Saturday, April 30, 2016

toddler time: elephant parade

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found an ELEPHANT! What does an elephant have? A big long nose called a trunk!




Excellent Elephant Songs:

An elephant goes like this and that (walk feet in front of you)
He's terribly wide (Use arms out at side)
And terribly fat (same)
He has two fingers (wiggle indexes)
He had two toes (wiggle feet)
BUT, goodness gracious 
WHAT A NOSE!!!! (pull on pretend trunk in front of nose)


The Elephants Are Here! (tune: “The Farmer in the Dell)
The elephants are here! 
The elephants are here!
Look at all the elephants! 
The elephants are here!

They’re exercising now. (March in place)
They’re exercising now.
Look at all the elephants!
They’re exercising now.

They’re jumping up and down!
They’re jumping up and down!
Look at all the elephants!
They’re jumping up and down!

They’re reaching to the sky...
They’re waving to their friends...
They’re very sleepy now…ZZZZZZZ (snoring)



Books We Read: 
Hide and Seek Elmer- McKee (we made animal noises etc for this one)
I Dream of an Elephant- Rubinger (great for colors)



Flannel Board: Elephant Parade Matching Game




How many elephants are marching in our parade today? 
1 2 3 4 5!

Did you ever see an elephant, an elephant, an elephant
Did you ever see an elephant carrying balloons?

Is this one carrying balloons? Is this one?

Did you ever see an elephant, an elephant, an elephant
Did you ever see an elephant with a peanut in his trunk?

Hmm, is this one carrying a peanut? Is this one?

Did you ever see an elephant, an elephant, an elephant
Did you ever see an elephant with a polkadot umbrella?

Did you ever see an elephant, an elephant, an elephant
Did you ever see an elephant play catch with a ball?

Did you ever see an elephant, an elephant, an elephant
Did you ever see an elephant bringing flowers to a friend?



Craft: Elephant puppets




I cut construction paper elephants for the kids to color. I passed out sticky wiggly eyes and patterned paper elephant ears to glue on. We taped on popsicle sticks to make very colorful puppets!

Both sessions mobbed today, really difficult at times to get parents to quiet down. I liked my flannel board matching game and the craft a lot. The books were great choices also, so a very good day!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

baby & me: catch the wind




Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a sparkly pinwheel! We blew on the pinwheel to make it spin. WIND would also make our pinwheel spin around.


Books We Read: 
Wind- Thompson




Homemade Book: Five Little Kites

I wanted to use this rhyme but we already had a flannel board and a prop song, so I printed clipart on my color printer instead!

page 1


Five little kites flying high in the sky (hold book up high)
Said, "Hi!" to the clouds as they passed by --
(“Hi Clouds!”),

page 2


Said, "Hi!" to the birds --
(“hello birds!”)

page 3 (etc.!)


Said "Hi!" to the sun --
(“Hi, Sun!”),

Said, "Hi!" to an airplane
(“Hello Airplane!”)
--oh what fun!

Then whoosh went the wind,
And they all took a dive (go back to page 1 and lower book fast like its sinking)
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5! (point to each kite as you count)


Flannel Story: 10 Little Pinwheels

I printed these pretty pinwheels off of Etsy. So colorful!



1 little 2 little 3 little pinwheels
4 little 5 little 6 little pinwheels
7 little 8 little 9 little pinwheels
10 little pinwheels out today!

Then we counted down and took all the pinwheels down.
9 little, 8 little….
No little pinwheels out today!


Prop Song: I'm a Little Kite

I have an old kite craft made from an OTC kit long ago. You can see it in one of the photos above. I clipped it to a popsicle stick and wrote a little song for it:

(tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little kite
Just look at me!
I’m as colorful as can be.
I need wind to help me fly.
Look for me up in the sky!

Not bad, right? LOLOL!!!!

School is out so we had a nice manageable group of twelve kids. A couple were older siblings who sat with the little ones and did the songs and rhymes with them; it was amazing to watch. A fun morning and I enjoyed this theme a lot!


Friday, April 22, 2016

toddler time: wonderful weather

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found an umbrella! How many raindrops are under our umbrella? 1-2-3-4!

I pulled out my other weather puppets and we sang:




Song: What's the Weather? (tune: Clementine)

What's the weather, what's the weather, what's the weather out today?
Is it windy?
Is it snowy?
Is it sunny out today?

What's the weather, what's the weather, what's the weather out today?
Is it cloudy?
Is it rainy?
What's the weather out today?

