Baby Storytime – 4/23/18

I am loving our weekly baby storytimes! I am really getting to know my regulars and it is so fun to be able to see them in the library outside of storytime and say hi by name.

Here’s what we did this week:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • 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!
  • Movement Song – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel from “It’s Toddler Time!”
    • I really like to get us warmed up with a song.
  • Movement Rhyme – Open and Shut Them
    • A very easy rhyme to practice using those fingers, hands and arms.
  • Finger Play – Where is Thumbkin
  • Board Books – Peek-a-WHO? by Nina Laden6130hw3f5el-_ac_us218_
    • I pass out individual copies of this one so we can all read together. This also allows one-on-one reading between caregiver and child, as well as letting the little one practice flipping pages.
  • Song – Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon by Raffi
    • Who doesn’t like a good bounce song!
  • Finger Play – Fe Fi Fo Fum
    • This is a new one for me but I love it! You can find some more great finger plays here.

Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb-one
finger per syllable.)
See my fingers. (Hold up four fingers.)
See my thumb. (Hold up thumb.)
Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb
again.)

  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…
  • I bounce you here, I bounce you there
    I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
    I tickle you here, I tickle you there
    I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
    I hug you here, I hug you thereI hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Big Book – I Went Walking by Sue
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    • 51g1x4ewbhl-_sy479_bo1204203200_We do this one in a round. I say the line and then the caregivers repeat after me.
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • My ultimate favorite for babies!

      Going up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Finger Play/Felt Board – Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed I use a felt board but I also show the caregivers how to do this rhyme on their fingers.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Happy Feet by Joanie Bartels from Dancin’ Magic I love this album
  • BUBBLES – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • My group won’t let me leave without some bubble time!
  • RHYME – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star613z0wapz1l-_ac_us218_
    • This is a good rhyme to slow things down and get ready to say goodbye.
  • 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: Oh my goodness this was a big storytime. I don’t mind around 20 babies but 30+ is a lot! That being said, it wasn’t that bad for such a big group. I was able to hold their attention and we all had fun. Note to self–do not overfill the bubble maker!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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Family Storytime – Robots

Family storytime is for all ages, so I try to find themes, books and activities that would be suitable for a large audience. This month I went with Robots! Who doesn’t love a good robot?

Here’s what we did:

  • 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:

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  • Pass Out – Power Buttons
    • As the kids came in I passed out red ON/OFF buttons. These are our very own robot power buttons and can be used to “power down” if we are too loud or to “power up” if we are doing a stretch or movement exercise. I also have a few rhymes that use the button.
  • ASL – Robot / Science / Electricity
    • I also teach my kids some American Sign Language to go with my theme each week. This is a great way to promote communication within our community and any way we can help ease the frustration when learning to speak is helpful.
  • Book – Boy + Bot by Ame DyckmanThis one is a little long but I think it works well with the theme and has a little humor to it.
    • Don’t forget to have your robots power down before61nvajggm7l-_sx408_bo1204203200_ the story so the room will be nice and quite! 🙂
  • Song – If You’re a Robot and You Know It from ScholasticWe received a book called “If You’re a Robot and You Know It” that has pull tabs. The book is too small to use but Scholastic had a free download of the song, so I decided to use it as one of my songs.
  • Rhyme – I’m a Little Robot
    • There are lots of versions of this, I’m a Little Teapot, robot remix. Google and you’ll come up with a ton!

I’m a little robot, short and strong. (Stand up straight). Here are my handles, (One hand up. One hand down) just turn me on. (Press our ON buttons) When I get all warmed up, (Shake in place) watch me go. Sometimes I’m fast (move robot arms fast) and sometimes I’m slow. (move robot arms slow)  

  • Felt Board – Building a Robot with Shapes20180416_145715
    • I decided we would talk about shapes by building our own robot. I created a lot of felt shapes and I asked the kids to help me pick out the perfect head, arm, etc. by picking shapes and colors.
  • Rhyme – The Gears on the Robot
    • This is to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus” and it is one I created on my own, with inspiration from one of our pages. Please credit me if you use it!

