Storytime Theme: I Can Help!

This week at the library, we are talking about ways we help out each other.  Most of the kids have some experience at being good helpers for Mommy and Daddy; so, this topic is something they can relate to.

Books:

Toddlers: 

  • Little Red Hen Gets Help by Kenneth Spengler  (Easy to follow book that shows us motivations behind helping others)
  • Just Helping My Dad by Mercer Mayer  (Little Critter has the best of intentions, but things don’t always go as planned.  And that is ok!)

Pre K:

  • You and Me, Little Bear by Martin Waddell  (Waddell is a wonderful author and this book demonstrates the importance of doing your chores first and playing last)
  • Curious George Makes Pancakes by Margaret and H.A. Rey  (George’s curiosity seems to always get the best of him!  But in this case, being a good helper paid off!)

Craft:

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Chef Hats:  I love Oriental Trading Co. so much that I use their products almost every semester.  I found these child sized chef hats months ago and pre-ordered them so that I would be able to use them in this lesson!  First we talked about ways to help out our mommies and decided that one way to help out was in the kitchen.  Thanksgiving was just last week, so the idea of helping out with the cooking fit in well!

The hat is not put together at first.  They are flat and then are sized to the shape of the child’s head.  So, first the kids got to decorate the hats and then their adult sized it to their heads.  It was a mixed bag on who enjoyed trying on their hat and who wanted nothing to do with it.  But overall, they enjoyed wearing something that the big guys wore.  🙂

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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As a prop for the “I’m a Little Helper” song, I used the clip art below.  After the song I asked the kids to raise their hands if they did any of those chores at home.  You would be surprised at how many answered yes!

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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