Friday, October 20, 2017

flannel friday: five little monsters came to school

I found this rhyme on a few websites in my search for a new monster fingerplay for Toddler Time this week and i modified it just a bit. 

The original line was "he calls for another friend to play." I changed it to "called up another friend to play" and pulled out one of our green toy cell phones for this line. it was so fun; everyone was waiting to see who the next monster to join our group would be!

i did not have time to make felt monsters this week so i just printed these images from the internet.



I started with Cookie Monster on my blue board. What color is Cookie Monster?

One little monster came to school (hold up one finger)
He tried to follow every rule (wave finger back & forth)
He had such a happy day 
He called up another friend to play (pick up toy phone and pretend to dial!)
Hey Elmo!!!!!

Now how many monsters do we have?
Two!

Two little monsters…Hey Zoe!!!

Three little monsters…Hey Grover!

Four little monsters…Hey Rosita!




Five little monsters came to school
They tried to follow every rule
They had such a happy day
5 little monsters love to play!!!!

Thanks for reading!


toddler time: meet Elmo (& more friendly monsters!)

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found … oh my, there’s a MONSTER in here!!!! It’s ELMO! What color is Elmo? Red!




Books We Read:
My Name is Elmo
Monster on the Bus (with scarves)
There’s a Monster in Your Book- Fletcher (1st session only—LOVE THIS!)



Flannel Board: Five Little Monsters Came to School



I started with Cookie Monster on my blue board. What color is Cookie Monster?

One little monster came to school
He tried to follow every rule
He had such a happy day
He called up another friend to play
(pick up toy phone and pretend to dial!)
Hey Elmo!!!!!

Now how many monsters do we have?
Two!

Two little monsters…Hey Zoe!!!

Three little monsters…Hey Grover!

Four little monsters…Hey Rosita!

Five little monsters came to school
They tried to follow every rule
They had such a happy day
5 little monsters love to play!!!!




Prop Story: Dot the Hungry Monster




See my previous post HERE.

Craft: Elmo Puppets

no Cookie Monster today, just Elmo!

We pasted the pieces to Elmo to make a face! This is pretty quick to prep and the kids love them!


Two big groups today but very fun classes! Everyone loved Elmo & Dot! I really enjoyed the flannel song too! i've done other fun monster programs, but this is definitely my favorite one so far!

Friday, October 13, 2017

toddler time: spectacular spiders!

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a little SPIDER!  What color is our spider? Black!



Puppet Song:  Itsy Bitsy Spider

Oh, there’s something else in the polka dot box… it’s a BIG spider!!



Puppet Song #2:  Big Enormous Spider!






Books We Read:
Walter’s Wonderful Web- Hopgood (was a little nervous bc its just a bit longer than i usually choose for my toddlers but everyone LOVED it! Definitely a keeper for next time)
There’s a Spider on the Floor- Raffi

I almost skipped the Raffi book in favor of the Very Busy Spider bc I like to hand out paper spiders for the kids to hold for that song and I didn’t have any. Luckily I printed & cut them at the last minute so we didn’t miss out on this super fun song!

Right before I started the story, I handed everyone a paper spider and we did:

Hold your spider up! Hold your spider down!
Hold your spider and turn around.
Hold your spider up! Hold your spider down!
Put your spider on the ground.



 

Flannel Board: Four Furry Spiders

I have done this FB with 5 spiders & it felt endless. i also did 3 spiders, which seems a little skimpy. But 4 furry spiders feels just right!

to start, i bring out the web & ask everyone "what is missing on our web today??" then we count the spiders together as i place them on the board.

4 furry spiders jumping on their web!
One fell off & bumped his head.
The others look down & asked “Are you ok?”
But 3 furry spiders were left to play…

Countdown to…

1 furry spider jumping on their web!
He fell off & bumped his head.
Nobody looked down to ask “Are you ok?”
And there were NO furry spiders left to play!





Craft: Paper Plate Spiders

This craft is so fun! Everyone got a big paper plate to color! I gave out big paper eyes to glue on and colorful scrapbook paper legs too. We punched a hole in the top for a piece of ribbon to hang it up.

Two big groups today but everything went well! Great theme! I have another great spider craft that uses spider rings but this was great too. maybe i will alternate between the two crafts each year!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

baby & me: living in the city

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

There are lots of tall buildings in the city, and bright lights and twinkling stars…




Cool City Song: The Elevator Song

Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There's a lot of tall buildings on a little piece of land
We live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we go out the door.
We take the elevator up
and the elevator down,
take the elevator up,
take the elevator down
Take the elevator up
and the elevator down
then we turn around.




Books We Read:
City Animals- Taback
Hello New York



Flannel Board: NY, NY, What Do You See?
(clipart is mostly from Etsy)

Big apple, big apple what do you see?

