B is for Baking: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Book: All for Pie, Pie for All! by David Martin

Question: "What kind of foods would we find in a bakery? Can you name some?"

Action rhyme w/magnet board: "Four Cupcakes in a Bakery Shop" (adapted from "Five Brown Buns"]

Four cupcakes in a bakery shop,
[show 4 fingers]
four cupcakes with lots of sprinkles on the top.
[have kids make sprinkly motions]
Along came a girl with a dollar in her hand,
bought one cupcake and away she ran--
YUM yum, YUM yum, YUM YUM YUM! [rub belly and have kids rub their bellies]
YUM yum, YUM yum, YUM YUM YUM!

3 cupcakes...a boy...
a woman...
a man...

No cupcakes in the bakery shop.
No cupcakes with lots of sprinkles on the top.
Along came a librarian with a dollar in her hand,
but there were none, so away she ran
[crying motion] BOO hoo, BOO hoo, BOO HOO HOO!
BOO hoo, BOO hoo, BOO HOO HOO!

[cupcake graphics here]

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin’ Red

Book: The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins 
[press imaginary doorbell and have kids "Ding-dong!" every time the doorbell rings]

Activity: "Is This Something We Would Bake?"

[Have box/grocery basket/grocery bag of different items one would or would not bake: bread, shoe, etc]

Warm up the oven!
What should we make?
Is this something we would bake?

Song with Beanbags [B is for Beanbag]: "The Bean Bag Song" by Hap Palmer

Book: Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with B." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Buffalo! Baby! ("Let’s close it quietly. Baby’s napping"). Butterfly.


Alternative Books to Swap in:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff

I Will Chomp You! by Jory John [if needing something raucous. Longish]

The Duckling Wants a Cookie by Mo Willems

A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas

Alternative Action Rhyme: "Making Cookies"I am making cookie dough. (hold out arms in a circle, like a bowl)
Round and round the beaters go. (roll hands)
Add some flour from a cup. (shake a pretend cup)
Stir and stir the batter up. (stirring motion)
Roll them, cut them nice and neat. (rolling pin motion)
Put them on a cookie sheet. (place pretend cookies)
Bake them, count them 1-2-3. (counting motion)
Serve them to my friends for tea. (take a bite!)