Friday, February 16, 2018

toddler time: silly snakes!

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a SNAKE! What does a snake say? HISSSSSS!

Note to self: it's better to show the snake in the box & slowly remove him. (I think i scared a couple of the little ones when i pulled him out quickly in the first session!!)

I let kids come up & pet Mr Snake or shake his rattle-y tail. they liked his tongue & little white teeth, especially the boys!

Puppet Song: Oh I Wish I Was a Silly Slippery Snake

TUNE: If You’re Happy

Oh I wish I was a silly slippery snake HISS HISS
Oh I wish I was a silly slippery snake HISS HISS
I’d slither across the floor
Then I’d slip under the door
Oh I wish I was a silly slippery snake HISS HISS

Books We Read:
Spotted Splendid Snake- Wilensky
No, Silly - Krug

Flannel Board: Six Silly Snakes

i bought this clipart on Etsy. the snakes are so cute but they kind of remind me of another "S" word LOL!)

One silly snake alone and blue,
Called for a friend. 
And then there were two.

Two silly snakes, fast as can be,
They called for a friend. 
Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were three.

Three silly snakes, slithering by the door
They called for a friend. 
Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were four.

Four silly snakes, happy and alive,
They called for a friend. 
Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were five!

Five silly snakes, doing silly tricks,
They called for a friend. 
Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were six!

Six silly snakes tired of all the fun
Said "Time for a nap!" 
Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! (remove each)
Then there were none!!

Shaker Egg Song:

I passed out eggs & played Jim Gill’s I’m Gonna Shake Shake Shake My Sillies Out! So fun!

Craft: Silly Spiral Snakes

I printed these cute spiral snakes on brightly colored cardstock for kids to color.

There are a few to choose from but I loved this one from

We cut them out & added sticker eyes and red ribbon tongues. LOVED IT!

So this was one of those weeks where I had a lot going on & i just felt like i could not catch up. i originally planned a SILLY themed program with Wood's Silly Sally book then I scrapped the whole thing the night before & focused more of a letter S class with Silly, Snakes, and Shaking instead.

This whole week was rough for me, all of my programs were on the wild side. i loved this theme & the books, songs & flannel were great. school vacation weeks are sometimes like this because our regulars go away & the families that show up have lots of siblings with them or are kind new so they aren't as familiar with the routines. i think everyone still had fun, just kind of chaotic.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

celebrating Mo Willems & the pigeon!

this week, we celebrated the wonderful stories of one of our most favorite authors in the whole world: Mo Willems, in honor of his birthday. 

The kids made paper plate pigeon puppets (from Smashed Peas & Carrots)...

...and everyone signed a homemade card to send to Mo. 

A co-worker created artwork for an awesome display of Mo Willems’ books available for check out. 

Kids could also search the children’s area for colorful pigeons for our Pigeon Scavenger Hunt and create their own pigeon artwork at our coloring station. We will extend these activities for the rest of the month so lots of children have the chance to participate!

for next week, we are planning another Mo Willems read aloud featuring the stories of Elephant & Piggie so stay tuned!

Monday, February 12, 2018

all you need is love: valentine crafts for 2018

just a quick post about this year's valentine crafts!

a valentine craft extravaganza for kids ages 4+ is a holiday tradition here at my library & we usually have great attendance, weather permitting!!! this year was no exception; the room was packed. 

i usually purchase kits from OTC, then supplement that with a coloring or other similar activity. this year i ordered valentine treat buckets that kids decorated with foam alphabet & heart stickers -- so cute!

i also printed cute butterfly lollipop valentines to color (above -- click here for template) AND these adorable valentine people (below -- template found here)

some of the pieces were pre-cut to make crafting easier/faster for the kids and lots of cute valentine stickers from Michaels were used to decorate! 

for Toddler Time this week, i found the cutest idea ever! You can read the instructions HERE

first i printed these "I Love You To Pieces" printables on red paper, folded them in half & cut out the hearts.

 i gave the toddlers a few pieces of streamers in red, pinks and purples. they ripped up the pieces and put them between 2 pieces of contact paper. 

when you slip the finished creation into the red paper sleeve, it looks almost like stained glass! we added a nice ribbon for hanging. so pretty! everyone loved it. might become our toddler v-day craft EVERY year (-:

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, January 19, 2018

toddler time: warm mittens & cozy hats

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a HAT! and MITTENS & a scarf too!