The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind 
Grind, grind, grind. Grind, grind, grind. 
The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind all day long. 
(move hands in a circle) 

The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop. 
Beep, boop, bop. Beep, boop, bob.
The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop all day long.  
(use pointer fingers to press invisible buttons) 

The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble 
Rumble, rumble, rumble. Rumble, rumble, rumble.
The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble all day long. 
(jump up and down) 

The robots all around say “do the robot!” 
“Do the robot!” “Do the robot!” 
The robots all around say “do the robot!” All day long. 
(Do the robot dance!) 

  • Book – Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce51c2azzsh5l-_sx260_
    • I haven’t read this one in forever and it was great to get nostalgic!
  • Song w/ Shakers – Rockin’ Robot by the Mother Goose Club Rhymes for Kids

I always like to end the same way:

  • 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 was a really fun, themed heavy storytime. Haha! Maybe almost too themed heavy. But we liked our robot buttons and we thought some of the songs were super silly. I maybe wouldn’t do the felt board with such a big group because the kids really wanted to pick out the shapes themselves. But overall, fun was had!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 4/9/18

I’m back with another baby storytime outline 🙂

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • 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 – Clap, Tap, Bend by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel
    • This is just an easy going song with simple movement exercises to get us started.
  • STRETCH – The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • Everyone knows this popular rhyme. We do it a few times so everyone can get the movements down.
  • BOARD BOOK – Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton51ajbewjdwl
    • Boynton just has so many wonderful board books. I picked this one to practice our animal sounds. Everyone gets a copy of this board book so we can get our hands on it and read one-on-one.
  • RHYME – I’m a Little Teapot
    • Another classic rhyme with simple movements for the kids.
  •  BOUNCE – This is the way the lady rides
    • My group loves bounces and lifts, so we can’t go through a storytime with out least a few of those.
  • SONG – Spaghetti Legs by Jim Gill
    • We move our legs, arms and bodies as if they were all wiggly like cooked spaghetti.
  • RHYME – Patty Cake
    • We are doing a lot of our favorite classics today.
  • LIFT RHYME – Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Another favorite of ours. We go up and down in an elevator and then as we hit floors 1, 2 and 3 we lift baby higher and higher.
  • BOOK w/ SCARVES – I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont 61syrqojfnl-_sx425_bo1204203200_
    • I love this one. I pass out scarves and I sing the words in the book while the grownup use the scarves as their paintbrushes to paint babies head, feet, hands, etc.
  • BUBBLES – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • My group won’t let me leave without some bubble time!
  • RHYME – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • This is a good rhyme to slow things down and get ready to say goodbye.
  • 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 fun one! Probably because I got a new bubble blower and it is AMAZING! We had so much fun doing some of our favorite rhymes and popping a ton of bubbles!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Baby Storytime – 3/19/18

Time for another weekly baby storytime. This is a storytime for 0-12 months. Here is what I planned for 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!
  • Movement Song – Skidamarink
    • Who doesn’t love a good song with easy movements, repetition and a catchy tune. Also, I feel like this is a good warm up.
  • Board Book – “Peek-a-Moo” by Marie Torres Cimarusti 51zcbrmtg2bl-_sx258_bo1204203200_
    • I got enough copies of this one so we could all flip the flaps together. I feel like stories where the babies can interact, is the bread and butter of baby storytime.
  • Song w/ Scarves – Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing
    • I love this song and it the perfect one to pass out scarves and flitter and flutter along with.
  • Rhyme w/ Scarves – Toss Your Scarves

    Toss your scarves, toss your scarves
    Toss them way up high.
    Toss your scarves up in the air,
    ‘til they reach the sky.

    Wave your scarves, wave your scarves,
    Twirl them ‘round and ‘round.
    Twirl your scarves one more time,
    Then let them, all fall down.

  • Big Book – “Mice Squeak, Mice Speak” by Tommie DePaola51yimveyzzl-_sx388_bo1204203200_
    • Easy book with lots of fun animal sounds.
  • Movement Rhyme – Open and Shut Them
    • An easy rhyme to practice opening and closing those fingers.
  • Song w/ Movements – Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • Another favorite of mine with movement prompts perfect for the little ones.
  • Bounce – Going up and down in an elevator
    • I can’t go through a baby storytime without at least one bounce.
  • Rhyme – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    • A nice rhyme to start slowing things down.
  • Song w/ Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • Bubbles are now a staple of my baby storytime.
  • 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: I reorganized a little bit and instead of a circle, I put the chairs in rows and I stood up front. I’m not quite ready to make this a ticketed storytime, so we’ll see how this goes. So far so good. I just love baby storytime. The more bounces and movement rhymes the better!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 3/5/18

This month we are moving to a weekly baby storytime and I am so excited! Here’s what I have planned for the first one:

  • 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!
  • Name Rhyme – Where is…
    • If the group is small enough, I like to get to know everyone by sharing our names in a fun way.

