The Button Book

51jebtyzrel._sx487_bo1204203200_For my next sensory storytime, I wanted to use a book with interactive elements. So I chose The Button Book by Sally Nicholls and Bethan Woollvin.

This is actually a great interactive lap read because there is a lot of touching and pushing of the buttons in the book.

For my group, I made felt buttons that the kids can take turns pressing and I will make the sound effects or tell them what actions to do.

You can talk about the shapes and colors of the buttons to add a STEM element to the story.

Hopefully, it will get the kids more involved with the story.

That’s all for now!


Not Just Green Eggs and Ham

For Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, I thought I’d do a Seuss-ish themed storytime.

After we read a trimmed down version of Green Eggs & Ham we are going to use this felt board to work with colors, because not all eggs are green!

I’ve seen the rhyme around a few places, so I’m not sure where it originated from:

I do so like ____ eggs and ham!

Each time we change the color, the yolk of the egg changes too. I made green, blue, red, orange and yellow yolks.

So simple and fun!

That’s all for now!


Family Storytime – 11/30/19 – Shapes

Family Storytime – 11/30/19 – Shapes

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • Hello Rhyme – Hello, Hello, Hello
    • This is a little rhyme to say hello in different languages.514w93d37wl._sy498_bo1204203200_

Hello, hello, hello.
It’s time to say hello.
Hello, today, to all my friends.
Hello, hello, hello.
(English, ASL, Spanish, French, etc.)

  • Song/Stretch – Hands Are For Clapping by Jim Gill
    • I love this simple little stretching song. Simple movement and a nice tune.
  • Book – Perfect Square by Micheal Hall
    • This is the “perfect” shape themed book.
  • Rhyme – Shape Song

A circle is a shape that goes round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
A circle is a shape that goes round and round,
Round and round.

A triangle is a shape with three sides,
With three sides, with three sides.
A triangle is a shape with three sides,
With three sides.  

A square is a shape with four sides,
With four sides, with four sides,
A square is a shape with four sides,
With four sides.

  • Song –  Shake Your Sillies Out IMG_3306
    • And a dance break to get those wiggles out!
  • Flannel –  Shaped houses—where’s my house
    • I saw this one at another library when I was with my daughter and it rocked! Sooo I recreated it.
  • Rhyme – Where is Triangle
    • I created shape “people” on Popsicle sticks for this one.

Where is triangle?  Where is triangle?
Here I am.  Here I am.
How are you today, sir?  Very well, I thank you.
Run away.  Run away.
(I repeated this rhyme with rectangle, circle, and square)

  • Book/Flannel – Out of Shapes by Ashley G.
    • I have a flannel for this that is going to be super complicated but I am determined to try it!
  • Rhyme –  Little Circle IMG_2694

Little circle (fingers and thumb)
Bigger circle (two hands)
Biggest circle (Both arms)

How many circles did we make? 1,2,3!

  • Song/Bubbles – Bubble Bath
    • never break out the bubbles for family storytime because it’s a risk with that many people. But bubbles are circles soooo please don’t trample me!
  • Song/Shakers –  Mr. Sun by Raffi
    • The sun is round, so we can shape shake to this song.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye
    • We do goodbye the same way we said hello.

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.
It’s time to say goodbye.
Goodbye, today, to all my friends.
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.
(English, ASL, Spanish, French, etc.)

  • Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go:

I decided that my Out of Shapes flannel had too many pieces, so I ended up doing It Looked Like Spilt Milk instead. Fun was had!

That’s all for now!


Bird Shapes Flannel

IMG_3307I took my daughter to storytime in another library system the other day and the children’s librarian did the cutest flannel, which I just had to recreate. So thanks FCPL!

You are basically telling a story about differently shaped birds: triangle, square, rectangle, circle and oval. And each birdy is trying to find their perfect nest. So they test out different bird houses until they find the right one. You can get the kids to tell you if the shape fit and you can also work in some shape and color identification too.

I used googly eyes for my birds to make them a little more fun. Each bird house has a black shape the same size and shape as the bird whose home it is, so it fits like a puzzle piece.

I can’t wait to use this one for a shaped themed storytime!

That’s all for now!


The Wind Blew In

I am planning a weather themed storytime in a few weeks and love this little classic by Pat Hutchins. The Wind Blew In is basically about a town, where each person loses an item to the wind and they all chase them down until the wind blows back out again.

I thought this could make a really great magnet board, so I put my fairly-mediocre artistic skills to work and drew each of the items the wind blows:













We are going to blow and move our arms like the wind as each item blows by. And at the end when the wind gives back all the items and blows out to see, I am going to use a blue whiteboard marker to draw waves. It’s should be lots of fun and more interactive that way.

That’s all for now!