Monday, December 5, 2016

Kawaii Winter Wonderland - still in progress

My crafty coworker Amanda and I are making a progressive snowscape in our library's display case. This month we will add a new piece every day or so. Keep scrolling to see an image from each stage.
Here is where we are right now:

The progression follows below.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Flannel Friday Roundup-November 18, 2006

Ready to gobble, gobble, gobble up some flannelboard greatness?

It is turkey time as we get ready for the holidays on this fine feathered flannel friday! Let the crafty cornucopia runneth over.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Jelly in the Bowl

This is a bouncing rhyme involving the three basic food groups for infants: jelly, cake and candy. Healthy eating habits are best started in early childhood.

Jelly in the bowl,
Jelly in the bowl,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble...
Jelly in the bowl!
Rock baby back and forth

Candles on the cake,
Candles on the cake,
Blow them out, blow them out…
Candles on the cake.
Blow on baby's hand or head after saying "cake"

Candies in the jar,
Candies in the jar,
Shake ‘em up, shake ‘em up…
Candies in the jar.
Bounce baby up and down

Here is some actual nutrition info from the NIH. "Hey, crazy person...don't give that baby any candy!!!" That was a paraphrase.

Thanks to Anne from So Tomorrow for hosting:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Autumn Leaves are Falling Down

Fall weather is finally here! Leaves are changing. 
It is time for some fall themed felt stuff!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Kawaii Itsy Bitsy Spider (aka. Arachnid Sisyphus)

Consider the plight of the Itsy Bitsy Spider, forever trudging up the waterspout only to have the rain come and wash it back down to where it began. Does it feel frustration and anguish? Does it ponder the meaninglessness of its struggle? Is it suffering a karmic punishment for previous misdeeds? Yet it brings children such joy...

As a child, I found this rhyme to be frustrating. The convoluted finger-patterns used to mimic spider climbing were daunting. When introducing this rhyme at storytime, I make sure to say there is no right way to do the spider crawling bit. Do it index finger to thumb OR make all your fingers move OR have a hand crawl up your arm...whatevs.
The itsy bitsy spider 
went up the waterspout.
make climbing motion
Down came the rain and 
make fingers rain 
washed the spider out.
sweep hands away from each other
Out came the sun 
 make big circle above you
and dried up all the rain.
wiping motion with hands
And the itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again…
repeat climbing motion

As you get ready for your next storytime,  take a moment to consider the similarities between your life and Itsy Bitsy's.

Oh yeah...and here is a Charmander!

Thanks to  Wendy at Flannel Board Fun for hosting:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gif-t of Kawaii Halloween

Halloween storytimes are happening 
all week at my library!!!

I made this gif to celebrate!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Tiger is Creeping...Shhhhhh!

I am an old school member of the Tame Tiger Torganization, 
friends of the OG puppet Daniel Tiger before he got all fancy and animated.

I use this simple rhyme at story time 
whenever the crowd starts to get a little cray.
It's a shout out to all the nice tigers out there 
who do not want to eat people.
The tiger is creeping...Shhhh!
walk fingers across arm like a tiger and then shush with finger on lips
The tiger is creeping...Shhhh!
repeat action
They don't make a sound when its feet touch the ground.
The tiger is creeping...Shhhh!
repeat action one more time and enjoy the moment of peace and quiet


Thanks to Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime for hosting: