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Storytime: Picnic


“It’s the Bear!” by Jez Alborough
“We’re Going on a Picnic!” by Pat Hutchins

Bananas Unite
Bananas unite! (clap hands over head)
Peel bananas, peel peel bananas (move hands down body)
Peel bananas, peel peel bananas
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas (make chopping motion with hands)
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
Mash bananas, mash mash bananas (squish hands together)
Mash bananas, mash mash banans
Eat bananas, eat eat bananas (eating motion)
Eat bananas, eat eat bananas
Gooooo bananas!! (raise arms in the air)

Source: Jbrary

Going on a Picnic
I recently bought this toddler safe food basket from Lakeshore Learning and used the food from it. I gave each child 1 piece and they put it into our picnic basket when I mentioned their item.


Going on a picnic, gonna pack a lunch
Going on a picnic, I wonder what we’ll munch??

Popsicle (Folder Story)
To make a folder story all you have to do is print out the image and put it on a file folder. Then you cut out the hole for the tongue. Next you find paper in the corresponding colors and put them in order in the folder. As you tell the story you pull out the paper and let the next one show through.

In the Summer when it’s really hot,
I want something that will hit the spot
Well it’s not a pickle & I’m not very fickle
All I want is an ice cold popsicle!

I’m eating a strawberry popsicle,
I’m eating a strawberrry popsicle
Slurp, slurp, slurp
Yum, yum, yum

Now stick out your tongue
Egh, egh, egh
What color is your tongue when you’re done?

(repeat with: grape, lime, orange, lemon, blueberry, rainbow)

Source: Storytiming

Craft: Puffy Paint Popsicle
For this craft I walked parents and children through making their own puffy paint. We mixed glue and shaving cream together, then added a few colors of food coloring. Next children put the puffy paint all over their cardstock popsicle and we put sprinkles on them. The parents loved learning how to make puffy paint and many said they plan on doing it at home.



And of course we ended this story time by having some popsicles!

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Storytime: Letter I

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Bunnies on Ice by Johanna Wright

I Like Ice Cream by Robin Pickering








ABC Magnets


I like to start and end the Alphabet program by singing our ABCs. To start I put out all of the letter magnets and have the children tell me what letter is missing, that becomes our letter of the day. After we go through the letter and some words that start with it I invite each child up to take two letters off the board and put it into my bag. At first all the children like to swarm up and will grab as many letters as they possibly can, but after a few weeks they begin to understand that they must wait until they hear their name called. To help them stick with two letters only I count out loud (this program maxes out at 12 children so I know I will have enough letters). The children get very excited when it is their turn, plus this helps them learn patience and how to take turns!

I Have an Itch

We pretended that we had an itch on different body parts, sometimes the kids had to itch their own itch but other times the adults did it for them!

I have an itch,

it’s on my head!

(repeat with other body parts)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Ice Cream Colors

Before I added each scoop to the flannel board I asked the kids what color the ice cream was and if they could guess the flavor, some flavors were difficult (purple anyone?) so I just didn’t ask about those.

ice cream

We have ice cream, the best in town,

Let us begin with chocolate brown.

Now, lets scoop us some bubble-gum pink,

It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.

Here is ice minty and green,

It is the creamiest I have ever seen.

Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,

We like its taste from the very start.

Scoops of blueberry would make my day,

Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!

Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,

All these scoops are a heavenly sight.

Vanilla white is a popular flavor,

It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.

Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,

Good and yummy till the very last lick.

Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,

We love ice cream in any combination.

Source: Step By Step

Too Many Scoops

1 scoop, 2 scoops, 3 scoops, 4 (pretend to scoop out ice cream)

5 scoops, 6 scoops, 7 scoops, more

8 scoops, 9 scoops, 10 scoops, wait

I think I’m going to have a tummy ache! (hold stomach)

Here’s a Hill

Here’s a hill (tilt one arm)

And here’s a hill (tilt other arm)

All covered with snow (flutter hands down)

I’ll put on my coat (pretend to put on jacket)

And jump on my sled (bounce)

And zoom, down the hill I go (clap and slid hands)


Snowflakes Dance around (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground

Snowflakes, snowflakes in the air

Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.

Marching Around the Alphabet by Hap Palmer

This song has become a story time favorite! Every week the children line up on the outside of the alphabet rug and start to march with their adult. When the whistle blows the children stop, bend down and point out which letter they are standing on. I like to participate as well and sometimes I will ask a child what letter they stopped on and the color of the square.


The children all grab on and we make some waves (fast, slow, big, small) then I ask the parents to hold on to the parachute. The adults lower the parachute and then pop it into the air, the children then go under (lots of happy squeals) and we gently shake the parachute over their heads. We do this 3 or 4 times, there is always one child that doesn’t want to come out but the parents are pretty good about it. Next I have the children hold on again and place foam letters on the parachute. We shake the parachute and watch the letters fly (again lots of happy squeals)!



I always tell the parents to please do not do the craft for their child, feel free to help them use the glue stick but if they want to put an eye where the foot should be well then that’s just artistic license!

I is for ice cream!


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