“D” Storytime

Continuing with my alphabet series of storytimes, this week I did the letter “D”.

These are the books I chose this week.  All of them went over pretty well.  I especially got a kick out of “Dinosaur vs. Bedtime”, mostly because I enjoyed ROOOAARR-ing to the kids.

 

 

 

This week I was a little tight on time, so I didn’t get a chance to go all out for my craft like I usually like to do.  I just went to google and printed out some “D” coloring pages, but the kids didn’t seem to care.

 

 

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“C” Storytime!

This week’s storytime letter was “C”!  This week was fun, and simple! Plus, I don’t think you can ever go wrong by throwing in an Eric Carle book.

 

Don’t forget an opening song and some hand play.  I previously posted my favorites here!

 

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The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming- Cow lost her moo and has to go around clucking until she can find it!

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The Clock Struck One by Trudy Harris- Cute book teaching children how to tell time.

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Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman- Just a silly book about chickens trying to help out the best they can.

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The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems- I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again-I can’t get enough Mo Willems.

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If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff- If you don’t any of these books in this series, well then you should hurry right out and read them!  That’s all I’m saying.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle- This book is a classic.

 

Since I ended with a caterpillar book, I thought it’d be cute to do a caterpillar craft.  My group of kids generally consists of 1 1/2-3 year olds, so I thought this was a perfect craft for them.  It’s simple and colorful.  I just had to prep for it by cutting out multiple colored circles.

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B is for Bear!

And I continue with my alphabet series…there are a lot of books out there that have the letter “B” in them.  Just think of all the baby books and bear books you can think of off the top of your head…Here’s 4 “B” books you may not have thought of.

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I really like this book a lot.  I like being able to make all the different animal sounds, and the silly puns that the sounds make (chicken goes “book, book, book”).

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I just can’t get enough Mo Willems.

 

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By Bob Barner-even his name works for this week’s letter!

 

For the craft, I felt that it would be too difficult for me to try to cut out 20 “B”‘s (those circles in the middle are a bit of a pain) so I found a coloring sheet online and just cut out circles for the ears, feet and snout for the little ones to glue on.

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A is for Alligator!

I realized I was being a little silly by not doing the alphabet for my storytimes.  That’s 26 weeks of storytimes already planned out for you!  All you have to do is find a coordinating craft and books that have that letter in it!  Easy, right?  Well, kind of…turns out there are some letters that really make you grasp for straws to find relevant books (I’m looking at you, X!).  Luckily A was pretty easy.  I did this during the summer, but if you’re doing A in the Autumn, just make it all about apples and apple pies.  Easy, peasy.

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I went over to Google and found this adorable letter “A” craft on this website.  I didn’t cut out the eyes (there weren’t any volunteers available to help me cut out enough for 20 kids) so I just gave my kids some googly eyes.  You can never go wrong with googly eyes, heck, just saying “googly” is good enough, sometimes.

F is for Frog!

This week I thought it’d be fun to do a storytime with a frog theme.  I found a bunch of cute stories, and found an adorable craft to go with it.

(Don’t forget to start with a song!-:Previously posted here.)

 

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Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London- Adorable story about how Froggy learns to swim.

 

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Can I Tell You a Secret? by Anna Kang- Can this little frog trust you to keep a secret?  He’s afraid to swim.

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I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty- Little Frog just wants to be something cute and fuzzy, until a large hungry wolf tells him it’s better to be a frog, because he doesn’t eat frogs.

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Big Wide-Mouthed Frog– Big Wide-Mouthed Frog goes about the pond meeting new friends asking them what they eat.  He’s having fun, until he meets a big mouthed croc!

For this week’s craft, I once again turned to Google, which lead me to this gem from crystalandcomp.com.  She even includes a pattern for the letter F and the frog legs.  I couldn’t resist how adorable it was, and luckily I had a volunteer to help me cut out enough for 25 kids!

 

-Leala

Campfire Stories

This week I decided to do camping stories for storytime.  It’s still summer, and I figured camping is a good summer activity, and there are a lot of great books out there that have a hiking/camping/woods theme.

These are the ones I chose:

 

 

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Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy Shaw- I love the sheep books.  They have a great rhythm and they are hilarious.  This one was no exception.

 

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Camp Rex by Molly Idle- I’ve mentioned Idle before.  This is one of the series of dinosaur books she has out (Tea Rex, Sea Rex).  The words are describing the proper things to do when one goes camping, but the images show the dinosaurs doing the opposite!  Adorable.

 

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Herman’s Vacation by Tom Percival- I really liked this book.  It had a few lift-the-flaps, adorable illustrations, and a great story about friendship (plus, I could really relate to how much Herman disliked camping).

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Duck Tents by Lynne Berry- Really cute story about 5 little ducks to decide to go on a camping trip (in their own backyard).  Shelving this book actually gave me the idea to do a camping storytime.

 

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Camping Day by Patricia Lakin- I thought this book was really cute, but having to repeat Sam, Pam, Will and Jill over and over again started to get on my nerves, and the kids really didn’t feel it, which is unfortunate because the story is really cute.

 

This week was kind of difficult, since it’s summer and apparently everyone is suddenly available to come to storytime.  I had over 25 kids (with parents!) so it was a little difficult to get to all the book I’d planned.  I had a few other titles I’ll list below:

 

As far as the craft went, all you need is orange and red construction for the hand-print “flames” and brown for the logs.  (Embellish with popsicle sticks adorned with cotton balls, and BOOM! marshmallows roasting over a campfire!)

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(I always like to end my storytime by handing out coloring sheets that match whatever theme we have.)

P.S. Don’t forget, as I’ve mentioned before here, I always like to cut up my storytime with a little hand play that the kids absolutely love.

-Leala

Let’s go to the Beach!

Obviously, it’s Summer.  If you live near the coast (or plan to travel) going to the beach is a must for any Summer vacation.

I found a bunch of cute beach related books (and one not so much).  I also found a bunch of leis in the craft closet and extra sea shells!

Don’t forget the intro song, and hand play! (previously posted here)

Books:

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Beach Play by Marsha Hayles- Simple book about playing on the beach.

 

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Sea Rex by Molly Idle- There’s a series of books Idle is doing with dinosaurs and they’re all adorable.  Tea Rex, Sea Rex, Camp Rex.  This one has the children bringing their dino friends to the beach, each page has a warning about the beach (showing the dinosaurs doing what they shouldn’t be doing).

 

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If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T! by Elise Parsley- She’s warned not to bring her piano, but she does anyway.  Lots of crazy things happen before it floats away.

 

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The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan-Ok, not a beach book, but it’s an ocean animal!  I figured I could make it work, mostly just because it’s adorable and I wanted to read it.

 

 

These last two books are a little longer, so I saved them just for the older kids’ storytime:

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Ladybug Girl at the Beach by Daniel Soman- At first, she’s afraid of the big scary ocean, but then she becomes Ladybug Girl!  Nothing can frighten Ladybug Girl!

 

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Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills- Part of a series of books, but works well as a stand alone.  These two friends spend the day at the beach.

 

Our craft this week was an aquarium.  All you need is paper plates, a few shades of blue tissue paper cut into squares, and a print-out of fish clip art for the kids to color in and cut out and glue onto the plate.  Finishing touch is to add some tiny seashells (this craft especially well since the movie Finding Dory had just come out in theaters).

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