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
  
 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Box Storytime

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


  • Stand-up Activity – "If You're Happy and You Know It" 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 - How Many Boxes High?
I took this set of alphabet boxes my library got from Lakeshore Learning and stacked the boxes one on top of the other. I had the children count with me as I stacked the boxes until the tower fell.  We did this twice. 

  • Letter of the Day - "B" is for Box

  • Book #2 – Flora's Box by Tina Athaide, illustrated by Priscilla Burris

  • Activity – Jumping In My Box (action chant written by Carol Hopkins)
I'm jumping in my box,
I'm jumping in my box.
Jumping, jumping... up and down,
I'm jumping in my box.

I'm marching around my box,
I'm marching around my box.
Marching, marching... stomp, stomp, stomp,
I'm marching around my box.

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

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

  • Art Experience – Color pens on take-out dining boxes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dancing Feet 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 - Five Little Dancers (counting down rhyme I found at the Jen In the Library blog)

  • Letter of the Day - "j" is for jumping

  • Book #2 – Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown

  • Activity – I Can Dance My Hands (action song to the tune of "The Farmer In the Dell" written by Carol Hopkins)
I can dance my hands, I can dance my hands, 
Dance them high, dance them low,
I can dance my hands.

I can wiggle my hands, I can wiggle my hands,
Wiggle them out, wiggle them in,
I can wiggle my hands.

(continue with more action words like clap, roll, etc.)

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

  • Art Experience – Finger-paint with shaving cream on tables

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dinosaur Fun Stoytime

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 - Colorful Counting Dinosaurs (my notes don't say which website I found this counting rhyme that includes color recognition)

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


  • Activity – Dinosaur, Dinosaur Turn Around (action rhyme I adapted from the familiar "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around" rhyme)
Dinosaur, dinosaur turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur dance on your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur jump to the sky
Dinosaur, dinosaur stomp your feet
Dinosaur, dinosaur show your teeth
Dinosaur, dinosaur give a roar
Dinosaur, dinosaur find the floor

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

  • Art Experience – Paper scrap squares glued on a dinosaur as scales

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Minecraft in the Summer


Theme: Bell Tower

Hosted another successful Minecraft Build Competition this summer. (To read how I run my Minecraft program, please read my past post on the topic.) This program is a lot of fun to offer.  This theme worked well, especially since I repeatedly told the children to make sure their tower does not look like everyone else's.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Playful Bears Storytime

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

 



  • Stand-up Activity – Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around (traditional jump rope 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

  • 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 - All Types of Bears (flannelboard rhyme found in Artsy Toddler Storytimes written by Carol Hopkins, to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
Grizzly bears are big and brown.
Big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown.
And live in the woods.

Polar bears are soft and white.
Soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white.
And live where it is cold.

Panda bears are black and white,
Black and white, black and white
Panda bears are black and white.
And live with bamboo.

Koala bears have great big ears,
Great big ears, great big ears,
Koala bears have great big ears,
And live high in a tree.

Teddy bears are just my size.
Just my size, just my size.
Teddy bears are just my size.
To cuddle with at night.

  • Letter of the Day - "B" is for Bear



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

 

  • Art Experience – Crayons on a teddy bear coloring sheet

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Family Love 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 


  • Flannelboard - Daddy Mouse House (color rhyme flannelboard)
(put up different color houses on the board, hide a baby mouse picture under one house)

Daddy mouse, daddy mouse, where is your baby?
Daddy mouse, daddy mouse look for your baby under the "yellow" house.

(repeat by replacing the color yellow with other colored houses on the board until the baby mouse is found)

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

  • Book #2 – I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max 

  • Activity – Come A' Look A' See (fingerplay song I first picked up at a workshop conducted by Jane Cobb but can also be found on the music CD The Baby Record by Bob McGrath)

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

 

  • Art Experience – Glue stick the saying "Love Is Easy to Spot" onto paper place-mats and then add dot stickers

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flowers in the Garden Storytime

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


  • Stand-up Activity – "Baby Bumblebee" traditional song from Toddler Action Songs by Cedarmont Kids

  • 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 - The Flower Song (a song to the tune of "The Farmer In the Dell" about the parts of a flower that I found at Everything Preschool)

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


  • Activity – A Little Plant (adapted action rhyme)
In the heart of a seed
Buried oh so deep, a little plant lay fast asleep
"Awake," said the sun
"Come up through the earth."
"Awake," said the rain
"We are giving you birth."
The little seed heard and giving it a try
Pointed its leaves
Up to the sky

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music
   
 

  • Art Experience – Squeeze glitter glue on craft foam flowers