One of my weekly storytimes fell on March 31st, which is National Crayon Day. Not only are crayons a great way to teach colors, but scribbling, coloring, and drawing are great pre-writing activities and a crayon-themed storytime is a great way to encourage this at home.When I talk about this with caregivers I always make sure to reinforce the idea that it is the process of holding and manipulating the crayons and expressing themselves creatively that is important, not the final product, and remind them that letter-like forms come before actual letters, and backwards letters are common and developmentally appropriate.
One of my goals for the last couple of year is to try to introduce more non-fiction books in storytime, not only to help with vocabulary and background knowledge, but also to show how books are also a source of information as well as entertainment (and maybe boost our non-fiction circulation in the process 😉).
The second one said, "I'm green like a tree."
The fourth one said, "I'm yellow as the sun."
It has words that incorporate movement, like "mix, dance, and wiggle" and sounds like "growl" and "howl". The words are also written in larger fonts that call attention to them, and the words for the colors are printed in the respective color, which is great for print awareness. Plus, the monsters are just cute!