Monday, April 29, 2013

toddler time: bunnies

Our toddler time theme today was BUNNIES!

Books We Read:
Llama Llama Hippity Hop – Dewkney
Who HopsDavis
Bunny’s Garden

Other Fun Bunny Books:
Little Bunny- Lauren Thompson
White Rabbit’s Color Book- Baker
Too Many Bunnies – Matt Novak
Oh So Tiny Bunny- David Kirk

Flannel Board: Hippity Hop

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

(Continue rhyme until all bunnies hop away.)
- Clipart bunnies from

There’s a Little Bunny

I handed out paper bunnies with colorful pom pom tails to each child and we used them for this rhyme:
 (to the tune of Happy and You Know It)

There's a little bunny sitting on my toe,
There's a little bunny sitting on my toe,
He is sitting on my toe, then off away he goes,
There is no little bunny on my toe.
There's a little bunny sitting on my knee,
There's a little bunny sitting on my knee,
He is sitting on my knee, just watch and he will flee,
There is no little bunny on my knee.
There's a little bunny sitting on my head,
There's a little bunny sitting on my head,
He is sitting on my head, then away he goes to bed,
There is no little bunny on my head.

 I found this cute activity on a great blog called Libraryland!

Bunny puppets (in the grass)

We colored a little bunny, added a cotton ball tail and popsicle stick to the back. We put a hole in a paper cup and taped on some construction paper grass so the kids could make their bunnies hop. Very cute and so easy!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

baby & me: what's the weather?

Our theme for today was CLOUDS and WEATHER!

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box, we found a happy cloud.
(I printed a clip art cloud with a smiley face on our color printer. On the reverse side, I drew a sad cloud with a tear.)

Today We Read:
It Looked Like Spilt Milk- Shaw (great for our cloud theme!)
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button- Karen Katz (The size and brightly colored illustrations of this book are perfect for a large group of infants and walkers.)

Other Good Weather Books:
You Are My Sunshine AND Rain Rain Go Away- Caroline Church
Little Cloud- Eric Carle
One Rainy Day – Tammi Salzano

Flannel Story: Little Cloud

I hide a small cloud behind four felt shapes and say “Little Cloud, Little Cloud, are you behind the blue square?”  until we find him. I found this great idea on Mel's Desk! LOVE her blog!

Puppet Rhyme:
(with one sun and two cloud stick puppets created from clipart)

Two little clouds on a beautiful day
Went sailing across the sky
They went so fast they bumped their heads
And they both began to cry 
(moms in the room did a collective “Awww” sound here!)

The big round sun came out and said
Oh never mind my dears
I’ll send all my sunbeams down
To dry up all your tears.

We sang “You Are My Sunshine” to finish up our weather themed program.

It was great to see some new little faces this morning! Another great day for attendance as 18 babies and 20 adults participated in today’s session. Baby & Me has really turned into a wonderful program here, one that I genuinely look forward to every week. Its been so rewarding to watch the little ones grow and change from week to week. Last week, one mother told me that her son was so excited for the library that he couldn’t eat his breakfast that morning and it made my day!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

baby & me: spring

Our baby theme for today's program was SPRING!

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box was a pretty pink flower!

Go Baby Go - Marilyn Janovitz
Baby Loves Spring– Karen Katz

UNFlannel Story: The Green Grass

Behind the green grass
You just never know
What you might see
Or what might grow
(credit: adapted from Read Sarah Read)

First is the bunny
Looking for a carrot!
Then comes a bumblebee
searching for a flower.

The bird says Tweet!
The snake says Hiss!
The froggie goes Ribbit!

A ladybug flies
A caterpillar crawls
And we even found
An old baseball!

You could also use the grass prop for a guessing game with toddlers and preschoolers:

There is someone in my garden
Someone I cannot see
There’s someone in my garden
Whoever can it be?
(credit: Storytiming Blog)

Puppet: Caterpillar/Butterfly puppet (Folkmanis)

Flutter flutter butterfly
Floating in the deep blue sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter flutter butterfly
Floating in the deep blue sky

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

preschool program: talking about trash

Time to take out the trash; it’s a GARBAGE theme today!

Books Read:
Trashy Town- Dan Yaccarino
Big Smelly Bear- Britta Teckentrup
I Love Trucks- Philemon Sturges
Smash! Mash! There Goes the Trash! – Barbara Odanaka
Mouse Mess – Linnea Riley

Flannel Board: 4 Little Garbage Trucks

First, I passed out little felt bags of trash in four colors: blue, purple, red and yellow.

Next, I showed the kids my trash trucks. We counted them and noted the colored stars on each truck: yellow for yellow bags, red for red bags, etc.

Then I asked the kids to come up and put their felt trash bags next to the correct truck. We all did this part out loud together.

Finally, we did this rhyme:

4 little garbage trucks painted green
Picking up trash to keep the town clean
They work and they work until they fill up
Now one of the garbage trucks drives to the dump!
Back up!!! BEEP BEEP!

