I've done several storytimes about body parts, but this is the first one I did solely about hands.  Eye hand coordination is obviously very important for a child's development, so I think I picked some great stories, rhymes, and an activity to help with that. Stories "High Five Animals!" just came out and it is... Continue Reading →

This one is kinda like my opposite storytime, which I'll write about later, but talking about size is another easy theme.  And talking about perception is a great way for kiddos to learn about how to more effectively communicate through classification.  So here's what I've used to talk about size. Stories "I'm the Biggest Thing... Continue Reading →

Identifying and learning colors is a huge part of early education, so here's a few of my favorite elements to use. Stories I think "Monsters Love Colors" was the first book I tried my cheat to make felts straight from the book.  And these ones turned out pretty good.  It involves mixing colors, so I... Continue Reading →

Using interactive picture books in a storytime is a great way to energize your program.  It doesn't just make books more fun, it's also educational.  For younger groups, it creates body awareness through movement, and for older kiddos, it teaches how to follow instructions in a group setting.  Oh yeah, and they're just really fun.... Continue Reading →

"Ah numbers--the letters of math."  Numbers are integral to any kids development, so a number storytime is a no-brainer.  Personally when planning stories and rhymes, I usually stick to the Number 5 as the largest number we talk about.  Little kiddos can usually understand the concept of small numbers, but anything past the Number 5... Continue Reading →

UPDATE: As another librarian pointed out, flannelboards can be considered fair use, but making coloring sheets of a individual's art would be considered a "derivative work" and probably infringing on copyright, depending on the situation.  So what I've actually done is gone out of my way to contact the authors of the two books I... Continue Reading →

Kids love trucks.  Shocking right??  In other breaking news, the sky is blue and pie is delicious.  So when I do storytime, I usually devote at least one week a semester to the subject of transportation, because of the high interest and the huge amount of great material out there. My storytime has a wide age... Continue Reading →

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