Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Storytime: Valentine's/Love


I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Books:

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
I Need A Hug by Aaron Blabey
Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis
All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri
Valentine Friends by Janet Schulman
Llama Llama I Love You by Anne Dewdney

Songs/Fingerplays:
'There Is a Shape'
'I Love You, You Love Me'
'Mr. Mailman'

Flannelboard:

Craft:


Storytime: Silly Animals

I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Book Options:


Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh
Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Cimarusti
The Wide-Mouth Frog or The Long-Nosed Pig by Keith Faulkner
I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey
Never Feed a Yeti Spaghetti by Kali Stileman
What Color Is Bear's Underwear? by Todd Doodler
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Songs/Fingerplays:

'I Am In-Between'

'Mr. Crocodile'
Itsy Bitsy Spider'
Seals on the Bus'












Flannelboard:



2s Activity:

Time for the Story Cube! Have them act like whatever animal they role.

Storytime: Trucks

I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Book Options:


Fire Truck by Peter Sis
Little Blue Truck's Springtime by Alice Schertle
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! by Patricia Hubbell
I Love Trucks by Philemon Sturges

Songs/Fingerplays:

'Where are Trucks?'
'Windshield Wiper'



Flannelboard:



2s Activity:



















3-5s Craft:

Garbage Truck Craft Collage

Storytime: St. Patrick's Day / Green

I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Book Options:





The End of the Rainbow by Liza Donnelly
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Little Green Peas by Keith Baker
One Sheep, Blue Sheep by Scholastic
Red Pepper, Yellow Squash: A Book of Colors by Scholastic Rookie Toddler
Where Is the Green Sheep? by MemFox

Also can add for 3-5s:

Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss
Lizette's Green Sock by Catharina Valckx
Small Green Snake by Libba Gray

Songs/Fingerplays:

'Mr. Sun'
'5 Plump Peas'
'I'm a Little Leprechaun'


Flannelboard:
'Five Little Shamrocks'


2s Activity:
Before the 'Five Little Leprechauns' flannelboard, I passed out a shamrock on a stick to each of the kids. They could play and hold it while we did the rhyme. At the end, it asks them to bring the shamrocks up to me so I had them stick them in the side of a green basket so it looked like a garden!




We also played a game I call 'Hula Frogs' with beanbag frogs (we pretended they were all green). I put a hula hoop in the middle of the floor and we listened to Laurie Berkner's Five Green & Speckled Frogs. They were supposed to toss their frog in the 'pond' when it indicates that in the song but we had frogs leaping everywhere! A few of the kids wanted to get in the pond themselves! But they loved the beanbag frogs so it was all good!

They also practiced their jumping skills after when I lined up the hula hoops. Some wanted to bring their 'frog' with of course. ;)


3-5s Craft:

You can find a million rainbow crafts on Pinterest, but this one seemed doable for a large group without a great deal of intervention from me. This is from Michelle at Crafty Morning.


Rainbow Circles


Storytime: Bathtime (with 2's)

I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Books:




Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Bathtime for Little Rabbit by Jorg Muhle
scrubba dub by Nancy Van Laan
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

More Ideas:
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Time To Get Out of the Bath, Shirley by John Burningham
Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy
Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator
Bubble Bath Pirates! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Animal Baths by Bob Barner

Songs/Fingerplays:

'I Had a Little Turtle'
'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'
'Itsy Bitsy Spider'
'After My Bath'
'I Had a Little Turtle'
(adapted from Miss Lucy hand rhyme)

I had a little turtle, his name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub, to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap.
And now he's sick in bed, with bubbles in his throat!

Check out the great hand movements from this Youtube link to a Jbrary video:
Jbrary 'I Had a Little turtle'

Flannelboard:
Instead of the flannelboard, today we used the wipe-off dogs I made from the book Dog's Colorful Day. Depending on what you laminate with, you can use dry-erase markers or crayons to have the kids draw the spots on Dog as you read the story, or after.

2s Activity:

First we had to blow bubbles!

Then, using the song "This is the Way We Wash Our Hands", we played with scarves and pretended to dry off after the bath. Here are the lyrics and movements from the King County Library System:
This is the Way We Wash Our Hands


3-5s Craft:
bubble-wrap prints

Storytime: Cats & Dogs

I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Books:





Doggies by Sandra Boynton
No No, Jo! by Kate and Jim McMullan
Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
Stretch by Doreen Cronin

More Ideas:
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Doghouse by Jan Thomas

Songs/Fingerplays:

'The Paws on the Dog' (to Wheels on the Bus)
''Five Little Kittens'
'Three Little Kittens'

'Three Little Kittens'

One little, two little, three little kittens (count on fingers)
Were napping in the sun.
One little, two little, three little puppies said
 "Let's have some fun!" (count on other hand)
Up to the kittens the puppies went creeping (quiet voice)
as quiet as could be (have the puppy fingers creep to the kitty fingers)
Woof! Meow!
One little, two little, three little kittens
Went scampering up a tree! (have kitten fingers climb up)


2s Activity:

We used a fun bin full of plastic puppy finger puppets and had a blast!

