Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thomas the Tank Engine

Our regional PBS station brought Thomas the Tank Engine to the downtown mall today.  The library sent two children's librarians to represent the library and provide activities for the children to do while they waited in line.  I was one of the ones to attend.


We set up two areas near Thomas.  A "shape train" craft and our wooden train sets (as well as a table with library promotional materials).  As the craft was my idea I got to man that station.  Rachel had pulled in all the train sets from the branch libraries, so she supervised the train play.

I arrived about 9:30 AM to set up...it was a little tricky because we couldn't be in front of any store or block walk ways etc.  So we ended up having two completely separate areas.

The event started at 11 AM but by 10:10 (when we had finished setting up) the line was forming.  By 10:30 we were fully engaged with children and families.

Here are some pictures from the event









They had almost 800 people go through the line to see Thomas...however, because there was such a huge turn out they closed the line at 12:30 so that all that were in line could make it through before Thomas had to leave at 3.  We found many families just visiting our stations because either the line was too long or the line had been closed.

It was a a delightfully chaotic event!  Hooray for Thomas!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Baby Storytime--October 24

Baby Storytime on Friday, October 24, 2014

Songs/Rhymes/Bounces

Bubbles


Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!


Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!

Puppet

Little Bear in the tree
Sitting, oh, so still.
Won’t you come out?
Yes, he will!
He looks to the left
He looks to the right
He looks straight ahead
Then pops out of sight!
Bear in Tree Stump Puppet  |  Folkmanis
This puppet is from Folkmanis Puppets

Hello Song

(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello ____, hello ____.
Hello ____, we’re glad you’re here today!

I have each parent/caregiver introduce themselves and their baby.  Then we sing hello to the baby.  A baby's name is one of the first things a baby recognizes.  

Trot, Trot

Trot, trot to Boston. Trot, trot to Lynn.
         (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall in!
         (lower baby between your knees)


Trot, trot to Denver. Trot, trot to Dover.
          (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall over!
          (tip baby to one side)

Roly-Poly

Roly-poly, roly-poly (circle arms around each other—repeat each time you sing the phrase)
Out, out, out (move hands away from each other)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
In, in, in (bring hands together)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your nose
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your toes.
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Up to the sky (pull baby up to standing)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Fly, fly, fly (life baby up in the air)


Toast
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot (bounce)
Tick tock, tick tock (side to side)
Up I pop!

Where Are Baby's Fingers

Where, oh where are Baby's fingers?
Where, or where are Baby's toes?
Where is Baby's belly button?
'Round and 'round it goes!

Where, oh where are Baby's ears?
Where, oh where is Baby's nose?
Where is Baby's belly button?
'Round and 'round it goes!

Books
Read Aloud Book:  Smile  by Roberta Grobel Intrater

Shared Reading:  A variety of Babybug "Magazines"
I absolutely love Babybug!!  I was first introduced to them in 1996 when my first daughter was small.  We would always pick up an issue or two of Babybug when we visited our local library for "Book Babies" Storytime.  Each issue has a "Kim and Carrots" story, nursery rhymes, concepts, and (new to me) a "non-fiction" section with real photographs.  A wonderful collection in each issue.  Visit here for more information or to subscribe!



Play and Learn Activities
In addition to our regular baby toys we also pulled out the parachute today!  Here is the little rhyme we did with it.

Popcorn!
You put the oil the pot and you let it get hot
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin
You go sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, POP!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Storytime

It's been a while since I did a pumpkin storytime because I am usually doing a letter of the week--I'd be about at F right now.  So I was excited to an autumn storytime featuring pumpkins!

Books

Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer

Trouble Pumpkin by Jan Thomas


Songs/Rhymes/Fingerplays

5 Little Pumpkins
5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The 1st one said, "Oh, my! It's getting late!"
The 2nd one said, "There's a chill in the air!"
The 3rd one said, "But we don't care!"
The 4th one said, "We're ready for some fun!"
The 5th one said, "Let's run, run, run!"
Then WHOOSH! went the wind
And OUT went the lights
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

On Our Way to the Pumpkin Patch
(sung to: Here we go 'round the Mulberry Bush)

Here we go marching down the road, down the road, down the road
Here we go marching down the road on the way to the pumpkin patch!

Additional verses:
Here we go running...
Here we go tiptoeing...
Here we go jumping...
Here we go stomping...

