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Magic Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Sausages – Jessica Souhami

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(I think this is a fantastic adaptation. Great illustrations and a simple plot.)

Activity: The Magic Sneezes – from the traditional story The Seven Sneezes (see full version here)

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(A boy walks by and sneezes, messing all the animals up! Trimmed down from the original version, and it still felt just a bit long, but fun!)

Book: The Wizard the Fairy and the Magic Chicken – Helen Lester

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(This is charming, with a nice message of teamwork.)

Activity: “Poof” You’re a…

“Abracadabra, poof!  You’re a _____________!”

(Some of the things to turn the children into could included a duck, ogre, bear, tree, monkey, frog, fire engine and rock.  And of course, the kids had to act like that thing).

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(We used magic wands to transform the children into different things, lots of fun.)

Book: Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock – Eric A. Kimmel

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(I think this worked better as a puppet play, but the book still worked fine!)

Activity: Magic Hat – Deanna Romriell

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

Aaaaaa!!  What is that?!!

(Pull anything other than a rabbit out and repeat.)

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

 See!!  Look at that!!

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(The kids love this! On the last attempt, I have them help me say ‘Rabbit’, and then it works!)

Book: Magic Box – Katie Cleminson

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(Simple with bright illustrations. I quite like it.)

Activity: Instruments

(Then we had a little party, like the animals in ‘Magic Box’)

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Magic Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Magic Box – Kate Cleminson

 

(Fun, simple story with awesome illustrations.)

Activity: Magic Hat (see at end)

 (Trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but different animals keep coming out instead! I used a monkey, a giraffe, a mouse, and a chicken before the rabbit finally appeared…and I had the kids help of the final chant to make sure it would work!)

Book: The Wizard the Fairy and the Magic Chicken – Helen Lester

(This is a cute story, but runs just a little long. The kids weren’t as engaged as I expected.)

Activity: “Poof” You’re a… (see at end)

 (Use a wand to ‘transform’ the kids into different things. I found Kangaroo to be popular, and of course changed them back to kids for the next story!)

Book: Sausages – Jessica Souhami

 

(I think this is a charming version of the classic tale. It’s great that the couple ends up still happy.)

Puppets: Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock

 (A traditional tale, I used the Kimell version as my basis. Had a prop rock, puppets for Anansi, Lion, Elephant and Bush Deer. I also had pics of the food Anansi stole for the flannelboard [the top of which I use for the stage].)

Book: Anton Can Do Magic – Ole Konnecke

 

(It’s nice when a new book comes in and you think ‘I know just what to use that for!’.)

Activity: Wand Craft

(Different colored popsicle sticks, with cut out stars to attach and glitter glue to decorate!)

The Parts:

(MAGIC) – “Hat Trick” by Deanna Romriell.  (Use a top hat/rabbit puppet along with a selection of other animals to perform this rhyme.)

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

Aaaaaa!!  What is that?!!

(Pull anything other than a rabbit out and repeat.)

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

 See!!  Look at that!!

‘Poof!’

“Abracadabra, poof!  You’re a _____________!”  (Some of the things to turn the children into could included a duck, ogre, bear, tree, monkey, frog, fire engine and rock.  And of course, the kids had to act like that thing).

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Russia Storytime

Part of the One World Many Stories Summer Reading program

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Frog Bride – Antonia Barber

 

 (Too wordy to read, this is more of a story to tell with the pictures.)

Song: 5 little dolls (see at end)

 

 (I really wanted matryoshka dolls for this program, so when I found them for around $12 on ebay, it was an easy decision …then I just had to think of a rhyme for them!)

Book: When the Snow comes – Jonathan Allen

 

Shadow Story: Masha and the Bear a traditional folktale

 

 (See the full story here.)

Book: The Gigantic Turnip – Aleksei Tolstoy

 

Activity: Boot prints (see at end)

 (Flannel Board prints that the kids have to try and replicate.)

Book: Snow Bears – Martin Waddell

 

Activity: Bubbles

The Parts:

5 little dolls

One little doll sat way up high

She fell off and began to cry.

She hit the ground and her side went ‘Crack

Another doll came to help her back.

Two little dolls sat way up high,

One fell off and began to cry…

(continue)

 (last verse)

Five little dolls sat way up high,

Now they never fell off and never did cry

How many dolls were up so high?

One two three, four and five.

Boot Prints

Lay flannel board prints in different patterns, and see if kids can walk the way that would make them.

— _ — _ — _ off set for walking

side by side for ‘bunny hops’

_  _  _  _  in a straight line for ‘tightrope’

overlap side by side for ‘train tracks’

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