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Let’s Make Something! Storytime

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I started this blog with the intention of sharing my storytime plans. I want to do this more. So here I go:

I do about 2-3 storytimes each week. I do PreK Storytime and Toddler Time back-to-back at 10am and 11:30 am. I do the same theme for both. I also use some of the same stories, but switch out titles where developmentally appropriate.  Below I’ll indicate which titles I used for PreK, TT, or Both

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Handprint die cuts


My new favorite hello song is Kathy Reid-Naiman’s “Clap Everybody and Say Hello”. You can find it on Sally Go Round The Sun

Hi Gertie! Gertie, my storytime mascot comes out and greets each child. When she’s through making the rounds we all sings

Good night Gertie
Good night Gertie
Good night Gertie
We’re glad that you are here!


Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

This is one of my all-time favorite picture books. This book works best if you use your whole body to demonstrate what each machine does as you read it. I have found it works best when I am consistent with my motions (duh, right? well, I’ve actually messed it up…AWKWARD!)  So before the kids arrive, choose a motion for each machine, and you’ll have kids and parents diggin’ it! (I’m not sorry for the terrible pun, HA!) Both

Two Little Pigs whose small homes in the woods have been accidentally destroyed by Bear and Moose decide to build a house they can all share, and with the help of Beaver Builders they soon have a fine new home. It’s a British import (I believe). The pictures are delightful. This story worked well with my preschoolers, but it’s a small group (around 10). I wouldn’t think of using it in my toddler time (which is about 20-28, including parents), even through they’re a very attentive group. I think some of them would love it in a 1-on-1 situation, but 1) it’s a bit long for them, and 2) the illustrations are loaded with detail. Regardless of age, I think you have to be able to get up close to appreciate it. PreK

Build It Up and Knock It Down by Tom Hunter

This is a really fun concept book about opposites. TT

The Magic Toolbox by Mie Araki

The preschoolers connected to Fred the Rabbit big-time. They were all jumping out of their skin to tell their own stories about their towers falling down, and how bad they feel when their towers fall down before they’re ready. They even started cheering Fred on at some point.  They also loved identifying the tools. And when they got to the bandaids, they all wanted to show me their boo-boos. PREK

Click here for more titles on this theme I will update this list in the morning.

BTW… A Few Words On Booboo Checks:

I’m a big fan of boo-boo checks. Whenever the topic of boo-boos come up, I’m always willing to pause the group activity for a boo-boo check. When it comes to pain, kids have a one-track mind. If the topic comes up, they can’t just move on. It’s as if the memory or idea of pain is so intense that it immediately takes over their whole brain. They can’t just filter it out, or move on.  They need some sort of release. They need to tell a story about a past/healed boo-boo, or show someone a cut they got this morning.  I don’t know why I started doing this, but at some point I realized that when I tried to shut it down, they spent the rest of the time staring and/or picking (ick!)  at their most recent boo-boos.

So now, if the topic comes up, I take a pause, and I go around the room and do booboo check. It goes like this:

Me: Austin, do you have a boo-boo?
Kid: Yes, (pointing to a tiny dot on his finger) I was running fast, and Jake was…
Me: Youch! What did you do?
Kid: Jake got Mommy, and we got a bandaid, and we talked about it.
Me: It looks like it’s healing up really nice. How does it feel now?
Kid: Hmmmm, good!

Once this is out of their system, they’re usually ready to go back to the story.

Action Rhyme

Hi My Name Is Joe (Both)

  1. Hi my name is Joe and I work in a button factory
  1. One day, my boss came up to me
  1. He said,”Hey Joe, are you busy?”
  1. I said, “No”.
He said “Push the button with your right hand.”
(repeat with the left hand, right foot, left foot, head, belly, and butt until the final round. When the boss asks if you’re busy, shout YES! and freeze.)

Goodbye Song

“The More We Get Together” I don’t need to write it out… right?

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