Monthly Archives: November 2015

Daddy & Me: Nov. 2015

Let’s All Clap
Let’s all clap cause (child’s name) is here, (name) is here
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here today
YAY

This is Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big
This is small, small, small
This is short, short, short
This is tall, tall, tall
This is fast, fast, fast
This is slow, slow, slow
This is yes, yes, yes
This is no, no, no

Hands Up High (Tune: London Bridge)
First we wave our hands up high
Hands up high, hands up high
First we wave our hands up high
Then we clap them
Then we shake our hands down low
Hands down low, hands down low
Then we shake our hands down low
Then we hide them

1 Little, 2 Little
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers (wiggle fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hands
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
10 little fingers on my hands
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
10 little fingers on my hands
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hand

Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill

Book – We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

All the Leaves are Falling Down (Tune: London Bridge)
All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down (flutter fingers down)
All the leaves are falling down, it is fall
Take a rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up (pretend to rake)
Take a rake and rake them up, it is fall
Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in (jump)
Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock
The mouses ran up the clock (run fingers up arm)
The clock struck one (clap once)
The mouse ran down (run fingers down arm)
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two (clap twice)
The mouse said, “Boo!”
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickoryr dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three (clap three times)
The mouse said, “Whee!” (raise arms)
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four (clap four times)
The mouse said, “No more!” (shake finger)
Hickory dickory dock

Egg Shakers

I Love Daddy (Tune: Frere Jacques)
I love daddy, I love daddy
Yes I do, yes I do
We have fun together, we have fun together
Just us two, just us two

They Read- Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.

Free Play

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How It Went: I only had one family this week, a dad with two sons. A smaller storytime crowd lets you have more one on one interaction with the children and adults but sometimes it backfires if the children are completely uninterested and if the adult isn’t participating. Luckily for me this father and his sons were awesome! The father encouraged his sons to participate and he sang along. I wish I had a bigger turn out but I’m happy to have had such an enthusiastic group.

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Make Your Own Flannel Board

Want to turn a box into a portable flannel board?? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

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If you’re anything like me (and most Children’s Librarians) your often out of the department. Being a librarian in a public library no longer means sitting at a desk all day, a large part of being a librarian today is about going into the community. I’ve done a variety of outreach – set up a table with library information at different events, speak about early literacy to parents and my favorite, storytime. When doing a storytime at a daycare or school I have to travel light, I would love to bring all of my egg shakers and scarves but it’s just not feasible. One item I do really miss when performing outreach is my flannel board. My flannel board is near and dear to my heart but I would never want to lug around the big flannel board easel the library owns. I decided to fix this problem and created a very easy mobile flannel board.

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All you need is a box, scissors, a ruler, stapler and large piece of felt. I measured the box and cut the felt a few inches larger than the box. Then I stapled the felt to the box, making sure the felt was tight. TA DA! That’s all it took to create a nice, small, portable flannel board. Perfect for outreach story times or programs where you don’t have the space to set up a big flannel board easel.

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Thanksgiving Party

Here’s what we did:

Fall Flannel Board
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I wanted to make sure that this program was for children of all ages. We have quite a few infants and toddlers that come into the library and interactive flannel boards are a great thing for them. I had a hard time thinking of a Thanksgiving related flannel board so I went with a standard fall one. The little ones loved putting the leaves on the trees and even throwing them into the air and watching them fall.

 

 

Fall Obstacle Course

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Since our Halloween obstacle course was such a hit I went ahead and created a Fall one. I took over two nonfiction stacks and used streamers to create the obstacles. I also put 5 Thanksgiving and Fall related riddles that the children had to answer before they could keep going and I hide 5 feathers in books. Children of all ages enjoyed this, I even had some of the 12 year olds boys who play on the computer all afternoon join in on the fun.

 

 

Coloring Pages

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Thanksgiving Memory Match Game

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This was another game that was enjoyed by all ages. The little ones enjoyed flipping the cards over and looking at the pictures and the older kids enjoyed playing the actual game. I did end up losing some of the cards but they are simple enough to create. All you need to do is find clipart pictures, print them out and laminate them!

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Headband Craft

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This was an easy and fun craft. I cut templates out of cardstock and had the children trace them onto the construction paper. The younger ones did it with the help of an adult but the older children had no trouble making the craft by themselves. These are great because they can be worn as a headband, put out as a decoration or you could even put a bowl of goodies inside of it!

Story & Song

 The only children interested in listening to a story were very young, 2 and under. While I’m not a huge fan of the words of this story it does have great pictures. I ended up going through the story and talking over the pictures with the kids, this worked really well with my group.

 

Next we sang a great repeat after me song, I sang the first line and I had them repeat it.

                                   “We Eat Turkey” Tune: Where is Thumbkin

we eat turkeyWe eat turkey, we eat turkey
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum
Always on Thanksgiving
Always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum
Yum, yum, yum
(repeat with mashed potatoes, corn, squash and pumpkin pie)

 

 

 

How it went: I had about 30 people attend the program but the majority of them just so happened to come into the library. Only 5 people came to the library with the intention of participating in the Thanksgiving Party. Overall I was happy with how the program turned out. It seems the best attendance we get is when we have no registration and they are drop in.

