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Colors Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: I Spy On the Farm – Edward Gibbs

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(This series is fantastic for storytime, big bright pictures, repetitive format, and interactive potential. ‘On the Farm’ also adds a letter recognition that I liked.)

Activity: Pirate Treasure

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Look and see, look and see,

can you find treasure for me?

Is it in the _____ box?

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(The kids adore this, there is something fun hidden behind each chest, but only one has treasure!)

Book: Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes – Eric Litwin

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(You can’t go wrong with Pete the Cat. I like to invite the kids to sing with Pete before I start the story.)

Song/Activity: If you’re wearing any red – Tune: If you’re happy and you know it

 If you’re wearing any red, any red

If you’re wearing any red, any red

If you’re wearing any red,

wave your hands above your head,

If your clothes have any red, any red.

…if you’re wearing any blue,

jump up and down inside your shoes,

…if you’re wearing any white,

scrunch your face up small and tight,

…if you’re wearing any yellow,

jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,

 …if you’re wearing any green,

tilt sideways ‘till you lean,

 …if you’re wearing any brown,

make a face like a clown,

 …if you’re wearing any purple,

spin around in a circle,

…if you’re wearing any black,

pat yourself right on the back

…if your wearing any gray,

go ahead and shout Hurray!

 …if you’re wearing any orange,

pretend to sleep and snoreange.

(I’ve added all sorts of colors, because there is invariably a child who is wearing a color I haven’s said, and they want their colors represented! I’ll usually see what’s being worn, and try for six or so colors, though it seems like the kids would do this all day.)

Book: Where is the Green Sheep? – Mem Fox

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(Every group I read this to ended up laughing uproariously!)

Activity: Can We Find? – Tune: Do you know the muffin man?

 Can we find an orange cat, an orange cat, an orange cat.

Can we find an orange cat, we want to say ‘Hello’.

continue with other colors and animals.

(We put colored circles on the flannel board, with animal images on the back, and then signed the animals names as we looked for them. I use this as a signing song for a book babies program, and it was a hit with the older kids too.)

Book: Baby Bear Sees Blue – Ashley Wolff

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(Such lovely illustrations, I only wish there were more red strawberries, and that the trout were a little less orange …based on kid’s responses.)

Activity: Streamers

(Then the kids played with colored streamers.)

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Garden Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: And Then It’s Spring – Julie Fogliano

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(This wasn’t as captivating this go round, but I still like it!)

Activity: Fran’s Flower – see the story here!

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Book: Nibbles Garden – Charlotte Middleton

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(I really liked the bright illustrations and cute story, and the kids seemed to as well.)

Activity: Planting Seeds/Mr. Golden Sun – from the CD Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

 

First you take the seed and you plant it in the ground (pretend to plant seeds in hand)
Next a little rain cloud comes that waters all around (Use hand to simulate rain)
And the sun sends beams, shining bright without a sound (make circle over head with arms)
Then in a few days, a flower can be found! (cup hands together, then open fingers with wrists touching.)

(We also did this fingerplay in the musical interlude during Raffi’s song.)

Mr. Sun
Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up, rock in time to the rhythm

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face
Oh Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up again
Hiding behind a tree
~ASL sign for ‘tree’ in front of face to ‘hide’

These little children are asking you,
~gesture towards children

To please come down
so they can play with you,
~sign ASL sign for ‘Play’

Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,

~arms up again

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face

 (This was good times! Bright bouncy song)

Book: What Does Bunny See? – Linda Sue Park

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(I was surprised I didn’t see this on any of the storytime blogs I visit, it’s fantastic!)

Flannel Board: Tops and Bottoms – traditional

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I had double sided flannels as the garden, with the tops on one side, and the bottoms on the other.

Book: Up Down All Round – Katherine Ayres Bored!

Up Down Around

(The kids were fun to shout out the ‘up, down, all around!’ and we pointed or circled our fingers for each one).

Activity: Streamers

Then we used streamers to go Up, Down and All Around!

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Birds Storytime

(It was fun having the kids identify the birds of the covers of the stories before we read them.)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 

Book: Birds – Kevin Henkes

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(I really like that this book succeeds without being a conventional story. Lovely all around!)

Activity: Hens of a Different Color

 

This little hen is BLACK ( hold up black hens)
She stands in the barnyard by a big hay stack.

This little hen is RED (hold up red hens)
She is very tired and won’t get out of bed.

This little hen is BROWN (hold up brown hens)
She likes spinning round and round.

