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Little Fox, Little Fox

Instructions: Hide the fox in one of the boxes and chant the rhyme below. Open each box until you find him!
Little Fox, Little FoxLittle fox, little fox, are you in the (color) box?

I made my version for an upcoming forest friends storytime. I used treat boxes from Amazon and a bulletin board cutout I trimmed.  Inspired by my good friend, Erin!

Farmers' Market Storytime

Last week I did a half-hour toddler/preschool storytime for a local farmers' market and I see a lot of people looking for ideas for farmers' market storytimes so I thought I would share my program outline. It was really a lot of fun and went over very well! We had 22 people and it was a great collaboration! There are a few other markets in the county and I'm planning on reaching out to them to see if we could rotate this program around the area next season. (My calendar is booked for this fall already.)

I read:
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Gravett
Every Color Soup by Hurley
Vegetable Garden by Florian
Growing Vegetable Soup by Ehlert

Flannel Board stories:
Lunch by Denise Fleming

Shake, Shake the Mango Tree
Rain on the Grass

Fruit Balancing Game (I set this up as a station following the reading portion)

Other books to consider:
Edible Colors by Bass
Pignic by Phelan
Up Down and Around by Ayres
Fresh Delicious: Poems from the Farmers' Market by Latham
The Surpri…

Hedgehogs in the Log

I bought this set from Amazon for our new forest friends storytime. It's actually a dog toy, but makes a cute puppet activity! I wrote a rhyme to go with it.

Hedgehogs in the Log By Anne Clark
Hedgehogs, hedgehogs, Are you hiding in that log?
Hedgehog one, hedgehog one, Please come out here in the sun!
Hedgehog two, hedgehog two, I would like to play with you!
Hedgehog three, hedgehog three, Are you in there? I can’t see!
Out have come my hedgehog friends and now this story has an end!

Set Source: Zippy Paws, $8.79 from Amazon

Registration open for MI KidLib 2018!

If you are in Michigan or nearby, please consider attending the 2018 MI KidLib unconference on Friday, May 11th in Kalamazoo. It's free to attend and registration is open now.

Thank you so much to Kalamazoo Public Library's Central branch for hosting! Hope to see some of you there!

Program I Love: Code Club!

Inspired by Hour of Code, we have started a Code Club at my library. We use different Hour of Code projects each meeting. We aim for grades 2-6 and encourage an adult to stay with the child if possible. I lead the group, alongside the library's Head of IT. 
We start with a video introduction to the project itself and then let the kids work at their own pace for an hour. We meet Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:15pm in my library's computer lab. This format works really well for us because we expect the kids to come in with a big range of computer science experience. Most of them have never attempted coding but we've had 1-2 who were teaching themselves how to code. We also have a display of books for them to check out after the program if they want to learn more. We take up to 15 kids a meeting. The ratio of 7ish kids to adult presenter has worked really well for us. Our goal is for kids to get help with their projects as quickly as possible so they don't get frustrated.