Friday, July 21, 2017

toddler time: fun at the zoo

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found tickets to the ZOO! Who likes to visit the zoo? Raise your hand if you love animals!

Books We Read: 

Zookeeper Sue- Demarest
Dear Zoo- Campbell
From Head to Toe- Carle

Puppet Song: Old MacDonald Had a Zoo

Old Mac Donald had a zoo- shoo bee doo bee doo!
And at that zoo he had a lion - shoo bee doo bee doo!
With a ROAR here and a ROAR there!
Here a ROAR, there a ROAR, everywhere a ROAR!
Old Mac Donald had a zoo- shoo bee doo bee doo!

repeat with penguin/waddle, monkey/ooo eee, crocodile/snap, tiger/growl, elephant/stomp

Craft: Zoo Animal Puppets

I printed these cute puppet sheets for everyone to cut, color & tape to jumbo popsicle sticks. I thought everyone could go home & sing Old MacDonald had a Zoo together!! They came out great; everyone loved them!

Great morning, two great groups! And I’m off for a week of vacation YAY!!! LOVED this puppet song and the craft was awesome.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

baby & me: eric carle day!

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a bear! What color is our bear? It’s brown! 

This is Brown Bear from one of my favorite books by ERIC CARLE!

Flannel Board Song:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?
I see a red bird looking at me!

Sing to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle until all of the animals are on the board.

White Dog, White Dog, what do you see?
I see lots of animals, that’s what I see!

Books We Read: 
Opposite- Carle
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too- Carle

Puppet Songs: Where is Caterpillar?

Where is Caterpillar? Where is Caterpillar?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today friend?
Very well I thank you.
crawl away, crawl away…

Where is Butterfly? Where is Butterfly?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today friend?
Very well I thank you.
fly away, fly away…

Also wrapped the VHC in a purple scarf and sang Peekaboo Caterpillar!

Where is Caterpillar? Peek a BOO!
Where is Caterpillar? Peek a BOO!
Where is Caterpillar? Peek a BOO!

PeekaBOO to caterpillar!

A wonderful group, tons of people and great participation. With a group this large, I started doubling up on my hello song to fit all the siblings & its a huge time saver. So instead of singing my Hello Song to Jason & then to his sister Jill, we sing "hello Jason & Jill..."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

teddy bear sleepover with special guest Pete the Cat!

Welcome to our annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

This year, we have a very special guest: Pete the Cat is here!

Bedtime Books We Read:

Flannel Glove Song: Five Petes in Pajamas

I modified this one from Jbrary's Five Pairs of Pyjamas song; the Petes are just scanned images of the endpapers for Bedtime Blues

There were five Petes in pajamas
Dancing at the pajama party
Five Petes in pajamas
Dancing til it was 7:30
They danced around the room
They danced the hullabaloo
Until one Pete in pajamas said,
“Holy Moly it’s time for bed!”

Count down from 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

...Good Night!

Owl Puppet Song: One Little Owl (with puppets pictured above)
by Elizabeth Scofield, modified by me for 4 Owls instead of 5
From Little Stars Learning

One little owl when the moon was new,
Along came another one, and that made two.
Two little owls perched high in the tree,
Along came another one, and that made three.
Three little owls flew to the barn door,
Along came Mama Owl, and that made four.
Four little owls said  "Whoo, whoo, whoo,"
Then they all flapped their wings and away they flew.

Sleepytime Scarf Song: When We Get Ready For Bed
found it on Library Village!

This is the way we wash our face, wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face 
When we get ready for bed.

What else should we do before bedtime? (brush our teeth, wash our hands, tuck them in)

We got our stuffed friends ready for bed with this song then gave them good night kisses and tucked them in for the night.

Sleepover Postcard Activity:

Right before we moved from the rug to the tables to do our craft, I passed out blank postcards to all the kids. I explained that if they wanted to find out what their teddy bear did at the library during the sleepover, they could put their name and address on a postcard, put a stamp on it and put it in our mailbox. When they return tomorrow to pick up their stuffed friends, they might find a letter from their teddy bear just for them!

Sleepover Craft:

We made owls from white cups from the Dollar Store. I pre-cut yellow eyes and black beaks for the kids to glue on and passed out markers for additional decorating. All the owls turned out AMAZING, each one so unique and different!

