Saturday, October 18, 2014

toddler time: fall is here again!

One quick note: one little librarian has reached a major milestone today!


YAAAYYY! Looking back, I never really thought I'd have this many posts but I've found that blogging really helps me keep track of my programming ideas. And it's fun too! Thanks for reading.

Time to get back to business!

Our themes for Toddler Time today were LEAVES and AUTUMN.

Mystery Box: When we opened the yellow box, we found a bunch of leaves. What color are our leaves today? Red & gold!

We passed out leaves to the kids and sang this song from Storytime ABCs.

The Leaves on the Tree (tune: "The Wheels on the Bus")
The leaves on the trees are red and gold.
Red and gold 
Red and gold.
The leaves on the trees are red and gold,
All around the town.

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down.
Tumbling down. 
Tumbling down.
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
All around the town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish.
Swish, swish, swish.
Swish, swish, swish.
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish.
All around the town.

Books We Read:
Welcome Fall- Ackerman (Little Scholastic series)
The Busy Little Squirrel- Tafuri
That Pup- George

Flannel Story: Looking for Acorns

This is kind of a fall version of Little Mouse, Little Mouse starring my Baby Squirrel puppet!

Baby Squirrel needs some acorns, let's see if we can find them!

Baby Squirrel, Baby Squirrel, don’t you fear!
Maybe your acorn is under HERE!

We look under the different colored felt leaves to find a pumpkin, a spider and 3 acorns. The kids really loved finding all sorts of things under the felt leaves today. Baby Squirrel really kept their attention!

Puppet Song:

We sang "Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel" with my Folkmanis puppet today (larger squirrel pictured above); it was perfect for today's theme!

Craft: Leaf Decorating

I have a bunch of construction paper leaves left over from one of last year’s bulletin boards so I decided to recycle them for this craft. Each child gets a leaf to color and decorate with wiggle eyes & tissue paper. Then, we tape a ribbon on so it can be hung up at home. So fun & easy!

We had a nice sized group today with about 17 kids! Not too crazy which is really nice. I loved today's flannel story & the craft was great too!

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