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The Napping House

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This coming week’s storytime is going to be all about the letter “H”.  I made a flannel to share based on the book The Napping House by Audrey Wood.  I got the template off of Kizclub.com.  If you have not yet familiar with that site, go check it out!  You can print off templates in black and white or color.  Either print and laminate the pieces or use the shapes to create the story in flannel.

The Napping House is a funny and cumulative tale similar to the rhyme “This Is the House That Jack Built”.  A Granny, a child, a dog, cat, and mouse are sleeping until…a flea wakes everyone up!

To create the flannel I glued the “sleeping” pieces on one side and the “awake” pieces on the other.  As I tell the story I plan on putting the sleeping pieces up one at a time.  As the characters wake up all I have to do is flip the pieces over and Surprise!  I am hoping for at least a few laughs!

At first everyone is sleeping…

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The flea wakes up the mouse, who wakes up the cat, who wakes up the dog, who wakes up the child, who wakes up Granny!

 

 

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Here are a couple of pictures of the two sides of the flannel pieces.

 

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Green is its name-o

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Mr. Mouse came to our Art-themed storytime and he brought a beautiful green “Mouse-terpiece” to show us!

He loves the color Green and wanted to sing a song about it so first we put up the letters to spell Green on the board and then we sang…

G-R-E-E-N
Sing to the tune of B-I-N-G-O
I have a favorite color you see
And Green is its name-o.
G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N
And, Green is its name-o. 

This was actually a last minute activity that I put together and it was very easy!  I used some of my bulletin board letters and put velcro on the back.  I cut out five handprints and put velcro on the back as well.  This song went over very well!  I am actually planning on using a version of it this week (D-A-D-D-Y) for Father’s Day!

I adapted this idea from What Happens In Storytime who created a BINGO song version for Mother’s Day.

Five Little Ducks

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Remember this rhyme?  It is an oldie but a goodie!

 

Five little ducks went out to play (hold up five fingers)
Over the hills and far away (move hands up and down)
Mother Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack” (open and shut hand)
But, only four little ducks came back. (hold up four fingers)


Continue until no ducks are left on the board and then sing

No little ducks went out to play (hold up fist, no fingers up)
Over the hills and far away (move hands up and down)
Mother Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack” (open and shut hand while  saying “quack, quack, quack, quack”)
And…ALL the little ducks came running back! (hold up five fingers)

 

This rhyme/song is always a hit with the kids.  It is also very versatile.  You could change the animals and animal sounds to just about anything!  I changed the rhyme for my dinosaurs theme a few months ago and the really enjoyed that one as well.  Check the my Five Little Dinosaurs post for the rhyme!

I found my template in the book Big Book of Patterns by Cindy Daoust and Diane Badden.  I have mentioned this book before as being one to find and own.  It is fantastic!  I made my ducks out of yellow construction paper glued onto leftover cardstock.  The rest of the duck was colored in with orange marker.  

Pigs!

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BOOKS

Fire Fighter Piggy Wiggy by Christyan Fox
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg
Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
Pigs to the Rescue by  John Himmelman

 

 ACTIVITIES

The Tail of a Pig
Sing to: “The Wheels on the Bus” 

The tail of a pig curls round and round
round and round, round and round.
The tail of a pig curls round and round
All through the mud. (circle finger round and round)

The mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink
oink, oink, oink, oink, oink, oink
The mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink
All through the mud. (put hand in front of mouth like a snout and “oink”!)

The snout of a pig goes root, root, root
root, root, root, root, root, root.
The snout of a pig goes root, root, root
All through the mud. (act with snout and hands like you are rooting through the mud, explain to kids what rooting means!)

