Winter’s in the Air!

The storytime room was all a chill last week as we read books celebrating winter! We learned hibernation is what some animals do to survive winter when it is hard to find food. Some animals collect food to keep near them when they periodically wake up during the winter while others eat so much they can sleep the whole winter! “Hibernation Station” by Michelle Meadows highlights these animals in this fun and cutely illustrated (bears in pajamas-what’s not to love?!) picture book.

Gerald and Piggie learned elephants can dance, in their own special way, as we acted out “Elephants Cannot Dance” by Mo Willems. Our last story involved a snow white mitten and a whole lot of animals in Jan Brett’s wonderfully illustrated, “The Mitten:a Ukrainian folktale.” What I love most about this book is when the kids realize the side panels show which animal will discover the mitten next; they get so excited for the next animal to show up! 

We sang about the “Wheels on the Bus” and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider and her big brother the Great Big Spider”.

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round

Round n’ round, round n’ round

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round

All through the town

Other Verses:

  • Door on the bus goes open & shut
  • Money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink
  • Horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep
  • Wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish
  • Driver on the bus goes “move on back,” “move on back,” “move on back”
  • Windows on the bus go up & down, up & down, up & down
  • People on the bus go bumpity bump, bumpity bump, bumpity bump
  • Babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah
  • Grownups on the bus say, “I love you!” “I love you!” “I love you!”
  • Kitties on the bus go meow, meow, meow
  • Doggies on the bus go woof, woof, woof
  • Cow on the bus goes moo, moo, moo

 Itsy Bitsy & Great Big Spider

The itsy bitsy spider

went up the water spout.

Down came the rain and

washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and

dried up all the rain,

and the itsy bitsy spider

went up the spout again

Did you know the itsy bitsy spider has a big brother?! Replace ‘itsy bitsy’ with ‘great big spider’-remember to make a big spider with your arms!

Using the template from Jan Brett’s website(http://janbrett.com/put_the_animals_in_the_mitten.htm) the kids made their own paper mittens and got to see how many animals they could fit in it. Jan Brett’s website has amazing FREE crafts and resources!

Sadly, this was our last Stories & Craft Storytime. Thank you to all the folks that came-we had a blast getting to share books with you!

 Coming in January 2011 we will have more programming such as Toddler Time, Preschool Time and more; check http://www.mcldaz.org for more information.

Have a Safe and Happy Holidays!

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