Today’s Toddler Storytime theme was ‘Hug Your Cat Day’ and there was lots of CATS today that visited us 🙂
1.) Our Hello Song and Lamb Chop Puppet
2.) Book One: Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons and flannel board
3.) Cat Puppet and Little Kitty Kat Rhyme
4.) Book Two: Cat the Cat: Who is That? with flannel board
5.) Pete the Cat Stuffed Animal and Cool Cat song
6.) Book Three: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and flannel board
7.) Little Cat, Little Cat Flannel Board
8.) Book Four: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
9.) Goodbye Song and Lambchop Hugs
Our first book the kids loved because no one in my group knew Pete the Cat yet! This will hopefully introduce them to reading more of his stories. I made an accompanying flannel board to go with it so that the kids would see and be able to count the buttons on Pete the Cat’s shirt. After each button fell off we counted again to see how many buttons were left before we went on in the story. This was a great book for this age group because it helped teach counting visually by showing the buttons coming off but also showing the equation, for example 4-1=3.
Next I did one of my favorite rhymes, which I found on Jbrary‘s site, with my Cat puppet. This was a great rhyme because the kids were able to act out the motions with me.
I’m a Little Kitty Kat (to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a Little Kitty Kat
Nice and Sweet
Here are my whiskers
Here are my paws
When I go out hunting, mice beware.
Or you might just get a scare!
Next I read, “Cat the Cat, Who is that” and made an accompanying flannel board to go with this story. The kids really liked seeing the characters in real life!
Pete the Cat made a visit to our story time today! We sang him an awesome song! It’s called Cool Cat and I found it on Jbrary‘s site!
‘Hey There Pete you’re a real cool cat.
You got a lot of this and you got a lot of that.
So come on in and get down (ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch)
To the left (ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch)
To the Right (ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch)
Up in the air (ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch)
and get down (ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, ch)
There are lots of fun movements that I did to go with it. I did exactly what Jbrary’s site had except I made it with Pete the Cat’s name instead of the kid’s names.
The kids really loved the first Pete the Cat book so they were excited to see that we were doing another after meeting Pete the Cat 🙂 I did an accompanying flannel board to this as well. This book did an awesome job of teaching the kids different colors.
Lastly I did one of my favorite flannel board so far: Little Cat, Little Cat. The kids identified what colors each of the houses were as I put them up. Then I had everyone close their eyes and Little Cat went and hid in one of the houses. The kids then took turns
choosing what house Little Cat was hiding in and we all chanted, “Little Cat Little Cat are you in the __________house?” The kids loved this one the best because they got to interact with it so much. Here is the pdf I made to make this flannel board:
Then it was the end of story time. We sang our goodbye song and Lamb Chop came out and gave hugs! I think that this story time went great because of all of the flannel boards. The group really seemed to like them and it made it so the kids were more focused on the book we were reading. I am planning on doing more flannel boards to accompany the books I do in the future. Next week will be MONSTERS 🙂 Come check out the fun next week!