Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been such a long time since my last post. I feel like Summer Reading has been nutso! (it really has) This is a program that I’ve been waiting YEARS to do and this summer was the perfect time to finally do it! I had 19 kids total! Here is a breakdown of what we did:
Played “BeanBoozled” -We didn’t have a spinner so I just called the kids up 5 at the time and they had to close their eyes and choose a jelly bean and eat it in front of everyone so we could all see their reactions. They LOVED this. And most of them got yuck flavors and spit them out. It was hilarious to watch.
I was going to read the book THE STORY OF THE LITTLE MOLE WHO WENT IN SEARCH OF WHODUNIT By: Werner Holzwarth but there wasn’t enough time. This book was introduced to me by my old friend/coworker Bryan. It was his favorite book and he would read it to use at least once a month. I’ve never had a reason to use it in storytime because, well, it’s about poop.
Next the kids got to visit 4 different stations with gross stuff to do/see/eat.
1-Feeling station-They got to feel worms (spaghetti), eyeballs (olives), ears (dried mangoes), and brains (jello with pineapple chunks).
2-Booger Station-We made boogers from the Grossology website. I also pulled a few things from the Grossology book to share.
3-Guess the Poop-I melted 4 different candy bars and put them on toilet paper and the kids got to guess what kind of candy bar each one was. No tasting!
4-Worms and Dirt snack-chocolate pudding, Oreo crumbs, gummy worms, need I say more?
At the very end I had whoopie cushions to give away. I made them all try theirs out before they left, so I figured, why not do it at the same time?! It was a fart fest! They laughed SO MUCH. But I popped mine…
Overall this was a FANTASTIC program. I definitely suggest doing something like this at your library. :)
Today we talked all about dinosaurs. There was A LOT of roaring going on!
We Are the Dinosaurs By: Berkner
I Can Shake My Shaker Egg By: Mr Eric & Mr Michael (SO FUN)
Five Enormous Dinosaurs
Dinosaur VS Bedtime By: Bob Shea
Dinosaur Stomp By: Paul Stickland (POP UP BOOK)
A Number of Dinosaurs By: Paul & Henrietta Stickland (MORE POP UP)
Check out my Dinosaur tag on my Shelfari page for more good books that I didn’t have time to read!
I found a similar craft on Pinterest and knew I HAD to make it. We used paper plates, colored clothespins (which we just happened to have on hand), a google eye, spikes, and Dot Art Painters from Lakeshore. They worked SO good when it came to “painting” the plates. Dries super fast and little mess! The kids and parents all loved making these little guys. I normally don’t do crafts this intricate, but sometimes you just gotta mix things up!
This is my cow storytime I did a few weeks ago. It was so much fun! We mooed and mooed the whole time.
The Tempo Marches on By: Jim Gill (we use rhythm sticks)
The Goldfish Song By: Berkner (Nothing to do with cows, I just like the song. WHO DOESN’T?!)
Five Brown Cows
5 brown cows walking through the door, one got stuck and that left 4.
4 brown cows running from a bee, one cow hid and that left 3.
3 brown cows walking in their shoes, one cow tripped and that left 2.
2 brown cows sitting in the sun, one fell asleep and that left 1.
1 brown cow feeling all alone, so he went away and then there were none!
Moo! By: David LaRochelle (THIS BOOK IS THE BEST)
Lets Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy By: Jan Thomas
Is Everyone Ready For Fun? By: Jan Thomas
Check out my Cow tag on my Shelfari page for more good books that I didn’t have time to read!
I used our barn and cow die cuts and we colored and glued! Easy!
I LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY! So here is what I did for my preschool storytime.
The first thing I did was teach them this adorable rhyme that I got from Jbrary. We made hearts with our hands and the kids loved it! Then we did it again at the end to see if they could remember it.
Skinnamarink (with all the hand motions)
If You’re Happy and You Know it By: Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael (I love this version because it’s so spunky!)
Tooty-ta By: Dr. Jean (Cause WHY NOT)
Mama Loves You, with book by: Caroline Stutson
I also did an interactive flannel board with them. I passed out colored hearts and each child received one. Then there was one BIG heart on the flannel board and I invited the kids to come “decorate” the valentine with their tiny hearts. I called them up by color and they would place it on the board. I stole this idea from my newest coworker Liz! THE KIDS WENT NUTS. They loved it so much. Just being able to touch the flannel board made them so happy. I might make this a weekly thing.
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine By: Sarah Weeks
Love Monster By: Rachel Bright
Check out my Valentine’s Day tag on my Shelfari page for more good books that I didn’t have time to read!
We made love bug valentines out of die cut hearts!
This week I did my first baby storytime! SQUEEEEEE! While prepping for it, I knew I had to include the song “The Pets I Love” from the Baby Signing Time CD series by Rachel Coleman. I’ve talked about Baby Signing Time before and am a HUGE advocate for it. Not only for the product itself, but for Rachel too. She’s a really magnificent woman who has gone through more in her life than I probably ever well. And she never let it hold her down or felt sorry for herself. She is who is she today BECAUSE of all those things. And for that, I look up to her. She has such a positive attitude and inspires me to be better. If you get a chance, check out her blog. She doesn’t post often, but when she does, it’s always great.
ANYWAYS, back to my Flannel Friday! I created magnet pieces to put on our board while we sing the song “The Pets I Love”. Very simple, nothing fancy. I used clip art, laminated them, and attached a magnet! Wallah! I know I could have done it on flannel pieces, but this was much faster :)