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Storytime: Mail

April 24, 2024, 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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Mail time! Receiving and sending letters and packages is an exciting prospect to many kids, and an important aspect of life as a grown-up. This week, we learned about mail carriers and read some mystery letters addressed to the Storytime Friends. This Storytime was also right around Valentine’s Day, which was a perfect seasonal complement.

Books Read:

Book cover of Snail Brings the Mail by Russell Punter Book cover of It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

Snail Brings the Mail
by Russell Punter
ISBN: 9781601303042

It Came in the Mail
by Ben Clanton
ISBN: 9781481403603

Songs & Interactives:

Photo of a typed letter reading: Dear Friend, If you have any cheese, can you please leave it by my hole? Thank you. Love, Mouse" with a photo of a mouse below the text. A yellow envelope is beside the letter, and a watermark reads Jen in the Library.

Lovely Little Letters (inspiration from Jen in the Library)
Waiting in our mailbox were six letters from mystery friends! The kids listen to the letter read aloud and try to guess who it is from based on the clues. Before opening each letter we sang this fun song:
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
Oh, I got a lovely letter in the mail (clap, clap)
Oh, I got a lovely letter in the mail (clap, clap)
Getting mail is so much fun, Let’s see who sent this one
Oh, this lovely little letter in the mail (clap, clap)

“Stop and Go” by Kira Willey

Egg Shaker Song: “Bicycle” by Laurie Berkner

Action Rhyme: “I Am a Little Mail Carrier”
I am a little mail carrier,
Who loves to do nothing better.
I walk, walk, walk to your house
to deliver you your letter.

(repeat with “run”, “hop”, “drive”, “skip”, “march”, etc.)


Photo of children playing at a wooden counter. One child holds an envelope. In the foreground is a blue cardboard box with "US MAIL" written on it. Close up photo of a red tub filled with various colored poms and clear plastic jars with colored labels.

Dramatic Play: Post Office
Our market stall play area was converted into a post office, complete with letters, packages, stamps, and blue mail box.

Gross Motor Play: obstacle course
Plastic stepping stones, beams, and floor mats to rearrange and practice balance.

Sensory Play: color-matching poms
Tub filled with colorful poms, scoops, and color-labeled jars to fill.

Fine Motor Skills: Letter writing and stamping
Envelopes, rubber stamps, ink pads, markers.

Photo of a tabetop with a tub of colored markers, a tub of dinosaur rubber stamps, and a paper with "Mom" written on it.

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