Category Archives: Prop Ideas

A prop used to act out a part or an entire story either by the librarian only, for with the assistance of child participants

Monkeys and Hats: Prop Story

5 Monkeys wearing hats

Story: The Hat-seller and the Monkeys
Based on The Hatseller and the Monkeys retold by Baba Wague Diakite as well as Caps for Sale retold by Esphyr Slobodkina

Need:
-fabric in orange
-construction paper in various colors: shades of brown, white
-hot glue and glue sticks
-cupcake paper cups (hat)
-beads (top of hat)
-paper towel tube
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Have monkeys lined up on a ledge or stacks of books. Have all the hats stacked onto the hat-seller. May wish to use hat-seller figure as a finger puppet. Have the kids mimic like the monkeys.
Optional: May wish to place tree on felt story.

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Counting Bananas: Prop Story

Felt bananas with felt numbers next to them in numerical order from 1 to 10

Story: Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)
Jamaican work-song made popular by a version sung by Harry Belafonte in the 1950s.
The adaptation used here is from Kidsongs– which has the noted change of being able to count the bananas upwards to 10 rather than repeating the same numbers.

Need:
-felt in yellow as well as various colors for the numbers
-fabric paint in various colors: brown, green, light green
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Place the bananas on the felt board, leaving room between them. When get to the point in the song where counting occurs, add the appropriate number next to a banana.

Options: May wish to entice participation using the fingerplay actions below
Day-o: Sway hands side to side
Daylight: Make hoop with arms overhead
Home: Bring fingertips together
Tally: draw lines in the air
Various Numbers: Hold up appropriate number of fingers
Work: Wipe sweat from brow
Stack: Move hands one on top of the other mimicking a pile

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Statue of Liberty: Prop Story

Story: Lady Liberty

Need:
-felt in various colors: blue-green, gray, orange
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
-image of the real Statue of Liberty (Optional: used provide context for felt images)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: As a piece of the statue is named, place the piece on the board– in essence building the statue. Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds.

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Brer Rabbit: Prop Story/Fingerplay

fox and rabbit puppets and a felt thorn bush

Story: Adaptation of the Uncle Remus tale of Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
(This story takes up where Brer Rabbit is already caught) Adapted by: CK Emanuel

Need:
-felt in various colors: orange, white, shades of brown, and black
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
– a thorny stem (Optional: used beforehand to set context of story- for kids to see how sharp thorns are)

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old depending on options used.

Method: Put the Briar Patch (Thorn bush) on the felt board. Put on the rabbit finger puppet and the fox hand puppet. The fox puppet can hold the rabbit when its “caught” and the rabbit puppet can stick to the felt board with thrown.
Options: Have audience use fingerplay movements as story unfolds

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5 Green Frogs: Fingerplay & Felt Story

5GreenFrogs

Story: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs
Traditional Words

Need:
– Felt: various shades of brown, white, green, black, yellow, orange, blue
– A felt board
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– Fabric paint: green and black

Participation Age Range: 6 months to 6 years old

Method: Put all felt pieces on the board to make a small pond.
Be sure to have all the frogs sitting on the log in the beginning.
As the songs progresses, move the frogs into the water.

Possible action words include:
Numbers: Kids may count along on fingers.
Yum Yum: Rub tummy
Jumped: Fist rests on opposite arm as if frog on a log before “jumping” off.

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Stolen Cookies!: Prop Story and Song

Cookie jarStory: Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Need:
– Felt: various shades of brown, white, pink, blue, green, orange, red, black
– A felt board
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– Permanent black marker

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: Put empty cookie jar felt and the animal faces on the felt board. Hide the felt cookie until the end of the song.
As song progresses, each animal face is turned around depicting the food that they ate. Only at the very end, does the felt cookie appear, and the storyleader put it into the cookie jar.

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Rainbow Fish: Puppets & Props

RainbowFish.StorytimeStory: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Need:
– felt: various shades of blues, greens, purples, pinks
– craft sticks
– craft foam: plain for backing on stick puppets and the glitter foam to create the shiny scales
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: Some of the fish are on craft sticks while others make use of the felt board.

As story goes on and rainbow fish shares the shiny scales, the storyteller pulls a shiny scale out of one of the rainbow fish pockets and slides it into the pocket of one of the other fish.

Read on more for images from the story.

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