Y is for Yummy!: Storytime Plan (or F is for Food, E is for Eat/Edible)

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..."

Letter of the Day [If doing E, point out long E, as in EAT, and short E, as in EDIBLE ("What is edible? Is a shoe edible?")] [If doing Y--"What does it mean to say something is 'yummy'? What other words do we use to describe something that tastes good?" (mmmm, delicious, delectable)]

We all have different ideas of what is yummy, as the duck in our first book does. But before we read it, I'd like to do a rhyme about something I find yummy, and then find out what a few of you find yummy...

Action Rhyme: "Bread and Butter Chant"--start with own favorite; fill in the blanks by asking a few children their favorite food

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam---
let's say __________ as slowly as we can!
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam--
let's say __________ as quickly as we can!

Book: A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas 

Action Rhyme [standing]: "Bananas Unite!"

We pick bananas, pick pick bananas
and peel bananas, peel peel bananas
and chop bananas, chop chop bananas
and mash bananas, mash mash bananas
and eat bananas, eat eat bananas--


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

Action rhyme w/magnet board: "Four Cupcakes in a Bakery Shop" [adapted from "Five Brown Buns." Have group clap to the beat, then pause from clapping to make sprinkles, then clap, then pause for bellyrubbing, etc]

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--
Yummy yummy yummy yummy YUM YUM YUM! [rub belly and have kids rub their bellies]

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!

 [cupcake graphics here]

Book: Hi, Pizza Man!

[Pass out shaker eggs to seated kids. To stand up, have everyone crouch and rock back and forth to "I'm toast in the toaster. I'm gettin' really hot. Tick Tock Tick Tock up I POP!"]

Song with Shaker Eggs: "Milkshake Song" by Anne-Marie Akin on Songs for Wiggleworms

Book: Lunch by Denise Fleming

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with Y." Possibles before opening to children...Yogurt! [nom nom nom] Yodeler! [Yodelayheehoo!] Yo-yo! [boing, boing]


Alternatives to swap in: 

Books: The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson
More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman

Song to Add/Swap in for Smaller Storytime Crowd
"Fruit Salad Salsa" by Laurie Berkner

Song with Magnet Board: "Monster on my Sandwich"
It's almost time for lunch, but there's a monster's on my sandwich!
Monster, YOU GET OFF! [shaking fist]
Monster, YOU GET OFF!
Monster, YOU GET OFF!
Get off of my sandwich!  (or "Monster on my Veggies")

Chant/Activity: "Is THIS Something we Would Bake?"

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!)