Category: Fall storytime

10 Apples Up On Top!

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This year I want to incorporate more props into my storytelling. So, I created a hat to use with Dr. Seuss’ Ten Apples Up On Top! Well…my husband engineered it for me. He welded a wooden dowel to a hat and drilled holes through each plastic apple. (I found a set of 20 at the craft store. I used 10 for this story, and 10 for Ten Red Apples.) I wear the hat and add apples with the dog, cat, and tiger:

Ten Apples Up on Top

For more storytime ideas, check out Lisa’s Libraryland. She’s hosting this week’s Flannel Friday roundup. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

Ten Red Apples

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For the fall I decided to spruce up my apple themed stories for storytime and outreach. I made a prop to go along with Pat Hutchins’ Ten Red Apples. I placed ornament hooks on small plastic apples and hung them on a plastic shrub in my flowerpot. (I found a bag of 20 apples at the craft store. I used 10 for this story and 10 for 10 Apples Up on Top!) I use this prop to countdown the apples with the children:

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I also created lap flannel boards to use this fall. I used my tree-shaped die cut to create green trees, and counted out 10 red pom poms for each child. I placed them in a plastic baggie to go with each lap board. Now, each child can count along with me:

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For more storytime ideas, check out Lisa’s Libraryland. She’s hosting this week’s Flannel Friday roundup. To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

Ouch!

Ouch!

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Ragnhild Scamell’s Ouch is sadly out of print. I acquired a copy to create a flannel/puppet story to use in the fall. I changed a few details to make the story work a little better for the preschool audience. I use my favorite “Hedgie” puppet, as well as a squirrel, pig, frog, and goat. It’s easy to remember, and only took a few minutes to cut out the different felt pieces. Here’s a video so you can learn the story for your kiddies.

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To get more storytime ideas, check out Flannel Friday. I’m hosting this week’s roundup! To find out more about Flannel Friday, check out the website, the Pinterest board, and the Facebook Group.

The Busy Little Squirrel

The Busy Little Squirrel

Busy Little Squirrel

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri is a nice story to introduce the season of fall. It’s a simple story that I’ve made into a flannel board. I’ve also recently acquired a cardinal finger puppet so I can tell this story using puppets!

Each animal (mouse, bird, frog, cat, dog, and owl) asks squirrel to do something with them. Activities include munch on a pumpkin, rest on a branch, hop on the rocks, lie in the sun, run through the field, and admire the moon. Squirrel cannot do any of these fun things because he is too busy getting ready for winter and collecting goodies to keep him fed. Here’s a short video of me presenting the story with my very cool Puppet Bin:

For more storytime ideas check out What is Bridget Reading? She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week.

Squirrel! Swan!

Squirrel! Swan!

For the 2013 summer reading program, I wrote a sequel to Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Duck! Rabbit! called Anteater! Brachiosaurus! It was a big hit, so I decided to write one for the fall titled Squirrel! Swan! Here it is:

Squirrel! Swan!

Squirrel Swan

Hey look, it’s a squirrel!
It’s not a squirrel, it’s a swan.

Acorn water

Look. It’s eating an acorn. It’s a squirrel.
No, it’s drinking water. It’s a swan.

(Shake lap flannel board)

Look, it’s twitching. It’s definitely a squirrel.
No, it’s preening its feathers. It’s definitely a swan.

Soil and pondweed

Look. It’s hiding its acorn in the soil. It’s a squirrel.
No, it’s having a pondweed snack. It’s a swan.

Nests

Look. Its nest is in the hollowed tree. It’s a squirrel.
No, its nest is in the reeds. It’s a swan.

Trees

Oh, it’s climbing in the oak tree. It’s definitely a squirrel.
No, it’s shading itself under the weeping willow. It’s definitely a swan.

Owl fox

Uh, oh! Here comes an owl. It’s coming for the squirrel.
No, it’s a fox. It’s coming for the swan.

Oh, great. It was scared off.

What are we going to do now?

I don’t know what do you want to do now?

Seal polar bear

Oh, look, it’s a seal.

That’s not a seal, it’s a polar bear!

The End.

Stay tuned for my winter story titled Seal! Polar Bear!

For more flannel ideas check out Reading with Red. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week!

Little Mouse’s Big Secret

Little Mouse’s Big Secret

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This is one of my favorite fall stories. Unfortunately the illustrations are too small to use in storytime. So I worked up a way to use this story with puppets and a special handmade prop. You can dazzle your kids with this story. Here’s what you’ll need:

Mouse and Apple

Puppets (you can always substitute with what you have):

  • mouse
  • squirrel
  • bird
  • turtle
  • hedgehog
  • bunny
  • frog

Props:

Bouquet Wire

If you buy a bouquet that is made of wire you won’t have to do this step. If you purchase the Ikea bouquet, you’ll need to cut off the bottom of the bouquet and replace it with craft wire for flexibility.

Floral tape bouquet

Wrap it with floral tape.

Feed the bouquet through the mailing tube, keeping the battery end on the bottom to hide in your lap when you tell the story.

You can begin the story with the bouquet hidden in the tube. Each time an animal comes to mouse you can feed the bouquet up a little bit.

By the end of the story, the whole bouquet should be sticking out of the tube. (That’s when you dazzle them by turning on the lights!)

Little Mouse's Secret Tree

And voila! The apple tree. The kids will be astonished!

Mouse's Secret

For more storytime ideas Storytime ABCs, she’s hosting Flannel Friday this week.

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