Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alligators and Croc: Pre-K and Family Storytimes

8-15-13  Last week we read about alligators and crocodiles in storytime

Pre-K Storytime (Thursdays at 10:30)
52 kids
37 adults
89 total

Evening Family Storytime (Thursdays at 6pm)
34 kids
36 adults
70 total

Yup!  Summer vacations are over and library programs are in full swing!

Memory Box:  Hippo from Solomon Crocodile


Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner.  This book gets mixed reviews, but I love the bold, charming illustrations!  I think of Solomon as a puppy -  all he wants to do is play but he sure can be a pest!

Snip Snap by Mara Bergman.  Don't let the cover fool you.  This book is so fun!  An alligator creeps up the stairs, closer and closer to the children.  The author asks the audience several times:  "Were the children scared?" 

And we all answer:  "YOU BET THEY WERE!"

Finally, the children have enough of all this scary alligator stuff and tell him to, "GET OUT!"

Do you think he was scared?  YOU BET HE WAS!

Clarabella's Teeth by An Vrombaut.  What can you give a crocodile who spends all day brushing her teeth?  Clarabella's friends have the perfect gift!

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.  I read this one a few weeks ago, but it would have been great with this theme too.
Blog post here

Flannel / Prop:

The Alpha-gator

I couldn't resist making this prop when I found this poem about an alpha-gator who eats the alphabet; but those letters keep wreaking havic in his tummy.  http://www.perrypubliclibrary.org/webfm_send/17

Fingerplay / Movement
(From Miss Trish at Chandler Library)

I have the kids crawl toward me and then turn around and target their parents!

The alligator's jaws go snap snap snap
(snap arms in front of you)
The alligator's tail goes thwack thwack thwack
(swish arms like a tail)
And he's getting closer

... repeat....

(grab/hug someone you know!)

Music / Movement
The kids danced with scarves to the lively song "Alligator Jump"

The chorus:

Alligators jump
Alligators slide
All the alligators like to move from side to side

Alligators grunt
Alligators giggle
All the alligators like to turn around and wiggle


  1. Wow! Absolutely Adorable!! This post is getting pinned to my boards for future reference!

  2. Fantastic! Can't wait to make the Alpha-gator! Thank you for sharing this. ~ jane

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