Storytime

Welcome to my storytime journey.  Like others before me I want to share what I have done and hopefully inspire you for your own storytimes.

StoriesFlannel board stories are some of my favorite things to do during storytime. Since my storytimes tend to be smaller groups I love having children come up and help me manipulate the pieces. It gives them the opportunity to not only listen to a story but interact with it in a tactile way. Given the curious nature of little hands I have altered my approach in creating my flannels. I almost never glue anything now, but rather sew them for added strength.

Below are the flannel boards that I have created. When possible I will include a PDF of the words. If not, I will provide the title and author of the book that was my inspiration.

~Karen

Sick & Get Well-Toddlers

Books

Fiction
Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
The Greedy Goat by Petr Horacek
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon by Jane Yolen
Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney
Something for You by Charlie Mylie

Non-Fiction
A Doctor’s Job by Patricia Dawson

Flannel Boards

Puppets

Fingerplays

Chicken Soup
from SurLaLune Storytime
When my forehead’s feeling hot Put hand to forehead.
Do I want pizza? I do not! Hold out hands in questioning gesture, shake head.
When I cough or when I sneeze Cough, sneeze.
Give me a bowl of hot soup please Make bowl with hands.
Eating chicken soup with rice Pretend to eat.
Makes me feel so very nice Hug self.
So when you’re feeling under the weather Frown, point thumb down.
Chicken soup might make you feel better Smile, point thumb up.

I’ve Got A Cold
from SurLaLune Storytime
I’ve got a gold point to yourself
My nose can’t smell. point to your nose
My eyes are red, point to your eyes
I don’t feel well. put your hand on your forehead

So, I’ll dringk my juice, pretend to drink
And go to bed. fold hands under your head
My nose feels better, point to nose
And so does my head! point to head

Music

Five Little Monkey’s Jumping On the Bed by Asheba
Asheba has arranged a lively, Caribbean version of this song. We jump and dance along.

Bandage Song

This song came from Make Learning Fun. There are ten verses so it is good for practicing parts of the body. Kids can move the bandage around to the correct body part as you sing through the song. The Bandage Song is sung to the tune of “The Farmer In the Dell.”

Put a bandage on my knee,
Put a bandage on my knee
Oh please take care of me
Put bandage on my knee.

Put a bandage on my head,
Put a bandage on my head
Oh please put me to bed
Put bandage on my head.

Back…Oh nurse my bruise is turning black
Shoulder…Oh nurse look it over
Toe…Oh nurse make my pain go
Wrist…Oh nurse please give it a kiss
Chest…Oh nurse I think I need to rest
Leg…Oh nurse please don’t make me beg
Arm…Oh nurse keep me safe from harm
Chin—Oh nurse it’s starting to bleed again

Animal Friends Sneeze

I picked this rhyme up from Verona Story Time. You can do this in any order and with any puppets that you want. Kids think it is hysterical when you add the “choo” sound to the animal’s onomatopoeia. You can also model good sneezing practices to limit the spread of germs as well as the mannerisms of acknowledging a person’s sneeze.

Sheep’s nose twitches,
Sheep’s nose tingles,
Sheep is going to sneeze!
Baa-choo! Baa-choo! Baa-choo!

Pig says Oink-choo!
Bird says Tweet-choo!
Cat says Meow-choo!
Frog says Ribbit-choo!
Mouse says Squeak-choo!