Siblings: Shapes

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

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Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone (Board)*
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert*

Early Literacy Tip
Knowing shapes lays the foundation for being able to identify letters later on as well as lays the formation for math and geometry. Use blocks or cutout shapes to have your child make something.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Wiggleworms Love You*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Props: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” while holding foam stars*

Bounce: “Giddy-up, Giddy-up”
Giddy-up, giddy-up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)
Credit: Reading With Red

Lift: “Tick Tock”
Start by swaying baby from side to side
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock lift once
More verses: Two o’clock, three o’clock
Credit: My co-worker

Partnering: “Peek-a-Boo”
Toddlers had scarves to hold between themselves and caregiver/baby to play peek-a-boo.
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your button nose and your tiny toes
Peek-a-boo! I see you!
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

This week’s storytime was really fun for my toddlers. They absolutely adored the book Bear in a Square and finding all the shapes in the story. I had one little group of toddlers that crowded around me and my copy of the board book and raced each other to find the shapes. I also had a toddler that wanted to be in my lap instead of sitting by their caregivers during our opening “Name…Oops” rhyme and during “Tick, Tock” — I love that they are so comfortable in class and can also have some one-on-one time.

Book Bundles: 123s

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • 123 Peas by Keith Baker ($7.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd ($16.00) — Baker & Taylor
  • Here Comes the 123s by They Might Be Giants ($11.99) — Amazon
  • Snap-n-Learn Bugs ($19.99) — Learning Resources
  • Spot It! Numbers ($11.99) — Amazon
  • Mesh Laundry Bag ($3.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $81.89

For this Bundle, I have a hardcover and a board book of two of my favorite books about counting: Dog’s Colorful Day and 123 Peas. Dog’s Colorful Day talks only about numbers 1-10 while 123 Peas counts up to twenty and then does up to 100 by tens (thirty, forty, fifty, etc.). I wanted to give a variety of ways to count instead of just numbers 1-10.

“Here Comes the 123s” is my shout-out for kids who like to move while they learn. And also because I love the CD so very much and yet have trouble incorporating it into Shake, Shimmy, and Dance.

The Snap-n-Learn Bugs are wonderful for hands-on learning and matching. I love that in addition to the “right” answer to the bugs, you could also turn it into a basic math problem: “Which other numbers could add up to six?”

And the Spot It! Numbers was a way to get the whole family involved in working on number identification. And not only that — it’s great for practicing visual identification of numbers!


It’s the end of April and the 123s Book Bundle has gone out 12 times since launching at the end of November! With our two week circulation, that means it goes right back out the minute it hits the shelves.

Outreach Storytime 4/21

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek*
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd*
Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin*
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Little Mouse”*

Flannelboard: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree”*

Action Rhyme: “Everyone Can March”*
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
And now let’s make a stop.
Verses: clap, jump, tap, 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 no longer links)

How It Went

Today’s storytime was a pretty small crowd (only 18 when I’m normally in the 30s/40s), but I was able to re-introduce participation activities since it was a smaller crowd. Every kid got a chance to pick a color and pull the house off of the flannelboard. Every kid got to say an action for “Everyone Can March” and we did it together. Our most success book was Dog’s Colorful Day which I haven’t read in a storytime in such a long time! It was a treat to re-visit it since it’s one of my favorite books.

Siblings: Animal Sounds

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. (Board)*
Peek-a-Zoo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy*

Early Literacy Tip
Children love being able to identify animals and imitate the sounds they make. Use some stuffed animals and make up new verses for “Old MacDonald”. What noise would each animal make?

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Mr. Jon & Friends*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Puppets: “When Animals Get Up in the Morning” (jungle animal edition)*

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”*
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Partnering: “These Are Baby’s Fingers”*
Toddlers were asked to first find baby’s fingers, toes, and belly button. Then they touched each body part during the rhyme and ended with a tickle for baby and a tickle from caregiver to toddler.
These are baby’s fingers (touch fingers)
These are baby’s toes (touch toes)
This is baby’s belly button (touch stomach)
Round and round it goes! (tickle)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

This session’s Siblings class has moved into our large programming room to accommodate the amount of families registering and the strollers/car seats that they bring. We all have more space to move around now! I was split 50/50 with families from the previous session attending and families that were brand-new. Both Polar Bear, Polar Bear and Say Hello Like This! were equally successful. The partnering for today was especially sweet to watch as most of the kids dissolved into giggles. My one “whoops” moment was realizing that I need a second bubble wand since our toddler storytime was taking place at the same time in the smaller programming room. Whoops!

