Today I helped out with the Family storytime. It was my first time doing a storytime with such an anticipated age range, apparently sometimes there are birth to age 8 there. Today most of the kids were 3-8yrs old, which is still an age range, but meant fewer kids running around.
Our theme for the day was the Egg, even though it is a week after Easter, it is still nice to have a spring related topic. Since it was a really nice day outside, we started off with a boat ride and sang “Row, Row Row Your Boat,” on one of the Wiggleworms cds.
Following the opening song I read Daisy and the Egg by Jane Simmons. The kids enjoyed it and we did some actions to go along with the story, it was a little scary when Mama Duck seems determined to leave the unhatched sibling behind, but we were all happy when Daisy’s brother hatched!
Following the book, the librarian I was doing the story in tandem with and I presented a puppet show version of the Most Wonderful Egg It was a success, both the parents and the kids seemed to enjoy the puppets and the story.
From the puppet show we did a song “If you’re happy and you know it” from the same Wiggleworms CD.
We then threw in some finger popping, as it is a must have at these storytimes.
I finished with my very first Draw and Tell story–it was about a bird who wants a family and builds a nest, gets another bird to join him, and then finds an egg in their nest. Only it turns out to be a Dinosaur, and so does the picture! One kid commented it was “magic” when I turned the page over to reveal what the baby was!
It was a fun storytime, and even the older kids seemed to really be engaged with the stories.