Friday, September 27, 2013

baby & me: sleep little one


I chose SLEEPY TIME as our Baby & Me theme for today.



Books We Read:
Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy – Fleming (parents joined in on the repetitive line so this was a lot of fun to read!)
Pajama Time- Boynton
Yawn – Symes & Sharratt (always a hit!)

Flannel Story: Little Moon (from Falling Flannelboards)



Look, we have three clouds for our special story today, what color are they?
Oh no! Our pretty clouds are hiding the moon! Let’s see if we can find it.
Little Moon, Little Moon, are you behind the gray cloud? (repeat for white & pink until the moon appears)


Puppet:  Firefly (I love this cute folkmanis puppet that lights up!)


I’m a little firefly
Look at me!
I’m as happy as I can be
See my light flicker
and shine so bright
Now watch me fly
into the night
(tune: I’m a little teapot)


Another great turnout today!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

kids craft: apples, apples, apples


Today, we celebrated apple season and the life of a man named Johnny Appleseed!




Books We Read:
Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry (the kids loved this silly tale of five bicycle riding ducks!)
Johnny Appleseed – Jodie Shepherd (a good choice for reading aloud)
A New House for Mouse – Petr Horacek (I love this great fall book and so did the kids)



Craft:
We made Johnny Appleseed Puppets from these cute kits at Oriental Trading.com
We also made Apple Jack bracelets using pipe cleaners and cereal, and also shared a bottle of some delicious apple juice.


One of my cute paper apples dangling from the pull down film screen


Game:
I hid red paper apples all around the program room for the children to find. Each person with an apple earned a prize!

We had almost 20 children attend our party and everyone had a great time.

Monday, September 23, 2013

toddler time: hop on the bus


Our toddler theme today was BUSES!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a picture of a bus! What color is our bus? Yellow!

We handed out yellow bus stick puppets & we did our first rhyme:

Buses up! Buses down!
Hold your bus & turn around.
Buses up! Buses down!
Put your bus on the ground.

Books We Read:
Maisy Drives the Bus- Cousins (we waved to all Maisy’s friends as they boarded the bus; simple storyline but great for this age group)
The Bus for Us- Bloom (I never used this one before but its a keeper! really held their attention)
Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus- Dean (great take on one of my favorite songs)


Other Good Bus books:
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus- Willems (My toddlers are pretty young but I’d try this with preschoolers for sure)
Don’t Squish the Sasquatch- Redeker
The Seals on the Bus - Hort
Flannel Story: Five Yellow Buses




5 yellow buses
Around the town they zoom
1 makes a stop & the others go vroom

How many yellow buses are left?
(4,3,2,1)
I found this cute flannel idea at Anne's Library Life.


Un-Flannel Stories:


My tissue box school bus & our school bus sticks puppets


I made a bus from an empty tissue box by printing out a color pic & laminating it. You could use this with many different songs & rhymes. 

I found this cute rhyme on Flannel Friday a few days ago:

The Lonely Bus Driver (from Read, Rhyme & Sing )
One lonely bus driver all alone and blue,
He picked up a passenger and then there were two.
Two people riding, they stopped by a tree,
They picked up a passenger, and then there were three.
Three people riding, they stopped by a store,
They picked up a passenger, and then there were four.
Four people riding, waiting to arrive,
They picked up a passenger, and then there were five.

(I altered one line slightly & left off the last verse because it seemed so sad to leave the bus driver all alone again!) I found my clipart of the children's faces on sweetclipart.com.

Another great use for this bus prop is The Animals on the Bus from 1 2 3 4 More Storytimes


Craft:
I found this cute bus craft for the kids to color here. There is also a separate sheet with animals to paste into the windows. The kids loved taking their very own bus home! One toddler kept saying "BUS! BUS!" as he held his completed art project.

We had a great turnout today with 22 kids! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

baby & me: sounds around us


Today, our Baby & Me theme was SOUNDS

Mystery Box: We found a little tambourine in the yellow box today. Do you hear the bells?




Books We Read: 
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear- Carle
What Does Baby Say- Begin Smart Books for Smart Babies
The Noisy Book- Gecko Press (I paper clipped pages because this book is very long but we didn’t have time today)


Flannel Story: There’s Someone in My Garden (credit: Storytiming)

There’s someone in my garden
Someone I cannot see
There’s someone in my garden
Whoever can it be?




Since our theme today was sounds, I made the noises for the animals that were hiding behind a leaf: Ribbit (frog), Hoot (owl), Squeak (mouse), Hisss (snake).




Puppet:  I pulled owl, duck and bird nest puppets for The Owl in the Tree (tune: Skip to my Lou)




Owl in the tree goes hoo hoo hoo,
Owl in the tree goes hoo hoo hoo,
Owl in the tree goes hoo hoo hoo,
Hoo Hoo Hoo my darling!

