Friday, March 18, 2016

toddler time: catch a rainbow!

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a RAINBOW! 

Well, obviously, not a real one but sort of! 
I tied a bunch of scarves together to make one really long rainbow of all different colors. I handed one end to a parent and extended the scarf one color at a time: RED - ORANGE - YELLOW - GREEN - BLUE and PURPLE!

I handed out scarves to all the children.

We said:
Hold your scarf up high
Hold it down low 
Hold your scarf and turn around!

Hold your scarf up high
Hold it down low 
Put your scarf on the ground.


One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Wiggle it high
Wiggle it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow
Put it behind your back
Where did it go???

Finally, I told the kids we were making a rainbow in the sky so count to three and throw your scarf in the air:

1, 2, 3!

The first session, I let the kids keep their scarves for the rest of the program. A few kept tossing them up in the air for the rest of the class, slightly distracting.
The second session, I collected the scarves at this point even though I was afraid someone might cry. A couple tried to pull them off my table for a while. Persistent!

Books We Read: 
Duckie’s Rainbow- Barry

Flannel Board: Rainbow Stew

I love this flannel board, so fun to do! See this previous post for more info. The kids in the second session were completely silent which rarely happens!

I think mine is from Amazon but it looks like this one.

Parachute Songs: From Storytime All Stars

I have a small parachute that I sometimes use for Baby & Me. I told the kids that I had something in my basket with lots of colors on it and pulled it out for a few minutes. They were not used to holding it but the parents helped. The first session went great; in the second session, one boy got super excited/noisy but nothing terrible, then we moved on to the craft and playtime. Most kids and adults really liked it!

Red and yellow, green and blue 
These are the colors over you
Red as a flower, green as a tree, 
yellow as the sun, and blue as the sea
Red and yellow, green and blue 
These are the colors over you.
(To the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle”)

The parachute goes up
the parachute goes down 
the parachute goes up and up 
and then it goes back down
(Sing this a couple of times faster and slower to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”) 

If You’re Happy and You Know It, shake it fast!
(repeat with shake it slow and lift it high)

Craft: Rainbow Bears

I found this adorable template on Kindergarten Rocks

I resized everything to save paper/cardstock. I printed heads yellow, bodies red, etc. Luckily, a page cut everything out for me so all the kids had to do was color them and attach with stick glue. They came out AMAZING!! Plus, there is so much you can talk about with this bear: what color is his face? what color is his belly? how many arms does he have, etc.

Two great sessions today! The first one was slightly smaller. My favorite parts were the flannel board and the craft. Only got thru one book though. Still a great day!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

baby & me: what is GREEN?

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found another box!  What color is this one? GREEN! What’s in the green box? A crayon, a ball, a turtle and a pear: all the items are GREEN!

This box was purchased at Lakeshore Learning in a set of four and it's pretty cool!

Books We Read:
Hoppity Frog- Parrish (love these Slide and Seek books!)
What Is Green? - a homemade book by me! I just copied and pasted clipart of all kinds of green things and we read it together. Worked great!!

What is green? Animals, vegetables, fruits, trees, & even the Statue of Liberty is green!

Flannel Story: Green Shamrock Song

So simple, yet effective and perfect for St Paddy's Day!

Sing: Oh where oh where can my green shamrock be? 
Oh where oh where can it be?

I put a red shamrock on the board & asked, "Is this shamrock green? ...No, this is red."

Repeat with each shamrock until you get to the green one, of course! Then we counted all of our shamrocks 1,2,3,4.

This was a last minute theme that I chose this morning on my way to work! I hate to miss a holiday!! so I focused on the color green. When I held up my homemade book to read to our group, I joked that obviously this book was written by me so it's going to be amazing! It was fun! 

We had a HUGE group today with like 25 adults at least so it was packed and hot. Time to turn on the air conditioner, I think! A nice class. One grandparent told me afterwards that I was amazing and she seemed to really love the class. A dad told me that my voice was perfect for this work, which made me laugh because I'm not exactly American Idol material but the babies don't care one bit!

Friday, March 4, 2016

toddler time: animal tails

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a monkey! Does a monkey have eyes? Does a monkey have ears? Does a monkey have a TAIL?

Monkey has some friends here today.Who else has a tail? 
Does Bunny? What color is his tail?
How about Squirrel? 
And Fish? 
And Mouse? 
Where is Froggy's tail?

I let all the kids who wanted to come up front and touch the puppet tails. It was really fun!!

Books We Read: 
Funny Tails- Slegers (really kept their attention!)
Tails Chasing Tails- Porter (fun, we did the animal noises on most pages)
Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails- Tafuri
Who Has This Tail?- Hulbert

Flannel Board: Bunny Tail Matching

I told the kids that I had some bunnies to show them and we put them up on the felt board.

Oh no, what are our bunnies missing???? Where are their tails????

I have some tails, let's match them up with the right bunny rabbit.

I held up a pom pom with a velcro dot, one at a time. We named the color and matched it to the rabbit of the same color. It was super fun! then we counted all our bunnies 1 to 8.

I found this idea HERE. And also HERE, with instructions and a free printable!

Craft: Monkeys with pipe cleaner tails

I printed these tail-less monkeys on cardstock & our staff pre-cut them for me. The kids colored and taped a long pipe cleaner tail on it. Also, added a popsicle stick to make a monkey puppet.

This was a very fun theme. I loved our tail discussion and the Slegers book. The bunny tail matching was great. 

Things I Learned:
1. I do not need a hand out item for every theme; it was fine!
2. I do not need a big song or rhyme for every theme; talking is fine too!

I was afraid this craft might be lame but everyone loved it!! a wonderful day, two small-ish groups of about 12 kids each (some snow arrived this morning. i'm ready for spring!)

baby & me: hello, I must be going!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a mouse!  What does a mouse say?

Puppet Rhyme: Say Hello

Clap with Mouse and say hello, say hello, say hello
Clap with Mouse and say hello
No matter what the weather!

Mouse has some friends here today that want to sing, too!
Repeat with: Wave with Frog and Wiggle with Monkey

Books We Read: 
Hello Animals- Presadam (cute!!!)
Bye Bye Mommy- Scholastic (fun with a good ending)
Hi- Long

Flannel Song: See You Later, Alligator!
from Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends 
(tune: Clementine or Happy Birthday)

See you later, Alligator (wave)
Time to go, Buffalo
Here's a hug, Ladybug (hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, Jellyfish (kiss)
See you soon, cute Raccoon
Out the door, Dinosaur
Take care, Polar Bear
Wave goodbye, Butterfly (wave)

Nice class today with MUCH fewer people than last week. It's cold again here! Great theme and I loved my puppet song. About 14 babies today.