February is a great month for focusing on friendship during story time, and that's precisely what we did at my evening story time last week. I had a small group, so I used a simple, flexible plan:
Opening Song: "The More We Get Together" with the ukulele
Story: Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
I love this story of the new friendship between a boy and a robot and their concern for one another's wellbeing. It's equal parts funny and touching, and I love that I get to use my robot voice in read alouds.
Story: You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown
Another great story about making a friend--and why it's important to be yourself, because you'll find friends who are perfectly compatable with you. We talked about the illustrations a lot during this reading, and we also talked about activities we like to do with our friends.
Activity: Parachute time!
You can't use a big parachute by yourself--you need your friends to help you in order for it to be a lot of fun (see what I did there?). We worked together to make small ripples, rough waves, and, finally, a tent that we could sit inside. The kiddos loved the parachute so much that they asked to do it again after our craft. I obliged.
Craft: "My Best Friend" drawing/writing activity
My story time friends and their caregivers certainly seemed to enjoy themselves!