The hooves of a pig go run, run, run
run, run, run, run, run, run.
The hooves of pig go run, run, run
All through the mud. (pretend like you are running)

The ears of a pig go twitch, twitch, twitch
twitch, twitch, twitch, twitch, twitch, twitch.
The ears of a pig go twitch, twitch, twitch
All through the mud.  (put hands up by ears and wiggle them back and forth)

I’m a Little Piggy
Sing to: “I’m a Little Teapot”

I’m a little piggy
Short and stout (bend up and down)
Here are my ears (point to ears)
And here is my snout (point to nose)
When I see the yummy food in my pail (put hand up over eyes like you are looking)
I oink, oink oink (oink!)
and wiggle my tail (wiggle your piggy tails!)

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Five Little Pigs
 

Five Little Pigs

Five little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 5 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Four little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 4 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Three little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 3 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Two little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 2 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

One little pig rolled in the mud (hold up 1 finger, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

No little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 0 fingers, roll hands)
They all looked nice and clean
The farmer turned his back and what do you know!
All those little pigs jumped back in the mud! (put pigs back in the mud)
source: http://www.everythingpreschool.com/lessonplans/farmanimals/songs/song3.htm

The kids enjoyed this, especially the squish squash part!  There were lots of “ewww’s”!  I put on a farmer hat just to add a little fun as I pulled the piggies out of the “mud”.
For more information check out my Five Little Pigs post

The Three Little Pigs
source: www.kizclub.com

A classic tale and a great one for crowd participation!  Check out my my Three Little Pigs post for more information on how to create this flannel board.

CRAFT
Found this great idea from Storytime Katie’s website!

We folded the pig’s noses in such a way that they “popped” up.  I told the kids they could make their pigs “oink” if they pressed the nose up and down–they thought that was pretty funny!  We added a curly pink tail by cutting and curling ribbon.  The kids glued the pig onto the paper and colored it different colors to show what their pig had rolled in!

The Three Little Pigs

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I find the best story board templates on www.kizclub.com!  I printed the black and white pattern on different colored paper–I enhanced the pigs and the wolf with marker.  The pieces were glued on cardstock and a piece of velcro was placed on the back.  The story pattern is also available in color.  Check out my piggy storytime theme for more ideas!

B&W pattern:  http://kizclub.com/storypatterns/folktales/threepigs.pdf
Color pattern:  http://kizclub.com/storypatterns/folktales/threepigs(C).pdf

Summer Reading 2012 Storytime Brainstorming

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Busy planning Summer Reading 2012! I have seven weeks of Summer Reading.  So far I have come up with the following storytime themes:

  • Wishes and Dreams
  • Owls
  • Friendly Monsters
  • Blast Off to Outer Space
  • Bears and Caves
  • Pajamas and Bedtime
  • Fairy Tales

CRAFTS
I have started planning craft ideas for each theme.  This is what I have so far…

Wishes and Dreams…
A shooting star

I used a pattern I found in one of my resource books Big Book of Patterns (excellent book).  I had to draw on the face because the pattern did not have it on there, but I thought the face was cute!  Attached to a stick it makes a nice shooting star the kids can fly around and make a wish on!

 

 

 

 

Owls
Flying Owl

 Made this owl based on a great pattern by Sunflower Storytime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Monsters
I am still working out a craft for this theme.  Will be posting my storytime plan soon!

Blast Off to Outer Space
Rocket hand puppet

 

The back of this rocket is actually an envelope we sealed and then cut in half.  We glued it to the rocket.  The kids can put their hands in the envelope and fly their rockets around!  I will post another description soon that goes into more detail.

Bears and Caves
Bear Mask (picture coming soon)

Pajamas and Bedtime
Still looking for an idea!

Fairy Tales
What Fairy Tale storytime is complete without a magic wand?!

Star pattern is from Storytime Magic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am still working on these so keep in mind some look undone!

Wishes and Dreams
There Was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star (based on the book by Charise Mericle Harper).

I found the pattern through Storytime Magic.  Some of the pieces are colored and some are made out of poster board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owls
A Home for Mr. Owl
 The flannel is based on the story is actually A House for Birdie by Stuart J. Murphy, but I thought I could adapt the flannel for an Owls theme.   I got this great idea from Cate at Storytiming.  I actually used this originally for a “Homes” theme, but it can be used for Birds and of course, Owls.  Cate at Storytiming narrowed her version down to three birds, which worked really well for the length of the storytelling.

