I Love It When You Smile by Sam McBratney — Good story to start with, I think we actually had a “grumpy Roo” in the room, his brow was furrowed when he arrived with his little sister. The kids thought the mud puddle ending was funny.
I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge — Cute little rhymes, moves quick, and most of the kids new the animals names.
(song) The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera — this one was fun. I modified some of the “noises” they made to make it easier for the kids. They had a really good time!
(fingerplay) Five Little Monkeys — found some felt board monkeys and stuck them to our fingerplay glove. I had the kids stand up and jump with me, then we all called the doctor and wagged our fingers. They knew the rhyme already and I think it made them feel good after the tricky “Wheels on the Bus” revision.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle — classic. They acted out all the movements perfectly and they I told them shout out “I CAN DO IT!” each time.
I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs — got them to sit back down and do this one. The older kids knew a lot of the animals and had fun shouting out the answers.
Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti — this book, I want to like it but it never seems to go over as well in storytime. I think it’s because the animals are so uncommon when it comes to making noises so they kids stumble. I think the Seal was the biggest winner of them all.
Craft: Hippo paper bag puppet — a big hit! I had them all come up and talk to my puppet with their puppets after they were done.