Saturday, June 29, 2013

toddler time: doggies


DOGS were the theme for today’s toddler program.

Mystery Box: 
Inside our yellow box, we found a cute mini Spot the dog stuffed animal

Books We Read:
Where’s Spot?- Eric Hill
Wiggle- Doreen Cronin
Five Little Puppies Jumping on the Bed- Karr
If You’re Happy and You Know It- Carter

Other Great Dog Books:
Bark George- Feiffer
Dog's Colorful Day- Dodd 

Flannel Story: Where is Spot’s Bone?



I made four felt dog houses and hid a bone or something else behind each one. First, we counted the dog houses together. Then, we named each one’s color. Finally, we said this little rhyme: “Hey there Spot! Where is your bone? Did someone put it in your RED home?” We repeated this until we found Spot’s white bone behind the white dog house. I also hid objects under the other doghouses to give us something else to discuss. I found this cute idea here and changed the character from Clifford to Spot but both would work great!

Flannel Song: BINGO



The beloved classic song “Bingo” was a perfect fit for our dog theme today so I borrowed a wonderful flannel idea from a blog called Miss MaryLiberry.As we sing the song we turn over the letters one at a time to reveal a cute dog picture. 




This song felt a bit long but all the parents were singing along and it really helped keep the attention of the children.


Puppet:

I made puppy stick puppets for all the toddlers today and we did two fun rhymes with them:

Dogs up, dogs down
Hold your dog and turn around
Dogs up, dogs down
Put your doggie on the ground


Two little doggies sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Run away Jack, Runaway Jill
Come back Jack, comeback Jill!

Dog stick puppet, Spot craft & our mini stuffed Spot


Craft:
I found this cute Spot coloring page where he peeks out of the basket a long time ago. We also pulled out the toys and bubbles, and everyone hung out for a while on the carpet. A very fun morning!


Friday, June 28, 2013

baby & me: life's a beach

Our baby theme today was the BEACH and SUMMER!

Mystery Box: 
Inside our yellow box, we found a cute mini beach ball!

Books We Read:
Baby Loves Summer – Karen Katz
1 2 3 in the Sea – Sue DiCicco
Splash – Intrater

Flannel Story: Red Fish, Red Fish



This flannel is based on Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear book. We put different color fishes on the flannel board one at a time and say “Red fish, red fish, what do you see? I see a blue fish looking at me!” Repeat until all your colors are done. Today, we did about eight different colors with the caregivers all joining in on our rhyme and everyone really enjoyed it.

Puppet: Purple Octopus

Ms Octopus awake


I found the idea for a two sided puppet on an amazing blog called Storytime ABC's, along with this adorable rhyme:

An octopus is sleeping at the bottom of the sea
Her eyes are closed up tightly
She can’t see you or me

But if she senses danger, her eyes will open wide! (reverse puppet)
Then she’ll quickly swim away
Back to her den to hide


We had a great group today with over 20 kids, plus a few big brothers and sisters since school is out for the summer. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

toddler time: bugging out

Our theme for today’s Toddler Time program was BUGS!

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box, we found a green grasshopper finger puppet!

Books We Read:
I Love Bugs- Sturges
Soup for One- Ethan Long
If You’re Happy and You Know It- Carter

Puppet/Movement:
I made little popsicle stick buggie puppets from green cardstock for all the kids to hold for this special rhyme:

Buggies up!
Buggies down!
Hold your bug and turn around.
Buggies up!
Buggies down!
Put your buggie on the ground!

Also:

Bippity Boppity
Bippity Boppity Boo
There’s a little bug on my shoe!
Bippity boppity bee
There’s a little bug on my knee
Bippity boppity bed
There’s a little bug on my head
ETC

And:

After spotting this cute idea here, I was inspired to create a spider web from white yarn and some shiny silver cardstock. Then, I found some old bug finger puppets and used them for this cute little song:





FOUR LITTLE BUGS
One little bug went out to play,
On a spider’s web one day.
He had ever so much fun,
He called for another bug to come.
HEY BUGGY!

Two little bugs went out to play,
On a spider’s web one day.
They had ever so much fun,
They called for another bug to come.
HEY BUGGY!

Three little bugs went out to play,
On a spider’s web one day.
They had ever so much fun,
They called for another bug to come.
HEY BUGGY!

Four little bugs went out to play,
On a spider’s web one day.
They got stuck, all in a bunch.
And along came spider, in time for lunch!
                                    Jean Warren
I found this great idea here.

 The kids especially seemed to like yelling out HEY BUGGY!


Flannel Story: Little Bug



We looked for the little bug hiding under one of our four rugs. We said “Little bug, little bug, are you hiding under the BLUE rug?” until we finally found her. I used clip art images for rugs and created my cute little bug from felt.


