Preschool Storytime

Picnic Preschool Storytime

Eep! My first preschool storytime at my new position! I am just a tad bit excited!

This late June storytime will be focused on PICNICS! Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Within the realm of picnics we are able to talk about ants, talk about food, and play lots of pretend.



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Ants at the Picnic: Counting by Tens (Non-fiction)

            By: Michael Dahl, Illustrated by: Zachary Trover

Mouse’s First Summer

By: Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by: Buket Erdogan

The Best Picnic Ever

By: Clare Jarrett



5 Red Strawberries (Felt Rhyme)

Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One red strawberry, left all alone.
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

Ants Go Marching! (Action)

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
(two, tie his shoe; three, climb a tree; four, shut the door; five, take a dive) 

The Ant Hill (Fingerplay)

Here is the ant hill (make a fist with one hand)

With no ants about

And I say

(cup hands to mouth)

“Little ants won’t you please come out”

Out they come trooping

In answer to my call


(raise fingers of hand)

And that’s all!


Going On a Picnic (Play)

Going on a picnic,
Gotta pack a lunch.
What should we bring to munch, munch, munch?

(Last Verse)
Ready for a picnic,
Ready with a lunch,
Now we’re ready to munch, munch, munch!

Credit: Harris County Public Library


Rhythm Sticks


Pretend-Cherry Pie

Craft includes a paper plate that children can glue red tissue paper onto for the cherry pie filling. Then, use brown strips of construction paper, pre-cut, to lie in a grid across the top of the pie to make the lattice crust. Finally top with a cotton ball or two to make whipped cream.



Hello Song

The Best Picnic Ever

5 Red Strawberries

Mouse’s First Summer

Going on a Picnic

Ants at the Picnic

The Ant Hill

The Ants Go Marching

Rhythm Sticks to Music


Free Play

(Books on display/offered for checkout: Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack; We’re Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; The Bunnies’ Picnic by Lezlie Evans; Picnic by John Burningham)


❤ Darcy




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