I just found out that I would be doing storytime this week on Thursday, in a change-up to our regular rotation. Since I had short notice to pull things together, I wanted a theme that I already had a lot of the books for in my own personal storytime collection. Hence, cookies! I’d done a sweet treats storytime before that had a variety of desserts, but I found I had enough to just go with cookies, so why not.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song
MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill
“The Gingerbread Man” from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra
I took the pattern for this from Sierra’s patter for “The Johnny Cake”, since they are essentially the same story, and then did a Google Images search to find a picture of a gingerbread man I liked.
MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi
“Little Bear’s Sweet Tooth” from Feel Better, Little Bear
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont
Book: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
DVD: If You Give a Mouse A Cookie Reading Rainbow DVD
THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I think both books went really well, and it was fun hearing the reactions to why the Cow Loves Cookies so much. And of course Pigeon and Duckling went over very well, though I think my voices could use a bit more work for those.
I always like it when I show the Little Bear episodes that Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins wrote. It tickles me to see her name come up with the credit for that, and then think about what she has moved on to.
I’m trying out some new music in my storytimes, since I’ve been using the same ones for quite a while. This was my first time doing “Can’t Wait to Celebrate”, and I think it’s going to be a nice one to add to my repertoire.
Attendance: 34 people (adults and kids)