I passed out blue paper raindrops to everyone for our rhyme:

Hold your raindrop up high
hold your raindrop down low
hold your raindrop and turn around.
Hold your raindrop up high
hold your raindrop down low
put your raindrop on the ground.





Books We Read: 
Maisy's Wonderful Weather Day- Cousins (great!)
Kipper's Rainy Day- Inkpen (cute!)
One Rainy Day- Salzano (no time today!)



Flannel Board: Five Umbrellas




I based this one on the rhyme I found here. I printed all of the clipart from mycutegraphics.com. I printed on both sides so that I could flip them over during the story.

Five umbrellas waiting for rain to pour,
One was picked by Penguin, and now there are four.

Four umbrellas, saying pick me, pick me!
One was taken by Owl, and now there are three.

Three umbrellas, wondering what to do,
One was chosen by Bunnies, and now there are two.

Two umbrellas waiting for some fun,
One was picked by Alligator and now there is one.

One little umbrella, the rain is all done,
He went home with a cute little girl and now there are none.






Craft: Weather Wheels (from Storytime Katie)




This was a fun craft, pretty easy to prep too. Just passed out foam snowflakes and cotton balls for snow and clouds. I pre-printed and cut clipart umbrellas and suns for the kids to color. 

They glued everything on and then I passed out clothespins with the words "What's the weather?" Parents seemed to really like this! 

One tip: the hardest part for me was drawing lines on the plates to make the wedges or quarters -- I could not get them even for some reason. I finally cut a plate in half and used that to draw my lines which was much easier than using a ruler for me.

Kind of crazy today, lots of kids both sessions. Very loud in the room. May try using a headset microphone soon, tired of shushing everyone. Flannel board was kind of meh. Maybe I should have used puppets?  The craft and Maisy book were fun, as well as my weather song.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

baby & me: spring has sprung!

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a pretty pink flower!




Books We Read: 
Baby Loves Spring- Katz
In My Nest- Gillingham (skipped it today, just too small for this many people)


Flannel Story: Who Is Hiding?



There is a nice text to go with this flannel set but it was too crowded and noisy to say most of it!

Who is hiding in the tree? 
A bird! What does a bird say?

Who is under the green leaf? 
A ladybug! Hi Ladybug!

Is someone hiding under this bush? 
A bunny rabbit!

Who is hiding in the grass? 
A sparkly snail! Hello Snail!

Is someone under this pink flower?
It's butterfly!!

Who is hiding behind this seaweed? 
A cute little fishy!




Puppet Song: Baby Bird Song


Image result for folkmanis baby bird
by Folkmanis

I got these new bird puppets and they squeak or chirp when you squeeze them so they were perfect for this song. I've used this with 3 birds on a felt board also. 

Two little birds were taking a rest
Way up high in the baby bird nest.
One little bird said I'd like to fly
So he flapped his wings
(flap, flap, flap)
And he started to sing
(chirp, chirp, chirp)
And away he flew off into the sky!

One little bird were taking a rest
Way up high in the baby bird nest.
One little bird said I'd like to fly
So he flapped his wings
(flap, flap, flap)
And he started to sing
(chirp, chirp, chirp)
And away he flew off into the sky!



We had sooooo many people today! It was hard to hear at times and I was trying my best to be loud. I have a bunch of babies who really need to move on to the toddler group. Everyone is really well behaved so its basically the lack of space that's the problem. Will have to do something soon because it's just not fair to the real babies. Sigh...


Friday, April 15, 2016

toddler time: everyone loves Elmo!

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found ELMO! What color is Elmo?



Books We Read: 
Elmo's Little Golden Book Favorites - We read two of the stories in this book- The Monsters on the Bus (sung with scarves) and My Name is Elmo


Color Game: 



I showed the kids some different objects – a bird, a turtle, a ball, a banana, etc. I asked them "Is this red like Elmo?" and we put all the red items in Elmo's red box.



Flannel Board: Hide and Seek with Elmo




I put four houses on the flannel board with a Sesame Street character hidden behind each one. We said, "Elmo is playing hide and seek. Elmo, are you in the yellow house? Let's take a peek!"







Puppet Song:

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We didn't have enough time today but I have five monster finger puppets for Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed. Good to have options!




Craft: Elmo paper bag puppets 



So easy! I printed (2 per page) Elmo faces on white paper for the kids to color and glue to a paper bag to make a puppet. 

Two groups today with about 18 kids each and things went really well! The kids really liked a program about one of their favorite characters.







Thursday, April 14, 2016

baby & me: baby blue


Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a BLUE butterfly and a blue scarf!





