It’s been so long since I posted a storytime and that should tell you how busy we are at the library! I love Thanksgiving and it’s a holiday that nobody gets too upset about it if we read Thanksgiving stories during our regular story times. Here’s what I’m planning for next week…
Monday: Lego Club
We are going to build turkeys or Thanksgiving feast tables. It’s not very creative, but I’d like to see if someone can build me a giant bowl of mashed potatoes.
Tuesday: Storytime for 4’s and 5’s
This is quickly becoming my favorite storytime. I was mostly working with the babies and toddlers before and it’s kind of fun to read some stories to older children. Here’s my plan:
Hello Song: Everybody Smile and Wave
Finger Play: Where is thumbkin?
Book: Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
Song: (to the tune of the “wheels on the bus”) The turkey on the farm says “Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.The turkey on the farm says “Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.Thanksgiving Day is near.
Finger Play: Two little turkeys sitting on a cloud. One named soft (whisper) and One named Loud (yell). Fly away soft (whisper) Fly away loud(yell). Come back soft (whisper) Come back loud (yell).
Book: Thanksgiving Mice by Bethany Roberts
Finger Play: I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his wings (fan hands at hips)
And walks like that (strut back and forth)
His daily corn he would not miss, (pretend to eat corn)
And when he talks, he sounds like this! (Gobble, Gobble!)
Book: The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli
Song: Autumn Leaves are Falling Down
(Tune: London Bridges is falling down)
Autumn Leaves are falling down,
Fallin down, falling down. (Wiggle fingers in downward motion.)
Autumn Leaves are falling down
Gently to the ground. (Wiggle fingers in downward motion until you touch the ground.)
Book: Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by Eileen Spinelli
If you’re happy and you know it.
Wednesday: Parachute Storytime for 2’s and 3’s
We will be reading:
A Plump and Perky Turkey by Bateman
This is the Turkey by Levine
I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
Parachute play will include:
bounce the turkey on the parachute
the turkey pokey (like the hokey pokey)
Thursday: Traditional Storytime for 2’s and 3’s
We will read:
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennesy
Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell
We will also be doing the Tooty Ta dance. If you don’t know Tooty Ta then you should. Here’s where you can find out more about how to Tooty Ta.
You wont find any footage of me doing Tooty Ta- if you want to see that you should come to story time!
So that’s what I’m reading next week.
Here are some of my other favorite Thanksgiving books:
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin
My First Thanksgiving by Tomie DePaola
Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
Some Extension Activities to try at home: