Story Time at the Museum: All About Art

All About Art

Story Time Plan


  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherart, patrick mcdonnell


  • Art / Patrick McDonnell

-Action Song

  • This is the Way We Stir the Paintdot, peter reynolds.png


  • The Dot / Peter H. Reynolds


  • I Know the Colors

-Folder StoryFolder Story, Paint Can


  • Find the Color

-Booki spy shapes in art, lucy micklethwait

  • I Spy Shapes in Art / Lucy Micklethwait


  • Art Supply Song
  • Make a Circle, Draw a Square


  • We Wave Goodbye Like This



This was my first time doing this story time. It wasn’t well publicized, so only one family showed up with their daughter. It worked out well though, because the books and songs were easily adaptable to interact with just one person.


Folder Story: The Lovely Ladybug

Another folder story. I found this one through Stories with Ms. Jenna. She links to the original at this website.

Folder Story, Lovely Ladybug

The Lovely Ladybug

Let’s play a ladybug color game, I’ll give you rhyming clues.
If you know it, say the name of each color that I use!

The first color for our buggy friend;
Is the color of sunshine…it’s the color yellow!

Frogs in the pond and a fresh snap bean;
Did you guess the color green?

The sky above and the ocean, too;
Such a beautiful color…it’s the color blue!

Strawberry ice cream, come on now, think!
You are right…it’s the color pink!

Grapes for jelly on a PB&J;
Purple is the color that we say!

Pumpkins or basketballs rolling by;
Orange is the color that we now spy.

Fluffy clouds and the moon at night;
Did you say the color white?

Roses that grow in the garden bed;
Are this beautiful color, the color red.

Ladybug, ladybug up in the sky.
Thanks for the fun and now we say, goodbye!


How I Made the Folder Story:

  • Cut a large circle out. Add construction paper head and eyes. Draw on antenna.
  • Cut out small black circles for dots.
  • Place a layer of contact paper down, and put the black dots down. Place a second layer of contact paper to seal the black dots in.
  • Use book tape to tape the sides closed.

Folder Story: The Paint Can

This is my first time trying a folder story!! I was searching for a felt or flannel about art when I came across this post from Miss Mary Liberry. She got the idea from Storytime Magic by Kathy Macmillan and the outline of the paint can from this ALA site.

Folder Story, Paint Can

The Paint Can

Miss Smith is going to paint a picture.
She wants to start with a blank sheet, so she paints it white.

When Miss Smith looks out her window, she sees a cardinal on one of the trees outside.
She decides that red is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture red.

As she paints, she takes a bite of her orange.
She decides that orange is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture orange.

She sees some plants in her garden, and one is a yellow tulip.
She decides that yellow is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture yellow.

She likes the way that the leaves of the trees sway in the breeze.
She decides that green is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture green.

While she is looking at the trees, she sees the beautiful blue sky.
She decides that blue is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture blue.

Miss Smith looks down at her painting, and when she does, she sees the crazy purple socks she is wearing!
She decides that purple is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture purple.

Miss Smith has finally completed her painting.
Her painting, which has all of her favorite colors:
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple, is a……


How I Made the Folder Story:

  • Cut the dripping paint portion of the paint can out of a file folder. Also, draw in the rest of the paint can. You can choose to draw in the paint can if you want to.
  • Place contact paper on each side of the paint can to avoid having any of the edges get caught and tear.
  • Cut small sections of construction paper and glue them to a piece of paper so you can see the different colors through the dripping paint portion.