Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pre-K Storytime July 19, 20012 Cows!

Today was my favorite storytime experience of all the storytimes I've ever done.  No joke.  Mostly because the kids were so awesome!  They laughed and giggled right on cue, enthusiastically  participated, didn't interrupt once, no was literally the perfect storytime.

28 kids
12 adults

Memory Box:  Pig (from The Cow Loves Cookies)


The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson.  While the other animals on the farm enjoy their regular foods, the cow chooses the one thing she likes best!

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas.  Jan Thomas does it again!!  Cows jump, dance, and wiggle on Chicken's sofa.

This books screams for interaction, but sometimes the kids get so focused on jumping and moving they miss why a book is funny, so I made each child a laminated "stick puppet".  They helped the cows plop down, jump, dance, wiggle, and finally take a nap.

My chicken puppet helped act out the chicken's lines.

Cowlick! by Christin Ditchfield.  I did not read this book because I had to request it from a different branch and it was sitting on my desk after storytime.  You will giggle and "awww" at this book!

If you don't know why kids wake up with cowlicks:

Flannels (ok, clip art):

Cows give us milk to drink.  What foods are made from milk?

This Little Cow

This little cow eats grass
This little cow eats hay
This little cow drinks water
This little cow runs away
This little cow lies in the grass all day
Let's tickle, tickle, tickle her until she wants to play.

The best part was using this rhyme as a kind of mad libs.  We did it two more times but I let the kids pick what the cows would eat and drink and how we would convince the last cow to play

The kids chose:
 grapes/cheese and watermelon
milk/apple juice
make funny faces/put our arms up and cheer really loud

Music:  Our song was totally unrelated to cows, but one I've wanted to use for a while.  I handed out stuffed mice and we did "The Mouse Trap Dance".

Letter of the Day:  Gg for guitar
One of our awesome teen volunteers who's been helping me in storytime learned some kids' songs on his guitar and played for us today.  The kids got a huge kick out of it and he rocked it!

Did I already say today was a good day??!


  1. I love that you gave them cows to move around. Very fun!

  2. Congratulations on a "perfect storytime"! You can tell that a lot of hard work and planning went into it so I am sure your storytime families really appreciated it. :o)

    I love your idea for doing "kind of mad libs" thing with your cows. How fun! I will definitely have to try that out!

    Thanks for sharing this week!

  3. Your clip art is so cute! It is from a specific program or website?

  4. I just googled "cow clip art" and looked at images. Cows are prety cute in general though!!