 

 

 

 

Friendly Monsters
Check out my flannel board Go to Bed Monster! based on the book Go to Bed Monster!  by  Natasha Wing.

Blast Off to Outer Space
Five Rockets In Space

Rhyme coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bears and Caves
Going on a Bear Hunt (picture coming soon)
Three Little Bears Puppet Show (coming soon)

Pajamas and Bedtime

Fairy Tales
Rapunzel Puppet Show (coming soon)
Frog Prince Puppet Show (coming soon)

One of the best resources I have found for planning Summer Reading 2012 is the resource book Storytime Magic.  It has great patterns and ideas for crafts and flannel boards that work well with the Dream Big…Read! theme and are quick to put together–a good thing when you are short on time!

Mary’s Little Lamb

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Spring is here!  This season always makes me think of baby animals, especially lambs.  I am holding a Lamb themed story time next week and wanted to share a flannel board/puppet show I created that can be used in a few different ways!

 

Mary has lost her little lamb and needs our help to find it.  In order to find her lamb we need to sing!  Out comes a lamb and we sing…

Mary had a little purple lamb, little purple lamb, little purple lamb
Mary had a little purple lamb, whose fleece was purple as…grapes! 

 

But, of course, that is not the lamb Mary is looking for.  Out comes another lamb that we think may be the right one so we sing again:

Mary had a little pink lamb, little pink lamb, little pink lamb
Mary had a little pink lamb, whose fleece was pink as…bubblegum

 

We continue singing for each different colored lamb until we find the right one whose fleece was white as snow.

The perfect lamb template can be found at Making Learning Fun (great website for flannel board ideas and patterns).  That website also shares another rhyme you can use with your lambs.
I created my lambs out of foam to make them more durable–to be used in the puppet theater I have to attach them to sticks/dowels.  I also put velcro pieces on the back so that they may be used on the flannel board if I ever need them later on.  Multi-purpose lambs!

 

Cate at Storytiming is hosting Flannel Friday this week.  For more great ideas check out the archive from Anne at So Tomorrow.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!

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I am working on creating and performing more puppet shows in my story times.  The kids love puppets and it is a great way to really bring a book to life.  This week we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, rainbows and all things green!  I came across There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro and just knew I had to bring it to the puppet theater.

All of my pieces and characters (including Mr. Mouse dressed up as a leprechaun)!

Similar to the old tale of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly–in this version the Old Lady starts by swallowing  a clover…Then she swallows a daisy, butterfly, bird (ewww!), a pot and some gold.
Well, we find out that she swallowed the gold to fill up the pot and she had to swallow the pot in order to carry the bird. She swallowed the bird in order to fly with the butterfly and she swallowed the butterfly to sit on the daisy.  She had to swallow the daisy to make the clover brighter.  Then that crazy Old Lady swallows a fiddle!  Then the Old Lady starts to dance and a little leprechaun (Mr. Mouse!) joins in the fun.

Those two had so much fun, and she giggled so much that out pops a rainbow!

 

Fun story and great puppet show!  Thankfully Sallie, our great volunteer, loves puppets as much as I do so she was happy to help out with the show.  I told the story and talked to the Old Lady as I fed her the interesting food choices.  At the end I opened the book up and read the part where it explains why she ate those certain things in that sequence.  And, then as I was reading the ending the Old Lady went back into the theater and when she came out, she had her rainbow!
Read this book and enjoy!

Apples

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Apple season is far away, but I am sharing my Apples theme as I am catching up on previous story time’s I have not had time to post until now!  I have changed my format a bit to make it easier to post and also to reference later on.  My format is based on Story Time Katie’s blog (who graciously gave me the go ahead, check out her blog, it is awesome).  I have decided to list my books first, then activity and action rhymes and songs, my craft and then tell how everything went at the end.  I forsee this as being an easier read, but please let me know what you think!

