Month: May 2012

Messy!

The Plan

Books

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
I’m Dirty! By Kate and Jim McMullan
Not Me! by Nicola Killen

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean”

Flannelboard: “Mrs. Wishy-Washy”

Action Song: “This Is the Way”
This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
When we’re in the bathtub.
(Legs, tummies, heads)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Fingerplay: “Two Mother Pigs”
Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs up)
Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white. (Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play. (Wiggle eight fingers)
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all day. (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed
Till they went to sleep. (Tuck thumbs under fingers)
Credit: King County Library System

Craft

Today’s craft was super easy. I bought giant stamp pads at our craft store and pulled out all the foam stamps that we had, porcupine rings, and these cars where the tire treads are designed. Then, I let the kids go to town. This was less messy than fingerpaint, but still messy enough that I had parents who asked to borrow some of our craft smocks!

How It Went

This storytime was a blast! I had so much fun, and we had a GIANT group of kids. The best book by far was “Dog’s Colorful Day,” which they cannot get enough of. I definitely had some kids sing along with me during “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” because their afternoon preschool class reads it all the time. It was super nice to have someone sing with me!

Fruits & Veggies!

The Plan

Books

Chew Chew Gulp! by Lauren Thompson
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Rah, Rah, Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Lunch”

Action Rhyme: “Picking Up the Fruits”
Picking up the apples and puttin’ ‘em in the basket
Picking up the apples and puttin’ ‘em in the basket
Picking up the apples and puttin’ ‘em in the basket
Way down yonder in the apple field
(Repeat with other fruits)
Credit: What Happens In Storytime

Fingerplay: “Way Up High”
Way up high in the apple tree
I saw two apples looking at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
And down came the apples
And mmm, they were good
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Apples and Bananas”
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Vegetable Song” (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)
Carrots, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me
For my snack and in my lunch
Veggie sticks are great to munch
Carrots, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me
Childhood: Preschool Education

Craft

This is another craft from KidsSoup. I had all of the fruits and veggies cut out, as well as the plate basket. (Thank you, teen volunteers!) The kids colored and glued their food down. It was a very simple craft that went over very well.

How It Went

We had a much better storytime experience this week than last, which I was grateful for. The kids all insisted that they eat their vegetables at home, but I saw several moms shake their heads and laugh when I posed the question. The best book of the day was “Eating the Alphabet” and the kids were thrilled when my mouse puppet ate the food off of the flannelboard.

Flannel Friday: Little Cat

This week I’m sharing the flannelboard I used for “Hat” storytime this week!

This is essentially “Little Mouse” just rhyming cat and hat instead. First, the kids and I talked about different kinds of hats and they helped naming them. Then, I told them I had hidden a cat underneath one hat and we had to guess which one. I chanted, “Little cat, little cat, are you under the _________ hat?”

As always, this kind of a flannelboard worked wonders and we played several times before the kids began to guess quicker where I had hidden the cat.

For the clip art, I used Microsoft Office pictures so I unfortunately do not have any files to link up. The cat is from my Old MacDonald set that I borrowed for this flannelboard.

Melissa is hosting this week’s Flannel Friday — you can find the round-up at her blog! Visit the new Flannel Friday website to learn more about Flannel Friday!

Letter L!

The Plan

Books

Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Song: “Pretty Ladybug”
The ladybug has one black spot,
One black spot, one black spot
The ladybug has one black spot,
Pretty ladybug!

Flannelboard: “Lunch”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter L”

Fingerplay: “The Lamb Went”
The lamb went…
Around the cow in the corn (trace circle in palm)
Under the haystack (go under the hand)
Up the hill and down the hill (go up the arm and down the arm)
Over the fence (go above the hand)
Through the door (slide hands and clap)
And was back in time to meet the teacher (trace circle in palm)
Credit: Hubbard’s Cupboard

Puppet & Song: “Did You Ever See a Llama?”
Did you ever see a llama, a llama, a llama?
Did you ever see a llama go this way and that?
Go this way and that way, go this way and that way?
Did you ever see a llama go this way and that?
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Song: “The Leaves are Falling Down”
The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green, and brown
The leaves are falling down
Credit: Preschool Education

Craft

This craft was based on an idea that I saw on KidsSoup. I spiced it up by buying glitter foam stickers, which the kids loved. As with most of my sticker crafts, at least a quarter of the stickers wound up on the kids instead of the paper.

How It Went

Only half of my daycare group made it this week, so it was a much smaller storytime. This was good and bad because the kids got a lot of individualized attention, but it also seemed to make them more restless. Their favorite stories were “Lola at the Library” and “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.” And they have a great time when I brought out my llama puppet to sing — most of them had no idea what a llama was!

Chickens!

