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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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-

 

 

Baby Storytime – 5/7/18

Time for some more baby storytime! 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
    • 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 – The Wheels on the Bus61anghvsukl-_sx442_bo1204203200_
    • In this storytime baby’s bounce they don’t cry!
  • Stretch – This is Big Big Big…
  • This is big big big Hold (arms out to side)
    This is small small small (cup hands together)
    This is short short short (hold hands with palms facing each other)
    This is tall tall tall (reach one hand above head)
    This is fast fast fast (circle fists quickly)
    This is slow slow slow (circle fists slowly)
    This is yes yes yes (nod)
    This is no no no (shake head)
  • Board Book – Cookie Countdown by Matt MitterI pass out these books for one-on-one reading. We get to count cookies and I get to practice my Cookie Monster voice!
  • Lift – Going up and down in an elevator
    • There will be anarchy if I don’t do at least one giggle inducing lift!
  • Rhyme – I’m a little tea potClassic rhyme everyone is familiar with.
  • Movement Song w/ Shakers – Shake My Sillies Out!
    • I pass out shakers and we all get a chance to get out those sillies!510lpvyswgl-_ac_us218_
  • Finger Play – Fe Fi Fo Fum

 

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.)

  • Book w/ prop– Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
    • For this one I am going to read the book and use the magnet prop.
  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…20180425_144200

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 there
I hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Movement Song – Hands Are For Clapping by Jim Gill
    • Easy movements and a song to give my voice a break.
  • 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.

  • Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • The perfect song to play while blowing bubbles.
  • Rhyme – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • 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: GOODNESS! This was a really big group with a lot of older kids. Usually, baby storytime gets a couple older siblings in but this time there were quite a few older kiddies who got a little bored by the end, which caused some…distraction. I do explain in the beginning of my storytimes that all are welcome but this storytime is catered to 0-12 mo so we do a lot of bounces, easy rhymes and finger plays that the older kids might be beyond. Because we got a little rowdy, I ended up cutting a few of my bounces and skipping to the bubbles. All still had a good time but PHEW!

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-

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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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
    Williams

    • 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-

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-