Socks & Shoes Storytime

Socks & Shoes Storytime

Socks & Shoes storytime is definitely a new favorite of mine.  We got to take our shoes off and wiggle around in our socks which is always a fun treat :)

Socks & Shoes Picture books

Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop
Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop, illus. by William Joyce
The Foot Book
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
A Pair of Socks
A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphey, illus. by Lois Ehlert
baby shoes
Baby Shoes by Dashka Slater, illus. by Hiroe Nakata

Songs & Rhymes

This is What My Feet Can Do!
Source: Sunflower Storytime

This is what my feet can do, feet can do, feet can do.
This is what my feet can do
Can you do it too
Let your feet go hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop
Let your feet go hop, hop, hop
All around the room.
Make your feet go jump, jump, jump
Make your feet go jump, jump, jump
All around the room.
Can your feet go tiptoeing, tiptoeing, tiptoeing
Can your feet go tiptoeing
All around the room
Now your feet can sit right down,
Now your feet can sit right down,
Quietly, please.

Everybody Knows I Love My Toes
source: Jbrary

Everybody knows I love my toes.
Everybody knows I love my toes.
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows, and my nose.
But everybody knows I love my toes.

Everybody knows that I love my foot
Everybody knows that I love my foot
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows, and my tush
But everybody knows I love my foot!

Everybody knows that I love my shoe
I love my shirt, my pants, my socks, and you
But everybody knows I love my shoe!

Sock Song
Tune: “Hickory Dickory Dock” Hickory Dickory Dock

Let’s put on our socks.
We can walk around, without a sound,
When we wear our socks.

(we can jump around…hope around…tiptoe around…)


I recited  Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes and had a flannel activity to go along which you can find here!

I also did a sock matching activity:

(the white socks are glittered not just dirty! Although that would work too…)

Sock Matching activity


I found a bunch of white socks in my craft area and we already had a bunch of stuffing so using rubber bands and various craft supplies we made sock friends!

Sock Craft

Flannel Friday: Pin the Shoes on Pete

Flannel Friday: Pin the Shoes on Pete

I made a really big and really awesome Pete the Cat for my Pete the Cat party at the library last week!

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat is actually quite easy to make…all you need is a big piece of blue felt, some yellow, and some white!

Pete the Cat

I then made a bunch of different shoes in each color from “Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes” and let the kids pick which one they wanted to use (which explains the sole brown shoe up there).  I blindfolded the child, spun them around once, and helped them to find the board before they “pinned” their shoes on.

Pete the Cat

(bonus: a picture of Miss Meg’s blue shoes…and mismatched socks)
Coincidentally, I had “socks and shoes” storytime this week so I used Pete and his shoes again.  This time I just recited the book (it’s an easy one to remember) and put the correct shoes on for each part.

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by the amazing Brooke from Reading with Red!

Pete the Cat Party!

Pete the Cat Party!

My buttons, my buttons! We had a GREAT Pete the Cat party at the library last week.  It was well attended and every seemed to have a good time. Everyone seems to love the words and songs of Eric Litwin and the illustrations of James Dean.

I started off by reading a few Pete the Cat favorites:

Rocking in My School Shoes

white shoes

four groovy buttons

I also talked about the Pete the Cat early readers since they aren’t as popular in our library. During pretty much every book I had the kids singing along which was awesome :)

We then had “Pin the Shoes on Pete” which is something that Harper Collins has a printable version of but I wanted to make it big:

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat

Our craft were Pete hats:

Pete the Cat hat

We had a Four Groovy Buttons theme snack:

Pete the Cat Snack

I also found a few different Pete the Cat activity and coloring pages and put them together to make books for every kid to take home.

Overall it was a very great program that everyone in attendance loved :)

Flannel Friday: One Fish, Two Fish

Flannel Friday: One Fish, Two Fish

My Flannel Friday submission for this week is a rhyme and flannel set I made up for my Dr. Seuss storytime!

One Fish, Two Fish

One Fish, Two Fish

Oh how I wish for a fish
this one has a star & cannot swim very far!

