Flannel Friday: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This is week one of two to extend the “Five Little Monkeys” set I posted last week.

Pull out a copy of “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and print out your favorite font to make some letters!


Since I already have the palm tree made, this is a great way to stretch out its use!

(I couldn’t resist having one shot with the tree as well!)

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Babies: Play

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.


Higher Higher by Leslie Patricelli*
Peek-a-Who by Nina Laden**
Tickle Time by Sandra Boyton**

Early Literacy Tip

Positive interactions in storytime can prepare children for school. Have a great time with your baby today!

Flannelboard: Shape Game

I used one of the balls from “Big, Bigger, Biggest”. I used the beach ball, so a few caregivers thought we’d be reading about the beach. But that’s okay!

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Cheek Chin*
  • I Bounce You Here*
  • Pizza, Pickle, Pumpernickel**
  • Roll, Roll, Roll the Ball**
  • A Smooth Road**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
Two babies had new words to tell Miss Katie. One can now say “milk” and the other had learned “more”. The very bouncy babies appreciated when I put on Laurie Berkner’s “Fruit Salad Salsa” in the middle for some shaking and egg shakers.

Thursday morning
The babies were absolutely superb cleaning up today! During “Roll, Roll, Roll the Ball”, babies loved to eat the balls. I was glad to have teen volunteers afterwards to disinfect all the balls. I did “A Smooth Road” three times because of smiles today. And I was three different babies come to sit on my lap at one point or another!

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Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/10

For the first time in our library’s history, we ran our own summer reading program — Make Some Noise! What better opportunity to do a bi-weekly music and movement dance party? This program was advertised for ages 0-7 and their families.


The Plan

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
I sing this book and often invite the kids to sing along with me. I also love the fact that book is a guessing game, teaches body parts, and has an almost inappropriate rhyme! (Sometimes I worry that parents will not like the almost “butt” said. But then I decide that the book is good enough to risk it because it is.)

Parachute! (WARNING: Measure your room before you buy a chute!! This one just fits in our large meeting space, but I almost bought the next size up based on the handles…)

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Head & Shoulders — Ella Jenkins
Hands Are for Clapping — Jim Gill
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner Band
Freeze! — Michael Plunkett
Popcorn — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
See the Sun — Eric Litwin and Michael Levine
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

The parachute is pure love. The kids loved both popping the paper popcorn I put on the chute by shaking and bouncing it AND “See the Sun” where once again I had the adults help me raise and lower the chute while the kids ran around underneath. (And by run, I mostly mean they walked around the edges until their static hair was making me laugh so hard I thought I would cry.

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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Toddler Winter 2015 Rhymes, Songs, & Fingerplays

To read more about how I plan and prepare my Toddler Storytimes, please visit this post.


Each session, I pick some extension activities to repeat from week to week. Most of the time these have nothing to do with my theme of the day and just allow me to add more movement or songs if that’s what the toddlers need that week. Of course, I don’t use every activity every week. I’ll note in the individual theme summaries which activities I used. These are the activities that I had planned for Winter 2015.

Action Rhyme: “A Wiggle Wiggle Here”
A wiggle wiggle here,
A wiggle wiggle there,
Wiggle your hands up in the air.
Wiggle your shoulders,
Wiggle your hips,
Wiggle your knees,
And move your lips.
Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle.
And wiggle some more –
And now let’s sit down on the floor.
Credit: My former co-worker Sarah

Action Rhyme: “This Is Big”
This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Action Rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

Action Song: “Wake Up Toes”
Wake up toes, wake up toes
Wake up toes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up toes, wake up toes
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.
Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.
Credit: Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”**
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (Site appears to be completely reorganized…)

Fingerplay: “Slowly, Slowly”
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
up the garden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly very quickly
into his little house.
Credit: Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Where Is Thumbkin?”
Where is thumbkin? Where is thumbkin? (put hands behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (bring hands around from behind the back)
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you! (wiggle thumbs, one at a time)
Run away, run away! (hide hands behind back again)
Credit: Childhood

Lift/Song: “The Elevator Song”
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we open the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
And we turn around.
Credit: Jbrary

Movement: “Roly, Poly”
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down
Credit: Jbrary

Song: “Open, Shut Them”
Open, shut them, open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open, shut them, open, shut them
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap
Creep them, crawl them, creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Open up your little mouth
But do not let them in, in, in!
Credit: My co-worker Sarah

Song: “These Are Glasses”
These are my glasses (make glasses with your finger )
This is my book (hands pressed together)
I put on my glasses (put on the glasses)
And open up the book (open your hands)
Now I read read read (hold out the “book”)
And I look look look (look through the glasses)
I put down my glasses (put hands down)
WHOOP (clap hands together)
Close up the book
Credit: Sarah from GreenBeanTeenQueen is the first person who taught me this one! (It’s a Laurie Berkner song.)

