We did a really fun story hour recently, so I thought I would share it!
It was all about apples!
For a basic story hour, we search out kids books on the theme, then read through them all until we find the best. Sometimes we even borrow them from other libraries, because we can be super picky. Also, it gets a little boring to read the same stories every year. :]
This time we built this story hour around 3 books. Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz, Max & Mo Go Apple Picking by Patricia Lakin, and Fruit by Pascale De Bourgoing.
For Apples, Apples Everywhere! we put together a basket, which is something we do for almost all of our story hours. Basically, we pick out key elements on every page, and then put them all in a container. While we're reading the book, we call up the kids one by one to find something from the story in our basket. Not only does it make the child feel special, it also gives them something tangible to see from the story, making it easier to relate to.
The Max & Mo part of the story hour was my favorite, just because the story had a built in craft. In the story the two main characters ended up making apple stamp prints. With some paint, apples, and paper, we were easily able to re-create this project. The children made wonderful works of art.
During down time we let them look through the fruit book, because it has these see-through pages that let you see the insides of the fruit. They loved looking at the apple seeds. To add even more of a scientific touch, we did an experiment to see if the apples floated. When they found out they did, they wanted to experiment with all sorts of things. (Toy cars, by the way, do not float.)
For snack we had applesauce, apple cider, apple butter, and apple pastries. All very yummy. :]
And we closed the day with a few songs.
Here's one you can use at home. Enjoy!
I'M A LITTLE APPLE
(to the tune of I'm a little teapot)
I'm a little apple
short and round.
I make a munchy
If you bite into me
you will see,
I'm as delicious
as can be!