Doggies!

With the help of a few furry puppet friends we read stories about dogs last week with special guest Miss Lizzie! What sound does a dog make- meow, oink, quack, moo? George’s mother wants George to bark like the other dogs, but George has other ideas in the hilarious tail tale, “Bark George” by Jules Feiffer.

In “Pigeon wants a Puppy!” by Mo Willems Pigeon explains how much he loves puppies and how he will take care of a puppy with plenty of sunshine and once a week watering. Will Pigeon get what he’s always wanted…at least since last Tuesday, or will he find another pet to love? Read and find out!

We counted various spring items in the Storytime Room and even counted the sides on shapes such as triangles, squares and octagons! For more counting fun visit http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/math .

After reading stories about dogs everyone got a chance to make their own dog paper bag puppet http://ow.ly/4CEQP .

We have 3 more weeks of Toddler Time to go before Summer Break!

Winter’s in the Air!

The storytime room was all a chill last week as we read books celebrating winter! We learned hibernation is what some animals do to survive winter when it is hard to find food. Some animals collect food to keep near them when they periodically wake up during the winter while others eat so much they can sleep the whole winter! “Hibernation Station” by Michelle Meadows highlights these animals in this fun and cutely illustrated (bears in pajamas-what’s not to love?!) picture book.

Gerald and Piggie learned elephants can dance, in their own special way, as we acted out “Elephants Cannot Dance” by Mo Willems. Our last story involved a snow white mitten and a whole lot of animals in Jan Brett’s wonderfully illustrated, “The Mitten:a Ukrainian folktale.” What I love most about this book is when the kids realize the side panels show which animal will discover the mitten next; they get so excited for the next animal to show up! 

We sang about the “Wheels on the Bus” and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider and her big brother the Great Big Spider”.

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round

Round n’ round, round n’ round

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round

All through the town

Other Verses:

  • Door on the bus goes open & shut
  • Money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink
  • Horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep
  • Wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish
  • Driver on the bus goes “move on back,” “move on back,” “move on back”
  • Windows on the bus go up & down, up & down, up & down
  • People on the bus go bumpity bump, bumpity bump, bumpity bump
  • Babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah
  • Grownups on the bus say, “I love you!” “I love you!” “I love you!”
  • Kitties on the bus go meow, meow, meow
  • Doggies on the bus go woof, woof, woof
  • Cow on the bus goes moo, moo, moo

 Itsy Bitsy & Great Big Spider

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,

and the itsy bitsy spider

went up the spout again

Did you know the itsy bitsy spider has a big brother?! Replace ‘itsy bitsy’ with ‘great big spider’-remember to make a big spider with your arms!

Using the template from Jan Brett’s website(http://janbrett.com/put_the_animals_in_the_mitten.htm) the kids made their own paper mittens and got to see how many animals they could fit in it. Jan Brett’s website has amazing FREE crafts and resources!

Sadly, this was our last Stories & Craft Storytime. Thank you to all the folks that came-we had a blast getting to share books with you!

 Coming in January 2011 we will have more programming such as Toddler Time, Preschool Time and more; check http://www.mcldaz.org for more information.

Have a Safe and Happy Holidays!

Bears, Oh My!

We read, “The Little Mouse, the Red Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear” by Don Wood, told with a little help from our friend Mr. Squeakers. Little Mouse finds  a red ripe strawberry, but comes to find he is not the only who loves to eat red, ripe strawberries. What will little mouse do-you’ve got to read it to find out! Miss Lizzie told us the Native American Tale, “Grandfather Bear is Hungry,” where Grandfather Bear awoke in early spring to find not a lot of food, but the kindness of a chipmunk. Gerald & Piggie were at it again in, “I am Going!” by Mo Willems.

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round

Round n’ round, round n’ round

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round

All through the town

Other Verses:

  • Door on the bus goes open & shut
  • Money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink
  • Horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep
  • Wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish
  • Driver on the bus goes “move on back,” “move on back,” “move on back”
  • Windows on the bus go up & down, up & down, up & down
  • People on the bus go bumpity bump, bumpity bump, bumpity bump
  • Babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah
  • Grownups on the bus say, “I love you!” “I love you!” “I love you!”
  • Kitties on the bus go meow, meow, meow
  • Doggies on the bus go woof, woof, woof
  • Cow on the bus goes moo, moo, moo

 Itsy Bitsy & Great Big Spider

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,

and the itsy bitsy spider

went up the spout again

Did you know the itsy bitsy spider has a big brother?! Replace ‘itsy bitsy’ with ‘great big spider’-remember to make a big spider with your arms!

The fun did not stop at stories; we made bear finger die-cut puppets. You can find a similar project @ http://www.kidsandtraffic.mq.edu.au/educators/fingerpuppets.htm

Our next Stories & Craft will be December 7 & 8th @ 10:15. Tickets handed out @ 10-come early to get a spot!

