Tuesday Tales is my library’s preschool storytime. We also have a toddler storytime (Little Explorers) for 2 and 3 year olds and a baby storytime (Baby & Me) for under twos. Where before one person did all the toddler and preschool storytimes, last fall we transitioned to each person in my department doing this program on a rotation. I’m loving having a chance to do so much more with the older preschoolers!
This month I decided to go for a pretty broad theme – resilience, or how to react when bad things happen to you. Two of my favorite books from 2017 (A Perfect Day and After the Fall) had this theme in common so I started with those and everything came together really well.
Opening Song: The More We Get Together
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
I love Pizzoli’s artwork and this one about swallowing a watermelon seed is tons of fun. I had a shy group that took a while to warm up but I could tell they really liked this one. Then we sang the Watermelon Seed song:
The Watermelon Seed
(to the tune of “Are You Sleeping”)
Oh, No! (Oh, No!)
I just swallowed, (I just swallowed)
A watermelon seed, (A watermelon seed).
Will I grow a watermelon (Will I grow a watermelon)
Inside me? (Inside me?)
No, no. (No, no.)
The seed can’t grow (The seed can’t grow)
In my tummy, (In my tummy).
There’s no rain or sunshine (There’s no rain or sunshine)
Inside me, (Inside me).
Source: Adventures in Storytime (and beyond)
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Looove this book. After reading it we talked about how it feels when something ruins a perfect day and what can you do about it. Then I brought out some little Beanie Babies and had them choose a friend. We laid on the floor with the Beanie Babies on our tummies and practiced taking deep breaths while watching the friends rise and fall with the motion of our breath. I don’t remember by source for this activity but I have seen it several places as a way to practice mindfulness with kids. I talked about using that technique at home a bit and them parents loved the idea.
Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack
I got out the parachute and some raindrop-shaped bean bags. We made a storm and shook all the raindrops off the parachute like the storm in the story. Then it’s time to throw the raindrops back on the parachute and do it again and again!
And then its spring by Julie Fogliano
Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree – I stole this song from my childhood at church. Fellow Mormons will know it well. It’s copyrighted so you can see the words here. I printed a picture to show the kids apricot blossoms and how they look like popcorn and we had fun singing the song.
I made sure to recite Humpty Dumpty a few times with the kids before introducing the next book:
After the Fall by Dan Santant
After reading this inspiring story about overcoming your fears – we were on to the STEAM activities! First we got out Mega Blocks and plastic Easter eggs and I challenged each child to build a wall that an egg could balance on. Great engineering/problem solving activity that they really had fun with!
Then, we returned to the first story to make watermelons! They were just paper plates I cut in half and had the kids color to look like a watermelon. The seeds were mini chocolate chips! I had cards with numbers on them and they picked a card and practiced counting out the number of ‘seeds’ to match their card.
This storytime was just such a good mix of different types of activities and stories but it still felt cohesive. I loved sharing a message about resilience I think is important to share with kids. I know I will use this storytime plan again.