Puppet Song: 

Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the deep blue sky
Floating by for all to see,
Floating by so merrily.
Flutter, flutter, butterfly,
Floating in the deep blue sky.


Books We Read: 
What Is Blue- Scholastic Rookie Toddler
Hi Blueberry- Saltzberg
More Blueberries- Musgrave

Flannel Story: 2 Little Bluebirds





2 little bluebirds sitting on a hill
1 named Jack, 1 named Jill
Fly away Jack, Fly away Jill
Come back Jack, Come back Jill
2 little blue birds sitting on a hill
1 named Jack, 1 named Jill

Great group today, about 18 babies. I totally blanked on the words to my puppet song but just made them up as I went along! No one seemed to notice. I'm noticing that many of my babies are around 19 months old right now, hoping many will transition to the Toddler program on Fridays soon!

Friday, April 8, 2016

toddler time: stop & go traffic

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a traffic light! I printed this cute clip art one from the internet.






We talked about the colors and sang this song:

Twinkle, twinkle traffic light
On the corner shining bright
Red means STOP
Green means GO
Yellow means slow down, you know
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light
On the corner shining bright

We also found a car in the Mystery Box. What color is it? I passed out cardstock cars to everyone and we did our usual rhyme:

Hold your car up high
Hold your car down low
Hold your car and turn around
Hold your car up high
Hold it down low
Put your car on the ground.

Then we sang:
I’m driving in my car
I’m driving in my car
Beep beep, toot toot
I’m driving in my car




Books We Read: 




Red Light Green Light- Suen (I love to sing this book to the Twinkle Twinkle tune.)
Maisy Drives the Bus- Cousins (we waved & said hello to all the bus passengers so it was super fun)


Flannel Board: Crazy Traffic Light




See the Flannel Friday post here. We did the first half only. I like the interactive/movement part the best. Maybe better for preschoolers than toddlers? Some of my toddlers are practically preschoolers by now, LOL!


Craft: Traffic Lights 




We made Storytime Katie’s traffic lights but not a necklace, just to hang up. The kids also colored their card stock cars while I passed out craft materials.

This was a fun theme and kids seemed engaged. My favorite part was surprising: the Maisy book! And the craft was fun and colorful and used shapes which was nice. Tons of kids in the first session, a decent sized group for the second one, too. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

baby & me: rain or shine

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a pretty umbrella!




Books We Read: 




Rain Rain Go Away – Church
Rain- Thompson


Flannel Story: 10 Little Raindrops





I found these cute clip art raindrops on Etsy. We put them up on the felt board one at a time and all the parents sang along. I use variations of this song once a month or so and everyone knows it.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little raindrops
4 little, 5 little, 6 little raindrops
7 little, 8 little, 9 little raindrops
10 little raindrops falling down.

Oh boy, the rain is stopping now!

9 little, 8 little, 7 little raindrops
6 little, 5 little, 4 little raindrops
3 little, 2 little, 1 little raindrop
No little raindrops falling down.

Flannel Glove Puppet: 5 Little Raindrops




Five little raindrops (hold up five fingers)
Dancing on the walk (dance hand up and down)
Pitter patter, pitter patter, that’s the way they talk. (pat hands on legs)
Out comes the yellow sun, shining in the sky (show sun puppet)
And away goes one raindrop (hold up one finger)
Bye, bye, bye! (wave goodbye)

Rain Songs:

Little Raindrops Falling Down
from Jbrary -- LOVE them!

(Tune: London Bridge")
Little raindrops falling down, 
falling down, falling down
Little raindrops falling down, 
falling to the ground

Bigger raindrops - clap
Giant raindrops - stomp


Rain on the Grass (with Scarves)
also from Jbrary!

Rain on the grass (shake on floor), 
rain on the trees (shake high), 
rain on the roof (hold above head) 
but not on me (drop)

Repeat with snow, sun and leaves instead of rain.

We also finished the program with You Are My Sunshine instead of Twinkle Twinkle to go with our weather theme.



Puppet Song: One Red Rain Boot




I printed some clip art rubber boots then attached them to popsicle sticks. I sing a Mitten version of this one during the winter months that I love, so I thought we needed one for spring too.

1 red rain boot, what’ll I do?
1 red rain boot, what’ll I do?
1 red rain boot, what’ll I do?
I’ll find the other one, now there’s 2!
YAY! (wave both boots in the air)

We repeated with YELLOW and STRIPED.

This was a fun class with about 20 babies attending. The books were just ok but I loved my songs, flannel board and puppet song.




