Storytime: Pirates

Arrrrrrrrr mateys! Its a pirate theme! Here’s what we read:

First, we read Shiver Me Letters by June Sobel. This was a fabulous ABC’s book. We had fun yelling RRRRRR with the captain :). Next, we read Pirate Nap by Danna Smith. This was a lovely book of colors about some rowdy boys who refuse to nap. The parents enjoyed this one too (I think they could relate haha). Next, we read Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer. All of these books had splendid rhyming for reading aloud. We read a little longer than we normally do, but the kids were able to stay attentive through most of the books.

Instead of doing a craft this week, we did an actviity. I purchased a bag of sand from by home improvement store for about $4. I put some fun “treasures” in a bucket that the kids could dig up using some plastic shovels and rakes I purchased for about $1. Let me tell you that SAND IS HEAVY! Who would have thought? Transporting this sand from my parking spot and through downtown to the shop was quite an undertaking, but totally worth it. The kids absolutely loved it!

IMG_5960They kept saying “buried treasure!,” and we made a big show of it when someone dug something up. It was a little messy, but not as bad as I anticipated. I’ve found that children are much cleaner than I give them credit for!

See you next week!


Storytime: Wind

We’ve had some blustery storms coming through Knoxville this past week, so I decided to do a wind themed storytime. Here’s what we read:

First, we read One Windy Day by Tammi Salzano. Poor fox struggles to deliver mail in this book of opposites. Not the best for reading aloud to be honest, but still a sweet book. Next, we read Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch. This book has some very interesting illustrations and I love how the wind is personified. I think it helps the kiddos understand something that they can’t exactly see. Last, we read One Windy Wednesday by Phyllis Root. I’m glad I saved this one for last because the kids loved it. There are a lot of fun farm animal noises in the book. Perfect for reading aloud.

For our craft we made wind socks. I was worried there might be too many steps for the age group, but they did great! We did it one step at a time. We colored pictures across a single piece of construction paper. Then, I stapled the ends together for them.

They glued on streamers, and then I punched holes in the top and tied a string for them to hold. They really liked running around with their wind socks.

We also had a first time color-er! She usually just plays in the shop while we do crafts, but she sat down and wanted to color today! It was a really sweet moment and her mom was so excited. Storytime is made just for these special moments.

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See you next week!


Storytime: Gardening

I was hoping to get the kiddos outside a bit and do a gardening craft. Unfortunately, it decided to rain all day, so we did it inside. I still think they had a great time. Here is what we read:

First, we read My Garden by Kevin Henkes. I absolutely love Kevin Henkes illustrations and use his books as often as I can. In this book, a little girl envisions what she would put in her garden including jelly bean bushes and chocolate rabbits. Next, we read The Wind’s Garden by Bethany Roberts. It tells the story of a woman planting a garden in orderly rows and the wind planting a garden on its own. This book has a lot of good “I Spy” opportunities with critters found throughout the garden. Last, we read I Have A Garden by Bob Barner. This book shows a dog and all the things he finds in his garden. It’s simplicity in illustration and story was a perfect end to the storytime.

For our craft, we planted grass in little peat pots that the kids could take home. I brought a big tupperware full of potting soil so they could get their hands into the dirt without getting too messy. You can get peat pots for really cheap at any home and garden store. I chose to do grass seeds because the sprout pretty quick. This was pretty involved craft, so unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures! If anyone sends me a pic of their sprouted plants though, I will add it here later. See you next week!