This little hen is BLUE (hold up blue hen)
She lays eggs for me and you.

This little hen is YELLOW (hold up yellow hens)
She’s shakes like a bowl of jell-o.

This little hen is WHITE (hold up white hen)
She dance’s and plays, oh what a sight.

This little hen is PURPLE (hold up the purple hens)
She spends her day running around in circles.

This little hen is GREEN (hold up green hen)
She is the silliest hen I’ve ever seen.

This little hen is PINK (hold up the pink hen)
She goes down to the pond to get a drink

(The kids really like to identify the different colors as they are presented.)

Book: Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

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(So fun in it’s simplicity. The illustrations are fantastic too.)

Activity: I Know a Chicken – From the CD Whaddaya Think of That by Laurie Berkner

(This wasn’t as big a hit as it has been. Still good for getting up and moving though!)

Book: Sergio Makes a Splash – Edel Rodriguez

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(Fun and engaging for the kids. Just the right balance of detail and simplicity.)

Activity: 5 Penguins

Five Penguins in the bathtub going for a swim

Knock, knock (clap hands)

Splash, splash, (slap knees)

Come on in!

(count up to five penguins)

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(This is a fun, kids were engaged and enjoying it)

Book: Little Green – Keith Baker

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(Lovely illustrations, and the kids like it more when you do sound effects for the hummingbirds buzzing!)

Activity: Streamers

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Shapes Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Mouse Shapes – Ellen Stoll Walsh

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(I was a bit reluctant to include this book, the pictures are on the small side for my group. It worked well enough though!)

Activity: Build-a-bot

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(After we saw the mice make things from shapes, we made something too! I had the kids identify each shape as I added it to our creation, and then tell me what we made. They were quite excited during this activity. Then ‘Boop’! we pressed the star and turned it on.)

Book: Press Here – Herve Tullet

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(And this book was all about pressing the dot (circle)! A great interactive adventure.)

Activity: Shape Matching

(The kids were so good at following the books directions, we decided to do some more direction following. I passed out various colored shaped to the kids, and then held up my copies one at a time, and if they had matching shapes the kids help up theirs too. We matched colors, and then had them returned by shape. The kids had fun with it!)

Book: Perfect Square – Michael Hall

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(This was probably the most dryly received. Even so, it worked all right.)

Activity: A House for Rosy (from the book A House for Birdie by Stuart Murphy)

Rosy does not have a house.

Whenever it rains she gets wet, when the wind blows she gets cold.

So she decided to ask her friends to help her find a house.

On the way they find lots of houses that fit her friends perfectly,

but nothing for rosy!

Finally, the friends decide to build her a house.

And it fits just right!

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(The kids were very excited about his one. It was difficult keeping them off the flannel board when a new house appeared, they just Knew which bird was supposed to go in it!)

Book: It looked Like Spilt Milk – Charles G. Shaw

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(Then I mentioned that shapes can look like anything, as long as it goes all the way around. The kids loved yelling out the shapes, my favorite was a little boy who had me turn the page back to the cake to correct me and say ‘It’s a boat!’ )

Activity: Bubbles!

(Finally, what shape are bubbles? Circles! And the kids had a grand time playing in them.)

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On the Go Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: Sheep in a Ship – Nancy Shaw

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(Lovely lyrical text, and fun pictures make this a winner. Little bit on the small side.)

Flannel Board: Row Row Row

Row, row, row your boat

gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

life is but a dream.

(we acted out the rowing, then repeated with different actions:

paddle, rock, bounce, wiggle, and ended with a super fast verse of ‘motor’)

(The kids had a great time with this. It’s fun to get suggestions from the group about what action to use, and one of the kids taught me a new ending! ‘If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream! Aaaaa!!’)

Book: The Bridge is Up – Babs Bell

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(This was quite the hit! I’d have the kids identify which vehicle joined the line, and eventually there was a little chorus saying ‘Everyone had to wait’ with me.)

Activity: Green says go

The drivers followed the rules in that story, do we know driving rules? Red means…Stop, Yellow means…Slow, and Green means…Go!

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(I would hold up a colored circle, and the kids would respond according to the rule. We ran in place, jumped up and down, spun in a circle, and finally sat down …ending with stop and ready for the next book!)

Book: Firehouse – Mark Teague

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(Great illustrations, and an engaging text. I left out the last spread, and ended with the parade.)

