Farm Storytime

I had a stuffed sheep, chicken, cow, and pig on my storytime table. We talked about the sounds they made and other animals that could be found on the farm.

Our first story:

I’m not sure who git a bigger kick out of this, the kids or the parents.

My flannel was Barnyard Lullaby and it’s all about the different animal mommies on the farm putting their babies to sleep.

We did a version of Wheels on the Bus called Animals on the Farm which I found on the State Library of Iowa’s Youth Services site:

The Animals On the Farm

The pigs on the farm go oink, oink, oink

oink, oink, oink

oink, oink, oink.

The pigs on the farm go oink, oink, oink

all through the day.

The cows in the meadow go moo, moo, moo;

Moo, moo, moo;

Moo, moo, moo.

The cows in the meadow go moo, moo, moo

all through the day.

The horses in the barn go Neigh, neigh, neigh;

Neigh, neigh, neigh;

Neigh, neigh, neigh.

The horses in the barn go Neigh, neigh, neigh,

all through the day.

The chickens in the coop go peep, peep, peep

peep, peep, peep,

peep, peep, peep.

The chickens in the coop go peep, peep, peep

all through the day.

The rooster on the roof goes cock-a-doodle-doo,

Cock-a-doodle-doo,

Cock-a-doodle-doo.

The rooster on the roof goes cock-a-doodle-doo

just to start the day.

Our next book:

Instead of another flannel, we sang the Bingo song. Afterward, we watched “Duck on a Bike” on DVD. Our craft was little ceramic farm animals that they all painted and took home.

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Bug Storytime

It’s always fun to do a bug storytime. I began by talking about the different types of bugs thee are. I had some stuffed animal bugs to show them as well.

We started with a fun book:

My flannel wasn’t a traditional story. I printed a few images of different bugs and described them to see if the children could guess which bug I was talking about. This is always a fun one to do and I plan on adding more bugs to it.

I found the action rhyme on the site Musical Experiences for Children

Roly-poly caterpillar

Roly-poly caterpillar

(wiggle right pointer finger)

Into a corner crept,

(crawl finger up yor arm into your elbow nook)

Spun around himself a blanket

(spin your body around)

Then for a long time slept.

(go into a ball and place head on folded hands)

Roly-poly caterpillar

(hold out and wiggle right pointer finger)

Wakening by and by,

(wake up and stretch)

Found himself with beautiful wings

Changed to a butterfly.

(flutter arms like wings)

Of course, we had to do both Itsy Bitsy Spider and Ants Go Marching as our songs.

I love Ed Emberley, so this was a great book to use:

My flannel was Going on a Bug Hunt, which was very cute. We ended by watching “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” movie before doing our craft.

We love Oriental Trading for our crafts and this was the perfect one for this program:

I made sure to emphasize that the children were to catch the bugs and only look at them for a minute or two before letting them go.

Storytime 2.0 (iPad Storytime)

My library has an newer iPad and an internet projector, so I was able to hook up the iPad and show the stories on the wall for the kids.

All the apps I found for this storytime were free.

I chose the “Read it Mysef” option for all the apps. We began with this adorable story:

 

I found a wonderful song called Five Little Musical Monkeys via the Whynoceros? app. It’s the traditional song, but you can listen to a Bluegrass, Reggae, Pop, and Country version. We did the Pop version, but I played brief parts of the others to show the kids.

Our second story:

This had some fun interactive parts. The end of the book is a pinball game, so I skipped that.

Using the Mother Goose on the Loose app, we sung “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Our last story:

Lastly, I did an action rhyme using the Feltz Lite App. I created five different cars on the app and did this song which I found on the King County Library System site.

Five speedy race cars around the track they zoom.

One stops for gas, while the others go vrooom.

Four speedy race cars around the track they zoom.

One stops for a sandwich, while the others go vrooom.

Three speedy race cars around the track they zoom.

Another stops to say hi to Mom, while the others go vrooom.

Two speedy race cars around the track they zoom.

One stops to change a tire, while others go vrooom.

The last speedy race car, around the track it zooms.

It gets bored, so no one goes vroom!

It was very interesting telling stories via this medium and I hope to do it again soon.

 

Spring Storytime

Now that April is here, I decided to celebrate all things Spring with this storytime. We talked about the different things that happen in Spring before starting our program.

