Storytimes

Letter “H” Storytime

This storytime is apart of my ABC Storytimes series.

Books

Hooray for Hat by Brian Won

Early Literacy Reading Strategies

  • Exaggerate the animals’ “I’m grumpy” dialogue.
  • Ask the toddlers “What do you look like when you are grumpy?”
  • Ask them to “smile,” say “hooray” and “cheer” along with the story.
  • Ask “What’s this animal?” on some pages.

Say Hello by Linda Davick

Early Literacy Reading Strategies

  • Respond to children as they say “Hello!” Look each child in the eye as they “catch on.”
  • Allow time for children to respond and “say hello” between pages.
  • Use hand to point to words on the cover and each page.

Activities

What Should I Eat? 

This is one of my favorites and so surprisingly versatile! I adapted this from my Food Storytime and used my hippo puppet and food flannels.

“I’m a Hungry Hippo”
I’m a hungry hippo! (I’m a hungry hippo)
What should I eat? (What should I eat?)
Think I’ll have some pizza
(think I’ll have some pizza)
Without any meat! (Without any meat).

I’m a hungry hippo! (I’m a hungry hippo)
What should I eat? (What should I eat?)
Think I’ll have tomato soup
(think I’ll have tomato soup)
With lots of heat! (With lots of heat).

I’m a hungry hippo! (I’m a hungry hippo)
What should I eat? (What should I eat?)
Think I’ll have some spaghetti
(Think I’ll have some spaghetti)
What a treat! (What a treat!)

I’m a hungry hippo! (I’m a hungry hippo)
What should I eat? (What should I eat?)
Think I’ll have some ice cream
(think I’ll have some ice cream)
Now everybody scream! (AHHH)

“Hedgehog, Hedgehog”

Another much loved “H” animal is the hedgehog! There are so many good picture books about hedgehogs, but I’ve found that most are written for older children and don’t work well for my tots. So, instead of a hedgehog story, we did a hedgehog rhyme! For this activity I made a smalll hedgehog (laminated with cardboard on the back to help it stand). I hot-glued some pipecleaners to him to make him spiky!

img_3350“Hedgehog, Hedgehog”
Hedgehog, hedgehog
Spiky and fat
Better not touch him
He’ll poke you, like that!
“Owww!!!”

When I said “like that,” I touched the pipecleaner spikes and said “ow!” Then we said the rhyme again and I let the tots touch him if they were brave enough!

 

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