Saturday, August 31, 2013

baby & me: summer


It's the last week of August and I'm already missing summer, so our Baby & Me theme for this week was SUMMER & BUTTERFLIES.




Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a beautiful butterfly puppet. What color is our butterfly? Orange & black.

Books We Read: (My reading choices bombed this week for some reason, maybe everyone else is sick of summer & ready for the fall…)

Baby Loves Summer – Katz
Butterfly, Butterfly – Horacek (I just pointed out some of  the insects & showed the pop out butterfly at the end)
Mouse’s First Summer - Thompson

Flannel Story: I Went to the Beach

I found this idea on a site called Nuttin But Preschool. (I changed the fish and shell to a starfish and a sea horse)






I went to the beach
And what did I see?
A bird on the sand 
Looking at me! (Make a beak with fingers that opens & closes)

I went to the beach
And what did I see?
A seahorse in the water (Move hand like a fish swimming)
Splashing at me!

I went to the beach
And what did I see?
A starfish on the sand 
Smiling at me! (Point to mouth & smile)

I went to the beach
And what did I see? 
A crab in its shell (wave)
Waving at me!

I also think this might be a good one from Storytime Secrets, maybe next time: 

We're Going to the Beach (Tune: Farmer in the Dell. Tap your knees or clap to the beat)
Original idea from Hummingbird Educational Resources.

We're going to the beach,
We're going to the beach.
I think we'll see some flip-flops there!
We're going to the beach.

We're going to the beach,
We're going to the beach.
I think we'll see a castle there!
 We're going to the beach.

We're going to the beach,
We're going to the beach.
I think we'll see a starfish there!
 We're going to the beach.

We're going to the beach,
We're going to the beach.
I think we'll see a beach ball there!
 We're going to the beach.

 We're going to the beach,
We're going to the beach.
I think we'll see a seashell there!
 We're going to the beach.


Puppet:  Butterfly Song (tune: Twinkle Twinkle)

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!

We had a lovely group of about 20 babies today. Very exciting news to report: our baby changing table has finally been installed YAYYY! Everyone clapped at this announcement (-:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

toddler time: panda bear party


Our toddler theme today was PANDAS!



Mystery Box: We needed a bigger box today for our stuffed panda bear. What color is a panda bear? Black and white!

We sang this cute song about pandas:

Tune: You are my Sunshine
I am a panda, a furry panda
I live in China and eat bamboo
It is a thick grass that grows in my land
And it isn’t that easy to chew.

Then I handed out panda stick puppets we did this rhyme:
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, Turn around
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, Touch the ground
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, Dance on your toes
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, Touch your nose
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, Show your shoe
Panda Bear Panda Bear, I love you
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, Give a little clap
Panda Bear Panda Bear, Take a nap

Books We Read:
Noodle Loves Bedtime- Billet
Panda Big and Panda Small- Cabrera
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See- Martin

More Perfect Panda Books:
Where Is Maisy’s Panda- Cousins
If You Were a Panda Bear – Minor (great for all different kinds of bears)

Flannel Story:
I created five felt pandas and found a bunch of great rhymes and flannel board ideas. I chose this one because it was most interactive and it was AWESOME!

Five Little Pandas




Sing to the tune of Five Little Indians kind of:
Five little pandas, five little pandas, five little pandas eating bamboo!

SHHHHHH! Let’s tiptoe!

(sing quietly)
Let’s sneak up behind them, let’s sneak up behind them, let’s sneak up behind them, Peek a BOO!!!!!!

I explained that I needed some help with this and we practiced tiptoeing and saying peekaboo together. It was really fun!


Puppet:
I was inspired by Thrive After Three to try a puppet presentation of Laurie Berkner's Pig on Her Head song. Since I didn't have the cd, I brought the video up on youtube & attached a laptop to some speakers. 

So, we were about halfway through the song and everyone seemed interested, and suddenly one of my toddlers lunged her little body over my table, hit the escape button (of course!) and the whole thing came to a sudden, very unexpected stop!!! 

