Storytime

Toddler/Preschool Storytime: Bedtime

For my regular daytime storytimes, I decided to do a bedtime theme to help promote my monthly PJ storytime that takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at 6pm. I wore my pajams like I do for PJ storytime and everything! The big difference was that we worked on a craft after preschool storytime which I don’t normally do after PJ storytime. 6:30pm is a little late for some kids and I really do want to help them wind down at the end of the day.

Opening Routine:

We Clap and Say Hello
ABCs
Letter of the Week was Y for yawn

For Toddlers I read:

Everyone is Yawning
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Recipe for Bedtime
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Cornelius P. Mud.
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This book was also great because he answers over and over again that YES he put his toys away and YES he picked out a book. It went well with my letter of the week.

For Preschoolres I read:

I Dare You Not to Yawn
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The Squeaky Door
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This is one of my favorite read-alouds of all time! It is a retelling of a Puerto Rican folktale. It always goes over well. I make the kissing sounds and a very exaggerated squeak sound for the door. By the end, everyone is doing it with me. It is the best!

Lets Sing a Lullaby
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Songs, Rhymes, Fingerplays, Flannels

I played and sang Sleeping Bunnies on the ukulele. The kids LOVED doing the actions. I added on a couple of verses to make the fun last longer.

Sleeping Bunnies– I first heard this one from Miss Mary Liberry

C                                                     F
See the little bunnies sleeping till its nearly noon.

G                           C                                 G                   C
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune.

C                       C                    G             C
Oh how still! Are they ill? Wake up soon!

C
Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop
G
Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop
C
Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop
G
Hop little bunnies, hop  hop  hop
G              C
Hop hop hop (slowing down)
G               C
Hop hop hop (slowing down)

Some additional verses I added:
See the little birdies… Flap little birdies, flap flap flap

See the little kitties… Stretch little kitties, stretch stretch stretch

I used my Counting Ovejas flannel to count sheep. They helped me say the colors as I put them up and then we counted them. When we counted all 5 of them, I asked if anyone had fallen asleep and they got a kick out of that. 😛

One of the sheep was black so then we sang Baa Baa Black Sheep while I played the ukulele.

I was going to use this opportunity to sing Five in the Bed to take them off the flannelboard but was running out of time so skipped it.

Preschool Craft:

I feel like I took the easy road with this week’s craft but the kids enjoyed it a lot. We designed our own pajamas. I found a coloring sheet template, enlarged it, and brought out the craft supplies for them to decorate. We had crayons, cut up pieces of paper, Do a Dot markers, and glue sticks.