Fizz Boom Read: Electricity & Light Storytime- PreSchool

Electricity & Light Storytime Miss Meg's Storytime

I was really stumped for more ideas for FIZZ BOOM READ for my pre-schoolers.  It seemed as if shapes/numbers/colors were just too simple.  AND THEN IT CAME TO ME (aka I went online and found this awesome starter by Storytime Secrets) Electricty & Light Storytime! I started off by asking if they knew what electricity…
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Maker Morning: Engineering for kids

Last week our theme for maker morning was Engineering and it was also my theme for our weekly Science Lab.  This post will be a combination of the two because the two programs were similar and I feel I would repeat myself if I separated the two.  Maker morning is a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) based learning environment open for 2nd grade through 9th graders.  Each week has a theme and we try to have three or four activities that cater to that wide range of ages. This is collaborative program with the teen department and children’s department and I work on it with one of library director’s.  The Science lab is for pre-school through 6th grade.

Engineering for Kids!

I started the Science Lab program with Rosie Revere, Engineer and an explanation of what an engineer is.  I also made sure that each of the kid knows (and this was part of the book too) that it is okay to not get it right the first time and an engineer is constantly learning from his or her mistakes.

Rosie Revere Engineer



This was a super simple idea: Cups!  We just had a bunch of Solo cups available and they could do what they want with them.  They had a lot of fun making super tall towers and structures. We had all ages (pre-school through my high school volunteers) interested in this activity.  This was also a good project that taught teamwork.

Balloon Powered Lego Car

Balloon Car

Balloon Car

Maker Morning

The rules were simple: create a Lego car that was powered by a balloon.  Eventually this one became part of the cup activity and we were trying to make cars powerful enough to knock over the huge cup tower. A lot of the parents got really into this activity and loved the challenge of knocking over the cups.

Construction Squares

Construction Squares

I have done this activity from Happy Hooligans and both times it was a success.  This was great to have for both programs because of big age ranges.  A lot of the younger kids enjoyed this activity and really got into the building. The prep work for this one does take same time as you need to cut out the construction squares and then cut the slots into them.

Edible Architecture

Edible Architecture

 Edible Architecture

Edible Architecture

This is no way a new idea and I have seen it on pinterest all over the place but it was still a hit (and cheap!). I think I first saw the pin from Deceptively Educational.  This station had a challenge: to get your tower 8 inches high!  We had two kids actually complete the assignment.

and my favorite… Magnetic Marble Run!

Magnetic Marble Run

Magnetic Marble Run

So I have done this idea before just on a piece of plywood and taping toilet paper rolls on, similar to this marble run by Lemon Lime Adventures. I wanted to take it a step further and make it more science-y be creating a magnetic board.  I started with a huge piece of plywood (I didn’t want the marble run to be too easy!) and painted it with Rust-Oleum Magnetic paint.  Here is where I went wrong: for the huge piece of board I have I should have used two cans of the paint.  Instead I was forced to stretch it thin and because of that it was very weak (hence the duct tape in the pictures).  I then spray painted over the black magnetic paint with a metallic paint so that it looked more magnetic.  The next part was an experiment in itself:  I needed to make the pool noodles magnetic.  First, I cut them in half and then in section to make the track part of the marble run.  I learned that the basic stick on magnets don’t work because a) they don’t stick on and b) definitely not strong enough.  I also bought these huge heavy magnets but they were way too heavy.  The ones that seemed to work (and glue on) the best were the Neodymium Magnets.  Since the board itself wasn’t strong enough we did end up having to duct tape on many of the tracks.

It still worked great and was a huge hit!  It definitely required team work because the board was so big and multiple kids wanted to work on it at once.


All of these programs were very well received by both the kids and parents!


Fizz Boom Read: Movement- Pre School

Be ready to wiggle, jump*, laugh, and play in this movement themed storytime!
*do not plan this storytime after you spent a night of contra dancing at a library school friends wedding and have incredibly sore calves

We started with our new opening song that I adapted from Rickety Tickety:
Fizzy, Boomy, Sciency,
Can YOU say your name for me?

