Thursday, January 12, 2017

Five Enormous Kawaii Dinosaurs

You can't go wrong with a storytime about dinosaurs! (Well, I guess it would be bad if you did a faithful Jurassic Park puppet show with scary raptors. Not to mention using books featuring cavemen alive at the same time as dinosaurs. OK, maybe it could go wrong. Stick with this rhyme.)

This is a slight rework of the Five Enormous Dinosaurs rhyme from KCLS's Tell Me a Story database. In addition to the general high quality of all their rhymes, I love that KCLS includes videos of a variety of people performing them. Even some guys! Crazy.

Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar,
One stomped away and then there were four.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, 
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Four enormous dinosaurs munching on a tree,
One stomped away and then there were three.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, 
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Three enormous dinosaurs didn’t know what to do,
One stomped away and then there were two.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, 
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Two enormous dinosaurs having lots of fun,
One stomped away and then there was one.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, 
stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

One enormous dinosaur saw the setting sun,
She went home and then there were none.
Flap, flap, flap, flap, 
flap, flap, flap, flap, ROAR!

Here are some closer shots of the others. 
I think they turned out well! 

These felt things were based on images created by DCRmx.

Thanks to Anne from the So Tomorrow blog for hosting this week's Flannel Friday!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Five Baby Kawaii Bunnies!

Keeping track of baby bunnies is hard. Sometimes it is nice for a mama bunny to have a bit of a break from parenting...

Five baby bunnies, one fine day
Hold up five fingers
Hopped to the carrot patch, far away.
Bounce hand behind back
Mama bunny went,  "Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump!"
Stomp foot on ground four times
But only four came back to the stump ...
Bring back four fingers and repeat down to one.

After all the babies are gone,  mama bunny enjoys the peace and quiet for a while. She takes a nap, reads some Richard Adams and has a cup of coffee. When she feels like she has the strength to go on...

Mama Bunny goes, "Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump!"
And all the babies came back to the stump!

I put all the baby bunnies on top of her at the end.

This rhyme was adapted from Wendy's Flannel Board Fun page.

Thanks to Mary from Miss Mary Liberry (best name ever!!!)
for hosting this weeks:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kawaii Winter Wonderland - Finished!

My super-awesome crafty coworker Amanda and I made a progressive snowscape in our library's display case. All month, we added a new piece every day or so. Keep scrolling to see an image from each stage.
Here is the finished product:

I really wanted to add Krampus but others thought he was too scary.
You decide:

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: