Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

What fun was had at the library this Friday! I hosted a Stuffed Animal Sleepover and I think it was great fun for all involved. Here's what we did:

On Friday at 4:00 we had a storytime and invited kids to bring their stuffed animal for a sleepover at the library. We read books about toys and bedtime, then the kids made name tags for their toys (just to ensure that no one's got mixed up), and then they tucked them in for the night.

What did we read for our Stuffed Animal Sleepover? We read Corduroy by Don Freeman, Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough, and How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed? by Della Ross Ferreri. We also did Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed with finger puppets, Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around, and a felt story about the first teddy bear. The storytime lasted about 25 minutes and then we had the kids make name tags. I had cut out a teddy bear Ellison shape, punched a hole through it, and threaded some yarn through the hole to make name tags the kids could put on their stuffed animals. We asked them to write the toy's name on one side and the kid's name on the other side. (I had visions of things getting horribly mixed up and people taking the wrong toys home, but all went smoothly, thank goodness.)

Once everyone was gone, we librarians got out the stuffed animals and took photos of them "playing" around the library. On Saturday, the kids came to pick up their toy. We printed out one picture for each child to take home and showed them all the other pictures. I wasn't there for the pickup, but from what I hear the photos were a big hit and we got some great feedback. This was a fun, inexpensive program that I will definitely do again in the future. I don't think we even really needed to print out a picture for them. Most kids seemed to be thrilled with looking at the pictures on the computer and I emailed the pictures to any interested families.


Anonymous said...

What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you picked the one of Nellie reading to them, cuz it's my favorite!


Becky said...

This is a fun idea :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great event. I 'll look for your future events on the events calendar at Hope you're using it to get people to attend your wonderful events

Anonymous said...

I came across this post while googling my name. I'm Della Ross Ferreri, the author of How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed? and I was delighted you read my book during the stuffed animal sleepover. You brought a smile to my face!

You may be interested in knowing, I have another picture book coming out summer/fall 2009 entitled STAR OF THE SHOW. It's a fun story of a bossy big sister and a tag-along brother trying to put on a circus.
I hope you and your young readers will enjoy this humorous look at sibling rivalry, competition, and of course, compromise. The publisher is Shenanigan Books founded by the talented Mary Watson.

Again, I'm happy you're enjoying my book. It's certainly a thrill for an author to come across such a fun library program!