I always have so much fun creating a fun and engaging story hour. I am glad I only have to come up with two a month!
Froggy books are so much fun to read. I really getting into them when I read. They don’t make the words long and bold for nothing!
For this story hour I read four different Froggy books. Froggy Builds a Tree House, Froggy Plays in the Band, Froggy Gets Dressed, and Froggy Learns to Swim.
To get them started we read Froggy Learns to Swim. I just love saying “bubble, bubble, toot, toot…” Funny story, my son was saying this to my husband. Well, he was trying to distract his dad from bedtime, and my husband says, “You are just making up words now!.” I came in and saved my son from being in trouble. I might have laughed a little.
We then sang “Five green and speckled frogs.” This year I am trying to include more music or finger plays.
It was completely the wrong season for Froggy Gets Dressed, but I did it anyway! I created felt pieces for Froggy and each item of clothing. I put magnets on the back of Froggy so it would stay up (I used a small pan.) While reading the story I let each child put on and take off an item of Froggy’s clothing. The kids got to be involved in the story! It took a little work because our group is mainly two year-olds, but they just had to be reminded to only take their item and they did great! I got the idea here, but I made a much simpler version.
For the activity we made musical instruments and had a parade! This was inspired by Froggy Plays in the Band. I got all my instrument ideas from How Wee Learn. These were really easy to make (the tambourine was the hardest) and then we got to march around the library making noise!
Our snack was flies and juice. Okay, I didn’t actually feed them flies! We had raisins. A few kids pretended they were flies and a few thought that was gross.
While they ate snack I read the last book. I always try to pair each part of story hour with a different book, and then I have some extras to read if there is time and if the kids are listening.
I think the kids really enjoyed this story time. They really listened well and I got to read all the stories I had planned. When you have a young group like we do you have to adapt and be ready to throw the plan out the window! Hope these ideas help you have fun with “Froggy” books!