This school year in storytime I decided to use the alphabet to give me inspiration for themes. So this week, D is for Donuts!
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) Mystery Box
This week I put a real donut in the box...
3) The Case of the Missing Donut - Alison McGhee
4) Shape Monster feltboard
5) Curious George and the Donut Delivery - Margret & H.A. Rey (18-36 mo), The Donut Chef - Bob Staake (3-5 yrs)
6) Mmm Donuts
Found this little game at Lindsy's Preschool Alphabet (I did change the words slightly). I cut 10 donut shapes from some foam sheets we had, scattered them on the floor in front of me, and one by one had each kid come pick one up.
Down around the corner, at the bakery shop,
There were (#) little donuts with colored frosting on top.
Along came (name), hungry for a treat,
And s/he picked the (color) one to take home and eat!
We counted out loud how many donuts were left before moving on to the next person. Once everyone had one, I went down the line asking "[name], what color donut do you have?" and they would tell me and I'd take it from them.
7) Song – We are the Dinosaurs - Laurie Berkner
My kids LOVE this song. They ask for it every week. The dinosaurs stop and eat in the song, so we pretended they were eating donuts. :)
8) If You Give a Dog a Donut - Laura Numeroff
9) D is for Donut coloring page (18-36 mo.) or D is for Donut craft (3-5 yrs)
Basic idea for this craft from Jean Warren. I cut out a large D (with a tiny center) from brown paper. The "frosting" was white glue mixed with a bit of white tempera paint (so it wouldn't dry completely clear). The kids used paint brushes to apply their frosting. Then I'd chopped some small "sprinkles" out of scrap paper that they scattered over the frosting.
|My 3-year-old daughter's version|
Ok I couldn't have a storytime about donuts without bringing some in... Just a small thing of glazed donut holes for the kids and parents. And a bigger box of the good stuff for the staff. :)
Other donut ideas:
The Great Doughnut Parade - Rebecca Bond
Arnie the Doughnut - Laurie Keller
This was a very hard storytime to find books and activities for. But I really really wanted to read the Laura Numeroff book, and we'd already done a dog storytime over the summer. We made it work!!