0-5 “Friends” storytime July 8, 2014

This week I did “friends” as a theme. For my extension I drew food on the board and brought out puppets to “eat” the food. For example, I pulled out the Monkey puppet and the kids shouted “banana,” Mouse and “cheese” and so on. Sometimes I teased that the Dog, for instance, wanted a steak instead of the bone which got the kids all riled up and shouting the right answer.

Intro song (while taking tickets): “Great Day” by Playdate

opening song: Can’t Wait to Celebrate by Jim Gill

FP: Open, Shut Them

book 1: The Adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend / Dan Santat. – This books is about an imaginary friend, so I asked the kids if they had imaginary friends and had them hug and high five those friends.

song: “Let’s Be Friends”

You can Sing With a Friend,
With a friend, with a friend
You can Sing With a Friend,
Let’s be friends today

You can clap with a friend…
You can jump with a friend…

I got this one from the Storytime Katie website and then added different actions to it (jump, hop and the like) based on time and age group

Book 2: Found / Salina Yoon. – about a bear and a stuffed animal, so I talked to the kids about their stuffed animals and pulled out one (the dog puppet) to help me read the story.

song: Head/Shoulders

Extension: Dinner party!

Book 3: The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! / Mo Willems – A short book to wrap things up. I had the children practice their happy, sad and angry faces so they could do what the pigeon was doing, and then I had them put on their angry faces when they left, just to see what everyone on the outside thought about 60 “angry” kids leaving storytime,

Take home activity: One side was a color sheet with two friends playing in the park. On the back I hand drew a square and wrote “Draw your own imaginary friend” on the back as an activity for the older kids in the group.

closing song: Time to Say Good-bye by Dr. Jean

outro song (during stamp): Ladybug by Terrible Twos

I got to meet a lot of my favorite authors during ala-con this past weekend. I never thought I’d be teaching Judy Blume how to do the metal horns. I asked Judy Blume if she’d rather flip off the camera like a punk or throw up the metal sign. She asked me what Nirvana would do and I told her Kurt would definitely flip off the camera but instead she did something sort of in the middle. She was super cool with it all.

I got to meet a lot of my favorite authors during ala-con this past weekend. I never thought I’d be teaching Judy Blume how to do the metal horns. I asked Judy Blume if she’d rather flip off the camera like a punk or throw up the metal sign. She asked me what Nirvana would do and I told her Kurt would definitely flip off the camera but instead she did something sort of in the middle. She was super cool with it all.