Nonsense Storytime

This week I chose to do a super silly storytime featuring books with nonsense words. I can’t remember how I came up with the idea to do a nonsense storytime, but once I had, I was committed. I HAD to do this storytime, even if it ended up as a disaster.

I began with the book Froodle by Antoinette Portis. This is the story of a bird who decides it would rather say something silly than continue saying “peep,” and changes the entire neighborhood when he does. I had so much laughter in the audience I could barely hear myself read. I can’t recommend this book enough!

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Then we did this awesome rhyme I found from Sturdy for Common Things. I handed out scarves that we used as our hats, and I took requests for where we would wear our hats next. My favorite was “tummy.”

My Silly Hat

On my HEAD I wear a hat

It is such a silly hat

Wear it here and there and to and fro

Where else can my silly hat go?

(Foot, Elbow, Knee, Shoulder)

For my second book I decided to read The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Graeme Base. I really struggled with this decision, but after several discussion with various colleagues I chose to go for it. Right at the beginning I had a caregiver ask “Are we supposed to know what any of these words mean?” Which was a a perfect way for me to say, “no these are completely made-up words, but by looking at the pictures we can tell what the story is about.” I made sure to either ask or briefly describe what was happening, as we went along. It may have went a little over the kids heads, but i think it was a worthwhile read, and they at least enjoyed the beautiful illustrations.

jabberwocky

After this we needed to move around a bit, so we sang “Apples and Bananas” by Raffi. This also allowed the kids to say some funny words themselves, and not just listen to me say them.

Finally, I brought out Bark George by Jules Feiffer. Though this one doesn’t have any made up words, it does feature I dog making the wrong animal noises, which is pretty nonsensical too. For this I attempted my very first prop story. We have this amazing garbage can dog, that I then fill with the different animals to be pulled out by the vet. I had a colleague read the narrative parts, while I played the part of George’s mother, George, and the vet. Anytime the story said “bark, George,” I had everybody say it. It was awesome! I can not wait to do more prop stories in future storytimes.

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For the craft I had to get pretty creative. I couldn’t find anything on Pinterest (hard to believe, I know!), and with such an odd theme was struggling to come up with anything. Finally I decided to make coloring sheets, one featuring a bird and one featuring a dog, with large speech bubble added. I cut out a bunch of letters, that the kids could then glue into the speech bubble to make their animal say silly things. Despite its simplicity, the kids really enjoyed doing this craft.

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So in the end, this storytime was not even remotely a disaster. It was a huge success, with tons of giggles and smiling faces. I’m so happy I went for it with this nonsense theme, because it was so worth it.

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