Book Bundles & Parenting Packs Overview

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Book Bundles were my dream before I even came to my new (okay, it’s been two years and I should really stop calling it “new”) library #2. I had actually already done the research on what other area libraries offered for circulating early literacy kits and I had planned to write a grant for library #1 sometime in the spring of 2014.

That changed when I moved to library #2 in February of 2014.

Lucky for me, I was told in my second interview that library #2 wanted to revamp their circulating early literacy kits! My eyes lit up and my heart went pitter-patter. One of my first tasks at library #2 was working on a Target early literacy grant (which sadly does not exist any longer) and library #2 received one of the last grants handed out in the fall of 2014.

We had several meetings about the kits at the library. Our original kits were designed for grandparents to use with visiting grandchildren. These new kits were going to be marketed directly to the kids themselves. Later in the planning stages, it was also decided to make some kits specifically geared towards parents/caregivers for milestone moments.

The Details

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Book Bundles

  • I created twelve Book Bundle themes: 123s, ABCs, Animals, Colors, Community Helpers, Feelings, My Body, Nursery Rhymes, Shapes, Time, Transportation, Weather.
  • The backpacks were purchased from 4Imprint and are the “On the Move” Backpack style.
  • Book Bundles are shelved on the floor with a zip-tie securing the backpack closed. (I specifically bought a backpack that featured two zipper pulls on the same zipper for this to work.)
  • Logo was sketched hastily by me on a scratch piece of paper and fully realized by our fabulous graphic designer.
  • For each Book Bundle, I made both an Inventory and an Activity Guide.
  • Once a week one of our adult volunteers checks the returned Book Bundles against the Inventory sheet and then staff checks them in, backdating to date patron returned the item.
  • They circulate for two weeks, with a fine of $1.00 per day if returned late. That’s the library’s standard for media kits like Rokus, Nooks, Kindles, etc..

Parenting Packs

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  • I created eight unique Parenting Pack themes: First Trip on an Airplane, Healthy Eating, New Baby in the House, Potty Training for Boys, Potty Training for Girls, Starting School, Staying in the Hospital, Visiting the Doctor.
  • Since I knew it was likely that several of these packs would be high in demand, I doubled New Baby in the House and both Potty Training packs. This bring our total of packs to eleven.
  • We named them Parenting Packs rather than “Parent Packs” because all caregivers do parenting but not all caregivers are parents.
  • The totes were purchased from the Container Store and are the Reisenthel Fabric Storage Boxes. They sadly do not make the Ruby Dots pattern anymore which really stinks for me since I have new Parenting Packs that I’d like to debut!
  • I punched two grommets into the boxes so that I could secure them on the floor. I use two zip-ties to keep everything in the box before checkout.
  • I pulled a variety of images and texts that I liked and our amazing graphic designer created the logo.
  • For each Parenting Pack, I made an Inventory and Activity Guide (the same as the Book Bundles, just different logos). I also wrote a Resources Guide that talks about the milestone event and hopefully provides support for caregivers who want more information.
  • Once a week one of our adult volunteers checks the returned Parenting Packs against the Inventory sheet and then staff checks them in, backdating to date patron returned the item.
  • They circulate for two weeks, with a fine of $1.00 per day if returned late. That’s the library’s standard for media kits like Rokus, Nooks, Kindles, etc..

Circulation of both Book Bundles and Parenting Packs is handled through the Kids & Teens Department. We help patrons check them out at the self-check and then cut the zip-ties off of their kit. After our volunteer inventories the kits, we backdate the item and check it in, zip-tie it, and it goes back out on the floor.

I made binders that are housed by each collection so that patrons can browse what’s inside the bags without needing to look inside. We also have a bookmark that lists each theme for both collections that patrons can take home or reference.

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Over the next twenty weeks, I’ll be showing off a kit a week so you’ll get to see what was chosen and why.

And that’s about it in terms of specifics in getting the kits put together. Technical Services helped SO MUCH in creating a catalog record for these items from scratch and making sure all the materials got tagged with the barcode. I am so appreciative of how everyone at the library works together to make my dreams come true!