(continue until all the garbage trucks and trash bags are gone and the flannel board is empty.)

Activity: Picking up the Trash

I made a little garbage truck using a paper lunch bag and trash truck clip art. Before our craft, I asked if anyone saw any trash laying around the room that I could place in my trash truck. Coincidentally, there were small things all over the room (that I had planted there on purpose for this activity – this was not real trash!), like colored straws, felt scraps, old magazine pages, plastic spoons, etc. At first the kids pointed the trash out to me and I picked it up, but after a few moments, they started walking around looking for garbage. It felt like a treasure hunt! Fun!

Note: I found many of today’s trash ideas on these wonderful blogs.:

Thanks to my fellow librarians for posting your amazing ideas!


Paper bag garbage trucks! To make yourself, just print out a coloring page for a trash truck. Decorate and glue to a brown paper lunch bag. We used tissue paper squares and, of course, glitter!

toddler time: crazy for cookies

A fun toddler theme today: FOOD & COOKIES!

Books Read:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie- Laura Numeroff
The Duckling Gets a Cookie – Mo Willems
Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar- Christine Schneider
Yummy Yucky- Lesley Patricelli

Flannel Board: Five Little Cookies at the Bakery Shop

5 little cookies at the bakery shop
Shining bright with sugar on top
Along came a tiger with a nickel to pay
He buys one and takes it away!

(Repeat with:
 4 cookies & a rabbit
3 cookies & an elephant
2 cookies & a turtle
1 cookie & a kangaroo)

Pigeon and Duckling printable finger puppets

Monday, April 15, 2013

baby & me: chick me out!

Today, our baby theme was CHICKS!

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box, there was a white egg shape made from felt. When we turned it over, we saw a cute yellow chick.

Peekaboo Farm
Charlie the Chick- Denchfield (loved by both the babies and the moms!)
On the Farm- Elliott/Meade (We sang “Old MacDonald had a Farm” as we read a few pages of this book, love it!)

Flannel Story: 1,2 Buckle My Shoe/Sleepy Chicks

1,2 Buckle my shoe
3,4 Shut the door
5,6 Pick up the sticks
7,8, Lay them straight

9,10 a big fat hen!

After the nursery rhyme ended with the big fat hen, I showed the group my other big hen made from felt and we followed up with another short rhyme from Flannel Friday last week. You can find this flannel board on a blog called Fun with Friends At Storytime.

Sleepy Chicks

"Come little children,"
calls mother hen.
"It's time to take your nap again."

So under her feathers the small chicks creep,
and she clucks a song till they fall asleep. 

Puppet: Little Chick in an Egg

Little Chick waits in an egg of white
Curled up cozy and oh so tight
Then he taps out a hole with his beak beak beak
And he pops from his shell with a squeak squeak squeak!

We had another nice crowd today with 16 moms and 18 babies!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

craft for kids: spring

Spring Craft

This week, we had a special springtime craft program for kids. They created beautiful windsock decorations using construction paper, foamies, streamers, cotton balls and pipe cleaners. All the participants were very proud of their creations and excited to hang up their colorful windsocks at home.

To make your own spring windsock at home, follow these easy instructions:

1.       Cut a piece of construction paper in half.
2.      Staple the ends together so you have one long piece of paper
3.      Decorate however you want! I bought some colorful bug and flower foamies and some cotton balls for making clouds.
4.     Tape or glue long strips of colorful streamers to the bottom edge of your windsock so they will dance in the breeze.
5.      Staple the ends of your windsock together to make a tube and tape a pipe cleaner handle on so you can hang it up at home.


Monday, April 8, 2013

baby & me: feed me

It was another great day for our baby program! Today’s theme was FOOD, especially FRUIT

Mystery Box:
Today, the little yellow box contained an orange.  Technically, a clementine but I don’t think it mattered to the babies.

Books Read:
Yummy Yucky- Patricelli
I Like Fruit- Siminovich
Counting Peas – Wells

Also Read:
Peekaboo – Price

Flannel Story: Peekaboo Caterpillar

On a wonderful blog called Mel's Desk, I found a great idea to hide the Very Hungry Caterpillar underneath different fruits and try to find him. I printed and laminated a small caterpillar and made some felt fruit.

When I showed the fruits to the babies, I told them I was looking for a caterpillar and recited this little rhyme I made up:

I’m looking for a caterpillar
We’re playing hide and seek!
Is he hiding under this orange?
Let’s take a peek!


To go with my food theme, I made a Peapod Puppet (also found on Flannel Friday!) with pom pom peas, like I saw here. I used this rhyme:

Five Little Peas
Five little peas in a pea pod pressed,
One grew, two grew and so did all the rest.
They grew and they grew and they did not stop!
Until one day the pod went...POP!

I wish I had done this earlier in the program because by the time I got to this part many babies were really ready for playtime and I’m not sure they noticed my cute peas. Maybe next time!

We had another record breaking attendance day: 15 babies and 16 adults!