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Windy Day Storytime

Kansas can see some wicked winds, especially in the springtime. (Insert Wizard of Oz joke.) Due to our naturally windy climate and the fact that I was itching to test out a new book on the storytime kids called Windblown (you can read my review here), the storytime theme for this week was “Windy Day”.

Here’s the line-up of what we read/sang…

Windy Day Storytime Line-Up:

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins

The Wind Blew is a classic and regularly used book for storytime in our library. The wind picks up various objects one by one from around a town and creates quite the parade of townspeople scrambling for their items.

One Monday by Amy Huntington

The kids really enjoyed this book. The illustrations also reminds me a great deal of Kansas. Annabelle lives on a farm, and one Monday she wakes up to a very windy day. The story goes through each day of the week on Annabelle’s farm where each day seems to become more windy than the day before.

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand

Its hard to have a windy day storytime without a book about a kite. Bear goes out one day to find it’s the perfect kite day. He and his friend mole build a kite, but also get into a bit of a predicament as a storm rolls in.

Dandelion Seeds Fingerplay (modified from the Perry Public Library)

Dandelion seeds are floating down, (float arms and hands up and down)
They make a carpet on the ground (palms facing the floor, move hands back and forth as if smoothing the floor)
Then swish, the wind comes whistling by, (move both arms quickly to one side)
And sends them dancing to the sky (dance fingers up and down above head)

 

Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch & Devin Asch

A sweet and colorful book, Like a Windy Day follows a girl as she experiences all the daily activity and the multiple personalities of the wind.

Windblown by Edouard Manceau

The featured title of storytime and the inspiration for the post-storytime activity, Windblown is about seven scraps of paper that appear and take shape of various animals with the wind as the narrator.

Windblown Craft:

Like I mentioned above, Windblown is a story about seven scraps of paper told from the wind’s perspective. We don’t know where the scraps of paper came from, but they’re quickly claimed by various animals that take shape using them. Here are a few characters that come to be from the same seven paper scraps…

After multiple animals claim the scraps of paper as their own, the wind blows them into disarray and asks the reader to make their own creations. In the back jacketflap of the books is a URL for a free template of the shapes featured in the book, so the reader can actually cut out and manipulate the shapes into animal figures. I was so inspired by the creativity in this book and it’s activity, I thought it would be a great opportunity for the storytimers to exercise their collage art skills inspired by the figures in Windblown.

Materials used: cardstock, scissors, glue, black markers, and googly eyes (optional)

First, I printed out a Windblown Activity Sheet from the OwlKids website.

Instead of printing out multiple copies of the activity sheet and cutting out the shapes on printer paper (which would have taken forever!), I traced the shapes on colored cardstock paper in a semi-neat row, folded that row over one or two times, and cut the shapes out.

I had a variety of shapes and colors in no time! After cutting, I paired together the seven pieces of paper featured in the book and papercliped them together. That way, each child received a group of the same seven shapes (two small circles, two medium circles, a tulip shape, a pie quarter shape, and a half moon shape) which were the same colors as the shapes in the book and I also used different colors.

Along with their group of shapes, each child received a pieces of white 8.5 x 5.5 (half sheet of) cardstock.

The kids used glue for their shapes, and markers to add any extra detail to their animals. Just like in Windblown!

I made a jellyfish.

L made a “Winnie the Pooh Bear”.

Here’s a Vine of a few animal the storytime kids came up with:

The kids had a blast coming up with their own animals. Two thumbs up for this book and activity duo!

Looking for another windy day activity?

Check out this easy Wind Chime Craft we made last year!

Happy Spring!

image source: windy day wheat

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