Hibernation Station Storytime

After reading Knock Knock by Tammi Sauer, my only thought was “I NEED to do this book with my preschoolers!” So, I decided to do a hibernation storytime. It also seemed like a timely theme, as winter is beginning here in Wisconsin.

I didn’t want books that only focused on bears, because so many other animals hibernate that we rarely talk about. So, for our first book, I read The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett, which features a hedgehog who doesn’t want to hibernate and miss all the wonderful winter things.

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Next, we played the game Bear’s Lair, which I found on Lady Librarian. It is just an adaptation of Mouse House.

Sleepy Bear, Sleepy Bear

Are you in the _______ lair?

This was really fun, I loved listening to the kiddos decide what color lair to look in next.

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We read Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming. I like this book because it introduces so many different hibernating animals. My kiddos were very surprised by the turtle. They also liked the silly ending.

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I did a song adaptation of Jan Brett’s The Mitten next, using a prop. I found this song on The Wielded Pen, but I had to adapt it to use puppets we have here at the library.

The mitten in the snow, The mitten in the snow, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

A squirrel squeezes in, A squirrel squeezes in, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

A rabbit squeezes in, A rabbit squeezes in, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

A skunk squeezes in, A skunk squeezes in, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

An owl squeezes in, An owl squeezes in, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

A fox squeezes in, A fox squeezes in, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

A bear squeezes in, A bear squeezes in, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

A mouse squeezes in, A mouse squeezes in, Help us please, so we won’t freeze! The mitten in the snow

The bear says “A-Choo!”, The bear says “A-Choo!”, All the animals fly out of, The mitten in the snow!

The idea of the prop is that you stuff all of the puppets inside the giant mitten, and at the end you rip it along a velcroed edge, and throw all the puppets out at the kids. This was my first time using this prop, and getting the mitten to rip and have all the animals fly out is NOT easy. But even with my imperfect attempt, the kids absolutely loved it. They were so excited to interact with so many different puppets; they didn’t want to give them back.

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My last story, of course, was Knock Knock by Tammi Sauer. I made the kiddos play the part of the bear (for the most part), doing the responses to the knock knock jokes. They were laughing so hard by the end, plus the caregivers were all laughing too, which is always a perk. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

knockknock

Instead of a craft this week, we started the first of a two part project that you can read about in my post Making Gingerbread Houses with Preschoolers!

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