Friday, April 21, 2017

toddler time: 3 - 2 - 1 - blast off!



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

Our song and flannel board are from Welcome to Storytime!


I’m a little rocket, tall and thin.  [stand with arms stretched overhead]
Here is my nose cone.  [fingertips meet overhead to form cone]
Here is my fin. [hold arms from sides pointing down like fins]
When I get all fired up,
Launch begins.
Watch me rise  [jump up]
And see me spin! [spin in place]

I sang this once with my rocketship in my hand, then again with motions so everyone could join in. it was awesome!! 

i must have looked even sillier than usual because people were like "wow!"


Books We Read: 
I Want to Be an Astronaut- Barton (session #1)
Rocket Countdown Sharratt (both sessions)
High Higher- Patricelli (session #2)



Flannel Board: Five Little Rockets

I placed the rockets on the board then we added some other items to make the board look more like outer space!

Five little rockets ready to zoom,
This one says, “There’s not enough room.”
It starts its engine;
Ready to fly,
Looks at the others and waves good-bye.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

I read a neat trick about stapling rubber bands to your rockets so you can flick them into the air & I gave it a try. Everyone really liked that part, as well as counting down each time. Really helped to keep everyone’s attention.

Puppet Rhyme: Zoom Zoom Zoom

I brought out my sun, moon and star puppets for this one. Again, the counting down and blasting off was so fun! See Jbrary for more on this terrific fingerplay.





Craft: Rockets

I printed the clipart rockets on colorful cardstock & cut them out. I cut circles from shiny silver paper for kids to glue on as windows. We added star stickers and streamers. The rockets came out sooo cute!!

Two full really fun sessions today! LOVED my craft & the Sharratt book was amazing!



Thursday, April 20, 2017

baby & me: 1 2 3 - count with me!

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found mice! How many mice do we have? Let’s COUNT them: 1 -2 -3-4-5!


                                                                                                                         
Puppet Song #1: Five Little Mice

a little twist on the classic This Little Piggie -- so cute!

This little mouse went shopping
This little mouse stayed home
This little mouse ate cupcakes
This little mouse had none
And this little mouse cried squeak squeak squeak all the way home!





Puppet Song #2: Ten Little Bunnies 

the bunnies from last week are back; perfect for our counting theme today!

I have 1, I have 2, I have 3 little bunnies
I have 4, I have 5, I have 6 little bunnies
I have 7, I have 8, I have 9 little bunnies
10 little bunnies on my hands!

They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the morning! (move hands up and down)
They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the evening!
They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the moonlight!
10 little bunnies on my hands!

They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the morning!
They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the evening!
They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the moonlight!
10 little bunnies on my hands!




Books We Read:
Look Look Again – cute but only got thru a few pages. Maybe better for toddlers.
Big Fat Hen- Baker

Flannel Board: Five Little Kernels

Found this awesome post from Storytime Katie on Flannel Friday HERE.

Really nice group today with about 20 babies! Highlight of the program: my manager's 16 month old pulled the fire alarm on the wall in the middle of The Wheels on the Bus. First time that ever happened! Luckily, she jumped right up to shut it off so I just continued with the "Shh Shh Shh" part like nothing happened. at first, not a single baby cried but then like 5 minutes later a couple of them started but we got thru it just fine LOL!



Friday, April 14, 2017

toddler time: peekaboo bunnies

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found something green! It looks like lettuce or cabbage or something. I have a friend hiding in here, who could it be? I showed the kids his ears peeking out and everyone started guessing that it was a BUNNY!


(tune: Are You Sleeping)
Where is bunny? Where is bunny?
Here I am! Here I am.
How are you today Bunny?
Very well, I thank you!
Go to sleep! Go to sleep!
(or stay & play! Stay & play! -- depending on what you want him to do LOL!)

Bunny has some friends hiding here in his garden of lettuce! Let's find them together.

I found this idea at one of my favorite blogs: Storytime Katie! She is a genius! It works perfectly with my Bunny puppet.

