Story Time Starter: Blue

November 8, 2016

This month's story time starter is all about BLUE! From blueberries to blue chickens and blue trucks to blue blankets, there are a multitude of stories that you can choose from to make a unique story time even more fun and interesting.

We have so many books to share! After reading Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney, you could ask the children to name other colors and words or items that start with the same letter (like red rooster or purple pumpkin). You would be extending the book and also helping children talk as a way to increase their early literacy skills. Followed up with Chicken Chuck by Bill Martin Jr., you could also talk about what you would do if you had a special blue feather, just like Chicken Chuck in the story.

Other stories such as Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard help children to build narrative skills as they recall what animals helped Little Blue Truck and discuss the feelings that Grumpy Bird felt as his day progressed. If you have time, you could show the short (3 minute) book-based movie Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman. Along with the book, this would be a nice way to end story time.

Here are some fabulous rhymes and finger plays to supplement your story time:

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.Where is the boy that looks after the sheep?
"He's under the haystack, fast asleep."
Will you wake him? "No, not I;
For if I do, he'll be sure to cry."

My Big Blue Boat

I love to row in my big blue boat (x3)
I love to row in my big blue boat, out on the deep blue sea.
My big blue boat has two red sails (x3)
My big blue boat has two red sails, out on the deep blue sea.
So come for a row in my big blue boat (x3)
So come for a row in my big blue boat, out on the deep blue sea.

Two Little Bluebirds

Two little bluebirds sitting on the hill.
One named high, one named low.
Fly away low, fly away high.
Come back low, come back high.

(Repeat rhyme with slow/fast, straight/wiggly, or quiet/loud in place of low/high.)

Ready for some songs?

Try Bad Blue Jay (#1) from Sing Along! by Caspar Babypants, Blue Balloon (#10) from I'm Me! by Charlie Hope, or Barry Blue Berry (#1) from You're Happier When You're Happy by Boxtop Jenkins. You could also check out Laurie Berkner's version of Little Boy Blue (#3 on disc 2) from Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs or Baby Blue (#16) on Bouncy Blue by The Learning Groove, which include Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael. They're all great songs for story time!

Here come the crafts! There are publisher's activity kits available online for both Grumpy Bird and Little Blue Truck, or you could make a rain cloud ribbon craft.

Have a happy Blue Story Time!

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