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Toddler Storytime Theme: Balloons

27 Jul

Toddler Storytime Theme- BalloonsThis was probably the first week this summer that went really well in terms of storytime.  We cut our storytime schedule down during summer and I’ve had over 30 kids on average for toddler storytime.  I know that for some libraries this is all in a day’s work, but I was frazzled, so most of my storytimes this summer have been reading aloud one book and adding a lot of movement, motor activity, music to the program.  And when you’re using manipulatives – like shaker eggs and rhythm sticks, it takes a lot of time handing these out and cleaning them up!  But this week, I had a small crowd and was able to read two out of my three books, but by and large the kids absolutely love the Fruit Salad song and our Butterfly Flannel Board rhyme the best.  You should see the little ones rock out when we get to “Fruit Salad” – it’s adorable!

Opening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

 Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

 Early Literacy Tip: “Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.” – Mem Fox

 Resource Share: Launchpads are great choices for those patrons who want to expose their children to technology, but not break the expensive technology at home!

 Book 1: Balloons Balloons Balloons by Dee Lillegard

 Transition:Butterfly Flannel Board
The first to come to the garden bed
is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED

Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE

This garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
says the butterfly of the softest GREEN

Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly, with wings of yellow

Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
the garden is waiting for a color like you

Hello ORANGE, we’ve waited so long
fly in, right where you belong

Butterflies, Butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together with such delight!

Flannelboard Rhyme: “Find the Caterpillar
Knock, Knock, Knock
Little caterpillar, little caterpillar
Are you behind the ______ Butterfly?

Book 2: Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid

 Transition: “Where Do They Make Balloons?” They Might Be Giants, No! (with shaker eggs)

Wiggle Song:Fruit Salad
Watermelon, Watermelon, (big circle with hands)
Pa-pay-a, pap-ay-a, (chop air in front of body on each syllable)
Ba-a-a-a-nana, Ba-a-a-a-nana, (swing arms down like rocking a baby)
Fruuuuit Salad, fruuuuit salad! (dance it out!)

Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Pomegranate
Cle-men-tine, Cle-men-tine, Cle-men-tine
Pineapple, pineapple
Fruit salad, fruit salad

Book 3: Brown Rabbit’s Shape Book by Alan Baker

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

Additional Choices:

  • Pop! Went Another Balloon
  • Can You See the Red Balloon?
  • A Balloon for Isabel
  • Emily’s Balloon
  • Sebastian and the Balloon
  • Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon

Flannel Friday: Balloons

24 Jun

1242395This is a quick and easy flannel I’m putting together for my Balloon themed storytime in a few weeks.  In the story Balloons, Balloons, Balloons by Dee Lillegard, the stanza, “balloons, balloons, balloons” is repeated throughout the book, so I’m hoping that by pointing to our flannelboard balloons the kids will be able to repeat the refrain with me as we read the book together.  I like the chance to offer simple ideas like this, to encourage kids who are different types of learners to gain more content from the story.  If I have time, I’d like to also cut out a balloon shape for each of the kids to hold up every time they hear the word balloon in storytime that day.  This won’t be difficult, because just like the felt balloons, I can use the Elllison machine to cut out a bunch of balloons very quickly.  And the bonus is we don’t have to worry about latex allergies.  Just a little something different than are typical lesson plan.

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