Pajama Storytime (October)

After the library stopped hosting “Afternoon Storytime” and a trial program of “Starry Night Stories”, I made the decision to start a monthly “Pajama Storytime” session at the library. I wanted to give families the chance to enjoy hearing stories together — and especially wanted to try again to host an evening program. Our suggested age range is ages 0 to 7 and their families, which means I sometimes get a few older siblings. The goal in this program is simple: foster a love of reading and particularly of reading together as a family!

The Plan

Books

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Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox
Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen
Tiger Can’t Sleep by S.J. Fore
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera
Who Said Coo? by Deborah Ruddell

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Teddy Bears”

Rhyme Wheel: “Five Little Ducks”

Nursery Rhyme: “Star Light, Star Bright”
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Ten In the Bed”
Credit: Childhood

Rhyme Card

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Each month will have a different rhyme that we do at storytime and then send parents home with the words. This is a picture of the rhyme cards after quite a few months. This month was “Moon Song.”

How It Went

The favorite books tonight were definitely “Who Said Coo?” — the kids really enjoyed the rhyming words — and “Itsy Mitsy Runs Away.” And I had a lot of enthusiastic participation during “Ten In the Bed” with very loud singing and actions.

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Superheroes!

The Plan

Books

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Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Mighty Max by Harriet Ziefert
My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister
Princess Super Kitty by Antoniette Portis
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Heroes”
One little, two little, three little heroes
Four little, five little, six little heroes
Seven little, eight little, nine little heroes
Ten heroes ready to fly!
(count down)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Superman”
Put your hands way up high (raise arms up in air)
Like Superman flying across the sky (assume flying position)
Fly to the left, now fly to the right (lean to your right, then left)
Now show me your muscles with all your might,(make arm muscles)
Now Superman’s putting his suit away (bring arms down slowly)
So he can go flying another day (rest hands in lap)
Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Action Song with Applesauce!: “Did You Ever See a Hero?”
Did you ever see a hero, a hero, a hero,
Did you ever see a hero, flying in the sky?
Fly this way and that way and this way and that way
Did you ever see a hero, flying in the sky?
(putting on their cape, saving the day, going home)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Fingerplay: “Five Superheroes”
Five superheroes ready to fly,
Here comes a villain. Stop that guy!
This superhero can save the day.
Off he/she flies – up, up, and away!
Credit: Jbrary

Craft

We had these leftovers masks from a long ago Halloween program and I just repurposed them to be superhero masks. I brought out a bunch of stickers and let the preschoolers go to town. They had a great time! My greatest compliment is one of my kids insists on wearing his mask any time his family comes to the library.

How It Went

Thursday morning
This was a smaller crowd on Thursday morning. And that meant that I wound up only reading two of the books: “Superhero ABC” and “Kiki’s Blankie” since I wasn’t getting a lot of participation during the books from the kids. They absolutely LOVED “Five Superheros” from Jbrary and my flannelboard song. I bought some clip art off of Etsy to make the flannelboard and I absolutely love how it turned out.

Friday morning
This storytime was dominated by 4 & 5 year-old boys. I’m sure you can imagine what a dream come true superhero storytime was for them. Their favorite book was “Mighty Max.” Since it was a mostly boy crowd, I did read “Princess Super Kitty” especially to show them that girls can be superheroes too. (It’s also why I bought clip art with girls and boys.) This group really enjoyed when I put a cape on Applesauce and sang “Did You Ever See a Hero?”

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Garden!

