Storytime: Rainbows & Shamrocks

DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILLS:  Letter Knowledge

BOOKS TO DISPLAY
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
by Natasha Wing
St. Patrick’s Day from the Black Lagoon
by Mike Thaler
Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley
Lucky Leprechaun
by Dawn Bentley
Clever Tom
and the Leprechaun by Linda Shute
The Leprechaun Under the Bed
by Teresa bateman
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever!
by Teddy Slater
A Rainbow of My Own
by Don Freeman
That’s What Leprechauns do 
by Eve Bunting
The Leprechaun’s Gold
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Silly Goose and Dizzy Duck Hunt for a Rainbow
by Sally Grindley
The Rainbow and You
by Edwin C. Krupp
What Make a Rainbow 
by Betty Ann Schwartz

BASIC TIMELINE

  1. Intro
  2. Hello Song
  3. Read-a-Loud Book
  4. Flannelboard
  5. Action Rhyme
  6. Read-a-Loud Book
  7. Finger Puppet Rhyme
  8. Read-a-Loud Book
  9. Flannelboard
  10. ASL Goodbye Song
  11. Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS

Rainbows & Shamrocks Storytime Books

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day
by Joan Holub
St. Patrick’s Day Countdown
by Salina Yoon

ACTIVITIES

Flannelboard: Five Shamrocks (via Sunflower Storytime)
Five green shamrocks growing outdoors
A leprechaun picked one, and that left four
Four green shamrocks, green as they can be
A leprechaun picked one and that left tree
Five green shamrocks growing outdoors
Mother picked one, and that left four.
Four green shamrocks, green as they can be.
Father picked one and that left three.
Three green shamrocks playing peek-a-boo
Sister picked one and that left two.
Two green shamrocks nodding in the sun,
Brother picked one, and that left one.
One green shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day fun.
I picked it, and that left none.

Action Rhyme: “Leprechauns, Leprecauns (modified Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Leprechauns, Leprechauns turn around
Leprechauns, Leprechauns touch the ground
Leprechauns, Leprechauns reach up high
Leprechauns, Leprechauns blink your eyes
Leprechauns, Leprechauns touch your nose
Leprechauns, Leprechauns wiggle your toes
Leprechauns, Leprechauns slap your knees
Leprechauns, Leprechauns sit down please

Finger Puppet Rhyme:Two Little Leprechauns” (modified Two Little Blackbirds)
Two little leprechauns, sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come Back Jack, come back Jill.

Flannelboard: “Make a Rainbow” (via Artfelt.net)

Take an apple; put it 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 a tangerine; 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 lemon; 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 a pear; put it 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 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 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: Rainbow!

Rainbows & Shamrocks Storytime Craft

This week’s craft was nice and easy. I used a cutting board to quickly cut up rainbow colored strips of cardstock. I cut white and gray clouds out of layered cardstock without using a template. I discovered the St. Paddy’s Day stickers while scrounging around the library’s basement.

REVIEW:

Storytime went fairly well. There were larger than normal crowds at each tri-weekly storytime sessions. So I kept having to generate more craft from one session to the next (Good thing this was an easy to create craft!). Given the diverse age range, I opted to go with simpler books (i.e. Green and St. Patrick’s Day Countdown). I also threw in a few rounds of Dance Your Fingers and Head and Shoulders to mitigate the wiggles. The extension activities went over pretty well…with the exception of one extroverted little boy who reminded me I’d already done Make a Rainbow a few weeks prior during our “Colors” themed storytime. Talk about kids keeping it real.

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