Drive In Movie

I can’t recall the exact site where I found the idea for this, but here are a few links:

For our “cars,” I cut out the following:

Small black circles for the wheels

Medium black circles for the steering wheel

Small red circles for the horn

Medium yellow circles for the headlights

Red rectangles for the brake lights

White squares for the license plates

I also brought extra construction paper, glue, and crayons for the children to create whatever they wanted. One boy made side view mirrors and windshield wipers while another made a stereo and speakers.

Once the cars were created, the children placed cushions in their boxes and watched a “double feature” of “Danny and the Dinosaur” and “Harry and the Dirty Dog” while having their lunch and snacks and drinks provided by us.


My Favorites Storytime

This was the last of the 10 week storytime I ran. Since it happened to fall on my birthday, I decided to do all my favorite books and flannels.

I am deeply obsessed with everything Mo Willems, so I began by reading the big book version of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. We have this great flannel called Joe’s Pool which begins as one boy relaxing in his pool and other people joining in until there are ten people in the pool. The children love to see the pool get more and more crowded.

We then sang the well know Five in the Bed before doing a short action rhyme:

Raise your hands above your head,

Clap them one, two, three,

Rest them now upon your hips,

Slowly bend your knees.

Up again and stand up tall,

Put your right foot out;

Shake your fingers.

Nod your head

And twist yourself about.

I love all things silly, so I had to do another funny book for our second book.

Afterwards, we sang The Ants Go Marching before watching the Weston Woods version of “Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type.”

I found these cute color your own animal puzzles that the children did as their final craft.

Halloween Storytime

This program ran a few days before Halloween, so it was an easy program to plan.

I started by asking the children what they were going to be for Halloween before I read our first book.

This book was really fun and the kids loved it. The action rhyme was based on the book by Ed and Rebecca Emberly.

If you’re a monster and you know it, snort and growl

If you’re a monster and you know it, snort and growl

If you’re a monster and you know it, snort and growl

and you really want to show it,

If you’re a monster and you know it—snort and growl

Also:  smack your claws, stomp your paws, twitch your tail, wiggle your warts, give a roar, do it all

Of course, we had to sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” before our next book.

I can’t recall where I found my next action song, sorry about that!

Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew (hold your hands together and pretend your stirring something in a big pot).

WHOOO-OO, WHOO-OO (put hands near mouth and wiggle fingers).

*Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew (same hand action as before).

WHOO-OO, WHOO-OO (same finger action as before).

Tip-toe, tip-toe, tip-toe–BOO! (With each tip-toe sing lower and use your fingers to tip-toe in the air, until BOO where you then close and open your hands next to your face, saying BOO loud!)

I showed the movie “By the Light of the Halloween Moon” before we created our own masks from Oriental Trading.

Monkey Storytime

This week was all about monkeys!

I started with my favorite big book:

This such a fun fun book to read. The kids love it. Of course, there’s always a counting flannel. This one was called Five Silly Monkeys.

I found my first action rhyme on

Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey in the zoo
Monkey, monkey, in the tree
Can you jump around like me?
(swing tail, clap hands, nod head, sit down)

Our next book:

I did a flannel version of the book Tan Tan’s Suspenders. When I began planning, I didn’t keep great track of where I found my action rhymes. I found this one, but I don’t know where. Sorry about that.

One little monkey, cute as can be,
(While standing, scratch your head with one hand and your side with the other.)

Swinging on vines in the jungle trees,
(Pretend to hold a vine and sway back and forth.)

Grabbing sweet bananas from the tippy top …
(Reach one arm up, then the other arm, like you are grabbing bananas.)

Hold on, Monkey—KERPLOP!
(Sit on the ground.)

One little monkey, cute as can be,
(While sitting, scratch your head with one hand and your side with the other.)

Eating sweet bananas under jungle trees.
(Pretend to peel and eat a banana.)

Sleepy little monkey, ready to flop …
(Pretend to yawn.)

Hold on, Monkey—KERPLOP!
(Lie down on your side and close your eyes.)

Even though he’s technically not a monkey, I showed the fun movie “Goodnight Gorilla.”

This week’s craft was definitely the most involved one I did throughout the sessions, but it was so cute. As usual, it was from Oriental Trading.