Afterward, I did a Five Little Bees flannel. You can find a fingerplay of this anywhere and adapt it to a flannel.

I found this fun action rhyme on The Holiday Zone:

Farmer, farmer, dig and plant, (Pretend to dig and plant.)
Farmer, farmer, dig and plant,
Farmer, farmer, dig and plant,
Dig and plant the soil.

Mr. Sun, shine so bright, (Make circle with hands above head; shine down on ground.)
Mr. Sun, shine so bright,
Mr. Sun, shine so bright,
Shine and warm the soil.

Mrs. Raindrop, fall, fall, fall, (Raise hands up high; bring fingers down like raindrops.)
Mrs. Raindrop, fall, fall, fall,
Mrs. Raindrop, fall, fall, fall,
Fall and water the earth.

Tiny seed, grow, grow, grow, (Crouch down in a little ball; grow slightly on each “grow.”)
Tiny seed, grow, grow, grow,
Tiny seed, grow, grow, grow,
Grow up big and tall. (Raise hands high and spread out arms, like towering plant.)

Lovely plant, bud and bloom, (Cup hands around face and slowly open them up, like a flower blooming.)
Lovely plant, bud and bloom,
Lovely plant, bud and bloom,
Bud and bloom for me.

Our next book:

My next flannel was all about Butterfly Colors.

I found this next action song on Preschool Education:

Spring Morning
Sung To: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”

This is the way the bunny hops, bunny hops, bunny hops,
This is the way the bunny hops,
On a spring time morning.

This is the way the blue bird flies…
This is the way the little chick walks……
This is the way the little duck swims……
This is the way the little lamb runs…..
This is the way the children play…..

We watched “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” movie before making our craft. The craft was an old one from Oriental Trading. Each child got flower shaped foam glasses that they decorated with designs and letters.

Peep Dioramas

For my Sunday program for the families, I really wanted to do Peep Dioramas. Even though I suggested they recreate scenes from books or movies, the kids basically did their own thing. They had a great time. I purchased bunny & chick peeps, jelly beans, pretzel sticks, pull & peel twizzlers, fruit by the foot, nerds, and cookie/cake decorating gel.  We also had some leftover ghost shaped marshmallows that I put out. I was able to find most of it at the dollar store, so it wasn’t too expensive. Here are the pictures of the creations.

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Preschool Lab: Picture Books

This lab had craft stations inspired by picture books.

Station 1:

I was inspired by this post on first school for the craft. I had different shapes cut out and the children created their own house.

Station 2:

I bought this sand art set from Oriental Trading for this station.

Station 3:

Year earlier, I had purchased blank ceramic savings jars. I can’t remember from where. The children painted their jars.

Station 4:

They made button necklaces inspired by the post on Red Ted Art.

Station 5:

This was simple: the children colored on blank paper.

Station 6:

I found the idea for this on Make and Takes. I put out pipe cleaners and the children shaped letters with them.

Preschool Lab: Growing Things

I combined both plants and people for this program. For the people part, I used some of the curriculum for Dem Bones from the Eat, Play, Grow website.

We began the program by acting out all the movement’s from Eric Carle’s From Head to Toe. I talked to the children about how flowers grow and how they need sun and water. For people to grow, we talked about exercise, food, and sleep.

I found ideas for two of my stations at Abby the Librarian’s wonderful website.

We had these wonderful cardboard based pots & soil. I purchased marigold seeds and the children all planted a seed to take home. If I do this again, I would choose  a different kind of seed as marigold seed are a little difficult for small hands to grab.

I also borrowed the idea of parts of a plant. I taped contact paper sticky side up. I had cult felt into stems, leaves, centers, and petals and the children all made their own flowers. Most of the children cut the paper and sealed it closed to take their felt flowers home. Some even made them shaped like bookmarks.

They created a paper plate craft using sunflowers seeds, much like the one I found on this site. I bought yellow plates and sunflowers and the children glued them in the center. I put out scissors if they wanted to make petals, but most didn’t use them.

I found this  great skeleton game for another station.

Skeleton game

I laminated the pages and cut out the shapes. The children then glued together their skeletons with glue sticks and I put out crayons for them to color in.

Lastly, to emphasize sleep, I borrowed an idea from Momstown. I cut out pajama tops and bottoms from different colored construction paper and gave the children crayons and beads to decorate their PJ’s with.