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Chester's Way - Storytime Online

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes!

Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, May 17th (today), the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

Enjoy a free copy of the book, and have fun doing the activities. Everything else is yours to keep!

"Chester's Way" by Kevin Henkes

"Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that's the way it was — until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood."

Everything is yours to keep!!!

You will have the book read (and signed!) to you by actresses Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc. They did such a great job; we hope you enjoy their reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a free copy of Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored mice)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 4 activity pages

  • 2 coloring pages

  • 2 recipes from the book

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (instruments included)

  • Mouse craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included mouse handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the white mouse?

White mouse, white mouse?

Can you show me the white mouse?

And wave it in the air?

Gray… black… brown… pink

Hold It High – Choose one mouse from handouts

Hold your mouse high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your mouse below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your mouse against your nose

Now touch the mouse to your toes

Touch your mouse to the ground

Now wave that mouse all around!

Hold your mouse in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your mouse and jump up high!

Now let your mouse fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments

Friendship Song by CBC Kids

Let's Be Friends by London Rhymes

Little Mouse Song by The Children's Kingdom

I'm a Mouse by Skoolbo Music

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

Hurry, Scurry

Hurry, scurry, little mouse

(bounce child)

Starts down at your toes

(tickle child’s toes)

Hurry, scurry, little mouse,

Past your knees he goes.

(wiggle fingers on child’s knee)

Hurry, scurry, little mouse

Past where your tummy is,

(wiggle fingers on child’s tummy)

Hurry, scurry, little mouse

Gives you a mousie kiss!

(either tickle fingers on child’s cheek or kiss child’s cheek)


If You’re a Good Friend and You Know It

(“If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you're a good friend and you know it wave, "hello!"

If you're a good friend and you know it wave, "hello!"

If you're a good friend and you know it,

And you really want to show it,

If you're a good friend and you know it wave, "hello!"

If you're a good friend and you know it say, "Come on, let's play!"…

If you're a good friend and you know it give a high five…

If you're a good friend and you know it do all three…

Tiny Mouse

There is such a tiny mouse

(make little mouse with fingers)

Living quietly in my house.

Out at night he starts to creep,

(creep fingers)

When everyone is fast asleep.

(pretend to sleep)

But always by the light of day,

(circle arms over head to form sun)

The mouse quietly, quietly creeps away.

Let's Be Friends With One Another

Let's be friends with one another

Let's be friends today.

You can sing with a friend

You can shout with a friend

You can hum with a friend

You can jump with a friend

You can clap with a friend

You can spin with a friend

Let's be friends with one another

Let's be friends today.

Creeping Mouse

The little mice go creeping, creeping, creeping.

The little mice are creeping in the barn.

(fingers creeping on lap)

The little mice are eating, eating, eating.

The little mice are eating in the barn.

(nibbling motion at mouth)

The little mice are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping.

The little mice are sleeping in the barn.

(rest head on "hand" pillow)

The old gray cat comes slinking, slinking, slinking.

The old gray cat comes slinking in the barn.

(snake motion with hand)

The little mice are running, running, running.

The little mice are running 'round the farm.

(running motion all over the air)


Kevin Henkes’ website:

Direct link on Youtube for Storyline Online’s Chester’s Way:

Let us know what your little ones thought of Chester's Way! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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