Song: Drivin’ In My Car – Ralphs World

(A super song! I used the red circle from the last activity for the Red Light part of the music.)

Book: Clickety Clack – Rob and Amy Spence

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(This was another great addition. A great build and fall, and a nice ending for the storytime.)

Instruments

(There were some noisy riders on the train, so then we got out instruments and made noise too! )

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Where We Live (houses) Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Too Tall Houses – Gianna Marino

(Friends keep trying to build the biggest house, until they realize it might be better to work together. Response was lukewarm.)

Flannel Board: A House for Birdie (from the story by Stuart J Murphy)

Essentially, Birdie doesn’t have a house and recruits friends to help her find one. Each house they come upon doesn’t work for Birdie, but one of the friends claims it. Finally, the friends decide to build a house just for Birdie.

(The kids were really excited about his. They loved identifying which bird fit in the houses as they appeared.)

Book: Where To, Little Wombat – Charles Fudge

(Wombat want’s to live somewhere else, but realizes a burrow is the best place after all. Well simple, nice pics. Good overall.)

Activity: In and Out the Doors (from Susan M Dailey)

In and Out the Doors
(sung to “Go In and Out the Window”)

    Step in and out the front door.
(take a step forward, then back)
Step in and out the front door.
Step in and out the front door.
Then make a doorbell sound.
(say “ding dong”)

    Jump in and out the back door.
(jump forward, then back)
Jump in and out the back door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Bend down and touch the ground.
(touch ground with hand)

    Slide in and out the side door.
(slide to one side, then other)
Slide in and out the side door.
Slide in and out the side door.
And then turn all around.
(turn around)

    Step in and out the front door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Slide in and out the side door.
Then sit yourself right down.
(sit down)

(We did each action twice, with the kids remembering which action fit each location. Good stuff!)

Book: Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? – Melanie Walsh

(A bit short, certainly great for engaging the kids!)

Puppets: 3 Little Pigs

The Traditional story

(Had a wolf puppet as well, was just a bit much to handle as one person. Kids still had a super time with it! The little pigs in the house window just showed up at the beginning and the end. I swapped out props on a puppet for each pigs turn in their house.)

Book: Bear Says Thanks – Karma Wilson

(This was my attempt to tie in Thanksgiving, unnecessarily I’m sure. The kids kinda lost interest for this.)

Activity: Paper Bag houses (from Storytime Katie)

(We made little houses of paper bags with cut out ornamentation. )

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Cat and Dog Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Dogs – Emily Gravett

(The kids quite like seeing the different dogs, and even identified some of them as we read the story.)

Flannel Board: Five Little Mice

 Five little mice came out to play,
Gathering crumbs up on their way;
Out came a pussy cat
Sleek and black, Meeoooww!
Four little mice went scampering back.

(continue counting down remaining mice)

(The cat would come out and snag a mouse, it was well received.)

Book: What will Fat Cat Sit On? – Jan Thomas

(How can anything Jan Thomas not be fantastic! It transitioned well from the mice flannel board.)

Puppets: Stop Kissing Me! (from the book by Ethan Long, idea by Liesl Johnson)

Essentially, dog keeps licking cat, even though cat doesn’t like it. Finally dog say’s it’s just because he likes her, and cat attacks dog with licks, then suggests they just hug in the future.

(The kids adore this! They love the crazy licking by the dog and the cat’s disgusted reactions. )

Book: Bertie Was a Watchdog – Rick Walton

(This was loads of fun, the kids got to help with the barking and police siren.)

Flannel Board: Oh Where Oh Where has my little dog gone?

 Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone
Oh where, oh where can he be
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can he be?

(I hid the dog before introducing the different things in the house he could hide behind [blue cabinet, white chair, green plant, black TV, red doggy bed], then we sang the song between each item we looked under. The kids were very enthusiastic about this, we played it twice!)

Book: A Cat and a Dog – Claire Masurel

(A simple cute story with a lovely ending. Some good talking point opportunities as well)

Activity: Bubbles

(Then we were kitties that popped bubbles with our claws! All in all a lovley program =])

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Colors Storytime

I’ve done colors before as a theme, but I decided this time to focus on a specific color for each book, rather than smooshing them all in each time. The activities still had a variety!

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

We practiced some of the colors as I put the pillows from the Tooth Fairy flannel on the board. Then left them up during the first story. 

Book: The Red Wolf – Margaret Shannon

(This was a bit too long. I’ll try to make it more concise for the Thur group. I love the story and the illustrations! And I was surprised at how well the kids stayed focused. …this worked great for the Thur group with some pages clipped together and the rest condensed a bit!)

