STEAM/Imagination Theme (April 2022)

Books we read

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean (read using the flannel board)

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

Songs we sang

Can You Pretend?

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!

Let’s see you jump like a frog.

Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile.

Let’s hear you woof like a dog.

Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, long trunk.

Pretend you’re a monkey; let’s see you jump, jump, jump.

And now you’re a mouse.  Just let me see

How very, very quiet you can be.

Credit: Libraryland

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

Eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

Credit: my childhood

Early Literacy Tip

STEAM and creativity promote inquiry instruction which encourage experiences that support vocabulary building, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. It improves how they learn and supports brain development.

Signs and Spanish Words

House in Spanish is casa and the sign can be found here.

Smart in Spanish is inteligente and the sign can be found here.

Count in Spanish is contar and the sign can be found here.


Each child got a brown paper bag, construction paper in different colors, markers, and glue sticks. They got to create their own houses using these materials and they were all different!

How it went

This was one of my favorite storytimes ever! I love the If I Built a House series, the craft was really fun and they all turned out cute and unique- it was also super easy prep so I love that for me.

Pete the Cat is always a hit and this one was a fun way to show the parents that they can include early STEM and early numeracy with books like Pete the Cat. They don’t always have to read nonfiction to teach these concepts. I told the story with the flannel to try to make it more interactive and if I did it again, we would probably read the book first and then at the end, retell the story with the flannel. It was fun either way, though.