Family Storytime – Welcome Winter! – Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to storytime (and welcome to any new families)!  I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday.

This week, we are welcoming winter with some fun stories, rhymes and songs.   Our Pintrest page includes a lot of winter-inspired activities and crafts – take a peek!

Our books:

  The Mitten (retold and illustrated by Jan Brett) is a classic story illustrating “the straw that broke the camel’s back” (or in this case, the mouse and the mitten).  The illustrations are very detailed and have a very folk-art feeling to them.  This book is included on School Library Journal’s Top 100 Picture Books list.  Check out some other Jan Brett titles – she is an author you and your children will enjoy reading together!

  Downhill Fun: A Counting Book about Winter (Michael Dahl) – Who doesn’t love a good counting book?  This one used the numbers 1-12, and is filled with all sorts of fun winter activities.  If your family enjoys winter outdoor fun, this book is a must read!

  No Two Alike (Keith Baker) – has become one of my favorite winter stories.  I love the simple rhymes, the charming illustrations, and the message that everyone is unique and special is perfect.  Bonus use – this book would be a super gift for twins!

Try our action rhyme at home this week! -

Walking in the Snow

Let’s go walking in the snow,
walking, walking on tiptoe.
Lift your one foot way up high,
then the other to keep it dry.
All around the yard we skip.
Watch your step, or you may slip!

Our song this week is a “rewrite” of The Hokey Pokey.  It’s the Winter Pokey!

You put your mittens in, you put your mittens out.
You put your mittens in, and you shake them all about.
You do the Winter Pokey and you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

Other verses – boots, hat, coat

Thanks for joining us for storytime!  Next week, we’ll be doing special stories about  *~*MAGIC!*~*  Miss Lisa will be reading magic stories, and trying out some magic tricks.   There will be a short craft too!

~Miss Lisa

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