Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)
Mystery Bag objects: pen, pencil, penguin
Because we’d already talked about the letter, I introduced each story or song by having them guess what P-word it was about.
Story: “Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter (pizza). This is such a storytime classic. The kids like making all the different animal noises and predicting what the character will say to each of the different pizza delivery animals. Silly fun.
Song: “Going on a Picnic” (picnic) flannel board. I handed out laminated pictures of different picnic foods. As we sang the song, the kids brought up the named foods.
Story: Port Side Pirates by Oscar Seaworthy (pirate). I taught them a little dance to go with the chorus, and then as I sang the book they joined in. With this year’s group, the adults seem to get way more involved if the kids have a part, so having this song and dance built in helped them to participate.
Parachute Play: “Popcorn” (popcorn). This is the kids’ favorite rhyme at Babytime, and it’s just as fun as a parachute song using little foam balls. It made a mess, but it was totally with it.
I didn’t end up having enough time to do The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin, which I really wanted to try, but since everyone else did it this week, I think lots of the kids got to hear it at another storytime anyway. I’ll pull it out another time.
Closing Song: “See Ya Later”
Craft: Pink and purple pom pom polka dot painting! We used clothes pins to hold pom poms and then dipped those in pink and purple paint to decorate sheets of butcher paper on the tables. The kids did some dotting and some smearing, both of which were really fun. I also had some Q-tips in case there weren’t enough pom poms for everyone. It ended up being a very big group, so I was glad I had those as backup.
Possible subthemes: penguins, pets, picnics, pirates, pizza, peanut butter, police, pigs, pigeon, prince, princess
Other possible titles:
Any Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems
Any Pigeon book by Mo Willems
Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border (peanut butter)
Bug Patrol by Denise Dowling Mortensen (police)
The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker (puddle)
Pizza by Frank Asch (pizza)
I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck (pirate, papa)
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin (pants)
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel (pirate)
The Pig’s Picnic by Keiko Kasza (pig, picnic)
How Hungry are You? by Donna Jo Napoli (picnic)
The Most Perfect Spot by Diane Goode (picnic)
Ready for Anything! by Keiko Kasza (picnic)
The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps (picnic)
The Obstinate Pen by Frank W. Dormer (pen)
The Princess of 8th Street by Linas Alsenas (princess)
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (pea)
Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme by Nadine Bernard Westcott (peanut butter)
Please Say Please: A Penguin’s Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler (penguin)
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (princess)
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont (paint)