Stinky, Smelly Storytime

This week’s storytime was so smelly! I bet you could smell us a mile away! Just kidding…. seriously though, the theme was stinky stuff.

The motivation for this theme was the craft. I wanted to do a garbage truck craft because one of my little storytime friends had requested it. After determining the craft I had to think of a good theme to go along with it. Trucks seemed too obvious (although I am sure it would have been just as popular) so stinky it was.

In the beginning of the storytime when I announced the theme, I asked the children what they knew of that is stinky. Of course one kid answered “Poo!,” which made everyone else answer “Poo!” Until another kid said “GREEN Poo!”  The kids thought it was HILARIOUS and could barely contain themselves. I definitely left myself wide open with that one.

Anyway, on to the books. I started out this week with Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup.

This book was a hit! Rarely do I have the undivided attention of every single child in the room. I have no idea what it was about this book, but the kids were definitely in to it! It’s about a bear who refuses to bathe and is very stinky as a result. One day when he gets an itch he can’t reach, he has to take a bath so that Big Fluffy Bear will scratch it. The kids were all so focused on this book, it was unbelievable. I think it might be the huge, beautiful illustrations or the simple story about cleaning up. It led to a nice discussion about taking baths and washing faces. Hardly any of the kids took showers, but everyone’s daddy does!

Next we read I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullen.

I don’t think it would be possible to do this theme and leave this book out. It could be the most excellent book about stinking ever. I love this book about the garbage truck who makes the rounds about the city cleaning up all sorts of nasty things and so do the kids.

Finally we finished with Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace.

This is another one of the awesome books by Rosenthal and Corace about a character who wants desperately to do something different from what their parents want. I have read another of their books,  Little Pea before in our I’m Hungry storytime and it went over well. This book may have been funnier. It is about a pig who really wants to clean up but his parents make him make a mess. I think the kids really felt the pigs pain although, when asked none of them wanted to clean up!

This week there were a few cool extras. First, my co-worker is an elementary school teacher and she brought in a cute little garbage can for me to use.

I filled it up with lots of  “garbage” (really it was just random things around our workroom like binder clips, felt shapes, and plastic spoons) and everyone was given one piece of trash to throw away. As an added bonus, I called everyone up using colors they were wearing. The kids always enjoy activities like this, but usually we use the flannel board. I think the garbage can made it more exciting.

Also there is a cute fingerplay that the children can act out as you go:

GARBAGE!

Pick up garbage, and throw it in the bin!
Push it down, and stomp it in!
Carry the cans to the street
for the garbage trucks to eat.
When the truck comes roaring by,
workers lift the cans up high.
Garbage falls into the back.
Crush it, mash it, smash it flat!
Set the cans down with a thump.
Now drive that garbage to the dump!

Finally for craft this week, we made the aforementioned garbage truck:

I can’t take credit for this awesome picture, it was made by one of the kids. Basically all they did was color in their truck and then glue on crumpled pieces of paper on it. It was very popular and all the kids were very proud of their truck!

Hoo! Hoo! Owl Storytime

After what has seemed like the longest storytime break ever- we are back!!

I was very excited to start this session with an owl storytime! There are some very cute books all about owls that I knew my storytime kids would enjoy.

We started out with A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na.

I think this is one of the most beautiful picture books to come out last year.  I just love the illustrations and the kids really enjoyed this calming story.

Next we read Wow! said the Owl by Tim Hopgood.

This is a great story all about an owl who decides to stay up during the day to see all of the beautiful colors. This was a fun book to read because not only did it teach the children that owls sleep during the day (What? Who knew?!) but also reinforces colors. The illustrations are bright and beautiful and the kids liked guessing which color each page was about.

Next we read one of my favorite owl books, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

This is such a sweet story about three owl babies who wake up and their mother is not there. The children were all worried about the owls but were not too worried that the owl babies’ mother would be missing for too long.

For our craft, we made owl masks. These were perfect because they looked just like the owls in Owl Babies.

It was very easy to make. Just cut out some eye holes, attach a beak and some cotton balls and you have yourself one cool owl mask