(repeat for Birds in the nest go tweet & duck in the pond goes quack)
Credit: Mel's Desk


Although most of the babies seemed completely uninterested in today’s books, the flannel board & puppet song went great. We had a nice sized group today with about 18 babies.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

preschool fun: fun with buttons


Today’s preschool program theme was BUTTONS.

Books We Read: 
The Hole Story- Merriam
Lots of Dots- Frazier
Press Here – Tullet
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow- Shea
Pete the Cat & His Four Groovy Buttons- Dean

Songs and Rhymes We Did:
Open, Shut Them
Finger Dance
Purple Stew
Touch Your Nose
Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes


Flannel Story: Five Little Buttons found here.




5 little buttons on the coat that I wore

Dad buttoned the red one, then there were four

4 little buttons, up and down you see

Mom buttoned the orange one, then there were three

3 little buttons and before I knew

My brother buttoned the yellow one, then there were two

2 little buttons, oh what fun

My sister buttoned the green one, then there was one

1 little button, blue and undone

I buttoned it myself and then there were none






Craft:
We made Pete the cat stick puppets from Making Learning Fun. I gave the kids a choice between pom pom buttons or pre-cut paper ones. The pom pom ones were very popular!

We had a great group this morning and lots of preschoolers. After seeing babies & toddlers so much lately, these kids seem so much bigger to me now!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

toddler time: dinosaur day

Our theme for today's Toddler Time was DINOSAURS!

Mystery Box: When we opened the yellow box, we found a cute little dinosaur that likes to give kisses with his long red tongue. What color is our dinosaur? Green!

We handed out dinosaur stick puppets & did our first rhyme:

Dinosaurs Up!
Dinosaurs Down!
Hold your dinosaur & turn around.


Dinosaurs Up!
Dinosaurs down!
Put your dinosaur on the ground.

Also Dinosaur Dinosaur, Where Can You Be?


(hide 2 dinosaur puppets or props behind your back)
Dinosaur, dinosaur, where can you be?
Hiding behind me, where no one can see.(hands, with props, are hiding behind your back)
Now you see one, she's looking at you.(bring one hand out)
Here come the other and now there are two!(bring other hand out)

We also marched to We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner (LOVE her!)


Books We Read:
Dinosaurs - Taback
Little Dinos Don't Bite- Michael Dahl (Everyone LOVED this one! If you haven't read it yet, Little Dino has sharp teeth & needs to learn what NOT to bite: his toys, his shoes, his mother! All the moms laughed at that page. Very cute, perfect for little readers!)
Dinosaur Galore- Stickland

Flannel Story: Five Enormous Dinosaurs




Get your dinosaurs out. Here we go!

Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar. ROAR!
One stomped away and then there were four.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Four enormous dinosaurs knocking down a tree. Clunk!
One stomped away and then there were three.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Three enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew. Ew!
One stomped away and then there were two.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Two enormous dinosaurs sitting in the sun.
One flapped away and then there were one.
Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, ROAR!

One enormous dinosaurs left all alone.
He stomped away and then there were none.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

 thanks to http://wiki.kcls.org for today's awesome dino rhymes!

Puppet: Dinosaur in an Egg (Folkmanis)
Inside her egg shell, white and round,
Baby dino is safe and sound.
But she wants to come out into the light ,
So she pushes and shoves with all her might.
Her shell soon cracks and creaks and pops,
One big jump and out she pops!
Adapted from a poem by Margo Miller found here

We passed around a bucket filled with plastic eggs (like the ones you buy at Easter) and each child got one. Inside was a tiny felt dinosaur! I found this amazing idea on a great blog called Falling Flannelboards.


Craft:
We made Dinosaur finger puppets! You can find them here.

We had a CRAZY but very fun program this morning with almost 25 kids. I was afraid I wouldn't have enough dinosaur eggs and puppet print outs. One parent commented that I'll need a bigger room soon! It's strange to think I used to have very small groups for Toddler Time and I wonder where all these toddlers suddenly came from?!!!!!




Friday, September 13, 2013

baby & me: cows on the farm


Our Baby & Me theme for this week was COWS & FARMS

Mystery Box: We found a cow in the yellow box today! What does a cow say? MOOOO!



Books We Read:
Let's Go Visiting- Williams (this was a fun one and some people joined in on the repetitive lines)
Hurry Hurry – Eve Bunting (Asked the parents to repeat the words back to me but it just didn’t seem to hold interest.)


Flannel Story: This Little Cow



This little cow eats grass
This little cow eats hay
This little cow drinks water
This little cow runs away
This little cow just sleeps all day
Lets chase him & chase him & chase him away


Puppet:  My Barnyard Friends: We sang Old Mac Donald Had a Farm for three of the animals in our barn – Cow, Pig, & Duck. As I put the barn away, a boy asked why didn’t we do the horse? I told him Horse was sleeping.

 I also brought out my little "chick in an egg" finger puppet for some peek a boo!

A lovely group today with some new faces and I saw two people use the NEW changing table, very exciting!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

toddler time: perfect pets


Our toddler theme today was SNAKES & PETS

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a picture of a snake! What does a snake say? HISSSSSSS!

