I started off our food themed storytime with a good old classic, “If you give a mouse a cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff. I feel like no matter how many times I’ve read this, or the kids have read it, it’s enjoyed thoroughly, and that was absolutely the case with both my sessions this week.
After our first story, we did our first rhyme, 5 Hungry Ants. As always, I do it slowly the first time so that I can get a good rhythm and so that the kids (and adults) can watch first and learn then we go faster for round 2. Besides, repetition actually helps neurological development! yay!
5 Hungry ants
5 Hungry ants, marching in a line (march fingers)
came upon a picnic where they could dine (put had to brow searching, then rub tummy)
They marched into the salad (march in place)
they marched onto the cake (march in place)
They marched into the pepper (march in place)
Uh oh, that was a mistake!
I loved this rhyme! True fact: kids think it’s hilarious when you sneeze in storytime. Hiccups are also good.
Up next was the good old classic, Very hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It’s kind of a weird book to read in storytime because of the physical challenges of holding those weird short pages, but it’s worth it. 🙂 I like to read this one as if I can’t imagine that the caterpillar could possibly eat any more and feign surprise with each page turn. The kids are always like” pfft, obviously he’s going to keep eating, Miss Colleen, don’t be silly.”
Up next was rhyme two, Go Bananas! I thought this would be great because when you tell the kids to go bananas they can go crazy and wiggle and dance and whatever but for some reason this rhyme totally flopped at the go bananas part, in BOTH sessions! oh well.
Bananas Unite! (clap hands above head)
We pick bananas, pick pick bananas(do a “milking” motion up and down in the air)
And peel bananas, peel peel bananas (hands spread to side-right and left alternating)
And chop bananas, chop chop bananas(karate chop in front of body)
And mash bananas, mash mash bananas (stomp feet )
And eat bananas, eat eat bananas (“scoop” bananas into your mouth)
Then go bananas! (jump around wildly)
Finally book three was Harry Hungry! by Steven Salerno. This book was adorable! Harry is a very hungry baby and he’s not going to stop eating until his baby belly is full! The kids were having a blast laughing at all the silly things Harry ate and were very good about reminding me that one should not, in fact, eat things like mailboxes.