Friday, January 31, 2014

baby & me: Snowflakes!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a picture of a beautiful snowflake!

Did you ever see a snowflake, a snowflake, a snowflake
Did you ever see a snowflake go this way and that?
Go this way & that way? And that way & this way? 
Did you every see a snowflake go this way and that?

Books We Read: 
Baby Loves Winter- Katz
It Looked Like Spilt Milk- Shaw
Winter Snow- Slegers

Flannel Story: 
Snowball, Snowball (borrowed from So Tomorrow!)

I hid a snowball under one of my felt mittens so we tried to find it.
Snowball, snowball
Cold & round
Under which mitten can you be found?

Puppet Song: One Red Mitten (borrowed from Storytime Secrets!)

I used construction paper mittens on popsicle sticks for this song:

(tune: Skip to My Lou)
One red mitten, what will I do?
One red mitten, what will I do?
One red mitten, what will I do?
I’ll find the other one,
Now there’s two!

(repeat with green and blue mittens)

Another small group today, on the quiet side but everyone was sooo nice! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

winter wonderland party

First, we read three winter themed books:

Here Comes Jack Frost- Kohara
The Lonesome Polar Bear- Cabrera
Sneezy the Snowman- Wright

We also did a flannel story called Hey Mr. Snowman. I found the words here

I found a perfect snowman felt template here

Hey, Mr. Snowman

I went walking

through a winter wonderland

and spied a frosty snowman

who needed a hand.

Hey, Mr. Snowman, what do you need?

"I need BLACK EYES. Put them on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, what do you see?
"I see an ORANGE CARROT. Put it on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
"I see a BLACK TOP HAT. Put it on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
"I see some BROWN STICKS. Put them on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?

"I see a GREEN SCARF. Put it on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?

"I see some RED MITTENS. Put them on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?

"I see some BLUE BUTTONS. Put them on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?

"I see some YELLOW BOOTS. Put them on me."

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?

"I see the coolest snowman ever. Me!"

After the stories, we brought out refreshments & our craft: Polar Bear puppets from Kidsoup.

I drew a template for the bear’s head, ears, and hands onto white card stock for the kids to cut out. I pre-cut the nose/mouth from white foam sheets for them. They glued everything together & taped it to white styrofoam cups; each one was slightly unique and all were just adorable! Maybe one of my favorite crafts ever!

For refreshments, we served all white foods: donut holes with powdered sugar, mini marshmallows and white chocolate chips.

I also hid different colored mittens all over the program room and if the kids could find 2 matching mittens, they won a prize! 

We didn’t have a huge crowd today but they were very enthusiastic! As the kids were leaving one sweet little girl looked up and asked, “Miss Amy, what are you having for dinner tonight?” So cute!

Monday, January 27, 2014

toddler time: Pirates!

Our theme for Toddler Time today was PIRATES!

Mystery Box: We traded in our yellow box today for a cool treasure chest! What was in our treasure chest? Gold coins, of course!

We passed out pirate ship puppets to each child for our next rhyme:

Put your ship UP, put your ship DOWN
Hold your ship and turn around!
Put your ship UP, put your ship DOWN
Put your ship down on the ground

We also did this cute rhyme (tune: Row Row Row Your Boat):

Sail sail sail your ship
Gently over the sea
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
A pirate’s life for me!

Books We Read:
Bizzy Bear Pirate Adventure- Davies
Pirate Nap-Smith
I Love My Pirate Papa- Leuck

Today's stories & our treasure chest!

Fun Pirate Rhymes:

Ten Little Pirates
Ten little pirates stood in a row, (Hold up 10 fingers.)
They bowed to their heads to the captain so! (Lower and raise fingers.)
They marched to the left; (March hands to left.)
They marched to the right. (March hands to right.)
They shouted yo ho! (Cup hand by mouth.)
And gave their captain a fright. (Hands over heart.)
(ALL rhymes borrowed from Sunflower Storytime

Flannel Story: 

Pirate's Patch (tune: Mary Wore a Red Dress)
Pirate wore a RED patch, RED patch, RED patch
Pirate wore a RED patch all day long

(repeat with other colors until final verse:)

Pirate wore a BLACK patch, BLACK patch, BLACK patch
Pirate wore a BLACK patch all night long!

I found this great idea on Storytime Katie’s blog. 