Visual: Tooth Fairy

(Now we made use of the pillows! One had a tooth hidden behind it, so the tooth fairy came out and sang her song until we found the tooth. Jolly good fun.)

Look and see, look and see,

Can you find the tooth for me?

Is it behind the ____ pillow?

 

(I like to get suggestions from the kids on which pillow to look under, and it makes them more excited too! If they get it too quickly, the tooth fairy goes to a different house with the tooth under a different pillow and we play again!)

Book: Little yellow leaf – Carin Berger

(I felt that this might not be interesting enough for the kids, and there is probably a better choice out there. Notwithstanding that, it worked well enough especially adding some talking points throughout.  I think it’s charming, and it tied it very nicely to the next activity!)

Song/Activity: Autumn Leaves

Way up high in an autumn tree

a little Green leaf happy as could be

The wind went Wwhoooooshh!!

and the leaf danced around,

then floated gently to the ground.

(continue with other colors)


(The kids had a great time with this, though passing out the pre-sorted leaves took a bit of time. We held them up high, danced them around, then drifted down to the ground with them.)

Book: Blue Chicken– Deborah Freedman

(Chicken spills the paint, and the other animals aren’t too happy about it! Lovely illustrations and narrative.)

Puppet: Baa baa black sheep – Traditional

(We sang Baa Baa Black Sheep, then this little guy popped up because no one ever sang about the white sheep! So we did, and then he put on different colors so that more were represented. The kids were much more excited about this in the Thur group. The idea of the sheep puppet with other colors was taken from Amy White of the Orem Public Library)

Book: Where is the green sheep? – Mem Fox

(The kids really liked this one, it was nice to bring back some simplicity.) =]

Activity: Leaves on Parachute

(All of the leaves from the song were put on a parachute, and we bounced it! The kids were so excited today, and even after quite a bit of play time, they left the room buzzing.)

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Colors Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Freight Train – Donald Crews

(We made the chugga, chugga noise of the train as it traveled, speeding up until it was gone! )

Activity: Scat the Cat (see at end)

 

(This is a folder that I colored, cut out the shape of Scat, then laminated. Then I used white out and marker to give Scat the definition. The colored pages [I start with black] just slide out the side. It’s really popular! I use it in my Book Babies rotation too.)

Book: Butterfly Butterfly – Petr Horáček

(A simple story with nice pictures, and a fun pop-up at the end!)

Song/Activity: Colors – from the CD Learning Basic Skills Through Music by Hap Palmer

(I handed out  colored shapes, and used a paper towel roll with slots for colored popsicle sticks to help the kids follow which color was standing or sitting. It gets a little crazy but it’s fun! I just wish there weren’t so much verse singing that we essentially just have to wait through.)

Book: Pete The Cat – Eric Litwin

 

(An awesome book. By the third time we get to the song, the kids and parents are singing along!) 

Flannel Board: Hens of a Different Color (see at end)

 (I tried using a flannel board of Dogs Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, but the kids were too restless to just watch, so for my second program we did the hens, and the kids had fun shouting out the colors…though my purple looks too much like blue =P  )

Book: I Spy With My Little Eye – Edward Gibbs

 

(A wonderful book with lovely big pictures. Very interactive. There were lots of great choices for this theme.)

Activity: Do Your Clothes Have Any Red (see at end)

(Inevitably there’s a kid who hasn’t worn any of the colors I’ve prepared rhymes for. At the front of my last group was a rather vocal girl in only Black and Grey, so we did a ‘pat yourself on the back’, and ‘pretend to drive a sleigh’. Pink is a common color too, so I stuck in ‘slide in a skating rink’ as well.)

Streamers (Just let them play with the streamers while the song played. With Put A Little Color On from the CD Can a Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye by Hap Palmer)

The Parts:

Scat the Cat

Once there was a cat named Scat, and he’d been a black cat for as long as he could remember. One day he learned some magic words to change color, and decided he would try come different colors to see how they were.

He said his magic words:

Chorus:’I’m Scat the Cat, I’m sassy and fat

And I can change colors, just like THAT!'(Clap hands)

Then what color was Scat?  He was a Blue kitty! He went around seeing what it was like to be a blue cat, but then he came to a pool of water, and it was blue too so Scat didn’t see it and stepped in it! Do kitties like to get wet? Scat decided he should try a different color, so he said his magic words.

