Family Storytime – We’re NOT Afraid of Monsters!

This week it was my turn to do family storytime. This is a storytime for all ages, so we do a little bit of everything. Last time, my theme was Robots so this time I went with monsters but with a twist. Our theme is “We’re NOT Afraid of Monsters!” So all my storytime activities will be about funny monsters or being brave.

Here’s what we did… I always open and close with the same routine:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • I like to do a good warm-up before getting in to my theme. We do this one three times, faster each time.

Then we get into our theme:

  • ASL – MONSTERS / SCARED / BRAVE61e3aqma2bl-_sx456_bo1204203200_
    • I like to incorporate American Sign Language into my storytimes. We have a large deaf community in my area and it is a great way to help foster communication in and outside of the community. We always choose three signs that go with our theme.
  • Book – The Great Monster Hunt by Norbet Landa
    • This is a new book for me and a bit long but it is funny and it sort of feels like we are playing the telephone game by the end.
  • Action Song – Games Monsters Play by Sesame Street: Monsters a Monster Monstrosity
    • This is a funny little song that you start around 00:00:39. Grover and Elmo and all of the Sesame Street monsters teach you how to be a monster. 20180509_115237
  • Rhyme w/ Finger Puppets – Ten Little Monsters
    • As I mentioned in my earlier post, my monster finger puppets were too big for my hands so instead I will have them march across my flannel board to the rhyme.
  • Felt Board Story – Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
    • This is the perfect story for a felt board. I even found the template here.
  • Action Rhyme – Monster, Monster, Turn Around!
    • A themed take on Teddy Bear Turn Around. Thanks to Storytime Katie for this one.
  • Book – The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone61g8cli07xl
    • I just love a good picture book where I can use voices and involve the audience!
  • Song w/ Shakers – The Monster Mash
    • I believe I got this one from Kidz Bop Halloween. But I figured it would be the perfect one to pass out shakers to.

Finally, I always end with the same routine:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: This one was really fun. We learned that when things seem scary we can laugh at them or tell them to go away and they won’t be scary any more! Lots of fun!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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Reading ROCKS!

It’s getting closer and closer to that time of the year again…. Summer reading is just around the corner. To get ready, I created a new bulletin board display.

This year, the summer reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” I figured we would be do all sorts of music themed programs and displays that I wanted to go the other route and do a bulletin board about famous rock formations around the world.

I tried using all black and white to make the bulletin board feel kind of like a Polaroid. Then I added my words and my rock formation snap-shots. This bulletin board isn’t really at eye-level for the kids so I only put the names of these famous rocks under their pictures. I figured we can always check out some books and do research if we wanted to learn more!

Here is a close up of the famous rock landmarks I chose:

This is a really simple display, that I may add to as we get closer to summer.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 5/14/18

Only a few more baby storytimes left until our summer break! This is a storytime for 0-12 months with lots of fun bounces and rhymes.

Here’s what I had planned this week:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • Since my group has been big lately, I have switched to this easy rhyme as an intro. It goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song w/ Movements – Tap Your Toe and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This one of my favorite movement songs for babies.
  • Board Book – Where’s the Giraffe? By Nosy Crow51oulf6k3al-_sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I love these new flip-the-flap board books where the flaps are actually felt. They last so much longer and add a texture element. I pass these out individually, so we can practice one-on-one reading.
  • Finger Stretch – Fingers Like To…
    • This is a fun one and is great to work on moving those fingers

Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY UP HIGH! Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY DOWN LOW! How else to fingers like to wiggle? (wiggle on different body parts)

  • Rhyme – Trot, Trot to Boston…
    • For this classic rhyme we bounce and then pretend baby falls through our legs at the end.
  • Folder Story – Scat the Cat20170703_170107
    • This is a fun folder story, using color and rhyme.
  • Movement Song – The Hokey Pokey
    • An easy fun some for identifying body parts.
  • Lift – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • At the end of this one we BLASTOFF and lift baby up in the air. Simple movements with a fun countdown at the end.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. We’re going to the moon. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. We’re going to the moon. If you want to take a trip, Climb aboard my rocket ship. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. We’re going to the moon. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast off!

  • Book – The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli51chadzju3l-_ac_us218_
    • I just love the expressions of the alligator in this book!
  • Bounce – This is the way the lady rides…
    • A fan favorite and one of my favorites where we bounce faster and faster.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Can’t Stop This Feeling from The Trolls Soundtrack
    • I love this song and it has a really good beat to shake to!
  • Rhyme – If Your Happy and You Know It
    • A nice easy rhyme to start wrapping things up with.
  • Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • The perfect song to play while blowing bubbles.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Clean Up
    • Any good clean up song, since the babies (and the grownups) seem to love to help me clean up!
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: Well I had to nix my board book this week. I didn’t get enough of them in on time in order to pass them out. Teaches me to use a new one. Instead I pulled out a classic big book — The Carrot Seed — and we read it all together. I also had to nix Scat the Cat. The colors worked for the little ones but the story was a bit too long for the babies. Other than that fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Ten Little Monsters

Uggg, I don’t know what happened to this post but I had it all typed out and poof! Now only the featured image remains. Quickly recreating this…

I am doing a monster themed (we’re not afraid of monsters) storytime later this week and what better way to incorporate a prop than with finger puppets!

