Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fun & Games Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
  • Activity –Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (action rhyme)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree (counting backward rhyme)
Five little monkeys swinging from the tree.
Teasing Mr. Alligator, "Can't catch me. Can't catch me."
Along comes Mr. Alligator quietly as can be.
And SNAP! that monkey right out of the tree.
(count down)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Getting Wet Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Down By the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, pictures by Guy Parker-Rees
  • Activity – Jump, Jump Went the Little Green Frog (action rhyme)
Jump, jump went the little green frog.
Jump, jump went the little green frog.
Jump, jump went the little green frog...
And his eyes went blink, blink.
Blink, blink went the little green frog.
Blink, blink went the little green frog.
Blink, blink went the little green frog...
And his tongue went glup, glup.
Glup, glup went the little green frog.
Glup, glup went the little green frog.
Glup, glup went the little green frog...
And his legs went jump, jump.
Jump, jump went the little green frog.
Jump, jump went the little green frog.
Jump, jump went the little green frog...
And then he swam away.
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - 5 Green and Speckled Frogs (counting song)
  • Book #2 - Kipper's Rainy Day inspired by Mick Inkpen (lift-flap)
  • Activity – Itsy Bitsy Spider (fingerplay)
  • Closing - Did You Ever See A Lassie? (tambourines using Playtime: 49 Favorite Action and Sing-Along Songs from CEMA Special Markets)
  • Craft – Watercolor sheet

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Firetruck Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Fire Fighter Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox
  • Activity – Drive the Firetruck (action song done twice, from Songs for Wiggleworms)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Five Firefighters (counting rhyme I found in Mailbox Preschool, Oct./Nov. 2007 page 40)
  • Book #2 - Maisy's Fire Engine by Lucy Cousins (board book)
  • Activity – Firetruck Tune (action song I adapted from one I found in Mailbox Preschool, Oct./Nov. 2006 page 34, to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus")
The wheels on the firetruck go round and round, round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the firetruck go round and round, all around the town.

The lights on the firetruck go blink, blink, blink...
The siren on the firetruck goes woo, woo, woo...
The firefighters on board go up and down...
The ladder on the truck goes up, up, up...
The water from the hose goes whoosh, whoosh, whoosh...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Halloween Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Snappy Little Halloween by Derek Matthews (pop-up)
  • Activity - Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern (action rhyme based on Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern turn around.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern touch the ground.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern dance on your toes.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern touch 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 find your feet.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern have a seat.
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Three Little Pumpkins (not sure where I found this one)
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)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Apple Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern
  • Activity - I'm A Little Teapot (action song)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Four Little Apples by Gail Benton and Trisha Waichulaitis
  • Book #2 - Apples! Apples! by Salina Yoon (lift-flap)
  • Activity - Appleseed (action song to the tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider")
The tiny little apple seed
Was planted in the ground
Down came the rain
Falling all around
Out came the sun
As bright as bright can be
And the tiny little apple seed
Became an apple tree

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sensational Sea Serpents

Library program for children ages 4 to 12 years old.

This program starts off with a viewing of the animated movie Mysterious Tadpole produced by Weston Woods, based on the book by Steven Kellogg.

The movie was followed by 3 stations:

1. Make your own sea serpent segmented puppet - Materials were provided. Stencils for the face piece were pre-cut but the children were on their own to create their own body and tail pieces. (Note: This project took a lot of time, so have plenty of table space.)

2. Sea monster cages - Using the Connector Straw sets the children could make a variety of monster cages. (These were not for take home.)

3. Sea monster races - Some miniature dinosaurs were frozen in ice cube trays. The children place the cube of their choice at the top of a slanted board and then release their monsters to see which one slides to the bottom first.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Silly Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Silly Sally by Audrey Wood (big book)
  • Activity - Shake My Sillies Out (action song from More Singable Songs by Raffi)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - A-hunting We Will Go (song)
  • Book #2 - Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
  • Activity - Ten Fingers (fingerplay)
I have ten little fingers
And they all belong to me
I can make them do things
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight
Or open them wide
I can put them together
Or make them all hide
I can make them jump high
I can make them jump low
I can fold them quietly
And hold them just so

Monday, September 27, 2010

Diary of a Spider

Library program for children ages 4 to 12 and their families.