I see a hot dog cart rolling by me
Hot dog cart, hot dog cart,  what do you see?
I see a baseball flying by me
Baseball, baseball, 
what do you see?
I see a yellow taxi speeding by me
Yellow taxi, yellow taxi, 
what do you see?
I see a green lady waving at me
Green lady, green lady, what do you see?
I see two lions watching over me
Lions, lions, 
what do you see?
We see a great city -- that's what we see


A smaller crowd today but kind of rowdy so i went to playtime a little bit early & skipped the shaker eggs. we have a few new toys for playtime so they all enjoyed it! i loved this theme & was surprised by how many books are available for little ones on NYC. I loved my flannel board too and i think you could do a similar one for most cities and towns featuring some of the special things there.

Friday, October 6, 2017

toddler time: leaves are falling



Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found LEAVES! How many leaves are in our box? 1 2 3 4!

Would you like a leaf to hold? I passed out pretty felt leaves from Target.

Hold your leaf up! Hold your leaf down!
Hold your leaf and turn around.
Hold your leaf up! Hold your leaf down!
Put your leaf on the ground.

Then we sang:

The leaves on the trees turn pretty colors, pretty colors, pretty colors.
The leaves on the tree turn pretty colors
All around our town!

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down…
The leaves on the ground go swish swish swish…

Books We Read:
Mouse’s First Fall- first group only
Hello Fall- both groups

Puppet Song: Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel, Swish Your Bushy Tail.


First, I introduced Mr Squirrel and let everyone come up and pet his soft fur & fluffy tail.
Then we sang the song.



Flannel Board: Five Little Leaves in a Tall Tall Tree with felt tree

5 little leaves in the tall tall tree
As bright and pretty as they can be
Along came the wind (everyone BLOW!)
Blowing all around
And one bright leaf
Fell to the ground.

Four little leaves…
ETC...






Craft: Leaf People

I precut leaves in autumn colors for the kids to color. We taped on paper strip arms & straw arms then attached everything to a half of a paper towel tube to make it more of a puppet and easier to hold on to. Everyone LOVED the leaf people, each one was unique & different! I encouraged everyone to make their person however they chose.



We had TWO perfectly sized groups today, it was amazing!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

baby & me: apples are awesome!

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found an APPLE! What color is our apple?  Red!



Puppet Rhyme:

I saw an apple on the ground
It looked delicious, red and round
I picked it up and took a nibble
Oh my goodness, there’s a worm in the middle!

Books We Read:
5 Little Apples- Yonezu
Welcome Fall




Flannel Board: Little Worm Playing Hide & Seek

Little green worm is playing hide & seek!
Is he under the little apple?
Let’s take a peek!

Check under the medium and big apples until you find Mr Worm!



A really nice group of about 20 babies and parents today and a fun theme!





Friday, September 29, 2017

flannel friday: how to make a pizza

We had a great pizza themed storytime today!

Pizza Idea #1

Would you all like to help me make a pizza?

This is the way we toss the dough, toss the dough, toss the dough
this is the way we toss the dough
when we make a pizza!

(Everyone loved watching me try to catch -- and mostly, drop! -- my felt pizza dough! if you prefer, you could change this line to knead or roll the dough. i like to be a little silly with the kids)



This is the way we spread the sauce....



Hey, do you know what this is? CHEESE!

This is the way we sprinkle the cheese...



Do you like pepperoni?

This is the way we add the meat...



Here are some other toppings: green peppers! white mushrooms! purple onions! black olives! yellow pineapple!

This is the way we add the veggies....



Okay, its almost ready!
This is the way we slice it up....

It's time to eat!
This is the way we eat it up...

thanks for helping me make a delicious pizza!

Pizza Idea #2




Puppet Song: Who Stole the Pizza From the Pizza Box?
(note: i've never been to Ohio but someone shipped me something in this cute box & i knew it would come in handy someday!)

Boy, I sure am getting hungry! Do you guys mind if I eat some pizza that I brought today?

the crime scene!


Oh no! my pizza is gone! Who stole my pizza?

the suspects!


Maybe...
Fuzzy stole the pizza from from the pizza box!
Who me? 
Yes you!
Couldn’t be! 
Then who?

Maybe...
Kitty Cat stole the pizza from the…

Or Very Hungry Caterpillar stole the pizza from the…

Are you sure it wasn't you, Caterpillar? You are the VERY HUNGRY Caterpillar!

Wait a minute, have you guys seen Mr Frog lately? Where did he go???

Here he is -- in my big straw box – MUNCHING on my pizza!!

the mystery is solved!


Mr Frog stole the pizza from the pizza box!
Yes, I stole the pizza from the pizza box!
Are you hungry? 
Uh huh!
Let’s share! 
ok!



Thanks for reading! If you want to check out our Paper Plate Pizza Craft, check out my Pizza post HERE!