Big and Little

March 19th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Songs & Activities:

This is Big
This is big, big, big. [stretch arms out wide]
This is small, small, small. [cup hands together]
This is short, short, short. [hold hands close together, palms facing]
This is tall, tall, tall. [spread hands toward floor and ceiling, palms facing]
This is fast, fast, fast. [circle fists around each other, quickly]
This slow, slow, slow. [circle fists around each other, slowly]
This is yes, yes, yes. [nod]
This is no, no, no. [shake head]

Credit: Mel's Desk (Melissa Depper)

Craft—I'm the Biggest Thing Collages

We used bubblewrap, plastic forks, and other shapes to create an underwater world, complete with a giant squid and other sea creatures--inspired, of course, by I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!

 

 


Surprise!

March 12th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Songs & Activities:

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow.
Wiggle it high (reach to ceiling) and wiggle it low (down by your toes).
Shake it fast and shake it slow.
Where did it go? (hide scarf in hands, behind back, etc.)
One, two, three ... release scarves into the air!

Popcorn Kernels (w/ scarves)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels, in the pot, in the pot.(Crunch scarf into a ball)
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
Shake them, shake them, shake them
'Til they POP, 'til they POP! (Release scarf into the air!)
 

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Shaving Cream Art

This project was perfect for our theme of surprise endings.  Scraping away the shaving cream revealed a magical surprise each and every time!

 


Snow!

February 19th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
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 [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"

Credit: Jbrary

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

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: IntellidanceTM

Craft—Puffy Paint Snow Scenes

Kids had fun creating snowy collages with homemade puffy paint and items such as yarn and buttons.  

 


Hearts & Hugs

February 12th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:

Hugless Douglas by David Melling
Elmore by Holly Hobbie
Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas
The Chilly Penguin  by Constanze Von Kitzing

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

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow.
Wiggle it high (reach to ceiling) and wiggle it low (down by your toes).
Shake it fast and shake it slow.
Where did it go? (hide scarf in hands, behind back, etc.)
One, two, three ... release scarves into the air!

Popcorn Kernels (w/ scarves)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels, in the pot, in the pot.(Crunch scarf into a ball)
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
Shake them, shake them, shake them
'Til they POP, 'til they POP! (Release scarf into the air!)
 

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Watercolor Painting

Friends enjoyed painting with liquid watercolors and salt. Some added a penguin and/or hearts in honor of our theme and the hero of The Chilly Penguin.

 


Things That Go!

January 29th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root
Supertruck  by Stephen Savage
Go!Go!Go!Stop!  by Charise Mericle Harper

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

Walking Song
Walking, walking, walking, walking.
Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.
Running, running, running, running, running, running.
Now we STOP! Now we STOP!

2nd verse: Substitute "Tiptoe" for "Walking"

3rd verse: Substitute "Marching" for "Walking"

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Shapes Collages

This was process art at its best! We put out scissors, glue, pre-cut shapes, paper, cotton balls, and crayons, and the kids created collages of "things that go."

 


On the Farm

January 22nd, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Stoeke
The Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut
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 [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"

Credit: Jbrary

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow.
Wiggle it high (reach to ceiling) and wiggle it low (down by your toes).
Shake it fast and shake it slow.
Where did it go? (Hide scarf in hands, behind back, etc.)
One, two, three ... release scarves into the air!

Popcorn Kernels (w/ scarves)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels, in the pot, in the pot.(Crunch scarf into a ball)
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
Shake them, shake them, shake them
'Til they POP, 'til they POP! (Release scarf into the air!)

Credit: Jbrary

Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean
Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you've ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play.
One jumped into the mud and landed with a great big THUD,
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs. OINK! OINK!

[Count down until all the pigs are dirty.]

Credit: Storytime Katie

Craft—3D Chickens
Kids used assorted materials (crayons, dot markers, feathers, and glitter) to decorate their chickens.

 

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In the Jungle

January 15th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Where's My Mom? by Julia Donaldson
Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

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

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys, swinging from a tree, teasing Mr. Crocodile:
"You can't catch me!"
Well, along comes Mr. Crocodile as quiet as can be and he...
SNAPS that monkey right out of the tree!

[Four little, three little, etc.]

Credit: Childhood

Craft—Tiger and Lion Masks
Everyone had fun creating an animal mask--lion, tiger, or something in between!


Hello Winter!

December 18th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Bear Can't Sleep by Karma Wilson
I Don't Want To Go To Sleep by Dev Petty

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

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

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: IntellidanceTM

Craft—Winter Scenes
The kids created their own unique wintry scenes using q-tips, paint, sequins, and crayons.


Sharing and Caring

December 11th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead

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

One Bright Scarf, Popcorn
Credit: Jbrary

Snowflake Dance (w/ Scarves)
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: IntellidanceTM

The More We Get Together
Incorporating sign language.
Credit:
Miss Holly, Skokie Public Library

Craft—Friendship Balloons

We had fun decorating balloons with glitter glue, stickers, and crayons--in honor of the red balloon in A Sick Day for Amos McGee!



Fly Away!

November 27th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Little Home Bird by Jo Empson

Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins

Songs & Activities:
Way Up in the Sky
Way up in the sky, the big birdies fly.
While down in the nest, the little birdies rest.
With a wing on the left and a wing on the right,
They're sleeping, they're sleeping most all of the night.
Shhh! Don't wake up the birdies!

The bright sun comes up, the moon goes away.
"Good morning! Good morning!" the little birds say.
Credit: Childhood

One Bright Scarf
Credit: Jbrary

Snowflake Dance (w/ Scarves)
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: IntellidanceTM

Craft—Pine Cone Bird Feeders
As a service to all the Vermont birds that stick around during the winter, we made feeders out of pine cones, sun butter, and bird seed.


Happy Thanksgiving

November 13th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Porcupine's Pie by Laura Renauld

This is the Turkey by Abby Levine
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz


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

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: IntellidanceTM

Craft—Turkey Hats
We used water colors to decorate our turkey's tail feathers, then cut out and attached turkeys to headbands:




 

Pumpkins 2018

October 30th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Stumpkin by Lucy Cummins

Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage
Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis


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

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them, give a little clap clap clap!
Open, shut them, open, shut them, put them in your lap lap lap.
Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them, right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open wide your little mouth, but ... do not let them IN!
C
redit: Childhood

Craft—What's in a Pumpkin?

We had fun decorating paper pumpkins, both outside...


and in...

Dragon Tales (2018)

October 23rd, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently
Loveabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse


Songs & Activities:
Clap and Say Hello
To the tune of "Farmer in the Dell"
We clap and say "Hello!" We clap and say "Hello!"
With our friends at story time, we clap and say "Hello!"
For other verses, substitute different actions (stomp, wave, jump) for clapping.

Credit: Jbrary

Dragon Pokey
You put your right claw in...
You put your tail in...
You breathe some fire in...
C
redit: Modified from childhood

Craft—Chinese-Inspired Dragons

Kids used bubblewrap, gold paint, and jewels to decorate their dragons:


 

The library hair dryer was put to good use:


 

Owls! (2018)

October 16, 2018



What We Read:
Night Owl by Toni Yuly
Little Owl's Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

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

Two Little Owls (Fingerplay)
Two little owls, sitting on the hill, one named Jack, one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill!  Come back, Jack!  Come back, Jill!
Two little owls, hunting in the snow, one named Fast, one named Slow...
Two little owls, feeling very proud, one named Quiet, one named Loud...
Credit: Jbrary

One Bright Scarf and Popcorn Song (Scarf Play)
Credit: Jbrary


Craft--Owl Masks

 


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.