Skip to main content

The Biggest Fish in the Sea Puppet Sketch

As a one-person youth department, I often feel a little bummed that I don't have another children's librarian to team up with to do joint storytelling efforts. So I am always thrilled to find stories that I can perform creatively by myself.

"The Biggest Fish in the Sea" is from the 2010 Collaborative Summer Library Program manual and can be found on chapter 4 (pages 113-114, and the patterns for making the fish are on page 123). It is credited to Mary Marks.

Here's what you'll need:
-Fisherman (or woman) puppet
-Fishing rod (this one is improvised from an old cat toy's wand and some string)
-Misc. props for the fisherman to catch (examples: old pop can, underwear, etc.)
-Hot glue gun & glue
-Puppet stage
-Fish puppets (there is a pattern on page 123 of the manual to make cardstock ones, but I had cute finger puppets from IKEA and used those instead).

I hot glued a magnet onto the end of the fishing line and one inside or on each of the props we used. The fishing rod is also hot glued to the hands of our poor fisherman puppet. Hot glue and magnets are my secret puppetry weapons. I record all the audio for my puppet shows (details) and play it off my iPhone (on airplane mode in case someone tries to call me!) so I can concentrate on the puppet's actions. It easier for me than trying to read lines and manipulate puppets and props. You might be a more natural actor!


Popular posts from this blog

Program Idea: Parachute Playtime

This summer I offered a parachute playtime for kids 2-3 and 4-5. The idea for this program came from the genius that is my close personal friend Miss Lisa, so make sure you stop by her blog to see what activities she includes in her parachute programs. In addition to her program, I also got ideas from Parachute Play by Liz and Dick Wilmes

I like to do a lot of nursery rhymes with the parachute for a few reasons:
Parents/kids are more likely to participate in activities where the content is already familiarI already know them so I don't have to learn a whole bunch of material at once (just being honest here)Easy for the families to replicate this activities at home with whatever props they might have. If they (or you!) don't have a parachute, a bed sheet or blanket can be substituted easily. Even a beach towel would work for one parent and one child to play together.  This is my mean reason and I tried to hammer this in at all three programs I did the past two weeks! Parachute …

"Sleeping Bunnies" on the Parachute!

Here's one of my favorite parachute activities! I actually mentioned it a few months ago when talking about my summer parachute playtime but it's become a storytime staple since. We've been doing this here at my 2 and 3 year old storytimes and it's a great activity that I thought deserved its own post. I learned the song "Sleeping Bunnies" from Mary and I had the idea to adapt it to a parachute activity.

We use the version from Kathy Reid-Naiman's Tickles and Tunes CD.

Here are the words:

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping til it's nearly noon. 
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune. 
Oh, how are still. 
Are they ill? 
Wake up soon. (Here I yell "WAKE UP BUNNIES!" and the kids shake the parachute.)

Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 

Then we say "good night" to the bunnies and repeat a few times.

Today's Flannel Friday is hosted by Cate! 

A Year's Worth of Library Display Ideas (part 1 of series)

One of my favorite things to do in my library is create displays. I thought it might be helpful if I shared the calendar that I drew up to make sure I don't miss any of the "must-do" displays. It is so helpful if you can take people over to a seasonal display versus trying to look up in the catalog or find Easter books or whatever. I hope this helps any new librarians who might be overwhelmed by the process of marketing your collection!

As a general rule, I tend to keep displays up for about 3-4 weeks or if I run out of books all together. One tip I'd recommend if you have the space for multiple displays is to change one display in each space every week and rotate around the youth department like that. For example, one week you put up a new picture books display, then nonfiction, then YA/teen, etc. Don't forget to raid your CD and DVD collections for a multi-category display.

A great resource for making display is Chase's Calendar of Events, which is a prett…