Books: Pizza for Sam by Mary Labatt. This is a begin-to-read book so it's fairly small but the story is still cute. I made props and used this puppet to bring the book to life and make it easier to "see".
This works best with a "helper" puppeteering Sam because she has a lot of emotion and actions in this book like jumping up on the chair, sniffing, flopping on the ground, and feeling disappointed, hopeful, and happy.
Meet Sam. She's just a puppy trying to figure out what puppy should eat.
Her owners have a party and Sam gets caught a few times sniffing out the snacks the guests have brought.
Her owner gives her dog food, but Yuck! Dog food does not seem like a good food for puppies. Poor Sam.
When everyone is distracted, look who gets her paws on the pizza!
"Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter. When the pizza man comes, we say, "Hi, Pizza Man!" But what if it wasn't a pizza man? What if it was a pizza woman or a pizza cat or a pizza snake?...
This is a super interactive book that is out of print so I bought a used copy from amazon and think it's definitely worth it for a pizza storytime!
"Pizza Dance" by Laughing Pizza. Listen here This song is so cheesy (haha) but really fun!
"I am a Pizza" by Linda Arnold.Listen here
There are lots of versions, but I used the one above. It's really fun to act out the building of a pizza in this call-and-response song and then the pizza's sad demise at the end:
......"Out of the oven
Into the box
Into the car
and upside down
I am a pizza.... dropped on the ground
I was a pizza
I was the best
I was a pizza
Now I'm a mess"
Letter of the Day: Pp for pizza
Pepperoni also starts with P... which led into a "discussion" about the other toppings that can go on pizza... which led into our last activity.
I read the poem "A Pizza the Size of the Sun" by Jack Prelutsky and we imagined how big this pizza really is! Read poem here
Afterwards, we managed to arrange the kids into a large enough circle to build a large (70") pizza in the middle. My awesome co-worker helped build the pizza as the kids recalled ingredients from the poem (pizza dough, sauce, cheese, red and green peppers, mushrooms, peas, sausage, olives, tomatoes).
Note to fellow programmers:
Then we sang the goodbye song and everything was great until in a lapse of judgement I told the kids that if they were gentle they could touch the big pizza and naively imagined them pretending to eat it while parents took pictures... but they descended on it like" zombies" - literally tearing the props apart. So unless you have a mellow group, I would leave this prop as HANDS OFF!
I have accumulated just too many fun Christmas books, flannels, music, and activities over the years! I found myself agonizing over what to do and what to not do in storytime today. Here are some of the winners from today's Pre-K and Evening Family Storytime:
Books I used today:
Jingle Jingle by Nicola Smee. This is becoming one of my favorites! I (sometimes with co-worker help) ring bells and we all chime in with, "Jingle jingle, Jingle, jingle" each time the text calls for some jingling. As they go down the hill, we jingle faster and faster and faster and FASTER!
Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pallotta. Santa Claus has a big job to do and he tries out lots of animals until he discovers reindeer!
Dinosaur Christmas by Jerry Pallotta. Santa Claus reminisces about "the good old days" when dinosaurs pulled his sleigh.
Bear Stays up For Christmas by Karma Wilson. Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear away for Christmas so they wake him up and fill his day and night with lots of fun!
The morning group of kids all picked an instrument and we paraded around the library. I don't know if parents love getting up and walking around, but the kids, staff, and library customers sure do!
I found a recorded version of this song that has all the little reindeer dancing their antlers, hooves, noses, tails, and reindeer bodies. I'm sure I can find the album/artist I downloaded from - just ask if you want me to find it!
You have to watch this video. Kids of all ages go nuts over it! Kids dance with the Christmas Tree.
"Santa's New Suit"
I really want to credit who shared this idea, but I'm just not sure anymore. Sorry!
It may be a spin off of Laura Rader's Santa's New Suit. Recipes for Reading created a flannel for this book.
