I went to a meeting right after storytime last week and did not get my storytime posted. I will try to get an update out when I can but today we were PIRATES!
I wish to thank all the people online that I have found ideas from because I found a lot, some I used some I didn't but they helped make it fun for the kids.
We did our welcome song "If your happy and you Know it", and then I stepped out of the room for a minute and Susan stepped in and did the ABC's with the kids. I was setting up a treasure hunt activity in the Library for later.
I stopped the sign language ABC's on the letter P and had the kids tell me things that started with the letter P, which lead into Pirate and the pirates best friend, the parrot.
I read a pirate poem that I found online that had some pirate words and phrases that we went through and what they meant.
We read the book: A BAND OF DIRTY PIRATES by Damian Harvey.
Song: The Ship on the Waves (tune: wheels on the bus)
Story: HENRY & THE BUCCANEER BUNNIES by Carolyn Crimi
Action/Fingerplays: (found online) Pirate, Pirate and One-Eyed Jake
Story: (found online as www.susanmdailey.com/Pirate_Day.htm) PIRATE DAY by Susan M. Dailey. This is a great story using the "aaarrrgh!" for pirate and lead right into a treasure hunt.
I made a map and placed pictures in the library for the kids to follow with a treasure at the end, We had a waterfall (drinking fountain), trees, fort (front desk-we crawled by this one so we wouldn't get caught by the people in the fort), mountain (book shelves), jungle (teen area), bird, rocks, until we came to a cave (childrens area) where the kids looked for the X and the treasure. I think they had fun.
Then we took the treasure back to our ship (storytime area) to be shared with everyone and then did a closing song.
Song: If youre a pirate and you know it.
Craft: We made pirate hats in our craft today. I had a pattern from online that we cut out, colored and stapled strips of paper too, to make them fit around the head.