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Monkey, Banana Prop Song

Monkey Banana (Tune: Baby Shark) Adapted from this YouTube Video
Baby monkey, banana-na-nas. Baby monkey, banana-na-nas. Baby monkey, banana-na-nas. Bananas!
Repeat with Mommy monkey, daddy monkey. Also can use either of the next two stanzas to end:
Yum-yum-yum, banana-na-na-nas. Yum-yum-yum, banana-na-na-nas. Yum-yum-yum, banana-na-na-nas. Bananas!
It’s the end, banana-na-na-nas. It’s the end, banana-na-na-nas. It’s the end, banana-na-na-nas. Bananas!

Prop source: Zippy Paws Zoo Friends Monkey 'n Banana

Where Does This Go? Felt Play Set

A few years ago, I found this felt play set at Target in the dollar spot and thought it would be a great pre-made option for Where Do This Go? a game both Melissa and Mary have posted before.

There's no rhyme to remember, you just simply have a conversation with the kids at an age-appropriate level.

Does a boat fly? No, planes fly! etc.

Or put the bulldozer and space and let the kids correct you.

So many possibilities!

The Pizza We Made by Joan Holub (Feltboard)

Recently I was at Target and spotted two felt role play sets in the dollar spot area. One was a pizza themed set and another was holiday cookie themed. They were $3 each so I got both with the plan to combine the appropriate pieces from both to adapt one of my favorite early readers, The Pizza that We Made by Joan Holub, for storytime.

I also want to add some plastic props to this set to better match the details from the story, which I will do but wanted to share the incomplete idea while the felt pieces may still be available in stores near you. I don't believe Target lists their dollar spot items online so I can't link them to you, unfortunately.

The flour, oven, and spoon pieces are from the cookie set and the pizza from the pizza set. The kits include "bonus" cookie and pizza trays respectively, but they are just the thin cardboard from the kit packaging and won't hold up for my purposes. I plan to buy real counterparts from a dollar or thrift store instead.

Where is Baby Raccoon? Flannel Board

Another flannel board I made for our Forest Friends storytime theme is Where is Baby Raccoon, inspired by Amy at One Little Librarian. 

I changed the words around a bit for our version:

Where is Baby Raccoon? 
Baby Raccoon, Baby Raccoon
Are you hiding under the ___color___ balloon?
Let's take a look--- 1 2 3!
Is he there? Can you see?

I made the balloons out of felt using the Ellison hot air balloon (I cut the basket part of the design off the bottom), hot glued string to the back, and made the raccoon out of clip art printed onto milk filters.

"A Hunting We Will Go" with Fox Puppet

Here's another fun project I put together for the Forest Friends storytime we are debuting in the winter. This one was inspired by Tara's super cute flannel board from a few years ago.

Instructions:
Before storytime, layer the pairs of sock. I put a novelty sock on first (in this case a pizza print) so that it would be the last pair revealed, some plain colors in the middle, and then black on the outside (suggested by a coworker) to hide the game.

During storytime, have the kids pat the rhythm on their legs.

A-Hunting We Will Go
A-hunting we will go,
A-hunting we will go,
We'll catch a fox
With _____COLOR_____ socks
And then we'll let him go!

The socks are from a 10 pack of toddler girls' low cuts by Fruit of the Loom (size S, 6-18 months) from Meijer. The pizza socks are from Dollar Tree. Both are easily stretchy enough to accomodate layering them on a fox puppet (this one is Folkmanis's red fox.)

Where are the Baby Mice Prop Rhyme

Where Are the Baby Mice? 
Where are the baby mice? Squeak, squeak, squeak
I cannot see them
Peek, peek, peek
Here they come out of their hole! 
One, two, three, and that is all! 

Words: Adapted from the traditional finger play Prop source: Amazon (dog toy, has squeaker)

One Little Bunny Prop Rhyme

One Little Bunny
(Adapted from the Learning Groove's song on the CD Outrageous Orange)
*Original version uses 4 bunnies*
One little bunny hopping in the snow. Along came another, and he said "Hello!" Hop hop hop and away they go.  How many bunnies? Do you know?... TWO
Two little bunnies hopping in the snow Along came another, and he said, "Hello!" Hop hop hop and away they go.  How many bunnies? Do you know? THREE
(Can adapt for as many bunnies as you have)
End with: It's a bunny party!
You could use any stuffed bunnies you have handy, but since I am a developing a Forest Friends theme from scratch for an entire library system, I invested in this bunny and carrot set from Amazon. It is actually a dog toy set and the bunnies squeak if you pinch down too hard. 

Three Little Pandas Prop Rhyme

Three Little Pandas Three little pandas eating bamboo They chomp, chomp, chomped and they chew, chew, chewed; One little panda rolled away, But two furry pandas decided to stay!
Two little pandas eating bamboo, They chomp, chomp, chomped and they chew, chew, chewed; One little panda skipped away But one furry panda decided to stay!
One little panda eating bamboo, He chomp, chomp, chomped and he chew, chew, chewed; This little panda decided to play, So he ran to join the others that day!

Words excerpted from: Toddler Storytime Panda set source: Amazon (dog chew set, squeaks) 

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

Rhymes:
Shake, Shake the Mango Tree
Rain on the Grass

Game:
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.