The program starts off with a viewing of the movie Diary of a Spider produced by Weston Woods, based on the book by Doreen Cronin.

The movie was followed by 3 stations:

1. Itsy Bitsy Spider - Children color and cut out a house, then slide a spider ring onto a bendable straw. Now the straw is taped to the house to resemble a water-spout. Move the spider up and down the spout while singing the song! (The house for this craft project came from Mailbox Preschool magazine October/November 2007, page 25.)

2. Pin the spider on the web - A large spider web was drawn onto a large piece of black paper with a silver marker. Children had spider cut outs to add pieces of double sided tape onto. Blind fold the children up and watch how close to the spider web they can stick that spider.

3. Spider hat - Measure long, thick black rectangluar strips of paper around child's head, overlap and tape ends together to create a headband shape. Cut out and decorate small colored square pieces to make eyes. Glue eyes to the hat band. Take 8 long, skinny colored rectangular strips for spider legs. Glue one end of each skinny strip to the inside edge of the hat band. Decorate and wear your hat to celebrate our spider friends.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Boats Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – I'm Mighty by Kate and Jim McMullan
  • Activity - "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" from Songs for Wiggleworms
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - My Big Blue Boat (song)
I love to sail in my big blue boat, big blue boat, big blue boat;
I love to sail in my big blue boat far across the sea.

My big blue boat has 2 red sails, 2 red sails, 2 red sails;
My big blue boat has 2 red sails far across the sea.

So come for a ride in my big blue boat, big blue boat, big blue boat;
So come for a ride in my big blue boat far across the sea.
  • Book #2 - Boats by Anne Rockwell
  • Activity - This Is the Boat, The Golden Boat (fingerplay, I first heard this one at a workshop by Jane Cobb)
This is the boat, the golden boat,
(Cup hands together palms down)
That sails on the silvery sea,
(Undulate hands like waves)
And these are the oars, the ivory oars,
(Interlace fingers with thumbs sticking out to the sides)
That lift and dip, that lift and dip.
(Lower and raise fingers)
And here are the ten little Ferrymen
(Show 10 fingers up high)
Running along, running along,
(Make fingers run)
To take the oars, the ivory oars
(Interlace fingers with thumbs sticking out to the sides)
That lift and dip, that lift and dip,
(Lower and raise fingers)
That move the boat, the golden boat,
(Move cupped hands gently back & forth)
Over the silvery sea.
(Undulate hands like waves)
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song " Goin' On a Bear Hunt" (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Glue sails onto boat bottoms and color with crayons

Monday, August 30, 2010

Zoo Animal Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice
  • Activity - Zoo Animals (action song to the tune of "If You're Happy And You Know It")
(Suite actions to words)
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
If you want to be a monkey, If you want to be a monkey,
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high

Parrot…flap your wings
Elephant…swing your trunk
Lion...roar out loud
Giraffe...stand up tall
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree (counting rhyme)
  • Book #2 - Ziggy the Zebra by Libby Ellis, illustrated by Salina Yoon (pop-up)
  • Activity - Can You Growl Like a Tiger? (action rhyme)
(Suite actions to words)
Can you growl like a tiger?
Can you hop like a frog?
Can you climb like a monkey?
Can you bark like a dog?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you fly like a bat?
Can you howl like a wolf?
Can you stretch like a cat?
Can you sit like a kid at storytime?
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song " Goin' On a Bear Hunt" (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Black crayons and pens on a white horse to make a one of a kind zebra

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fan Fancy

A make-and-take craft for all ages.

Step 1: Go to the Children's Desk to get your super cool fan from a staff member. (We used paper fans ordered from Oriental Trading. They were not too expensive.)

Step 2: Decorate your fan with the materials provided. (We set out color marker pens, stickers, bingo paint dabbers, glitter glue, glue, scissors, and sewing trim.)

Step 3: Keep cool!