Oh how I wish for a fish
this one has a hat & whiskers like a cat!

Oh how I wish for a fish
this one is in the sun & is ready for some fun

Oh how I wish for a fish
this one is sitting on a chair, blow her a kiss if you dare!

To download the template for the fish and their accessories click here! (PDF FILE)

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Katie at Storytime Secrets!

Dr. Seuss Storytime

Dr. Seuss Storytime

I know I’m late to the party posting a Dr. Seuss Storytime this in late March but oh well!

Dr. Seuss ABC I read this one with the pre-schoolers
one fish
One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Four Fish, Five Fish
I read this board book shorter version of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish with the toddlers.
wocket in my pocketProbably my current favorite read aloud Dr. Seuss book, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket. Read with both groups foot book
The Foot Book. Read with both groups.

It’s hard to find book short enough Dr. Seuss books for toddlers and pre-schoolers!

Songs & Rhymes

One Little Cat
source: Mel’s Desk

One little cat on a sunny day
Put on his hat and went out to play
Two little cats when the sky turned dark
Put on their hats and went to the park
Three little cats when the sky turned blue
Put on their hats and went to the zoo
Four little cats by the kitchen door
Put on their hats and went to the store
Five little cats on a sunny day
Put on their hats and they all ran away.

I also made the little hats like Melissa did!
Dr. Seuss Fingerplay | Miss Meg's Storytime

I Don’t Like Green Eggs and Ham
(to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”)

 I don’t like Green Eggs and Ham
Eggs and Ham, Eggs and Ham
I don’t like Green Eggs and Ham
Sam I Am!

Would you like them here or there?
Here or there, here or there?
Would you like them anywhere?
Green eggs and ham?

I don’t want them here or there
Here or there, here or there
I don’t want them anywhere
Sam I am!

You should try green eggs and ham
Eggs and ham, eggs and ham
You should try green eggs and ham
You might like them!

I also did a flannel story that will be posted for Flannel Friday!

Our craft was a Dr. Seuss paper hat that they colored in…Unfortunately I did not get any pictures :(

For more Dr. Seuss storytime ideas:

North Mankato Library: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Mel’s Desk: Baby Storytime: Dr. Seuss
Jen in the LIbrary: Family Storytime- Dr. Seuss
Youth Literature: Dr. Seuss

Miss Meg’s Storytime is One Years Old!

Miss Meg’s Storytime is One Years Old!

And what a great year it has been!

Miss Meg’s Storytime officially launched on February, 27th 2013 while I was sitting on the floor of my boyfriend’s apartment stressing about if everything looked right.  In those last two days of February I had 75 visitors and pretty much already felt famous.  I fangirled pretty hard that night when Marge from Tiny Tips For Library Fun, as well as my past professor and mentor, tweeted about my new project.

And it all went uphill from there!  Under Marge’s recommendation I joined the Flannel Friday brigade and started posting regularly and also hosting twice, in July and then again in February of this year. The day of my highest views was actually in July when I hosted Flannel Friday for my first time.

Since then I have also joined Storytime Underground as a storytime ninja, and have been featured on a couple of the “coolest things on the internet this week” posts.

A lot has changed for me in the past year, I graduated library school , had an awesome temporary summer position, and then got my first permanent library job and moved away from everything I knew in Wisconsin to explore in New Hampshire!  A couple things have stayed the same though; I still love learning about new early literacy techniques, and I still have that same boyfriend who let me stress and cry at him last February when this whole website thing was still new to me.  He even looks at my posts sometimes (well, just when I tell him to but we’re getting there).

