Cookies and Cakes and Cows, oh my! Another storytime

2 Dec

‘Tis the season when my thoughts turn to baked goods. So why shouldn’t we have a storytime about cookies and, more deliciously, cake?

My first difficulty was coming up with an appropriate puppet to introduce the theme. It’s not like I have a talking cookie lying

Cake + Cookie = AWESOME.

around. Or even a cookie monster (I used to have a Grover, but he went to live on a farm in the country). I wracked my brain, trying to figure out what animal would be appropriate. Lion who eats cookies instead of small children? No. Coyote? Of course not. Hairy Tarantula? Cool, but what does that have to do with cookies? Finally, it came to me. Cookies (and cake) go with milk. Milk comes from a cow. Cow puppet to the rescue!

So Clara the Cow introduces our theme, by telling the kids that not only does she eat grass, but she also really likes cookies. She sits down to listen, and the stories begin:

  • Emberley, Rebecca and Ed Emberley. The Red Hen. This is the classic story of the Little Red Hen (or la pequeña gallina roja – the first words I ever learned in Spanish, in preschool), told with cake instead of bread. Simple, and with the common “Not I!” refrain so the kids can help with the telling.
  • Carter, David A. Who Took the Cookie From the Cookie Jar? Carter’s is a pop-up version of the classic chant, while Philemon Sturges and Bonnie Lass also have a nice, southwestern-y, non-pop-up version.
  • After reading the book, we continue the chant, but using the children’s names. Each child will have a turn to say “who me?” and “couldn’t be” before pointing or saying the name of the child next to them, and we continue. If you’re not familiar with the words of the chant, here they are. Pat legs and clap along in rhythm.

(All): Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?

(All): [Child’s name] took the cookies from the cookie jar!

(Child): Who me?

(All): Yes, you!

(Child): Couldn’t be.

(All): Then who?

(Child names another child, and we continue…)

  • Beaumont, Karen. Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? Another VERY participatory story, with a rhyming refrain that has a distinct rhythm. A perfect phonological awareness skills-building book.
  • Flannelboard: “Barnaby Bear’s Batter Bowl”. Here’s a version of it, although I made a few changes:
    • In MY version, a mouse is the last animal to arrive, and instead of helping to pull Barnaby out of the bowl, he climbs in and tickles Barnaby’s nose with his whiskers, causing Barnaby to sneeze himself out of the bowl.
    • Also, I changed the animals to ones that were easier for me to make: along with Barnaby Bear and the Mouse, there is an Elephant, a Monkey, and a Rabbit.
    • When Barnaby gets out his biggest bowl, we all use our arms to make giant bowls and pretend to put cake ingredients in. The kids get to practice/expand their food vocabulary.
    • In order to add some print to the flannel, I wrote “BOWL” on the smallest bowl, “BIGGER BOWL” on the next one, and “BIGGEST BOWL” on the largest. I read the words and underline them with my finger.

This is usually enough stuff to get us through a 25 minute storytime. However, I have some additional books stashed away in case I feel like changing things up:

Oh boy. I really want cookies now. Do you think Mrs. Fields delivers?


5 Responses to “Cookies and Cakes and Cows, oh my! Another storytime”

  1. Little Book Bird January 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Thanks for the ideas! I recently read Karma Wilson’s book when I was searching for books for a storytime with our local Chick-fil-A restuarant. Loved it! I shared it with the marketing manager and we both agreed that it is the perfect book to share with the CFA cow and friends. 🙂

    I have another version of the “Who Stole the Cookie” theme to suggest to you. It has a surprise ending that is fun!

    I used it as a live-action/puppet skit for older children during our summer reading program and also used it with preschoolers in the library and during outreach visits. It was great in all these situations!

    The book is Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? written by Margaret Wang and illustrated by Christine Schneider.

    When we do it as a live-action/puppet presentation, I dress-up like the mom (judge), we choose a child from the audience to be the girl (lawyer), and a co-worker is the dad (cookie thief). Each puppet has his own personality and voice that we associated with the book’s pictures and text. (The Goldfish has a French accent for some reason. LOL) When doing this with older children, we allow a different child to bring up a puppet and sit in the witness chair.

    This is one of my favorite live-action skits!

    Happy Reading!

  2. missmaryliberry December 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Oh, I know that one – and that’s probably where I got the idea for the cow puppet (somewhere in my subconscious)… but I used it for an animal storytime earlier this year and didn’t want to duplicate too much. Thanks!

  3. Babette December 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    You’ve got to get the new book, The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson! It’d be perfect!


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