SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Frog Storytime

This came about because I did a pond storytime last year, and there were so many good frog options I decided to let them shine!

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: 999 Tadpoles – Ken Kimura

(Cute, simple illustrations tell the story of tadpoles who outgrew there little pond and face dangers in finding a new home. A little wordy, so I stuck it at the beginning. )

Song: Five Little Frogs (my favorite version is from the CD Five Little Monkeys by Five Little Monkeys)

Book: Toad – Ruth Brown

(Such great gross illustrations, a good talking book as you can point out the hidden lizard in the pages as it stalks toad.)

Puppet Story: Foo the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond (from the book by Belle Yang)

(I incorporated the blow up frog when I read this book before, and it transitioned very well into a full puppet experience!)

Book: One Two Three Jump! – Penelope Lively

(I didn’t have a very actiony activity, but the kids stayed very engaged! I had the kids jump along with the frog in this book to make sure they weren’t getting too restless. I love the squiggly frog when it’s in the water!)

Song: Raindrops Fell All Around (w/ flannel board)

(Do in call and echo style with kids.)

 There was a pond, a little pond. The bluest pond, that you ever did see.

chorus: (sung all together)

And the raindrops fell all around all around. The raindrops fell all around.

And on that pond, there was a lilly pad, the greenest lilly pad, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The pad on the pond and the raindrops fell…

And on that pad, there was a flower, the prettiest flower, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The flower on the pad and the pad on the pond and the raindrops fell…

And on that flower, there was a frog, the slimiest frog, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The frog on the flower and the flower on the pad and the pad on the pond…

And on that frog, there was a tongue, the stickiest tongue, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower and the flower on the pad…

And on that tongue, there was a bug, the tinsiest bug, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The bug on the tongue and the tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower…

And on that tongue, there was a dinosaur!, the biggest dinosaur, that you ever did see!

Chorus: The dinosaur on the bug and the bug on the tongue and the tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower and the flower on the pad and the pad on the pond and the raindrops fell all around all around, and the raindrops fell all around.

(Even the parents giggle when the dinosaur makes an appearance!)

Book: City Dog and Country Frog – Mo Willems

 

(The kids seems a little less engaged during this story, though I adore it. Maybe they were just exhausted from all the awesomeness!) =P

Craft: Frog Hat

(Then I did a craft! [I hardly ever do] Paper plates cut in half for eyes attached to a strip of green paper around the head and a red ‘tongue’ that had been rolled tightly around my finger. Simple but very popular.)

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Look and See Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin Jr.

 

Song/Sign: Let’s Take a Little Walk from Pick Me Up! Fun songs for learning sign.

(I introduced the concept of sign language, and we practiced the signs we’d use in the song [walk, see, tree, butterfly, bird, squirrel, apple]. It’s a simple song, essentially a single verse repeated where the things you see in the tree change.)

Book: Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox

 

(I intended to use Where’s Tumpty by Polly Dunbar, but my co-worker used it the week before for an Elephant theme…so I found this last minute and I love it! It fit the theme so well and is just a charming story.)

Activity: Matching Game

(I had different colored shapes cut out, each child got one. I would say whether they should match the color or the shape that I held up, and if what they had matched, they would raise theirs as well. Simple, but the kids seemed to like it and it’s edumacational!)

Book: Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Krause Rosenthal

(I’m still not sure how I feel about this as a storytime book, I’ve used it a couple of times and the kids are engaged…I just don’t connect with it I guess.)

Flannelboard: Why the Frog Has Big Eyes – Betsy Franco

(Check out the whole thing here!)

(Done as a quasi-puppet show, with two dimensional characters who could move their eyes and blink. I’m really pleased with how they turned out.)

Book: I Spy With My Little Eye – jp Gibbs

 

(Simple book with huge pics. I’m a fan.)

Song: Bear Went Over the Mountain (see at end)

(Did a variation where the bear finds something on the other side of the mountain, and then they go over the mountain, a chain that could go endlessly! I used the pairings from my ‘Hunting We Will Go’ set.)

The Parts

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The Bear went over the mountain,

the bear went over the mountain,

the bear when over the mountain to see what he could see.

He saw a goat in a boat there, he saw a goat in a boat there,

he saw a goat in a boat there, and that is what he saw.

The goat went over the mountain, the goat went over the mountain,

the goat went over the mountain to see what he could see.

(Continue with as many creatures as you’d like. I finished with the bear in a chair.)

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Pond Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: Froggy Fable – John Lechner

 

(This won me over with it’s illustrations)

Puppets: from Heron and Turtle – Valeri Gorbachev

 

(I used the first story where the two friends can’t go on a walk due to their different speeds, so they take a boat ride instead.)

Book: Do Like Duck Does – Judy Hindley

 

Activity: Turtle Dance  (see at end)

 (A variation of the Hokey Pokey.)

Book: Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond – Belle Yang

 

(I used a blow up alligator balloon that I had trimmed the nose and tail of for Foo. He was puffed up and deflated following the story.)

Song: 5 Little Ducks from the CD Rise and Shine by Raffi

Book: In the Small Small Pond – Denise Flemming

 

Flannel Board: Raindrops Fell All Around (see at end)

 

Activity: Streamers (as frog tongues)

(There was the idea of linking the streamers to the theme, but the kids really didn’t care…they just played!)

The Parts:

Turtle Dance – to tune of Hokey Poky

You stick your right arm out, you stick your right arm in

You stick your right arm out, and you shake it while you spin.

You act just like a turtle and you tuck into your shell,

Everything head to tail!

Repeat with left arm, right leg, left leg, head, tail, and ‘it all’.

Raindrops Fell all aroundflannelboard song. Do in call and echo style with kids.

There was a pond, a little pond. The bluest pond, that you ever did see.

chorus: (sung all together)

And the raindrops fell all around all around. The raindrops fell all around.

And on that pond, there was a lilly pad, the greenest lilly pad, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The pad on the pond and the raindrops fell…

And on that pad, there was a flower, the prettiest flower, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The flower on the pad and the pad on the pond and the raindrops fell…

And on that flower, there was a frog, the slimiest frog, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The frog on the flower and the flower on the pad and the pad on the pond…

And on that frog, there was a tongue, the stickiest tongue, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower and the flower on the pad…

And on that tongue, there was a bug, the tinsiest bug, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The bug on the tongue and the tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower…

And on that tongue, there was a dinosaur!, the biggest dinosaur, that you ever did see!

Chorus: The dinosaur on the bug and the bug on the tongue and the tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower and the flower on the pad and the pad on the pond and the raindrops fell all around all around, and the raindrops fell all around.

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