3-5s Craft:

We used our bingo daubers to make dots on a dog template from Dog's Colorful Day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Storytime: Bears

I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.


Books:



Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Bears in Snow by Shirley Parenteau
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Where Does the Brown Bear Go? by Nicki Weiss

Songs/Fingerplays:

'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear'
'Where Is Bear?' to the tune of Thumbkin
'Ten Bears in a Bed'

'Where Is Bear?'

Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter? Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.
Flannelboard:
Ten in A Bed

2s Activity:
I took some printouts of the animals from Brown Bear, Brown Bear and added them to the story cube. I rolled the cube and had the 2s act like the animal that I rolled each time. They could growl like bear or jump like a frog, etc.



3-5s Craft:

Pinterest is not lacking in bear/hibernation crafts, that's for sure! My favorite go-to bear template is below - just color, add a cave (with a door of course) some snow and you are good to go!
Moms Network


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Storytime: SNOW!

I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Books:

Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant
Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root
Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes

Songs/Fingerplays:

'One Little Snowflake'
'Chubby Snowman'
'Winter Hokey-Pokey'
'Two Little Hands'


Flannelboard:
I found one game in the files that I used - a simple counting rhyme "One Little Snowflake".

One Little Snowflake

One little snowflake with nothing to do
Along came another and then there were two.
Two little snowflakes playing in a tree
Along came another and then there were three.
Three little snowflakes looking for some more
Along came another and then there were four.
Four little snowflakes that finally did arrive
Along came another and then there were five.
Five little snowflakes having so much fun
Out came the sun and then there were none!

2s Activity:
I made this activity from the book Snowy Sunday. I hid the hats around the room and each child had a turn to bring theirs up, tell us the color, and add it to a snowball.



3-5s Craft:

Found this cute idea on Pinterest from:
A Dab of Glue will Do

I had a few younger siblings join for the craft so I abandoned the idea of the snowman and we just taped the circles to make snowballs instead. A little glitter at the end didn't hurt!



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thank You, John Burningham

While I have many favorite author/illustrators, none resonate with me quite as much as the late John Burningham. Leaving behind a legacy of amazing children's books, he passed away earlier this month at age 82. The managing director of his publisher called Burningham, "a true original, a picture-book pioneer and an endlessly inventive creator of stories that could be by turns hilarious and comforting, shocking and playful."

I find it no coincidence that probably my all-time favorite title of his was born the same year as I. I can't recall a time I didn't know this story, and it is still a favorite of mine to use in storytime.

When I went back to school to get my Masters degree, these two titles were fairly new. A friend I made in school introduced me to Avocado Baby, saying that it was one of his young son's favorite bedtime stories. As a soon-to-be children's librarian, I made it a point to get to know Burningham's work.


My oldest daughter was born around the same time this book came out. It was a bedtime favorite, the gentle lyrical prose is such a delight and a perfect match to the pictures, without being too sweet.
                                           

These next three were all published in the last ten years and I adore each of them, as a librarian, as a mom, as a human. I don't even have cats or dogs and I'm excited about the prospect of a party with the Queen of the cats! Picnic is perfect for storytime, and I swear I was Sylvie from The Way to the Zoo when I was a kid.


Motor Miles came out in 2016 and I remember being so excited when it came in at work. My guess is that's John Burningham, zipping around in a car or a plane with his dog, thinking up more wonderful adventures.
                                            
 More Favorites:

The Magic Bed

There's Going To Be a Baby

Come Away From the Water, Shirley

Tug-of-War

Mouse House

Where's Julius?

Harvey Slumfenberger's Christmas Present

Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Storytime: Food



I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

2s don't really get the concept of Thanksgiving so it's always easy to do FOOD as the theme and throw in Thanksgiving rhymes and books here and there.

Books:




Red Pepper Yellow Squash by Scholastic Rookie Toddler
Thanksgiving Cats by Jean Marzollo
Guess What? - Fruit by Yusuke Yonezu
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley


Also for 3s/4s:
10 Turkeys in the Road by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers by Lorna Balian
Over the River and Through the Woods (various authors)
Sam's Sandwich by David Pelham

Songs/Fingerplays:
'Apples and Bananas'
'Pat-A-Cake'
'Five Plump Peas'

'The Soup Is Boiling Up'

The Soup Is Boiling Up

The soup is boiling up, the soup is boiling up.

Stir it slow, around we go,

The soup is boiling up.

2s Activity:
I used two sets of games that I found in the desk files - 'The Soup Is Boiling Up' involved the kids adding the ingredients to a pot of soup and then taking turns stirring it. The second was called 'Going on a Picnic' and had the kids adding various foods to a picnic blanket.



Craft/Activity:

I am proud to report that letting the 2s play with slime actually went well! I found a great recipe for super-fluffy slime that was sticky but didn't stick to everything. A few were apprehensive at first but they could also use a popsicle stick to touch it if they didn't want to use their fingers. We added some shaped cookie cutters and rollers to the fun!