 

Books

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The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world by Marjorie Priceman
Where is the Apple Pie by Valeri Gorbachev

 

Action Rhymes

Way Up High In the Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree (put arms up)
Two little apples smiled at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake tree trunk)
Down came the apples (wave fingers down)
Ummmm….they were good! (rub tummy)

Little Red Apple

A little red apple (form circle with hands)
hung high in a tree. (reach up high)
I looked up at it (look up)
and it looked down at me. (look down)
Come down please, I called! (cup hands to mouth)
And what do you suppose?  (shrug shoulders)
That little red apple (form circle with hands)
dropped right on my nose!  (point to nose) 

 

Songs

Apples Song

This is a version of the “paw paw patch song”.  If space allows, tape a circle on the floor to stand and skip around as you sing the song.

Pickin’ up apples and puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Pickin’ up apples an puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Pickin’ up apples and puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Way down yonder by the apple tree.

Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Way down yonder by the apple tree.

Repeat verse a few times until all “apples” are picked up!

Ring Around the Apple Tree

sing to the tune of “Ring Around the Rosie” and have everyone hold hands as the walk around the circle.  Fall down to the floor when you sing “We all fall down”.

Ring around the apple tree
A bucket full of apples.
Apples, Apples.
We all fall down!

 

Song and Activity “Walter the Waltzing Worm” from Walter the Waltzing Worm CD


I made each child a “Walter” stick puppet and we danced our worms to the music.  When the music stopped, we hid Walter behind our backs or just made him freeze.  This was a lot of fun!  I got all of the worms back at the end of story time by bringing out a large brown box which was the “dirt”.  Walter the Worm lives in the ground so it was time to go back…I had trouble with the kids returning Walter to the box and now those worms can be used again!

 

 Craft
 

The kids enjoyed making their own apple tree.  They glued everything together–very simple, but fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leap Day!

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In celebration of Leap Year we had a story time Leap Day!  It was all about leaping, jumping and having a hopping good time!

 

Opening

“If You’re Happy and You Know It”
Mr. Mouse came hopping out of his box with his friend Grasshopper.  He wanted to read books about leaping and hopping for Leap Day!

 

Book

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Jump!  by Scott M. Fischer


Flannel Board 

A young joey is trying to learn how to jump.  His friends try to show him how it is done.  It isn’t until he empties out his pockets that he can finally go BOING!  For more information on this flannel board, see my Boing!  Boing! A Kangaroo Jumping Story Flannel Friday post.

Getting the Wiggles Out

I made this one up to help get the wiggles out and get the kids ready for the next story.  There are a ton of versions of this type of wiggler out there. 

Put your hands up
Put your hands down
Give yourself a turn around
Shake your hands to the left
Shake your hands to the right
Hug yourself nice and tight
Cross your legs and sit right down
Another story is starting now
Shhhh…..

 

Book
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The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

 

Action Rhyme

Froggies Splash

Five little frogs sitting by a pool (put five fingers up and then cup hands)
One went splash in the water that was so cool (raise one finger and jump once)
Froggies splash high (raise hands and wave above while you jump)
Froggies splash low (put your hands close to the floor while you jump)
Froggies splash everywhere, to and fro.  (wave arms and jump all around)

Songs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
sat on a speckled log.
Eating the most delicious bugs…
Yum!  Yum!
One jumped into the pool
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were___
Green Speckled Frogs.

For more information on this flannel/song see my Five Green and Speckled Frogs post.

 

 Book

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Can You Make a Scary Face?  by Jan Thomas

 

Activity

Guess what animals leap and jump!

I put a bunch of different animals in a box.  I described an animal before I took it out.  The kids had to tell which animal/insect it was and whether it could jump and leap.  This is a good break between stories.

Closing

“Silly Dance Contest”  from CD Jim Gill sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes 

Craft

We colored our own Kangaroo necklaces!