There's someone in Bunny's garden
that we can't really see.
there's someone in Bunny's garden--
who could it be??

then I give a clue like:
this friend is red and black - ladybug
this friend is green and makes a cocoon - caterpillar
this friend is very colorful and flutters in the sky- butterfly

how many friends did we find in the garden? let's count then together!
if there's not too many kids, I like to give the kids a chance to pet the bunny or other puppets before i put them away. Sometimes we played peekaboo with Bunny: "where is bunny? peeka-BOO!"




Books We Read:
Hooray for Hoppy- Hopgood (tried to make this interactive but lost some kids here. book is very cute!)


Flannel Board: Look in the Garden



today I want to show you a garden - what is growing there? carrots!
how many carrots do you see -- let's count them up together!
who do you think lives in the garden? Bunny does! (put him on the board)
what do you think he will do with his carrots? eat them!!

Printable images & templates from childcareland.com


Puppet Song: Little Bunny in a Carrot




Then I passed out little cardstock carrots to all the kids for:

Hold your carrot up
Hold your carrot down
Hold your carrot & turn around
Hold your carrot up
Hold your carrot down
Put your carrot on the ground.

do you like to eat carrots?? Who else loves carrots? Bunny!!

I pulled out my Feed the Bunny Prop!


Prop Song: Feed the Bunny










Craft: Peekaboo Bunnies

I printed cute little bunnies to color. we taped them on a jumbo craft stick and glued a cotton ball tail on the back. i gave everyone green paper cups so the bunnies could pop up and down. 



everyone loved their peekaboo bunnies today! i wish i had thought to hand out stickers to decorate the cups but i had a lot to pass out. the second session was very full (like 25 kids) so i was just trying to keep up with everyone. a little chaotic today, even the first session which was only like 16 kids. maybe extra excitement due to the holiday? still a fun day despite the extra chaos!!



flannel friday: ten little bunnies


A couple of months ago, I fell in love with the Ten Little Fingers song on Jbrary and we started singing it almost every week at Baby & Me. So with spring on the way, I thought why not substitute bunnies? I found these adorable Pier One bunny puppet gloves on ebay, but you could easily make your own from felt or clipart.





I have 1, I have 2, I have 3 little bunnies
I have 4, I have 5, I have 6 little bunnies
I have 7, I have 8, I have 9 little bunnies
10 little bunnies on my hands!



They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the morning! 
(move hands up and down)

They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the evening!
They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the moonlight!
10 little bunnies on my hands!



They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the morning! 
(wiggle fingers)

They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the evening!
They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the moonlight!
10 little bunnies on my hands!


This idea could also be adapted for other seasons and themes, with pumpkins in the fall or snowflakes in the winter!

I brought these bunnies to a preschool a couple of weeks ago and after the counting verse, I would ask the kids what else our bunnies could do. The answers were mostly things like hop or eat carrots so we would try to make our bunnies do those actions. One little girl suggested our bunnies sleep and I loved that idea so much. (Actually, at first I was kinda jealous that I didn’t think of that one!) So now we end the rhyme by singing our bunnies to sleep very softly as I slowly remove my bunny gloves and put them away. They can sleep, they can sleep, they can sleep…




Thursday, April 13, 2017

baby & me: baskets of bunnies!

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a basket full of BUNNIES! How many bunnies do we have? 1 -2 -3!




Puppet Song #1: Three Little Bunnies

Three little bunnies in a basket green
Hopping up and down so happily
If you wave to them, they’ll say “Hi!”
And when they’re tired of hopping
They’ll say “bye bye!”
(From Jane Marino’s Babies in the Library)

Puppet Song #2: Ten Little Bunnies




I learned this wonderful song on Jbrary (with fingers) and we sing it almost every week. So for spring, I thought why not substitute bunnies? These bunny puppet gloves were purchased on ebay and made by Pier One, but you could easily make your own from felt or clipart.

