For our Fall story time Miss Lori and I decided that we wanted our theme to be “Our Favorite Things.” This week I chose to do a beach themed storytime. Here’s how it went –
OPENING SONG: I like to start each storytime with an opening song. I feel like it helps the kids get some initial wiggles out and lets them know we are about to start. So this week I started with Hands Go Up.
MEMORY BOX: I found this great idea over at Abby the Librarian and have been using it for a few story time sessions now. The kids love it and it’s a great way to introduce the theme for the week. This week we had the beach in a bag.
The kids loved How Will We Get to the Beach? Some groups needed a little reminding about what items she began with but they all really liked it. I didn’t have this book in my collection and was able to borrow it from the story time collection from a neighboring library. It is definitely one that we will add to our own collection.
Song: Crabs are Crawling
Crabs are crawling
on the rocks.
Watch out for their pincers.
Snap, snap, snap
This song was awesome and perhaps my favorite part of the entire story time. The kids and moms loved it. I thought it would be fun to have the kids think of other animals that we might find on the beach or in the ocean. I got everything from dolphins and whales to elephants and giraffes.
Flannel Board: 5 Little Jellyfish
5 little jellyfish swimming by the shore,
the yellow one got lost and that left 4.
4 little jellyfish swimming in the sea,
the blue one swam far, far away and that left 3.
3 little jellyfish in the ocean so blue,
the pink one took a seahorse ride and that left 2.
2 little jellyfish swimming in the sun,
the polk-a-dot one took a dive and that left 1.
1 little purple jellyfish swimming just for fun,
it was time for him to go home and that left none!