The Letter “A” Storytime

This is the first of my ABCs storytime series. We will be going through every letter through the next 26 weeks!

Books

for the tots

Itsy-Bitsy Animals by Margaret Wild

Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda

Snip Snap! What’s That? By Mara Bergman

The Ants Go Marching (Child’s Play Board Book)

The Ants Go Marching One by One illustrated by Nicole Groot

for preschool+

It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Ed Emberley

Activities

“Row, Row, Row, Your Boat”

One of the absolute most fun rhymes you can sing is “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with an alligator twist! I also use it for yoga storytime and it always makes everyone laugh! Use an alligator puppet for extra screams!

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” 
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
And if you see an alligator
Don’t forget to scream!
AHHH!

Counting Apple Tree

Sometimes I can be “so extra.” This flannel is an example (see my tag flannels so extra). However, I am not ashamed. It was a huge hit and made a fun toy for playtime!

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We sang two songs with this flannel board apple tree–

“10 Little Apples” 
1 little, 2 little, 3 little apples,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little apples,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little apples
10 little apples on the apple tree!

“Picking Apples” 
There are 10 little apples on my apple tree
Won’t you come and pick them with me?

Apples taste yum, yum, yum,
Why don’t we pick just one?
PLOP

Jump up like a kangaroo
And let’s pick two!
PLOP, PLOP

What is that up high, I see?
Let’s pick three!
PLOP, PLOP, PLOP

Oh, how I want so many more!
We better pick four!
PLOP, PLOP, PLOP, PLOP

Now all the apples have disappeared.
Bye, bye apple tree
I’ll see you next year!

Conclusion

I am very excited about this series. My storytimes have been less fun these past few weeks for reasons I cannot grasp, but today I felt like a brand new librarian! Ready for a fun, energetic season!

 

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