More than Teddy Bears – Stuffed Animal Storytime

This week my storytime theme was stuffed animals. I created this theme entirely around a craft that I wanted to do with my kids. I found this awesome Knuffle Bunny craft on Pinterest earlier this fall and knew I had to use it at some point. So, that is why for my last preschool storytime of the semester I did a stuffed animal theme.

I started with the big book Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough. I was really excited to use a big book for the first time. Using a big book for this story is perfect, because it accentuates how gigantic the bear is, and how tiny the teddy is.

wheresteddy

I had everyone stand up to become teddy bears. This is a rhyme the librarian I have been working with in my internship uses every week, so it is pretty solid in my head at this point. It also fit the theme perfectly, and is a fun way to get the kiddos moving, which these kids definitely need.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear reach up high

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the sky

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear shake your head

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear nod instead

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn out the light

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say “Goodnight”

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear reach up high

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the sky

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear shake your head

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear nod instead

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear jump up now

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear take a bow

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear reach up high

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the sky

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear shake your head

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear nod instead

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear slap your knees

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear sit down please

The next book I read was I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal. This book is amazing, because Earl is probably the best pet character of all time. I also just love cats, so I might be slightly biased. We had fun trying to guess where Bobo was and who took him.

bobo

We sang Ten in the Bed, I used the Brady’s Music version, this week. I got kind of creative with this one by making it into a prop. I had one princess puppet and 9 various animal finger puppets laid out on a table, or the bed. I pretended that the finger puppets were the princess stuffed animals. Every time we sang “roll over” I would slide the whole line down the table until one finger puppet fell off, until finally only the princess was left. Now this was a tricky task; I practiced a few times, but it was a complete gamble whether they would all fall off when they were supposed to. Sometimes two would fall off instead of just one, or the one would refuse to fall. This was fine, I just either tapped it off the edge, or picked up the extra one that fell. This was a simple, silly activity to go along with the song.

There were TEN in the bed

And the little one said

Roll over, Roll over

So they all rolled over

And one fell out

Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two

There was ONE in the bed

And the little one said

Good Night!

The last book of storytime was Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems. This, of course, was necessary because my craft was a direct play on the book.

knufflebunny

And without further ado, the craft that inspired this entire storytime. (found from Camp Clem)

So this craft did not go entirely as planned. It was still super fun, don’t get me wrong, but I was hoping for the kids to get all creative and do their own thing with the different items inside the washing machine. I was thinking they’d be cutting all these funky shapes, tearing of scraps, etc. However, instead the parents/caregivers were all cutting out clothes for them to glue in. Bless that one mom who tried to get her daughter to cut clothes out herself before giving in and joining the rest of the caregivers in their cutting frenzy. The kiddos still got to be creative with coloring Knuffle bunny and the washing machine, and they had fun, so I can’t complain too much.

Even though I built this storytime entirely around a craft, it was actually a good theme choice. There were a lot of great books and activities to choose from, and both the kids and parents/caregivers enjoyed it, and I enjoyed myself too.

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