Storytime: Unicorn Party!

Unicorn

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that unicorns are currently insanely popular. My coworker and I decided to jump on the trend and host a Unicorn Party storytime for all ages on a Saturday morning this summer. Here’s what we did:

Storytime

Books Read:

Songs Shared:

“If You’re a Unicorn and You Know It”
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you’re a unicorn and you know it, shake your horn
If you’re a unicorn and you know it, shake your horn
If you’re a unicorn and you know it, then your magic will surely show it
If you’re a unicorn and you know it, shake your horn

Continue with:
…stamp your hooves
…toss your mane
…twitch your tail
…prance around
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“The Unicorn Song”

Baby Shark is still also hugely popular, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the Ontarian Librarian’s unicorn magic party post and she had not only rewritten the words for unicorns, but also included the ukulele chords! Check it out here:

Twinkle Twinkle Unicorn book

“Twinkle Twinkle Unicorn”

My coworker does the collection development for the board books and she found one called Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn by Jeffrey Burton. You can sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” when reading the book, and it made for a nice, calming end to the storytime. If you have a small group, you could pass out star wands, scarves, etc. to wave while you sing. We had a large crowd, so we passed out glow sticks from the dollar store.

Play Time!

Photo Op:
We used a backdrop frame that I invested in (and have used several times since) and covered it with a blue bed sheet, rainbow fringe purchased from the party store, and white balloons. We used liquid sensory tiles on the floor. And my coworker had a ride-on horse toy that another crafty coworker enhanced to look like a unicorn.

Photo op area

Ball Pit
We found a unicorn kiddie pool for $10 at a local grocery store and just filled it with ball pit balls. Instant fun!

Unicorn ball pit

Make a Horn
I found a horn template online and copied it onto different colored cardstock. Kids could decorate it with stickers, glue on gems, and markers. Then they cut it out, taped it into a horn shape, punched holes at the bottom, and tied yarn to each one.

Unicorn Sand Bin
We made kinetic sand based on this recipe. This station was definitely a hit, but by the end as you can see in the photo, the sand was just one mauve-like color.

Kinetic sand bin

What’s Your Unicorn Name?
I found a cute unicorn name generator online and let kids write theirs on a sticky nametag.

Unicorn name generator

Horn Ring Toss
We took an old traffic cone and covered it with turquoise glitter duct tape. Then kids could try to toss hula hoops around it.

Ring toss

Cloud Painting
I like to try to always have some sort of process art activity at every program, so for this one, we did cloud painting. Basically it was just setting out clothespins with cotton balls attached and plates of rainbow paint. Kids could paint a rainbow or really whatever they wanted!

Rainbow painting

All in all, it we had a good crowd and a really fun, sparkly morning. Here’s a photo of me in the ball pit for your enjoyment:

Have you done a unicorn program at your library? Let me know about it in the comments!

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