It came from IKEA! A scary story for parents

I decided to tell a scary story for parents in Babytime today to celebrate the season. Here it goes:

“Lets go to IKEA.” My family decided to take a trek out to IKEA. Lunch and naptime were looming ahead, but we figured we’d be in and out fast- 30 minutes top. Besides, I had restocked the diaper bag with some snacks before we left. What could possibly go wrong?

We were halfway through the store when I noticed it. Sniff-sniff. “Do you smell that?” “Smell what?” replied my husband. Around this time my daughter started to wiggle and fuss in my arms. “Its o.k. honey, we’re almost done and we have puffs in the car, won’t that be nummy?” We quickened our pace, sensing a meltdown if we didn’t get to those puffs pronto.

Again I was struck by a potent smell. Sniff-sniff. “What is that smell?!”  Looking around for the source I was met by a face beaming up at me with the sudden realization; my bundle of joy had just made a bundle of joy.  “Honey, can you get the diaper bag out of the car?” That’s when it happened. “What, I thought you brought the diaper bag?!” We were stuck at IKEA with no diapers, no snacks and a fussy, poopy child! Nooooo!!!

See, wasn’t that scary?! Happy Halloween everyone!



With Halloween just around the corner we read some fun spooky books filled with pumpkins, ghosts, and a doghouse this week! Our first story was “It’s Pumpkin Time!” by Zoe Hall; a great informative picture book explaining how a pumpkin grows from a seed in the ground to the orange pumpkin we know and love.

Finding a Halloween picture book that isn’t too spooky for toddlers can be a challenge, so I was happy to happen across this book. A little witch tames ghosts in her house by washing them and using them as curtains and blankets in the “Ghosts in the House” by Kazuno Kohara. The illustrations are rendered in orange, black and white, giving it an old school Halloween book styling. A great resource for finding not too scary picture books can be found here-

This is the second week Jan Thomas has struck Toddlertime! Cow and friends are playing when their ball goes into “The Doghouse;” unfortunately anyone who enters the doghouse does not come back again. Playing this book up as super spooky was great since it has such a silly non-spooky ending.

We explored emotions with pumpkin faces which can be viewed at

The kids helped us come up with ways we can feel happy, surprised, mad and sad; along with the facial expressions that accompany these emotions.

To celebrate fall we had three pumpkin crafts. Kids could make their own emotion pumpkin by using a pumpkin shape cutout, crayons, glue stick and popsicle sticks. Using black construction paper and chalk kids could also make their favorite fall shape like an autumn leaf, pumpkin or ghost. The last craft is a great sensory and color concept project. Using a snack baggie we mixed yellow and red paint together to create the color orange. We then took a black sharpie and, under grownup supervision, the kids or Mr. T and I made a pumpkin shape on the bag (see below).

Storytellers Choice

This week Mr. T and I shared some of our favorite picture books. I am a huge fan of the Olivia books by Ian Falconer, so my book choice was “Olivia and the Missing Toy.” After her best toy suddenly disappears, everyone is a suspect and it is up to Olivia to solve the case. The Olivia books are humorous and a joy to read for both kids and adults.

Mr. T got the kids up and moving with the silly story, “Is everyone ready for fun?” by Jan Thomas. Chicken invites a group of cows over only to find out their idea of fun is jumping, dancing, and wiggling on his couch-what’s a chicken to do? Read and find out!

Shapes were hidden in the story room, so everyone put their explorer hats on for a shapes scavenger hunt! When everyone found a shape we came back to the carpet and sang this song to the tune of “Here we go round the mulberry bush:”

If you have a blue square,

A blue square, a blue square

If you have a blue square, please stand up!

Substituting the color and shape in the song our explorers found blue squares, red circles, and yellow triangles. Way to go explorers!

Be sure to check out Ian Falconer’s Olivia page at and Jan Thomas website  at for fun activities.

Next week we will be reading about pumpkins-see you there!

Great Toddler Authors

Here is a list of tried and true authors for toddlers-enjoy!

Linda Ashman
Keith Baker
Byron Barton
Karen Beaumont
Sandra Boynton
Sebastian Braun
John Butler
Jane Cabrera
Eric Carle
Lucy Cousins
Anna Dewdney
Emily Dodds
Lois Ehlert
Leonid Gore
Kevin Henkes
Eric Hill
Petr Horacek
Patricia Hubbell
Rachel Isadora
Karen Katz
Ezra Keats
Helen Ketteman
Eileen Spinelli
Philemon Sturgess
Nancy Tafuri
Jan Thomas
Lauren Thompson
Melanie Walsh
Margaret Wild
Mo Willems
Karma Wilson
Audrey & Don Wood


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I find arming yourself with an aresenal of potty training methods can be a sanity saver for parents/caregivers. Here are a few books and videos about potty training-happy training!

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First Day of School Picture Books-better late than never!

Here are some books to get kids excited for the new school year! The lists are based on the collection from the Queen Creek Branch Library.

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