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Story Kits & Helps By THEME

        
    Note:
Kits previously available for loan from Southeastern Library Services can also be found on a separate page.  We will keep you updated as to when these items are again available for loan.
                                                            

Complete Kits for Library Story Times
   
All kits available for loan from Southwest Iowa Library Service Area contain:
        Storytime plan (outline & notes for presenter)
        Complete storytime program (with rhymes, book suggestions, etc.)
        Rhymes in large print (to hold up to encourage adults to join in)
        Flannel board pieces
        Craft ideas (for "hanging around" after the program)
        Take-home sheets to photocopy
    The "Online Version" of each kit opens a Word document which provides the plan, program and take-home sheets.  Add your own props -- some printable items are provided here.  The photos of our "Bounce Me" and "Wheels" kits (below) give you a general idea of what is included.

bullet"Animalitos/Little Critters" bilingual kit* featuring Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar.  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"At the Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea' (from the 2010 Summer Library Program):  Program; Fish with the Swishy, Swishy Tail Script; "One Fish" Extra Art (pdf); Take Home Sheet.
bullet"Baby Buggy" -- bugs for lapsit programs. Online Version.
bullet"Baby Bunnies" -- bunny theme for lapsit.  Online Version.
bullet"Baby, It's Cold Outside" for lapsit.  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Bathtime" (for younger preschoolers -- from the 2010 Summer Library Program):  Program; "One Fish" Flannelboard (pdf); "One Fish" Extra Art (pdf); Counting Rhyme Art; Sorting Game Art; "Say it fast. Say it slow." Cards; Take Home Sheet.
bullet"Bounce Me On Your Knee" for lapsit storytimes.  Includes The Owl and the Pussycat illustrated by Louise Voce.  Online VersionToes RhymeBubbles Coloring Page (draw bubbles!).  See a photo of this kit -- here!   For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs!" -- for ages 2-4.  Use any books about bugs with the rhymes and activities in this kit.
bullet"Dinosaurs" -- features the book "Dinosaur Roar" (not included) and the concept of "opposites."
bullet"Down on the Farm"--  Includes Hilda Hen's Scary Night.   Many flannel board items are included.   Online VersionB-I-N-G-O RhymeWhen Ducks Get Up Rhyme. Stick Puppet/Flannel Board Animals.  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Funny Bunnies" -- ages 3-4.
bullet"Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear" (lapsit) -- featuring Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (not included).  Online Version.  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Gingerbread Persons" -- a kit for winter [Create your own using the following Word documents:  Storytime Plan; Gingerbread Man Script; take-home sheet; take-home sheet page 2 (may be printed in black & white); gingerbread persons (coloring page/pattern); artwork for flannelboard part 1; artwork for flannelboard part 2 (optional)]
bullet"Halloween" -- ages 3-4.  Online VersionArtwork for creating your own flannelboards. [This kit mainly features pumpkins and seasons, so you could adapt it for use after Halloween as well.]
[PDF Version:  Program; Artwork]
bullet"Ham It Up" -- New for the 2009 Summer Library Program!  This online kit features the song "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."  Links to artwork, take-home sheets and craft ideas are included!  Click HERE to open a Word document.
bullet"How Does Your Garden Grow?" -- focuses on the skill of "letter knowledge."  Online Version.   Rhymes and Artwork: "Mary, Mary" in Large Type.  "Planting Seeds" in Large Type.  FlowersLettersG-Word Pictures"I Spy" Garden Art. (Note:   The original kit contains die cut shapes for flannelboards -- feel free to substitute your own artwork for any of the suggestions above!).  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"It's a Colorful World" -- featuring Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd -- not included.  Online VersionColoring Page. Rainbow Kittens Rhyme. For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"I've Got Music" -- This online kit features the songs "Aiken Drum" (with our own additions) and "Old Mel Dewey Led a Band."  Click HERE to download this Word document.  Links to flannel board art are included.
bullet"Jingle Bells."  For suggested books and extras, click hereOnline Version (added December 2009). Flannelboard artwork:  Sleigh, Items for Sleigh, Fireplace, Stockings."Moon Beams" for lapsit storytimes. Online Version.  Toes Rhyme.  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Just Ducky"  -- features silly rhymes and counting activities.  Online Version.
