Storytime: Letter B


“Bears in the Bath” by Shirley Parenteau
“Bunny Fun” by Sarah Weeks
“Butterfly, Butterfly” by Petr Horacek
“The Birthday Box” by Leslie Patricelli

 ABC Magnets

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I like to start and end the Alphabet program by singing our ABCs. To start I put out all of the letter magnets and have the children tell me what letter is missing, that becomes our letter of the day. After we go through the letter and some words that start with it I invite each child up to take two letters off the board and put it into my bag. At first all the children like to swarm up and will grab as many letters as they possibly can, but after a few weeks they begin to understand that they must wait until they hear their name called. To help them stick with two letters only I count out loud (this program maxes out at 12 children so I know I will have enough letters). The children get very excited when it is their turn, plus this helps them learn patience and how to take turns!

Five in the Bed

There were five in the bed (hold up 5 fingers)
And the little one said “Roll over, roll over” (roll arms)
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

(count down)

See the Little Bunnies Sleeping

See the little bunnies sleeping til it’s nearly noon (pretend to sleep)
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune
Oh, how still
Are they ill?
Wake up soon!

Hop little bunnies (hop around)
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop

Source: Jbrary

The Life of a Butterfly (Tune: Skip to My Lou)

I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me (wiggle)
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
What will I be my darlin’

I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me (pretend to sleep)
I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me
I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me
What will I be my darlin’

I’m a butterfly, come fly with me (fly around the room)
I’m a butterfly, come fly with me
I’m a butterfly, come fly with me
That’s what I’ll be my darlin’

Source: Teacher Web

 The Wheels on the Bus by Raffi

Marching Around the Alphabet by Hap Palmer

This song has become a story time favorite! Every week the children line up on the outside of the alphabet rug and start to march with their adult. When the whistle blows the children stop, bend down and point out which letter they are standing on. I like to participate as well and sometimes I will ask a child what letter they stopped on and the color of the square.


The children all grab on and we make some waves (fast, slow, big, small) then I ask the parents to hold on to the parachute. The adults lower the parachute and then pop it into the air, the children then go under (lots of happy squeals) and we gently shake the parachute over their heads. We do this 3 or 4 times, there is always one child that doesn’t want to come out but the parents are pretty good about it. Next I have the children hold on again and place foam letters on the parachute. We shake the parachute and watch the letters fly (again lots of happy squeals)!



I always tell the parents to please do not do the craft for their child, feel free to help them use the glue stick but if they want to put an eye where the foot should be well then that’s just artistic license!

How it Went: This storytime was a lot of fun. The second week of twos went a lot smoother than the first. I’m hoping every week gets a little better. Starting a new program is always nerve wracking in the beginning.

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