Friday, April 1, 2016

toddler time: here is a bunny

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a black hat! What do we do with a hat? We put it on our heads, right? 

Oh wait, there is something inside this hat, what could it be? Oh no! there’s a BUNNY in here?!!! What color is our bunny rabbit?


It was a tough decision but I opted for the Bunny in a Hat puppet today.
Gray Bunny was used later for the flannel board.


This bunny has a song, it goes like this:

Here is a bunny
With ears so funny
And here is his magical hat.
When a noise he hears
He pricks up his ears 
And he jumps in his magical hat.

Always a hit with the little ones! Then I passed out white paper bunnies to everybody and we did:

Hop your bunny up high
Hop him down low
Hop your bunny side to side
Hop him all around
Hop him on your shoulder
Hop him on your head
Hop him on your belly
And put your bunny to bed. 

Good night bunnies! 








Books We Read: 
The Bunny Rabbit Show- Boynton (I sang it to a girl scout song called “There’s Something in my Pocket” and pulled out bunny ears for the ending but no one was interested at all. Well, maybe a few kids but not many. Very sad.
I Love My Bunny – Church (no interest either??!!!!!)






Flannel Board: Five Little Bunnies from Ram Sam Storytime)

I found this idea yesterday and thought it was perfect for today. I had 5 felt bunnies all ready ready to go and a cute bunny puppet to fill in as Mama Bunny. This is a variation on Five Little Ducks that I Once Knew.


Once there were five bunnies living in a tree stump with their Mama.

Five little bunnies one spring day
went to a carrot patch far away
Mama Bunny called thump thump thump thump (stomp foot)
but only 4 came back to the stump.

See the link above for the rest of the song and a happy ending for our bunny family. So cute! I shortened it to 3 bunnies for the second session but still had little interest from either group. Sigh...

Bunny Song:

We usually end with "If You're Happy and You Know It" but switched it up a little today.

If you're hoppy and you know it give a hop!
If you're hoppy and you know it give a hop!
If you're hoppy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're hoppy and you know it give a hop!

(repeat with Wiggle Your Ears and Shake Your Tail)






Craft: Pompom Bunnies

I printed bunnies on cardstock and pre-cut them so kids could just color. We used glue dots – best invention ever! - to attach a cute pompom tail. So easy! kids seemed to really like playing with the pompoms.


We had two small-ish sessions today with about 12 or so kids each. I was so excited for this theme but it was close to impossible to keep anyone's attention. Just nothing worked. maybe everyone is all bunnied out since Easter is over?!!! I missed last week for a family function so i had to push back. 

I tried to focus on the few that were listening to me. One little boy in the early session refuses to look at me at all each week but settles down by the very end of the craft. One adult popped open the crayon box for her toddler in the middle of my program and skipped the whole rest of the class. It distracts everyone else and really bugs me. Not a great day for some reason. maybe next week will be better. 

(And probably no more crayon boxes on the table until craft time for a while. she may think she is smart but i am smarter.)

baby and me: bouncing babies

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found three BABIES! Let’s count them together.




Books We Read: 
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button- Katz (love it – so bright and colorful!)






Flannel Story: Three Little Babies Bouncing in the Crib

I found this idea on Flannel Friday, see the post HERE.

3 little babies bouncing in the crib
One fell out and lost his/her bib!
Mama called Daddy and Daddy said
No more babies bouncing in the crib. 

Super fun!

Another huge turnout today but things went really well. Battling some early seasonal allergies this week so my voice was kind of weak but got thru the program ok!

baby & me: baby cakes

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a cupcake!  Who likes cupcakes???

I sang this to the tune of I'm a Little Teapot:

I’m a little cupcake short & sweet
Very tasty and fun to eat
If you like frosting with all your might
Pick me up & take a bite!





Books We Read: 
You Are My Little Cupcake- Wan (just ok for me)
Baby Cakes- Wilson
Pat-a-Cake-Barrett







Flannel Story: Where is Cupcake??

Hide a small cupcake under a felt shape and sing to the tune of Frere Jacques. My cupcake is a foamie one that I gave a face of wiggly eyes and a smile. He has a velcro dot on the back to make him stick to the flannel board.

Where is cupcake? Where is cupcake?
Here I am, here I am
Hiding under blue square, hiding under blue square
Look and see, look and see.

Baby & Me class has just exploded this month with 25 infants this week. I liked this cute theme but would choose a different book next time. This one is too small for a very large group and not as interactive as I would have liked.