My library used this simple craft project on a summer day in which there was a street fair going on outside the library. It worked out well. We set up two tables in the children's area for the craft supplies. For the most part the tables were clean and orderly and there wasn't too much mess. The artwork on the fans ranged from simple to elaborate.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monster Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Skateboard Monsters by Daniel Kirk
  • Activity –Monster, Monster (action rhyme, based on the rhyme "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around")
Monster, monster turn around.
Monster, monster touch the ground.
Monster, monster reach up high.
Monster, monster bug out your eyes.
Monster, monster bend your knees.
Monster, monster give a sneeze.
Monster, monster sit on your bed.
Monster, monster rest your head.
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - This Little Monster (counting rhyme adaption of "This Little Piggy")
This little monster went to the market,
This little monster stayed home,
This little monster had roast beef,
This little monster had none,
This little monster cried,
"Boo, hoo, hoo,"
All the way home.
Sleeping monsters til it's nearly noon
Come let us wake them with a merry tune
Oh so still, are they ill?
(pause, then shout)
WAKE UP LITTLE MONSTERS!
(kids wake up and stand and stomp)

Stomp little monsters, stomping, stomping
Stomp little monsters stomp, stomp, stomp!

Roar little monsters, roaring, roaring
Roar little monsters roar, roar, roar!

Sit little monsters, sitting, sitting
Sit little monsters sit, sit, sit!
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song " Goin' On a Bear Hunt" (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Decorate monster masks with glue and sewing trim

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pirate Party

Library program for children ages 4 to 12 and their families.

To start the whole pirate she-bang off, we started with a reading of the book Dirty Joe the Pirate: A True Story by Bill Harley. We read this book in one of the meeting rooms to allow all the late comers to arrive before starting the party off proper.

Next we handed out a "Pirate Path" for our pirate horde to follow, scavenger hunt style. We had 12 activities planned plus the ending treat. To start off with our large crowd, we handed each family a sheet and told them to start at different numbers. This spread everyone out at the beginning.

1. Head due NORTH to make your own Jolly Roger.
In the North Meeting Room we had cut up bed sheets (less expensive than buying fabric, especially when purchased at Goodwill) for flags with puffy paints and fabric markers. Note to self: the puffy paints took too long to dry for this activity.

2. Where would you find information book about the ocean? When you get there, you can make your own ocean waves. Make them calm, make them wild, make the sea creatures stay in the water!
For this station we had a parachute spread out next to the children's non-fiction section. There were small marine animal stuffed toys for the kids to bounce on the waves of the parachute.

3. The dangers of the deep are vast. What animal will you find at j597? _____
Now we are making them work! This was one of the parts we actually got compliments about. So many parents commented that they had no idea where are non-fiction books were located. We weren't too picky about what they wrote down. Some families found j597.98 and thought they were in the right place. I say close enough.

4. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate hat's for you. Make yer necessary pirate garb in the TEEN ZONE of dread.
For this station we made everyone go upstairs to the second floor teen zone where we had tables set up to make folded newspaper hats plus markers to color them with, and a skull and cross bone to cut out and glue on if desired. Note to self: you need way more tables for this activity than you think you do. I put out 2 tables and this was not enough. Plus too many parents did not want to read the posted directions and kept asking the library staff to just make it for them.

5. HOLD onto yer hats! Polly wants a cracker and a safe perch to rest. Pin your favorite feathered friend to our lovely pirate lass. Cheaters will be taking a swim with Davy Jones.
This station was set up next to our hold shelves. The children got a paper parrot to color, if they wished to. Then there was some double sided tape and blind folds available to try to "pin" the parrot to the pirate party decoration on the wall.

6. Walk the plank if ye dare, make sure those wiley PICTURE books don't eat you up.
We set up two wood boards and a blind fold in the picture book area. The children were given four levels of difficulty for walking the plank. The easiest was to walk the wood board flat on the ground, with or without a blindfold. The harder level was to put the smaller board under the larger board to make a tiny teeter-totter, and try to walk from one end to the other, with or without blind fold.

7. Toss yer treasure into the chest, but be quick about it! Those librarians at the CHILDREN'S DESK might take that treasure away from ya.
This station was located in front of the children's reference desk. A staff member brought in an old steamer trunk and the children had to toss bean bags into the chest. Note to self: be sure to have a staff member or volunteer working this station. Almost all of our complaints came from this station and the rude parents who would not wait in line.

8. Get stranded in the SOUTHern isles and create your own treasure map.
The South Meeting Room is where everyone went to make maps on crinkled up brown paper bags. Note to self: some grocery stores wanted to charge for the privilege of using their grocery bags, so allow yourself plenty of time to drive and around to find the grocery store that will give them away for free.

