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May

Chicken (and Goose) Storytime

Our house has chicken envy. We desperately would like a few hens of our own to roam the backyard. Lucky for us Lawrence is a pretty laid back community that allows domestic chickens, and quite a few of our neighbors already exercise that freedom. We currently rent, so it isn’t in the cards for another year or so, but one can dream! Last week’s storytime was all about chickens (with one book about a tricky goose), and afterward we made playful pompom chicks.

Chicken Storytime Line-Up:

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Whenever something goes awry on the Greenstalk’s farm, it’s chickens to the rescue!

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

Deborah Freedman is awesome! I especially love this book about a curious chicken who just wanted to help paint, but ends up turning everything blue.

The Chicken Dance

Taking a break from stories, we all took time to shake out some wiggles by learning to dance the chicken dance!

Chicken Little retold by Rebecca Emberley, illustrated by Ed Emberley

A favorite folk tale told by beloved author and illustrator Rebecca and Ed Emberley. Chicken little is hit on the head by a falling acorn and comes to the conclusion that the sky is falling.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stien

A laugh out load story about a little chicken who can’t help but interrupt her father’s story.

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Okay, so this book isn’t about a chicken it’s about a goose. But the little goslings kinda look like chicks, right? I couldn’t not share this one with the storytimers. It’s too good! And it’s Mo Willems! Written in a style that mimics a silent movie with gosling commentators. One goose agrees to go on a walk with a sly fox who has mischievous intentions with a surprise ending that will leave everyone with a smile on their faces. It seemed as though the  parents especially enjoyed this one.

Pom Pom Chick Craft

“Peep peep peep!” Isn’t this little guy the cutest? When the Easter eggs went on sale, I made sure to grab a couple bags to stash away for later in the year. I busted them out for this simple and sweet Pom Pom Chick Craft. The kids had so much fun playing with their chickie friends. My daughter L still plays with the chick she made and its been almost two weeks since we made them. The Pom Pom Chicks were so easy to make, following this craft we made an another easy craft (see below).

Materials needed: Plastic eggs (optional), yellow pom poms, googly eyes, orange felt, scissors, and tacky glue.

First, cut a strip of orange felt about 1/4-1/2 inch in width.

Cut that strip into small triangles.

Using a yellow pom, glue on the googly eyes and orange felt.

Instant chick!

“That Is Not a Good Idea” Gosling Puppets

The Pom Pom Chick Craft took no time at all, so we also make stick puppets using a printout from the Good Ideas Event Kit, an activity guide found on the HarperCollins website for the new Mo Willems book, That Is Not a Good Idea, which we read during storytime. The gosling cut outs are intended to be made into finger puppets, but we made them into stick puppets instead using tape, scissors, and popsicle sticks.

First, using scissors we cut out the goslings. I pre-cut a few beforehand for the younger children unable to maneuver scissors yet.

Next, we taped a popsicle stick to the back of each gosling.

And that’s it! I told the kids they should use their gosling puppets anytime their parents ask them to do something (like clean their room, or eat broccoli) and say, “That is not a good idea!” Har har har. The kids thought that was a good idea.

Sadly, this will be my last storytime post for awhile. I will be managing the library’s kids summer camp for 5-6 year-olds instead of conducting the Sunday storytime. It was a tough choice to make, but since I will be starting grad school full-time, we’re moving this summer, and a whole lot more is going on, something had to give. It will be nice not to work every Sunday, but I will miss my storytimers so, so much! For you library-types– Do you have any storytime themes you’re excited about this summer? Any new books you’re excited to read? I’d love to know so I can vicariously live through your storytime fun during my hiatus!

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  1. […] other adorable Easter chick ideas, check out this post at About Family Crafts and a similar one at Sturdy for Common Things.  Their posts really helped me to execute the […]

  2. […] Kit (which includes these puppets) from Harper Collings.  And, visit Rebecca’s blog post Chicken (and Goose) Storytime for more chicken stories and craft […]



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