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Little Makers: Space

Little Makers is a program our previous children's department head started at our main branch. This was a program I covered during the time period after she resigned and our new children's department head took over. (I used to be the children's department head and now am the county-wide children's coordinator). Since it is June and we are using the space theme for our summer reading program, it is a space-themed storytime for ages 2-5 with some extra activities added. 
I have been making a conscious effort to incorporate all of the the 5 Early Literacy Practices more fully into my programs for this age group, so I laid my program plan out to make sure I covered them all.  Read: Peeper and Zeep by Adam Gudeon Journey to the Moon by Andy Mansfield (highly recommend this popup book for your professional storytime collections) Many Moons by Remi Courgeon

Sing: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Yellow Sun, Yellow Sun, What do You See?

Write:  Constellation Art Craft (see photo) Write your name in …
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Yellow Sun, Yellow Sun, What Do You See?

Inspired by Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I used some magnet board pieces we had at my library and did a space-themed "spin" on it.

Goes like this:

Yellow Sun, Yellow Sun, What Do You See?  Yellow Sun, yellow Sun, What do you see? I see Mercury looking at me, etc. through the planets in order. 

As you can see in the photo if you zoom in, I am not a space expert, so I numbered the planets on top and wrote their names on the bottom.

Prop Source: Oriental Trading

Black Road, Black Road, What Do You See?

Inspired by Jessica's post, I wanted to make a new flannelboard to freshen up our transportation storytime tub. I used our Ellison machine to cut out the cars and road.  Black Road, Black Road, What Do You See? 
Black road, black road, what do you see?
I see a red car looking at me! Red car, red car, what do you see?
I see a blue car looking at me! (repeat with other colors) Colorful cars, colorful cars, what do you see?
Children and their families, that’s what we see!

Little Bird, Are You in the Green Tree

I made a felt version of Little Bird, Are You in the Green Tree (originally created by my good friend Mel). I used 3 different Ellison dies to create this project: XL Tree, 8 inch circle, and a bird.  I did make more than 3 trees, I just could only fit three on my demonstration felt board for the photo. I made red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. It's easier to tell the yellow and orange apart in person.

This feltboard will be going in our fall storytime tub. I think it will pair nicely with Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley.

Dragon Egg Prop Story

For our new Fairy Tales storytime tub debuting this summer, I paired two objects collecting dust (a Hatchimals Egg and a stuffed dragon) to adapt the early reader Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr for storytime.

Basically I just tell the story while acting it out with the egg and then the baby dragon pops out at the end.

Bear Color Sorting Activity

Hand out the colored bears to the children.

Roll the colored bear die (or call out a color). Have the children with that color bear, come up to the front and place the bears in the matching color cup.
Please note: Product Packaging indicates that this activity is for ages 3+.
Prop Source: Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears from Amazon

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Flannel Board

One of my favorite storytime songs is Zoom, Zoom, Zoom which I was introduced to via Jbrary.
I sing it every week with my evening storytime group and I thought they would enjoy a flannelboard version of it too.

I made this one using felt and some dies on our Ellison machine at my library. It came together very quickly!


Words: 
Zoom, zoom, zoom We're going to the moon. Zoom, zoom, zoom We're going to the moon. If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship. Zoom, zoom, zoom We're going to the moon. In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!
Other verses: Fly, fly, fly, we're going to the sky (the black felt represents the sky--my usual flannel board is red) Far, far, far, we're going to the stars Fun, fun, fun we're going to the sun....