21 February 2017
After our love-themed storytime last week, I decided to go in a different direction this week. Our theme is monsters, which could be interpreted in a lot of different ways. For my storytime, I'll be reading three monster books where the monster is not scary at all; I don't want any of my storytime kids to have nightmares! I could also see this theme working well with an older group, perhaps during an evening storytime.
Opening Rhyme: Open them, shut them
Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds
Book: The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Rhyme/Flannel Game: Little Mouse
Song: "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"
Book: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Rebecca Emberley
The order in which we place our activities in storytime is just as important as the activities we do. In this case, I left the simplest book toward the end because the shapes listed can easily pave the way for the kids to make their craft: paper bag monster puppets.