Showing posts with label folk tale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label folk tale. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Folk Tales, Cantaloupe, and Tennis Balls

Today was my last storytime of the summer! YEAH! (More about that later!)

We had a really fun time today with the book Anansi and the Talking Melon retold by Eric Kimmel. This selection is a bit longer than many of the books I use for storytime, as I have an 80/20 ratio of wigglers vs. non-wigglers, however the kids really got into the storyline and enjoyed it.

If you aren't familiar with the story, Anansi, the trickster spider, waits until Elephant is done in the garden, slips into a melon, and eats until he has doubled in size. Unfortunately he cannot get OUT of the melon, so he decides to have a bit of fun when Elephant returns. Elephant tries to pick the melon, but Anansi yells "Ouch!" as if he were the melon. Hilarity ensues when Elephant takes the talking melon to the king.

Using the melon theme, I bought cantaloupe for the kids to try. Living in Indiana, most kids have eaten cantaloupe until they almost explode. I did have one child today try it for the first time, because he saw all his friends eating handfuls of it. He liked it! I told the caregivers I'll do a vegetable theme one of these days to get them to eat their veggies.

That's me with a tennis ball melon.

I got an idea from Starting with Stories to make "melons" from tennis balls. I bought a billion plastic spiders from Oriental Trading. I had a huge box of dead tennis balls in the program room from who-knows-how-long-ago and figured I could chop a hole in them, paint them, then say TADA ANANSI'S MELON! So I asked my volunteer, Beth, to cut a few tennis balls for me...

Evidently tennis balls are ridiculously resilient. Beth asked Sharon, the admin assistant here at MPL, for input on how to put slits in tennis balls. She said her husband had a Dremel, and she would have him bring it in.

So I walk back to the workroom after smelling something foul...Sharon's husband was cutting slits in tennis balls, which stink to holy hell, AND he chopped a huge gash in his finger. I was like...

Okay...didn't know that it was going to take 3 people to cut tennis balls. I applauded them for their efforts, said that it wasn't that deep, and that I could find another activity...because whoa. Beth said that she thought the activity was amazing and that they would take their operation to the basement...where there's a vice to hold the tennis balls and it wouldn't stank up the place.

So fifty tennis balls later:

The kids really loved the tennis ball thing. I'm glad I did it, but wouldn't do it again on a large scale because of the crazy cutting ordeal.

I also had paper, crayons, glue, and googly eyes to make spiders. Super cute!

Do you have a favorite folk tale that you use in storytime?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Caps for Sale!

I didn't race ahead to Dr. Seuss this week...even though I wanted to! I ended the fairy tale/folk tale trend with Caps for Sale illustrated by Esphyr Slobodinka. I'm becoming more of a realist when it comes to my story time (much to the relief of the parents in my groups), and by doing so, I paraphrased most of the story yet used the pictures to guide us.
Why is the peddler in the tree? I'm confused.

There is a nicely mustached man who sells caps, which I explained to the kids, are hats. He doesn't have a kiosk in the mall, so he wears all of them on his head. One day, he's not selling so well and decides to take a nap. Much to his dismay, when he awakens the caps (except his own) are gone! The culprits: monkeys. Why he didn't notice that there were monkeys about, we'll never know.

Anyway, he has to devise a way to get his caps back. The ending is pretty funny but I won't spoil it for you who haven't read it.

I was originally going to read a story with a king and queen, so I had a crown craft prepared. I couldn't settle on an age appropriate royalty book, so I worked it out and told the kids that we were making our own caps. Thanks for your flexibility, kids!

I don't know where I found the instructions for this, so, sorry Internet. All you have to do is cut a paper plate four times to make triangles in the middle. I used markers to decorate mine, but gave the kids crayons so they wouldn't stain themselves. Here is the finished product.

Miss Meg the Cap Model
I did a session at our staff in-service day a couple of weeks ago and had the staff make their own hats.

Looking swell, ladies!
Creativity in motion!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Goldilocks: Faultless or Felon?

Ah, The Three Bears. What a classic tale! I especially like the book by Byron Barton that is free of fluff. Just the facts, ma'am.

They look happy now...but...
As an adult, I now ask myself, "Where the heck were Goldilock's parental units? Shouldn't she be in school, or at least picking flowers and not breaking and entering? WHO RAISED YOU, LADY?!" But I digress.

