With May finally rolling in and bringing an end to April’s showers…of snow, it seemed like a good time to read weather related stories. We focused more on weather that we would typically see in spring (absolutely no snow stories!).
We started with Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon and Lee White. This is a lovely story about a young girl who brilliantly thinks of planting trees to break up the wind at the top of a hill. It is written in really lovely prose, and the children were captivated!
Next we did our Library Under Construction Rhyme, which has been repeated every week during this storytime. At this point, the kiddos knew the rhyme better than me. Read the rhyme in my first Storytime Under Construction post.
I did a flannel board version of It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw. Anytime the kids get to make guesses about something it turns out fabulously. If you’d like to see my flannel, I shared it in my Imagination Storytime post.
We followed this up by singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” We have this awesome prop that allows us to have a spider actually crawl into a water spout and then come falling out of it. I went extra silly and followed it up with “A Big Hairy Spider” and used a spider puppet and had it crawl up the outside of our homemade waterspout. Lots of giggles.
For our last book, we did a reader’s theater production of Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems. It was likely the most spectacular thing we have ever done in any storytime and I highly recommend it!
We wore hooded blankets like the ones below, and they really made the production. Several grown-ups mentioned after the program that we really outdid ourselves with this storytime. Again, I HIGHLY recommend Elephant and Piggie reader’s theater!
We finished up with “Weather Rhythms” by Carole Peterson. The kids just followed along with Carole as she instructed them on how to use their rhythm sticks. At one point in the song it gets icy cold and starts blizzarding, so we made a joke of yelling “NO!” at this part. It was a really fun way to end the program with some action.