The Plan

Books

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A Closer Look by Mary McCarthy
Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Rah Rah Radishes by April Pulley Sayre

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Lunch”

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Flowers”
One little, two little, three little flowers
Four little, five little, six little flowers
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers
Ten flowers in the garden
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Dig a Little Hole”
Dig a little hole(dig)
Plant a little seed (drop seed)
Pour a little water (pour)
Pull a little weed (pull up and throw away)
Chase a little bug (chasing motion)
Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)
Give a little sunshine (make a sun)
Grow a little rose (smell flower, eyes closed)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Puppets: “There’s Something In My Garden”
There’s something in my garden, now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden that I can’t really see
Hear its funny sound…
A [ANIMAL] is what I found!
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Craft

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This was a pre-packaged craft that I got at Michaels last summer. It had different kinds of flowers in it, but I chose the daisy since daisies are the friendliest flowers. (Points if you got that reference!) It was an okay craft, we did need to pull out glue dots since it wasn’t self-adhesive.

How It Went

Thursday morning
“Something In My Garden” is a magical, magical rhyme. The kids wait with baited breath until the animals come out and surprise them. This was a great theme for the CSLP 2013 Summer Reading theme, “Dig Into Reading!” and the kids this morning really enjoyed both “Planting a Rainbow” and “Maisy Grows a Garden.” Garden!

Friday morning
“Maisy Grows a Garden” was the hit of this group. They were so, so excited to watch me pull the tabs and let the pop-ups loose. I had the kids clap the beat of “Rah Rah Radishes” in this group as I read since they were pretty wiggly throughout the whole storytime. I’m not sure I would recommend that to everyone, as I have a super loud voice and it’s not a problem for me to talk over a group of thirty clapping along, but it was so fun!

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Flannel Friday: Five Little Starfish

An inspired by inspired by Flannel Friday offering: Five Little Starfish!

I was looking for a good flannelboard to help me clean up my scrap piles this past fall and stumbled on this little gem that Dorothy wrote, inspired by Nicole!

Five Little Starfish
Five little starfish by the shore,
The yellow one got lost and that left four
Four little starfish in the sea,
The blue one swam far, far away and that left three.
Three little starfish in the ocean so blue,
The red one took a seahorse ride and that left two.
Two little starfish in the sun,
The orange one took a dive and that left one.
One little starfish swimming along,
It was time for him to go home and that left none.
Credit: The Wielded Pen (with inspiration from Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime)

I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I know the opportunity will eventually present itself now that I’m at a new library! I’m going to modify the colors since I was just trying to use scraps and I never have red scraps for some reason.

Anna is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Explore the World: Magnets

In response to the STEAM movement (and with great thanks to such great inspiration & encouragement from colleagues: Amy, Abby, and Kendra), this past fall I started a STEAM storytime series at the library. This is primarily aimed at preschoolers and their families, registration open to ages 3-7 in our library.

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Books & Group Activities

Opening Activity
Building blocks from Kendra.
“Building Blocks”
(Tune of Good Night Ladies)
Hello ________
Hello ________
Hello ________
Come build something with your blocks!

Books

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A Look at Magnets by Barbara Alpert
Push and Pull! Learn About Magnets by Julia Vogel

I shared just a few books today about magnets. I think the best thing that I did was use two magnets for a demonstration where I invited each child up to feel the push and pull of the magnets. I also did a special magnet board with “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” which I got from Anne’s Library Life. While I did the story, I didn’t let the kids see what I was doing and once I had finished telling the story, I turned the board around and let them see the “magic”.

Once we finished the group portion, it was time to move to the station activities.

Station Activities

Before I run down the activity stations, I do want to highlight the products I did wind up purchasing for this program: Magnet Mania Science Kit & Super Magnet Classroom Lab Kit.


Buried Treasure
There are our dishpans again, ha! I buried all of counting chips in some sand from our sand art surplus. The kids used the magnet wands to uncover buried treasure. They also had a great time chaining their counting chips and trying to build the longest chain of chips. I overheard some great conversations about why the chips had magnetic properties when touching the magnet wands from some of the parents!

Magnetic Fishing
I used our Lakeshore Learning set and just let the kids go to town fishing for letters. What I really enjoyed were the interactions and cooperative play that I saw with the kids as they worked together to find the letters to spell their names.


