Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum



  • Stand-up Activity – Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern (action rhyme written by Carol Hopkins)
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern turn around.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern roll on the ground.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern dance on your toes.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern light up your nose.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern reach up high.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern jump to the sky.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern smile with heat.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern find your seat.

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Three Little Pumpkins (Not sure where I picked up this rhyme a long time ago.  I love using it.)
Three little pumpkins, sitting very still
In a pumpkin patch on a great big hill
The first one said, "I'm very green,"
(show green side)
"But I'll be orange on Halloween."
(show orange side)
The second one said, "Oh me, oh my,"
(show orange pumpkin side)
"Today I'll be a pumpkin pie."
(show pumpkin pie side)
The third one said, "I'm on my way,"
(show pumpkin side)
To be a Jack-O-Lantern today."
(show face side)

  • Letter of the Day - "P" is for pumpkin



  • Activity – The Pumpkins Are Here (action rhyme to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell" adapted from one I found in a Mailbox Magazine)
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 right; the pumpkins are left.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins are jumping up.

The pumpkins roll, they roll up high.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins all say, "Good-bye."

     
 

  • Art Experience – Chalk coloring on orange pumpkin drawings

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Roominate kits at the Library

Thanks to a state library grant, I was able to offer a special program at my library using a number of Roominate Village kits.  The Roominate Village kits are a building toy with motors and lights.  These kits made for a fun engineering based program.  


The Roominate kits come in bright colors with lots of pink and purple pieces.  The company who makes this toy is clearly marketing it toward girls.  There is nothing wrong with this idea.  But it did give me some trouble with a few boys who almost left my program before it started.  After showing a short video of what the Librarian at neighboring library did with the kits at one of his libraries, the boys and girls in attendance at my program were inspired and ready to go.   


The children made some great constructs.  They ranged from simple houses, to a catapult, to carousels.  Many of the parents also got involved building creations with and without their children. 


Overall, I enjoyed watching the children use their imaginations to build with this toy.   

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Houses Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
 
 



  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 



  • Letter of the Day - "H" is for house


  • Activity – "I'm a Little Teapot" from This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, et al.

  • Closing - Rhythm sticks using "Goin' On a Bear Hunt" from Kids In Action by Greg and Steve 
 
 

  • Art Experience – Chalk coloring on a house drawing

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Balls, Spheres, & Circles Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
 
 


  • Stand-up Activity – Circles, Triangles, and Rectangles (fingerplay to the tune of "Jingle Bells" written by Carol Hopkins)
Circles round, circles round, circle in the air
Circles can be small or big
We see them everywhere
Triangles, triangles, triangle in the air
Triangles can be slim or huge
We see them everywhere
Rectangles, rectangles, rectangle in the air
Rectangle can be as big as a door
We see them everywhere

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Four Fun Sport Balls (adapted counting down chant written by Carol Hopkins)
(need: basketball, tennis ball, baseball, soccer ball)

Four fun sport balls trying hard to score.
One gets dunked into the net, and now the crowd cheers!

Three fun sport balls trying hard to score.
One gets smashed out of the court, and now the crowd cheers!

Two fun sport balls trying hard to score.
One makes a home-run, and now the crowd cheers!

One fun sport ball trying hard to score.
It gets kicked into the goal, and now the crowd cheers!

  • Letter of the Day - "S" is for sphere


  • Activity – Big and Round (action rhyme adapted by Carol Hopkins)
Watermelon, watermelon sitting on the ground
I see you big, green, and round
Bright sun, bright sun shining all around
I see you big, yellow, and round
Car tire, car tire rolling with a sound
I see you big, black, and round
Shining moon, shining moon giving light unbound
I see you big, white, and round

  • Closing - Rhythm sticks using the song "Goin' On a Bear Hunt" from Kids In Action by Greg and Steve 
 
 

  • Art Experience – Dot stickers on a drawing of a circle

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mud Play Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
 
 

  • Book #1 – I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan


  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Five Clean and Dirty Pigs (counting down rhyme I found at the Sunflower Storytime blog)

  • Letter of the Day - "D" is for Dirty


  • Activity – Stomping Through the Mud Today (action song to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" written by Carol Hopkins)
Stomping through the mud today, mud today, mud today.
Stomping through the mud today,
Let's have some fun!

Grabbing handfuls of mud today, mud today, mud today.
Grabbing handfuls of mud mud today,
Let's have some fun!

(repeat with more action words such as sliding, spinning, sitting, etc.)

  • Closing - Rhythm sticks using the song "Goin' On a Bear Hunt" from Kids In Action by Greg and Steve 
 

  • Art Experience – Painting on a watercolor sheets

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Favorite Books to Share with Field Trips and Outreach

With a new school year starting up, there will soon be a rush of field trips coming to the library and outreach adventures out to area daycare providers.  I am always looking for good books to share with the kiddos, especially ones that are not necessarily books I would use at my weekly toddler storytimes.  Here are some recent gems I found:

  

One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
Don't Touch This Book! by Bill Cotter

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fun with Boxes Preschool Storytime

Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds:



  • Literacy activity flannelboard - Alphabet Boxes
I passed out one Toddler Alphabet Discovery Box to each child. We then slowly sang the ABC song. When a child heard his or her box letter, then he or she brought it up to the table at the front of the room. 
 
  


The great big bear,
(sing language for bear)

Gives a warning with a soft little growl.
(growl)

Waves its paws in the air.
(move hands like claws)

Shakes its great big head
(shake head)

Rubs its furry little ears
(rub ears)

Gives a great big roar
(loud roar)

Then goes to sleep in its lair.
(hands to side of face for sleep)

 


  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song "Red Red Robin Stick Dance" from Stinky Cake by Carole Peterson