Silly Storytime – 5/3/17

By Awnali Mills

So, it was Silly Storytime at the library today.  We celebrated our silliness with our chicken, who introduced us to the letter S.  So many things start with S!  I also chose to celebrate Jan Thomas, who does some of my favorite storytime books.  The books I chose were Is Everyone Ready for Fun?, The Doghouse, and A Birthday for Cow.

I started off with Is Everyone Ready for Fun, and had the kids get up and do all the motions with me, jumping up and down, dancing, and wiggling on Chicken’s sofa.  The kids had a blast with this.  Then we talked about our favorite sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly for the win!) and did the flannel Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Hippo Sandwich

A hippo sandwich is easy to make:
All you do is simply take
One slice of bread,
One slice of cake,
Some mayonnaise,
One onion ring,
One hippopotamus,
One piece of string,
A dash of pepper—
That ought to do it.
And now comes the problem…
Biting into it!

Then we danced to the silly song You Are Clapping from Perfectly Purple by Eric Litwin.  The part where we all had to act like we were crying kinda freaked out some of the kids.  They didn’t know what to do, but the adults really got into it.  There were some very realistic sobs going on.

Next, I read The Doghouse.  I warned them to start with that it was a scary/funny story, but that they shouldn’t be too scared.  About halfway through, some of the littler ones were looking pretty nervous, but it all turns out right in the end.

The flannel story Slow Snail was next.  This isn’t a funny flannel in and of itself, but if you add a slide whistle (my co-worker’s suggestion) then it becomes quite funny.

Slow Snail

Snail slides sloooowly down her flower,
Slooooowly over a stone,
Slooooowly through a boot,
Sloooowly under a stick,
Sloooowly along a bottle,
Sloooowly in and out of a brick,
Sloooowly all the way home…
Just in time for dinner!

Our last book was A Birthday for Cow.  Then we did the flannel Sarah’s Silly Socks.

Sarah's Silly Socks (2)

This is Sarah.  She is looking for her silly socks.
Are these Sarah’s silly socks?
No, those are just plain red socks.
Are these Sarah’s silly socks?
No, those are just plain blue socks.
Are these Sarah’s silly socks?
No, those are just plain yellow socks.
Are these Sarah’s silly socks?
No, those are just plain green socks.
Are these Sarah’s silly socks?
No, those are just plain brown socks.
Are these Sarah’s silly socks?
Yes! Those socks are silly!

I wasn’t sure how this flannel was going to go over, but it went surprisingly well.  The kids delighted in yelling that no, those weren’t her silly socks.

Chicken on Your Head

For our finale, I handed out pictures of chickens on craft sticks, then we sang Put a Chicken on Your Head from Groovy Green by Eric Litwin.  This was a fun choice, and we got to put our chickens on different body parts.  I handed out all the chickens I had, so I put our big chicken puppet on my head as we sang.  Then the kids got to take their chickens home, so hopefully the fun will continue.

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