Storytime: Strawberries

DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL: Narrative Skill & Vocabulary

BOOKS TO DISPLAY

Jamberry by Bruce Degan
The Relatives Came
by Cynthia Rylant
The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac
Sweet Strawberries by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
These Bees Count!
by Alison Formento
Baby Bear Sees Blue
by Ashley Wolff
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!
by Janet Stevens
Strawberries are Red by Petr Horacek
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
by Molly Bang
Saving Strawberry Farm
by Deborah Hopkinson  
Ten Blue Wrens: and What a Lot of Waddle!
by Elizabeth Honey

BASIC TIMELINE

  1. Intro
  2. Song
  3. Read-a-Loud Book
  4. Flannelboard
  5. Read-a-Loud Book
  6. Flannelboard
  7. Read-a-Loud Book
  8. Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS

Strawberry Books

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Good Job, Oliver by Laurel Molk
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

ACTIVITIES

Song: Picked a Strawberry (via Jbrary)
Picked a strawberry
Picked a strawberry
That was growing in the sun 
Then I washed it and I ate it
Then I picked another one. 
(tune: Clementine)

Flannelboard: Five Red Strawberries (via Abby the Librarian)
Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.
Four red strawberries, sitting in a tree. 
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.
Three red strawberries, one for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two. 
Two red strawberries, shining in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one. 
One red strawberry, left all alone. 
Bear came and ate one and then there was none.

Flannelboard: Make a Rainbow (modified) (via Artfelt.net)
Take some strawberries;

Put them in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest RED you ever did see!
Take an orange;
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest ORANGE you ever did see!
Take a banana;
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest YELLOW you ever did see!
Take some grapes;
Put them in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest GREEN you ever did see!
Take some berries;
Put them in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest BLUE you ever did see!
Take a plum;
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest PURPLE you ever did see!
Red and orange and yellow and green
Blue and purple colors are seen!
Put them together; what will they be?
The prettiest RAINBOW you ever did see.

CRAFT: Strawberries!

Strawberry Craft

This week’s strawberry craft was hassle free to prep. I simply created a quick set of templates. Then, I stacked appropriately colored construction paper 4-5 sheets deep, used my templates for tracing purposes and got busy cutting everything out. I used a small hole punch to create seeds, and make a hole in the stems for the addition of chenille stems/pipe cleaners.

REVIEW:

One of my preschool classes is learning about strawberries, so the instructor requested I put together a strawberry themed storytime.  I was happy to do so, and came up with this outline. The extension activities went over really well (especially Make a Rainbow), and both groups of preschoolers adored Pete the Cat. I appreciate the interactive nature of the story, and a lot of my munchkins found it difficult to resist bee-bopping along to the song portions of the picture book.

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