For our craft, I found a fabulous handout online via Pinterest with the bears, the bandit, the beds, and the chairs. What, no porridge? Okay, I guess I can only ask for so much. So I free-handed the porridge bowls on a scrap piece of printing paper, and transferred the image to cardstock. I had the kids color, cut, and then paste the props to a table tent made from said cardstock. For the bears and Goldie, we taped them onto craft sticks for puppets. The craft was very labor intensive, but I feel it was worth it so the kids could take it home and retell the story. I think some parents were irritated that I expected their kids to cut with GASP scissors. (I suppose that I shouldn't assume that the girl who takes big bites of glue stick would be able to use the scissors properly?)

Crazy Eyes and the Three Bears
Pajama Time was Thursday and I read Chicken Little by Laura Rader for this group. I enjoy the story where all the poultry get seduced by Foxy Loxy, but this version is the gentler king-tells-mob-it-was-an-acorn tale.
Our craft was a sweet paper plate chicken with googly eyes. I found this at a blog called Simple As That. I didn't have any yellow plates, but welcomed the kiddos to color their chickens if they were feeling saucy. I'm a sucker for the googly eyes.

Wiggle Wiggle
 My plan this week was to wrap up our fairy tale/folk tale story times with an actual coda, consisting of making prince/princess crowns...but I'm really excited for March and DR. SEUSS' I may skip ahead and just start my Seuss Storytimes!

Are you ready?! I am!!!

I will chop off arms if anyone hurts my white board this month!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Little Red Hen Eats a Loaf of Bread...

...then takes a nap!

This week in story time, I subjected the kids to The Little Red Hen illustrated by J.P. Miller, aka The Little Red Hen Golden Book. I say "subjected" because I know that the more popular book with this story is The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges, however it is a bit wordy for the kids in my story time.

Anyway, I think most of us know the classic TLRH story: She finds a grain of wheat, asks for some help to cultivate it, gets no help, eats the bread made from said wheat herself, then promptly takes a nap. Because that's what you do when you eat an entire loaf of bread by yourself. (Yum.)

I think the message may have gone over the heads of some of my kiddos. However, not to brag, they enjoyed the story time simply because I do a really great chicken voice. I should just do stories with a chicken protagonist from now on. You can leave a comment with your favorite chicken story, if you please.

Yes, she did.

I gave the 2 year olds a coloring sheet. After the seriously in-depth Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly craft we did last week, I figured it was okay to slack on the craftivity this week. The older kids made a cute chicken craft that I found via Pinterest on a website that is in Russian. I found the 'print' button, so at least I could print it out. Once the chicken is colored, you cut it out, fold, and it will stand up. Most of the kids thought it was cute, others were indifferent. It has been the most repinned pin on my Pinterest page though, so I assume it's a keeper!


After our craft, we played the Farmer in the Dell game. Slowly but surely they're understanding the concept. I played the game with a kindergarten group today and they LOVED it. I knew it wasn't just me.

Next stop: K6 Roundup!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jack and the Beanstalk

One of my favorite read aloud selections is Jack and the Beanstalk by Steven Kellogg. I happened to pick it up for a bedtime story for my 5 year old son, and he adores it so much it is part of the regular rotation. I figured the kids in my library program would like it as well...and they did!

Run, Jack!

I chose 'Pajama Time' as the prime program to feature this book. Normally, I try to read 2 or 3 books in the program, but this is a longer story so it's the first and only book we read. I led a song and went right into reading...using foresight to understand that some of the 2 year olds wouldn't want to sit for a book this long in the middle of the program. I was usual. Insert smirk here.

The text is based on what is thought to be the 'original' story of JATB. Jack and his mother are poor and rely on the revenue from their cow's milk to get them through. Unfortunately the cow's milk supply dwindles and Jack's mother is forced to send Jack to the market with the non-functioning bovine. A funny little man stops Jack on the way to town and offers him magic beans for his cow. Jack, unconvinced but curious, makes the trade, because the man said he would give the cow back if the beans didn't work out.

This is what happens when Jack gets home.

So mom throws the beans out the window, and they sprout overnight into a gigantic beanstalk that reaches high into the clouds. We probably know all about what happens next...and if you don't, that just means you need to come in and check out this book!


I'll admit: I needed a craft to make use of the lentils my family won't eat. I found this craft on Surviving a Teacher's Salary via Pinterest. I used crepe paper for the stalk (because I have a big stash of crepe paper for some reason), lentils for the beans, cotton balls for the clouds, and colored pencils to draw the background on colored card stock. Easy enough for a 2 year old, fun enough for a 5 year old...which is what I need for a Pajama Time craft.

Coming up: K6 Roundup and Storytime with the Little Red Hen (Sans Pizza)