Hat Storytime

Hat Storytime

Hats off for Hat Storytime!

I did this with a small group of pre-schoolers and it was a little bit longer than I usually have storytime and we did more stories and less songs/extension activities.

Hat Books

The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss
hooray for hat
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
I Want My Hat Back
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
book o hats
Book-O-Hats by Lemke & Lentz

(seriously, if you haven’t checked out one of these awesome new WEARABLE board books by Lemke & Lentz do it right meow.)

Hat Game

We didn’t really do any hat specific songs but we did do a little bit of a hide and go seek hat game.  I hid different kinds of hats (in plain sight) and the kids and I looked around until we found them.
You could also do this set to a song
“Oh where oh where has my party hat gone, oh where oh where could it be..” etc, with each hat.
Click on the link to open a PDF of each different hat, including a party hat, witch hat, construction hat, winter hat, pirate hate, purple hat, and cowboy hat!

where can my hat be

Every week (as I have mentioned many times before) I HAVE to do Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau, from his Kids and Kitties album. This week we added in The Goldfish Song from Laurie Berkner, from her Victor Vito album

David Landau Laurie Berkner

Hat Craft
Since Dr. Seuss’s birthday is nearing we did a Cat in the Hat craft!  I have been trying to do more cutting activities with this group so we cut out our bowtie and pasted on our stripes.  I could have let them paste the stripes but I knew we wouldn’t have as much time this week so I did that beforehand. I’ve been all about those low prep crafts lately so this was perfect! To download the template I used for the bowtie and the cat’s face click here.

Cat in the Hat Craft

Other Hat Storytime Ideas

Hats off to you- Jbrary
A Hat on my Head- Perry Public Library
There’s a Hat on My Head!- North Mankato Taylor Library Storytime
Hats- Storytime Katie
Hats Toddler Storytime- Jen in the Library
Silly Hat Storytime- Sturdy for Common Things

Early Literacy Scavenger Hunt: Rainbow

Early Literacy Scavenger Hunt: Rainbow

Every six weeks or so I change our scavenger hunt.  Lately I’ve been trying to do more out of the box things instead of just looking for a picture and crossing it off a list.  Those are great sometimes and the kids love them but I wanted to incorporate more early literacy.

Our newest scavenger hunt is bilingual (English/Spanish) and helps us to learn and identify colors!

Early Literacy Scavenger Hunt
**the typo in the spanish translation has been fixed in the downloads but had not yet when I took the picture **


The idea is that the kids have to find something for every color in the rainbow and then draw a picture of it or write it in the circle of the corresponding color.

I have all of the downloads available for you to do it at your own library!  The PDF is here and is recommended because the fonts and formatting will all stay the same.  If you need an editable version you can use the Google drive link here.

Spy Academy: the last two weeks

Spy Academy: the last two weeks

You can read about the prep work for Spy Academy here and information about our first two weeks here.

As a reminder, Spy Academy is a four week program, running for an hour once a week.  I have it open for ages 6-11 and the biggest thing was that I needed the kids to be able to read.

You can download my powerpoints here– feel free to use the template and change it  however you need to! Powerpoint Week 3 Powerpoint Week 4

This has probably been one of my favorite programs to do and I know the kids enjoyed it a ton too (have already had some ask when they can sign up for next year–ay caramba!)


MATERIALS NEEDED: cut out popular characters, tape

Every good spy needs to make sure their interrogation skills are on point!  We played a well known game for this one (although I’m not sure if it has a name?) and it was a HUGE hit and a ton of fun.  I printed out a bunch of different characters (many book characters but also pop culture ones) and taped one to each kids back.  The kids then had to try and guess their character using only yes/no questions.  We played for about 15 minutes and then the remaining kids we all worked as a group to help them figure out their character.  All in all, a lot of fun, and it got the kids up and moving which is important!


MATERIALS NEEDED: Masking tape, scissors (we used painters tape bc we had a lot of it from a previous program)

Is it weird that I had a bunch of 6-11 year olds pose as dead bodies and tape outline each other? Maybe.  Did they have fun doing it? Definitely.

To make this one go as smoothly as possible I split them up into groups of 3 and within their group they took turns taping and lying down. I was very proud of their awesome teamwork as well :)

Body Outline | Spy Academy

Body Outline | Spy Academy


MATERIALS NEEDED: Tape, glue, scissors, construction paper

A good spy also knows how to blend in or be undercover… disguises were definitely needed!  I printed a bunch of glasses and mustaches printables from online but I think the kids has more fun creating their own (like in the picture below).

Make a Disguise |Spy Academy


MATERIALS NEEDED: Morse code translator, pony beads, string

This one was a little tricky and some of the younger kids just ended up making regular bracelets BUT the kids that understood it thought it was super awesome that they could make a secret message of their name. Basically they needed three colors: one for the dot, one for the dash, and one for a spacer between letters (this was often white or black). They each had a morse code cheat sheet in their TOP SECRET folders from the first week (and I had extras for the kids who were newcomers).  By assigning one color to a symbol they could spell out their name!

sorry for the awkward angle, I took this upside down!
sorry for the awkward angle, I took this upside down!


MATERIALS NEEDED: discarded magazines, paper, glue and scissors

Ransom Note |Spy Academy

Ransom Note | Spy Academy


This was a huge hit and the kids got VERY into it!  I videotaped a couple teens (who were more than willing to help me) in a “crime scene” where one “stole a book”.  We had witnesses and suspects.  The kids had to compare the teen in the crime scene with the suspects we interviewed.  They also went to the crime scene (in the teen zone) and interviewed the teen library assistant who gave them more clues such as a shoeprint that was found in the snow.  It didn’t take long for me to film or edit as it was all very low-tech.


If you do this, make sure you tell your kids at the end that it was all pretend because they all seemed to believe it and were very disappointed in the teen who ended up “stealing” until I told them it was pretend at the end.

I HIGHLY recommend this program to childrens and tween/teen librarians.  If you have any more logistical questions feel free to comment!!