[NOTE: I have written elsewhere about the storytime routine I have been using lately, including bubbles, ukulele songs, and opening and closing songs. Since I use some of the same books and other material for both preschool storytime and outreach storytimes, it’s more efficient to talk about those items and omit the details of preschool storytime that are repeated from week to week.]
Last week I did some outreach storytimes in addition to my Preschool Pandas storytime using a bath theme. The muse for doing a bath theme was this beauty:
Get Out of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup has some of the interactive elements that I love from books like Tap the Magic Tree and Press Here, yet it is a shorter and simpler book, making it more accessible for younger audiences. Highly recommended. Especially because I got to dress up my elephant puppet like this:
Okay, so I had to take some liberties. Yes, her bathrobe is a wizard robe worn backwards and yes, that *is* a plastic bag on her head as a shower cap. The kids got the idea anyway and thought she was hilarious. Win!
I also used this theme as an excuse to tell my very favorite flannelboard story, Mrs. Wishy Washy. I remade these pieces (the set I made before stayed at my previous library) in a snap thanks to Making Learning Fun. With Preschool Pandas we talked about the letter B, so we used these beanbags like brushes to clean the animals when I was telling the story. Before the story we sang “This is the Way We Wash Our Hands” with them and also did a series of actions with rhyming words. For example, “Beanbag, beanbag, peanut butter and jelly. Beanbag, beanbag on my belly!’ or “Beanbag, beanbag purple and red. Beanbag, beanbag on my head!”
With Preschool Pandas, we did our customary Letter of the Day discussion, where we brainstormed words starting with the letter B.
We also used bells to do the bell sequence from Mother Goose on the Loose, previously discussed here.
After Preschool Pandas, we played with beanbags and bubble wands.
Preschool Pandas is a Storytime in the Park program, made possible by a grant from the United Way of Colquitt County, in partnership with the Moultrie-Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Authority.