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!

Friday, January 5, 2018

toddler time: nice to be mice

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a mouse!

Puppet Song: Hickory Dickory Dock

I bought this awesome clock puppet on ebay a while back & it was perfect for this rhyme!

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
(Mouse is going to clap ONCE)
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock

Repeat with:
Two/the mouse said BOO! (I made him pop out from behind the clock)
Three/ the mouse said wheeee!
Four/the mouse said no more (he shakes his head no)

Books We Read:
Run Home Little Mouse - Teckentrup
Mouse Paint- Walsh

Flannel Board: Little Mouse, Little Mouse

We have three houses on the board today and Mouse is hiding in one! Can we find him?

What color are our houses?

Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you inside the RED house? 
No it’s a kitty!

Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you inside the GREEN house? 
No it’s a duck!

Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you inside the BLUE house? 

Craft: Mouse puppets

I found these white cardstock mice on my shelf & decided to use them for today’s puppet craft!

NYC got hit with a blizzard yesterday and the wind chills will be below zero until middle of next week so I wasn’t expecting many people. Since we were closed yesterday, I didn’t have much time to prepare & I threw this theme together right before the program. I needed songs & books that were simple and quick and this actually went pretty well! We only got a handful of kids at the second session so I was able to bring out brand new Lakeshore Brilliant Dot Art scented painters during the craft. I also brought out our new kitchen set at playtime so it was a really nice day.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

toddler time: holiday treats!

My final December post -- all caught up! 

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a gingerbread man!

Puppet Song: Gingerbread Song 
(tune "The Muffin Man")

Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man,
The Gingerbread Man, the Gingerbread Man?
Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man,
Who ran and ran and ran?

He said, "Catch me if you can,
If you can, if you can."
He said, "Catch me if you can,
Then ran and ran and ran.

He lives in a gingerbread house
a gingerbread house, a gingerbread house.
He lives in a gingerbread house,
this is where he lives.

Books We Read:
Gingerbread Family

Flannel Board #1: Gingerbread Boy, Come Out & Play

Gingerbread Boy, come out & play
What color house are you in today?

Look under each house until you find him!

Flannel Board #2: 6 Yummy Cupcakes

Down around the corner at the bakery shop
6 yummy cupcakes with frosting on top
Along came PUPPET with money to pay
He picks out a cupcake & takes it away

How may cupcakes are left?

Repeat with all the puppets until the cupcakes are gone. i like to use shiny gold coins to pay!

Shake Your Bells Song:

I passed out bells to everyone & we did our usual rhyme:

Hold your bells up
hold your bells down
hold your bells & turn around

Hold your bells up
hold your bells down
put your bells on the ground

then we sang:

Shake your bells very fast, very fast, very fast
Shake your bells very fast so early in the morning

(repeated with slow, high, low, loud, soft)

we finished with...

put your bells back in the box, in the box, in the box
put your bells back in the box,
thank you very much!

Craft: Gingerbread Puppets & Cupcake Ornaments

I printed Gingerbread boys & girls on cardstock for kids to color. i also had a cute foam cupcake craft from OTC.

Both groups on the small side today, another very cold day. Everyone was participating and enjoyed the program! I LOVED my flannel boards and the bell song. the crafts were nice too.

snowman & santa party

Another catch up post from December 2017:

We ended December with a festive Snowman & Santa Party! I usually pick a cute character or fun picture book for a holiday themed December program and for the first time ever, I chose the man in red himself: Santa! But we couldn’t forget about Frosty! Honestly, there are so many wonderful stories and crafts for these two, I could have stuck with just one of them but it turned out to be a super fun program.

Flannel Board: Santa vs. Frosty

So simple! I printed out items that were either Santa or Frosty related and the kids told me which character they belonged to. A magic broom? A sack full of toys? A tall black hat? A suit of red & white? ETC...

At the end, I asked “Who would like to go sledding with Frosty on a snowy day?“ 

Then, “Who would like to help Santa Claus deliver presents on Christmas Eve?” and all the hands flew up in the air!

Books We Read (I mean, SANG!):

The books I ended up choosing all turned out to be singable, which I LOVED because it felt like we were just hanging out singing carols!

I would have read both if time allowed but today I just did the Frosty book.

Since we didn't have time for both, i chose Must Be Santa. Santa Claus is Coming to Town was also a good option.

Puppet Song: Five Little Reindeer

Five little reindeer prancing on the roof
One fell off and bumped his hoof!
Santa called the doctor & the doctor said,
Put that reindeer right to bed!

count down to 4,3,2,1!

Christmas Prop Song:
To end the formal part of the program, i found this cute song and i gathered all different props for each verse so it was very fun! I handed out bells for the last verse and then, everyone sang Jingle Bells.

Tune: Old MacDonald

Santa & Frosty had a tree 
And on that tree they had some LIGHTS 
With a blink blink here, and a blink blink there
Here a blink there a blink everywhere a blink blink
Santa & Frosty had a tree 


Crafts: We purchased two craft kits from OTC: Santa Binoculars AND Candy Cane Snowmen. Both were perfect!!

Games: Snowball Bean Bag Toss and Santa Claus Disc Game from OTC. Both games were a hit!

Snacks: Kids could choose gingerbread cookies or goldfish crackers AND apple juice or punch

Prizes: stickers, finger puppets and kazoos (all from OTC)

This program was a lot of work to prepare & set up because there were so many different elements. thank goodness for OTC! it was an incredibly fun way to celebrate the holidays and everyone had an amazing time!