Today we had seven friends join us. It was a cold and rainy morning so our daycare kids didn’t walk down. I think there might be a virus making its rounds too so we had less kids.
Our theme today was bunnies. We read two books about bunnies, did four finger plays about bunnies and then we made our own bunnies to take home. Our fingerprint letter today was “B” and we made fingerprint bunnies too!
As kids came in today, I had them come up to the circulation desk and we painted their fingers gray and did their fingerprint letter b books right away. Then we had them paint their toilet paper rolls and two skinny popsicle sticks white so they could be drying while we did the rest of our storytime. First we did our good morning and welcome song. Then we did two bunny fingerplays that I found on Storytime Katie. This is the link: https://storytimekatie.com/2011/04/25/bunny-storytime/
Fingerplay: “Here is a Bunny”
Here is a bunny with ears so funny (hold up index and middle fingers for ears)
And here is his hole in the ground (make a circle with the other hand)
At the first sound he hears, he pricks up his ears (extend two fingers)
And hops in the hole in the ground (fingers jump into the hole)
Credit: Early Literature
Fingerplay: “Little Bunny”
There was a little bunny who lived in the wood. (hold up two fingers)
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should (wiggle on head)
He hopped by a squirrel. He hopped by a tree. (hop, hop)
He hopped by a duck. And he hopped by me. (hop, hop over fist)
He stared at the squirrel. He stared at the tree. (stare, stare)
He stared at the duck. But he made faces at me! (stare, make faces)
Credit: Texas State Library
The first book we read today was “Hungry Bunny” by Claudia Rueda. This is a fun and interactive book that the kids really enjoyed. My preschooler loves it so much that she requested it for Christmas.
I absolutely love this book and I was excited to have one of our friends check out our other book by Claudia Rueda called “Bunny Slopes”. The kids really like the interactive structure of the book and it really engages their attention. I’m a huge fan!
Then we did two more fingerplays. The first one comes from “Sunflower Storytime” and you can find them here: https://sunflowerstorytime.com/2011/04/20/hop-like-a-bunny/
FINGERPLAY: Here is a Nest
Here is a nest for robin (cup hands)
Here is a hive for a bee (close fists)
Here is a hole for a bunny (make circle with both hands)
And here is a house for me (make roof with hands)
And then our last fingerplay/action stuff to get out the wiggles of the day also comes from Storytime Katie and I linked her blog up above for what she does with bunny storytime.
Action Rhyme: “Little Rabbit”
I saw a little rabbit go hop, hop, hop
I told that little rabbit to stop, stop, stop
He wiggled his ears and wrinkled his nose
And wiggled, wiggled, wiggled right down to his toes.
Credit: Modified from Preschool Education Music & Songs
Then our last book of the day was “Wolfie the Bunny” by Ame Dyckman. I adore this book!
The kids really enjoyed the repetition of how Dot thought her baby brother was going to eat them all and they loved the ending. I highly recommend this book. It’s sweet, funny and deals with sibling disagreements as well.
For our craft, we painted toilet paper rolls (that had been donated to us) white and then let them dry. We also painted two popsicle sticks white for the bunny ears. Once we were done with storytime, we glued white cardstock paper that I cut out into teeth, added googly eyes and then glued on pop-poms for the nose and tails. Super cute, easy and cheap. Win win win with our tiny storytime budget.
I think they turned out super cute!
Next week, our letter of the week will be C. We’re going to read two funny books we have about being courteous to others. We’re also going to make cats with our fingerprint books.
Here is the schedule for next month: