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Story Time Starter: Kitchen Utensils

January 06, 2020 0 comments

This month's story time starter is all about tableware and kitchen utensils, like forks, spoons, and knives. We are also including spatulas, whisks, tongs, and ladles—so you will have lots of interesting vocabulary words to talk about and actions to demonstrate during story time!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has written a delightful duo of books, with a third one coming soon. The first one, Spoon, is all about individuality and liking who you are even though you are different from the rest. The second one, Chopsticks, teaches us that even though pairs are good, learning to stand alone can also be a good thing. The last one, Straw, promises equally important life lessons with charming illustrations and a fabulous story.

Other great stories include Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastien Braun and Drum City by Thea Guidone show how much fun it is to bang on pots and pans with spoons to feel the beat! You could focus on gathering to the table for a family meal with stories like The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton, Around the Table that Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill, and The Little Kids' Table by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle. Or you could share silly stories like Sterling, Best Dog Ever by Aidan Cassie, That's NOT How You Do It! by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar, and Spork by Kyo Maclear. Whatever stories you choose, you are sure to have a good time!

We found a few songs that would work well with props like chopsticks or plastic eggs and spoons.

Some rhymes and fingerplays include 

Hey Diddle, Diddle
Hey diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

I Like Noise
I like ice cream, drip, drup, drop.
I like shoes that flip, flap, flop.
I like spoons that click, clack, clang.
I like pots that bing, bong, bang!

I'm A Knife, Fork, Spoon, Spatula
(to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)
I’m a knife,                                                                             (hold arms together up above head),
fork,                                                                                        (arms up like for a football goal),
spoon,                                                                                    (circle arms above head),
spatula,                                                                                  (hold arms up with hands face out),
“cha, cha, cha.”                                                                    (twist arms back and forth).
I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula, “cha, cha, cha.”
I’m a knife, fork, spoon,
I’m a knife, fork, spoon,
I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula, “cha, cha, cha.”

Check out this great demonstration from the gals at Jbrary to see how it goes!

You can finish up with a craft that puts your imagination to use!

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