Storytime Theme: Food: What's on my Plate?


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Books --

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Yoko by Rosemary Wells
ABC Yummy by Lisa Jahn-Claugh
Two for Stew by Laura Joffe Numeroff
A Most Unusal Lunch by Robert Bender
Lunch by Denise Fleming
Mealtime by maureen Roffey
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
So Hungry! by Harriet Ziefert
Food is Fun by Marcia Leonard
Eat by Jane Seymour
What's in my Pocket? by David Carter
A Cow, a Bee, a Cookie and Me by Meredith Hooper
Not I, Not I by Margaret Hillert
Little Red Hen by Byron Barton and Paul Galdone
The Turnip by Janina Domanska
The Turnip by Pierr Morgan
The Great Big Enormous Turnip by Helen Oxenbury
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, Heather Forest, and Ann McGovern
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
What's for Lunch, What's for Dinner by Ann Garrett
Big Book: Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg (you can play Peach Plum Pear to go along with it)
The Sensational Samburger by David Pelham
Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judy Barrett

Puppets (Name and Owning Agency)

Costume Characters from the Fruit of the Loom commercials

Audience Participation Stories/Characters for Act-out Stories

  • The Big Turnip
  • The Enormous Turnip (See folder for story)

Story Extensions

  • Songs:
    • On Top of Spaghetti
    • Peanut Butter
    • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
    • Apples, Apples (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
    • Popcorn Song (Frere Jacques)
    • I Eat Turkey (Frere Jacques)
  • Action Rhymes:
    • Five Little Cookies (flannel)
    • Making a Cake
    • Mix a Pancake
    • A Little Hot Dog
    • Pizza Treat
    • Ice Cream
  • Giant turnip
  • Old Lady who swallowed a fly (see Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly folder for materials)
  • Fingerplay: Foods around the world

Arts and Crafts

Ice Cream Cone
Pompons for ice cream
Brown Construction paper

What's on Your Plate?



Color and lamenated pictures of food from around the world
Cut out pieces of food with names on them
Envelopes filled out the different types of food that the kids can color
Random characters that are probably used for the turnip story are already made

Suggested Ways to Include the Six Emergent Literacy Skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Print Motivation

  • Phonological Sensitivity

  • Print Awareness

  • Letter Knowledge

  • Narrative Skills