Story Time Theme – Spots and Stripes

18 Oct

This week’s story time theme was so fun!  We had a great time with spots and stripes, we began with an oldie, but goodie – Harry the Dirty Dog by, Gene Zion.  This is a perfect story to talk about spots because Harry changes from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots because he get very dirty!  The second book I did worked out better than I expected and the kids absolutely LOVED it! It’s a relatively new book called Press Here by Henri Tullet and it was so fun for the kids.  It would work really well as a one-on-one story, but my whole story time group participated from their seats and had a great time!  And our last story was called Do Pigs Have Stripes? by Melanie Walsh… these are great books because the kids get to yell out the word “NO!” on almost every page.

And of course, I received a book that I had placed on hold a few weeks ago after I had finished all of my story times, but it looked super cute and I hope to use it some other time.  It’s called Animal Spots & Stripes by Britta Teckentrup.  Definitely take a look at this book – it’s adorable!


  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air (song) & Open Shut Them (fingerplay)
  • Parachute: Rockin’ the Chute (Shakin’ the Chute CD)
  • Yoga: Warm-up (Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, Dog)

Book 1: Harry the Dirty Dogby, Gene Zion


  • Traditional: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Parachute: When the Parachute Goes Up Song (sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)
  • Yoga: Sun Salutations (Poses: Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra, Downward Facing Dog, Walk Toward Hands, Repeat)

Book 2: Press Here by, Henri Tullet

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional: Shoo Fly (Carole Peterson ~ Dancing Feet CD)
  • Parachute: Shoo Fly (Carole Peterson ~ Dancing Feet CD) – shake parachute to shoo “flies” (balls)
  • Yoga: Warrior (Poses: Mountain, Warrior II (each side), Star, Mountain, Warrior II (each side) )

Book 3: Do Pigs Have Stripes? by, Melanie Walsh


  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: Freeze (Shakin’ the Chute CD)
  • Yoga: Cool-down (Poses: Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Star Pose/Deep Breaths)

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