Storytime – Space

Space! Planets! Stars! Astronauts!

I took one of our Preschool Book Boxes to a new school today and when I delivered it I also led a story time in both the Preschool and the Toddler rooms with the theme of Space!

I started with the Preschoolers, since they were already sitting quietly when I got there I didn’t do my “if you’re ready for a story take a seat” opening but launched right into introducing Daisy the Elephant and singing the Wibbily Wobbly song.

Book 1 – Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Song 1 –  We’re Flying to the Moon (Farmer in the Dell)

We’re flying to the moon
We’re flying to the moon.
Blast off, away we go
We’re flying to the moon.
We’re going in a spacecraft
We’re walking out in space
We’re landing on the moon
We’re collecting moon rocks
We’re flying back to Earth
We’re landing on the Earth

Book 2 – Space Case by Edward Marshall

Song 2/Activity – What Will We See in Outer Space? (Mulberry Bush) For song/activity this I cut out paper stars, rockets and moons, added magnets to the back and let the kids decorate my magnet board with the shape they had when we got to that part of the song.

What Will We See In Outer Space, In Outer Space, In outer Space

What will we see in outer space, Away up in the sky?

We’ll see some tiny Twinkling Stars, Twinkling Stars, Twinklings Stars

We’ll see some tiny twinkling stars away up in the sky

            We’ll see the moon with a smiling face

            We’ll see a rocket flying by

Book 3 – Show outer space photos, then I want to be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

Song 3 – If you’re going to the moon (If you’re happy and you know it)

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)

…wear your gloves (clap, clap)
…wear your helmet (pat, pat)

For the Toddler Room we slowed things down a little, the group was very, very young so I only read one book.

Song 1 – If you’re going to the moon (If you’re happy and you know it)

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)

…wear your gloves (clap, clap)
…wear your helmet (pat, pat)

Showed aerial photos of the earth to them but did not read text.

Song 2 – Five little Martians

Five little Martians went out to play, over the planets and far away

Mother martian said come back come back, but only four came flying back.

Book  – I want to be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

Song 3 – Twinkle Twinkle

How it Went:

This was a great story time in terms of songs, but I think I’d replace some of the books next time. Byron Barton is a classic but Kitten’s First Full Moon, while great, wasn’t super spacy, and could have been replaced. Although the kids loved it!


Storytime – Pets!

It’s been three months since I dropped off the first boxes in our Preschool Book Box Program so it’s time for another round of books and storytimes! The school that I dropped off with today is about to get a resident puppy so only a pet themed story time would do!

Literacy Activity:

Magnetic Shapes on Trays – Sorting

Opening:- If you’re ready for a story take a seat

Daisy and the Wibbily Wobbily song

Book 1 – Horray for Fish (Lucy Cousins)

Song: 5 little fishies, swimming in the sea, teasing Mr Shark you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. Along came Mr. Crocodile, quiet as can be and SNAP! Four left. (and so on)

Book 2 – Children Make Terrible Pets (Peter Brown)

Song: Can you:

Can you hop like a rabbit?

Can you jump like a frog?

Can you waddle like a duck?

Can you wag your tail like a dog?

Can you fly like a bird?

Can you swim like a fish?

Can you sit back down and be still like this?

Book 3: Bark George (Jules Feiffer)

Flannel Board/Magnet Board

Ten Little Fishes (fish bowl and numbered fish handed out to the kids)
Ten little fishes were swimming in a school
This one said, “Let’s swim to where it’s cool.”
This one said, “It’s a very warm day.”
This one said, “Come on, let’s play.”
This one said, “I’m as hungry as can be.”
This one said, “There’s a worm for me.”
This one said, “Wait, we’d better look.”
This one said, “Yes, it’s on a hook.”
This one said, “Can’t we get it anyway?”
This one said, “Perhaps we may.”
This one, so very brave, grabbed a bit and swam away.”

Book 4 : The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willams

Closing: We wave goodbye like this

Alternate books: I can look after sizzles Lauren Child. I want a Pet, Lauren Child,
Fred Stays with Me, Doggies


How it Went:

Children Make Terrible Pets is a little on the long side, so with a squirmy or younger crowd, it might need to be replaced, but these guys were troopers and loved the whole thing. Five Little Fishies in the Sea is always a big hit and you can make this into a get-up-and-stretch activity by having the kids all stand up and acting as the fish, while you are a shark. Each time you SNAP, one child sits down. Overall, this was a great storytime and the kids really enjoyed it.


After a not very snowy (for Vermont) winter so far, we had a nice big snowfall this week, so for Wednesday Morning Story Time I went with a hibernation theme.

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Before the story time began I cut out the animals from this worksheet and made a construction paper cave and sun for the bulletin board in the children’s area. I also cut out fairly simple character shapes for the characters in The Mitten, along with two large paper mittens which I glued around the edges to create an openable mitten for the animals to go into.

Activity : Opening – Alphabet letters on the magnet board, encourage kids to find the letters in their names or, for toddlers, the first letter of their name. For more advanced children I provided chalk for them to trace the letter or write the letter on the magnet board.

Opening song – “If you’re ready for a story”

Greeting song – “Wibbly wobbly” with Daisy

Intro hibernating with animal puppet

Book 1 Bear Snores On – Karma Wilson

Song 1 – Where is Brown Bear (Where is Thumbkin)

Where is brown bear,Where is brown bear

Here I am,Here I am

How are you this winter, Very tired thank you

Go to sleep,Go to sleep 

(repeat with other animals)

Book 2 –  Pajama time or The Going to Bed Book Sandra Boyton

Activity 1 – Hand out animal cut outs to the kids, one pair for each child, and allow them to show you if they belong in the cave (hibernating) or under the sun (not hibernating) and attach them to the board for them. I had mostly younger kids today but if they had been older I had markers available so they could color the animals if desired.

Song 2- If it’s Snowy and You Know It (If you’re happy and you know it)

If it’s snowy and you know it clap your paws, If it’s snowy and you know it clap your paws

When the snow is falling down, We’ll be warm underground

If it’s snowy and you know it clap your paws.”

The Mitten – Jan Brett

Hand out an animal to each child. For older kids I would read the book and have them come up and put their animal in the mitten (pinned to the board) as they are mentioned in the book. This group was too young so I just told the story without the book and we put the animals in the mitten as the story carried on.

Closing  – “We wave goodbye like this”

How is went –

This was a fun story time with a very young group. I had hoped to read  Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner since it’s my favorite winter picture book and fits well with what the kids see and know here, but it was checked out. The kids LOVED Bear Snores On and many of them chanted along with me. Time to Sleep would have been a good choice as well but the selection we had was perfect.