Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Hippos

  • 4-2-14: I've done a hippo storytime before, but it was long, long ago. I didn't plan ahead enough for this one, so I had to use what I could get right away. I wanted a more nonfiction-ish book, but this one worked out fine and the kids loved it. I had 18 people in storytime, but another 9 came in as we were ending and did the project.
Dancing time (shakers) and name tags: "Silly Dance Contest" from Jim Gill sings the Sneezing Song

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: No PI next week - circus!

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: The Hippo-not-a-mus by Tony Payne

Movement: Hippo on a bus

Nonfiction: Hidden Hippo by Joan Gannij

Early Literacy Aside: Singing is an important early literacy skill. You can make up your own songs by putting new words to old favorites.

Movement: Hippo Hokey Pokey

Short story: Here comes firefighter Hippo by Jonathan London

Short story: Here comes Doctor Hippo by Jonathan London

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: I Spy pictures

Prep: Die cut large circles out of big paper. Markers, crayons

Kids draw pictures around the holes

Take Home Insert

Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our next session is April 16 and we will be having fun with EGGS (Don't forget, next week is our big Circus Party at 10:30am. Bring friends and siblings: the suggested age for Preschool Interactive is 3 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend and participate as they are able.

Today we used the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing.

We TALKED about animals in Africa

We practiced WRITING by drawing

We SANG the Hippo Hokey Pokey and Hippo on a bus

We PLAYED with our I Spy pictures

The Hippo-not-a-mus by Tony Payne
Hidden Hippo by Joan Gannij
Here comes firefighter Hippo by Jonathan London
Here comes Doctor Hippo by Jonathan London

You can keep practicing these skills at home and at the library. Try practicing your PLAY skills by trying out the flannelboard next to the children's desk - can you tell a story together?

Our take home craft is: Nodding Hippos

You will need: Decorations

Decorate your hippo head and body, then use the brad to attach the head (push it through both pieces of paper and then open it out). Can you make your hippo do the hippo hokey pokey?

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

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