Apples (2018)

September 25th, 2018

The Books We Read:
Tap the Magic Tree  by Christie Matheson
Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert
What's an Apple by Marilyn Singer

Songs and Fingerplays:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say "hello!"
We clap and say "hello!"
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and say "hello!"

We [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"
...
Credit: Jbrary

Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert--we sang this book for fun!

I Reached Way Up
I reached way up in the apple tree, and picked an apple just for me;
I took a bite, and what did I see? Five little worms a-lookin' at me--yuck!
[Repeat, counting down.]

Credit: Childhood

Project—Magic Apple Trees w/ Fall Surprise
Everyone had a different take on their autumnal apple trees, which we made with tissue paper, dot markers, and lots of glue!

 

 

 

 

Houses and Homes (2018)

September 18, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Welcome Home, Bear by Il Sung Na
The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
The Doghouse by Jan Thomas

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say "hello!"
We clap and say "hello!"
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and say "hello!"

We [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"
...
Credit: Jbrary

We Go In and Out the Doors
We jump in and out the front door,
We jump in and out the front door,
We jump in and out the front door,
And make a doorbell sound.

We hop in and out the back door,
We hop in and out the back door,
We hop in and out the back door,
Bend down and touch the ground.

We slide in and out the side door,
We slide in and out the side door,
We slide in and out the side door,
And turn ourselves around.

We jump in and out the front door,
We hop in and out the back door,
We slide in and out the side door,
And sit ourselves right down.

Credit: Adapted from susanmdailey.com

Elevator Song
Oh, the city is big and the city is grand,
and there are lots of tall buildings on a little piece of land.
And we live way up on the 57th floor.
And this is what we do when we go out the door.

We take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,
take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,
take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,
and turn around.

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paper Bag Houses
The kids decorated brown lunch bags with shapes, tissue paper and buttons. We stuffed the bags, stapled on the roofs, and--voila!



We even had some enthusiastic builders create more houses (and a dragon) at home!

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Going to School

September 11, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Click, Clack, Quack to School by Doreen Cronin
Pete the Cat Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
Lena's Shoes Are Nervous by Keith Calabrese

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Pete the Cat Wheels on the Bus
Of course, we sang and acted out the book as we went!

Craft—School Buses
Kids had fun creating their own school buses:


Some even made springy stop signs:

Catch Me If You Can

July 31, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Monkey: A Trickster Tale From India
by Gerald McDermott
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging from a tree, teasing Mr. Crocodile, "You can't catch me!"
Well, along comes Mr. Crocodile, quiet as can be, and he SNAPS that monkey right out of the tree.
[Count down until there are no monkeys left.]

Credit: Traditional

Craft—First-Prize Ribbons

Inspired by our prize-winning tortoise in Hare and Tortoise, kids made their own special sparkly ribbons.

Get Wet!

July 24, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell
Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso
Swimmy by Leo Leonni

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little turtle, his name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap.
And now he's at home sick in bed with bubbles in his throat.
Oh, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, pop!
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, pop!

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Swimmy Watercolor Collages

We created vivid watery backgrounds for our sponge-print Swimmys!


 

Eric Carle

July 17, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Scarf Play
- Popcorn Kernels
- One Bright Scarf

Credit: Various

Craft—Hungry Caterpillar Balloon Print Collages

Kids dipped inflated balloons into paint to create the caterpillar's body.  They also had fun using hole punches to take "bites" out of all the different fruits their caterpillar ate.


 

Treasure Hunt

June 26, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Craft—Treasure Maps

We had a great time creating our own authentic treasure maps bedecked in gold paint and lots of sparkling jewels!


Hello Spring!

May 1, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Scarf Play
- Let's Go Riding on an Elevator
- Popcorn Kernels

Credit: Various

Craft—Egg Carton Flowers

Tempera paint, egg carton (cut into blocks of four), pipe cleaner, and a straw—that’s all you need to create a colorful spring flower!


 

 

Plant a Seed

April 17, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed. [Wrap one hand around the other fist.]
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest. [Unfurl fingers, one by one.]
Well, they grew, and they grew, and they did not stop. [Motion outward with hands.]
And they grew and they grew, ‘til they finally popped! [Motion outward with hands, then clap.]
Credit: Jbrary

The Gardener Plants the Seeds
To the tune of ”Farmer in the Dell”
The gardener plants the seeds, the gardener plants the seeds.
Hi ho a Derry-o, the gardener plants the seeds

The sun comes out and shines...
The rain begins to fall...
The plants grow big and tall...
Credit: Adapted from traditional

Craft—Planting Our Own Seeds

The children decorated their pots (yogurt containers) with stickers, filled them with potting soil, and tucked in bean or sunflower seeds.


