Because planning a program doesn't just take 5 minutes


Brown was our next-to-last color.  I could have done at least three Brown storytimes – there are so many brown animals, not to mention trees, fall leaves, chocolate, pie, turkey (it’s also Thanksgiving next week), football…

Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)

seeing-brownStory: Brown: Seeing Brown All Around Us by Michael Dahl.  I hadn’t used this series for a few weeks, but went back to it today.  There are just so many great things that are brown.  As before, instead of reading it, I played a guessing game where I described the items in the pictures and then the kids had to guess what they were.

who-goes-thereStory: Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson.  I know, I did mice with gray, but Lewis is so clearly a brown mouse, I did it again.  Between the Bear books and The Cow Loves Cookies and this one, I could have had an all-Karma Wilson Brown storytime.  One of the things I like about this book is the repeated “Scritch scratch, tap tap tap.” I passed out rhythm sticks and let the kids scratch and tap out the noise Lewis heard in his den.  I told the adults that they knew their kids best and they should sit with them if the rhythm sticks were going to be a problem.  We didn’t have any major stick-related incidents.


Song: “Little Mouse” flannel game with guitar.  Yes, I’ve been doing this a lot, but kiddos thrive on repetition and no one has ever said, “That again?” I made a new brown mouse for this week, but also hid my regular white mouse (shown here), a gray mouse (leftover from Gray storytime), a little frog, and a fish.  We sang “Brown mouse, brown mouse,” instead of “Little mouse, little mouse” and specifically looked for the brown mouse.  I had this set up when the kids came in, and we went through all 8 houses to find the brown mouse.

ugly-pieStory: Ugly Pie by Jeff Smith.  This may have been a little too wordy for the younger kids, even with the strong rhythm/rhyme and the song/chant about the ugly pie.  Since we were doing a pie craft, I went with it anyway, but I definitely didn’t have their full attention.

pie-craftCraft: Make your own pie.  I gave them a blank pie slice copied onto cardstock and they used dot markers to give the pies a filling.  I also gave them brown crayons to color the crust, but most didn’t use them.  Dotting is too fun – coloring just couldn’t compete!

Other contenders: There are so many good brown stories!  I considered Over the River:  A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson (for the Thanksgiving tie-in), The Gingerbread ManBear Snores On or Bear Sees Colors or The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, Not a Box or Not a Stick or Froodle by Antoinette Portis, and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett.


Little Mouse

To the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle”

Little mouse, little mouse,
Come out to play.
What color house
Are you in today?

Let the kids take turns guessing house colors. If they find the mouse, they can hide it.


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