Last week’s Storytime had a Stuffed Animals theme, and it was super fun! We read stories about stuffed animals (you wouldn’t BELIEVE what they get up to while we are asleep!), did our usual singing and dancing, and made soft dogs and cats! Miss Nancy made us this craft, and it was super cool because we go to make either a dog or a cat just by swapping out the ears. While we listened to our stories, we each got to hold one of the library’s stuffed animals, too!
We had a GROOVY time at this week’s storytime, reading books about Pete the Cat! Pete is definitely a favorite here in Newark, so whenever we read his books for storytime it’s always a blast. At the end of the storytime, all but two of the books shown below were even checked out!
I like to include an engaging non-fiction book in my storytimes whenever they fit well, so we read Giraffes by Amelie von Zumbusch and we learned some fun facts about giraffes before reading our fiction books. Did you know that a giraffe calf is already 6 feet tall when it is born?!
The next two books that we read were Giraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz and The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory. The first of the two follows a young boy who has trouble with a giraffe getting in the way of his fun.. but *spoiler alert* the story has a happy ending because giraffe ends up saving the day! The second book was very silly and got a lot of laughs from the kids and their teachers. Geri is the shortest giraffe who ever lived, and the giraffes try rigging up all kinds of contraptions to make him fit into a photo with the average-height giraffes. This story *spoiler alert* also has a happy ending… but I won’t say how they solved their dilemma. You’ll have to read it yourself!
This storytime was tons of fun! We read some beach stories, played with a real beach ball, made our own beach ball crafts, AND we played with some homemade MOON SAND! This was quite messy, but definitely worth the vacuuming.
Here’s the moon sand recipe if you’d like to try making some. It’s super simple!
8 cups of flour
1 cup of baby oil
mix together with a spoon, then with hands to break up clumps and spread the baby oil around, and voila! Moon sand!
In May, we were lucky enough to have some excellent dancers from Clifton Springs YMCA’s Dance With Me program come to one of our storytimes and showcase highlights from their Cinderella performance.
The dancers were wonderful, and the kids were very interested in watching the ballerinas! It’s not every day that toddlers get to see a live ballet performance, after all.
After the show, the kids had an opportunity to meet and mingle with the performers, and it was cute to see many of them being so shy.. I think they were starstruck!
This week’s Head Start storytime theme was “Books With Mostly White Covers…That Also Happen to be Super Interactive and Fun”, and BOY DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. The books DID indeed have mostly white covers! They WERE super interactive and fun!
Press Here by Herve Tullet- Always super fun and interactive. They all got REALLY into the blowing, and were AMAZED at the changes that took place between each page turn.
Mix it Up by Herve Tullet- While they were all loved and drove the kids wild, the group favorite was Mix it Up. One kid even got it confused with Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Paint and asked “Does this one got rats in it?!” [insert cry-laughing emoji here]
The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak- This group had heard The Book With No Pictures before, but that didn’t stop them from thinking it was hilarious and asking me to read it “Again, again!” I told them that unfortunately I had to go back to the library and work.. I would have loved to stay and play for the rest of the day though! We finished up with the usual giant group hug, and I went on my way back to the library for more Summer Reading fun!
This week at storytime, we read these awesome books about colors!
Little Green Peas by Keith Baker- LMNO Peas was such a hit, so I figured the kiddos would like this one just as much, and they did! The kids got a little confused about the repetition of “little green peas” though, because sometimes they changed to “little green guys” or “little green fellas” but it kept them on their toes! This one would have been good with a little smaller of a group though, because the illustrations are so detailed and the green peas so little.
Magic Colors by Patrick George- THIS BOOK IS MAGICAL, if you couldn’t tell from the name. We had lots of fun turning the magic pages and watching the colors change. Mesmerizing.
…and one of my very favorites:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh- Not sure what to say about this book aside from the fact that it’s one of my faves. It introduces the concept of mixing colors to make other colors perfectly… and there’s a cat in it, so there’s that. 🙂
After stories, we had a couple of colorful activities!
The first was mixing colors, just like the mice did! I almost always do this activity when I read Mouse Paint, so of course I did it this week! Very simple, just put red, blue, and yellow paints in a baggie with a spoon, seal them up, and let the kids go to town squishing the paint around to see what new colors they can make.
Here are some examples of masterpieces that were created:
This was a great storytime, and the kids love playing with paints so much, I think I’m going to get them out more often!