Prop Song: When It's Cold Out

Where do you put a hat – on your elbow? On your knee? On your head????

One warm hat goes on my head,
On my head, on my head!
One warm hat goes on my head…
When its cold out!

Oh, and here are MITTENS? Where do those go??? On your knees? On your ears????

Two little mittens go on my hands…

What is this???? A SCARF! Do you wrap this around your waist? Does it go around your eyes???

One cozy scarf goes around my neck….

What do you wear on your feet when it’s cold?

Two big boots go on my feet….

Flannel Board: Snowflake, Snowflake, Where Can You Be?

I have some hats to show you! Let’s count them together! Can you show me 5 fingers like this?

There is a snowflake hiding under one of these hats, can you help me find it?

Snowflake, snowflake where can you be?
Under which hat can you be seen?

Is it under this hat?

No, that’s a… mitten!

We also discovered a cloud, a bunny and a butterfly before we finally found our snowflake!

Puppet Song: Mitten in the Snow

Today on my way to the library, I dropped my mitten!
It landed in a big pile of snow!
The mitten in the snow, the mitten in the snow
Hi ho, its cold outside, the mitten in the snow!
And guess who came by?
He was soooo cold, he hopped right into my mitten!
The owl snuggles in, the owl snuggles in
Hi ho, it’s cold outside, the owl snuggles in
Guess who else was cold?
(Repeat for other animals, Bear last!)

Pop all the animals into the mitten, one at a time but skip the singing.  just sing when all the animals are in the mitten!
The animals snuggled in, the animals snuggled in!
Hi ho, its cold outside, the animals snuggled in!)

Then, Bear said I think I’m going to sneeze AAAAACHOOOOOO!
The Bear said achoo, the bear said achoo!
And everyone fell out of the mitten in the snow
Count up animals & put them on the board.

Books We Read:
Under My Hood I Have A Hat- Kuskin (this book is soooooo awesome!!)

Craft: Paper Bag Mittens

I printed mittens for everyone on colorful paper and pre-cut them. The kids could decorate them with crayons, stickers & their names, then glue them to a brown paper bag. some kids asked for more stickers so i brought out a tin filled with various old stickers & gave everyone a handful which made for some very unique mittens LOL!

I also passed out animals from our story for them to color, cut & put in their “mittens.” I was afraid this might be a bit too time consuming but the kids really liked it! The animals could always be finished later on at home & were good scissor practice too. I also gave the option of skipping the animal component and making just a cute mitten so this activity was very versatile!

We had two nice sized groups today, very well behaved and engaged. I shortened the mitten song for the second group & it worked great! I LOVE LOVE LOVED the prop song and putting on my winter gear because the kids were either completely mesmerized or totally horrified by how silly I looked in my pom pom beanie hat, I’m not sure which! The book and hat felt board were great & I loved the craft too!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

baby & me: what can we SEE

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a BROWN BEAR!  It’s a felt piece from my Brown Bear Brown Bear set.

Flannel Song:
 Brown Bear, What Do You See?

We sang the words to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle” as i placed all the pieces on the flannel board one by one, and ending with "children, children, what do you see? we see lots of animals looking at us!"

Books We Read:
Who Does Baby See- Flowerpot Press (LOVED it! Also great bc the photos include families of all different races. We would say hello to all the people and things that Baby sees in this book.)
Who Do You See- Yoon

 Image result for folkmanis raccoon puppet

Puppet Song: Peekaboo Raccoon

Where’s Raccoon? Peeka-BOO!
Where’s Raccoon? Peeka-BOO!
Where’s Raccoon? Peeka-BOO!

