Puppet: Our turtle puppet came out of his house in his shell long enough to make the rounds:
There was a little, who lived in a box.
He swam in the puddles, he climbed on the rocks.
HE snapped at the mosquitoes, he snapped at the fleas.
He snapped a the minnows, he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquitoes, he caught the fleas,
He caught the minnows, but he didn't catch me!
There were some new little minnows in story hour today, Dylan and Bianca, today, and they liked being nibbled.
Guess What I Am by Anni Axworthy. This is a nice die-cut, but any book can be used as an intro to this storyhour that's interactional. "What has a lot of teeth and lives in the ocean?" "What's a bird that can't fly and lives at the South Pole?"
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers. Love this wonderful, wide-eyed book about a little boy who finds an airplane in the back of his closet. Perfect for storytime.
The Napping House by Audrey Woods. With the Big Book and a xylophone, I had the perfect combo.
I struck a different note for each character in the book. This really worked -- thanks for the loan of the xylophone, Dan, Barbara, and Danny!
Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells. Would Max be good about cleaning up? Oliver knew the answer to that! Not a chance. Max was a disaster!
Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara. Male sure you intro, using not the cover, but the first two pages. Pause and ask the kids -- ghosts! Do you think the little girl should be scared? Let's see what she does!
If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder. With Marc Brown's bright, funny pictures and Eric Pinder's wonderfully silly versification, this is a great storytime readaloud. And who wouldn't love the premise? If all the animals came inside. The walls would temble. The closets would quake. Oh, what a terrible mess we would make! Next time, I think I'll try to get the kids to beat out the rhythm of that couplet in chorus.
Our craft was cards with a Pop-Up House designed by the great pop-up artist Robt Sabuda himself. There was some fine glue sticking and paper fringeing and drawing and stickering done.
Since Halloween is right around the corner, this year I'll alter the Pop-up House pattern by making the roof more slanty and therefore more haunted. It would be a fun tie-in for Ghosts in the House; we can glue on tissue paper ghosts.