The story I told starts with Santa trying on his suit a couple days before Christmas Eve:
Oh no! It is dirty with last year's chimney soot!:
Santa calls, "Ohh, Elllves!" (It's funny when the kids cup their hands around their mouths and call the elves with Santa). "Please wash my suit." So the elves wash it in really hot water and put it in the drier on really high heat. Oh no! It shrinks!:
"Ohh, Elllves!" Santa asks for their help two more times, but they just can't find any red fabric:
What's this? A gift from busy Mrs. Claus?:
She made the perfect suit for Santa!"
I think everyone knows how this flannel goes:
What will you do?
You can't guide Santa's sleigh
If your nose is blue
The children are in bed
I know you are ready now
Because your nose is red
I knew I wouldn't have time to actually play this game in storytime, so we did one verse and then I sent the kids home with this so they could play with their adult at home:
Mr. Bear is feeling festive in his elf hat and I'm rocking my new infinity scarf crafted by one of my sweet storytime mamas
Book: Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee. This is a really fun book to read one-on-one, but I like to read it in groups too. Every time I shake the bells, everyone chimes in saying, "Jingle -jingle, Jingle-jingle" with me (I definately add a few "jingles").
Letter of the Day: Ss
Action Rhyme: Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen standing in a row (stand up, hold up 5 fingers)
Each with a hat (touch head)
And a big red bow (make bow in front of neck)
The sun came out and stayed all day (hold arms above head)
And one little snowman melted away (wiggle body while melting "down")
....Four, Three, Two, One
I got these pre-assembled snowmen from Hobby Lobby for $6.50 a piece (discounted price) back in October. They are about a foot tall and made of sparkly foam balls. Everything is attached by Velcro or straight pins so I could use these snowmen for other props if I wanted.
Movement / Music (CD): "Roll, Roll, Roll Your Ball"
We pretended these plus balls were snowballs:
This song encourages kids to roll, bounce, pass, toss, and catch their balls:
It is finally cold enough to do a soup storytime in Arizona. I even hear it will be 36 degrees tonight. Hmmm I wonder how many families will brave the "cold" and come to evening Family Storytime this evening.... Pre-K Storytime: 44 kids 4 siblings 36 adults
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic. Maxwell Duck is perfecting his own soup recipe and goes into his garden to pick some herbs. When his friends find a feather in the soup (really a bay leaf), they fear he has fallen in.
While I read, my co-worker played the parts of the various animals including Max spicing up his soup and his friends' rescue methods.
Soup for One by Ethan Long. A little fly who anticipates enjoying a big bowl of soup is unexpectedly joined by 9 other bugs.
I used a punch bowl stuffed with red butcher paper to bring this book to life.
These little bugs are left over Summer Reading Prizes. My enterprising Librarian self loves holding onto goodies like these because I always find a fun way to use them in programs.
As the bugs exit the soup (on account of the lizard), my co-worker tossed them humorously up in the air behind her! Finally a spider (puppet) swoops in for the last few drops of soup.
We used jump ropes (also old leftover SRP prizes) to spell out the letters S, O, U, P. Honestly, it was a bit too crazy with 45 kids and I should have used my common sense and abandoned the activity. Oh well.
Look at this clever cutie!
Music:"I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup" by Laurie Berkner Listen here
We made round soup bowls with the jump ropes to sing this song:
I feel crazy so I jump in the soup X3 I jump jump jump in the soup
...swim... ...gallop... ...splash... ....sit....
Sitting in their soup and ready for another story:
The soup is boiling up (bubble hands)
The soup is boiling up (bubble hands)
Stir it slow, around we go (stir)
The soup is boiling up (throw hands and feet UP or pop up)
I added some veggies to our soup as we sang the rhyme the few times.
I let the evening Family Storytime kiddos toss letter beanbags into the soup to make alphabet soup. This group was much smaller and manageable. It would NOT have worked in the morning group.
Miss Erica (my fabulously awesome co-worker) dressed as a Campbell's soup can:
Fun (literacy skill building) Soup Videos to Watch at Home: