Story Time at the Museum: Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherbear in the air

-Book

  • Bear in the Air / Susan Meyers

-Action Song

  • Hug Your Bear

-Bookwhere is bear

  • Where is Bear? / Jonathan Bentley

-Song

  • A Little Brown Bear

-Folder Story

  • Ten Teddy Bears Sleeping in the Bed

-Song

  • Grr, Grr, Went the Big Brown Bear

-Bookwhere's my teddy

  • Where’s My Teddy? / Jez Alborough

-Songs

  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Everyone Can March, March, March

-Closing

  • We Wave Goodbye Like This

 

Back-Up Books

  • I Don’t Like Koala / Sean Ferrell
  • Corduroy / Don Freeman
  • Old Bear / Kevin Henkes
  • What Does My Teddy Bear Do All Day? / Bruno Hachler

 

Thoughts

I didn’t have time to finish my felt story like I planned to, so instead I read another book. I really liked the felt, so I hope to finish it in the near future!

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Ed Emberley Art Party

Ed Emberley’s birthday is 19 October 1931. I love his thumbprint books and drawing books, and thought that an art party program would be a cool way to celebrate his birthday.

Program Plan

-Welcome and Introduction to Ed Emberley

go away big green monster

 

-Book

  • Go Away, Big Green Monster / Ed Emberley

 

-Activities

  • Drawing Stationbig green drawing book
    • Children could draw anything they wanted. I had a couple of Ed Emberley’s drawing books placed on the table as inspiration.
    • Materials: white cardstock, colored pencils, pens.

 

  • Fingerprint Necklace Stationfingerprint necklace
    • Children could make a little fingerprint art on a mini cardstock circle, and string yarn through it to make a necklace.
    • Materials: white cardstock circles with paper-punch hole, string, ink pads, pens.

 

  • Fingerprint Art Stationfingerprint art
    • Children could make fingerprint art on paper.
    • Materials: white cardstock, construction paper, fancy scissors, ink pads, pens, colored pencils.

 

  • Collage Stationcollage

 

  • Go Away, Big Green Monster Stationbig green monster
    • Children could create a Big Green Monster on a paper plate.
    • Materials: paper plates, green tissues paper, face cut-outs, glue.
    • My inspiration for this craft.

 

Thoughts

I wanted the focus of this program to be on process-based activities. The only activity that was “cut and paste” was the Big Green Monster station. I was so happy that the participants visited every station, and they seemed to enjoy the opportunity to be creative.

Story Time at the Museum: Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherbravest of the brave

-Book

  • The Bravest of the Brave / Shutta Crum

-Action Song

  • Bats are Sleeping

-Booklittle owls night

  • Little Owl’s Night / Divya Srinivasan

-Song

  • I’m A Little Firefly

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-Song

  • Nocturnal Animals

-Bookdaytime nighttme

  • Daytime Nighttime / William Low

-Songs

  • Little Owl
  • Black Bat

-Closing

  • We Wave Goodbye Like This

 

Back-Up Books

  • The Night World / Mordicai Gerstein
  • Night Owl / Toni Yuly
  • Night Animals / Gianna Marino

 

Thoughts

There were a lot of families at story time today, which was great! I loved how much they were into the stories; I ended up reading a couple of my back up books because they were really interested in them.

Story Time at the Museum: The Way We Used to Live

The Way We Used to Live

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherox cart man

-Book

  • Ox-Cart Man / Donald Hall

-Action Song

  • Grand Old Duke of York

-Bookgoing to town

  • Going to Town / Laura Ingalls Wilder

-Song

  • Wind the Bobbin Up

-Bookhome carson ellis

  • Home / Carson Ellis

-Song

  • Open, Shut Them

-Bookcovered wagons bumpy trails

  • Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails / Verla Kay

-Songs

  • A Smooth Road
  • To Market, To Market

-Closing

  • We Wave Goodbye Like This

 

Back-Up Books

  • If You Lived Here / Giles Laroche
  • Madeline / Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Building Our House / Jonathan Bean

 

Thoughts

This theme was suggested by the museum coordinator. It was a little tricky to find good picture books about the way that we used to live, but I was able to find some really great ones!

Story Time at the Museum: Blackout

Blackout
Inspired by the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherblackout

-Book

  • Blackout/ John Rocco

-Action Song

  • Come Under my Umbrella

-Bookeclipses

  • Eclipses / Nick Hunter

-Song

  • Climb Aboard the Spaceship

-Folder Story

  • Four Little Rockets

-Song

  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

-Bookflashligh, lizi boyd

  • Flashlight / Lizi Boyd

-Songs

  • Bumpin’ Up and Down in My Little Space Shuttle
  • If You’re Going to the Moon

-Closing

  • We Wave Goodbye Like This

 

Back-Up Books

  • When Charlie McButton Lost Power / Suzanne Collins
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon / Kevin Henkes

 

Thoughts

We had a few more people at this story time, which was great! The theme was inspired by the 2017 solar eclipse, but since there were very few books about solar eclipses, I chose to do some on power outages and darkness. The group was really into the stories, so we ended up reading both of the back-up books!

Story Time at the Museum: We All Scream for Ice Cream

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherif you give a mouse a brownie

-Book

  • If You Give a Mouse a Brownie / Laura Numeroff

-Action Song

  • Ice Cream

-Bookice cream summer

  • Ice Cream Summer / Peter Sis

-Song

  • We All Want an Ice Cream Cone

-Folder Story

  • Ice Cream Scoops

-Song

  • Put Your Ice Cream…

-Bookshould i share my ice cream

  • Should I Share My Ice Cream? / Mo Willems

-Songs

  • Who Likes Ice Cream
  • Five Little Ice Cream Cones

-Closing

  • We Wave Goodbye Like This

 

Back-Up Books

  • Just One More / Jennifer Hansen Rolli
  • Vanilla Ice Cream / Bob Graham

 

Thoughts

We had a few more people come to this story time; and it went really well! I decided to not do the felt story and instead read one of my back-up books.

Story Time at the Museum: All About Art

All About Art

Story Time Plan

-Opening

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

-Book

  • Art / Patrick McDonnell

-Action Song

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

-Book

  • The Dot / Peter H. Reynolds

-Song

  • I Know the Colors

-Folder StoryFolder Story, Paint Can

-Song

  • Find the Color

-Booki spy shapes in art, lucy micklethwait

  • I Spy Shapes in Art / Lucy Micklethwait

-Songs

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

-Closing

  • We Wave Goodbye Like This

 

Thoughts

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.