Monday, November 20, 2017

Body Parts 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 

  • Flannelboard - How Many Feet? 
Birds have two
Dogs have four
Beetles have six
Spiders have eight
That's quite a lot more than me because I only have two feet!

  • Letter of the Day - "T" is for toes



  • Closing - Tambourines to the song "Fruit Salad Salsa" from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner 
   
 

  • Art Experience – Glue sewing trim and fabric scraps to gingerbread body shapes

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

D.I.Y. Fidget Spinners

It can be tough to create a library program that tween patrons want to attend.  For this reason, I tried to create a program around something these not-quite-teenagers find popular.  The result was this fidget spinner creation event.



A simple Google search will find plenty of information on how to make your own fidget spinners.  I chose four designs that seemed easy enough to create, yet looked different from each other.


Ball Bearings and Zip Ties
The easiest and most popular of the spinners we made!  All you need is 3 ball bearings, 6 zip ties, and wire cutters.  This YouTube video best describes how to make it. 


Bottle Caps
This spinner did not take a lot of skill to make, but it did require a lot of glue from a hot glue gun. This YouTube video describes a simple to make version. Supplies include the hot glue gun, 5 bottle caps, toothpicks, wire cutters, and pennies. An optional supply is cardstock or cardboard for the edges of the toothpicks. The pennies inside the caps really did make it spin better. 


Cardstock and Toothpicks
This was the most complex of the four spinners to make. They look so simple but require many steps. It spins the best after the glue has dried. Red Ted Art has fantastic directions and templates.


Perler Beads
This was the second most popular spinner to make. The teen librarian already had a ton of Perler bead supplies so this was an easy addition to the program. Templates and instructions can be found at the official Perler.com website. Be aware that the template requires a hex peg board. We only had square boards so I had to special order the hex boards. This spinner does require many steps: Place the beads on the board, iron it, hot glue the ball bearing and hex nuts to the beads.  I suggest checking that the ball bearings and nuts fit into their allotted holes before applying the iron. 

I had three super awesome teen volunteers from the local Key Club helping me at this event. The majority of the attending tweens managed to make three of the four spinners during the one hour event. Many were surprised at how well the spinners actually worked. It was a fun event to put together.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Turkey Day Storytime

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



  • Stand-up Activity – "If You're Happy and You Know It" action song from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

  • 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 - "T" is for turkey



  • Activity – I'm a Little Turkey (action song to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot" found in The Mailbox Preschool magazine, Oct./Nov. 1999, page 37)

     
 

  • Art Experience – Glue many colored feathers onto a turkey drawing

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fire Truck Fun Storytime

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




  • Stand-up Activity – "Drive the Fire Truck" action song from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

  • 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 Firefighters" counting rhyme I found in a Preschool Mailbox magazine (October/November 2007, page 40)

  • Letter of the Day - "T" is for trucks


  • Activity – I'm a Little Firefighter (action song to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot" written by Carol Garnett Hopkins found in the book Artsy Toddler Storytimes)
I'm a little firefighter off I go
Here is my helmet
Here is my truck
When my clothes catch on fire I know what to do
I stop, drop, and roll to put the fire out

  • Closing - Tambourines to the song "Fruit Salad Salsa" from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner 
  
 


  • Art Experience – Colorful marker pen coloring on paper fire fighter hats

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fall Colors Storytime

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

  • Book #1 – Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans

  • Stand-up Activity – "Shakin' Like a Leafy Tree" action song from Racing to the Rainbow by The Wiggles

  • 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 Little Leaves (counting down color rhyme I found in a Preschool Mailbox magazine, October/November 2005, page 33)

  • Letter of the Day - "L" is for leaf


  • Activity – Great Big Apple Tree (action song to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?" written by Carol Hopkins)
Great big apple tree
Great big apple tree
Standing tall
Standing tall
Moving your branches
When the wind blows
Then the apples fall
Down to the ground

  • Closing - Tambourines to the song Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner  
  
 

  • Art Experience – Glue fall colored craft foam leaves and silk leaves to a paper headband

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fruit Salad Storytime

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


 



  • Stand-up Activity – Alligator Pie (fingerplay I found somewhere, I have seen it on numerous websites)
Alligator, alligator, alligator pie
If I don't get some
I think I'm gonna cry
You can take away the grass
Take away the sky
But don't take away
My alligator pie!

  • 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 Red Apples (counting down chant written by Carol Garnett Hopkins as found in the book Artsy Toddler Storytimes
5 red apples hanging on the tree
5 red apples, big and round and shiny
Along came a child with a hungry, grumbly tummy
And picked an apple right out of the tree
(continue counting down to zero apples)

  • Letter of the Day - "F" is for fruit


  • Activity – On the Tree, On the Ground (action rhyme I found in a Preschool Mailbox magazine, August/September 2011, page 7)

  • Closing - Tambourines to the song "Fruit Salad Salsa" from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner 


 

  • Art Experience – Fruit salad coloring sheet with crayons

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