Story Time

Anxiety
Submitted by: David, LaPorte
Audience
• Toddler
Books
Annabelle and the Big Slide by:Rita Pocock
A little girl tries the big slide for the first time and overcomes her anxiety. A girl puppet and long piece of butcher paper could be used to dramatize the story.
I Don?t Care! Said the Bear by:Colin West
Teeny weeny mouse tries to get bear anxious about all of the dangerous animals following them, but bear ignores him until he realizes with terror that it is a mouse speaking to him! This would also make a great felt story because of the repetition.
Owl Babies by:Martin Waddell
Three owl babies, left to their worst fears, think that their mother will not return. This is a great audience participation story because the lines are short. Masks or puppets would work well with it.
Songs
Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? (Song)
"Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?
The big, bad wolf.
The big, bad wolf.
Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?
Tra, la, la, la, la. <>"

(Then using puppets, pictures, felt or magnet animals, or even children's names, simply go to each child and substitute their animal or name for "Who's afraid" and turn it into a statement.)

"Lamb's afraid of the big, bad wolf!
The big, bad wolf.
The big, bad wolf.
Lamb's afraid of the big, bad wolf!
Tra, la, la, la, la.?

(If the kids have puppets or pictures they can try to hide their animal or even themselves during their part in the song).

This was adapted from a version on the Children Only ESL-EFL Website >(http://www.childrenonlyesl-efl.com/)
Scream-in-a-Box (Chant)
In the dark, dark woods
(Hands over head like a tree swaying)
There was a dark, dark house.
(Bring hands to a point like a rooftop)
In the dark, dark house
(Back to rooftop pose)
There was a dark, dark room.
(Hold arms horizontally and twist at the waist)
In the dark, dark room
(Back to twisting at the waist)
There was a dark, dark cupboard.
(Clasp arms in a self-hugging position)
In the dark, dark cupboard
(Back to hugging position)
There was a dark, dark box.
(Crouch down into a tight ball)
And in the dark, dark box
(Back to crouching)
There was a scream!!!
(Leap up with an animated scream)

(This is adapted from the book A Dark Dark Tale by Ruth Brown. It is best to tell the kids what will happen at the end, how everyone will pretend to be scared, and maybe even practice the scream, then it will create a sort of Jack-in-the-Box like trepidation as they venture through it.)