Friday, October 28, 2016

toddler time: the pumpkins are here!

I felt like today's costume was perfect for my theme LOLOL!




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





Puppet Song #1:
Does our pumpkin look happy? Yes, he does!

If you’re happy & you know it clap your hands….

How about this pumpkin, does he look happy….or grumpy?

If you’re grumpy & you know it, stomp your feet…

How does this pumpkin look?

Repeat for sad (rub your eyes!), surprised (say “Oh my!”) and silly (wiggle around)

Passed out orange paper pumpkins to everyone for:




The Pumpkins Are Here Song
The pumpkins are here, the pumpkins are there
The pumpkins, the pumpkins are everywhere!

The pumpkins are up, the pumpkins are down

The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all around!

The pumpkins are low, the pumpkins are high

The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all say goodbye!






Books We Read: 
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin- Hill
Boo- Tiger Tales



Flannel Board:  Hide and Seek Pumpkin




My friend Little Pumpkin is playing hide and seek! Let’s find him!

Hey Little Pumpkin, playing hide and seek!
Are you hiding in the green barn? Let’s take a peek!

It’s an owl. What does an owl say?

Let’s look in the purple barn!

Hey Little Pumpkin, playing hide and seek!
Are you hiding in the purple barn? Let’s take a peek!

It’s a cat! What does a cat say?

Hey Little Pumpkin, playing hide and seek!
Are you hiding in the orange barn? Let’s take a peek!

There is Little Pumpkin!







Puppet Song #2: Old MacDonald had a Spooky Farm

I made a spooky purple barn using an old tissue box! The door opens so I can push a puppet out. These puppets were purchased from OTC to hand out to all the kids as they left our classes today.




Old MacDonald had a spooky farm
Ee i ee i BOO!
And on that farm he had a spider!!
Ee i ee i BOO!
With a creep creep here and a creep creep there
Here a creep, there a creep, everywhere a creep creep
Old MacDonald had a spooky farm
Ee i ee i BOO

Repeat with Bat/flap and cat/meow




Image result for thumbprint pumpkin OTC
purchased from OTC on sale earlier this fall

Craft #1: Thumbprint Pumpkin Patch craft from OTC

I pre-assembled most of this in advance to make it easier for the caregivers. Kids dipped their thumbs on orange ink pads to make the pumpkins!



Free-Printable-Pumpkin-Faces


Craft #2: Jack O Lantern Face Printable

I printed this template on bright orange cardstock from HERE. I gave everyone sticker eyes and crayons to decorate their jack o lanterns.

We had two large groups today with a total of 42 kids! Everyone loved the Oriental Trading craft. I usually cannot afford craft kits for groups this large but these were on sale and definitely worth the money! The face craft went great with our theme and the children had fun decorating them with the stickers. It mostly bought me a little extra time to get the thumbprint craft going!

All in all, a wonderful day! I was never a huge Halloween person growing up but it is such a fun time of year to celebrate at the library. Definitely a lot of work! I love seeing the kids so excited about the holiday and everyone seems to be in good spirits. 

Celebrating a successful holiday week with a nice three day weekend for myself! Looking forward to a nice, relaxing day at home on Halloween handing out candy to neighborhood kids with my cats.


Dressed as Minnie Mouse for Baby & Me, this is probably my favorite costume of 2016! I made the skirt myself from a Youtube video LOL!!





halloween party 2016

I was soooo excited about this year's No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween party! 



I loved my costume! 





I picked out some fun stories...





set up for Halloween Bingo,



Halloween Bingo Game
from  OTC



a Spooky Spider Ring Toss,



and a Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin Game.





For the past few years, we've skipped pre-registration for this event and usually had about 20-25 kids in attendance. I had enough crafts for 36 children and 24 bingo cards so I thought we were fine. 

I was shocked to find a room full of kids in costumes fifteen minutes before the program start time but I didn't panic yet. I handed out around 30 pumpkin "tickets" and the kids were still filing in.

I went to the program room to add some extra chairs at the tables & figure out how many people I could squeeze in. Meanwhile, upstairs the kids were STILL POURING in to the Library. 

Now, I have to admit that I started to panic a little. How could I turn away so many excited children all dressed up in crazy costumes without breaking their little hearts? I knew it was impossible so I quickly decided to move the children's room furniture aside and read to the group on the main floor, the only place large enough for this crazy crowd. The children sat on the floor, the adults sat in chairs and leaned against the shelves along the perimeter while I climbed onto one of the tables and sat cross legged to read.





After the stories, we split into two groups; kids with pumpkin tickets went down to the program room for bingo while everybody else made halloween crowns and played the other games. After three rounds of bingo, we swapped floors.

Thank goodness for my co-workers; everyone dropped everything to pitch in with furniture moving, announcement making, & crowd control. I could not have done this party without them. Somehow, everything worked out and all our party goers had a great time. 

I was a little sad that I didn't get to interact with everyone like I usually do when the group is normal sized, yet I also felt extremely grateful and happy that I had ordered tons of extra crafts and prizes this year. 


Color Your Own Halloween Crowns
also from OTC

Deluxe Halloween Treasure Chest Toy Assortment
        

But to be honest, I think I will be having nightmares about this party for a while!

Monday, October 17, 2016

toddler time: fun in the forest

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a TREE! Who is hiding in our tree today?




If you’re ever in the forest, the forest, the forest
If you’re ever in the forest, you might hear an OWL!

What does an owl say? WHOOOOOO!

She sits in her tree and hoots at me
If you’re ever in the forest, you might see an OWL!

Here’s another tree:

If you’re ever in the forest, the forest, the forest
If you’re ever in the forest, you might hear a BEAR!

What does a bear say? GRRRRR!

He growls in his tree and waves at me
If you’re ever in the forest, you might see a BEAR!

And here is our last tree:

If you’re ever in the forest, the forest, the forest
If you’re ever in the forest, you might hear some BIRDS!

What does a BIRD say? TWEET! These are woodpeckers so they also PECK!

They peck in their tree and sing to me
If you’re ever in the forest, you might see some BIRDS!

I based this song one one I found HERE.








Books We Read: 
Who’s in the Forest- Gershator (very cute!)
Peck Peck Peck- Cousins (handed out paper woodpecker puppets but still too long for my toddlers)






Flannel Board:  Five Little Owls (with my felt tree puppet)




5 little owls sitting in the tree
1 flew away!
How many do you see?

(Count down to 4,3,2,1,0)







Craft: Paper Towel Tube Trees

I cut green poster board tree tops for the kids to color. I passed out owl stickers from the dollar store to decorate. I cut the paper towel tubes in half then the adults made a cut on each side to insert the tree tops. They came out GREAT!

We had over 45 kids today for Toddler Time. The first session was huge! I passed out woodpecker puppets to use during Peck Peck Peck but no one was paying attention by then so I skipped it for the second group and went right to the craft after the Banana Song. The puppet song was a hit! The kids loved the craft.