Thursday, February 2, 2017

Storytime: Yetis


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Dear Yeti by James Kwan
*The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel
Are We There Yeti by Ashlyn Anstee
Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen
Yeti, Turn Out the Light by Greg Long
*No Yeti Yet by Mary Ann Fraser

Books marked with a * are the ones I used for this storytime. All these titles are super fun and it was very hard to choose which ones to read! Vin Vogel also has a book called Bedtime for Yeti, which could be another great option. There are so many yeti themed picture books available right now, which makes for a lot of potential options to tailor your selection to your specific group. Unfortunately, none of these titles really feature diverse characters. There are some diverse children in the background of The Thing About Yetis, but obviously the yetis are the focus of the story. No Yeti Yet features two androgynous white children. One of the characters in Dear Yeti is slightly darker skinned, but that's about as far as it goes for diverse books with these titles.

We didn't read Are We There Yeti because I wasn't able to get a copy in before the storytime. All the copies in my library system are currently checked out! If you do read Are We There Yeti, I would highly recommend listening to or watching a video of Emily Arrow's Are We There Yeti song if you have the time for it in your program!

Click read more for yeti song and rhyme ideas!

Songs and Rhymes

No matter what the theme, we start every storytime with "Hello Bubbles" and end with "Goodbye Bubbles." Songs and rhymes marked with * are the ones I used for my storytime.

*Song: “If You’re a Yeti and You Know It”

(Tune: If you’re happy and you know it)

If you're a yeti and you know it, use your claws,
If you’re a yeti and you know it, use your claws,
If you’re a yeti and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a yeti and you know it, use your claws

Verses: stomp your feet, roar out loud, feel free to have the kids make suggestions

Song: “Yeti Pokey”

(Tune: Hokey Pokey)

You put your claws in, you take your claws out
You put your claws in, and you shake them all about
You do the yeti pokey and you turn yourself about
That’s what it’s all about!

Verses: horns, big feet, and furry self

Song: “The Yeti in the Snow”

(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The yeti on the hill goes roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar
The yeti in the snow goes roar, roar, roar,
All through the snow

Verses: Stomps his feet, shows her claws, feel free to take suggestions from the kids

*Transition Rhyme: “Yeti, Yeti”

Yeti, Yeti, turn around!
Yeti, Yeti, touch the ground!
Yeti, Yeti, reach up high!
Yeti, Yeti, blink your eyes!
Yeti, Yeti, show your teeth!
Yeti, Yeti, stomp your feet!
Yeti, Yeti, slap your knees!
Yeti, Yeti, sit down, please!

Flannelboard and Fingerplays

*Fingerplay: “Two little Yetis”

(Tune: Two Little Blackbirds)

Two little yetis playing in the snow,
One was fast and one was slow
Go away fast, go away slow,
Come back fast, come back slow

Two little yetis looking at the clouds
One was quiet and one was loud
Go away quiet, go away loud.
Come back quiet, come back loud.

Two little yetis sliding on the ice,
One was mean and one was nice
Go away mean, go away nice
Come back mean, come back nice

Two little yetis sitting in the cold
One was shy and one was bold
Go away shy, go away bold
Come back shy, come back bold

Two little yetis getting kind of chilly,
One was serious and one was silly
Go away serious, go away silly
Come back serious, come back silly

I made up a lot of potential verses for this fingerplay, but I didn't use all of them in the storytime because this was the last thing we did before our second book and time was starting to run short. I thought it was a lot of fun, but the kids weren't as into singing this along with me as they were with some of the other songs.

*Flannelboard: “Five Enormous Yetis”

(Tune: Five Enormous Dinosaurs)

Five enormous yetis letting out a roar,
One stomped away and then there were four.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp,
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Four enormous yetis hiding in the trees,
One stomped away and then there were three.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp,
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Three enormous yetis didn’t know what to do,
One stomped away and then there were two.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp,
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Two enormous yetis having lots of fun,
One stomped away and then there was one.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp,
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

One enormous yeti saw the setting sun,
She stomped home and then there were none.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp,
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!


Paper Plate Yetis from Arty Crafty Kids. I was so excited when I found a simple yeti themed craft for kids to do. I added a little loop of yarn to the top of mine so he could hang up and one cotton ball on the back for a fluffy tail. Cute!


How it Went

This storytime went pretty well! The kids were into both of the books and there were lots of comments about the pictures. They particularly liked finding the yeti in the background of the illustrations in No Yeti Yet. As usual they all wanted to handle the felt pieces for the flannelboard. I need to get better at making sure that all the kids have a turn handling pieces if they want to so they don't fight over them. I am really glad I made finger puppets for the "Two Little Yetis" fingerplay, they were super cute and added a lot. However, I think some of the kids were sad that they didn't have little finger yetis too! I'd love to have enough finger puppets to pass out to all the kids, but even with my small storytime groups, that would probably be more than I have time to do. The craft required a lot of help from the adults with cutting out shapes, but the kids seemed to really love gluing down the cotton balls and making fuzzy yetis of their own. I had been debating whether doing craft versus coloring pages was really worth while, but when I talked to a few of the caregivers about it, them indicated that the kids really like things that involve cutting and gluing, even if they aren't great at cutting yet, so I'll definitely try to keep finding good crafts for us to do and only use coloring pages as a last resort.

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