Friday, March 7, 2014
I finally had a quiet moment to rock some felt today. I started simple, since I have a terrible history with fabric arts. I took the idea from the Lion Hide-And-Seek Flannelboard in Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan. Originally, the characters were lions, but I didn't have enough brown felt. Tigers it is!
Here's Momma Tiger and Baby Tiger under a tree. I think I did a pretty good job for a first-timer. High five!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I have to keep in mind that my friends are here to have fun and not here to be "taught at" or even "cultured." Not that I'm exactly right for that job to begin with. (Let's go watch Antiques Roadshow, read picture books, and eat chocolate ice cream!)
After the exciting success of cookie storytime, I'm proud to announce the success of puppies and kitties storytime this week. Huzzah! We started off with a warm, fuzzy, and slightly alarming fingerplay. I say slightly alarming because five kittens are chased by a dog at the end...but you know...survival of the fittest, right? Ahem, anyway...
Five Little Kittens
Credit: Storytime Crafts by Kathryn Totten
Success! The kiddos got a huge kick out of making their "kittens" run away.
After our rollicking fingerplay, I read Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story by Sam Lloyd. Mr. Pusskins is one of those cats that just wants to be left alone, but Emily, his person, really loves him and showers him with unwanted affection. He decides to run away and join The Pesky Cat Gang. The weather turns cold and he questions his actions, deciding that Emily was always nice to him and he was kind of a jerkface. He finds a lost cat poster with his face on it and calls the number listed. Emily rescues him, and they live happily ever after. I had fun reading this book. It was very dramatic and the kids were captivated.
Then I did a flannelboard from Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan. You could also use stuffed animals or stick puppets for the activity. The idea is to have the kids guess what pet you are thinking about. I could see all their brains working as we did this!
I Went To The Pet Store
I went to the pet store and made a special wish.
The pet that I wanted was a very special (fish)!
I went to the pet store, I went there at a jog,
To get a pet with a wagging tail, it was a little (dog)!
I went to the pet store, it had become a habit.
The pet I wanted now was a soft, white, fluffy (rabbit)!
I went to the pet store, I'm sure this sounds absurd,
But the pet I wanted was a colorful flying (bird)!
I went to the pet store, it was no mistake.
What I really wanted now was a hissing green (snake)!
I then read one of my favorite storytime books, Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. It astounds me when kids don't like this book, although most of them did. I didn't get as many giggles this time around. I'm going to blame it on the cold weather for deadening my friends' sense of humor. Our craft was a George made out of a 6x9 manila envelope and clip art animals to cut and insert into George's tummy. It's an easy, inexpensive way to get kids to retell the story at home. I spent $4 on envelopes, because I didn't realize there are a BILLION of them in the workroom. I'll learn to pilfer the office supplies more carefully next time (to the delight of the admin assistant, surely).
Overall, it was a successful storytime that will be going into my Instant Pre-K Programming binder. It was a simple program to put together, and most of the props used can be made from clipart and copy paper. Feel free to use any and all aforementioned ideas for your storytime friends!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
|photo courtesy of Willow's momma, Amber|