Friday, January 29, 2016

flannel friday: colorful dogs

A couple of weeks ago, I used one of my favorite books, Dog's Colorful Day, for a toddler program about colors. This flannel board is a twist on the ever adaptable "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?" rhyme. I could do a twist on this every week but I guess that might get kind of boring for the kids at some point.

I made several felt dogs using the pattern I found HERE and we sang to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

Brown dog, brown dog, what do you see?
I see a purple dog looking at me!

I saved the white dog with rainbow spots for last and pointed out how he kind of resembled the dog in today's story.

We counted up all of our dogs at the end together to finish. For more on my program, including a printable craft from, check out my post here.

thanks for reading!

toddler time: muffins for a moose

 Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found two muffins! Who likes to eat muffins?  Yum!

I think one is banana and the other looks like lemon poppy seed! They were printed from

I passed out paper muffins to everyone & we did our weekly rhyme.

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

check out my new mystery box! the old plastic yellow one has been officially retired.

Books We Read:
If You Give a Moose a Muffin - Numeroff

Movement Activity: My Little Moose (from HERE)
My little moose is funny and brown (do hands with antlers on your head)
He jumps quickly up! (jump up!)
And he flops back down! (flop down)
He bends to the left,
Then bends to the right (move side to side)
Then my funny little moose
Walks out of sight.

Flannel Board Story: Three Little Muffins

First I put three muffins on my board. We counted them then talked about what flavors they might be: strawberry, chocolate and blueberry!

Our rhyme for today is a variation of "5 Little Cookies at the Bakery Shop" all about muffins!

3 little muffins at the bakery shop
with fruit and honey and chocolate on the top.
Along comes a moose with a penny to pay
He picks out a muffin and takes it away!

Repeat for 2 and 1. Then...

No little muffins at the bakery shop
with fruit and honey and chocolate on the top.
But a moose came back with a penny to pay.
No more muffins for Moose today!

Moose Puppet Rhyme

This was a last minute addition to my storytime plans from Miss Mollie

The clipart was on Etsy and has a bunch of woodland animals.

First, I showed the kids the clock and we open it to find two animals inside: Mr Mouse and Mr Moose.

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down – WHEEEE!
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The MOOSE ran up the clock
The clock struck two
Hickory Dickory Dock

Craft: Moose Paper Bag Puppets

I adapted this moose from something I saw online. I printed the faces on tan paper and cut them out. I cut antlers from brown construction paper. The kids colored and glued.

We glued our muffins inside his mouth! So cute!

This was a long book, kind of hard for some of the kids to sit through. Not too many great real aloud moose books for very young children that I could find. I was interested in one on Amazon called Elusive Moose but my system didn't carry it and buying it myself was not appealing since I wasn't sure how much I would actually use it. 

I LOVED the craft and my flannel board was great. I wish I had a moose puppet or plush animal for the Hickory Dickory Dock rhyme but the paper ones worked fine in a pinch. Kind of a tough theme book-wise but we had fun. I will keep this program on hand for my new story/craft programs on Wednesdays or my preschool visits where the kids are slightly older.

A normal size group for the early session but just a few kids for the later one. The recent snowfall made our already limited parking extremely tough so I wasn't shocked. Hoping for warmer weather soon!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

toddler time: crazy about color

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a bunch of bean bags! What COLORS do we see?  

I passed out beanbags to everyone & we did our weekly rhyme.

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

Books We Read: 
Dog’s Colorful Day- Dodd
I Say, You Say: Colors- Carpenter
Zoom: A Fast Paced Book of Colors- My Little World 

Flannel Board: Colorful Dogs 

We sang:
Brown Dog, Brown Dog, what do you see?
I see a pink dog looking at me!

I put each dog on the felt board one at a time until all six were there and we counted them together.

This is the photo that inspired my felt dogs. 

Image of Felt Puppy Sewing Kit

There is even a template so they were very easy and fun to create. Click here to check it out.

Craft: Colorful Dogs on paper plates has lots of art activities to go with Dog's Colorful Day. You can find them here. I used the super cute paper plate project idea and here is the link for the printable. We glued our pictures to small paper plates and attached a ribbon for hanging. SUPER easy!!

Two nice groups today of around 16 kids each. I loved my flannel song & it was fun to break out the bean bags. Although Dog's Colorful Day is a little bit long for my kids, it really held their attention and I tried to make it interactive and fun for them. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

toddler time: all about Olaf

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a snowman named Olaf! 

I passed out paper Olafs to everyone & we did our weekly rhyme.

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

Books We Read: 
An Amazing Snowman- Hicks
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman- Burton (first we sang The Itsy Bitsy Spider together!)

Flannel Board Story: 5 Little Olafs 

I love this super easy song. See my Flannel Friday post here.
This time, when we sang about the sun, I held up my sun prop. I also shook bells right before I sang "melted away" for each verse.

Craft: Shaving Cream Snow Man Faces

This is one of my favorite crafts so it's one of the few that I repeat every year! See my previous post here.

We also colored our cardstock Olafs and taped them to popsicle sticks to make puppets.

We had about 15 kids or so for each session. Olaf is extremely popular so this was a great theme for the kids. One mom told me that her daughter “ loves Olaf and you did the Banana song so it’s a great day!” A father commented on how creative my craft projects are, better than the local YMCA! I really love using common, everyday kitchen supplies like paper plates, lunch bags, etc. in my crafts because they are super accessible and economical too! A fun day.