I loved this one so much that I'm already planning to re-use it next week for our counting theme.

I have 1, I have 2, I have 3 little bunnies
I have 4, I have 5, I have 6 little bunnies
I have 7, I have 8, I have 9 little bunnies
10 little bunnies on my hands!

They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the morning! (move hands up and down)
They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the evening!
They can hop, they can hop, they can hop – in the moonlight!
10 little bunnies on my hands!

They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the morning! (wiggle fingers)
They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the evening!
They can dance, they can dance, they can dance – in the moonlight!
10 little bunnies on my hands!



Books We Read: 
One More Tickle- McBratney (I was a little nervous about this one because it is a little hard to maneuver but the kids LOVED it! All the walkers were crowded around my legs to see this bunny!)


Flannel Board: Hippity Hop Hippity Hay

Found this rhyme with a cute little ending HERE.




free printable! i think it was supposed to be a foldable box.


Hippity-hop, hippity-hay
Four little bunnies went out to play
Hippity-hop, hippity-hay
One little bunny hopped away
Bye bunny!

Count down until no bunnies are left

Hippity-hop, hippity-hay
No little bunnies went out to play
Because all our little bunnies have run away!

We had a lovely group today with about 20 babies including a couple of old friends that we haven’t seen in a while so that was nice. A few new faces too! Loved my book and puppet songs. Flannel board was great also.

Monday, April 10, 2017

toddler time: chick us out!

Mystery Box: When we opened the mystery box, we found a white egg. Who is hiding inside? 

I sang:
I’m a little chick inside an egg
I’m always sleeping, snoring away!

Want to hear him snoring? Zzzzzzzz! Zzzzz!

When you’ll hear a pecking, pecking sound
The egg will crack & I’ll pop out!
(tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
-credit Preschool Education

What does a CHICK say? Cheep cheep!

Best moment of the morning: popping the yellow chick out of the egg as everyone "ooohed" and "awwwed!"



Books We Read:
Cheep Cheep- Braun (cute!)
Charlie Chicken- Denchfield (everyone loved Charlie, as usual!)


Flannel Board: Listen to the Eggs

I found this amazing idea at Storytime Bandit

First, I showed everyone my cute little nest!



Then, we counted our eggs together!


This was my rhyme today:

Listen to the egg and hear a scratch, scratch, scratch
This little chick is trying to hatch!
(rub sand blocks)

Listen to the egg and hear a tap, tap, tap
This little chick will hatch in a snap!
(tap rhythm sticks)

Listen to the egg and hear a ding, ding, ding
This little chick is stretching its wings.
(tap triangle)

Listen to the egg and hear a thump, thump, thump
This little chick is shaking its rump!
(tap drum)

Listen to the egg and hear a cheep, cheep, cheep
This little chick is ready to speak!

We flipped the eggs over one at a time as we said each verse.

Here are my instruments!


Everyone LOVED the flannel story! The instruments really helped hold their attention.

Puppet: Hen on the Nest



I found this idea on a wonderful blog about story time props called Simple Storytime Puppetry.

First, I brought out my hen puppet and told the kids that she wanted to lay some eggs today so we needed to sing a special song:

The hen on the nest goes cluck cluck cluck,
cluck cluck cluck
cluck cluck cluck
The hen on the nest goes cluck cluck cluck when she lays her eggs!
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)

Then we check her nest and find…NOTHING!

So we sang it louder and …NOTHING

So we tried it once again very softly and still…NOTHING!

Finally, the hen whispers in my ear and tells me to look in my big storytime box. Last time, I brought out a basket filled with colored eggs. Each child takes one and inside they find a cute yellow chick made of felt. This year, I purchased plastic eggs that look like yellow chicks instead. This saved me the time and effort of making 40 or so baby felt chicks LOL!

Craft:
Chick puppets decorated with crayons and lots of feathers!