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife, but couldn't keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Play and Learn

Pumpkin Playdough (Recipe) with 5 Little Pumpkins playmats (from Preschool Spot)
The Pumpkin Playdough was so soft and smelled yummy!!
Pumpkin Seed Counting



Giant matching game (from Oriental Trading)


Pre-writing follow the line (From 3Dinosaurs)

Blocks

Baby Storytime--October 17




Songs/Rhymes/Bounces

Bubbles

Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!

Additional verses:
Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!

Puppet

Little Bear in the tree
Sitting, oh, so still.
Won’t you come out?
Yes, he will!
He looks to the left
He looks to the right
He looks straight ahead
Then pops out of sight!
Bear in Tree Stump Puppet  |  Folkmanis
This puppet is from Folkmanis Puppets

Hello Song

(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello ____, hello ____.
Hello ____, we’re glad you’re here today!

I usually have each parent/caregiver introduce themselves and their baby.  Then we sing hello to the baby.  However, we had such a big group we sang to three babies in each verse.  The last verse had just one baby's name...so we sang hello everyone!  

Trot, Trot

Trot, trot to Boston. Trot, trot to Lynn.
         (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall in!
         (lower baby between your knees)


Trot, trot to Denver. Trot, trot to Dover.
          (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall over!
          (tip baby to one side)

Roly-Poly

Roly-poly, roly-poly (circle arms around each other—repeat each time you sing the phrase)
Out, out, out (move hands away from each other)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
In, in, in (bring hands together)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your nose
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your toes.
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Up to the sky (pull baby up to standing)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Fly, fly, fly (life baby up in the air)

Toast
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot (bounce)
Tick tock, tick tock (side to side)
Up I pop!

Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
     (clap hands)
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a "B"
And put it in the oven for baby and me!


Tickle the clouds (spoken)

Tickle the clouds
and tickle your toes
Clap your hands
and tickle your nose
Reach down low
And reach up high
Story time’s over —
Wave bye-bye!

Books
Read Aloud Book:
More and More by Emma Dodd



Shared Reading:  A variety of board books by Annie Kubler



Play and Learn Activities

Shakers, stacking cups, discovery bottles, puzzles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baby Storytime--October 10

I haven't been able to do my Baby Storytime for several weeks because of meetings, so I was very excited to back with them today!

Songs/Rhymes/Bounces
Bubbles
Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap

Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!


Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!

Puppet

Little Bear in the tree
Sitting, oh, so still.
Won’t you come out?
Yes, he will!
He looks to the left
He looks to the right
He looks straight ahead
Then pops out of sight!
Bear in Tree Stump Puppet  |  Folkmanis
This puppet is from Folkmanis Puppets

Hello Song

(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello ____, hello ____.
Hello ____, we’re glad you’re here today!

I have each parent/caregiver introduce themselves and their baby.  Then we sing hello to the baby.  A baby's name is one of the first things a baby recognizes.  

Trot, Trot

Trot, trot to Boston. Trot, trot to Lynn.
         (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall in!
         (lower baby between your knees)


Trot, trot to Denver. Trot, trot to Dover.
          (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall over!
          (tip baby to one side)

Roly-Poly

Roly-poly, roly-poly (circle arms around each other—repeat each time you sing the phrase)
Out, out, out (move hands away from each other)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
In, in, in (bring hands together)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your nose
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your toes.
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Up to the sky (pull baby up to standing)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Fly, fly, fly (life baby up in the air)


Toast
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot (bounce)
Tick tock, tick tock (side to side)
Up I pop!

Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
     (clap hands)
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a "B"
And put it in the oven for baby and me!


Tickle the clouds (spoken)

Tickle the clouds
and tickle your toes
Clap your hands
and tickle your nose
Reach down low
And reach up high
Story time’s over —
Wave bye-bye!

Books
Read Aloud Book:  Love that Baby by Susan Milord


Shared Reading:  A variety of board books by Annie Kubler



Play and Learn Activities

Here are two activities I put together that the babies loved!

Pull scarves out of an empty Kleenex box

Discovery Bottles--small objects in plastic water bottles for babies to shake and look at.  I like the SoBe LifeWater bottles because they are sturdier than regular water bottles, have large opening and caps, and they have a cool texture!