We handed out colorful snake stick puppets & we did our first rhyme:

Snake up! Snakes down!
Hold your snake & turn around.
Snakes up! Snakes down!
Put your snake on the ground.





Books We Read:
Splendid Spotted Snake- Schwartz
Dear Zoo- Campbell

Other Good Snake/Pet books:
Who Am I: Pets
Mouse Count- Walsh
Hide and Snake - Baker


Flannel Story: Five Little Snakes 

I found this cute rhyme here 
I found my colorful printable snakes here. Love this site!







One little snake alone and blue,
Called for a friend. Hiss!
And then there were two.

Two little snakes, fast as can be,
They called for a friend. Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were three.

Three little snakes, slithering by the door,
They called for a friend. Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were four.

Four little snakes, happy and alive,
They called for a friend. Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were five!

Puppets: Going to the Pet Store

I fell in love with this idea on the So Tomorrow blog! 
I gathered a bunch of pet puppets (fish, mouse, turtle, frog, hamster, cats, dog, snake) and pulled them out of the box one at a time.


Going to the pet store, (Slap your knees to the beat)
Gonna find a pet. 
Going to the pet store,  I wonder what to get? 
Hmmmmm...  (Scratch your head) 
(Look in the box and pull out a puppet)

I did them in size order smallest to largest, or in this case - longest. Each time I finished the verse, I would try to give a little hint about the animal, like its color or sound, etc. After I showed the animal, I would say something like, “I like this mouse but I think I need something... BIGGER!”
The kids loved this story and a lot of the moms told me afterwards that their boys are really into snakes so it worked out great!


Craft:




We made circle snakes! There are lots of great template online so I printed one for each child. We tied a ribbon to the tail so they would bounce around a little.

Here is the link to the snake I used for our stick puppets.

We had an awesome turnout today with 21 kids, our biggest Toddler Time ever! 

baby & me: hello bunny


Our theme for this week was HELLO & GOODBYE, and also BUNNIES

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a bunny – it was Max (from Rosemary Wells’ Max & Ruby series)



Books We Read:
Hi Blueberry – Saltzberg (Everyone joined in to wave hello & goodbye to the various animals Blueberry sees)
Who Lives Here- Croyle (I felt like no one paid attention to this, may have been too small)

Flannel Story: Who Is Knocking at My Door?

I found this awesome felt board on Flannel Friday from one of my favorite bloggers: Storytime Secrets. She even includes a link to the clip art!! I did shorten it to three verses & instead of showing grandparents, I changed the third verse to a baby.  


Begin each verse by pretending to knock on a door. I used a table. Sing to tune: London Bridge

Who is knocking at my door, at my door, at my door?
Who is knocking at my door?
Look! It’s Mommy.
Let’s give Mom a great big kiss, great big kiss, great big kiss.
Let’s give Mom a great big kiss.
Goodbye, Mommy!
When you sing the word kiss, blow a kiss.

Who is knocking at my door, at my door, at my door?
Who is knocking at my door?
Look! It’s Daddy.
Let’s give Dad a great big hug, great big hug, great big hug.
Let’s give Dad a great big hug. 
Goodbye, Daddy! 
Hug your babies or kids can hug themselves.

Who is knocking at my door, at my door, at my door?
Who is knocking at my door?
Look! It’s Baby.
Let’s give Baby a great big smile, great big smile, great big smile.
Let’s give Baby a great big smile.
Goodbye, Baby!
Point to mouth & smile



Puppet:  Rabbit in a Hat from Folkmanis

Here is a bunny with ears so funny
And here is his magical hat
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
and he jumps in his magical hat.

We also did some peek a boo with our bunny rabbit:

Where is Bunny? Peekaboo!
Where is Bunny? Peekaboo!
Where is Bunny? Peekaboo!
Peekaboo to Bunny!

We had a great group with 15 babies (plus moms, a dad, two grandmas and a grandpa!) this morning, including a couple of new faces!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

toddler time: truck time


Our toddler theme today was TRUCKS!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a photo of a truck!

We handed out cute truck stick puppets & sang a truck song:

The Wheels on the Truck
The wheels on the truck go round and round (roll hands)
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town
Repeat with…
The shovel on the truck goes dig dig dig
The bucket on the truck goes dump dump dump
The horn on the truck goes honk honk honk
 From:Sunflower Storytime


Books We Read:
Trucks- Powell
Trucks, Trucks, Trucks - Sis
Dig In- Prince
Good Night, Good Night Contruction Site - Rinker

Other Fun Truck Titles:
Roadwork Ahead - Suen
Little Blue Truck- Schertle
Roadwork - Sutton

Flannel Story: “Where Are Trucks?” (tune: Thumbkin)





Where is pick-up truck? Where is pick-up truck?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Drive away. Drive away.
(repeat with tow truck, dump truck, fire truck, ice cream truck)

our craft and the truck stick puppets

Craft:

We made dump trucks from Storytime Katie’s blog

You can find the template here