After the craft, we read Goodnight Moon and everyone left. We had a nice group of about 18 kids for the program and 13 left their stuffed friends at the library for the night. 

i LOVE LOVE LOVED my Pete the Cat in Pajamas so much!! He was a little bday present to myself a couple of weeks ago. Everyone was mesmerized by my 5 Petes in Pajamas song! The kids' cup owl crafts were all adorable!! Also really liked the scarf song, will keep that part next year.

Sleepover Photos:

truck races!

fishing with Pete the Cat!

we love the new cash register!

hide & seek with the fruits and veggies!

puzzle fun!


Light Up LEGOS are super cool!

Pick Up Time:

So I usually take a group shot & a bunch of smaller group pics and make little packets for each participant. This year, in an effort to streamline things, I decided to try postcards instead. I have some post office dramatic play toy sets so they were perfect for this event. 

I posted the pics from the night before on my biggest flannel board so everyone could see them; they were posted on FB too! The group shot pics were glued to one side of the postcards along with a short message that I wrote for each animal. I really liked this change and since there were less photos to print & I didn't have to send them to a photo lab, place an order, pick them up, etc., it was less expensive and a little bit easier for me.

Instead of using name tags this year, I had a "Sleepover Check In Sheet" where I listed the child's name AND their stuffed animal's name along with a short description if necessary. It was an absolute life saver when I was doing the photos and postcards. 

As usual, all participants was given a few goodies to bring home: tattoos, tiny notebooks, library card holder keychains, gold medals, & pencils.

This is always a big event for me that requires lots of planning and prep time; the time crunch always stresses me out EVERY YEAR!! But the positive feedback from parents, kids and my fellow staff members really makes it all worthwhile. Something about this program is just really special. People remember it for years and years; that's why i keep doing it every summer.

Friday, July 14, 2017

shark day!

Sensational Shark Books:

Shark Flannel Song: Baby Shark

I purchased this set on Etsy because it was sooo cute! And we sang the happy Jbrary version.

Silly Shark Song: (with fish finger puppets)

4 Little Fishies swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr Shark Oh you can’t catch me!
Along came Mr Shark as quiet as can be and…

Countdown 3,2,1

It never seems like a satisfying ending to me so I brought all the fishies back for one more verse like they do in this video. we also used their movements!

4 Little Fishies swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr Shark Oh you can’t catch me!
Along came Mr Shark as quiet as can be and…
The fishies went SNAP!!
And the shark was never seen again.

Shark Prop: Sheldon the Shark (idea from Sunflower Storytime)

Sheldon the Shark is oh so hungry!
Someone put a nice red fish in his tummy!

I hid a bunch of fishies around our program room & let the kids go fishing while I passed out the craft stuff. I asked everyone to write their name on their fish before they fed it to Sheldon & I drew one name for a big prize!

Shark Crafts:

We made shark necklaces from OTC kits. I had just enough kits for everyone so that was lucky. I also printed shark hats from Etsy.

Shark Games:

We had a “Walk the Plank” (& don’t step on any sharks!) as everyone entered the program room.

We also had a bean bag fish/inflatable shark mouth toss game; both from OTC.

Shark Giveaways:

All participants got cool shark glasses and tattoos! We also had a drawing to giveaway a cool shark hat.

Today was a little on the wild side; no one really wanted to be quiet at times. My favorite parts were Baby Shark song and the Three Little Fishes and the Big Bad Shark book because I got to read with my shark puppet and pound on the table when he knocks on their doors. The games were also very fun. 

We have more shark stories & crafts so we are having another Shark Day next month; stay tuned!!

toddler time: home sweet home!

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a chair, a bathtub, a bed and a table. Where do you find these things? In your HOUSE!!!

I got this cute set from Lakeshore Learning. I pulled the pieces one at a time from my polka dot box, then showed everyone the cute purple house that holds these pieces.

Fingerplay: Five Little Houses (from Jbrary)

One little house all alone it stood
Then another was built
There grows the neighborhood.
Two little houses...
Three little houses...
Four little houses...

Five little houses
All together they stood
On a beautiful street 
in a happy neighborhood

Books We Read: 
Is This Maisy’s House- Cousins
Take a Look:See Where I Live- Slegers (adorable!!)

