Crocs! This was a great storytime and craft. We also incorporated some fun hand movements in for the stories. Here is what we read:
First, we read The Crocodile and the Dentist by Taro Gomi. I think this book is so funny how the dentist and crocodile are afraid of each other. It also has an important message about remembering to brush your teeth. We had fun showing off our “crocodile teeth.” Next, we read The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. Anytime the crocodile at esome watermelon, we said “Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!” and moved our hands like a crocodile mouth. The kids loved it. Last, we read Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut. I really love the illustrations in the book and the repetition of brushing teeth was great for reading aloud.
For our craft, we made clothes pin crocs. I got this idea from Storytime Katie. The kiddos loved it and kept doing our “Chomp!” motions. All I did was prep the green paper to glue on and purchased the clothes pins and googly eyes from our local craft store. A simple but fun craft!
They loved chomping down on stuff and put them on their shirts. This was a perfect storytime!
With all of the trees in my yard putting out beautiful leaves, I thought I would do a tree storytime. I loved all of the books we read and the kiddos clearly did, too. Here is what we read:
First, we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. This classic was a hit with its fabulous rhymes. This is one of my all time favorite books to read aloud. I think most librarians would agree. Next, we read Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. This is an interactive book where the kiddos tap the tree to make it grow leaves, sprout flowers, grow apples, drop its leaves and sprout again. They loved being a part of the story telling. Last, we read A Tree For Me by Nancy Van Laan. The rhyming in this book is also wonderful. The kids liked seeing the various animals in the trees. It went a bit too long for a little ones, but it was a nice ending with the child falling asleep in the tree.
For our craft we did tree leaf rubbings (not all the leaves I brought were from trees FYI ;). These are just some that I found in my yard and I brought paper and crayons.
Some of the kids just enjoyed playing with the leaves and coloring on their own. The craft worked for kids at different developmental levels because they could really do what they wanted. Plus, it was a nice sensory activity with them touching the leaves.
Overall, this was a great storytime with amazing books and a craft that reached every child.