Storytime Themes

Letter E Storytime

Opening:  “Hello Friends” (with sign language)
Credit: Jbrary

Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say hello!

Book:  Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct  by Mo Willems

Edwina

What can I possibly say about Mo Willems that hasn’t already been said?  Bottom line, I love his books, and this one was perfect for my theme.

Song:  “Do Your Ears Hang Low?”
Credit: Barney

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o’er your shoulder
Like a continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

My favorite way to sing this song is to repeat it several times and increase the tempo each time through.  The kids think it’s hilarious.

Book:  First the Egg  by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

First the Egg

I’ve been loving “guessing” books lately, and First the Egg is a great one.  I can’t always get my audience to participate in songs and motions, but they like trying to figure out what’s coming next in a story.

Egg shaker song: “Everyone Can Shake, Shake, Shake”
Credit: Jbrary

Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
And now let’s make a stop.

Everyone can tap…
Everyone can clap…
Everyone can wave

Egg shaker song:  “Can You Shake Along with Me?”
Credit: Jbrary

Can you shake along with me?
Along with me, along with me,
Can you shake along with?
Put your shaker on your… knee

Repeat with different body parts (let the kids suggest some)

Book: What To Do If an Elephant Stands On Your Foot  by Michelle Robinson

What To Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot

This story is just plain silly.  It has a similar feel to Laura Numeroff’s If You Give… books, but much more dramatic.  This story got some giggles from my audience. 

Flannel rhyme: “Five Elephants in the Bathtub”
Credit: Jbrary and Sunflower Storytime

Five Elephants in the Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)

(count up from 1-5)
Five elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
They all fell in! (knock the felt pieces down)

Very easy flannel set to create, and a fun addition to this storytime.  I let the kids help me add the elephants, which they really enjoy.  I probably should have done it a couple of times through during storytime, but that didn’t hit me in the moment.

Book:  Elmer  by David McKee

Elmer

I don’t know I missed this book as a child, but this is a great story.  Somewhat reminiscent of The Rainbow Fish in my head.  The kids liked Elmer’s bright colors, and he lends himself beautifully to a craft activity.

Closing song: “Open, Shut Them”
Credit: Literary Hoots

Open, shut them; open, shut them
Raise them way up high
Open, shut them; open, shut them
Now we wave goodbye.
Goodbye! (spoken)

Craft: Elmer coloring page
I was feeling very lazy this week, so I copped out on this craft with a coloring sheet.  There are some much more creative, Elmer-themed crafts on Pinterest, but I didn’t feel like putting in the prep work for those.

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