Where is __________? Where is ___________?

There he/she is! There he/she is!

I’m so glad to see you! I’m so glad to see you!

Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo

  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and ToesVroom, Vroom, Trucks!
    • Everyone knows this classic. We do it three times, faster and faster each time. By then end, all my sleepy kiddos are ready to go!
  • Board Book – Vroom, Vroom. Trucks! by Karen Katz
    • I pass out board books. We read together once and then have some one-on-one time.
  • Song w/ Shakers – On The Road Again by Joanie Bartell
    • I love this version of this song and it’s a really fun one for a transportation theme.
  • Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator

    Going up and down in an elevator

    Up and down in an elevator

    Up and down in an elevator

    First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Big Book – “Freight Train” by Donald Crews
    • We have this one as a big book and it’s great for a transportation theme and for identifying colors.
  • Bounce – This is the Way the Lady Rides
    • This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides

Lady ride, lady rides.

This the way on her way to town. 

(Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.)

  • Song – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This is a song with minimal movements, perfect for baby storytime.
  • 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 – 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: Overall, things went really well. Everyone loved the bubbles and I was able to get through everyone’s name in the beginning without it getting to repetitive. This is just such a fun group! I am so excited we are making it a weekly storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Bubbles & Bathtime

Back to work and back to storytimes! My theme for this week was Bubbles & Bathtime–mostly because I got a bubble gun and just had to use it! This was also a super special storytime because my mom brought my new baby 🙂

So what did we do…

I like to open and close my storytimes the same way.

  • 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, Shoulder, Knees & Toes

Then we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Bath, Bubbles, Duck
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Rhyme – Tiny Tim

I had a little turtle;
His name is Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water
And ate up all the soap.
Now he’s home and sick in bed
With bubbles in his throat!
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!

  • Book – Get Out of My Bath! by Nosy Crow
    • This is such a fun book and can be very interactive. I have the kids shake side to side to make waves in Ellie’s tub.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Splish Splash!
    • Classic song and a fun one to shake to.
  • Flannel – Five Little Elephants in a Bathtub
    • Counting, colors, bathtime and elephants… what more can you ask for.
  • Rhyme – One, Two, Three Little Bubbles

One little, two little, three little bubbles
Four little, Five little, Six little bubbles
Seven little, Eight little, Nine little bubbles
Ten little bubbles go pop, pop, pop, pop, pop
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles

  • Book w/ Puppet – The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
    • I made this puppet ages ago and bring him out every once in a while. I also made a cardboard bathtub for the pigeon to bath in.
  • Song w/ Bubble Gun – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles by The Hit Crew
    • Who doesn’t love bubbles! Trying out this bubble gun, if the kids get too crazy I may need to nix it for Family Storytime.

To close I usually finish with:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It20161007_155100
    • 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: I was pleasantly surprised that the kids listened to me and didn’t go crazy with the bubbles. It actually was really nice, so we will definitely have to invest in a bubble machine that goes further because mine didn’t shoot very far. Other than that, we had a good time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

New Years Eve Countdown Ball Craft

Hi Guys,

Another program I planned to be executed while I am on maternity leave is a New Years new-years-eve-countdown-ball-for-kids-780x1024Eve Countdown Ball Craft. This was an idea passed down from other librarians but I think they originally got the idea from JDaniels’s Mom.

Basically, this is a really easy drop-in craft for the kids to do sometime before New Years Eve.

You will need:

  • Scissors (a razor blade works better if you have an adult wielding it)
  • Paper plate
  • Strips of paper (8” x 14” works best)
  • And whatever decorating tools you want to use… glitter glue, markers, foam stickers, etc.

Take your paper plate and cut two slits in the middle of the plate–about an inch wide and an inch apart.

Cut a strip of colored paper and number down from 12. If you don’t think you can eyeball it, use a ruler to evenly mark the numbers.

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Then get creative and decorate your plate!

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Finally, slide your numbers through each of the slits so that one is always showing.

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Ta da!

That’s all for now!

-M-