Today the Wiggleworms started with our Opening Song, where we said hi to the librarian, the books, the horse statue on the fireplace and of course our Story Time Friends!
BOOK: Foggy Foggy Forest
by Nick Sharratt
I love this book! Clever as can be, funny and absolutely GORGEOUS! The pages are made of velum so they are translucent. The image produced with the layers of velum on top of each other is that of a very foggy forest. The book is also a great read aloud – on every page is a riddle where the reader is challenged to figure out what the shadow presented represents. When the pages are turned the amusing fairy tale standards show up – elves, fairies, 3 bears, etc., but each with a hilarious twist. The kids were enthralled and it was a great introduction to our theme!
Flannel Story #1: The Three Little Pigs
This theme has a challenge with 3-6 year olds. Some of them aren’t familiar with common fairy tales yet! I decided to use flannel board stories to tell the traditional stories before introducing them to fractured – or mixed up – fairy tales. The idea worked great! The kids always love flannel stories and The Three Little Pigs has a lot of very fun repetition to keep them all engaged.
BOOK: Huff and Puff
by Claudia Rueda
These pigs are adorable! The text simplifies the story of the 3 little pigs and invites the reader to huff and puff along with the big bad wolf through a hole in the page. This was very exciting for our group! There is a fun twist to this fractured tale and the kids not only figured it out on their own, they also completely understood the humor.
This week we mixed up some new options to our game cube – we played “The Shark Song” SOOOO FUN!
Flannel Story #2: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Another enthralling flannel story! We talked a lot about the lesson in this story – stay on the path and don’t talk to strangers! The kids knew another mixed up version was on the way and couldn’t wait to see the next twist…
BOOK: Goldilocks and Just One Bear
by Leigh Hodgkinson
This book was a huge hit with the older kids and the grown ups. A bear strays from the path and finds himself in the city. This fractured story has hilarious illustrations depicting the bear trying porridge… no wait, he is drinking out of the fish bowl! Trying chairs… ouch that looks like a cactus! And finally, napping in a comfy bed… only to wake up to a familiar looking human!
“I Can’t Wait to Celebrate” was the perfect wiggle reliever – tons of great listening involved!
Bonus Book: Falling for Rapunzel
by Leah Wilcox
Last week our Story Time ran a little short, so I spontaneously grabbed a 4th book and told the kids we could read it as a reward for being so good. This week I planned the fourth book and announced we’d have a bonus if we were all doing well. Worked like a charm!
Since I did not have a flannel story to go with this one I asked the kids if they knew the story. (I kind of figured they would since it is a recent Disney movie.) One of our Kindergarten friends told a beautiful and very detailed rendition of the story that was actually much closer to the classic story than the Disney version – it was just perfect!
Falling for Rapunzel is so much fun to read to a group of kids this age… on the second page you get to say ‘underwear’ and the goofiness just continues throughout. The ending is just fabulous and undercuts the whole helpless princess problem. The kids and grown ups all had a good laugh!
CRAFT: Foggy Foggy Books
The kids decorated 3-4 pages of tracing paper each, then layered them and added a construction paper back and stapled the open books.
How it Went:
FABULOUS Story Time! Everyone was great and it was the perfect balance of fun and engagement. The craft brought out surprising results – we had a huge variety of books made. One 4 y.o. Wiggleworm created a ‘chapter book’ retelling of ‘The Three Little Lizzards’ complete with a ghost who huffed and puffed – and happily shared the story out loud while others were finishing up. One Kindergarten girl made a gorgeous layered book that brilliantly layered the WORDS as well as the pictures – which just blew me away! I had so much fun and I think everyone else did too. Thanks!