9. A pearl of a treasure can be found in an oyster. Yet, an oyster is a type of _________, a group of soft-bodied animals that have no bones.
We didn't care how the families found this answer: online, in a non-fiction book, in an encyclopedia, or ask a librarian. It was all good and all used library resources. I made sure the answer was in the World Book Encyclopedia since we have this encyclopedia set in multiple locations in the library. We got a lot of compliments for this task, especially of parents with young children. These parents did not know we had a reference section or encyclopedias.

10. This book is a wonder to behold. The author of the book Flotsam is __________.
We got a lot of compliments from parents about this one as well, especially with parents of school-age children. This made them learn how to look something up in our online catalog. Of course, some parents took the easy way out and just asked a librarian.

11. Are you a member of the BOARD? No pirate is in his or her right mind without a proper tattoo. Don't forget your!
This station was located in our small meeting room which we call the "Board Room." Temporary tattoos, water spray bottles, and plenty of paper towels completed this station.

12. Beware when coming ashore at the beach. How many legs does a crab have?
This was another research question that we got complimented about.

When finished: You are a pirate sure and true. Yar, you passed the test and did the pirate deeds. Now sail SOUTH for a chance at some gold! But don't even think it, if you haven't walked the path!
We set up a table in the South Meeting Room where all participants could come get some gold fish crackers and gold chocolate coins as their reward for finishing all our pirate tasks.

This program was a HUGE success. We planned for about 100 children and their associated grown ups to attend this program. We actually ended up with over 267 people showing up for this event. The library was packed! Of course, we ran out of some supplies and had to make runs to the copy machine a few times to make more. We had directions at all the stations and the parents mostly did a great job moving their children from station to station. Since we were planning for far fewer attendees, our craft stations did not have enough tables. But most parents were resourceful and found spots on the floor nearby. If I was to do it again with the number of staff and volunteers I actually had, I would probably do one less craft. But wow! What a day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fathers Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – My Dad Is Brilliant by Nick Butterworth
  • Activity –Do It for Your Father (action rhyme to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," I'm not sure where I picked this one up)

Roll, roll, roll your hands
As fast as fast can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your father.
Clap, clap, clap your hands
As loud as loud can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your father.
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet
As hard as hard can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your father.
Jump, jump, jump your feet
As high as high can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your father.
Roll, roll, roll your hands
As fast as fast can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your father.
  • Book #2 - Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch
  • Activity - Come A'Look A' See (fingerplay song I picked up at a workshop conducted by Jane Cobb)
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song Goin' On a Bear Hunt (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Chalk coloring on a construction paper fish

Monday, August 2, 2010

Duck Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – All My Little Ducklings by Monica Wellington
  • Activity – Little Duck, Little Duck (an action rhyme I adapted from the rhyme "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around")
Little duck, little duck waddle around.
Little duck, little duck touch the ground.
Little duck, little duck wings go flap.
Little duck, little duck beak goes "Quack! Quack!"
Little duck, little duck jump into the river.
Little duck, little duck give a little shiver.
Little duck, little duck find your feet.
Little duck, little duck find your seat.
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Five Little Ducks (counting down song)
  • Book #2 - I Went Walking by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie Vivas
  • Activity - Little Ducklings (action rhyme I adapted, still needs some work, doesn't feel quite right)
All the little ducklings line up in a row.
(stand up straight)
Quack, quack, quack.
(clap three times)
And away they go.

They walk behind their mother waddling to and fro.
(waddle walk)
Quack, quack, quack.
(clap three times)
And away they go.

Down to the big pond, happy as can be.
(make large circle with both arms)
Quack, quack, quack.
(clap three times)
And away they go.

They jump in the water to bob up and down.
(jump up and down)
Quack, quack, quack.
(clap three times)
And away they go.

They swim all around, and swim right out of sight.
(make swimming motions)
Quack, quack, quack.
(clap three times)
And away they went.
(wave good-bye)
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song Goin' On a Bear Hunt (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Duck, duck, goose pattern worksheet (found in Mailbox magazine Aug./Sept. 2008)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pirate Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Sail Away by Florence McNeil and David McPhail
  • Activity – How Will Pirates Get From Here to There? (action rhyme I learned from someone at the King County Library System)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Five Little Pirate Boats (counting rhyme I adapted from a similar one that I found)
Five little pirate boats, bright and shiny clean.
One tipped over, it was green.

Four little pirate boats, with all sails spread.
On sailed into a storm, it was red.

