Thursday, August 25, 2016

Robot Shapes aka. Daft Punk is Playing at Storytime

Did you know there were originally three members of Daft Punk? 
After getting back from touring around the world,
they were playing at my house, my house

But when the robots came down from the bus, one fell apart. Oh no!

The party kids had to help me put the robot back together. I am rather inept when it comes to robot building, often getting confused as to which part goes where. I recognize that the hands are blue circles, the feet are purple rectangles and the shoulders are green trapezoids, but where the other pieces went was a mystery.

Luckily, kids love it when adults do things wrong, so it wasn’t a problem.
“Hmmm, this is a head. I think it goes right above the feet…”
“No!” they incredulously screamed.
“Oh wait, the head goes on the top, right?”
“Where is your head?”  Point to head…and so on.

After rebuilding the robot, we listen to the 
and pretend we are robots for a while.

In a robot voice, I chant:
Robots clap their hands like this... Clap hands
Robots make a noise like this... “Beep, beep!”
Robots stomp their feet like this... Stomp feet
Robots like to dance like this... Do the robot.

The robots batteries drain and then we freeze. 
We can either change batteries and power back up to do it one more time
or sit on down and move on feeling better, faster and stronger.

Since the bonus cat was a hit last week,
here is Guy Furry from Neko Atsume.

And Tubbs.

Thanks to Wendy from Flannel Board Fun for hosting!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Thanks to globalization we have apples all year long! 
Use this rhyme to teach your kids about the lives of migrant workers.

First I get the kids to count their fingers. Hopefully they have five.
They pretend these are their apples. Commence the rhyme:

Way up high in the apple tree.
Hold up fingers, raising arm.
Five red apples smiled at me. 
Smile maniacally.
So I shook that tree as hard as I could,
Mimic frenetic shaking with hands grasped around tree trunk. 
Down came an apple! 
Take felt apple off tree and pretend to eat it. 
Then throw over shoulder.
Mmmmm it was good!
Rub tummy. 
Count how many are left and start again...

I highly recommend dramatically throwing your felt pieces in the air 
whenever removing them from the flannel board. 

Hey look it is a random fat cat!

 Thanks to Laura at Library Lalaland for hosting!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Rainbows and Space Totoros!

My library lets me put felt stuff in our display cases 
during the month of August.
This year I made a "Kawaii Spy" game:

And a tribute to a couple of my favorite directors:

I love my job!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rockin' Humpty

I love this remix of Humpty Dumpty. It combines a version found on the KCLS website with a less violent, puddle/cuddle variation. Check out KCLS’s link to Intellidance videos. They are super relevant for upbeat library storytimes!

Rock and rock and rock on the wall
rock from side to side
Rock and rock and I hope we don’t fall…
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
bounce up and down
Humpty Dumpty had a great faaallllllll
go backwards or lower baby during  melodramatic  fall
Humpty Dumpty fell in a puddle.
Humpty Dumpty needed a cuddle.
give baby a big hug
This week is hosted by Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime!

Thursday, July 21, 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…

mate it with a hot-air balloon…

and you get a bunny balloon!!!

Makes perfect sense.

Five Little Hot Dogs

This rhyme goes well with a storytime about factory farming and safety in the meat-packing industry. I usually point out that these are actually tofu dogs.

Ask the kids to count their fingers on one hands and them begin. Clap on the "BAM!!" and throw the hot dog (and then finally the pan) into the air:

Five little hot dogs frying in a pan,
One got hot and it went, "BAM!!"

Four little hot dogs frying in a pan,
One got hot and it went, "BAM!!"

 Three little hot dogs frying in a pan,
One got hot and it went, "BAM!!"

 Two little hot dogs frying in a pan,
One got hot and it went, "BAM!!"

 One little hot dogs frying in a pan,
One got hot and it went, "BAM!!"

 No little hot dogs frying in a pan,
The pan got hot and the pan went, "BAM!!"

Finish with a short talk about the importance of not leaving food unattended on a stove-top.

Thanks to Jen at Adventures in Storytime for hosting!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ten Fluffy Chicks

Which came first? Well I made the eggs before I made the chicken, so consider the question answered.

Five eggs and five eggs,
Show fingers on each hand
That makes ten.
Hold up all fingers on both hands
Sitting on top is the mother hen.
Clasp hands together
Crackle crackle crackle,
Clap three times

What do I see?
Hold up palms like "What?"
Ten fluffy chicks as yellow as can be!
Dance fingers around and make them peep!
Thanks to Feltboard Magic for hosting!