Hack My Storytime: Sick Theme has been Hacked!

Thank you, Lindsay, for offering up an old storytime outline for our hacking pleasure!

Here is her original storytime with added suggestions included. Thanks for all who gave suggestions-it’s not too late, just comment below.

Clean up toys

The More We Get Together with signs, including a storytime verse:

It’s time to hear a story, a story, a story.

It’s time to hear a story. I’ll read it to you.

So sit on my carpet, get ready to listen.

It’s time to hear a story. I’ll read it to you.

Alternate opening song:  Ring around the roses, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, We all SIT DOWN!

Book: Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox by Erin Dealey

Other Book Suggestions:

Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

My Cold Went on Vacation by Molly Rausch and Nora Krug

Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen

Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson

I’m Going to Sneeze: to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell” I think I’m going to sneeze (ah-choo) I think I’m going to sneeze (ah-choo) If you sneeze, use a tissue please! Ah-choo, ah-choo, ah-choo!

Substitute this activity for the song:

Give each kid a sheet of red dot stickers (i.e. the color coding labels you get at office supply stores) and have them walk around and “give” everyone else chicken pox (including the grown-ups!). Then read all the “sick” kids Chicken Soup with Rice so they will feel better.

Got a Boo Boo: to the tune of “Clementine” got a boo boo got a boo boo got a boo boo on my __________ (insert body part) got a boo boo need a bandaid kiss it better for me!

Add an Early Literacy message for parents: you could say (after the “Got a Boo boo” song) that singing songs with new words, like body parts, helps children to better be able to tell you how they’re feeling or what hurts!

Book: Mother Mother I Feel Sick by Remy Charlip

Doctor in the Clinic with flannel: to the tune of ”The Farmer in the Dell”

The doctor in the clinic. The doctor in the clinic. Hi-ho the derry-o, The doctor in the clinic.

The doctor takes a nurse… The nurse takes a patient… The patient gets help… The patient gets better…

Substitute “Miss Polly had a Dolly” for this flannel or for one of the songs

Book: The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Bubbles to a different recorded song every week

Get well cards from paper, stickers, marker, glue and pre-cut phrases “Get Well Soon”

Another craft suggestion:  use a bandaid, tissue and markers and make a butterfly.  Fold up the tissue in the middle, put the bandaid over it and draw on the antennae – it’s easy but the kids can use markers to decorate the tissue and add to the picture and they loved, LOVED, to play with band aids

For another storytime plan on this theme, check out Mary’s blog.

About Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

Posted on December 31, 2013, in Hack My Storytime. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “Miss Polly had a dolly” action poem
    Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
    So she called for the doctor to be quick, quick, quick.
    The doctor came in with his bag and his hat,
    and he knocked at the door with a rat a tat tat.

    He looked at the dolly and he shook his head.
    And said “Miss Polly, put her straight to bed.”
    He wrote out a paper for a pill, pill, pill.
    “I’ll be back in the morning with the bill, bill, bill.”
    Looking at this, this would also work as a flannel.

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