Story Time

Boxes

What’s inside your magic box? Today in preschool story time we learned that “box” starts with the letter “B.” Did you know that in 2006, the cardboard box was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame? That’s because, when you use your imagination, a box can become anything!

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Talking Tip

Being able to express yourself verbally is an important skill. Anger, frustration, and sadness can cause children to act out if they don’t know how to express those difficult emptions in words. Use books like “The Big Brown Box” and “A Box of Butterflies” to start a conversation about what makes your child upset and what he can do to calm himself down.

- Lambert

Activity

Read “The Big Brown Box” or another book in which a child gets upset. Ask your child what upset Sam and how he let people know that he was upset. Ask your child what upsets him or her, how do they let people know they are upset, and how do they calm themselves down.

Books Presented

Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard

The box in which all the animals are sitting gets more and more crowded until a hungry flea comes along.

The Big Brown Box by Marisabina Russo

As he plays in a very large box in his room, Sam is reluctant to let his little brother Ben join him, but then he finds the perfect way for them to share.

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

 

The Cardboard Box Book by Sarah Powell

Make a plane, an oven, a car or even your own city inside this imaginative craft book where a cardboard box is not just a box.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Here is a Box

Here is a box
Open the lid
I wonder whatever
Inside is hid
…make animal noise… (get kids to guess the animal)
Why its a ___________ (animal)
Without a doubt
Open the lid and let him out.

– Sturgiskids.wikifoundry.com

I Had a Little Turtle

I had a little turtle (hands on top of each other, move thumbs)
Who lived in a box (make box)
He swam in the puddles and climbed on the rocks (with hands swim, climb)
He snapped at a mosquito (clap), he snapped at a flea (clap)
He snapped at a minnow (clap), and he snapped at me (clap)
He caught the mosquito (cup hands), he caught the flea (cup hands),
He caught the minnow (cup hands), but he didn’t catch me! (wag finger)

– Storytimekatie.com

 

Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We’re going to the moon.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
Blast off!

– Allnurseryrhymes.com

Jack in His Box

Jack in his box goes up and down, up and down, up and down.
Jack in his box goes up and down, then he turns around.
Jack in his box goes side to side, side to side, side to side.
Jack in his box goes side to side, then he waves bye bye.
-Sunflowerstorytime.com

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Rocking Boat

Try making this rocking boat!

Additional Books

Ready, Set, Sail! by Meg Fleming

Follows a group of friends as they go sailing, explore an island, and return home to tell their tale.

Big Bear's Big Boat by Eve Bunting

When Big Bear outgrows his old boat, he gives it to Little Bear and builds himself a new one–just like it except bigger–until his friends start making suggestions that result in something very different.

If I Had a Big Blue Boat by Susan James Fry

The Boats on the River by Marjorie Flack

A ferryboat, paddlewheeler, ocean liner, tug boat, motorboat, sailboat, rowboat, freighter, submarine, and a warship all share the river waters around the big city.

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