Flannel Board: Do You Know Where I Live? (from Storytime Secrets)

Craft: Paper Bag Houses (from Storytime Katie)

I pre-cut roofs, windows and doors from brightly colored copy paper. To start the craft, I handed out newspaper for everyone to crumple up into a little ball. Then, I brought around small brown lunch bags. Next, I asked everyone to place the newspaper inside the bag and fold & tape it closed. Then I passed out the roofs, doors & windows so the kids could decorate. I LOVED this craft so much! The houses came out soooooo cute!!

Another rainy Friday but we got two nice sized groups of about 16-20 kids. I loved my books and flannel board today. Thanks to all the bloggers who posted these amazing ideas for me to borrow for this super fun theme!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

toddler time: going bananas!

Mystery Box: Inside our polka dotted box, we found a monkey! Oh wait, there’s something else in here: it's a banana! Do monkeys like to eat BANANAS? Yes, they sure do!

Puppet Song: I’m a Little Monkey (tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little monkey, watch me play!
Munching on bananas every day.
I can leap & fly from tree to tree,
Lots of jungle friends to hang with me.

Books We Read:
What Is a Banana? - Singer (cute!)
Charlie and the Banana Monster

Flannel Board: Silly Bananas

This is a set I purchased on Etsy and I love it!

Prop Song: Bananas Unite

I use this homemade banana prop to introduce this song & I learned it from Jbrary. I usually do this one in every toddler time, just before we start the craft & everyone loves it!

Craft: Happy Bananas

I cut white banana shapes so the kids could make them whatever color they liked. We pasted a yellow banana skin on top and added sticker or wiggle eyes.

Really rainy today but we got two nice sized groups of about 14-16 kids. I was amazed because two families came a long way in bad weather to attend; one from Hazlet, NJ and another from the Bronx!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

baby & me: trucks are terrific!

Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a red TRUCK!

Puppet Song:

Driving all around in my big red truck
Driving all around in my big red truck
Driving all around in my big red truck

Waving to my friends in my big red truck…WAVE WAVE WAVE WAVE WAVE
Beeping at the cars in my big red truck… BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

Books We Read: 
The Baby Goes Beep- O’Connell (always awesome!)
Vroom Vroom Trucks- Katz (worked great!!)

Flannel Board: Where is Red Truck?

Where is red truck? Where is red truck?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today truck?
Very well I thank you.
Drive away, drive away…

Repeat for purple, pink and green

Nice class today, not too big! Lots of new faces. Books were great! Liked my felt board and puppet song too.

Monday, July 3, 2017

toddler time: more time for tools!

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

A saw! A screwdriver! Etc. 

Where do you keep your tools? In your toolbox!

Passed out paper toolboxes (see craft photo) to everyone for the "Hold Your Toolbox Up High" rhyme.

Books We Read: 
Pretend & Play Toolbox- Yoon (very cute! held up the wrong tools first so the kids could say "NOOO!" until the right tool fit in the book page like a puzzle.

Since this book features a cute little Birdie and ends with a super cool newly built pop-up birdhouse, it seemed like the perfect time for my yellow Folkmanis bird puppet to make an appearance...

Puppet Song: My Little Birdie

(tune: This Old Man)
My little birdie one day old
She can do what she is told!
Sleep little birdie
Sleep, sleep, sleep!
Sleep little birdie
Sleep, sleep, sleep! (close eyes and rest head on hands like you are sleeping)

My little birdie two days old
She can do what she is told!
Tweet little birdie
Tweet, tweet, tweet!
Tweet little birdie
Tweet, tweet, tweet! (tweet motion with hand)

My little birdie three days old
She can do what she is told
Hop little birdie
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop little birdie
Hop, hop, hop! (self explanatory, LOL!)

Flannel Board: Bob the Builder Had a Toolbox Ee-ii-ee-ii-oh!

See my previous post here.

Prop: Five Little Nails Homemade book

i wasn't crazy about many of the tool themed books I had for this age group BUT i loved this rhyme so at the last possible moment, I printed out five homemade pages to show while we said the rhyme. worked really well! Thanks Mel's Desk! You saved me once again...

Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.
(count down)

Craft #1: Printable Bob the Builder finger puppets

Craft #2: Mini Toolboxes with tool stickers

I found a simple toolbox printable on so i printed them on colorful paper and cut them out. we also used these for our rhyme earlier in the program. 

i purchased some cute little adhesive foamie tools from OTC so i handed these out while everyone worked on their puppets and kids made their own little toolboxes.

Two nice groups today, great size, a little loud but still a fun day!