Outreach Storytime: 4/7

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard*
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin*
Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony*
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera*
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Flannelboard: “Five Hungry Ants”*

Flannelboard: “Lots of Cars”*

Prop Sticks: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (Emotions)*

Puppets: “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly”

Action Rhyme: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Credit: Childhood

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 does not link anymore)

How It Went

This storytime wound up having an unintended theme of “feelings” for a bit between Please Mr. Panda and Grumpy Bird and our prop sticks. But I was okay with that! Connective storylines/threads just allow me to transition between elements easier. And these wound up being the most successful parts today! I had all of the preschoolers making faces at me — grumpy along with Grumpy Bird and all of the other emotions with the prop sticks. I also had a great time singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat at the top of my lungs and actually getting more friends to stop by storytime!

Siblings: Counting

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

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Animal 1-2-3 by Britta Teckentrup (Board)*
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker*
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Early Literacy Tip
Let your child choose materials and books in addition to your choices. This gives them a sense of ownership and makes them feel invested in their library time.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Mr. Jon & Friends*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “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

Partnering: “These Are the Colors”*
Toddlers were given scarves to gently wave over baby’s head. I suggested that babies lay down on their backs for this activity so that they could see the colors.
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Red as a flower, green as a tree
Yellow as the sun, blue as the sea
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

Animal 1-2-3 proved to be a bit ambitious for a board book. Too many flaps for caregivers to manage with a baby and a toddler. This was our last session for the winter. So I brought out the small parachute as a treat. We counted the scarves that we had used in partnering as we tossed them onto the parachute — a lot of my kiddos really loved having the parachute out. I’ll have to see if I can figure out a way to use it next session. So, yes, this siblings storytime experiment was a success and will continue into the spring session! Look for more storytimes coming soon.

Outreach Storytime: 3/24

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas*
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera*
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle*
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”

Flannelboard: “Great Hot Air Balloon Race”*

Prop Sticks: “Baa Baa Black Sheep”

Puppets: “Old MacDonald”

Puppets: “Two Little Bears”*
Two little bears sat on a hill, (hold up two fingers)
One named Jack and one named Jill. (wiggle each finger)
Run away, Jack; run away, Jill, (put fingers behind your back)
Come back, Jack; come back, Jill. (bring fingers back)
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and 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

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

How It Went

If you’ve never done It’s a Tiger! with a group of preschoolers, you are MISSING OUT. They scream and run and climb and hide and it’s truly the best thing in the world. Doing “The Great Hot Air Balloon” in an outreach storytime was difficult since I didn’t know every child’s name. I wound up having them make a line to roll the dice and we had one toddler who kept stealing the die from everyone else. Not good. I will probably keep participation flannels at the library from now on.

Siblings: Ocean

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

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Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun (Board Book)*
Fish, Swish, Splash, Dash by Suse MacDonald
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins*

Early Literacy Tip
Helping children hear the smaller sounds in words, the syllables, by clapping them out is one way to develop their speech.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Dream and You Will See*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Tick Tock”*
Lift: “Tick Tock”
Start by swaying baby from side to side
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock lift once
More verses: Two o’clock, three o’clock
Credit: My co-worker

Partnering: “Round & Round the Garden”*
Round and round the garden like a teddy bear (swirl finger around palm)
One step, two step (walk fingers up child’s arm)
Tickle under there! (tickle child’s underarm)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

The partnering rhyme in this class was possibly the most adorable thing I’ve seen. I had caregivers lay their babies down on the floor so that the toddlers could trace their baby’s belly button and give them tickles. It was a great experience watching the babies giggle and the toddlers giggle in response. As always, “Tick Tock” is a favorite. And both books were equally successful this week. Today also marked the HIGHEST attendance yet! Victory!

Flannel Friday: Baa Baa Black Sheep

This prop song from the archive (seriously, it was the first prop I ever made!) comes from Melissa at Mel’s Desk.

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I double-side each sheep with their bags of wool. I switch the prop sticks back and forth as we sing. This is one of my favorites to use with babies because of the great black and white contrast that their eyes love so much. My toddlers find it equally as entertaining when we change the color of the sheep. And it makes a great pairing with Mem Fox’s Where is the Green Sheep?.

Once upon a time, there was Microsoft clip art that was easy to modify. And then Microsoft took it down. I’m sorry I don’t have the original files anymore.


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