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Then what color was Scat? He was a Red Kitty! He went around seeing what it was like to be a red cat, but when his friends saw him they laughed at him. ‘Oh you look like you’ve been sunburned! Ha hahaha!’ Was that very nice? No. It made Scat feel bad, so he decided to try a different color. He said his magic words.

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Then what color was Scat?  He was a Green kitty! He went around seeing what it was like to be a green cat, but what color is the grass he’s standing by? It’s green too! Scat was hidden in the grass, and his friends couldn’t find him to apologize, or to play, so Scat decided to try a different color. He said his magic words.

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Then what color was Scat?  He was a Yellow kitty! His friends said they were sorry for teasing him, and they all decided to go to the zoo. At the zoo they saw a Lion, do you know what color a lion is? It’s yellow too! The lion said to Scat ‘I’m the only cat that ‘s allowed to be yellow! Raaawwwrr!’ So Scat decided he’d better change colors again. He thought about all the colors he had been and decided which color he liked best. Then he said his magic words one more time.

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And what color was Scat? He decided that he like the color that he’d been born the best, and spent the rest of the time being a black kitty. The End!

Hens of a different color

This little hen is BLACK ( hold up black hens)
She stands in the barnyard by a big hay stack.

This little hen is RED (hold up red hens)
She is very tired and won’t get out of bed.

This little hen is BROWN (hold up brown hens)
She likes spinning round and round.

This little hen is YELLOW (hold up yellow hens)
She’s shakes like a bowl of jell-o.

This little hen is WHITE (hold up white hen)
She dance’s and plays, oh what a sight.

This little hen is PURPLE (hold up the purple hens)
She spends her day running around in circles.

This little hen is GREEN (hold up green hen)
She is the silliest hen I’ve ever seen.

This little hen is BLUE (hold up blue hen)
She lays eggs for me and you.

This little hen is PINK (hold up the pink hen)
She goes down to the pond to get a drink.

Do you’re clothes have any Red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red,

put your hands above your head,

If your clothes have any red, any red.

…if your clothes have any blue,

jump up and down inside your shoes,

…if your clothes have any white,

scrunch your face up small and tight,

…if your clothes have any yellow,

jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,

…if your clothes have any green,

tilt sideways ‘till you lean,

…if your clothes have any brown,

turn around and around,

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Teeth Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Snip Snap! What’s that! – jp Bergman

Activity: Time to be Happy

Is it time to be serious?

No, no no! (shake head side to side)

Is it time to be happy?

Yes, let’s go! (Smile big and laugh!)

(We repeated this a couple of times, talking more quietly and laughing more loudly.)

(I was trying desperately to find something to fit here, and the night before storytime I went to bed all a flustered that my attempts at ‘the old lady who swallowed a fly’ were failing [I really wanted to do something with The Bears Toothache by  Mcphail, but couldn’t get a copy of it]. So I woke up and this came to me. It was simple and fun and a perfect transition to the next story!)

Book: Augustus and his Smile – Catherine Rayner

(Augustus never really shows his teeth, but we talked about smiling right before, so it worked all right…and I love the pictures!)

Flannel Board: Tooth Fairy 

Look and see, look and see, can you find the tooth for me?

Is it under the Red pillow?

(repeat with different colors, ending on the pillow with the tooth under it!)

(I asked the kids if they knew what happened when their tooth falls out, someone in each group was able to introduce the tooth fairy that way. I really had no idea what I was doing during the creation of the tooth fairy puppet, but it worked out! I think the parents were more tickled by her voice than the kids were.)

Book: I’m a Shark – Bob Shea

(I was determined to not make this a dentist storytime, so even one reference to a sharks teeth in this book was enough for me! Bob Shea is always great)

Activity: Brush Your Teeth – from the CD Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

(I guided the kids through different brushing [using our fingers] during the song, up and down, back and forth, in circles, all the way in the back! And we showed our pretty smiles at the end.)

Book: Pony Brushes His Teeth – Michael Dahl

(A good introduction to tooth care while keeping it fun. Dad’s expression at the end is great!)

Activity: Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree – traditional

Five little monkeys swinging in a tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….you can’t catch me
along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
and snapped that monkey out that tree

(repeat with decreasing numbers. )

(end with)

No more monkeys swinging in a tree!

(inspired by these monkeys, I made a visual to go along with the song. Used the crocodile puppet I’ve got on hand.)

 

 

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