Puppet Rhyme: 

The One-Eyed Pirate
The one-eyed pirate (cover one eye)
He’s fierce, and he’s tough (clench fists & scowl)
He digs for buried treasure (digging motion)
But it’s never enough. (shake head)
He lives on a ship (hold up flat hand, thumb out)
Way out on the sea. (rock hand in curvy motion, other hand under it)
His parrot is his only friend, perch hand on shoulder)
Except for me. (point to self)

I used clip art puppets for this rhyme.

Craft #1: Pirate finger puppets from

Craft #2: Pirate hats inspired by the ones here!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

baby & me: Time for Bed!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found Five Little Monkeys! What does a monkey say? 

Books We Read: 
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (with puppets!) - Christelowe
Beddy Bye, Baby- Katz

Flannel Story: Five Little Babies Asleep in Their Beds
We sang this to the tune 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall! I found this cute idea on a great site called Storytime All-stars.

5 little babies asleep in their beds,
5 little babies asleep!
Take one out, Rock her/him about!
4 little babies asleep in their beds.
(Repeat 4,3,2,1)

My "babies" are actually baby shower invitations that I laminated!

Monkey in a Barrel (by Folkmanis)

We sang:
Where Is Monkey? Peek a BOO!
Where Is Monkey? Peek a BOO!
Where Is Monkey? Peek a BOO!
Peek a BOO to Monkey!

It is a lovely 10 degrees outside today so I wasn’t expecting a big turnout, but we had a wonderful group of about 12 babies. It sounded like everyone needed to get out of the house for a little while after a week of frigid, snowy weather. A very fun program today; everyone loved the Five Little Monkeys book and my Monkey puppet. I also tried out a couple of new rhymes that I LOVE: Wake Up Feet and Oh I Wish I was a Little Bar of Soap from

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

preschool fun: Winter theme

Last month, I planned a snowman themed preschool program. Appropriately enough, we got a TON of snow that day and no one came to the library. So, I planned to use my snowman stuff this month instead. The day of our second snowman themed program finally arrives, along with MORE SNOW! Luckily, I did have one child attend. Next month’s preschool class will definitely have a different theme; the snowman one is just not working out for me this winter.

Books We Read:
Oh- Henkes
Snowmen at Night- Buehner
Little Wolf’s Song- Teckentrup
Brownie and Pearl See the Sights- Rylant
Snow Snow Snow- Harper

Most of these books worked great. I worried Little Wolf was a lot of text for our little attendee, but he seemed to enjoy it. Snow Snow Snow was just ok for me.

Flannel Story: There’s Something In the Snow (borrowed from the awesome blog: Storytime Katie)

There’s something in the snow,
What can it be?
There’s something in the snow
That I can't really see.
Hear its funny sound? 
A wolf is what I found!

(also: CAW CAW CAW! A cardinal…
GRR GRR GRR! A bear…

Craft: Snowman puppet on a stick

First, we trace a recycled CD onto a white piece of paper, cut it out & glue it to the CD.
We make a snowman face (with a pom pom nose), add a black hat and jumbo craft stick.
Then, cut a long strip of felt, fringe the ends and tie it around the stick. Add some glitter if you want. So cute!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

toddler time: house for a mouse

We had two toddler themes today: MICE and HOUSES.

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a little white mouse puppet.
We passed out mouse puppets to each child for our next rhyme:

Put your mice UP, put your mice DOWN
Hold your mice and turn around!
Put your mice UP, put your mice DOWN
Put your mice down on the ground!

We also did There's a Mouse on the Floor (see below for the words) and they LOVED it!

Books We Read:
Run Home Little Mouse- Teckentrup (this one is a winner, the kids loved it!)
Is This Maisy's House- Cousins
Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? - Walsh

Marvelous Mouse Songs & Rhymes:

The Quiet Mouse
Once their lived a quiet mouse (Hold up finger)
In a little quiet house (Cover finger with other hand)
When all was quiet as can be (Whisper this line)
OUT POPPED HE! (Shout the line then pull finger out of hand)

Boing, Boing, Squeak
Boing, boing, squeak
Boing, boing, squeak
A bouncing mouse is in my house
He’s been there for a week
He came from out of nowhere
He quickly settled in
I’m thankful that he came alone
I heard he had a twin
He bounces in the kitchen
He bounces in the den
He bounces in the living room
Look, there he goes again
The mouse just keeps on bouncing
Every minute of the day
He bounce, bounce, bounces
But he does not bounce away

There's a Mouse on the Floor
There’s a mouse on the floor, on the floor (2X)
Who could ask for any more than a mouse on the floor,
There’s a mouse on the floor, on the floor.
Oh, no! It's on my toe!