I had a split second to decide how to proceed with all eyes on me. Part of me wanted to cry but thankfully, the rational, librarian side of me cheerily announced that it was time for crafts so lets all find a seat at the tables. I will try again in a couple of weeks, definitely with a CD; those laptops are just too tempting for the toddlers!

Craft:

panda stick puppets & today's craft (center)


We made Panda Paper Bag Puppets to take home. I found the template here and it was ideal for this age group. We just pasted the face, mouth and hands on.





Friday, August 23, 2013

baby & me: big & little


Our Baby theme for this week was BIG & LITTLE. We also featured MICE.

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found TWO white mice: a little one (finger puppet) & a big one (hand puppet). What does a mouse say? Squeak, squeak!!




Books We Read: 
BIG Little- Patricelli
So Big- Yaccarino
Now I Am Big - Krensky

Flannel Story: Mouse House




Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you in the red house?


Puppet:  Peekaboo Mousie

I cut a hole in the middle of a box lid and covered it with paper so my mouse finger puppet could pop in and out of the hole. The babies loved this:




Where is mousie? Peek a BOO!
Where is mousie? Peek a BOO!
Where is mousie? Peek a BOO!
Peek a Boo to Mousie (tune: Skip to my Lou)

Puppet #2:

I also brought out my Three Mice in a Box puppet:


Three White Mice
My red box is a present
But it isn’t what you think
There are three little friends inside
With noses that are pink

Can you guess what they are
They are three white mice!
With their long white tails
Don’t they look nice?

(But they like their home
As you can see
They’re going back in
So say goodbye, 1 2 3)


We had a great group of babies despite some nasty thunderstorms today!




Saturday, August 17, 2013

toddler time: the nose knows


ELEPHANTS and NOSES were the themes for our toddler program today.

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found an elephant finger puppet. I pointed out the elephants ears, tail and trunk. Some of the toddlers pet him.



Books We Read:
Where’s Ellie- Yoon
Whose Nose- Rowe
Sniff – Van Fleet

More Excellent Elephant Books:
Hide and Seek Elmer- McKee
I Dream of an Elephant- Rubinger
Dancing Feet- Craig
Tweak Tweak- Bunting

Flannel Story: One Little Elephant



One little elephant balancing
Step by step on a piece of string
He found it such tremendous fun
That he called for another elephant to come
Hey Elephant! (place another elephant on the board)

Two, Three, Four, Five …

Six little elephants balancing
Step by step on a piece of string
They found it such tremendous fun
But the string went SNAP [clap]
And they all fell down (make all the elephants fall off the board)

Craft:
We made these adorable elephant puppets. I cut out a hole in their faces so kids could insert fingers for the trunks or a party blower. Everyone wanted the party blowers. They were a little noisy but they looked great and everyone had a wonderful time.

Elephant puppets for the kids to hold & today's craft



Friday, August 16, 2013

baby & me: monkeys for me


Our Baby theme for this week was MONKEYS.

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a little stuffed monkey. He is really Curious George!



Books We Read:
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed- Christelowe (Once again, I invited all the parents to join in and it was wonderful!!
Whose Ears- Rowe (Babies seem to love the bright colors in this series.)
Monkey and Me- Gravett (We didn’t have time today but this one is always a hit with my babies!)


Flannel Story: Three Little Monkeys

I used my DIY felt tree for this short rhyme. I made this tree using brown felt rolled to make a tube. I hot glued the ends and added a green treetop shape to the top. I put my hand inside to make it stand up for stories and rhymes. I use it all the time, especially in the fall for leaf and apple felt stories. It's also great for bird and animal flannels. I was in a hurry so I just printed and laminated these monkeys but felt monkeys would work too.



Here is the rhyme:
Three little monkeys sitting in a tree
Eating up bananas just like me
One had a frown,
One had a grin!
One had banana all over his chin!


Puppet:  My Folkmanis Monkey in a Barrel Puppet was perfect for today’s theme so he came out for a round of “Peek a Boo!” The kids LOVED him!

