Storytime with JH Kids

by DevorahTockar 08 Aug 2021

These videos are designed for children aged 3-6 to enjoy with an adult. We have created this series for children who have not yet learned to read. For activities for older children you can head to our Daily Holiday Planner  for plenty of fun online activities.

*JH Kids videos are accessible for all. To view subtitles on videos click on icon in the bottom right hand side of video. You can move the subtitles around the video so it doesn't block the picture book by clicking on the subtites and dragging them to where you want them. 

Join us as we read "In my heart, a Book of Feelings". Written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey.

Activity 1: Print feelings cards and enjoy 5 games together. You will need- scissors and glue. Click here to access free printable.

Activity 2: Create your own feelings faces. You will need: paper or paper plate, textas/crayons/coloured pencils, and if you want to take it to the next level- glue, scissors, string, googly eyes, playdough, cut out shapes etc.  Click here for face ideas and free printable. 

Activity 3: Change the lyrics to "If you're happy and you know it" and play Simon Says with a twist.

Join us as we read "The Very Cranky Bear". Written by Nick Bland.

Activity 1: Lion paper plate face - paint or colour a paper plate the colours of a lion. To make his mane you can use whatever items you have at home like coloured paper, newspaper, crape paper or even wool. 

Activity 2: Moose headband antlers - trace around your hands and cut out your hand prints. You can use whatever colored paper you have available and then glue or staple them onto a crown.

Activity 3: Zebra handprint - You can either paint your hand to make a hand print or trace around your hand and then draw or paint in the black stripes.

Activity 4: Woolly Sheep - print out a picture of a sheep and glue cotton wool all over the sheep making him all soft and woolly.

Join us as we read “Room on the Broom”. Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Activity 1: Colouring in page. You will need a printer and colours of your choice. Click here for printable colouring page.  

Activity 2: Friends on a Broom. You will need a printer (or you can draw your own broom) and colours of your choice. Click here for printable broom image

Activity 3: Grab a plastic bottle from the recycling bin, clean it out and use your imagination to create your very own special potion. Ideas may include: water, soap, food colouring, natural items that you find outside etc. Stir it up, seal the lid tightly and enjoy watching the swirling around- just don’t drink it…it won’t be tasty or healthy!

Activity 4: Matching game. You will need a printer, scissors and if you want to colour the cards in then you can use crayons or textas. You can spot the images in the book or play a matching game with your sibling or parent. Click here for printable cards

Click here for more Room on the Broom activities, including some for older children.  

Join us as we read "Wilfrid Gordan McDonald Partridge". Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas.

Activity 1: Origami box – you will need a square piece of paper and origami box instructions. Click here for video instructions or click here for picture instructions

Activity 2: Create your own memory box. Everyone in the family has time to collect 1-2 important memory objects. Once everyone has collected their objects, the whole family sits together and takes turn sharing their memories and explain why they are so special. If you like you can keep them together in a box.

Activity 3: Decorating Miss Nancy’s beautiful, colourful dress. You will need a picture of an old lady sitting on a chair, crape paper, scissors and glue. click here for a picture to print or have fun drawing your own. 

Join us as we read ‘When I’m Feeling Angry’. Written and illustrated by Trace Moroney.

Activity 1: “When I feel angry” board/ box. Sit down together and have a think about what helps you and your child when you feel angry. You will need paper, colours, scissors and glue for the board OR household items for your calm down box. Draw an angry face in the middle of the page and draw calming down activities around it. Ideas include exercise, stretching, blowing up a balloon, squeezing playdough, scribbling, crying, running your hands under water etc. and you can draw pictures, or add visual prompts to your board. You can also create a box that has in it a balloon, straw, crayons and paper, play dough, something that smells nice, something stretchy, something rough. Click here to watch a video about creating your very own Messy Feelings Masterpiece. Click here for 5 ways to make your own squishy ball. 

Activity 2: Shape Breathing. You will need a printer, crayons/textas/ pencils and scissors. Or if you don’t have a printer you can draw the shapes yourself. Decorate the shapes and trace the perimeter with your finger as you breathe. You can cut them out, laminate them and pop them into your calm down box. Click here for printables.

Activity 3: Monster Bubbles. You will need a cup, milk OR water and a straw. Fill up the cup half way with liquid and blow through the straw. A fun everyday activity, and also a great activity to calm angry feelings. Or to create even bigger bubbles you will need a bowl, half filled with water and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Place a towel underneath the bowl and pour some drops of soap into the water. Pop the straw into the bowl and blow… See those monster bubbles grow and bubble out of the bowl.  

Click here for more resources for helping children manage anger.  

Join us as we read "Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella" Written by Pamela Allen.

Activity 1: Creating your own car.  You will need half a paper plate, glue, scissors, paint, crayons, textas and paper for the car windows and wheels. Click here for step by step instructions.

Activity 2: Make a crab with your hand print and a paper plate. You will need a paper plate, paint, scissors, stapler or glue and a marker. 

Activity 3: Toilet paper roll puppets, using whatever fun products you have at home like balloons, soft balls, string, wool and even wrapping paper. Get creative when making the puppets and put on a fun puppet shows for your friends and family.

Join us as we read "Don’t Worry Grandpa". Written by Nick Ward.

Activity 1: Guess the feeling game part one. Click here to print out a copy of feeling cards.  Spread out a set of cards face up. Take turns to choose a card but don’t tell the other players the card you have chosen. Tell a short story about a time you felt like that and see if the other players can guess which card you chose.