Movement Picture Books

Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Stretch by Doreen Cornin and Scott Menchin
Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Hop, Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Dancing in my Bones
Dancing in my Bones by Slyvia Andrews, illus. by Ellen Mueller
Wokka Wokka
How Do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle, illus. by Randy Cecil
**This one was a favorite among the parents!**

Movement Songs & Rhymes

Dance Any Way You Want To
source: Librarian Jenna

Dance any way you want to
Dance any way you please
Dance any way you want to
But stop when I say freeze.
Jump as high as you want to…
Dance as fast as you want to…
Dance as slow as you want to…

Thumbs Up Chant
source: Jen in the Library

Thumbs up! (Do action, and have audience repeat the line back as they do it)
Thumbs up!
Arms out!
Thumbs up!
Arms out!
Feet apart!

Keep building until you are doing a lot of ridiculous movements all together.  My pattern of actions for this is usually: Thumbs up, Arms Out, Feet Apart, Knees Bent, Bottoms Out, Head Tilt, Tongue Out.

Shake Your Sillies Out- Wiggles

Icky Sticky Bubble Gum- David Landeau

Wiggle It- Koo Koo Kanga Roo
if you have a projector this would be a fun music video to watch!

This was a very simple storytime to put together and required very little preparation!


Fizz Boom Read: Rainbows- Pre School


This storytime was a huge hit, but I would recommend you brush yourself up on your rainbow facts beforehand!  There were some questions that I wasn’t able to answer.

I started with the awesome Rainbow Stew activity from Storytime ABC’s. By the time I had finished the activity all of the kids had figured out that our theme this week was RAINBOWS!


Rainbow Picture Books

The Rainbow (Bamboo & Friends)
The Rainbow (Bamboo & Friends) by Felicia Law, illus. by Claire Philpott & Karen Radford.
This books was GREAT for being a story but also informational about rainbows!
Lemons are not Red
Lemons are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Baby Bear Sees Blue
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
Definitely a favorite with any age group birth through pre-school!
Elmer and the Rainbow
Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee

Rainbow Songs & Activities

We have these awesome rainbow ribbons so I passed them out and we danced to some scarf songs that I just changed to be ribbon. I used the songs from Library Village: Let’s Make a Rainbow. Check out their whole post it is filled with great ideas!

Rainbow Storytime

Let’s Make a Rainbow!

Let’s wave our ribbons high!
Let’s wave our ribbons low!
Let’s wave our ribbons fast!
Let’s wave our ribbons slow!
Now let’s crumple up our ribbons.
One, Two, Three!  (Throw ribbons into the air and watch the rainbow of colors fall to the ground.)

Let’s All Twirl (Sung to the tune of “The Mulberry Bush”)

Let’s all twirl with our ribbons today,
Scarves today, ribbons today,
Let’s all twirl our ribbons today,
All around the room.
jump… clap… stomp…wave

Awesome Rainbow by Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Ever since someone posted a video of these guys on the Storytime Underground page I have been obsessed!

David Landau: Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
on Kids and Kitties album, image link brings you to itunes purchase

David Landau

Los Colores
a play and learn play group I used to go to when I was a nanny…
[tune: frere jacques]

Red is Rojo
Green is Verde
Blue, Azul
Negro, Black
Yellow Amarillo
Purple is Morado
Grey is Gris
Brown, Cafe

We will be singing this every week for the rest of the summer.  Before we sang it the first time we went over the colors and pronunciations a few times.


I ended with a last minute rainbow paper chain but the kids LOVED it!

Rainbow Storytime Rainbow Paper Chain

Other Rainbow Ideas

Sturdy for Common Things: Rain & Rainbow Storytime
1 Plus 1
Plus 1 Equals 1: Hands on Rainbows
Storytime with Miss Mollie: Storytime Colors of Rainbow

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