Opening Song: If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands!
Max and Bird by Ed Vere
If you haven’t picked up a book in the Max series by Vere, you need to. This series is pure gold. It is the perfect blend of silly and sweet to win over preschoolers and early elementary kiddos. In this book, Max meets Bird and learns about what it means to be a good friend.
Action Song: We Wiggle and We Stop
This song is one I often do using a shaker egg BUT in this storytime, we did it just using our bodies. You can throw any action in you’d like and (depending on the wiggliness your preschoolers are having) you can keep adding actions. You could also do this using scarves. It makes a great transition song because it ends with the action stopping.
Pig and Small by Alex Latimer
This book encourages kids to find things they have in common and can share with their friend instead of focusing on what makes them different. It also has a message of how when someone is important, you find a way to make things work.
You WILL Be My Friend! by Peter Brown
A school social worker recommended this to me years ago and it is still a go-to book for me on friendship. Lucy wants desperately to make a friend, but her approach doesn’t work quite as she expects it too. She finds out that when you just be yourself, friends find you! The illustrations and dialog in this one will have your preschoolers giggling but the message on making friends will stick with them.
Shaker Egg Song: Shake Your Shakers
This is the “easy” version of this song, but is still a lot of fun. It’s a great way to practice opposites and/or directional words. If you are up to a challenge, (which is NOT too hard for preschoolers and is really fun) check out the ladies at Jbrary show a modified version of this song. It will keep the fun going!
Flannel Board Fun: Five Ferocious Lions
I know, I know, this board doesn’t necessarily fit our “Friends” theme today. I do love the rhyme and counting it uses though. While I didn’t do this in storytime (since we read 4 books instead of 3), I would recommend counting back up after the end of this one with the following rhyme to sweeten the ending and to reinforce the idea of what good friends do.
Five Friendly Lions
Deep in the Jungle What do I Hear? Five Friendly Lions Roaring Loud and Clear! "ROAR!" said the Lions "Come Play!" I said. and One Friendly Lion Ran my way. Hello Friend!
Bear and Squirrel Are Friends by Deb Pilutti
Can predator and prey really be friends? Even after hibernating all winter long? Funny story with cute illustrations and a solid message on how you can find true friends in the most unlikely people.
And that’s what we did in Preschool Storytime Online! We will dive back into Preschool Storytime Online in September, but if you want additional extension activities other than what I outlined above, check these out!