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:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jellybeans Jumping

In the spirit of this candy-eating season, here is a rhyme about anthropomorphized jellybeans demonstrating the activity arc of a child amped up on high fructose corn syrup.

These beans are also useful for counting and color identification.

Jellybeans stomping, stomp stomp stomp. 
stomp feet
Jellybeans hopping, hop hop hop. 
jump around
Jellybeans exploding, pop pop pop! 
clap hands
Jellybeans resting, down down down. 
sink to floor
Jellybeans sleeping on the ground.
pretend to sleep

Thanks to Amy at Catch the Possibilities for hosting!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kawaii Halloween!

I love Halloween. I'm lucky to live in an area where people don't get too stressed about it. I usually try to keep my toddler storytimes pretty low on the devil worshiping, anyways...

Here are my favorite Halloween rhymes with flannel board felty things:

Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
round and fat.
hold out hands to show how big 
Turns into a jack o lantern ....
 Just like that! 

The next one is just like Two Little Blackbirds but instead it is:
 Two Little Black Bats
Two little black bats hanging in a tree, 
put one fingers on each knee
One named "Boo!" and one named "Wheeeeee!"
Say "Boo!" like you mean it and draw out the "Wheeeeeee!"
Fly away, Boo!
flap one finger behind your back
Fly away, Wheeeeee!

flap other finger behind back
Come back, Boo! 

bring it back
Come back, Wheeeeee!

bring back other one
Two little black bats hanging in a tree,
One named "Boo!" and one named "Wheeeeee!"

Here is a simple count down rhyme with some ghosts:
Five Little Ghosts
Five little ghosts flying through the door,
One went home and that left four.

Four little ghosts spooky as can be,
Another went home and that left three.

Three little ghosts dripping weird goo,
Another went home and that left two.

Two little ghosts, having lots of fun,
Another went home and that left one.

One little ghost, now all alone,
He got so lonely, he flew back home.

I'm very proud of this (Un)Lucky Cat version of
"Teddy Bear Teddy Bear" converted for Halloween:
 Black Cat, Black Cat
Black cat, black cat, turn around,
Black cat, black cat, touch the ground.

Black cat, black cat, show your shoe,

stick out foot
Black cat, black cat, I love you. 
Give self hug

Black cat, black cat, bend your knees,
Black cat, black cat, sway in the breeze.

Black cat, black cat, sit back down,
Black cat, black cat, not a sound.

Lastly, here are some pumpkins, I'm not sure how many...
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The 1st one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
The 2nd one said, “There are witches in the air”
The 3rd one said, “We don’t care!”
The 4th one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The 5th one said, “We’re ready for some fun!”
Then "WHOOOOOOO" went the wind
And OUT (loud clap) went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
roll hands

Thanks to Lisa at Thrive After Three for hosting:

Friday, September 30, 2016

Zoom Zoom Zoom redux

I love the song "Zoom Zoom Zoom, We are Going to the Moon." 
Perhaps this is because my favorite book as a child was:
This book taught, in no uncertain terms, that rocket travel was real and imminent. 

Good little boys would go into space and hang out with a bunch of other white dudes in some sort of space station frat house. 

Pretty great, right?

Well, it was apparently all lies. I'm still a little burned by this.

Now my views on space are more Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Ursula K. LeGuin and a little less Robert Heinlein and Orson Scott Card. Doing "Zoom Zoom Zoom" at storytime is a way of working through my broken dreams.

The Juno space probe has been sending back some awesome pictures of Jupiter. You can find all kinds of info at the NASA Juno website. To promote this at storytime, I added a Juno section after singing the Zoom Zoom Zoom song.

After going up on the rocket...

 Juno passes by the moon...

 Says "Hi!" to Mars...

 And eventually meets its new friend Jupiter and gives a big hug.

I then ask the kids to be satellites orbiting their caregiver planets.

You can even let the kids listen to Jupiter's auroras as heard by the real Juno probe:

Thanks to Wendy at Flannel Board Fun for hosting

Thursday, September 22, 2016

How to Make Awesome Kawaii Felt Things -unabridged

"Kawaii" is the Japanese word for "cute." Think Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters. I like the “kawaii” style because of the big bold outlines of the images. This makes details stand out at a distance. A core element of using this style for the flannelboard is using the background color of your felt piece as the negative space between the other pieces.  

I have a red flannel board at my library so I use a black felt background for my pieces to make them pop. If your board is black, try using a white or other light colored background.

Here follows a jaunty walk through 
the making of a kawaii felty thing.
Click here for info on felt, scissors and glue!

Tools of the Trade

Tools used:

Felt-- Basic felt colors are available in 8.5 x 11” sheets at most big box craft stores. They typically sell polyester felt made from recycled plastic under the brand name “Eco-fi.” This works fine for most creations. 
If you find lighter colors have too much visual bleed-through from the background, you might want to try using a wool felt blend. This can be bought in sheets at fancier fabric stores or off the interweb. I’ve had success with felt from Prairie Woolens. Their 35% wool/65% rayon blends are noticeably thicker than full polyester and come in a multitude of colors. Whereas Eco-fi comes in 3 shades of grayPrairie Woolens offers eleven.

Nice Scissors- Keep a pair of scissor to only use when cutting felt. This will keep the blades sharper. Fiskars Titanium Soft Grip are my personal favorites. They aren't too expensive (especially if you use a coupon) and maintain their sharpness reasonably well. Arthritis scissors like the Easy Action scissors are pretty great if you are doing a lot of cutting.

Glue – Tacky glue takes forever to dry and doesn’t always hold very well. Hot glue is stringy and difficult to control. It also will melt polyester if the tip gets too close. 

I’ve had the most success with Fabri-tac. It dries quickly and is relatively easy to control. I keep two bottles: a small bottle with as tiny a hole as possible cut in the tip for detail work and a larger bottle for covering big areas and refilling the small bottle. One note, try not to hold the bottle upside down while applying glue. This creates air bubbles within the bottle which will slowly rise, causing glue to dribble from the tip. Keep a paper towel handy to clean the tip.

For Super Savers Only:
Work those reciprocal coupons when buying your glue and scissors! The following stores will honor each others coupons:  A.C. MooreMichaelsHobby LobbyJoann’s. I buy most big ticket items one at a a 40-55% discount. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

B - Bunny Balloon

Next in my series of GMO felt critters is the misfit offspring of thing beginning with letter of the day, “B”!

Take a bunny…