Three little pirate boats, what a dreadful sight!
One bumped into a shark, it was gray and white.

Two little pirate boats, coming close for a view.
One smashed into the rocks, it was blue.

One little pirate boat, now a lonely fellow.
He went looking for treasure, he was yellow.
  • Book #2 - Pirate Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox
  • Activity - A Captain and Her Men (a counting fingerplay I learned from someone at King County Library System)
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song Goin' On a Bear Hunt (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Glue tissue paper squares to paper towel tubes to make a special pirate spyglass

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bathtime Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – King Bidgood's In the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood (big book)
  • Activity – Bubbles All Around (action rhyme I found in a Mailbox magazine)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - 10 Rubber Duckies (counting song/fingerplay)
1 little, 2 little, 3 rubber duckies,
4 little, 5 little, 6 rubber duckies,
7 little, 8, little, 9 rubber duckies,
10 rubber duckies in the bathtub.
  • Book #2 - Bathtime Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox
  • Activity - This Is the Way We Wash (action song to the tune of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush" that I adapted)
This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands, wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands,
When we get all dirty.

This is the way we scrub our face...
This is the way we rub our ears...
This is the way we rinse our hair...
This is the way we sponge our tummies...
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song Goin' On a Bear Hunt (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Fingerpaint with shaving cream on the tables, then afterward, use the shaving cream to clean the tables

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cool Pool Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Splash! by Ann Jonas
  • Activity –Baby Bumblebee (action song from Toddler Action Songs from Cedarmont Kids)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - 5 Green and Speckled Frogs (counting song)
  • Book #2 - Maisy's Pool by Lucy Cousins
  • Activity - Summer Transition Rhyme
These are my sun glasses.
(circle eyes with fingers)
This is my great sun hat.
(Hands over head)
This is the way I fold my hands
(Fold hands)
And rest them, just like that.
(Place hands into lap)
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song Goin' On a Bear Hunt (found in Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft - Water color sheet

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Beautiful Beachware

Library program for children ages 4 to 12 years old.

Children were invited to bring light colored t-shirts or flip-flops to decorate at the library. The library provided beads, yarn, sewing trim, puffy paints, fabric markers, sequins, colored rhinestones, Sharpie permanent markers, and glue. For those who forgot to bring their own shirts or flip-flops, the library provided cardboard sun visors available for a low price at Oriental Trading.

Notes: This program was done as a Summer Reading event so we had a built in audience. Still, 72 people attended this event! The children were very creative. Most people followed the directions on the flier and brought stuff to decorate. We handed out very few sun visors. Be sure to have some newspaper or something else that is flat on hand to put in between the layers of the t-shirt so that the fabric paint does not bleed through to the other side of the t-shirt and "glues" shut.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ocean Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Fish, Fish, Fish by Georgie Adams, pictures by Brigitte Willgoss
  • Activity – I'm a Little Fishy (action song to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
(suite actions to words)
I'm a little fishy, I can swim.
Here is my tail and here is my fin.
When I want to have fun with my friends.
I wiggle my tail and dive right in.
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  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Shapes on fish: Hand out cut out fish with different shapes on them (a triangle, square, or circle). On the board talk about the different attributes of each shape. Then call out each shape and have the children bring their fish back to the basket.
  • Book #2 - Baby Beluga illustrated by Ashley Wolff (from the Raffi Songs to Read series, play the song from the Raffi on Broadway cd while you read the book)
  • Activity - Once I Caught a Fish Alive (counting fingerplay)
(suite actions to words)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, once I caught a fish alive.
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Ow! I let it go again.
Why did I let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
The little one on the right.
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song Goin' On a Bear Hunt (found on Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft –Decorate a sea star picture with foil star stickers and color marker pens

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Teddy Bear Lapsit Storytime

Storytime for 0 to 24 months old:
  • Opening: "Baby Hop" from Diaper Gym by Priscilla Hegner and Rose Grasselli
  • Body part rhyme: Everybody Knows I Love My Toes (adapted from a rhyme I saw performed by Margaret Read Macdonald)
Everybody knows I love my toes!
Everybody knows I love my toes!
I love my ear,
My eyes,
My elbows and my nose.
Everybody knows I love my toes!
(repeat and name other body parts)
  • Lap bounce: Hanky Panky

(have your child sitting on your lap and bounce along to the song)
Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank,
With a hip, hop, hippity hop,
Jump off the lilypad,
(lift baby up)
And kerplop!
(lower baby between your legs)

  • Tickle: Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
(with index finger, make a circle on baby's tummy)
Like a teddy bear
One step, two step
(walk fingers up chest)
Tickle under there!
(tickle under chin)
Round and round the garden
(with index finger, make a circle on baby's tummy)
Goes the little mouse
Up, up, up he creeps
(walk fingers up arm)
Up into his house
(tickle baby under arm)
  • Book #1: Wrapping Paper Romp by Patricia Hubbell, pictures by Jennifer Plecas (board book)
  • Theme rhyme: On My Foot There Is Flea
(Move fingers up baby's body and down again to the words)
On my foot there is a flea
Now he's climbing up on me
Past my belly, past my nose
On my head where my hair grows.

On my head there is a flea
Now he's climbing down on me
Past my belly, past me knee
On my foot...take THAT you flea!
(tickle or grab foot)
  • Nursery rhyme: Jack Be Nimble

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick. (lift baby up on the word "jump")

  • Clap rhyme: Miss, Miss

(clap)
Miss Miss, little Miss Miss,
When she misses,
She misses like this!
(hug baby)

  • Book #2: Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Sam Williams (board book)
  • Animal sound song: When (animal) Gets Up In the Morning...

When cows get up in the morning, they always say "Good day."
When cows get up in the morning, they always say "Good day."
"Moo! Moo!" this is what they say.
"Moo! Moo! Moo! Moo!" this is what they say.
(substitute other animals and animal sounds)

  • Lap bounce: Tick Tock

(bounce baby from leg to leg)
Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
Now it is one o'clock... Cuckoo!
(raise baby up for each cuckoo)

Now it is two o'clock... Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Now it is three o'clock... Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Extra circle dances: Ponies Walking, Shoo Fly

Extra calming songs: Baby Goes Boom Boom Now, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bears Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – My Bear and Me by Barbara Maitland, pictures by Lisa Flather
  • Activity – Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (action rhyme)
Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear dance on your toes
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your nose
Teddy bear, teddy bear reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear jump to the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear find your feet
Teddy bear, teddy bear find your seat
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Five Honey Bears (my notes do not say where I found this counting rhyme)
One little honey bear, finding things to do -
Along came another, then there were two.
Two busy honey bears, climbing up a tree -
Along came another, then there were three.
Three lively honey bears liked to explore -
Along came another, then there were four.
Four hungry honey bears, eating honey from a hive -
Along came another, then there were five.
Five tired honey bears had fun today!
They'll be back tomorrow, and you can see the play.
  • Book #2 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • Activity - A Teddy Bear (fingerplay I found in a Mailbox magazine)
  • Closing - Rhythm sticks to the song Goin' On a Bear Hunt (found on Kids In Action by Greg and Steve)
  • Craft – Coloring sheet

Monday, June 7, 2010

Reader's Advisory - Fantasy for Upper Elementary Students

Thick fantasy books for precocious female 5th grade reader (something other than Harry Potter):

Monday, May 17, 2010

Instrument Petting Zoo

Library program for ages 2 through 8 years old.
  1. Gather the children in the center of the room for storytelling/book reading.
  2. Do a movement song together.
  3. Stations:
Craft station: Create jingle plates. Punch two holes in a paper plate. Thread 2 to 3 jingle bells onto a long pipe cleaner. Thread the pipe cleaner through the two holes on the plate and secure by twisting pipe cleaner ends together. Decorate the plate with streamers and other materials.

Math station: Sort pictures of musical instruments in sorting circles. What is the same about these instruments? What is different?

Science station: Use glass jars filled with various levels of water tapped with wood pencils or sticks to make different tones. Children can change the water levels to create different sounding tones.

Instrument station: Invite area music teachers and Kindermusik teachers to your program with musical instruments that the children can touch and feel and ask questions about.

