean

Fast and Slow By: Laurie Berkner (We use wrist ribbons and ran around the room!)

Flannel Board:

5 Fluffy Sheep

5 fluffy sheep skating on the floor, one fell down and that left 4.

4 fluffy sheep drinking cold tea, one got a tummy ache and that left 3.

3 fluffy sheep wondering what to do, one got bored and that left 2.

2 fluffy sheep laying in the sun, one fell asleep and that left 1.

1 fluffy sheep sitting all alone, he didn’t know what to do so he went home!

Books:

Sam the Lamb Folder story (Just like Scat the Cat except we say: I’m Sam the Lamb, I’m fluffy and fat, I can…)

The 108th Sheep By: Ayano Imai

The Sleep Sheep By: Anna McQuinn

Check out my Sheep tag on my Shelfari page for more good books that I didn’t have time to read!

Craft:

We made these cute sheep out of clothespins.  I’ve posted about them before here.

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Book Bundles

Book Bundles

I found the idea for having book bundles in the library on Pinterest from this blog.  I absolutely love this idea and since I implemented it last week, it has done great.  I love that it’s low maintenance and easy to just pick a theme, 3 books, and bundle!  The best part is that I can have my teen volunteers do it too.

Here are my bundle tags if you want to use them and print them out:

Book Bundles

Here are some themes to get you started:

Book Bundle Themes

Lastly, here is my sign I use:

Book Bundle Sign

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