This week we put our antennas on and read about bugs. We kicked off with Eric Carle’s beloved classic, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” about a caterpillar whose appetite gets bigger each day until he forms a cocoon to emerge later as a beautiful butterfly. Not only does this book touch on a scientific concept (the life cycle of a caterpillar) and days of the week; it is also a great counting books for kids.

“I Love Bugs” by Philemon Sturgess explores all the different types of bugs and characteristics they encompass. A neat bonus-on the inside cover, bugs featured in the book are shown with snippets of information.

Kids then got to create alphabet masterpieces using alphabet stamps, bug stickers, and crayons! Another great and easy concept craft is sensory alphabet cards using index cards and puffy paint. Apply puffy paint to index cards to create individual letters of the alphabet (upper, lower case or both). When paint is dry have kids trace each letter while saying the name of the letter.

Did you know there is an Eric Carle Picture Book Museum? Click here to see current exhibits or explore free activities!


Fall is here! (almost)

The official start of fall begins September 23, so to prepare for its arrival we read about what happens during fall this week. Living in Queen Creek Arizona, fall is not very prominent, so reading/seeing images of fall from other parts of the country are great teaching opportunities for kids!

Mr. T read, “Fall is not easy” by Marty Kelley, an account by a tree as to why fall is the hardest season. This is one of my favorite fall books! The story goes through all the seasons with tidbits about each while having silly and colorful surprises in the colors the leaves of fall take.

Before taking a long winter’s nap some animals collect food during fall. In “Busy Little Squirrel” by Nancy Tafuri, squirrel is so busy collecting food for winter he does not have time to play with the other animals. Tafuri’s illustrations are classic and the wordage is just the right length for toddlers; a great go-to toddler author.

Every month we focus on a particular concept for toddlers. This month’s concept is the alphabet, so Mr. T with his trusty guitar led us through the “Alphabet Song”. The toddlers did a fantastic job, even when we sang the song as fast as we could! Next week we will be reading books about bugs!

Toddler Time September Songs!

Old MacDonald

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
With a “moo-moo” here and a “moo-moo” there
Here a “moo” there a “moo”
Everywhere a “moo-moo”
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O
With a “oink, oink” here and a “oink, oink” there
Here a “oink” there a “oink”
Everywhere a “oink, oink”
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a horse, E-I-E-I-O
With a “neigh, neigh” here and a “neigh, neigh” there
Here a “neigh” there a “neigh”
Everywhere a “neigh-neigh”
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Row, row, row your boat

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream, “Ahhhh!”

Two Little Blackbirds

There were two little blackbirds sitting on a hill

One named Jack, the other named Jill

Fly away Jack, fly away Jill

Come back Jack, come back Jill!

Other versions: fast/slow, loud/quiet

Welcome Back Toddler Time!

Storytimes started up this week, with Mr. Tony (aka Mr. T) helping Miss Sarah rock Toddler Time with his musical storytime skills! We could be more fitting than to kick off our first Toddler Time of the season by reading books about libraries!

Lola and her mom visit their library to return and check out books, listen to storytime and enjoy a special treat in, “Lola at the Library” by Anna McQuinn. Kids will relate to Lola’s routine as she gets ready to go to the library and all the fun she experiences there. Lola also stars in another book, “Lola loves stories.”

Frogs, hens, and snakes-oh my! With the help of some friendly puppets Mr. T told us a story about the time he took his animals to the library in Eric Kimmel’s, “I took my frog to the library.” We revised the story to reflect our library and the animals who like to visit.

Every month we have the same set of songs, so the kids, as well as grownups become familiar with them. Our songs for this month are Old MacDonald, Row, row, row your boat and Two Little Blackbirds. See Toddler Time September Songs for the lyrics!

Miss Sarah likes to get crafty; especially when recycling is in the mix. By using salvaged parts of discarded board books we created one-of-a-kind books this week.

For this craft you need: 

– 5 pages worth of discarded board books

–          1 binder ring

–          Cropadile/ single hole punch

–          Box cutter

–          Optional

  • embellishments (scraps of fabric, stickers, etc)
  • hot glue gun

Grownups, use a box cutter to cut out salvageable pages from damaged board book(s). Have child select 5 pages from salvaged board book pages. Use cropadile/hole punch at the corner of each page-not too close to the edge as to prevent tearing. Line up hole punches on the pages and insert a binder ring. Kids can then embellish the book. Grownups can even use a hot glue gun to secure pieces of fabric scraps to create a sensory page for kids. Congratulations crafters, you are now the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind book!