Craft:
Buggy Leaves

Buggy stick puppet, the grasshopper from the Mystery Box & our Buggy Leaf craft.


I cut leaf shapes from green construction paper. We glued foam buggies on to the leaves and colored them. Everyone really liked this super easy craft.

We had a great turnout today with all seats taken again! After our class, I brought out the blue bag of toys and both the toddlers and their moms seemed to love this additional playtime.




baby & me: mommies

Our baby theme today was MOMMY & ME.

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box, there was a big kitty and a little kitty (popsicle stick puppets created from clipart.) What does a kitty cat say?



Today We Read:
Surprise!- Slegers
Mommy, Carry Me Please- Cabrera

Another Good Title:
You Are My Baby: Farm- Siminovich

Flannel Story: Is this Bear’s Mommy?



We matched all the baby animals to the correct mommy animals. These animals are from clipart files. I found this cool idea here on Mel's Desk, an awesome blog with many great early literacy ideas for babies.


Puppet Rhyme:
I have two old dog puppets that I used for this rhyme:

Where Is Doggie? Where Is Doggie?
Here I am, here I am
How are you today Dog?
Very well I thank you
Woof Woof Woof

Repeat with Little Dog finger puppet

It was a beautiful day! We had a HUGE group of babies and a wonderful program this morning!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

preschool fun: fly high

Our preschool theme today was THINGS THAT FLY!

Books We Read:

Kite Day- Hillenbrand
A Plane Goes Kazoom- London
Higher Higher- Patricelli
Birds- Henkes

Also Read:
Row Row Row Your Boat- Ellwand
More Fun With Maisy- Cousins
Playground Day- Merz


Fingerplays:
Purple Stew
Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me
Open Shut Them
Touch Your Nose/Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes
Two Little Bluebirds
Way Up in the Sky

Flannel Story: Five Kites



Five Lit­tle Kites
One lit­tle kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another, then there were two.
Two lit­tle kites fly­ing high above me;
Along came another, then there were three.
Three lit­tle kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another, then there were four.
Four lit­tle kites, so high and alive
Along came another, then there were five.
Five lit­tle kites danc­ing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!
Credit: 
Step By Step — Kite Theme

Flannel Story #2

Five little kites, way up in the sky
Say hi to the clouds, as they pass by.
Say hi to the bird, say hi to the sun
Say hi to the airplane, Oh what fun!
Then swish went the wind
And they all took a dive:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5   (take kites off board)


Craft:
We made kite magnets (kits from Oriental Trading Co) and airplane stick puppets decorated  with stickers!




Friday, June 14, 2013

toddler time: bath time


Our theme for today’s Toddler Time program was BATHTIME!

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box, we found a yellow rubber duckie!

Books We Read:
Maisy Takes a Bath- Lucy Cousins
Ten Dirty Pig/Ten Clean Pigs- Carol Roth
If You’re Happy and You Know It- Carter

Other Fun Bathtime Books:
Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath- Christelowe
Tubby- Patricelli
Who’s in the Tub? – Sylvie Jones (for my programs, I think this one is better for preschool age; my toddler group is a little too young for this one)

Fun Bath Songs:

This Is the Way We Wash (tune: Mulberry Bush, with colored scarves)
This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands.
This is the way we wash our hands so early in the morning!

I also blew some bubbles and sang Hello Bubble.

A few more good bubble songs:

There are Bubbles in the Air (Tune:  If You’re Happy And You Know It.)
There are bubbles in the air, in the air.
There are bubbles in my hair, in my hair.
There are bubbles in the air,
There are bubbles in my hair.
There are bubbles everywhere, everywhere!
                                      Jean Warren



The Bubble Song
1 little, 2 little, 3 little bubbles
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bubbles
7 little, 8 little, 9 little bubbles
10 little bubbles go pop ,pop, pop
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
10 little bubbles go pop, pop, pop

Bubbles All Around (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Bubbles floating all around (pretend to catch bubbles)
Bubbles fat and bubbles round (make a big circle w/ arms)
Bubbles on my toes and nose (point to toes; point to nose)
Blow a bubble. ..up it goes! (pretend to blow bubble; point up)
Bubbles floating all around. (pretend to catch bubbles)
Bub. . .bles fall. . .ing to...the...ground. (sing slowly & 
sink to ground)

Flannel Board: Five Elephants in the Bathtub

Have you ever seen an elephant in the bathtub?



One elephant in the bathtub (hold up 1 finger)
Going for a swim (swim motions with arms)
Knock, knock, (Slap knees twice)
Splash, splash, (Clap twice)
Come on in!  (Motion with hand to come in.)

Count up to five and end:

…Knock, knock,
Splash, splash,
CRASH! Uh oh! They all fell in! (make all the elephants fall off flannel board)


Puppet/Movement:
I made little popsicle stick duckie puppets from yellow cardstock for all the kids to hold for this special rhyme:

Duckies up!
Duckies down!
Hold your duck and turn around.
Duckies up!
Duckies down!
Put your duckie on the ground!

