I try to make storytime last about a half hour, then the craft at the end takes varying amounts of time based on the kids.
My first storytime of our Dig into Reading Summer Reading Program was about Gardening.
1) These Are My Glasses - Laurie Berkner
My current opening song that we sing acappella every week. I start by asking them to show me their glasses and their book so that they remember the signs. We sing it through twice, then I'll ask them to quietly put their "books" in their lap.
These are my glasses (make the letter o with each hand)
And this is my book (hands together)
I put on my glasses (put "glasses" over eyes)
And open up the book (open book hands)
Now I read read read (hold book up in front of face like reading)
And I look look look (put glasses over eyes and look around room)
I put down my glasses and… (lower glasses)
WHOOP! Close up the book. (clap as if closing a book quickly)
2) One Mole Digging a Hole – Julia Donaldson
3) Song – We are the Dinosaurs - Laurie Berkner
My kids LOVE this song. They ask for it every week.
4) Who's in the Garden? – Phillis Gershator
5) Yummy Watermelons feltboard
I found this little story in the vast filing cabinet of flannelboard activities that I need to organize someday. We changed the "when I was playing outside" line to "after I went to the library". :)
6) Up, Down, and Around – Katherine Ayres
7) Song – Hot Potato - the Wiggles
Potatoes fit with the theme. Spaghetti and bananas not so much... but it was a fun song to introduce.
8) Growing Vegetable Soup – Lois Ehlert
For our craft, I cut potatoes in half and had three colors of washable tempera paint to choose from. Some kids stamped nice little circles, some smeared and "painted" with their potatoes. If I'd had less kids (and therefore less potatoes) I would have cut the potato ends into cool shapes like squares and stars and such. But I think they liked the circles just fine.