Stuffed Animal Sleepover

I went with an obvious theme for this storytime: bedtime.

We talked about the things we do at night to get read for bed (brush teeth, put pajamas on, listen to a story, etc.)

We started with a very adorable book:

We have a flannel based on Barnyard Lullaby by Frank Asch where all the animals on the farm sing their children to sleep. I had the children make the noise for each animal.


After, we did a quick sit down song called “Dance Your Fingers Up.”

The words are:

Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down

Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around

Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head

Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed.

The kids really enjoyed this, so we did it twice.

I am Mo Willems obsessed, so of course I had to use a Pigeon book.

I did one last flannel called Sleepy Sheep about a young boy who can’t sleep and counts some very interesting sheep.

Lastly, we watched the video of “The Napping House.”

Once the program was over, the children left their animals with us for the sleepover. Here are some pictures of what they got up to:

They played with our giant Connect Four



 They played on the iPads



They enjoyed their own storytime



Preschool Lab: Colors

I wanted to do something totally different for my little ones and I stumbled upon the wonderful and awesome site from Abby the Librarian. As I was looking through her treasure trove of program ideas, I stumbled upon her Preschool Lab programs and knew I had to try it myself.

We started the whole thing with one book:

We owned the big book version of it and it worked perfectly.

After, I let the kids visit the various stations I set up.

Station 1: We own these great colored paddles that kids can look through as well as glasses where you can insert different colored lenses.



Station 2: This was my pom pom sorting station. On the left, I covered the bottom of a sorting box with different colored construction paper and the children had to place the pom poms by their color. To the right, I covered paper towel tubes with construction paper and taped them to the inside of a small box that I had covered in black paper. The children had to drop the correct color down each tube. They loved watching them fall. I had a spare tube not taped down if they wanted more freedom. The boxes needed a bit more shoring up, but it seemed to work fine.

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Station 3: I don’t have a picture of this, but I had a table covered in our rainbow scarves for the children to dance around with.


Station 4: I printed out blank rainbows and left out tissue paper and glue sticks. I also put crayons on the table in case they wanted to color the sheet instead.






Station 5: Play Dough. Need I say more? I made sure to ask to children not to mix the colors and they were really good at doing so.


Station 6: Light table. I saw a light table at ALA and wanted to buy one. We found shaped and other materials for the table. The kids love the light table. The circular items to the right can be used by themselves. They interlock and the children made various objects with them on and off the light table.


I had 17 children attend the program and most stayed at least 40 minutes playing with the various stations. I have a few more planned in the future. This is a great, great idea. Thanks Abby!