Where is monkey? Peek a BOO!
Where is monkey? Peek a BOO!
Where is monkey? Peek a BOO!
Peek a Boo to Monkey (tune: Skip to my Lou)

A wonderful program today with 19 babies!

preschool fun: pockets for the kangaroos


Today’s preschool program themes were KANGAROOS and POCKETS


Books We Read:
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough- Beaumont
Seals on the Bus- Hort
Do Donkeys Dance - Walsh
Peek in my Pocket- Carter
Llama Llama Hoppity Hop- Dewdney


Songs and Rhymes We Did:
Open, Shut Them
Here Is a Beehive
Purple Stew
Touch Your Nose
Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes

Un-Flannel Story: The Kangaroo Who Couldn’t Jump

Kangaroo (found on etsy.com) clothespinned to my box

Kangaroo's friends


I found a kangaroo story based on Nick Bruel’s picture book Boing and used my foamie clothespin kangaroo and various clipart puppets to tell it to my preschoolers. I found this great idea here (http://thestorytimelady.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/boing-boing-a-kangaroo-jumping-story/




Craft:
We made these adorable kangaroo stick puppets with felt pockets for the baby kangaroos!


I found the cool idea to glue on felt pockets on this awesome blog: http://tippytoecrafts.blogspot.com/2011/06/kangaroos.html

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

toddler time: berry nice!


The Toddler themes for today were BERRIES and the color BLUE!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found two bird puppets! What color are our birds? BLUE! What does a bird say? TWEET TWEET!



Books We Read:
Peekaboo Blueberry – Saltzberg (Although technically not about blueberries, the Bunny is named Blueberry and he is wearing the color blue. I just love this book!)
Jamberry- Degen
The Big Hungry Bear- Wood
If You’re Happy and You Know It- Carter
One Little Blueberry - Salzano

Flannel Story:
Bucket of Blueberries



I found this idea on one of my favorite blogs Fun with Friends at Storytime

I got two little metal pails from the dollar bin at Target. I put 10 red poms poms in one and 10 blue pom poms in the other. We started with the blue ones: drop the pom poms into the bucket and count:

1 berry, 2 berry, 3 berries 4,
5 blueberries...let's count some more!
6 berry, 7 berry, 8 berry, 9
10 blueberries are mighty fine!

Now, I've got a bucket of blueberries
that I want to eat...
It's time to cook up a great berry treat.
I'll mix up some things
and stir with all my might.
Then I'll have a delicious
Blueberry delight.
(stir your berries)

Blueberry Yogurt (I used clipart for these, place on felt board)
blueberry pie
blueberry muffin
My, oh my! (rub tummy and smile)

I also made a strawberry version, count out the red pom poms:

1 berry, 2 berry, 3 berries 4,
5 strawberries...let's count some more!
6 berry, 7 berry, 8 berry, 9
10 strawberries are mighty fine!

Now, I've got a bucket of strawberries
that I want to eat...
It's time to cook up a great berry treat.
I'll mix up some things
and stir with all my might.
Then I'll have a delicious
Strawberry delight.
(stir your berries)

Strawberry Yogurt (I used clipart for these, place on felt board)
strawberry pie
strawberry cupcake
My, oh my! (rub tummy and smile)


Bluebird puppets and our blueberry basket craft


Puppet:
I made blue bird stick puppets for the kids to hold for this rhyme:

Birdies Up, Birdies down
Hold your birdie & turn around
Birdies Up, Birdies Down
Put your Birdie on the ground.

Puppet II:
Although it wasn’t specific to blueberries, I decided to try a Mouse puppet version of the book Lunch that I found on the AMAZING blog Thrive After Three. All you need are the felt fruits and veggies and a mouse puppet. The kids LOVED it and it was so much fun to do. I definitely want to try more puppet related activities in my toddler programs in the future.



