Preschool Storytime Ideas
One of the easiest crafts to construct is this Chinese paper lantern. A few of the younger children may need help cutting with a scissors but hopefully you can enlist some teen volunteers. Make a string of these lanterns to hang from the ceiling!
Demi. THE EMPTY POT. Ping learns a lesson in honesty from the emperor in this tale. Have each child plant a seed in a cup to take home from storytime.
Demi. LIANG AND THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH. When a poor boy paints a picture, it comes to life. A Reading Rainbow book.
Hong, Lily. TWO OF EVERYTHING. A farmer and his wife find a magic pot – whatever you put into it doubles.
Tucker, Kathleen. SEVEN CHINESE SISTERS. A dragon kidnaps the baby sister and her older siblings use their magical powers to get her back.
Yi, Hu Yong. GOOD MORNING CHINA. Beautiful paintings show daily life in China, with a simple text describing what a child sees there.
Young, Ed. LON PO PO. In this variation on Little Red Riding Hood, three sisters outwit the granny wolf who is trying to eat them.