Artwork:  1 duck; 2 monkeys; 3 mice; 4 pigs; 5 sheep; 5 duckies.    For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Leprechaun Treasure" -- an online kit perfect for St. Patrick's Day.  Includes rhymes, a story and flannelboard patterns to print.  Click HERE for a Word document.  Click HERE for a pdf version.
bullet"Let's Dance!" --  This online kit features a version of "Dem Bones" and an old Scottish nursery rhyme with flannel board art.   Click HERE for the program.  Click HERE for the artwork.
bullet"Little Critters" -- another storytime featuring bugs.   Use with Eric Carle's Very Busy Spider.  For suggested books and extras, click hereOnline Version (plan only).
bullet"Little Miss -- and Mister -- Manners" -- includes an updated version of Old King Cole; pattern activities; and a different "wiggle rhyme."
bullet"Me and My Shadow" -- a kit designed for Groundhog Day, but can easily be adapted for use at other times.  Use with the books The Substitute Groundhog or Gregory's Shadow.  Online Version.  Substitute Groundhog Artwork:  part one; part twoGroundhog Artwork (including stick puppet craft).  Spilt Milk flannelboard pieces (use self-adhesive white felt as a backing so that you can turn the shapes over to show more details).
bullet"Mi Familia" -- bilingual kit* about families with 2 books included.  Ages 2-4.
bullet"Mmmm Good Food" -- features "The Little Red Hen."   Online VersionPDF format.
bullet"Moonbeams" -- Online Version.
bullet"Mother Nature."  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"The Night Before Christmas"   Online VersionRhymeFireplace.   StockingsSanta's Sleigh. [Note:  For the stocking counting activity, cut around each stocking and glue a small piece of velcro on the back.  Glue a strip of the "other side" of the velcro on the fireplace piece.  You will need to create your own flannelboard pieces for the "Night Before Christmas" rhyme and the items that go in Santa's sleigh.]  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Por la Maņana/In the Morning" bilingual kit* featuring Ella Sarah Gets Dressed and bilingual books by Clare Beaton.  For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Pirate Tales" (from the 2010 Summer Library Program) -- Program; "One Fish" Extra Art; Take Home Sheet.
bullet"Puddle Jumpers" (from the 2010 Summer Library Program) --  Program; Umbrella Flannelboard; Rain Gear Art; Rainbow Coloring Page; Duckies Coloring Page; "One Fish" Extra Art (pdf); Take Home Sheet.
bullet"Rainy Days" -- a good kit for Spring.   Online Version (with flannelboard patterns). For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Scarecrows" -- Good for Autumn.  Online Version (with take-home sheet).  Artwork: Coloring/craft pageScratchy ScarecrowCrows.
bullet"Snowy Day" -- Made just to go along with Jumpstart's "Read for the Record Day" on October 7, 2010.  Program.  Flannelboard artwork:  Snowflakes; A Mountain of Mittens; Mitten Matching; Closing Rhyme ("See you later alligator . . .").  Coloring page.
[PDF Versions:  Program; Snowflakes; A Mountain of Mittens; Mitten Matching; Closing Rhyme]
bullet"Spider's Halloween Fun."  Online Version with artwork.
bullet"Thanksgiving."   Online Version.  Artwork:  Thankful Things, First Thanksgiving, Clock for Closing.  In PDF format:  Program; Thankful Things Art; First Thanksgiving Art; Clock for Closing. [Note:  the November Activity Page also has a short version of the story of the first Thanksgiving that you might use with the flannelboard.]
bullet"Trees/Arbor Day"  Online KitArtwork for flannel board.  Artwork for game.
bullet"Very Hungry Caterpillar" -- based on the Eric Carle book.   For suggested books and extras, click here.
bullet"Wheels" -- Featuring the popular rhyme "Wheels On the Bus." [Recommended book is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.]  Also features a discussion of shapes.  Online VersionColoring Page. See a photo of this kit -- hereFor suggested books and extras, click here.

Pajama Party Kits:

bulletPajama Party: "The Moon and Stars" --  This kit is designed for evening story hours.  It is for 4- and 5-year-olds.   Online Version.  Artwork:  Star Diagram; Planets; Moonman.
bulletPajama Party:  "Bedtime Stories" -- This kit is designed for evening story hours for 4- and 5-year-olds.  Its focus is classic bedtime rhymes and stories.  Online Version.  Artwork:  Winken, Blinken & Nod; Additional artwork for Winken, Blinken & Nod; Sheep Mobile
bulletPajama Party:  "Scared of the Dark" -- For evening story hours for 4- and 5-year-olds.  The kit focuses on childhood fears using books like There's a Nightmare in My Closet and Franklin in the Dark.  The kit includes a storytelling apron set for Where the Wild Things Are and a turtle puppet to along with the Franklin story.  Online VersionSmiley artwork (emotions).  Man in the Moon graphic.