Notes: The real instruments that children could touch went over well. The children and parents asked great questions. The drums that the Kindermusik teacher brought were the biggest hit. We almost did not have enough jingle bells because some people were taking too many bells. A staff person or volunteer should hand out the bells to insure this does not happen again. The math sorting station was a flop. The children just were not interested in the paper pictures of instruments. This might go over better with miniature instrument figurines. This was a fun program!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spring Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell, pictures by Harlow Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell
  • Activity –Spring Is All Around Me (action song sung to the tune of "Wheels On the Bus" that I found in Mailbox - Preschool magazine, April/May 2000)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Bluebird, Bluebird Through My Window (song)
  • Book #2 - In the Spring by Craig Brown
  • Activity - If You're Happy and You Know It (action song from Songs for Wiggleworms)
  • Closing - Scarves using "Water, Wind and World" from The Second Line by Johnette Downing
  • Craft – Make toilet paper tube windsocks by gluing streamers to toilet paper tubes and hanging by a length of yarn

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mothers Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
  • Activity – Do It for Your Mother (action rhyme to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" - I'm not sure where I found this rhyme)

Roll, roll, roll your hands
As fast as fast can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your mother.
Clap, clap, clap your hands
As loud as loud can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your mother.
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet
As hard as hard can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your mother.
Jump, jump, jump your feet
As high as high can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your mother.
Roll, roll, roll your hands
As fast as fast can be.
Do it now, let me see,
Do it for your mother.
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day (counting backward song)
  • Book #2 - My Mom is Fantastic! by Nick Butterworth
  • Activity - Come a' Look a' See (fingerplay song I picked up at a workshop conducted by Jane Cobb)
  • Closing - Scarves using "Water, Wind and World" from The Second Line by Johnette Downing
  • Craft – Make a daisy by gluing a foamie circle for the center of the flower, green yarn for the stem, and white paper strips for the petals

Monday, April 26, 2010

Roaring Lions & Tigers Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor
  • Activity – I'm a Tiger (action rhyme I adapted from another similar rhyme about lions; sung to the tune of "3 Blind Mice")
I'm a tiger, I'm a tiger
Hear me roar, hear me roar
I love to sleep up high in a tree
And jump at all the other animals
In all the jungle I'm number one
I'm a tiger, hear me roar!
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - 5 Ferocious Lions (I think I found this one posted on PUBYAC)
  • Book #2 - Over In the Grasslands by Anna Wilson and Alison Bartlett
  • Activity - Zoo Animals (action song to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"; my notes do not say where I found this one)
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high!
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high!
If you want to be a monkey, if you want to be a monkey,
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high!

Parrot - flap your wings
Elephant - swing your trunk
Giraffe - stand up tall
Lion - roar out loud
  • Closing - Scarves using "Water, Wind and World" from The Second Line by Johnette Downing
  • Craft – Glue shredded gift wrap paper onto the mane of a lion drawing

Monday, April 19, 2010

Construction Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan
  • Activity – This Is the Way We Wash (action rhyme I rewrote after seeing another similar one, sung to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush")
This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands, wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands,
When we get all dirty.
(rub hands together in washing motion)

This is the way we scrub our faces...
(scrub face with hands)

This is the way we rub our ears...
(rub ears)

This is the way we rinse our hair...
(stroke hair)

This is the way we sponge our tummies...
(rub tummy)

This is the way we splash the water...
(jump)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - I Love Trucks by Philemon Sturges (adapted from the book)
  • Book #2 - Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
  • Activity - Noble Duke of York (action song)
  • Closing - Scarves using "Water, Wind and World" from The Second Line by Johnette Downing
  • Craft – Coloring sheet

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Careers Storytime

Storytime for 1-1/2 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins
  • Activity – Shake My Sillies Out (action song from More Singable Songs by Raffi)
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Color pattern blocks, predict the next color in the pattern
  • Book #2 - *** When Poppy and Max Grow Up by Lindsey Gardiner
  • Activity - Some Dogs (action rhyme, I slightly rewrote this one from one I saw somewhere)
Some dogs run.
Some dogs bark.
Some dogs jump.
Some dogs growl.
Some dogs roll in the grass.
Some dogs yip.
Some dogs sniff.
Some dogs howl.
And some dogs just wag their tails all day.
  • Closing - Scarves using "Water, Wind and World" from The Second Line by Johnette Downing
  • Craft – Painting (being an artist like Poppy)
*** Targeted Parent Literacy Enhancement - The more words children know the easier it is when they learn how to read. Research tells us that it is easier to read a word that you have already heard. Books help your child learn new words, or vocabulary, because books contain more words than you will find in everyday conversations.