Monday, April 3, 2017

CRAZY for the very hungry caterpillar!!

our library was recently given $250 for a special event and i knew right away that i wanted to celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! Oriental Trading had TONS of great crafts, prizes & party decorations, and Eric Carle is one of my most favorite authors. I wanted to use this money as a way to give back to all of my awesome families who visit our branch every week and thank them for loving the library. Without my wonderful patrons, my job wouldn't be nearly as much fun!





MORNING TODDLER SESSIONS:

Today, Mr Frog is on vacation! Luckily, we have a very special guest filling in for him. It’s the VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR!!






Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found... another box! Do you think there is something in this box? What do you think it is? Could there be a caterpillar in this box? (this is a toy the kids usually play with after stories & crafts.)

(tune: Frere Jacques)
Where is caterpillar? Where is caterpillar?
In this box, in this box.
Say "Hey Hungry Caterpillar!" "Hey Hungry Caterpillar!"
Up he POPS! Up he POPS!






Books We Read: 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Carle
Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar- Carle (4pm session only)






Puppet Song: I’m a Butterfly  (tune: Skip to My Lou)

I’m a butterfly, fly with me!
I’m a butterfly, fly with me!
I’m a butterfly, fly with me!
Fly with me my darling!
(sang this one immediately after the VHC book for the AM sessions only! For the PM class, I just held the butterfly up with the caterpillar puppet and asked, "Who would choose to be a VHC and eat lots of yummy food? Who would rather be a beautiful butterfly?")






Flannel Board: Caterpillar Hide and Seek

I’m looking for a caterpillar
We’re playing hide and seek
Is he hiding behind the apple?
Lets take a peek!

continue until you find the VHC!

I passed out "fruit" to all the kids from my green basket and we did:
Hold your fruit UP
hold your fruit DOWN
hold your fruit and turn around!
Hold your fruit UP
hold your fruit DOWN
put your fruit on the ground.





Toddler Prop Song: Do You Want To Feed A Caterpillar? 

(tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)

Do you want to feed a caterpillar, feed a caterpillar, feed a caterpillar
If you want to feed a caterpillar, he wants something RED!
(or PINK or YELLOW etc)

Kids LOVED feeding the caterpillar I made from a cardboard box and a plastic container! the "fruits" are eggs from OTC with cute little smiley faces on them.






Morning Craft for Toddler Times: VHC Mobiles from OTC

so easy! kids colored the cardstock fruits and attached them to the VHC using red strings.

It was pouring rain, cold, windy and nasty out but we still had two wonderful groups of toddlers, about 16 kids per session.



AFTERNOON PRESCHOOL SESSION: 



NOTE: Same books and flannel board!


Preschool Prop Song: Three Little Caterpillars Jumping on the Bed


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one of my amazing co-workers crocheted these guys for us -- sooo cute!!

We substituted "caterpillars" for monkeys and bounced them around on our colorful parachute! So fun!!

Scavenger Hunt: I hid caterpillar pictures all over the program room, including a few "imposter" caterpillars! I had the kids silently count how many they could spot and write it on a slip of paper. This was fun for the families and bought me a little time to set up for crafts.






Afternoon Craft: VHC Hats and Foam Photo Frames from OTC

It was STILL pouring rain and nasty in the afternoon, leaving us with a bunch of last minute cancellations but we still had a nice, decent sized group of very happy kids!

This event was a lot of work but we had so much fun planning it and the families really enjoyed themselves. An exhausting three-program day but it really was one of the best days EVER!!



DECORATIONS:

most of these ideas were found on pinterest!


looks like a party!

balloon caterpillar to greet the families as they entered the lower level -- created by me!!


book display on main floor

prizes for AM sessions: fruit snacks, VHC beach balls, stickers, tattoos.
Preschoolers took home VHC pencil cases, lanyards, etc. 

VHC bean bag game created by an artistic co-worker

large stand up VHC photo prop purchased on OTC

another photo prop made by my amazing co-worker!

i even modge podged my sneakers for the occasion! VHC socks not pictured LOL!