I hand them out after the yellow mystery box, which really helps distract the toddlers who ALL want to hold or touch whatever is in the box. Having something to hand out calms everyone down.


Craft:
Duckie puppets

I cut duckie shapes from yellow poster board. We glued on a felt wing and gave him an eye. The children did a great job coloring their ducks.

Duckies to hold and our rubber duckie craft

We had another great crowd this week despite another rainy day.

baby & me: eggs


Our baby theme today was EGGS and DUCKLINGS.

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box, there was a white egg! When we popped open the egg, there was ... a baby duckling finger puppet

Today We Read:
On the Farm- Elliott (We sang Old MacDonald for three of the animals in the book)
I Love Ducklings

Flannel Story: Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, And all the king's horses, And all the king's men, Couldn't put Humpty together again...

Because Humpty was an EGG!

My rhyme and pattern are from Judy Sierra (love her!)

Puppet Rhyme:
My new stuffed barn animal set for When Cows Get Up in the Morning made another appearance. This time, we met a cow, a rooster and a duck. I just love this little set!

We had a smaller group today due to terrible monsoon like storms in the area. The weather this spring had been so unpredictable. Our group of nine babies (plus nine moms and two dads) had lots of new faces that I hope to see again. The mother of one of our regular attendees told me that her son says my name at home now but of course he wouldn’t say it for me! Maybe next time (-:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

toddler time: froggy fun


The toddler theme this week was FROGS!

Books We Read:
The Icky Sticky Frog- Bentley/Yoon
Llama, Llama Hippity Hop- Dewdney
If You’re Happy and You Know It- Carter


Other Fun Frog Books:
Croakey Pokey- Ethan Long
Froggy Gets Dressed – Jonathan London
Jump- Fischer

Frog Rhyme:



Two little froggies sitting on a hill
One named Jack, One named Jill
Jump away Jack, Jump away Jill
Jump back Jack, jump back Jill

Un-Flannel Board: Six Frogs on a Log




I made this prop from a heavy cardboard roll, Velcro dots and green cardstock froggies. I added felt bowties and googly eyes for extra pizzazz.

We begin by counting the frogs on the log together, then we sing this song (tune: Happy Birthday)

I see six green frogs
I see six green frogs
I see six green frogs
But one hopped away! (remove one!)

Bye bye froggy!
(repeat until there are zero frogs on the log.)

Puppet/Movement:
I made little popsicle stick frog puppets in all different colors for all the kids to hold for this special rhyme:

Frogs up!
Frogs down!
Hold your frog and turn around.
Frogs up!
Frogs down!
Put your froggy on the ground!

I learned last time that the toddlers loved having something to hold during the program so this week we did frogs and everyone loved it.



To collect the frogs, I attempted this song:

Froggies in the Pool
Little froggies (RED, YELLOW, BLUE, ETC) if you want to be cool
Come right up and jump in the pool!

I had a big box for the frogs to land in. My froggy got a little mangled in all the excitement as all the toddlers started tossing frogs of every color into the box all at once. Then some of the toddlers started pulling bunches of frogs out of the box, it was hilarious, like froggy CHAOS! I found this cute idea on Flannel Friday last week. You can find it here.

Craft:
Frog on a lily pad puppet



I had some Ellison machine cut frogs but you could use any frog clipart. I cut out lily pad shapes that we taped to popsicle sticks as a base. We colored and decorated the lily pads with adhesive foamy flowers. Then we stuck our frog puppets on with Velcro dots so we could use the puppet both on and off his lily pad. They came out very cute!

We had an amazing crowd today with all seats taken. For the first time, we are offering Toddler Time on a weekly basis this month. The weather today was rainy and unpleasant, but we had lots of kids attend and a wonderful program today. One woman told me that when her grandson hears my name at home, he gets very happy and that just made my week!

Friday, June 7, 2013

baby & me: duck, duck. goose!




Our baby themes today were DUCKS and MORNINGS.

Mystery Box:
Inside the yellow box, we found Duck from Tad Hill’s Duck and Goose book series.

Today We Read:
Hello Day – Lobel
Wake Up Me-  McGee
Five Busy Ducklings – Rookie Toddler series

Flannel Story: Where Is Baby Duckling?



“Baby Duck, are you in the white egg?” Repeat until you find the baby duckling.

Puppet Rhyme:


I used my new stuffed barn animal set for the song When Cows Get Up in the Morning.  There is a cow, a pig, a duck and a chicken. Purchased on amazon.com, this set was a little smaller than I expected but I'm pretty happy with it. I will definitely be using this as a prop on a semi regular basis and the babies loved playing with it after class too.