ImagineIF Libraries

Storytime: Going to the Fair!

November 8, 2023, By in Early Literacy.

Page header reading "Storytime" with the ImagineIF Libraries logo, surrounded by cute cartoon animals.

The Youth Services team at ImagineIF Libraries plans and implements early literacy programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in Kalispell, Bigfork, and Columbia Falls. Our goal in every Storytime is to connect with young children and their caregivers through books, songs, and interactive activities that foster early literacy and social emotional skills.

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In the aftermath of our local annual Northwest Montana Fair, we had a fair of our own at storytime! We had a blast with fair-themed stories, and songs and activities inspired by fair food and carnival games. Come one, come all!

Books Read:

Book cover of The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer Book cover of I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang Book cover of Minerva Louise at the Fair by Janet Morgan Stoeke

The Midnight Fair
by Gideon Sterer
ISBN: 9781536211153
For this wordless picture book, we came in close to see the details in the illustrations while listening to background nighttime animal noises. This setup would be ideal for preschool aged-kids and older, but may be challenging for toddlers or a more fidgety group.

I Am (Not) Scared
by Anna Kang
ISBN: 9781503937451

Minerva Louise at the Fair
by Janet Morgan Stoeke
ISBN: 9780525464396

Songs & Interactives:

Parachute Popcorn
“Pop” giant pom-poms in the parachute over and over again. Big fun!
We listened and sang along to two songs:
“Popcorn” by Barenaked Ladies
“Popcorn” by Joanie Leeds.

Action Cube: Fair Edition
Roll the large, soft cube to randomize motion prompts, such as riding a rollercoaster or marching in a band.


Photo of a tub full of corn kernels with various plastic farm animal figures, toy trucks and tractors, and child-sized plastic scoopers mixed in.

Sensory Tub
Popcorn kernels, farm animals, tractors, and pincer scoops.

Puffy Paint Process Art
DIY puffy paint: mix equal parts glue and shaving cream, plus blue and red food coloring to make cotton candy colors. Popsicle sticks to paint with.

Photo of plastic trays with messy puffy paint colored light pink and blue to resemble cotton candy. Children use wooden craft sticks to paint on small pieces of paper.

Flaming Hoops Gross Motor Challenge
Red crepe paper taped to plastic play hoops. Test your acrobatic skills!

Skee Ball
Cardboard, duct tape, laundry baskets, and ball pit balls.

Popcorn Picker Fine Motor Activity
Popcorn containers, yellow pom poms, and tongs on our light table.

Close up photo of variously sized yellow pom poms, and red-and-white-striped plastic tub labeled "5" with similar tubs visible in the background.

Our job is to provide free and open access to books and information. With hands-on activities and experiences for all ages, we work to transform vision, dreams and desires into reality.

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