Thursday, June 8, 2017

Clap Your Hands and STOP! (aka. the best centering activity...ever!!!)

I'm always on the lookout for a new activity to get the rowdies focused during storytime. When they won't pay attention to anything and it is descending into total chaos, this game never fails to get the crowd redirected. It is super simple and super effective. Clap your hands and stop.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Toot Toot, Beep Beep: Traffic Light [aka. Ignition (remix) Pt. 2]


Emma Garcia's books are always a big hit at Toddler storytime. Too bad they are currently only "in print" in the board book format. Most of my library's large format picture book copies are getting pretty ratty due to high circulation. I made these to bring "Toot Toot, Beep Beep" off the page and onto to the feltboard.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Song Cube 2.0 (aka Fly Like a D6)

Behold the new improved d6 of singing! So fly!

My first attempt at making a song cube looked really cool but had some issues. 

(Thanks to Mel's Desk for sharing the original idea!) The cube introduced a nice bit of randomness (and gambling) to my Toddler storytimes. Unfortunately, it was made of styrofoam and got a little too crunchy when it hit the floor. Also, I used velcro to attach my felt pieces, hoping I could easily switch them out. They tended to get floppy and fall off.



This newest version has upholstery foam on the inside, wrapped with a layer of felt. The images are stuck directly to it with fabric glue. I have high hopes about its structural integrity and rollability.

My plan is to have kids volunteer to roll it. I'm a little worried about hurt feelings: children being upset if they don't get picked or someone not wanting to let go of the cube. Hopefully the good will outweigh the bad. If you have experience with this kind of crowd participation, I'd love your input in the comments section!

Below are the songs I chose, with helpful links to the awesome Jbrary ladies singing them. I've been wanting to do their "Pop! Goes the Berry" for a while. We will only sing the first verse/chorus to keep the program hopping.




The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town.


If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)



Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.


The itsy bitsy spider
Went up the water spout
Down came the rain and
Washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
Now the itsy bitsy spider
Went up the spout again



One little red fish swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water.
One little red fish swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, pop.



All around the strawberry fields,
We picked some juicy berries
We brought them home and washed them off,
Pop! Go the berries! (jump up on "pop")


Thanks to Anne at So Tomorrow for hosting





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kawaii Wars!


This "May the Fourth" display was a labor of love. I've been making the felt over the past couple years. All are mash-ups of Star Wars and Sanrio characters. All these designs are my own creations, so if you make some of your own and post them, please give me a link back or credit!

If you really, really like them, visit my redbubble page!
Not anymore...Sanrio shut me down! I take it as a compliment...



Here are the Sanrio characters they were based on:


Little Twin Skywalkers

Keryoda

Darth Maru and Hanatrooper

Twi-Melody

Pocha Solo 
 
Chibibacca

Monkithreepio


 Pandartoo

Jabbatama


Thanks to Shawn at Rhyme, Sing Read for hosting this week's:

Pre-Literacy Display

Considering the amount of time spent making all these felt things, it is sad that they spend most of their time stored inside a file cabinet. Luckily, my library has display cases that I get to use a couple times a year.

This month, I made a simple "I spy" game for the pre-k crowd using some extra flannelboard sets. Below is the display and accompanying signage.




Try this at your library if you have and spare square-footage that needs decorating!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dirty Diaper!


A well-timed song can change a child’s mood from bad to good. This rhyme is for distracting a baby/toddler (and hopefully the caregiver) during diaper-changing time.

(to the Tune of Frere Jacques)
Stinky diaper, stinky diaper,
Changing time, changing time.
Let’s take off the dirty one,
Let’s put on a clean one,
Glad you're mine, glad you're mine!

Thanks to What Happens in Storytime for hosting this week's 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

To Whole Foods, To Whole Foods...


When was the last time your typical parent went to the market to buy a fat hog? A fat pig? A plum bun, perhaps? Never, I'd bet! This is my update of the traditional Mother Goose rhyme, "To Market, To Market," including items more likely to be found on the modern privileged American's shopping list.

Flannel Friday Roundup for April 14


Hoppy Easter! Hope everyone gets as many (or as few) Cadbury Creme Eggs as they desire!

Felt fanatics, we have a bunch of great sets this week!

Easter is my favorite holiday because...Bunnies! Thankfully, Kate from Felt Board Magic has a trio of cute Easter sets...










Amy S. from one little librarian is bringing some Easter finger puppet awesomeness with  Ten Little Bunnies!



Heather from Lady Librarian's Literacy, Lifestyle and Lookbook Log has mixed up some yummy Rainbow Stew.


Kathryn from Fun with Friends at Storytime is getting ready for this year's Summer Reading (panic attack!) theme. She's building a better world with her original Let's Build with Blocks set.



Wendy from Flannel Board Fun has some pretty patterned pachyderms playing in Five Elephants went out to Play!
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I have a couple bouncing rhymes this time.  


and my take on To Market, To Market...




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Friday, April 7, 2017

Giddy Up Kawaii Horsie

Babies love bouncing. These two traditional nursery rhymes give you an opportunity to make that happen. Bounce child on your knee, then switch to the other knee at the end of the rhyme and repeat. 


Friday, March 24, 2017

Kawaii Chicken in the Barnyard


Another rhyme about biting. As little as most adults like being bitten by children, there sure are plenty of rhymes encouraging parents to bite their kids. It's a pretty weird double standard. I guess it is never to early to teach kids about the hypocrisies and contradictions of life in the modern world.

On a less morose note, I've been loving the Caspar Babypants song, "Chicken in the Cornbread." Me and my coworker, Amanda are borderline groupies.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kawaii Worms Up!


There are all kinds of baby rhymes: tickles, bounces, fingerplays, peek-a-boo... "Worms Up" is an example from the genre "Baby Biting Rhymes." No one knows why caregivers like to bite babies...just make sure you don't draw blood.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Two Little Bluebirds Sitting on a Hill- variations


I love how the birds look like ears on the hill. Yes, the green thing in the middle is supposed to be a hill. And it is not so happy about birds standing on its head!

At the beginning of my career, we did this rhyme with props, handing out little laminated bird cutouts for kids to chew and drool on during storytime. The thought of those slimy little avian disease vectors gives me the heebie jeebies. Nowadays, the kids just hold up their fingers to be the “birds.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Grand Old Captain Kirk


I found this awesome variation of "The Grand Old Duke of York" while looking for movement rhymes on the scoutsongs.com website. It is never too early to indoctrinate your baby into geekiness! Here is my adaptation for baby storytime:


Oh, the grand old Captain Kirk
bounce to rhythm
He had ten thousand men
He beamed them up to the Enterprise
lift baby up
Then he beamed them down again
bring back down
And when they were up, they were up
lift baby up 
And when they were down, they were down
bring back down
And when they were only halfway up,
hug
They were nowhere to be found.
spin in circle
insert joke about "redshirts"

This rhyme reminds me of my most prized possesion, this shirt:

Thanks to Wendy at Flannelboard Fun for hosting this week's: