For valentines week it seemed appropriate to do a friendship theme in storytime. Plus, I had some really great books that fit this theme just sitting on my desk begging to be used.
The first of these was Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira. I am obsessed with this book. The story is so sweet, and so silly, and just so perfect. Not to mention the awesome illustrations by Poly Bernatene. When the frogs find a pig in their pond saying “Ribbit,” they don’t even consider that the pig might just be looking for new friends. All around delightful!
Since our book featured frogs, we followed it up with the song “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.” I’m sure you know the one!
FIVE green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are FOUR green speckled frogs.
We have a flannel to go along with this song, so I used that, and also had the kids do the motions that Jbrary shares in their video of this song. They use one arm as a “log” and then make the fingers on the other hand into the frogs.
We read Lubna and Pebble, by Wendy Meddour, next. This book is absolutely amazing! It is about life as a refugee, but it is also about friendship and the brave sacrifices you make for friends. Even if the kiddos are to young to understand the refugee part, I am glad I am able to expose them to this type of situation.
We got up to get our wiggles out by dancing along to “It Takes Some Friends” by Jim Gill. This song allowed us to clap, stamp, and even sing.
Finally, our last story, was one about the ultimate friends, Elephant and Piggie of course! I chose My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willems. This book was so perfect for what I wanted to do for the kiddos, that I was willing to face my fear of clowns head on.
When I do Elephant and Piggie books, I like to act them out, so my co worker and I donned our character caps, and put on a play to this one. I had printed images (again, big time facing my fear to find that clown image) to hold by my face when Piggie dresses up as different things to cheer Gerald up.
The kiddos absolutely love it when they get to see characters they know come to life, and they especially love seeing us librarians acting so silly. If you have a second person who is willing to jump in during storytime, I highly recommend acting out one of these tales. You won’t be disappointed.
I wanted to go fairly simply for our craft today, so we made friendship bracelets. We just used pipe cleaners and pony beads, and then bent the completed bracelet around our wrist, or just left it as a “snake” or whatever else the kiddos imagined it to be. Not only is this really easy and fun, it also is a great way for the kiddos to work on their fine motor skills. Woo hoo!