Story Time Theme – Fruit

5 Nov

Last week’s story time was fun and healthy!  We learned all about fruit!  From the jungle all the way to the supermarket and the kids really liked the stories.  The first two were a little long – they might be better for a preschool story time rather than the toddler age group, but they were so cute I just had to use them.  Another book I considered was called The Grand Old Tree written by Mary Newell DePalma.  It’s very reminiscent of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, but more focused on the tree and the seasons through which it lives.  I hope you get some great ideas and share some of yours!

Opening

  • 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: The Parrot Tico Tango by, Anna Witte

Transition

  • 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: Oliver’s Fruit Salad by, Vivian French

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional: Fruit Salad (The Wiggles)
  • Parachute: Fruit Salad (The Wiggles) – shake parachute to mix up the “fruit” (balls)
  • Yoga: Integration (Poses: Child’s, pat the ground to work the dirt, tap the ground for rain, and rub the ground for sunlight, “grow” into tree pose, move upper body as if wind is waving you around, repeat on other side)

Book 3: Ned’s New Home by, Kevin Tseng

Closing

  • 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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