My monster finger puppets are going to go to the rhyme of Ten Little Monsters:

One little, two little, three little monsters.

Four little, five little, six little monsters.

Seven little, eight little, nine little monsters.

Ten little monsters can’t scare me!

To create my puppets, I used felt, tacky glue, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and marker. For these, I cut out the felt and once I had everything positioned where I liked it, I glued the sides shut and secured them with paper clips while they dried. For a longer lasting puppet, I could have sewed the edges but I didn’t feel like lugging out my sewing machine.

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Once everything was dried, I drew on my faces and ta-da! Monster finger puppets!

Soooo these came out awesome but I am going to have to have them just march across my felt board because there is no way I can put all ten on my itty bitty fingers and be able to move at all. I didn’t really think of the scale. BUT they are still cute and I will use them!

Fun, easy and something you can definitely tweak for other themes.

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

 

May The Fourth Be With You – Scavenger Hunt

Hi Guys,

You all know I love a good scavenger hunt. Takes very little prep, requires very little supervision and makes many, many kiddies happy! So obviously, I had to plan one for Star Wars Day.

May The Fourth or Star Wars Day is a day to celebrate all things Star Wars. Watch the movie, read the books, play with action figures–if it has anything to do with the mega-movie franchise, you’re on target!

To start, I found some cute characters online:

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Then I set up my hunt. For this scavenger hunt, I set it up like Yoda was asking for help. Thought it would give the hunt a fun little edge. I printed the document on half sheets to save paper.

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On the day of, we “hid” the eight characters throughout the children’s room. The hunt was run by the honor system, so the kids just come up and tell us when they found them all. They’re usually pretty honest.

Once they found all the characters they come back to the desk for a prize. Because I pulled this all together fairly last minute, we recycled old giveaways that we had extras from. The prizes weren’t Star Wars themed but hey, a prize is a prize right!

A few tips…

Place your characters within eye-sight of the younger ones but not low enough for them to grab. I have had too many hunt items go missing because the kids think they need to retrieve the pictures.

Have pencils ready because the kids like to mark off when they find something.

Finally, help guide the kids to pick a prize. Don’t just let them riffle through your whole prize chest. Disaster will ensue.

Easy-peasy! I created this scavenger hunt but didn’t actually run it. But I wanted to get the post out on Star Wars Day, soooo yea. I am looking forward to seeing how it went tomorrow!

Enjoy and…

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 4/30/18

It’s that time again! Baby storytime for 0-12 months.

Here’s what we did this week:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • Since my group has been big lately, I have switched to this easy rhyme as an intro. It goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • 513kypyoixl-_sy498_bo1204203200_I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song w/ Movements – Tap Your Toe and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This one of my favorite movement songs for babies.
  • Movement Rhyme – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • A classic with simple movements for those little arms and legs.
  • Board Book – Through The Town by Craig ShuttlewoodI pass out individual copies of this one. Parents can help guide their baby’s fingers along the “road” as we “travel” through town. Allows baby to feel as well as follow along.
  • Bounce – This is the way the lady rides
    • A fan favorite and one of my favorites too!
  • Flannel w/ Rhyme – Lots of Cars / Counting Cars20160917_154101
    • First we identify our colors and count our cars and then we go on to do the rhyme:

There are lots of cars driving down the street 
Tell me what color car do you see 
Big cars, little cars 
Beep, beep, beep 

  • Movement Song – Skinnamarink by Six Little Ducks
  • Book – Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin 61ofo4wiwnl-_sx387_bo1204203200_
    • This is by far my favorite Pete the Cat book! We can count and you can sign parts of the book “with” Pete! I also have a small Pete the Cat plushie.
  • Bounce – Tick-tock, Tick-tock

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two, three, four and five o’clock.

  • Song w/ Wrist Ribbons – Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing
    • I just love this song. Check it out!
  • Rhyme – The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • Everyone knows this classic and for some reason babies love it!
  • Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • The perfect song to play while blowing bubbles.
  • Rhyme – Patty Cake
    • A slower rhyme to start winding down to.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: This was a really great group. Not too big and not too small. We sat quietly for the bubbles and had fun playing with our scarves. Everyone even joined in when Pete sang his song after losing a button in the book!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Dog’s Colorful Day – Magnet Board

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For an upcoming storytime I decided to read: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd. It’s a fun one for counting and identifying colors. It also was a really easy one to create a prop for.

First, I drew and cut out a nice big version of my dog. I laminated him with the intention of using dry erase markers to draw on his spots, so that I could easily erase them when he got his “bath.” But I didn’t have the right colors so I decided to cut out my dots too.

Then I attached magnets to my dog and each of his spots, so I can stick his spots on as the story progresses.

All of our magnet boards are white, which really washed out my dog, so I decided to put up a black background with thin paper so the magnets still work.

And that’s it! Really easy one. I’ll let you guys know how it goes!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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