Tuesday, November 24, 2015

turkey day 2015

this afternoon, kids at my library will be making this adorable clothespin turkey as a drop in craft. Just color, cut and assemble! The legs are glued to two clothespins to make him stand up. so easy (and inexpensive too!)



I found this awesome template at Spring Time Treats. They also offer another version with blank feathers so you can write what you are thankful for.

This year, I am grateful for so many things!! For printable crafts like Mr. Turkey here, as well as my awesome family (cats included even tho they drive me crazy), my great job & wonderful co-workers, and my adorable new home. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

time for turkeys

this week, I've been recycling my favorite Thanksgiving books, flannel boards and songs from previous years. 

i figure why reinvent the wheel every year? plus, I really like the stuff I've used in the past.

Here is our craft for today's Toddler Time and I love it!



I cut small paper plates into halves for the kids to decorate with crayon and feathers. We also pre-cut the turkey bodies to be glued onto the paper plate part. Finally, tape on some pipe cleaner legs and you have a really cute turkey! 


Friday, November 13, 2015

toddler time: going hungry

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a very special storytime guest: the Very Hungry Caterpillar! 


I LOVE this puppet!
Many of the kids yelled unexpected things when I opened the yellow box & revealed the caterpillar puppet, like an apple (red kinda makes sense) and a bunny (antennas?)


We sang:

I’m the hungry caterpillar just for you (munch munch)
I’m the hungry caterpillar just for you (munch munch)
I ate too much food, now I have to build a cocoon
I’m the hungry caterpillar just for you (munch munch)
(tune: If You’re Happy…)

This caterpillar is very hungry for food today. Would you like a piece of caterpillar food to hold?





I passed out paper food to all the kids & we did our weekly rhyme.

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

Later in the program, I asked all the kids to bring their foods up & place them in the basket so out caterpillar could eat them later.








Books We Read: 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Carle (read 1st)
Who’s Hungry- Hacochen (so cute!! 1st session only)







Puppet/Flannel Board Story: Fruits are Very Good for Me

Fruits are Very Good for Me, Ee i ee i oh!
And so I eat them happily, Ee i ee i oh!
With a pear here and a pear there
Here a pear, there a pear, everywhere a pear
Fruits are Very Good for Me, Ee i ee i oh!
(Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

Repeated with other fruits!








Craft: Paper Loop Caterpillars

I found this terrific craft idea here.

Take three strips of green paper and tape each one end to end, to make three green circles or loops. 

Next, color a caterpillar face. 

Then, just tape the three loops together and attach the caterpillar head. So easy!


close up view



So the first session was on the small side with about 14 kids. 

Everything went great except I totally forgot the tune for my first caterpillar song -- ugh, so embarrassing. 

The second session was mobbed, some adults talking but not as bad as last week. I think I need a wireless mic. 

This craft was so cute, probably my favorite part of the program! 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

baby & me: crazy for cats

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found three little kittens!  A kitten says MEOW!





Books We Read: 
Hello Kitty New York- (LOVED this one! we waved at each page)
Kitty’s Cuddles- Cabrera (so bright and colorful, this really held their attention today and all the adults loved the sweet ending)







Flannel Story: 10 Little Kitties


I just love this adorable kitty cat clipart that I found on Etsy last week and it was purr-fect for my flannel board song.  

We sang: 
1 little 2 little 3 little kitties
4 little, 5 little 6 little kitties
7 little 8 little 9 little kitties
10 little kitties say MEOW

9 little 8 little 7 little kitties
6 little 5 little 4 little kitties
3 little 2 little 1 little kitty
No little kitties today!







Puppet Rhyme: Peekaboo to Kitty

I wrapped my cat puppet up in a purple scarf so she could play peekaboo with us. Trying to alternate peekaboo with a puppet or myself every week now.

Where is Kitty? Peeka BOO!
Where is Kitty? Peeka BOO!
Where is Kitty? Peeka BOO!
Peekaboo to Kitty


About 17 babies and caregivers attending on a gray and rainy Thursday. We even had a few new faces! Great theme and a fun morning.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

toddler time: into the woods

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found autumn leaves! Where do leaves come from? The TREES!




I passed out paper leaves to all the kids & we did our weekly rhyme.

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


We also sang:

Leaves are twirling, leaves are twirling,
All around, all around!
falling very softly, very very softly
To the ground, to the ground
(tune: Frere Jacques)






Books We Read:
Hoot Hoot - Braun 
In a Dark Dark Wood- a "home made book" based on the amazing idea found HERE.









Puppet Story: 2 Little Hedgehogs

2 little hedgehogs sitting on a wall
One named BIG, the other named small
Run away BIG, run away small
Come back BIG, come back small







Felt Story: The Animals in the Woods (tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The animals in the woods sleep & play,
Sleep & play, sleep & play
The animals in the woods sleep & play,
All night & day

Other possible verses:
The owl in the woods says Hooo Hooo Hooo…all night long.
The squirrel in the woods digs for acorns…all day long.
The bear in the woods says grr grr grr…all day long
The deer in the woods eats some grass…all day long
The raccoon in the woods wears a mask…all day long
The fox in the woods swishes his tail…all day long
The hedgehog in the woods takes a nap…all day long

The animals in the woods sleep & play,
Sleep & play, sleep & play
The animals in the woods sleep & play,
All night & day






Craft: Forest animal puppets on popsicle sticks. 

I bought these digital stamps on Etsy, printed on white cardstock and cut them out. Needed an easy craft this week!

Both sessions were on the chatty (and dare I say, a little bit grumpy?) side this week. Although we read only one book and our flannel board & puppet songs were great, I could not keep everyone's attention, even after I stopped several times & asked for quiet. Just one of those weeks, I guess. 

I was so excited about my DIY book, but I decided to save it for upcoming preschool visits instead. Hoping things are better next week!