Many thanks to my fabulous coworker and friend Tanya Prax for putting together such a fun storytime this week and letting me share it! My only tweak was sneaking in a few extra flannels and swapping my usual weekly hat out for a box. 🙂
Here’s how it went with the toddlers…
- I wore a big box on my head for my hat. First it was turned around the wrong way, so I couldn’t fit through the door (which made all the littles laugh). Then when I finally made it through the door and asked them if they liked my hat, they told me it was NOT a hat, it was a box! I said “That’s the wonderful thing about a box! It can be a hat… or a boat…” and I took the box off my head and sat down in it and pretended to row… at which point my big butt broke the box. Whoops. 🙂
- If You’re Happy & You Know It
- Shake My Sillies Out
ABC Routine: Letter I
Fun Fact: Play
Playing helps children’s brains grow and develop in so many ways! When we pretend and act out stories, we’re using problem-solving skills and it prepares us to write stories of our own someday. That’s why I love our first book- it’s a super fun book to read first and then play together!
Transition: Dance Your Fingers
Book #1: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
This book went over pretty well with the crowd. They liked naming the different objects that the box became.
Scarf Song: Turn Around by Sue Schnitzer
They loved this song so much we had to do it two times in a row (and we could have gone for three, but I was pretty dizzy by then!)
Transition: Stretch to the Window
Flannel: Here is a Box
Here is a Box
Here is a box where something is hid
I wonder whatever is under the lid?
Let’s listen for a shout
And see who comes out!
(make animal noises and have kids guess who is in the box before opening)
Credit: Anne’s Library Life
Pattern: Clip art courtesy of My Cute Graphics
Book #2: Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard
I had a fair amount of older kiddos mixed with my toddlers in the crowd, so I pulled one of the preschool books and I’m so glad I did- it was a huge hit! The repetition, rhyming and knocking make this an awesome read. I think it would make a pretty fun flannel, too.
Book #3: Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
Not as fun as the first two, but it was still a pretty solid read.
Craft: Shape Art
I love the open-end aspect of this craft. The kiddos got so creative and made houses, rockets, cars, trains and so on with the different shapes we had available. Here’s my snake. 🙂
This was such a fun theme! I just love how well it lends itself to encouraging imagination and creativity. I was a little worried that it might be too abstract for my toddlers, but they seemed to catch on quickly and really enjoy it.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a great weekend ahead!
4 thoughts on “Storytime Spotlight: Let’s Hop in a Box”
Thank you so much for using this song and sharing your storytimes! One of our children’s librarians shared this with me. I love your blog! Keep up the good work. Sue, a children’s musician turned library hotshot. 😎
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Thank you so much Sue! Happy my ideas can come in handy! 😊