The Plan

Books

Charlie the Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
The Little Red Hen by Rebecca and Ed Emberley

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “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 chicks as yellow as can be
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Puppets: “All Around the Barnyard”
All around the barnyard
The animals are fast asleep
Sleeping cows and horses
Sleeping pigs and sheep
Here comes the cocky rooster
To sound his dairy alarm
“Cock-a-doodle-doo!”
To wake the sleepy farm!
Credit: CanTeach

Song: “I Know a Chicken”
Oh, I know a chicken and she laid an egg
Oh, I know a chicken and she laid an egg
Oh my goodness, it’s a shaky egg!
Shake your eggs!
(Fast, slow, circle, etc.)
Credit: Miss Sarah’s Storytime

Craft

I printed out a coloring page and used the foam eggs I had bought for my failed Easter storytime and put them on the coloring page. I added a brad so the chicken could hide. The kids glued feathers and colored their chickens.

How It Went

This was a high-energy, almost wild storytime. I’m seeing higher and higher numbers each week and this week had quite a few new faces, some with questionable behavior. This is the first time I’ve ever had to stop storytime to prevent a child from falling off something they had climbed on. Yikes. Other than that, we had a lot of fun with this theme, even if I was a little stressed the whole time! Best books were “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” and “Charlie Chick.” With the amazing pop-up at the end, I wonder why I don’t do that book for every storytime.

Flannel Friday: Jungle Puppets!

I finished up another set of finger puppets from Floral Blossom’s Etsy shop! I cannot say enough nice things about Widia’s patterns. This is my THIRD set and I’ve still got two more sets purchased and waiting to be sewn!

I will be using these during Letter Z storytime, to act out this song:

Song & Puppets: “You Can Hear” (Tune: She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!
(Elephants trumpeting, zebra braying, monkey eeking)
Credit: Perpetual Preschool

I have a second set of jungle animals that I need to finish up, but I’ve got a while until Letter Z!

Linda is hosting this week’s Flannel Friday — you can find the round-up at her blog! Visit our new Flannel Friday website to learn more about Flannel Friday!

Letter K!

The Plan

Books

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter K”

Flannelboard: “Kites”

Action: “Different Kinds of Kisses”
Grandma kisses (grab cheeks and squeeze)
Fish kisses (purse lips and move them)
Movie star kisses (blow big ones)
Rabbit kisses (wiggle nose)
Dog kisses (stick out your tongue and lick)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Action Song: “Here We Go Jumping”
Here we go jumping high,
Here we go jumping low.
Here we go jumping around,
That’s how a kangaroo goes.
Here we go jumping fast,
Here we go jumping slow.
Here we go jumping everywhere,
That’s how a kangaroo goes.
Credit: Baraboo Public Library

Fingerplay: “Two Little Kittens”
Two little kittens sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
Credit Modified from Childhood

Craft

This was a very simple craft to do. I modeled it after an Oriental Trading craft that I did last year at this time, but just used paper supplies instead of foam since I had thirty crafts to prep for. The kids really enjoyed watching me curl the curling ribbon, they kept saying that I was using magic.

How It Went

I just have to keep writing what a dream group this daycare group is; they are fully engaged in the material, they participate with me, and they retain knowledge from the previous weeks’ storytimes, so I know that these hours are mattering to them! Letter K was an especially fun storytime to do because the kids kept pointing out that my name starts with “K.” In our flannelboard puzzle this week, I put a picture of myself on it and saved it for last. The kids laughed really hard when I pulled my picture out since they have been telling me the whole time that I started with “K.”

Bugs!

The Plan

Books

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Pretty Ladybug”

Flannelboard: “Six Little Bumblebees”

Action Rhyme: “The Ants Go Marching”
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Bumblebee, Bumblebee”
Bumblebee, bumblebee, landing on my nose.
Bumblebee, bumblebee, now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows.
Bumblebee, bumblebee he lands and then he goes.
Credit: Mrs. Jones — Insects

Craft

This was another Oriental Trading purchase; everyone was THRILLED with it. I have to agree, ladybug is super cute!

How It Went

This was the first session of Spring II and I had a FULL house! For whatever reason, the kids were not having any activities this week, other than the flannelboards, which I was glad I had two prepped! This wasn’t a super original storytime — I did it last year too. But it’s a theme that is always a crowd-pleaser, so I’m happy to do it again.

ALSC: The Librarian Sings Alone

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I posted yesterday about being the only adult singing in storytime! Do you have ideas on how to get my parents to join in? Let me know over at the ALSC blog!

Flannel Friday: Four Little Stars

This flannelboard is a few weeks late! I was supposed to have this up in time for the Dream Big — Read! Extravaganza, but camera problems prevented me from posting, so I saved it for today! (Ironically, Sharon is hosting this week again!!)

I was inspired by Mollie to make this set and will be using the rhyme she suggests:

“Four Little Stars”
Four little stars winking at me.
One shot off and then there were three!
Three little stars with nothing to do.
One shot off, and then there were two!
Two little stars afraid of the sun.
One shot off, and then there was one!
One little star alone is no fun.
It shot off, and then there was none!
Credit: Preschool Education

Sharon is hosting this week’s Flannel Friday — you can find the round-up at her blog! Melissa is the founder of Flannel Friday! Anne has the archive and schedule of who is hosting Flannel Friday.

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