Let’s Seek! – Kindergarten Storytime

I tweaked my Infant/Toddler Hide and Seek storytime a bit to use it with a Kindergarten class visit I had the day after.

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

Little Owl Lost by Haughton
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

No Bed Without Ted by Smee
No Bed Without Ted by Nicola Smee

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

Little Mouse Little Mouse
 Little Mouse Little Mouse Flannelboard 1Little Mouse Little Mouse Flannelboard 2
Pattern & Rhyme from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz & Dick Wilmes

Little mouse, little mouse
Are you in the (insert color) house?

We played this through twice.  The first time, I put up the houses with the animals underneath them and we went house by house.  After that, I took the house and animals down, mixed them up, and then put them up again.  This time around I asked the kids which house we should start with.

Dear Zoo by Campbell
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles DVD
“Hide and Seek” from Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles

HOW IT WENT:  This storytime is probably a little younger than I would normally do with a kindergarten group, but it surprisingly went pretty well.

ATTENDANCE: 1st group: 38     2nd group: 35

Christmas – Kindergarten Storytime

Usually, I try to stay away from holiday themes, unless we have done specific publicity for a holiday program.  But, I figure visits from the local Catholic school are a good time to break out the Christmas stories.

What Santa Can't Do by Wood

The Toy Shop

Toy Shop Flannelboard

Patterns and Rhyme from Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Will Love by Diana Briggs

Here is Santa’s toy shop,
and happy are we
for there are so many, many
toys here to see.

Wonderful toys,
all in a row
And bright-colored tops
That sing as they go.

And here in a box,
is a doll that can talk.
And here is a soft wooly dog
that can walk.

Just see this funny old
Jack in the box.
Watch him pop out.
Oh my, what a shock!

Here is the counter
Piled high with the toys,
For you little girls
And you little boys.

We hope, wonderful toys,
That some of you may
Come straight to us
On Christmas Day.

MOVEMENT: The Reindeer Pokey

(to the tune of The Hokey-Pokey)
You put your hooves in
You put your hooves out
You put your hooves in
And you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey
and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about.

You put your antlers in…
You put your shaggy tail in…
You put your reindeer self in….


Dinosaur vs Santa by Shea

Dinosaur vs. Santa by Bob Shea

Max and Ruby's Christmas DVD
“Max’s Christmas” from Max and Ruby’s Christmas

ATTENDANCE: 31 people

I thought this was a pretty good storytime.  The kids loved The Reindeer Pokey, so I would use that one again in a heartbeat.  I’m not sure about the flannelboard story I chose this time — I think it would have been more fun to do something a bit more interactive.  But, it worked in a pinch.