Marble Painting
The biggest undertaking I’ve ever done before. I actually had two of our pages come downstairs with me specifically to supervise this station. I found out all the instructions for this program at Let’s Explore, via Abby the Librarian. Our set-up involved large oval paper plates and some recycled tape rolls to prop them up. To make this an easier station, I pre-cut wax paper sheets that the kids could keep their shapes on and so the pages could easily re-set each paint station for another kid quickly without too much mess.

Magnet Exploration
This was an easy station — I put out all the extra magnets and supplies from the kits and let the kids play. I had quite a few kids that were fascinated with the pull/push aspects and spent a lot of time reversing the polarities to push magnets around the table.


Crazy Hair Station
This station came from Abby at Abby the Librarian and I just absolutely loved it from the very beginning. It was probably the station that I was most looking forward to! Luckily, the kids loved it too. I have a lot of great pictures with their smiling faces and their magnet crazy hair creations. Super simple to cut up some pipe cleaners — I did use the skinny ones, with less fuzz. This is absolutely the station that kids kept coming back to over and over again for one last crazy hair creation!

Take-Home Activities

Since there are not a ton of books for the preschool age on magnets and magnetism, I did skip the display this time around. Instead, I handed out small baggies with supplies to test magnetism at home. I also handed out these take-home packets as they left. Inside there’s an activity page and a coloring page.

Feel free to pin whatever pictures you want, but I did make another Pinterest friendly collage!

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Coming soon…Size Science and Snow Science!

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Flannel Friday: Ice Cream Colors

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

I couldn’t resist making the whole I scream, you scream pun. Here’s a great summertime (a little bit early — but maybe someone is doing ICE CREAM SCIENCE?) flannelboard for you to grab.

Flannelboard: “Ice Cream Colors”
We have ice cream, the best in town,
Let us begin with chocolate brown.
Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink,
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.
Here is ice cream minty and green,
It is the creamiest I have ever seen.
Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,
We like its taste from the very start.
Scoops of blueberry would make my day,
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!
Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,
All these scoops are a heavenly sight.
Vanilla white is a popular flavor,
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.
Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,
Good and yummy till the very last lick.
Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,
We love ice cream in any combination!
Credit: Step By Step

I’ve used this in summer, sweets, the Letter I, colors, and probably another dozen themes are possible.

Another first flannelboard for me — this is the first one that I freehanded! Since I freehanded it, I went ahead and traced it and uploaded it as a pattern for you, available here! Enjoy!

Anne will be hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Dinosaur Dance!

The Plan

Books

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Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein
Dinosaur Vs. the Library! by Bob Shea
RAWR! By Todd Doodler

Games

Game: “Steg, Steg, T-Rex”
Yep. This is Duck, Duck, Goose. It’s a tried and true game for preschoolers that always leads to lots and lots of giggling.

Game: “Dino Egg Hunt”
We have a ton of leftover eggs from various crafts. I hid ten of each color (pink, blue, green, and purple) and broke the kids into four teams, giving them each a color bucket that corresponded to the egg colors. I asked them to only take their color eggs so that everyone could participate. When their team finished, I awarded them their own dinosaur finger puppets that I got at Target earlier in the summer.

And then, it was time to DANCE!

Dance Mix

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We Are the Dinosaurs (Laurie Berkner)
Dinosaur Dance (We Kids Rock)
Dino-5 Theme Song (Baby Loves Hip Hop Presents The Dino5)
Dinosaurs A to Z (Dinosaur Train)
I Am a Palentologist (They Might Be Giants)

For “We Are the Dinosaurs” and “Dinosaur Dance”, the kids, grown-ups, and I followed the directions in the songs. During the the “Dino-5 Theme Song”, I had the kids dance their finger puppets around. The finger puppets really helped them take a break instead of going full-force. During “Dinosaurs A to Z”, some of the kids joined me in shouting out the letters with me as I tried to make the letter shapes with my body. And for “I Am a Palentologist”, I had scarves for them to dance around with as our final cool-down.