Craft:
We made Berry Baskets to take home. I cut out the basket shape for the kids to decorate with crayons and a pre-cut label. I also provided some washable blue paint and pencils so we could dip the eraser side in the paint and make perfect blueberries for our basket. Thanks to Fun with Friends at Storytime for this terrific craft and template!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

baby & me: bears


Today, I built my program around my Teddy Gets Dressed felt board, so our books were about BEARS and CLOTHES.

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a little stuffed bear.

Books We Read:
Let’s Get Dressed - Church
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See – Martin (When I held up this book, I asked everyone to sing along with me to the tune Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and THEY DID, it was awesome! All the babies were mesmerized, even the ones crawling around on the carpet were looking. It was AMAZING!)

Flannel Story: Teddy Gets Dressed

I found this pattern in a wonderful Judy Sierra book called Mother Goose’s Playhouse. We sang to the tune Mary Had a Little Lamb

Teddy, where are your clothes?


Here is Teddy, but where are his clothes? Let’s find something for him to wear today.

Here is something… RED!

Teddy wore a red shirt, red shirt, red shirt
Teddy wore a red shirt all day long.

And how about this? This is BLUE! It’s his pants.

Teddy wore his blue pants…(repeat with yellow hat, green socks, white shoes)

Teddy all dressed & ready to go!

Puppet:  I had my bear in a tree stump puppet but we ran out of time.


We had a full house today with about 26 babies, it was very crowded. I wasn’t sure if we should skip our Hello Song because we sing to each baby and its time consuming, but the babies love this part and so do I! So we sang it. 

This is our Hello Song:
Hello Alex, Hello Alex (wave)
Hello Alex, we’re so glad you here!
Yay Alex!(clapping)

Some of the little ones who have been coming to Baby & Me for a while wave back and clap at the end. Most of the newer babies will smile at the sound of their name being sung, it’s a great way to start the program.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

toddler time: llamas


We had two themes theme for today’s toddler program: LLAMAS and the color RED

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a Clifford the Big Red Dog stuffed animal.



Books We Read:
Llama Llama Red Pajama – Dewdney
Is Your Mama a Llama- Guarino
Llama Llama Hippity Hop- Dewdney
Strawberries Are Red- Horacek
Who Said Red- Serfozo

Flannel Story: Llama Llama, Is This Red?



I printed out a few items on my color printer, some are red like apples, fire engines, etc. Some are NOT red: a blue bird, a green tree, an orange butterfly. I laminated an image of Dewdney’s Llama to put on the felt board and told the kids, “ Llama LOVES the color red so she is looking for things that match her red pajamas. Baby Llama, is this red?” I would hold up an item and we’d see if it belonged on the felt board.

I’m not sure many of my toddlers are aware of colors but I figure it doesn’t hurt to discuss them. I remember some of my niece’s first words were her colors.


Puppet:
I made red Clifford stick puppets for the kids to hold for this rhyme:

Doggies Up, Doggies down
Hold your doggie & turn around
Doggies Up, Doggies Down
Put your doggie on the ground.



Craft:
We made little Llama Llama puppets to take home. I cut out the shapes, we glued the heads and pajamas on as well as a teddy bear. I found this idea here.

We also made Clifford the big red dog headbands using red construction paper strips and ears.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

baby & me: at the zoo


Our theme for today’s baby program was ZOO ANIMALS, especially KANGAROOS



Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a clip art kangaroo. What does a kangaroo do? He jumps- BOING BOING BOING!

Books We Read:
Does a Kangroo Have A Mother Too? – Carle
SurpriseLiesbet Slegers
Checkers and Dot at the Zoo- Torres

Flannel Story: Where Are You, Baby Kangaroo



I hid Baby Kangaroo under one of four colorful felt shapes and we tried to find her.
"Baby Kanagroo, where are you? Are you under the green triangle?"

Puppet:  Zoo Friends

We sang “We’re Going to the Zoo” for four animal finger puppets. I also tried to ask a question or make a comment about each one, like “What does the lion say? ROAR!”

Another great program this morning with lots of babies attending despite some rainy weather.