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Discovery!: Nursery Rhymes


The Plan


1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera

Flannelboard: “Hickory Dickory Dock”

Flannelboard: “Jack and Jill”

Flannelboard: “Little Miss Muffet”

All flannelboards are Little Folk Visuals.

The Stations

IMG_0941Rhyme Book
My big overarching idea for this whole program was that all the kids would leave with a nursery rhyme book when they went home. I had a table set up with a book cover and markers for them to write their names. Each page had a hole punched in it and yarn was on the table to tie all the rhymes together. I also had two pages on the table to represent the books we read and flannelboards we saw.

IMG_0939Sorting Dishes (Hey Diddle Diddle)

I bought some plastic dishes from Target from the actual kitchenware section (Circo brand if you’re interested). The plates, bowls, and cups were around a dollar a piece and we will be using them in our new interactive play centers debuting later this year! In my introduction to this table, I told parents that sorting is a beginning math skill for preschoolers!

IMG_0942Lamb Craft (Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I recycled a craft from my last library. I found it at First School. Since this was an older program (3-6 year-olds instead of all ages), I put out scissors and let the the kids trace their hands and cut them out with the help from their caregivers. Both scissor skills and pencil skills are another set of school readiness preparation!

IMG_0940Candlestick Jump (Jack Be Nimble)

I made a “candlestick” out of a toilet paper roll that I covered in brown paper and stuffed some red, orange, and yellow tissue paper into the top of the roll. I originally had thought about bringing a real candlestick and not lighting it, but it occurred to me that a real candlestick had a chance at causing a real injury if a child misjumped. When I introduced this station, I asked parents to recite the rhyme as their children played because some children remember/learn things better while doing an activity, especially if they are a kinesthetic learner.

IMG_0943Egg Hospital (Humpty Dumpty)

I combined a few ideas from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas for my Humpty Dumpty station. Remembering how much my kids loved playing with band-aids at my last library, I decided to use leftover easter eggs and some band-aids for the kids to repair a 3D Humpty Dumpty. I bought some generic non-characters kids band-aids from the store and let the kids go to town. They loved this station and would drop their eggs on the floor to see if it would pop open and need another band-aid!

How It Went

The lamb craft was absolutely perfect for this age group! No one got frustrated and they all really enjoyed pasting the cotton balls down. It was so nice to see such great interactions between parents/caregivers and the children. I really and truly believe that each station was equally as engaging and entertaining. While every child had their favorite (a pair of brothers stayed to sort dishes for the longest time), it was clear to me that the program was an overall huge success!

And a Pinnable image with bonus pictures:

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ALSC: Five Things I Wasn’t Prepared For…


I wrote a mushy-gushy post that’s full of all the amazing things I wasn’t prepared for when I took over storytime but am so glad I got to know!

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Flannel Friday: Five Little Monkeys

Today’s post came from Melissa at Mel’s Desk, who made an amazing template for you to make your own monkeys!


And I just couldn’t resist taking an up-close picture of the sleepy monkey. He’s too cute not to!


So this set is for “Five Little Monkeys Swinging In the Tree”, but for the next two weeks I’ll show you how to extend this set and make it work for multiple flannels.

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Babies: Farm

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.


Cow Moo Me by Stephen Losordo**
Farm Kisses by Marianne Richmond*
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee*

Early Literacy Tip

Animal noises are great first sounds for babies. Sounds come before words!

Flannelboard: Shape Game

I hid a sheep behind the shapes today. It’s from my Farm Pack.

