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Children's Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:00
Summer 2021

Tuesday, June 8th

We had a great time at our first story time of the season! We read and interacted with the story, Stars by Mary Lyn Ray.

We participated in a song about counting stars, and each child (and some grown ups!) made their own starry night sky to take home with them.

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray

A star is how you know it’s almost night.

As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another.

And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark.

What if you could have a star?

From acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee comes this tender, evocative—and profound—exploration of stars both near and far.

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


**Ten Wishing Stars (A Countdown to Bedtime Book) by Treesha Runells

**Counting Stars by Catherine Rayner

**Little Owl Nights by Divya Srinivasan


**Four Little Stars (use star stickers on each finger to make it more fun!)

Four little stars winking at me

(Hold up 4 fingers)

One shot off and then there were 3

(Raise 1 finger and hide behind your back)

Three little stars with nothing to do

(Hold up 3 fingers)

One shot off and then there were 2

(Raise 1 finger and hide behind your back)

Two little stars afraid of the sun

(Hold up 2 fingers)

One shot off and then there was 1

(Raise 1 finger and hide behind your back)

One little star said alone is no fun!

(Hold up 1 finger)

It shot off and then there were none!

(Raise 1 finger and hide behind your back)


**Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, star bright,

First star I see tonight,

I wish I may I wish I might,

Have the wish I wish tonight

**Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Traditional)

Tuesday, June 15th

We will explore colors and counting with a few very friendly little mice.

Our related activities will include songs, coloring, and a take home surprise!

One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. But what happens when they splash in the colors, mixing the red and blue? Or dance in the blue and yellow? This playful introduction to colors will appeal to any budding artist or curious preschooler.

In this charming companion to Mouse Paint, Ellen Stoll Walsh introduces the concept of counting forward and backward in a suspenseful story that will keep young readers guessing.

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Other books by Ellen Stoll Walsh:

*Mouse Shapes

*Hop Jump

*Balancing Act

*You Silly Goose

*Dot and Jabber (3 book series)


*Tiny Mouse*

There is such a tiny mouse (Make little mouse with fingers)

Living quietly in my house

Out at night he starts to creep (creep fingers)

When everyone is fast asleep (pretend to sleep)

But always by the light of day (circle arms over head to form a sun)

The mouse quietly, quietly creeps away (creep fingers again)


*Ice Cream Mouse Treat*

-Put one scoop of vanilla ice cream in a bowl

-Add two vanilla wafers for ears, raisins for eyes, add a red m&m or cinnamon candy for nose and a piece of string licorice for the tail

*Color Themed Lunch*

Prepare a lunch using one color i.e.

Orange-grilled cheese, mandarin oranges, carrots and orange juice

Tuesday, June 22nd

We will explore titles by the beloved author, Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar's progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

Here are additional activities you can do at home!


Other books by Eric Carle:

*Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See

*The Very Busy Spider

*Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said The Sloth

*1, 2, 3 To The Zoo
*The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse
*From Head To Toe
*The Grouchy Ladybug


Where Did My Caterpillar Go? Finger Play Song

(Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Where, oh where, did my caterpillar go?

Caterpillar go, caterpillar go?

Where, oh where, did my caterpillar go?

Oh look! It’s a butterfly!

As the students sing the beginning lines of the song they cup their hands around their eyes as if they were looking for something. When they sing the last line of the song they point their fingers up to the sky at the pretend butterfly.


Use a pipe cleaner and beads to make your own Hungry Caterpillar!
Bend pipe cleaners into the shape of a caterpillar. Then add beads to complete this Very Hungry Caterpillar craft for kids. Maybe soon it will turn into a butterfly!

Explore recycling by making your own egg carton caterpillar! 
To make your junk model caterpillar, cut out a body from an egg box. Provide different shades of green paint and paint brushes and sponges. Let the children apply the paint to the caterpillar in any pattern they choose (sticking your fingers in the paint is encouraged!) Add a face and finger paint some eyes and a mouth. Two bendy drinking straws make perfect antennae. You can use your model to act out The Very Hungry Caterpillar story or take it out to the garden for some small world play. Find your caterpillar a nice green leaf and he’ll feel much better.