Monday, April 23, 2012

Terrific Threes and Super Storytime: Bears!

Some of you may know that aside from just being a blogger, I'm also a Librarian. Just before the new year, I started a new job as a Youth Services Librarian, which means that aside from just doing teen services, I'm also doing two weekly storytimes (for ages 3-5) and a monthly pajama storytime.

Since I've started doing these storytimes, I've found it immensely helpful to read the "set-up" from other storytimes on other blogs to get I want to "pay it forward." I'm going to try to put up as many storytimes as I can so that maybe someone else will get ideas for their storytimes!

Let me know if you have any format suggestions, etc!!

This was one of the Terrific Threes and Super Storytimes I did in March.
Theme: Bears!
Opening Song: 3's - BINGO/4's - Heggity Peggity
*rhythmically clap hands or slap hands on legs*
Heggity Peggity bumble-bee,
won't you share your name with me,
(Child says name)
(Group repeat's child's name twice)
*repeat for entire group*
The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner 3's/
Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist 4's
Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand
Action Rhyme: Here is a Cave
Here is a cave
(bend fingers to form cave)
Inside is a bear
(put thumb inside fingers)
Now he comes out
(stick thumb out)
to get some fresh air
(move thumb in circles)
When snow starts to fall
He hurries inside
(pull thumb back in)
His warm little cave
and there he will hide!
Action Rhyme:   Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, nod your head
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, go to bed
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch your shoe
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, I love you
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, wink your eye
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, jump up high
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch your knee
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, sit quietly
Flannelboard: "Clap Your Hands"
A flannel game made up of pictures of a bear doing various activities like clapping his paws, doing a somersault, or jumping up high.  Each child picks a picture and then the group does the corresponding action!
Read: Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner 3's/
The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner 4's
Action Rhyme: Bear Loves Honey
The bear loves honey
(hug self)
He thinks it's yummy
(rub tummy)
But, oh please
(shake finger)
Watch out for the bees! BUZZ!
(waggle fingers)
Read: Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Dance: "That Bear Makes Me Crazy" from CD, Travel Song Sing Alongs

Craft: Bear Hiding in a Winter Cave
Supplies needed:
large size paper plates
(cut in half and with "center" cut out)
blue construction paper
brown construction paper square (precut)
googly eyes
cotton balls
It was so much fun to see the kids create their bears hiding in the caves and then to see how they decorated their scenes.  Some were nighttime. Some were sunny winter days.  Some had angry bears peeking out of the caves!!

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