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HELPING PRESCHOOLERS
D.I.Y. Storytimes

Storytime Themes:
Kindness and Sharing

Five Favourite Books 

It's My Birthday by Pat Hutchins, 1999
Billy is reluctant to share his birthday presents with the other little monsters, but then something happens to make him change his mind.
Eddie's Kingdom by D.B. Johnson, 2005
After Eddie draws a picture of his apartment building neighbors, they all begin to get along with each other.
Bittle by Patricia MacLachlan, 2004
Nigel the cat and Julie the dog think they will have no use for the new baby in their house, but after a while they realize that they have come to love her.
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann, 2002
Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems, 2005
Leonardo is a terrible monster, he is too small, and not enough teeth, he cannot scare anyone, until he finds the perfect boy to scare the tuna salad out of.

Five Extra Books

Iíll Never Share You, Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander, 2003
After the bear he has drawn on the blackboard comes to life, Anthony does not want to share him with Gloria and Stewart.
Who Shares? by Ewa Lipniacka, 2003
Story playfully adapted from Ewa Lipniacka's It's mine.
Bears On Chairs by Shirley Parenteau, 2009
Four chairs. Four adorable bears. All is well until Big Brown Bear shows up -- what a stare -- and wants a seat. Can these clever bears put their heads together (among other things) and make space for one more?
The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Wallace, 2006
Minna does a lot of thinking about her project to do something kind, make a picture about what she did, and share it with her classmates, but finally comes up with an idea that spreads to the whole school.

Fingerplays & Action Rhymes

Cup of Tea

 Hereís a cup,
(make fist of one hand)
And hereís a cup,
(make fist of other hand)
And hereís a pot of tea,
(form teapot with both hands)
Pour a cup,
Pour a cup,
(pouring motions)
One for you and one for me!
(pretend to drink)

Magic Penny Song

Love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away.
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

Cause love is like a magic penny,
Hold it tight and you won't have any.
Lend it, spend it and you'll have so many,
They'll roll all over the floor.

Musical Activities

Activity: Sharing (use bean bags)
Source: Toddlerific by Georgiana Stewart

Read & recommended by SCL Youth Services staff
Revised February 2011

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