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Toddler Storytime: Bedtime Theme

We just had our last storytime until mid-June! The theme was bedtime. I had to use some of my second-choice books for this one due to a last minute decision to change my theme.

Pajama Time or The Going to Bed Book by Boynton Favorites at home or the library
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late or The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Willems Ditto
Goodnight Owl by Hutchins this one's on the longer side but the kids indulged me
Who's Yawning? by Bedford Very simple lift the flap book
Cows in the Kitchen by Crebbins I covered a storytime at a different branch this week so I threw this one in there since it was different kids than were there at my mice storytime

Scarf Rhyme:  This is the Way We Wash Our Hands
We did this right after reading The Pigeon Needs a Bath.

This is the way we wash our hands,
wash our hands, wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands,
when we get all dirty.
...toes, back, tummy, ears, face, hair

5 In The Bed 
Like 10 In the Bed, but better. Because shor…

Toddler Storytime: Jungle Theme

Last week's theme at storytime was Jungle! This was one of my more successful storytimes lately, and I think everyone had a great time.

Seals on the Bus (Hort)
Head to Toe (Carle)
Yikes (Florczak)
We've All Got Bellybuttons (Martin) Basically the same kind of book as Carle's, but no one seemed to mind.

Chant Rhymes I actually had this rhyme written down to do another week during the mice theme, and forgot to do it, so I figured I would change the animals to fit the jungle theme. It actually made it even sillier (original rhyme "I Have a Dog"  I learned from Artsy Toddler Storytimes and had a dog, cat, mouse, etc.) It's a call and response song (audience repeats after you), and we alternated clapping with keeping the beat on our laps. Well, I tried, but this is a lot for my brain to process so I goofed up a few times. Oh well!  I also thought you could do it with the motions I wrote below.

I Have a Giraffe
I have a giraffe.  Nod, like this a legit thing that y…

Toddler Storytime: Mice Theme

Here's a storytime I did a few weeks ago, on mice!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Wood)
Mouse Mess (Riley)
Cows in the Kitchen (Crebbin) There isn't a mouse in this book, but I had switched my theme at the last minute and decided to go with this book because I just love it.

Puppet Activity
Mice in a birthday present box


Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, and down he ran
Hickory dickory dock.
Additional verses
The clock struck two, the mouse said BOO!
The clock struck three, the mouse said WHEEEE!
The clock struck four, there is no more;
Hickory dickory dock.

Tall as a Tree-- whole body movement, they liked this one a lot!
Tall as a tree
Wide as a house
Thin as a pin
Small as a mouse

Where are the Baby Mice
Where are the baby mice? Squeak, squeak, squeak Make fist and put behind back
I cannot see them. Peek, peek, peek. Shrug shoulders and begin to bring fist out. 
Here they come…

"Going to the Sweet Shop" Prop Rhyme

One quick announcement before we get into the actual post--I'm thrilled to have been chosen as this year's recipient of the Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth. I'd like to thank the Michigan Library Association for this honor as well as my family, co-workers, and friends for their support. And now back to our regularly scheduled content, a Flannel Friday post!

The other day I was working the reference desk and, as always seems to be the case, I started thinking about junk food. So I wrote this little rhyme, inspired by "Going to the Pet Store," I haven't used it myself yet, but I plan to chant the rhyme and then pull one of the treats out of this little bag.

Going to the Sweet Shop
Goin' to the sweet shop.
Gonna find a treat.
I wonder what to eat?

It might be hard to see in the photo, but that's a doughnut, ice cream cone, cookie, muffin, and chocolate bar. Those are play food pieces from a set my dad gave my daughter f…

Disco Balls and Using What You Have

When I was a kid, someone gave me a disco ball for Christmas. Weird gift, but I loved it! It sat in my room for years and was the star of many teenage girl impromptu dance sessions. Last weekend,I found it in my basement during a spring cleaning binge and thought it would be fun to bring to one of our library dance parties. When I took it to work, I noticed a huge problem: 
At first I thought I would just buy some mirrored tiles at a craft store, but I mentioned this idea to a co-worker and she happened to remember that we had these strips of silver-on-both-sides foil (not sure exactly what kind--it's thinner than aluminium foil but that might work too.) leftover from some long-forgotten project.   At first I wasn't thinking and thought I could just trim the strips to the size of the gap and hot glue them. Well, duh. A disco ball is a sphere and it wouldn't have looked right at all. So I realized that I would have to measure and cut tiles out of the strips. METRIC ALERT: …

Dr. Seuss Celebration

In March every year, all of our branches have a Dr. Seuss Celebration. One of the things I really enjoy about working in a multi-branch system is the ability to share ideas and actual materials. For this program we were able to borrow two games from our Auburn branch:

A "Roll a Lorax Game". Instead of felt, these are laminated paper. We actually made more on the day of by color copying some of the print outs and covering them with contact paper. If this game looks familiar, Katie made one for a previous Flannel Friday, so you may have seen it on her blog.

A fishing game which I dubbed "One Fish, Two Fish, YOU Fish" using ice fishing poles and cardstock fish that had paper clips attached before being laminated, which some of the moms in attendance (preschool teachers) marveled at the simple genius of.  One suggestion I would make for this game is to keep the tubs of fish separate. The ice fishing poles were very magnetic and got stuck together easily. They also stu…

Thrive Thursday Roundup for April 2014

Here I am with the roundup for Thrive Thursday's April 2014 Edition. There is some great stuff here, so if you do school-age programs, you'll definitely be inspired.

Jennifer from In Short, I Am Busy shares her annual Spring Break T-Shirt Party. I would have been ALL about this during my elementary school days.

Kids love dinosaurs, so Marge's Dinosaur Program will be right up their alley. It's got a little bit of a storytime flavor, but with STEAM elements too. Great mix! Marge also sent in a great list of games and activities to perk up school age programs. I'm going to try BANG! with my next tween book club!

Speaking of STEAM, Cate has an awesome unprogram called Armchair Astronomy, which sounds amazing. Even though we have a planetarium a few blocks from my library, I may have to try this. The best part is you can adapt this format to so many different topics.

Speaking of STEAM, Jennifer has a fun math program to celebrate Pi Day. Put this on your lists for nex…