*Note: bilingual kits do not require the presenter to be fluent in Spanish.  A basic understanding of how to pronounce Spanish words is all that is required.  Bilingual kits are mostly in English with a few Spanish rhymes or simple picture books that mix English and Spanish.

To borrow kits above, contact Red Oak Public Library at webmaster@redoak.lib.ia.us or phone (712) 623-6516.  Kits are available to all Iowa libraries!

Recommended Books and "Extras" to go along with the Storytime Kits -- check this list to see what books you will need to go with the kit; die cut items you might wish to order; and additional props that Southwest LSA has to go along with the themes.

Kits for Caregivers: parents, families, daycares [Libraries may borrow these kits to lend to daycare providers or to use as examples for creating their own kits.]

bullet"Moonbeams" for daycare providers; includes moon stencils and a counting activity.  For suggested books to use with this kit, click here.
bullet"Little Miss -- or Mister -- Manners" -- This online kit includes instructions for libraries.  Libraries might use this as a template for creating their own kits.
bullet"Monkeyshines" -- emphasizes Print Motivation.
bullet"Pockets" -- this kit emphasizes Vocabulary.  It includes rhymes, activities, flannelboard pieces and book suggestions.
 
To borrow kits above, contact Red Oak Public Library at webmaster@redoak.lib.ia.us or phone (712) 623-6516.    Kits are available to all Iowa libraries!

Oversize Books & Book Kits
   
The following resources were formerly available from Southeastern Library Services.  We will update the contact information for borrowing these items as soon as we have it!

        Big Red Barn
        Cow That Went Oink
        Dinosaurs (kit)
        Empty Pot
        Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
        Flower Garden
        Gingerbread Boy
        Goodnight Moon
        Growing Things
        Growing Vegetable Soup
        Here Are My Hands
        I Went Walking
        If You Give a Moose a Muffin (kit)
        If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (kit)
        Is Your Mama a Llama (kit)
        It Looked Like Spilt Milk
        Little Red Hen
        Mean Soup
        Mouse Paint (kit)
        My Five Senses
        Napping House
        No, David!
        On the Farm
        Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (kit)
        Silly Sally (kit)
        Three Billy Goats Gruff
        Under the Sea
        We Are All Alike, We Are All Different
        What I Like About Me!

Rhythm Sets
   
From Southeastern Library Services.  Request these through SILO interlibrary loan.

        Egg Shakers -- 2 sets of 12 colored egg-shaped rattles
        Rhythm Sticks -- 2 sets of 24 colored sticks with activity guides

Book Set Kits
   
Each kit includes several books on the theme plus an activity guide.  Borrow from Southeastern Library Services.  Request these through SILO interlibrary loan. 

        All About Me
        Alphabet
        Colors
        Community & Careers
        Cultures of the World
        Dinosaurs
        Earth & Environment
        Fairy Tales & Folk Tales
        Families
        Farms
        Five Senses
        Food & Nutrition
        Growing Things
        Health & Safety
        Insects & Spiders
        Life Cycles
        Numbers & Counting
        Nursery Rhymes
        Sea Life
        Seasons & Weather
        Shapes
        Space
        Transportation

Box Kits
   
Each kit includes a puppet, song card, board book, manipulatives, and activity guide.  Borrow from Southeastern Library Services.  Request these through SILO interlibrary loan. 

    Colors & Shapes
    Me & My Family
    Nursery Rhymes
    Ocean Animals
    On the Farm

Tub Kits
   
Each kit includes a paperback book, activity guide and a variety of manipulatives and activities (stencils, stamps, etc.).  Borrow from Southeastern Library Services.  Request these through SILO interlibrary loan. 

    All About Me
    Alphabet
    Colors
    Community & Careers
    Cultures of the World
    Dinosaurs
    Earth & Environment
    Fairy Tales & Folk Tales
    Families
    Farms
    Five Senses
    Food & Nutrition
    Growing Things
    Health & Safety
    Insects & Spiders
    Life Cycles
    Numbers & Counting
    Nursery Rhymes
    Sea Life
    Seasons & Weather
    Shapes
    Space
    Transportation
    Wild Animals

Other Storytelling Helps -- follow this link to a list of flannelboard sets, apron kits, etc. to add to your storytimes.

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