PEEKaboo Raccoon!

We had a perfect sized group about about 16 babies today and a lively playtime! there were a few new faces and at times, it was tough getting everyone to sing along. handed out some song sheets after class! i try to do lots of well known, classic songs to encourage participation so hopefully a little more singing next week (-:

Friday, January 12, 2018

toddler time: polar bears & underwear!

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a POLAR BEAR! His name is Snowball. Kids came up to pet his soft white fur.

Puppet Song: Polar Bear, Polar Bear

Polar bear, polar bear, turn around
Polar bear, polar bear, touch the ground.
Polar bear, polar bear, dance on your toes
Polar bear, polar bear, touch your nose
Polar bear, polar bear, reach up high
Polar bear, polar bear say good bye!

Bye, Snowball! He is going back in his box!

Books We Read:
Polar Bear Polar Bear, What Do You Hear- Carle (love this series! sang it to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle. We looked for the animals on our Eric Carle carpet which is very interactive & super fun!)
Polar Bear’s Underwear- Tupera (really held their attention)

Flannel Board: Where oh Where Did My Underwear Go?

Oh no! Polar Bear lost his underwear AGAIN!
He really wanted to wear his sparkly red undies but where could they be?

Oh where or where did my red underwear go?
Oh where oh where can they be?
I looked up high & I looked down low
Did someone hide them from me?

Maybe the red underwear isn’t hiding, maybe its in the washing machine?

One by one I pulled undies from the washer & asked if it was the red pair that Polar Bear was looking for. 

Of course, the last pair was the glittery red one we wanted. Then we counted up all the pairs 1-10.

Craft: Polar Bears in Underwear

I printed these on cardstock from the publishers website & precut them. I really felt like they needed legs so I cut those also. Kids glued on the legs then added construction paper underwear in pretty colors. 

We had two smallish groups today: 12 kids in session #1 and 8 in #2. Everyone had a wonderful time! I loved the books & my flannel board, also the craft. Since the groups were small i brought out some different toys today, like the cash register, as well as the wind tunnel.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

baby & me: snowflakes on my shoulder

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a beautiful SNOWFLAKE!

Prop Song: There's a Snowflake on my Shoulder

Tune: Have You Ever Seen a Lassie

There’s a snowflake on my shoulder, my shoulder, my shoulder
There’s a snowflake on my shoulder and its melting away!

Then I hid the snowflake behind my back & said “Oh No! what happened to my snowflake, it’s gone!!!!”
The older kids knew where it was, of course so it was very funny. 
Repeated with hand, knee, elbow, head... they loved it so much, we probably could have sung it all morning LOL!

Books We Read:
Peekaboo in the Snow- Cocoretto (awesome!!!!)
Welcome Winter- Little Scholastic

Flannel Board: 10 Little Snowflakes

Maybe one of my favorite flannel boards ever! From Adventures in Storytime:

One little, two little, three little snowflakes.
Four little, five little, six little snowflakes.
Seven little, eight little, nine little snowflakes.
Ten little snowflakes falling down (make falling motion with fingers).

They are falling all around us.
(make falling motion with fingers)
They are falling all around us.(make falling motion with fingers)
They are falling all around us.(make falling motion with fingers)
10 little snowflakes falling down!(make falling motion with fingers)


9 little, 8 little, 7 little snowflakes.

6 little, 5 little, 4 little snowflakes.
3 little, 2 little, 1 little snowflakes.

No little snowflakes falling down.

Not sure if it was the 3 week long break because of my vacation, the holidays and the snowstorm, but today just felt AMAZING!! it was so nice to see everyone again and see how happy the little ones were to see me. we had a huge group on this very mild morning. a great day!