Unfortunately, this is my last week for story time at my current library. I am moving and hoping to find a new position within the library system in my new hometown, but that might be a while. So, I’ll post my plans from this week and slowly put up the plans I’m leaving for my temporary replacement to do for the rest of the semester as things slow down and I get settled into my new home.
This week, I introduced our theme by talking about what St. Patrick’s Day celebrated, wearing green, and a few other things. Then, we sang “If You Want to Hear a Story.”
After that, we did the “Wearing Green” fingerplay from A Storytime Year: A Month-to-Month Kit for Preschool Programming by Susan Dailey
“I wore a green shirt (Point to shirt)
I wore a green tie (pretend to tie)
I wore green pants (point to pants)
Can you guess why (hold out hands in questioning manner)
I wore a green hat (point to head)
So you can see (nod head)
On this St. Patrick’s Day You can’t pinch me! (shake head no and pinch fingers in air)”
Our first book was The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen
This was a pretty cute book that explained what leprechauns are and had a cute twist at the end. It also introduced our rainbow theme. which led us to do the “Rainbow Dancers” action rhyme from last week.
We also did the “Five Little Leprechauns Digging For Some Gold” action rhyme from The Holiday Zone.
“Five little leprechauns digging for some gold. (Digging motion)
One slipped and fell into a hole. (Falling)
The others called a fairy who them told, (Calling)
‘No more leprechauns digging for gold!’ (Shaking finger)
Four little leprechauns digging for some gold…
(And so on)
No little leprechauns to dig for gold! (Shrug shoulders)
All the five are down in the hole. (Hold up five fingers, then point down.)
Above them stands a fairy who loudly scolds. (Hands on hips)
‘I told you to stop digging for that gold!’ (Shaking finger)”
Our second book was The Littlest Leprechaun by Justine Fontes
This is a very short board book that talks about a leprechaun who is a bit…different. I included it, mainly, for my younger class of 2 year olds. Most of the St. Patrick’s Day books I found were on the longer side, so I broke that up with this book. I also did That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting for my older kids.
Then, we sang “I’m a Little Leprechaun” also from Holiday Zone.
(To the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
“I’m a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
You’ve ever seen.
If you ever catch me, so it’s told
I will give you my pot of gold!”
“Dance, Dance, Leprechaun, Dance” song from Jen In the Library.
(To tune of “Skip to My Lou”)
“Dance, dance, leprechaun dance.
Dance, dance, leprechaun dance.
Dance, dance, leprechaun dance,
Do a dance for me.
Sit, sit, leprechaun sit.
Sit, sit, leprechaun sit.
Sit, sit, leprechaun sit.
Sit for our next story.”
“Leprechaun, Where’s Your Gold” flannel rhyme from Jen In the Library.
(Before you start this flannelboard, hide the gold behind one of the colored pots)
“Leprechaun knows he has some gold, but he has so many different pots, he doesn’t know where it is!
Let’s see if we can help him find it!
Leprechaun, leprechaun, tiny and bold.
Where, oh where is your gold?
What does the _(color)_ pot hold?”
Our last book was Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley
This was a cute introduction to the four-leaf clover (which we’d return to for our walk-in activity.
Our last story was “The Good/Bad St. Patrick’s Day” from A Storytime Year. This was an interactive story that you can act out with the kids. At the end of each section, you ask them if what just happened was good or bad, and each question is misleading. It’s really a cute story and ends with handing out a pot of gold to the kids. You could get chocolate coins or just butterscotch candy.
“One beautiful St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to take a walk. But after I’d walked for a little while, it started raining, and I didn’t have my umbrella. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because the flowers needed the rain and there was a cave where I could get out of the rain. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because when I stepped into the cave, I fell down, down, down, down, down, down a dark tunnel. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because I landed on a soft, fluffy, bed. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because a little man stood at the food of the bed. He stared and glared and scowled and growled at me. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because the little man was a leprechaun. Perhaps you know that leprechauns have pots of gold that they have to share with the person who catches them. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because I caught the leprechaun, but he wouldn’t tell me where his pot of gold was. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because I decided to go on a treasure hunt to find his gold. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because I climbed up, up, up out of the tunnel. I looked high and low. I looked here and there, but I couldn’t find the gold anywhere. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because while I was looking, the rain stopped and the sun came out and there was a beautiful rainbow. now perhaps you know that leprechauns often hide their gold at the end of a rainbow. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because the leprechaun and I had to walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk until we came to the end of the rainbow where I finally found this pot of gold (bring out pot) which I’m going to share with you. Is that good?
No, that’s great!”
Then, for my older classes, we did the”Five Little Instruments” flannel from Travel the Globe: Story Times, Activities, and Crafts for Children by Desiree Webber.
I just printed out pictures of the five instruments, laminated them, and put Velcro on the back to secure them to the board.
Then, for walk-in, we did a shamrock hunt which was inspired by A Storytime Year. I copied the provided pictures of three and four-leaf shamrocks onto green paper, cut them out, and hid them around the children’s room for the kids to find after story time. Then, we did the shamrock passing game, also from A Storytime Year. I gave them one child a four-leaf clover and the rest three-leaf clovers. Then, I started playing some Irish music. They passed the clovers until the music stopped, and whoever had the four-leaf clover got a sticker. I did this until each of them got a sticker (since we only had about seven kids this week, it didn’t take long).
While we had been doing this, my coworker had been prepping sponges with face paint. She just did a line of each of the colors of the rainbow on a sponge for each child. So, all I had to do when we were ready was swipe a sponge across each child’s cheek or hand so that they each got a beautiful rainbow!
And that wraps up my last story time at this branch. I hope to see you all in the future!