Firefighter Storytime

Big shout out and thanks to the Queen Creek Firefighters for making a special guest appearance at our “Stories & Craft” this week! We read some books on firefighters and fire safety such as:

We sang “5 Little FireFighters” & “10 Little Firemen”

5 Little Firefighters                                                            

Five little fire fighters sit very still ( hold up five fingers)
Until they see a five on top of the hill
Number one rings the bell, ding-dong. (bend down thumb)
Number 2 pulls his big boots on.(bend down pointer finger)
Number 3 climbs on the truck right away.(bend down middle finger)
Number 4 joins him, no one can wait. (bend down ring finger)
Number 5 drives the truck to the fire. (bend down little finger )
The big yellow flames go higher and higher. (spread arms)
Whooo-ooo!  Whooo-ooo!  Hear the fire truck say (imitate siren)

Ten Little Firemen
Ten little firemen sleeping in a row, (extend both hands, fingers curled)
Ding dong goes the bell  (pull bell cord with one hand)
And down the pole they go
 (close both fists, put one on top of other, slide down pole)
Off on the engine, oh, oh, oh. (steer engine with hands)
Using the big hose, so, so, so.
When all the fire’s out, home so-o slow
(steer engine with hands)
Back to bed, all in a row.
(extend both hands with fingers curled)
As all of the cars get out of the way.
Shhh!  goes the water from the fire hose spout, 
(rub palms together)
And quicker than a wink the fire is out!(clap hands. )

Be sure to check out the QC safety Fair Nov. 6 10-1pm. This is a Free Event, for more info. visit http://ow.ly/34KLr

Fire Safety for Kids-Activities, trucks, cartoons and more @ http://www.sparky.org/

Our next Stories & Craft will be November 16th and 17th @ 10:15 am! Tickets handed out to the first 65 people at 10am. Come early to get a spot!

Spooky Stories

Spooky stories swept the library this week! “Go Away, Big Green Monster” by Ed Emberley showed us we have the power to tame monsters with just a turn of the page in this spectacular die-cut story. We met an old lady who liked to eat unusual things in, “I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat” by Lucille Colandro. Ed Emberley struck again with his song/book, “If You’re a Monster and You Know It.”  Very unplanned, but nicely tied in, we discovered Ed Emberly’s birthday was October 19. Visit Ed @ http://www.edemberley.com/pages/main.aspx!

Singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” kept us limber and knowledgeable when it came to finding our claws and tails for, “If You’re a Monster and You Know It.” Here is a finger play we did to celebrate the season called, “Five Little Jack-o-Lanterns” from Three Minute Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald:

Five little jack-o-lanterns, sitting on a gate.        [five fingers upright]          

The first one said, “It’s getting late.”                  [first finger wiggles]         

Second one said, “There’re witches in the air.”  [second finger wiggles]        

Third one said, “I don’t care.”               [third finger wiggles]                

Fourth one said, “Let’s have some fun.”         [fourth finger wiggles]       

Fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”[fingers run back & forth in air]               

Ooooh went the wind.                                    

 Out went the light     [clap on “out”]                

And the five little jack-o-lanterns rolled out of sight! [hand runs behind back]

Craft: Paper Plate Spiders

You will need:

  • 1 Paper Plate (white/black)
  • Markers/Crayons for decorating
  • Googly eyes (optional, choking hazard for kids under 3)
  • Hole punch
  • Black yarn (for legs)

 Hole punch the left and right side of the plate 4 times each, so there are 8 holes total. Feed and tie the yarn through the holes to create the spider’s legs. Decorate plate, add goggly eyes, and wallah, you have your very own spider!

Join us Nov. 2& 3 @ 10:15 for a Special Firefighter Stories & Craft in the Zane Grey Room of the library!

Call of the Wild

This week we took part in celebrating the Big Read Arizona by reading wild stories! The first story, “Pancake Party” from Three Minute Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald, is a retelling of the little red hen placed in Siberia featuring a mouse, raven, and snowy ptarmigan.  If you don’t know what a Snowy Ptarmigan is, you will after reading this story (see picture above)!

Gerald and Piggie are at it again in, “Pigs Make Me Sneeze” by Mo Willems. With the soon arrival of Flu season (October) the moral of the story is very relevant-friends don’t have to share everything! Learn more about flu prevention at http://www.azdhs.gov/flu/.

Each wolf has their own special song, but all little wolf can muster is a squeak in, “Little Wolf’s Song” by Britta Teckentrup. It isn’t until the full moon is out that little wolf finds his own song to sing.

Kids have the chance to make their own wolf paper bag puppet by visiting http://ow.ly/2P3xp. We got our wiggles out with the songs “Head Shoulders, Knees & Toes” and “Two Little Blackbirds.”

The next Stories & Craft will be Oct. 19& 20!

Fall

This week we read stories revolving around Fall. Our first tale is about a boy on a quest to find a red small house with no windows, no doors, and a star inside-can he do it? Find out by reading the story here @ http://bit.ly/cywUkL !Gerald and Piggie learn the sun does not always need to be out for them to have fun in the renactment of, “Are You Ready to Play Outside?” by Mo Willems. Ruby shows her brother Max the wonders of Fall  in, “Ruby’s Falling Leaves” by Rosemary Wells.

We got our wiggles out by singing, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” & “Two Little Blackbirds(one w/Jack & Jill, the other Fast and Slow)”

To celebrate the arrival of Fall, today being the first official day, we traced our forearm and hands on a piece of paper to create a tree. Then we dipped our fingertips in ink/paint to create lovely fall leaves. For more fun crafts check out http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/holiday-seasonal-crafts/fall-crafts/. See you October 5 & 6 for our next Stories & Craft!

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