Here’s an outline for a STEM-oriented story time based on a favorite pet — CATS!
STEM: Discussion-Science-Animal Species
- Does anyone have a cat as a pet?
- What sound does a cat make?
- Is a lion a cat? (Show cover of a book on lions or tigers.)
- Can you name some big cats? (Mention lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards.)
- Using an iPad play sounds of cats — big and small
- Mr. King’s Castle by Genevieve Cote
- Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
- Matilda and Hans by Yokococo
- Have You Seen My Cat by Eric Carle
- Assorted non-fiction books on big cats
- Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
- Little Beauty by Anthony Browne
- What will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Flannel Story: Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon!
Action Song: Paws, Whiskers, Ears and Tails (sung to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Paws (curl hands in front)
Whiskers (make whiskers on sides of face — this is also the American Sign Language sign for “cat”)
Ears (touch ears) and Tails (touch tail)
Ears and Tails
We’ll lick our fur (pretend to lick)
And nap right here (pretend to nap)
Paws, whiskers, ears and tails, ears and tails (repeat actions as before)
Build a Block Castle!
As a group, build a giant castle, referencing the book Mr. King’s Castle using cardboard bricks or other empty boxes.
Fingerplay: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens, standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (“nod” fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right (move hand left and right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight (lift hand up)
Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun (move other fist toward cat fingers)
MEOW! see those five kittens run! (hide hand behind back)
Fingerplay: “Little Kittens”
Five little kittens (hand in fist), all back and white
Sleeping very soundly, all through the night.
Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow (raise each finger individually)
It’s time to get up now!
Create a letter C “cat”
–Michele Rudzewick, North Bellmore Public Library