 

And one week later...

 

And three months later!!!

 

 

Get Messy!

April 10, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
I'm Dirty by Kate & Jim McMullan
Tidy by Emily Gravett
Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Egg Shaker Play
If You're Happy and You Know It
If you're happy and you know it, give a shake...
If you're happy and you know it, give a tap...[tap shaker on different parts of body]
If you're happy and you know it, give a clap...

If you're happy and you know it, wave "hello"...
Credit: Jbrary

Shake Your Shaker
To the tune of "London Bridges"
Shake your shaker in the air, shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air.  Shake your shaker.

Additional verses:
Shake your shaker..
...up and down, rub your shaker on the ground...
...high and low, shake it fast, shake it slow...
...near and far, drive your shaker in the car...
...fast and slow, shake it stop, shake it go...
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Painting with Objects
We had fun painting with a variety of objects, including LEGOs, pom-poms, feathers and more:


 

As you'd expect, each artist had a unique creation in the end.  Here are two examples:

 

 

Helping Out

March 27, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead
Little Tug by Stephen Savage
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

The More We Get Together
(Sung with sign language for key words)
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.
'Cause your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.

Credit: Traditional

 

Craft—Little Tug Collage

We used bubblewrap stampers and brushes to paint landscapes for our tugboat rescue scenes.



Everyone had a different interpretation...




 

Cats & Dogs

March 13, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
I am a Cat by Galia Bernstein
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
Cats are Cats by Valeri Gorbachev

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

My Dog Rags
I have a dog, his name is Rags. He eats so much his belly sags.
His ears flip-flop and his tail wig-wags, and when he walks he goes zig-zag.
Chorus:
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag.
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag.
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag. I love Rags and he loves me.

My dog Rags he loves to play. He rolls in the mud most every day.
But when I call, he doesn't obey. He always runs the other way!
Repeat chorus
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Cat & Dog Paperbag Puppets
Using precut shapes, children made their own cat or dog puppets...or in some cases, a hybrid critter!  Here is one of our friends' puppets:



 

Adventure!

March 6, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
The Umbrella by Ingrid Shubert

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
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!!!

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the stars...
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the sun...
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—An Umbrella Adventure
Everyone created a different scene featuring the little dog from The Umbrella.  We used cupcaker liners for the umbrella, cotton balls for clouds, and lots of shiny shapes we found in the craft drawer for scenery!

 

Hot & Cold

February 20th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Bear & Hare Snow! by Emily Gravett
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around. In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small. Roll them into a snowball.
When the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away!

Credit: Intellidance

My Chubby Little Snowman
My chubby little snowman, had a button nose.
When along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?
That chubby little bunny was searching for some lunch;
And he ate my snowman's nose: nibble, nibble, crunch!
Credit: Various

Craft—Hot & Cold Collage:
We took a yummy approach to the theme and made ice cream cone and hot cocoa collages:

 

Fun with Art!

February 13th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy
Olivia by Ian Falconer

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Scarf Play:
- Let's Go Riding on an Elevator
- Popcorn Kernels
- One Bright Scarf

Credit: Various

Craft—Watercolor & Salt Paintings


 

Dinosaurs 2018

January 30th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton
T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty
Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Dino Chant
Dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo;
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
A hungry T-rex was a-walking down the street,
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
Looking around for something good to eat,
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
[call and response]:
He was HUGE! [arms out]
He was STRONG! [show muscles]
Won't be hungry very long. [wag finger]
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paper Plate Stegosaurus:

 

Let's Pretend!

January 23rd, 2018

The Books We Read:
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently

I'm a Frog! by Mo Willems

Songs and Fingerplays:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around. In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small. Roll them into a snowball.
When the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away!

Credit: Intellidance

Project—My Circle/My Square:
Taking inspiration from Not a Stick, the kids used precut circles and squares to create their own unique pictures.  Such as balloons...

Or robots...

Fairy Tales 2017

December 19th, 2017

 

The Books We Read:
Little Red Riding Hood by Ed Bryan
The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken by Lynn Munsinger
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray


Songs & Activities:

We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say "Hello!" We clap and say "Hello!"
With our friends at story time, we clap and say "Hello!"
Repeat with different actions: stomp, jump, wave, turn, hop...

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paperbag Crowns
We decorated our crowns with dot markers, paper jewels, and colorful feathers:


 

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