(There's a mouse on my toe …I think I better go I have a mouse on my toe)
(There's a mouse on my thigh...I think I'm going to cry)
(There's a mouse on my face...oh what a big disgrace)
(There's a mouse on my head...I'm filled with such dread)

BUT, it jumped off! There's a mouse on the floor...

Flannel Story: Whose House?

I laminated four clipart houses. There is velcro on the back so they can stick to the flannel board, as well as a small piece to attach to an animal. I hid one animal on the back of each house.

We say:
Here is a RED house
Where someone can hide.
Let's knock on the door 
And see who's inside!

at this point i made the animal sound and they all guess who lives there. We say hello and goodbye to the animal and move on to the next one.

Today, we found Dog, Rabbit, Snake & of course, Mouse.

This flannel board was inspired by a couple of amazing blog posts: Future Librarian Superhero and Rain Makes Applesauce. Someday I hope to make awesome houses like they did.

Puppet Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock

I made a clock from brown foam sheets and an old box. I decorated the inside of the box as well. We said this rhyme and I brought out one puppet for each verse. You can adjust the rhyme for whatever puppets you have around.

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one (adjust clock time)
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock
The owl looked at the clock
The clock struck two (adjust clock time)
And away she flew!
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock
The bunny hopped up the clock
The clock struck three (adjust clock time)
The bunny said wheee!
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock
The squirrel sat on the clock
The clock struck four (adjust clock time)
He ran out the door!
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock
The bee buzzed around the clock
The clock struck five (adjust clock time)
The bee flew to her hive
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse went IN the clock! (reveal inside of box)
Hickory Dickory Dock, put YOUR mouse inside the clock!

I wanted the kids to come up with their mouse puppets and place them in the clock but they seemed confused and only a few did. Oh well! Otherwise, this rhyme was wonderful!

There are lots of incredible flannel ideas for this rhyme; my clock was inspired by Miss Mary Liberry and Abby the Librarian.

Craft: Mouse in a House

I printed a mouse for each child on our color printer. I also drew a house  and printed copies on a half sheet so you can fold it in half and hide the mouse behind the door. So cute! If anyone would like a copy of my house, just drop me an email at and I'll send it to you.

We had about 17 kids today and everything went great! I reminded everyone about our new rule about eating and no one seemed upset at all. A wonderful program today!

Friday, January 17, 2014

baby & me: Cars!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a picture of a green car! A car goes VROOM!

Books We Read: 
Big and Little Things That Go- Bondor
Baby Goes Beep- O’Connell
Noodle Loves to Drive- Billet

Flannel Story: 
Green Car, Green Car, What Do You See?

We sang this to the tune Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, like Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
We had clip art pics (mostly from -- love them!): Red Bike, White Truck, Yellow Bus, Pink Plane and Blue Train.

This was AMAZING! We had everyone’s attention and most adults were singing along.

Roly Poly, the Hedgehog

Meet my new friend Roly Poly! I bring him out wrapped in a green scarf because he’s shy!

First we sing:
Where Is Hedgehog? (repeat)
Here I am! (repeat)
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you!
Come & Play! (repeat)

Then we do the fingerplay Roly Poly, a really fun action rhyme about opposites:

Roly poly, roly poly Up Up Up! Up Up Up!
Roly Roly Poly, roly roly poly! Down Down Down! Down Down Down!
Repeat with Out & In, Fast & Slow!

Some librarians on the Flannel Friday facebook page gave me this idea. Thanks guys!

We had a lot of babies today. Many new faces. Today was the first NO FOOD ALLOWED session. Although 6 signs on neon pink paper are posted on the walls, the parents were whipping out the snacks before I even started. So I had to explain no more food, as requested by my manager & the custodial staff. It was a ZILLION times better than last week, seriously!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

toddler time: Bedtime

Our toddler theme today was BEDTIME.

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found three animals: a green frog, a purple owl & an orange tiger

We passed out animal puppets to each child for our next rhyme:
Put your animals UP, put your animals DOWN
Hold your animals and turn around!
Put your animals UP, put your animals DOWN
Put your animals down on the ground

Books We Read:
Tuck Me In- Hacohen (great book, really held everyone’s attention)
Good Night- Pienkowski
Where Is Little Black Kitten- Miller

Flannel Story: 5 Cozy Blankets (I cannot remember where I found this cute felt story. Any help would be greatly appreciated so that I give proper credit to the author.)

