Storytime: Beach

No better time to go to the beach than mid July! Here’s what we read:

First, we read Beach Day by Karen Roosa. The illustrations were really lovely and bright, so I gave the kiddos plenty of time to look at each page. The book also had some fabulous rhyming that was perfect for reading aloud. Next, we read Fun in the Sun by David Catrow. These illustrations are hilarious! They might have been a little too detailed for a read aloud, however. There was just too much to see! Last, we read Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon. I love the simplicity of the illustrations and colors in this book. The little penguin has little exclamations he makes on the side, which is cute, but difficult for a read aloud. Still, its a great book about getting out of your comfort zone.

For our craft, we designed our own sunglasses. I found bulk sunglasses on Amazon for about $5. We used glittery foam stickers to cover our sunnies. The kids had a blast! I’ve found that anything involving glue or stickers is always going to be a hit with them. I definitely intend to wear mine on my upcoming beach trip!

Alas, this will be my last storytime for a while. I will be completing my final semester of grad school and will begin my student teaching in a couple of days. I am beyond excited to start this next chapter, but will deeply miss my time with the kiddos each week. I am hoping that I can pick it back up for future summers. Follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m currently reading! Until next time!



Storytime: Crayons

We’ve done storytimes about color, but I wanted to do one specifically on coloring and crayons. We had a really great time and got to read one of my favorites, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Here’s everything we read:

First, we read Snap! by Hazel Hutchins. This book had big and bold illustrations that really grabbed the kids attention. It’s a bit long for the age group, but it worked well for reading aloud. Next, we read Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. In this children’s classic, we follow Harold on his adventures as he draws with his purple crayon. I love the minimalism of the illustrations in this book and the kiddos really enjoyed it too. Last, we read My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard. This book is perfect for reading aloud. It has rhyming on every page and a fun chorus of “Yackity, clackity, my crayons talk.” All great reads about crayons.

For our craft, I used leftovers from a color theme that I really wanted to do. We made crayon chameleons. All you need is paper plates, crayons, and push tacks. I prepped the chameleon cut out and let the kiddos go crazy coloring.

Obviously, you could make any cut-out shape to fit your needs. I just already had several chameleons on reserve. This craft was great because the kids had fun just coloring.

See you next week!