Craft

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And as (almost) always, we did finish with a craft. This was another quick Oriental Trading scratch art kit. The kids enjoyed it, but I did find that a lot of them ran out of time to scratch ALL the color off. (As so many of them try to do!)

How It Went

I had a ridiculous amount of fun at this program and I’m so happy to report that the kids did too. They busted some great moves and had a lot of good times in the air conditioning. I also had a giant blow-up TRex that I got for summer decorations. Afterwards, the kids who wanted photos took photos by him giving me some wonderful photographic memories of this day!

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Construction!

The Plan

Books

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Dig, Dogs, Dig by James Horvath
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Roadwork by Sally Sutton
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “If You Have a Red Truck”
If you have a red truck, a red truck,
If you have a red truck, bring it to the board!

Flannelboard: “Red Crane, Red Crane, What Do You See?”

Song: “Construction Worker Song”
This is the way we pound our nails, pound our nails, pound our nails
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning
(saw the wood, turn the screwdriver, drill a hole, stack the bricks, stir the paint, paint the walls)
Credit: Everything Preschool

Song: “Dump Truck” (Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuump out the load.
Credit: Pre-K

Craft

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This is the same exact craft that I used in Road Work Ahead. I had a lot of extras from the program and felt like it would be a waste to recycle them. For storytime though, I had teen volunteers cut out the pieces and pre-assemble the construction trucks so that my little kids could just color.

How It Went

Thursday morning
The kids were pretty restless this morning. The “Construction Worker” song went on for a very long time to get those wiggles out. And thankfully, Anna’s idea of using scarves to act out “Tip Tip Dig Dig” worked really well at getting their Construction!energy out!

Friday morning
My Friday group was on the quieter side so titles like “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” worked a lot better. They had a really good time with the “Red Crane, Red Crane, What Do You See?” flannelboard — tons of the kids knew the rhythm of the story and chanted along with me.

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Flannel Friday: Ten Fluffy Chickens

I have a great springtime rhyme for you today: Ten Fluffy Chickens!

This wonderful flannelboard came from the one and only Melissa at Mel’s Desk. This was another of my first flannels and posting about it in bird storytime resulting in Melissa commenting on my blog for the first time ever. (Which…um…I totally didn’t fangirl or run around my job squeeing about. No matter what you might have heard.)

Here’s the rhyme:

Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is Mother Hen
Cackle, cackle, cackle
And what do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
Yellow as can be!

And for the pattern, I used Microsoft clip art to get the images. You can also use Melissa’s (or my) picture, blow it up and print it out if you don’t have access to clip art. Or find some new clip art of your own!

Brooke will be hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Kevin Henkes

The Plan

Books

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Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Three Little Kittens”

Action Rhyme: “Big Yellow Moon”
Big yellow moon shines so bright, (circle overhead)
Glides across the starry night (arms left to right)
Looks down at me (hand shades eyes)
Asleep in bed, (head on hands)
Whispers, “Good night sleepyhead.” (shh)
Big yellow moon, your turn is done (move arms down)
Here comes Mr. Morning Sun (circle overhead)
I wake up. (arms stretch out)
You go to bed. (head on hands)
“Sleep well, Moon, you sleepyhead.” (shh)
Credit: King Country Library System

Song & Puppet: “Sleepy Bear” (Tune: “Thumbkin”)
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.
(Have kids shout “WAKE UP BEAR” to do the song again.)
Credit: Preschool Education

Craft

Since coloring sheets have gone over so well at the daycare, I’ve decided to go ahead and keep using them. The teachers love the sheets and the practice the kids get with holding crayons.

How It Went

Kevin Henkes is an author that just draws the kids in through illustrations. “Old Bear” is one of my all-time favorite storytime book and was absolutely the reason that I chose to do this storytime. I’ve never met a group that didn’t sit quietly, thoroughly engaged with that book and I’m pleased to say this storytime continued that streak. Also, “Sleepy Bear” is possible my absolute favorite puppet rhyme to do.

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