St. Patrick’s Day

Sometimes it can be a challenge to find good read-alouds for St. Patty’s Day, so this time I decided to go with a combination St. Patrick’s Day/Green theme. OPENING SONG: Mister Sun THEME: Do you know why we are going to talk about the color green today?  What holiday is coming up soon? FLANNEL RHYME: Five…

Shadows

OPENING SONG: Mister Sun Early Literacy Tip:  When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help build his or her vocabulary. A large vocabulary is important for a child who is learning to read. When you’re talking with your preschooler, ask lots of questions that don’t have a ‘yes’…

Two Little Superheroes Rhyme

While browsing for ideas for the CSLP 2015 Summer Library Program “Every Hero Has a Story,” I came across some adorable, printable superhero finger puppets from Hello Bee.  There are five different designs for the capes and all you have to do is print and cut!  Amazing!  Visit Hello Bee for the Superhero Template I thought that they would…

Snow!

OPENING SONG: Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi IMAGINATION ACTIVITY: Playing in the Snow I started out by asking, “Is it snowing outside today?”  (It’s not.)  “Well let’s pretend then!” Let’s make some snow. (wiggle fingers like snow falling) The snow covers the ground (crouch down and spread snow over the ground) Brrr!  It’s cold out here!…

Snowmen

Here’s an update from the archive: We hadn’t had any snow here yet, but wouldn’t you know it – just a few days after this storytime…..it snowed!  I think our songs brought the snow to town! OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together BOOK 1: Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright This was the first…

Whiskers & Wings

For this storytime, we focused on the letter “W.” And since it’s Halloween week, we talked about black cats’ whiskers and bats’ wings (you could easily add in some witches too!) OPENING SONG: Days of the Week (mp3) by the Magic Crayons Tune: The Addams Family theme song FINGERPLAY: Two Little Black Bats To make the finger puppets, I used…

A Halloween Event

This was a Saturday afternoon event at the library.  Children of all ages and their families were invited for Halloween stories, songs, crafts, and trick-or-treating in the library.  I know I do some version of this every year, but I just never get tired of it.  Seeing all of the kiddos in costume is always…

Gettin’ the Wiggles Out

Picuture this: It’s storytime morning and you have been working on the perfect storytime plan and have picked out the most spectacular books to match your theme. You are so excited to share this storytime with your group……but instead of being blown away by your storytime-awesomeness, the kids are antsy, and wiggly, and chatty, and…