July 17, 2010
Family Storytime- In the Jungle
This past week we had 62 in attendance at our In the Jungle Family Story Time! This years Summer Reading Club theme is Destination Jungle and I'm having a wonderful (wild) time with programs. Our family story times are intended for all ages.
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson
17 Kings and 42 Elephants by Margaret Mahy (fantastic rhythm)
I Am Going by Mo Willems (lol)
The Mightiest by Keiko Kasza
We played freeze dance after reading Hilda must be dancing, and I modified a rhyme, so that we could go on a mini safari in the children's section.
I hung pictures of jungle animals all around the story area.
We tapped our knees and said:
"Walking through the Jungle, and what did I see? A great big crocodile smiling at me"
The children would then search the area (with their eyes) for the crocodile and point to it- we then acted like crocodiles. This game continued until we found all of the animals.
It went really well and I think we could have even played that game for the full 30 minutes and the kids would have loved it.
A complete story time plan including the songs we sung will be posted on my website shortly.