Story Time in the Park: Bugs!

Story Time in the Park: Bugs!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Story Time in the Park?  There is something so magical about the event.  Every week, we gather for a few stories and crafts and then everyone heads to the playground to push their kids on swings and watch the youngsters run around while chatting about weekend activities or the latest in family affairs.  It feels like such a community.  We get a lot of the same families back week after week, and we’ve already had three families return from last year, and I can’t help thing we’re building something beautiful at Story Time.

Here’s what we were up to this week!

Diary of a Fly

 

The books we choose for this week were Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! and Diary of a Fly.  In retrospect, Diary of a Fly was probably a little too advanced for our crowd.  We get a lot of 2-3 year olds and the humor in the fly book was a little dry and didn’t really draw the kids in.  The Bugs book was really colorful and simple and the kids tuned right in.  It didn’t get the response last week’s books evoked, but still a good choice.

Karen, one of our story readers, practicing before the kids gather.  You’ll notice we added a box of tissues to the set up, since my daughter thought wiping your nose on the Story Time blanket was a socially acceptable move.

Kids, along with their parents and grandparents, all gathered together for the stories.

This week, we sang some of the same songs as last week, including Open Close Them, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Please Be Quiet.  We also introduced a little stretch chant I found in The Everything Toddler Activities Book.  It goes like this:

Bend and Stretch, Reach for the Sky, Raise those arms up so high

Bend and Stretch, reach for the stars, wave your arms both near and far

This song really got the boys involved from the beginning since they got to move their whole bodies.   And of course, we had to do “Eensy Weensy Spider” since we were talking about bugs.  We do three songs at the beginning,  read a book, then do two more songs before continuing with the last book.

  After the books, we head to the craft table.  We have business cards and “Welcome Guest” packets available if anyone is interested.

All set up and ready to go!  Don’t forget the Wet Wipes!

For today’s craft, I found this adorable mason jar printable over at Sweetly Scrapped.  She has a ton of other types available too.  We had stamp pads for kids to make bug fingerprints in the jar.  There were also tiny bug stickers if they wanted to use those too.   They worked perfect!

Hard at work!

Stamp! Stamp! Stamp!

Finished!

A Few Tips:

  • Make more copies than you think you need.  We had 11 kids last week, so we made 20 copies of the jar.  We ended up using every single one, and one kid had to use the “Sample Craft” because there wasn’t any more!   Better to have extra than not enough!
  • If you use sticker sheets, don’t count on kids sharing.  Just cut up the sheets into little sections so each kid can have their own.  If they want to trade or share, more power to them!
  • Have everything laid out at each “place”.  I had things all set up in the center of the table, but then had to distribute supplies to each kid as they crowded around the table.  It would have been better to have each “spot” all set up for a kid so we would have avoided the reach and grab chaos.

What About You?

Have you done a similar program?  Any tips? Leave a comment and let me know!!

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