Because planning a program doesn't just take 5 minutes


This week was a tandem storytime, so we chose books that would work well for two voices.

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


seeing-redNonfiction: Red: Seeing Red All Around Us by Sarah Schuette.  We passed this one back and forth and used it as the basis of a guessing game for things that are red.

Before getting the bells for the first song, I set out a red apple on the stool and told the kids that this was a special apple and I wanted to show them something inside it, so don’t let anyone touch it.  Then I went behind the flannel board.  Jennifer pretended she was going to eat the apple.  The kids told her not to.  After a little bit, I came back out with the bells to pass out.

Song: “Hurry! Hurry! Drive the Fire Truck!”  Pass out bells and let the kids ring them during the “ding ding ding” part.

While I was putting away the bells and taking out the next book, Jennifer pretended again that she was going to eat the apple.  Again, the kids told her (very loudly!) not to.

very-little-redStory: Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy.  We read this one word for word.  I read Very Little Red Riding Hood, and Jennifer read Mummy, Wolf, and Grandmama.  We both loved this book and were a teeny bit worried that it would be too long (there were a lot of toddlers in the room!) but, as we hoped, the back and forth between the two characters and a little bit of dramatic crying by Very Little Red kept them engaged.  One child actually said she thought the book was too short!

While I went to put on the CD for the next song, Jennifer pretended again that she was going to eat the apple.  She actually offered it to one of the kids to take a bite; apparently the child’s expression was priceless!

Song: “Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill on Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes.  We played the CD and danced along.  It moves a little bit fast if you don’t already know it, so we explained it before we started.

ten-red-applesStory: Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins, adapted to a flannel board.  I was the farmer, and Jennifer used puppets for the animals stealing the apples.  We started with 5 red apples on the flannel board, and the real apple on the chair in front of it.  After the fifth flannel apple was gone, I said, “Look! You did save one for me!” and then showed the kids the star inside the apple and explained the craft project.  A few kids already knew about the star, but it’s still a pretty cool trick.  I’m surprised that the kids didn’t respond very much to the animals stealing the apples; I thought we had primed them by having them tell Jennifer not to steal the real apple.  They seemed to enjoy it anyway.

apple-printClosing song: “See You Later”

Craft: apple prints.  This was less messy than expected.  It turns out that having a craft where all the extra pieces are thrown away makes cleaning up very quick.  We put the paint (red, yellow, and green) out on small paper plates and tried not to put too much paint on the plates to start.  We did need to do refills for a few tables, but not too many.



Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck”

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner…

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder …

Hurry, hurry, squirt the water…

Now that the fire is out, repeat in reverse, using “slowly, slowly” instead of “hurry, hurry”




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