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Storytime: Thanksgiving

Book – The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

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Some Families
Some families are large (arms out wide)
Some families are small (put hands together)
But I love my family best of all! (hug self or child)
Source: Preschool Education

We Eat Turkey (Tune: Frere Jacques)
A great repeat after me song! First we went over the each food item (squash is the hardest, corn the easiest for this munkins) and I held up each card as we sang about it.

we eat turkeyWe eat turkey / We eat turkey
Oh so good / Oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving / Always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum / Yum, yum, yum

(repeat with mashed potatoes, corn, squash and pie)

Dinner’s over / Dinner’s over
We are stuffed / We are stuffed
What a great Thanksgiving / What a great Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum / Yum, yum, yum
Source: Story Time Secrets

Book – Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell

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1 Little, 2 Little
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers (count on 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 (wiggle hands)
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
Source: Jbrary

Mr. Turkey
I have a turkey, big and fat (hold thumb up)
He spreads his tail and walks like that (spread fingers out on other hand behind thumb)
His daily corn he would not miss (have thumb “peck” at floor)
And when he talks, it sounds like this:
Gobble, gobble, gobble!
Source: Preschool Education

Turkey Hop by Carole Peterson
One of my favorite Carole Peterson songs!

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Book – Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim

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If You’re Thankful and You Know It (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you’re thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you’re thankful and you know and you really want to show it
If you’re thankful and you know it clap your hands

…stomp your feet
…shout I am!

One Whole Pie (Flannel Board)

One whole pie set by the door,
Cut into pieces,
I count four.

Four pieces of pie, all for me
I ate one piece (num, num, num)
Now there are three.

Three pieces of pie, for me too
I ate another piece
Now there are two.

Two pieces of pie, oh what fun!
I ate another piece
Now there is one.

One piece of pie, I can’t wait!
I ate that last piece,
Oh no…. empty plate!
Source: Jen in the Library

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Storytime: Monsters

Books

“Tickle Monster” by Edouard Manceau
“If You’re a Monster  and You Know It” by Rebecca & Ed Emberley

Ten Little Monsters
1 little, 2 little, 3 little mosnters
4 little, 5 little, 6 little monsters
7 little, 8 little, 9 little monsters
10 little monsters roaring at me

“Go Away, Big Green Monster” by Ed Emberley Puppet
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This is such a fun puppet, I planned a monster storytime just so I could use it. This puppet was purchased at Lakeshore Learning.

If I Were a Monster
If I were a happy monster, I’d go ha ha ha
If I were a sad monster, I’d go boo hoo hoo
If I were a mad monster, I’d go stomp stomp stomp
If I were a scared monster, I’d go ahh ahh ahh
But I’m just me, you see, so I’ll just read read read

Monster, Monster
Monster, monster turn around
Monster, monster touch the ground
Monster, monster reach up high
Monster, monster squint your eyes
Monster, monster show your teeth
Monster, monster stomp your feet
Monster, monster slap your knees
Monster, monster sit down please

Monster Brown Bag Puppet

Today we painted with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks! It was really neat to see the patterns the bricks can make by using the different sides. While this was a lot of fun it was messier than I anticipated. I had one toddler end up getting paint all over his dad’s shorts! I wish I gave them a notice last week that we would be painting this week. Also, make sure to instruct children and adults to put glue on the monster parts and not on the bag. No one wants painted glue sticks! The monster parts are from Somewhat Simple.

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Song Cube

I’m sure by now you have all seen a song cube (Mel’s Desk and Storytime Katie have great examples); well I have gone ahead and made my own! This is something I have wanted to make for a while now but just haven’t had the time/materials. Come October I am starting a whole new set of programs (be on the look out for them!) and decided there is no time like the present.

So without further ado, here is my song cube…

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Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Contact paper
  • Box
  • Pictures that represent a song

While I have seen other blogs use tissue boxes I wanted to make sure I had a perfect square. I scrounged the library’s basement (which is filled with boxes) and could not find a perfect square. Next, I turned to the man with all the answers…my dad!! Low and behold my father of course had the perfect size box for me, I don’t think he’s seen me that excited about a box since I was a kid! (THANKS DAD)

 

First I trimmed each picture down to the size of the box (8 inches), then I cut a piece of contact paper that was roughly 1 inch bigger on each side.

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Then it was time to stick the picture to the contact paper and then the box. I have to say putting the picture onto the contact paper was the hardest part, I hate when there are bubbles but it was inevitable that there would be a few. I really wanted to make sure that the contact paper overlapped every side of the box to help make it sturdier.

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And continue until all the sides are covered!!

Here is my final product…

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The perfectionist in me is not happy about some of the bubbles in the contact paper but the librarian in me is thrilled because I know how much the children are going to love using it in storytime. I can’t wait until October is here to bring out my new prop!

Songs:

  • Boat- row, row, row your boat
  • Spider- itsy bitsy spider
  • Boy with hands on head – head, shoulders, knees and toes
  • Alphabet blocks – alphabet song
  • Hands clapping – if you’re happy and you know it
  • School bus – the wheels on the bus

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