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep**
  • Popcorn, Popcorn*
  • Roly Poly**
  • This Little Piggy**
  • Tiny Little Babies*
  • Toast In the Toaster*

How It Went

Tuesday morning
A couple of my babies were teething this morning, so we had a rocky start to the program. But they settled in once we started our opening routine — another great reason to have a routine. “Baa Baa Black Sheep” captured one of my youngest baby’s attention more than anything else so far. “Clip Clop” was a great book; lots of sweet bouncing babies!

Thursday morning
The babies were so bouncy today! I used both “Popcorn, Popcorn” and “Toast In the Toaster” since bouncing was their favorite today. Also, I have a mom who has memorized “Cow Moo Me” because of storytimes. She recites it to her daughter every night without having the book. Sweet!

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Felt Board Stories!

The Plan


Flannelboard: “Dear Zoo”

Flannelboard: “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean”

Flannelboard: “Ouch”

Flannelboard: “Seals on the Bus”

Flannelboard: “Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Extension Activities

Action Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes”
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Credit: Childhood

Puppet Song: “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly”
Flutter, flutter butterfly,
Floating in the spring sky
Floating by for all to see,
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter butterfly,
Floating in the spring sky
Credit: Best Kids Book Site [Link no longer works]

Song: “Baby Shark”
Baby shark, do-do doot-doot
Baby shark, do-do doot-doot
Baby shark, do-do doot-doot, doo
(Repeat with Mama Shark, Papa Shark, and Grandpa Shark. Baby Shark is done with two hands, wrists touching to make a shark mouth. Mama Shark is slightly bigger, Papa Shark is bigger than Mama. For Grandpa Shark, fold fingers in and clap with no teeth.)
Credit: My amazing (former) co-worker Amanda

Song: “Wheels on the Bus”
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.
The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish; The doors on the bus go open and shut; The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep; The Driver on the bus says “Move on back, The people on the bus go Up and Down; The baby on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah”; The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush.”
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I do two classrooms. One is a two-year-old classroom and the other is a combined three-year-olds to six-year-olds classroom (basically three classrooms pile into one classroom). I was always directed to the two-year-old room first.

It was a DREAM COME TRUE to be asked to do an entire storytime based on felt board stories. I almost wept with joy!

I saved the more complicated flannelboards of “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” and “Ouch” for the older classroom. The two-year-olds had a great time. I introduced “Wheels on the Bus” before we did “Seals on the Bus”. They loved the butterfly puppet I pulled out after “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. I would say that “Very Hungry Caterpillar” was their favorite.

Three-Year-Olds — Six-Year-Olds
This older group cracked up at the end of “The Biggest Thing In the Ocean”. Somewhere around age four, I find that kids develop a certain sense of justice and laugh at stories like “The Biggest Thing In the Ocean” or “Ugly Fish”. They also really loved dancing around to “Baby Shark”, though we did have to have a talk about why Grandpa Shark doesn’t have any teeth anymore!

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Toddlers: Emotions

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan



Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems**
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley*
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won***
Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

Early Literacy Tip

Identifying different feelings helps build vocabulary and social/emotional skills.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Go Away, Big Green Monster”***

Flannelboard: “Thanks a Lot”***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • The Elevator Song***
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • Put Your Hands Up High*
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear***
  • This Is Big***

How It Went

Tuesday morning
The last storytime in a session is always a little sad, with kids “graduating” to the next level up. Somehow, I held it together and managed not to cry during “Thanks A Lot” which always makes me tear up a little bit. I had a parent thank me afterwards for doing “Go Away, Big Green Monster” since their child has been having difficulties with being scared at night. She loved the “go away!” as a coping skill.

Tuesday afternoon
This group loved telling The Pigeon “NOOO!” And the kids doing “Teddy Bear” was the cutest thing I had seen all week. But the best part was when a mom came up after storytime and asked me if I made all the flannelboards. She loved “Thanks A Lot” and I was able to give her the link to Mel’s Desk for the template!

Thursday morning
“Hooray for Hat!” is the best book ever. Everyone participated so enthusiastically by cheering along. This time, I did get a little mushy during “Thanks A Lot”, but I managed to wipe the tear when I was changing flannel pieces and I don’t think anyone noticed. Lastly, this group was nothing but Pigeon’s sympathizers — they kept saying “yes!”

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