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How to Play:
Look over this storytime outline and share HOW you would do it differently and WHY. Be brutal y’all. You can comment, or if you’d like to quickly work up a whole new outline to share, email us at storytimeunderground at gmail and we’ll post your new and improved outline (with you explaining why you did what you did) this week.  On Friday I will post a new outline including as many suggested changes as possible. Do you have a storytime you’d like pimped? Email us!

About the Storytime:
This storytime outline is one of mine from 2007 when I had been doing storytime for less than 2 years and had NO formal storytime training. There are SO many things I would change about this storytime but I will share those later this week. First, I want to hear from you!

Ages: Family (if memory serves there were usually about 7-10 kids between 2 and 7, with the occasional baby)

Theme: Monsters

The Outline (I stuck to this without wavering, by the way):                                       

Open Shut Them

Little Monster, Little Monster (instead of Little Mouse)

Read No Such Thing

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Going on a Monster Hunt
Going on a Monster Hunt (slap knees)
And I’m not afraid (point to yourself)
-There’s a tall mountain up ahead (look around with hand over eyes like visor)
Can’t go under it (move hand down)
Can’t go around it (move hand around pretend mountain)
Guess I’ll go over it (reach hands up like climbing)
-There’s a River up ahead (look around)
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it
Guess I’ll swim across it (move arms like swimming)
-There’s some tall grass ahead
Can’t go under it
Can’t go around it
Guess I’ll go through it (make swooshing noises and slaps hands up and down in front)
-There’s a monster cave!!!
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it
Guess I’ll go in it (shake as if scared)
It’s dark and spooky in here (shiver with arms wrapped around you)
I feel something furry (pretend to rub something)
I feel some big teeth!! (pretend to touch something)
It’s a monster!!!!!! (scream)
Run out of the cave (slap thighs)
Go through the grass (Swish through grass)
Swim across the river (air swim)
Climb the mountain (climb)
Run home (slap thighs)
Open the door
Jump into bed (cover head with arms like hiding in bed)
I went on a monster hunt and I wasn’t afraid!

Read There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

Five Little Monsters Felt board
Five little monsters by the light of the moon
Stirring pudding with a wooden pudding spoon
The first one said it shouldn’t be too runny
The second one said that would make it taste funny
The third one said it mustn’t be lumpy
The fourth one said that would make me grumpy
The fifth one smiled, hummed a little tune
And licked all the drippings from the wooden pudding spoon

Horns and Fangs
Horns and fangs,
knees and claws,
knees and claws.
Horns and fangs,
knees and claws.
Eyes and ears and tail and paws.

Read Under the Bed

Wave Goodbye by Rob Reid

Coloring Page

What would YOU do differently?

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