Waiting for blankets...

5 cozy blankets in a pile on the floor
1 covered Rabbit, then there were 4

4 cozy blankets in a pile on the floor
1 covered Kitty, then there were 3

5 cozy blankets in a pile on the floor
1 covered Puppy, then there were 2

2 cozy blankets in a pile on the floor
1 covered Penguin, then there was 1

1 cozy blanket in a pile on the floor
1 covered Bear, then there was none!

All tucked in!

Puppet Song: Good Night by Laurie Berkner

I discovered this song on one of my most favorite blogs, Thrive After Three. Ms. Shaia uses this cute song with puppets and posted a great video with tons of info on her blog. After watching her video, I knew I had to try it! 

I decided to make cardstock puppets since I was missing two of the puppets mentioned in the song: the tiger and the little kid. I made little stick puppet versions for the kids to hold during the song. I also hid these small ones in the yellow box today.

I held up the larger, laminated puppets during the verses of the song & tucked them into “bed” (the top of a copy paper box with a towel folded up inside) and covered them up with blankets (always handy storytime scarves). We blew kisses to the puppets and waved to them. 

At the end, I put Dora in the bed & invited the kids to put their puppets in the bed with her. Ms. Shaia does this for each verse but it seemed simpler to me this way, plus it fills in some of the extra time at the end of the song. It worked out great & the kids LOVED it!

Craft: I found these adorable printable puppets to go with Tuck Me In. We colored them & taped them onto popsicle sticks. You can find them here.

It was very cold and icy today so we only had about 10 kids attending today. 

The books, flannel board and puppet song were so wonderful, this might be one of my favorite programs EVER!

Friday, January 10, 2014

baby & me: On the Farm

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a tiny stuffed pig. What does a pig say? OINK OINK! This pig squeaks!

Books We Read: 
Baby Says Moo- Macken (NO ONE paid me or this book any attention. Of course I was competing against something much more exciting: FOOD. New Rule effective immediately:  No more eating at Baby & Me)
Are You a Cow- Boynton (LOVE LOVE LOVE this book; it is perfect! If only it was available in a larger size, my life would be complete.)

Flannel Story: Hello Farm

I love this interactive farm themed flannel board! See my post here.

My Red Barn Puppet is always a hit! We sang Old MacDonald but there are so many great songs & rhymes to use.

8 babies attended our program today. Winter is hard, I can hardly blame the mothers for wanting to stay home in this bitter cold. Our group today was very nice though. I tried out some new rhymes & songs so that was fun! The food thing annoyed me because I can’t understand why a child can't just not eat for twenty minutes of this program. Plus its so messy and distracting for everyone. The moms complained about the 19 month old still attending, will have to NICELY speak to his mom next time.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

baby & me: All about Babies

Happy New Year! 

My first post for 2014:

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a picture of a baby. What is the baby doing? Hiding under a blanket!

Books We Read: 
Baby Parade- O’Connell (love this one, i try to get the babies to wave at the babies in the book)
Peek a Baby – Katz (fun lift the flap book)

Flannel Story: Ten Little Babies

I found this idea on Flannel Friday, its from one of my favorite blogs, Future Librarian Superhero. I couldn't create the cute felt babies that she made so I used baby photos from the internet instead. Everyone seemed to like it!

I placed the baby pics on the board one at a time & we counted up:

1 little, 2 little, 3 little babies;
4 little, 5 little, 6 little babies; 
7 little, 8 little, 9 little babies;
10 little babies go clap clap clap!

Then we counted back down as we removed the babies from the board:

10 little, 9 little, 8 little babies;
7 little, 6 little, 5 little babies; 
4 little, 3 little, 2 little babies;
1 little baby goes clap clap clap!

A nice sized group today (10 babies), especially considering the cold weather with snow on the way for later this afternoon. I was afraid no one would show up for Baby & Me today! Some moms said that they wanted to get out of the house before the bad weather arrived.

Trying to get back into the swing after the holidays is rough, I even forgot my drum this morning!!

Toddler Time for 1/3/14 was cancelled, our branch was closed that morning  due to snow. This winter has been brutally cold and quite snowy so far -- not good!