Beards & Mustaches

I’ve been wanting to do a beards and mustaches theme for quite some time. So, last week I finally did it!

The Books:


Extension Activities: 

Flannel Board: “Mr. Lou’s Mustache”
There once lived a man named Mr. Lou
He had a mustache that grew, and GREW!
By Monday, it was as tiny as his nose,
By Tuesday, on and on it grows!
By Wednesday, it stretched as far as his ears!
By Thursday, it looked as if it had grown for years.
But on Friday, Mr. Lou caught the flu…
And off went the mustache–it flew and FLEW!
Source: Literary Hoots

Mr. Lou's Mustache

Action Song: “The Moustache Song” (tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”)
My father has a mustache
My mother has one too
So when I get older
I’ll have a great mustache, or two!
Mustache. Mustache.
A big bushy mustache for me,
And you.
Mustache. Mustache.
I’ve got a great mustache,
Do you?
Source: Singin’ in the Stacks

Action Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Mustache”
This is pretty self explanatory. We always like to sing it regular speed, then fast, then slow.


Beard on a Stick
For the craft I found a beard template here. Copied it onto white construction paper and had some volunteers, a.k.a. clerks, cut them out. I had another clerk help me cut out paper strips from different colored construction paper. (Some of the kids had rainbow beards. It was great!) We curled them with pencils, used glue stick to stick them on, and stuck them onto some giant craft sticks like these.

Beard on a Stick

How It Went:

I was really excited to do this storytime, which I think always helps. Overall, I think all my classes had a fun time. I also shared with them a story about how when I was little I believed that my dad’s mustache was blown away by the wind. It paired perfectly with “Mr. Lou’s Mustache.” Also, I wasn’t so sure that I would like Mustache Baby but ended up loving it.


The Case of the Missing Donut

The Case of the Missing DonutThe Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sheriff (a little boy dressed up) and Deputy (his dog) go for a walk to the bakery to fetch a dozen donuts. Their mission: to bring all the donuts home safely and in one piece. But along the way one donut gets smooshed; then it’s one bite here, one bite there, and ooops the whole thing is gone. As he continues to make his way home Sheriff can’t figure out how everybody is on to him. He finally makes it home and tells the truth about the missing donut and the mystery is solved when he and Deputy look in the mirror.

I feel like this would have been an easy book to have too much going on, aka wordy, but Allison McGhee did an excellent job of telling a charming story paired with Isabel Roxas’ illustrations. This would be a fun book to use for a donut storytime.

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And the Robot Went…

And the Robot Went . . .And the Robot Went . . . by Michelle Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Nosy Fox looked in the box, and the Robot went…”

After Nosy Fox opens the box all the other animals try and help put the Robot together but Robot doesn’t seem to be working. Until “me” comes along with just thing to help Robot work. This is a fun book with cumulative text and adorable illustrations.

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Ahhhh! Spiders!

In the spirit of Halloween we did a story time all around spiders.  Normally, I am terrified of spiders but I had a lot of fun with this story time.  I usually have a story time box that I use to introduce the children to the theme for the week but this week I told them the story of “The Dark, Dark Woods.”  In the dark, dark corner of the dark, dark room, that was in the dark, dark house, located in the dark, dark woods, there was a dark, dark, chest.  I warned the kids first that it might be a scary story and I hoped that they didn’t get too scared.  😉  In the dark, dark chest Miss Lori and I like to put some silly things like: a small plunger, a giant baby bottle, a rubber chicken, anything but the scary object.  I pulled out several of these silly things one at a time after I would restart the story, by the end most of the kids were able to recite it with me.  Very last I pulled out Alan, our Folkmanis tarantula.  It was really fun.

Now let’s get to it.

The Books:


On Tuesday we read Are You a Spider, I didn’t read The Very Busy Spider because it was not available.  Besides I like adding nonfiction books into our storytime.  It gives us an opportunity to learn cool new things, like that spiders have 8 eyes!  Fun new fact.

Extension Activities:

Flannel Board: Five Little Spiders
by Jean Warren (adapted by Kathryn Roach)  I took what Kathryn had done and changed a few of the animals that made the spider fall.

Song: There’s a Spider on the Floor
I gave the kids black pom poms for spiders and played the song by Raffi one day.  I felt that the Raffi version was a little slow for my liking so after the first time we sang it.  I like singing it more anyway because then the kids can make suggestions for where the spider is next.  

Art Activity: Paper Plate Spiders


Things to Do at Home:

I thought that this cute watercolor resist spider web was super cute!