Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yoga Bunny


Super excited about this new set of felt bunnies. This week I read the book "Yoga Bunny" by Brian Russo and loved it…but it is a little to wordy for my toddler storytime. I’ve wanted to incorporate yoga into my program for a while, so it was a perfect opportunity to cut up some felt!


I’m going to have the kids try to imitate the poses of the bunny.

Bunny woke up one morning and stretched out her arms.

Then she dropped her head and arms down to her toes in a forward fold – (Uttanasana)

She walked her hands forward and stepped backward so she looked like a downward-facing doggie – (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Bunny stood up tall, placed her hands in front of her heart and balanced on one foot in the tree pose – (Vriksasana)

Bunny stepped back bent her front leg and reached her arms way up high in warrior pose– (Virabhadrasana)

Then she took a deep breath, and lay down on her back in resting pose – (Shavasan)

She took one more deep breath and said, “Om…”

So peaceful it will be…


Thanks to Jessica from Storytime in the Stacks for hosting:

 







Monday, October 9, 2017

Tiger is Sneaking - Part Deaux


I am an old school member of the Tame Tiger Torganization, friends of the 
OG puppet Daniel Tiger before his fancy animated son took over. 
Daniel Jr is still pretty awesome, tho.
I had to make him out of felt, of course...


Use this simple rhyme at story time 
whenever the crowd starts to get a little cuckoo.
It's a shout out to all the nice tigers out there 
who do not want to eat people.
The tiger is sneaking...Shhhh!
walk around crouching and sneaky and then shush with finger on lips
The tiger is sneaking...Shhhh!
repeat action
They don't make a sound when their feet touch the ground.
touch ground gently with your front paws
The tiger is sneaking...Shhhh!
repeat action one more time and enjoy the moment of peace and quiet and then...
RAWR!
JUMP UP and roar!

A less jumpy version of this rhyme can be found here.

I met another "Tiger" while I was in St. Louis a couple weeks ago: Tiger Reed, the Youth Services Specialist at the St. Louis Central Library. He was hosting their first Drag Queen Storytime. The performers were great storytellers and Tiger did fun crowd control activities between stories. I was taking frantic notes, trying to remember all Tiger's great ideas. The auditorium was full of caregivers and children having a wonderful time! 

Here is a pic of the ladies.


And here is a bonus felt, keeping with the cat theme.


Thanks to my talented coworker, Carolanne, for drawing the original "Amish cat" image.