I did an egg themed storytime around Easter. I try not to do anything religious themed so “eggs” are perfect for this time of year
Rhyme Cube: Click here for description
Sign Language: “Egg”
Opening Rhyme: Open them, shut them…
First Book: Eggs 1 2 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfmann
“Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
I would roll and roll around,
Rolling all around the ground.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.”
(from Preschool Express)
Felt Board: Where is Little Baby Chick?
I totally stole this awesome felt board idea from the Read it Again! blog. The kids loved it! I cut out ten different colored eggs from felt and then found clip art images of ten different items (including a little yellow baby chick). I laminated the clip art items and put a little velcro dot on the back of each one so it wouldn’t fall off the board.
I placed the ten images on the board and put the felt eggs over each one. I showed the kids my board and told them we need to find the little yellow baby chick.
I asked them which color egg I should check under first. They shouted out some colors. I went with one of their suggestions but tried to save the little baby chick for last. If they told me to check under the green egg I said “little baby chick are you under the green egg?” Then I lifted the egg up to reveal what was hiding underneath. I asked the kids to tell me what it was and then asked them a question or two about the item. For example if it was the cat I said “what color is that cat?” and “what does a cat say?”.
We continued on until we found the little baby yellow chick! (and the angry bird! – this was such a fun idea that I also stole from the Read it Again! blog).
Second Book: Except If by Jim Averbeck
I’m a Little Chickie
(To the Tune of: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little chickie, (crouch down inside your egg)
Ready to hatch,
Pecking at my shell, (Pecking motion)
Scratch, scratch, scratch! (scratching motion)
When I crack it open,
Out I’ll jump (jump out of shell)
Fluff my feathers,
Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!
(from Everything Preschool)
Felt Board: Three Eggs in a Basket
I got this felt board idea from the Storytiming blog. I had three eggs in a basket and underneath the eggs I had a turtle, a chick, and a duck. I pointed out the differences between the eggs (size and shape) and told the kids that “one day, the first egg began to shake! Then it started to crack! And out popped a…… TURTLE!” I continued until we had all the eggs removed.
Then I said the mama turtle came, the mama hen came, and the mama duck came. I put all the mama’s on the board. Next I put all the babies on the mama’s backs and said “Off they went on their mama’s backs to go play.”
Third Book: Ollie by Olivier Dunrea
Activity: Egg Shakers
Next we each got an egg shaker and shook our sillies out while we listened to Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken” song on the Whaddaya Think of That? CD.Thanks to Miss Sarah’s Storytime for this activity idea.