All of a sudden it’s my turn to write a Storytime blog again – we have been so busy at the library that the time is flying by and it’s almost July. I am almost finished our first round of LETS this year and we just did a clothing session so I thought what better time than now to talk about clothing. And we are all wearing so much clothing to keep warm.

Books

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Ella Sarah has very definite ideas about what she would like to wear today but her mum has another idea, her dad has a different suggestion, and her big sister thinks she should wear some hand-me-downs. But Ella Sarah will have none of their suggestions – she will wear the outfit she has picked out. If anyone else has ever chuckled over the outfit that a small child has picked for themselves you will understand the amusement that comes with Ella Sarah’s choice but she is immensely happy with it. This book involves a repeating passage throughout the book which allows children to be involved in the reading as they grow familiar with the story.

King Thistle’s New Clothes – from Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

This book is always a winner at Storytime – a lot of the children know the story so they often feel confident answering questions and participating in the conversation where they might not with an unfamiliar book. In this book, as in the show, magic and silliness reign. King Thistle is being visited by another royal family and he has a new set of clothes made – but there is a rule NO MAGIC is to be used with the clothes. As always this doesn’t work and other plans need to be made for the clothes. Which lead to fun times for the reader. I quite like the gentle humour and message of this book. And it is a lesson to us all – pay attention to washing instructions!

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini by Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss, with CD performed by Deborah Mailman

I’m sitting here singing the song – I love a Storytime book that you can sing. I don’t have the most amazing voice but I still love to sing and books like this are fun at Storytime and good for children to expose them to other ways of experiencing books. And if you don’t like to sing there is always the CD.

Rhyme

Put Your Pants On
Sung to: “Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread”

Let’s all put our pants on, pants on, pants on,
Let’s all put our pants on, 1, 2, 3.

Let’s all put our shirt on…
Let’s all put our socks on…
Let’s all put our skirt on…
Let’s all put our shoes on…
Let’s all put our jumper on…

Now that you’re all dressed, all dressed, all dressed,
Now that you’re all dressed, let’s go out to play.

Do you put your hat on…?
Do you put your hat on your foot, on your foot?
Your hat on your foot – uh uh, uh uh !

Do you put your hat on your elbow, on your elbow?
Your hat on your elbow – uh uh, uh uh !

Do you put your hat on your knee, on your knee?
Your hat on your knee – uh uh, uh uh!

You put your hat on,
you put your hat on,
you put your hat on
your head, head, head.

You put your hat on,
you put your hat on,
you put your hat on your head,
head, heady head.

Craft

There are lots of amazing crafts you can do when it comes to clothing. You can let children design their own mini clothes for a paper doll that they can play with and they can create as many dolls as you can print out. But the craft I’m going to be looking at today is lacing shoes. This incorporate colouring, cutting, and hole punching with lacing – a skill that requires practise and helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor control. This craft also gives children a chance to learn and practise to tie a bow. The craft can be put directly in front of them and can be seen easily which is not always the case when dealing with actual shoelaces in actual shoes.

Shoe Craft (1)

This craft was found at ZiggityZoom and you can download the template here.

What you need:
– the template,
– textas/crayons/coloured pencils,
– scissors,
– hole punch, and
– wool or something to use for the laces.

What do you do:
– Print out the template on card,
– Colour it in,
– Cut it out,
– Punch holes where the template shows,
– Show children how you would lace the shoes and then let them find their own, and diverse ways of doing so,
– Show them how to tie shoelaces, and
– Let them practise until they have it down – remember lots of positive reinforcement!

If you have a craft or book about clothing that you just love please comment below.

Did you know, the stereotype of women changing their clothes all the time can be traced to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I?
Or that, traditionally, pink was a masculine colour because of the connection to red which was considered a strong, masculine colour?