iTots Storytime: Storytime is for making stories come alive in new ways: see how apps and digital books can enhance reading together! No siblings under 24 months, please. Registration limited to 10. Child must be age 2-5.
- Hello Song
- Story #1: iPad story on projector
- Story #2: Interactive dead tree book
- Story #3: iPad story on projector
- Goodbye song
- Craft and Playtime
I stick very loosely to this outline as I run iTots storytime. Ages can vary widely – a group of 4 year olds will sit through a 3rd story happily, but if they’re all under three there’s no way – so I adapt on the fly. I always make sure to share at least one iPad story and at least one interactive story book.
A “wiggle” is any activity other than listening to a storybook. Silly songs, nursery rhymes, and magnet/felt props are my usual wiggles.
Craft and playtime is special during iTots Storytime: I keep the group small for this reason. Our crafts are MESSY, sensory, special projects. Along with the blocks and ball tower, I also get out our 5 library iPads so the kids can play with the story apps I read aloud and with the other ECE apps I’ve installed on them. The idea with this playtime is to emphasize to caregivers how a balanced mix of real-life sensory activities and shared screen time is appropriate for children over two years old.