Storytime Theme: In the Night

So, we have a storytime mascot, Ollie, who I have talked about on this blog before.  Ollie is an owl puppet that the children adore.

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Ollie (left) with his friend, Buddy

So, it was natural that we would talk about how Ollie is a nocturnal animal and how excited he is to read the stories this week.  Anything important to Ollie is important to the kids.  They love him THAT much!

Books:

  • Sleep Little One, Sleep  by Marion Dane Bauer (This book draws metaphors between the actions of animals and the act of falling asleep.)
  • Good Night, Gorilla  by Peggy Rathman (Children and adults alike laugh at this story of a smart Gorilla who wants to go home with the zoo keeper.)
  • The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson (Beautifully illustrated book offers a chance to talk about the colors of the night!)
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon  by Kevin Henkes (Kids think it is so cute when Kitten believes the moon is a bowl of milk!)
  • The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry (Parents and children both relate to this story of a little mouse trying to fall asleep but hears all sorts of bumps and thuds.)
  • Morning, Noon and Night by Jean Craighead George (Perfect opportunity to discuss not only the cycle of the day, but show examples of diurnal and nocturnal animals.)

Activity

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Salt Stars:   Toddlers love to paint, but it is often a scary proposition for parents.  This week I showed them how to paint using just water and salt.  It goes on looking like plain water, but as the water evaporates, the salt begins to show up!  I use waaaaaaaaaaaaay more salt than I do water….the more salt you got on the page, the better with this activity.

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Day/Night Scramble:  I took an idea on Pinterest and tweaked it to make the Day/Night scramble.  First I took a bunch of clip art of things you see in the day and night and mixed it all up on a page.  The kids take two half circles and glue those together.  One side is blue for day and the other is black for night.   After the kids cut out all of the clip art, they sort it onto the correct times of day and glue it on.  Of course, I made a big to do over how smart they were in solving my scramble!night and day scramble

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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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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