Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Dianna, who works with children and families at the Hessen Cassel Branch Library.
Last summer I used this rhyme as a flannel board and the children LOVED it!
Little Mouse, Little Mouse are you hiding behind the _(color)_ house?
Each time we repeated the rhyme I'd ask the children to pick a color and we'd peek behind that house to find the mouse.
Since it was such a hit, I decided to try and make a copycat rhyme to use each week at Storytime. From time to time, it became quite challenging.
I’ve come up with a nice variety. Some include:
Little Star, Little Star are you hiding behind the ______ car?
Parrot, Parrot are you behind the ____ carrot? (that was for Pirate Storytime!)
Little Frog, Little Frog are you hiding behind the _____ log?
There were several that proved much harder! For the ‘Signs of autumn’ theme I ended up with: “Football, football where do you hide? Let’s lift the _____ helmet and peek inside.” That wording ‘where do you hide – peek inside’ I totally stole from the youth librarians at Jbrary.com.
I also found that wording useful with my ‘Pumpkin’ theme where I used the ‘hide-inside’ rhyming again for:
“Mousie, Mousie where do you hide? Let’s lift the _____ pumpkin and peek inside.”
For my ‘Back to School’ theme I used the story Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin and ended up with Gus, the Platypus hiding behind the school bus.
Sometimes it’s been a bit of a stretch for my brain, and I’ve reused some of them (which is so OK to do) but it’s always been a ton of fun for me and the kids to try to find whatever it is we are hiding this week!