I currently have 73 people who actually like what I have to share about storytime’s and early literacy and are subscribed to get an email everytime I post (Hello to you!) That is just so cool to me.  When I get 100 subscribers I am going to do a giveaway of some sort so tell your colleagues and friends :)

Not only have I learned a lot from other storytime and youth services bloggers but I’ve virtually met some pretty awesome people! I’m officially part of the Jbrary fan club (And they should be nearing one year pretty soon too!). Marge is still someone I look up to greatly, as well as Brooke from Reading with Red, and Sara Bryce from Bryce Don’t Play.  Those three make me miss Wisconsin and Wisconsin beer pretty regularly…  But at least I have the internet to connect with them still.  I have also gotten active on twitter and am regularly tweeting to some of my favorite YA tweeters including Jenna Goodall, Ingrid the Magpie Librarian, Anne Clark from So Tomorrow, Liz Anderson, and one of my snapchat best friends, Rachel K.  I’ve met and interacted with so many awesome children’s librarians from around the WORLD (seriously, Jbrary is in Canada. I’m so worldy) and I am so excited to meet and interact with more.  And hopefully meet some in person! I love meeting new children’s librarians so send me a tweet, drop me a comment, or tumble at me (I don’t even know what that means. But i’m on tumblr).

And, without further ado, my most popular posts from the last year:

Friendship was one of my first posts and remains the most popular!

Friendship Storytime
Apparently Pinterest just loves this craft!

The next most viewed and searched post was Caterpillars & Butterflies, and this one includes my favorite flannel activity that I have done yet!

butterfly flannel 032913093417

Third is Pets! This one is definitely not one of my favorites but apparently searching for pet storytime is pretty common, and I come up near the top when you google search it.


Let’s go to the Circus is my fourth most viewed storytime theme.  The circus craft is another one that is pinned quite often and incorporates shapes into making a clown face!

Circus Storytime

My most viewed not storytime theme post is actually pretty recent and was hard for me to right.  Partly because I struggled a lot with the issues and needed time to gather my thoughts but mostly because I really hate admitting when I’m wrong (like most people) and was embarrassed to admit that something wasn’t working in my storytime’s.  But I hope that talking about my failures and how I tried to fix them will help other people not make the same mistakes.  Things Are Not Working: how I changed my toddler storytime.

Why My Storytime Wasn't Working

 SO THANK YOU, each and every one of you, for supporting me and actually using and enjoying what I share with you!  This website and community of children’s bloggers has helped me to learn more about my passion and find others who share it and for that I am so grateful.  Thanks for sharing my stuff, using it for your own storytime’s, and letting me learn from you.

CHILIS: Weather

CHILIS: Weather

Stem in Storytime:
Pre-School Storytime
CHILIS March 6, 2014

Books to Share:

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Kin Eagle
Sun, Snow, Stars, Sky by Catherine and Laurence Anhold
On Earth by G. Brian Karas

Rhymes & Songs:

It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More

It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more
It ain’t gonna rain no more
Oh no, it’s up to my toe
But it ain’t gonna rain more.

Oh gee, it’s up to my knee
Oh my, it’s up to my thigh
Oh fiddle, it’s up to my middle
Oh heck, it’s up to my neck
Oh dread, it’s up to my head, I’m just going to swim on home.

Weather song
[tune: Clementine]
source: Perpetual PreSchool

What’s the weather? What’s the weather? What’s the weather like today?
Is it foggy, partly cloudy, is it raining or is there snow.
Is it windy, is it cloudy or is there sun shine today.
What’s the weather? What’s the weather? what’s the weather like today?

source: Perpetual PreSchool

I put on my raincoat. (pretend to put on coat)
I put on my hat. (put on hat)
I put up my umbrella, (fingertips touching over head)
Just like that! Umbrellas go up, (point up)
Umbrellas go down, (point down)
When the rain clouds are dark, All over town.
One raindrop and two, (hold fingers up, one at a time)
Two raindrops and three,
My up and down umbrella, (move up and down)
Is up over me. (fingertips on top of head)
Four raindrops and five, Six raindrops and seven,
Raindrops are tumbling down from heaven. (raise arms and let fingers fall slowly)
Drip, drop, drip! I am dry as can be,
My up and down umbrella, (move up and down)
Is up over me. (fingers touching over head)


Weather Chart on a paper plate

weather chart

Further Resources:

Jbrary Weather Pinterest Board

Nothing but Monkey Business: Weather & Seasons

Science in Storytime, tag: weather

Never Shushed: Weather

Perpetual Preschool: Weather Songs