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Storytime: Pets

Today’s storytime was all about pets but since I have a younger crowd who mainly has cats or dogs I decided to stick to those. This was also the perfect time to bring out my new puppets from Folkmanis Puppets! I recently bought a bunch of puppets from Folkmanis Puppets and am beyond excited to use them. I especially love using them with the babies and toddlers, they get so excited to give our new storytime puppet a hug.

Yellow Labrador Puppy

Yellow Labrador Puppy  |  Folkmanis
Orange Tabby Kitten
Orange Tabby Kitten Hand Puppet  |  Folkmanis

Books

“Cookie’s Week” by Cindy Ward
“Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell
“Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd

Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left (move hand to the left)
They run to the right (move hand to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the big sunlight (hold up 5 fingers)
Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun (whisper, make fist with other hand)
Wooof! (have fist quickly move towards fingers)
Meow!! (hide fingers behind back)
See those five kittens run

Where is Big Cat?
(Tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Where is big cat, where is big cat? (hide thumbs behind back)
Here I am, here I am (bring thumbs out front)
How are you today cat? (wiggle 1 thumb)
Very well I thank you (wiggle other thumb)
Meow, meow, meow  (hide 1 thumb behind back)
Meow, meow, meow (hide other thumb)

B-I-N-G-O
I recently attended a storytime workshop that said talked about the importance of letter recognition. They suggested to encourage letter recognition you should take away the O first, this way the last letter remaining is B. Before we sang the song we talked about letter B and I informed parents about the importance of letter recognition.

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There was a farmer who had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o

(repeat until you are clapping for all of the letters)

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

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Dr. Seuss Craft

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America on March 2nd we are having a special story and Dr. Seuss craft!

 

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Materials:

  • Paper plates
  • Craft (or Popsicle) sticks
  • Cardstock
  • Black construction paper
  • Black pipe cleaners
    • Or black construction paper
  • Markers

Prep Work:

  • Print out hat and bow
    • We cut ours out before hand because I am expecting a lot of younger children
    • I used a free template found at TeachEzy
  • Cut out cat ears or create a template for children to trace
  • Cut the middle of the paper plates
  • Glue craft sticks to the plates

How to Make:

  1. Color hat and bow
  2. Glue the hat and bow onto the plate
  3. Glue the ears onto the plate
  4. Poke the pipe cleaners into the side of the plate for whiskers
    • Or glue down strips of black construction paper
  5. Take pictures!

This is a really cute and simple craft that helps celebrate all of the wonder and magic that is Dr. Seuss! Children get a kick out of making the mask and even more wearing it. I love to hear the different voices children make when they put a mask on.

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Storytime: Kittens

The books I picked for our kitten theme I refer to as story time gold! Here’s why: all ages become enthralled with these books. There are just some books that pull kids in (“The Napping House,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” etc) and leave them in awe. Sometimes it is the story but other times it is the pictures. These three kitten books are always crowd pleasures, the adults oooh and awww and the kids just stare silently in amazement. I have to say this story time (even with 13 kids ranging from 1 to 6 years old) was the most well behaved I’ve ever had and I truly believe that is because of the books I read. No antsy kids!!

Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

Where Is Big Cat (Tune: Where is Thumbkin)

Before starting I introduce the kids to Big Cat (my thumbs) and Little Cat (my pinkies). The cats give a little meow and the kids show me their Big Cat and Little Cat.

Where is big cat, where i big cat (hide thumbs)

Here I am, here I am (bring thumbs out)

How are you today cat (wiggle one thumb)

Very well I thank you (wiggle other thumb)

Meow, meow, meow (put thumbs behind back)

Meow, meow, meow

(repeat with little cat)

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat

Kitty cat, kitty cat turn around

Kitty cat, kitty cat touch the ground

Kitty cat, kitty cat stand on your toes

Kitty cat, kitty cat touch your nose

Kitty cat, kitty cat say meow

Kitty cat, kitty cat sit on the ground

Five Little Kittens

Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)

They run to the left, they run to the right (wiggle fingers side to side)

They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight (stretch fingers and hand)

Along comes a dog who is looking for fun (make other hand into a fist)

(slowly move fist to the five fingers to scare the kittens)

MEOW, see those kittens squeal and run (hide fingers behind back)

Kitten’s Mitten

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My poor little kitten lost her mitten
And started to cry, boo-hoo.
So I helped my kitten to look for her mitten.
Her beautiful mitten of blue
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my mother’s bed.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored red
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my father’s pillow.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored yellow
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
On the hand of my brother’s toy clown.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored brown
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the laundry so clean.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored green
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Inside a grocery sack.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored black
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my sister’s kite.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored white
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the kitchen sink.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored pink
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Inside my favorite shoe.
And this time the mitten was just the right mitten,
For it was colored blue

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