Littles was a lot of fun today! It was loosely themed on colors but when I say loosely, I mean very loosely.
Well Hello Everybody! Can You Touch Your Nose?
by Tammi Salzano
This book was an accidental find that was a delight! Counting, bright colors, bugs, and a surprise ending. Our groups were very engaged from page one. One on one, this books would be fun to talk about different insects and to practice pointing and counting.
The Artist’s Palette
This fun flannel game is one I forgot we had created! It was nice because it is a flexible game, easily adapted up or down depending on the age of the Littles in storytime that day. For example, when I ask “What color is missing from our play?” I can hold the color I’m taking away out so they can see it and see who can identify the color. For older Littles who have mastered their colors, I may hold the piece I remove behind my back to challenge their memory skills. Either way. the kids really seemed to have fun with this interactive board.
Have You Seen the Trampoline?
by Jim Gill
This song is a storytime favorite for me. It is simple and has us jumping around. I add in other actions as well, like looking through binoculars and giving drum rolls. For Littles that aren’t mobile yet, I encourage parents to gentle bounce or rock them to the rhythm of the song.
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
I really love this story, but was a bit worried about sharing it in Littles since it deals with the loss of a pet. I try to be sensitive to the fact that many of our friends haven’t experienced these things yet and don’t want to introduce it before families are ready. Luckily, there is a good stopping point before the dog in the story passes away, so I just paper clipped that page and that became the end of our story for today. Parents all seemed pleased with that and everyone enjoyed the story. Especially the beautiful illustrations!
Five Elephants in the Bathtub
I love how when I unveil flannel boards, I have friends who come right up to be my helpers! This fun story has 5 elephants who make their way into the bathtub which meant all of my helpers had a chance to put an elephant on the flannel board. If you have an interactive group, I recommend this one. Not only does it accommodate helping hands, but it also has actions for more timid littles.
Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica does in Storytime for Littles!