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Storytime at the Library – Session 13

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Preparation for Storytime — Teddy Bear week!

Equipment: storybag, Max, extra teddies, Big Book, small book, teddy bear-themed books for borrowing

What’s in the story bag? A teddy bear named Max! Everyone introduces or tells about the teddy bear they brought.

Share: Big Book, This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch -a cumulative story for the bears to join in.

Rhyme for the teddies:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the ground
Teddy bear Teddy Bear
Show your shoe
Teddy bear Teddy Bear
That will do

Last week we had Twinkle Twinkle. Remind the kids we had a story about a bear last week too. We’re going on a bear hunt today too. CHANT: We’re going on a bear hunt/We’re going to catch a big one/What a beautiful day!/ We’re not scared!

Max the teddy bear is going to hide while they close their eyes and then they try to find him. Twinkle Twinkle Little Teddy, Now you’re hiding, Now we’re ready. Twinkle Twinkle Little Bear, Where are you, oh where oh where? Each child has a turn to hide the bear.

Share: Bom! Went the Bear by Nicki Greenburg. A teddy bear starts the band off and other animals join in with lots of rollicking rhythm, rhyme and fun sounds.

Try another version of rhyme for us to do:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy bear, jump up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, bend down low.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

Display the library books about teddy bears and encourage kids to borrow a book to share with their bears at home.

Evaluation: The bears loved every minute! Introductions took much longer than I anticipated, but kids were keen to talk about their bears and other topics completely unrelated! Hiding the teddy was such fun to watch but we ran out of time and I promised we would play some more next week. Both books held the children’s attention and I’m keen to do more teddy bear stories next week. Kids borrowed lots of bear books too. Might try to continue this theme of borrowing from a display at the end. No time for second verse of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear so try to include that next week too.

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