Activity 2: Guess the feeling game part two. Using the same cards from the previous activity. Spread out a set of cards face up. Take turns to choose a card but don’t tell the other players which you have chosen. Make a face and see if the other players can guess which card you chose just from your facial expressions. Click here to show your prereaders a video example of the game. 

Activity 3: Thunder cloud weather craft. You will need white paint for clouds, yellow paper for lightning bolts and glitter to make the page shimmer for the lightning show. Click here for an example. 

Activity 4: Rain cloud in a jar. This is a weather science experiment giving your children a chance to explore clouds and rain in a hands-on and engaging way. You will need shaving cream, clear jug/cup filled with water, food colouring and a liquid dropper or syringe. Click here for instructions. 

Join us as we read "Let’s Celebrate Rosh Hashana". Written by David Sokoloff.

Activity 1: DIY Shofar using paper or cardboard, paint, crayons, stickers and sticky tape.  Click here for instructions 

Activity 2: Pompom Apples. You will need wool, a little piece of cardboard and 2 pipe cleaners. Click here for detailed instructions

Activity 3: Science Experiment- Apple Volcanoes. This is a simple baking soda, vinegar and food colouring experiment which turns a wholesome treat into a fizzing, frothing volcano.  Click here for instructions.

Join us as we read 'The Very Best Place for a Penny'. Written by Dina Herman Rosenfeld and Illustrated by Leonid Pinchevsky and Eliyahu Meshchaninov.

Activity 1: Make your own Tzedakka/Charity box. You can use a cereal box, empty plastic container, milo tin, spice container etc. You will need bits and bobs from around your house like stickers, stams, pipecleaners, crayons etc. to decorate your box. Please ask an adult to help you cut out the hole on top for the coins. Click here for an example.

Activity 2: Origami Dove. Yom Kippur is a time to pray for peace. This is a fun and cute reminder. You can even hang it somewhere in your home to fly around. Click here for video instructionsClick here for picture instructions.

Activity 3: Yom Kippur entertainment box. Find a shoe box or a large container. Before Yom Kippur fill it with some healthy snacks, games and toys that you can quietly play with on your own while your parents are praying or resting. 

Join us as we read "Sukkot". Written by David Sokoloff.

Activity 1: Create your own Sukkah using paddle pop sticks and glue. You can get creative with what you use for Schach. In the examples in the video, I dyed spaghetti green as that is what I had at home and could use. Instructions to dye pasta.

Activity 2: Do lemons and lime float or sink? You will need a lemon, lime, container with water and maybe a knife and a vegetable peeler. Please see link provided for instructions and explanation about the experiment. Click here for instructions and explanation.

Activity 3: Sensory food challenge for the whole family to participate in either in the sukkah or at the dining table. One person in the family goes into the kitchen and picks a variety of foods that could be sour, sweet, crunchy, slimy, chewy or salty. Everyone closes their eyes and tries each food stating what it is and what type of food it is. You can take turns being the food picker and eater.

Join us as we read ‘A Squash and a Squeeze'. Written by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Activity 1: Paper plate cow. You will need a paper or plastic plate, some black paper, pink paper (or colour in white paper). Goggly eyes or you can draw your own. Scissors, glue/stapler/tape and a black marker. Click here for an example.

Activity 2: Lego recreation. Have fun with this one. You can use lego, or a shoe box with dolls and stuffed animals. Let your imaginations run wild. Click here for an example.

Activity 3: make something squash and squeeze. Find something around the house that you can squash and find something around the house that you can squeeze.

Activity 4: Play squashed sardines. This is a reverse hide-and-seek game where one person hides and everyone else in the family individually goes to find them, when they find the person who is hiding, they squish in and hide with them like squashed sardines. Click here for game instructions.  

Activity 5:- Bouncy Egg Experiment. You will need a raw egg, a glass, white vinegar, and some patience as it can take a few days. Click here to watch the experiment. 

Join us as we read "Semi’s new friend". Written by Linda Burdett and Kim YoungCheol. 

Activity 1: Friends paper chain. These are super easy to make and all you need is paper, scissors and some colouring pencils. Click here for instructions. 

Activity 2: Create your own friendship tree with painted hand prints and an image of a tree that can be either drawn or printed. Click here for instructions. 

Activity 3: Science experiment showing and explaining how effective cleaning our hands with soap is against germs. You will need a bowl or container, glitter and dishwashing liquid. Click here for instructions. 

Join us as we read "Grumpy Monkey" written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang.

Activity 1: Ocean in a bottle. You will need an empty plastic bottle, vegetable oil, water and food colouring. Click here for instructions.  

Activity 2: Action card game. Print out these cards, colour them in and cut them out carefully. You can play a matching game with them or an action card game. Take turns doing the actions/movements and you may find yourselves rolling around laughing with your children. Click here for printable cards. 

Activity 3: Feeling faces. Create your very own Grumpy Monkey face or any other feelings. You can colour in the money face, laminate it and then your child can cut out the facial features to create different expressions on the monkey. This can be silly and also a tool that they can use when they are having difficulty expressing themselves with words. Click here for printable images. 

Join us as we read "when I’m feeling loved". Written by Trace Moroney.

Activity 1: Make a list (write or draw) of people that you love and love you. Discuss the idea of love being limitless – no matter how many people we love, there is always more love in our hearts.

Activity 2: Get creative and make a card for someone you love. Ask your child who they would like to make a card for and talk about why they chose that person. Is that person kind to them? Do they enjoy spending time with that person? Think about how that person makes you feel and how we can try to display those same qualities to other people around us.

Activity 3: Experiment time. Get some cups filled with water, food colouring and paper towel and what the coloured water running up the paper towels. This is how love and happiness and move from one person to another. Click here for instructions

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