 

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Halloween Party & Parade

I love having Halloween parties at the library, it is so much fun to see the children dressed up. Children have an air of excitement around them during Halloween, there is nothing better than bringing that into the library!

I am working at a new library and they have never had a Halloween party before, it was a great chance to turn it into whatever my little heart desired but I also had no clue what kind of turnout we would receive. Well, I must say the program was a roaring success. We had over 65 people in the Children’s Department and I was told by numerous staff members that they have never seen so many people in the Children’s Department before (YAY!).

 

Here’s what we did:

Mix & Match Monster Flannel Board

IMG_6259There are a lot of parents with young children in our town and I wanted to make sure they had something Halloween related to play with. The Monster flannel board was a huge success, we actually left it out for the rest of the month for children to play with. There aren’t too many infant related toys in our Children’s Department (something I’m working on) and this is a great fun alternative.

 

Scavenger Hunt & Obstacle Course

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We get a lot of after school children and we wanted to make sure they had something fun to do (besides their normal routine of playing on the computer). This was my colleagues idea, she created an obstacle course throughout the nonfiction section. The kids were supposed to go through and collect bats from each category of the Dewey Decimal System but what actually happened is the children went crazy collecting as many bats as they could in the fastest time possible. Needless to say, they LOOOVED it!

Masking Tape Mummy

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For a craft we had the children create a simple, yet fun, masking tape mummy. All they had to do was trace the outline of the mummy, place tape over it, cut it out and add googly eyes.

Decorate a Goodie Bag & Coloring Pages

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We weren’t sure if every child would bring a trick or treat bag with them so we gave them the opportunity to decorate a bag. We put out brown paper bags, stickers, crayons and other goodies that could be stuck to the bag. We wanted to make sure that every child could trick or treat with us!

Story & Song

An hour in we settled down to read a story. I read “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson, I had a wide range of ages and was afraid I wouldn’t keep their attention but as always this book proved to be storytime magic and kept the youngest and oldest entertained.

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After the book we sang “If You’re a Monster and You Know It”
If you’re a monster and you know it clap your claws
If you’re a monster and you know it clap your claws
If you’re a monster and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a monster and you know it clap your claws
(stomp your paws, chomp your teeth, swish your tail, growl out loud)

Parade

IMG_6281And last but not least, the wonderful Halloween Parade! We gave each desk in the library (yes we even went into the adult department) a bucket of candy. We lead the children throughout the library and had them stop at each desk and say “TRICK OR TREAT.” It might sound chaotic but it actually goes pretty smoothly, the hardest part is getting the line to start but once it does you are golden.

 

 

I had so many parents and staff come up to me after the program and the week following telling me how amazing the Halloween party was. I would declare this a Children’s Department success!!

Yes I was a minion!

Yay minions!

 

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Rhyme Time: Week 2

This week I had mostly two year olds and one 6 month old. I asked the mother of the 6 month old to either move the child’s body parts or touch the parts we were singing about. We used egg shakers this week because they are great for hands of all sizes!

Let’s All Clap
Let’s all clap cause (child’s name) is here, (name) is here, (name) is here
Let’s all clap cause (child’s name) is here, (name) is here today
YAY!!

Hello Everybody
Hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose
Hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose today
(repeat with other body parts)

This is Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big (hold arms out wide)
This is small, small, small (bring arms in)
This is short, short, short (lower arms)
This is tall, tall, tall (raise arms)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll arms quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll arms slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (shake head yes)
This is no, no, no (shake head no)

The Garden Snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail (creep thumb up arm)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the garden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly goes the little mouse (scurry fingers up arm)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly all around the mouse

Book – I Went Walking by Sue Williams

I Went to Visit a Farm One Day

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I went to visit a farm one day
I saw an (animal) along the way
And what do you think that (animal) did say

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom (rub hands together)
We’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip (hold arm up like an imaginary ladder, walk fingers up it)
Climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom (rub hands together)
We’re going to the moon
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (hold up fingers)
BLAST OFF! (raise arms in the air)

Where, Oh, Where
Where oh where are baby’s fingers
Where oh where are baby’s toes
Where oh where is baby’s belly button
Round and round it goes
Where oh where are baby’s ears
Where oh where is baby’s nose
Where oh where is baby’s belly button
Round and round it goes

Egg Shakers

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Can You Shake Along with Me? (Tune: London Bridge)
Can you shake along with me
Along with me, along with me
Can you shake along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Place the shaker on your knee
On your knee, on your knee
Place the shaker on your knee
It’s as easy as can be
(repeat with other body parts)

Going to Kentucky
I was going to Kentucky, going to the fair
To see the senorita with the flowers in her hair
Oh, shake it, shake it, shake it
Shake it if you can
Shake it like a milkshake,
And do the best you can
Oh, wobble to the bottom
Wobble to the top,
And turn around and turn around
Until you make a stop!

Shake Your Shakers (Tune: London Bridge)
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake it here, shake it there
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake your shakers
Shake it high and shake it low
Shake it yes, shake it no
Shake it high and shake it low
Shake your shakers
Shake it up and shake it down
Shake your shakers on the ground
Shake it up and shake it down
Shake your shakers
Shake it near and shake it far
Drive your shaker like a car
Shake it near and shake it far
Shake your shakers
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Shake it stop, shake it go
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Shake your shaker

Twinkle, Twinkle

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