Eric Carle

July 10, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Scarf Play
- Popcorn Kernels
- One Bright Scarf

Credit: Various

Craft—Hungry Caterpillar Balloon Print Collages

Kids dipped inflated balloons into paint to create the caterpillar's body.  They also had fun using hole punches to take "bites" out of all the different fruits their caterpillar ate.


 

Treasure Hunt

June 26, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Craft—Treasure Maps

We had a great time creating our own authentic treasure maps bedecked in gold paint and lots of sparkling jewels!


 

 

Hello Spring!

May 1, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Scarf Play
- Let's Go Riding on an Elevator
- Popcorn Kernels

Credit: Various

Craft—Egg Carton Flowers

Tempera paint, egg carton (cut into blocks of four), pipe cleaner, and a straw—that’s all you need to create a colorful spring flower!


 

 

Plant a Seed

April 17, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed. [Wrap one hand around the other fist.]
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest. [Unfurl fingers, one by one.]
Well, they grew, and they grew, and they did not stop. [Motion outward with hands.]
And they grew and they grew, ‘til they finally popped! [Motion outward with hands, then clap.]
Credit: Jbrary

The Gardener Plants the Seeds
To the tune of ”Farmer in the Dell”
The gardener plants the seeds, the gardener plants the seeds.
Hi ho a Derry-o, the gardener plants the seeds

The sun comes out and shines...
The rain begins to fall...
The plants grow big and tall...
Credit: Adapted from traditional

Craft—Planting Our Own Seeds

The children decorated their pots (yogurt containers) with stickers, filled them with potting soil, and tucked in bean or sunflower seeds.


 

And one week later!

 

 

Get Messy!

April 10, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
I'm Dirty by Kate & Jim McMullan
Tidy by Emily Gravett
Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Egg Shaker Play
If You're Happy and You Know It
If you're happy and you know it, give a shake...
If you're happy and you know it, give a tap...[tap shaker on different parts of body]
If you're happy and you know it, give a clap...

If you're happy and you know it, wave "hello"...
Credit: Jbrary

Shake Your Shaker
To the tune of "London Bridges"
Shake your shaker in the air, shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air.  Shake your shaker.

Additional verses:
Shake your shaker..
...up and down, rub your shaker on the ground...
...high and low, shake it fast, shake it slow...
...near and far, drive your shaker in the car...
...fast and slow, shake it stop, shake it go...
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Painting with Objects
We had fun painting with a variety of objects, including LEGOs, pom-poms, feathers and more:


 

As you'd expect, each artist had a unique creation in the end.  Here are two examples:

 

 

Helping Out

March 27, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead
Little Tug by Stephen Savage
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

The More We Get Together
(Sung with sign language for key words)
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.
'Cause your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.

Credit: Traditional

 

Craft—Little Tug Collage

We used bubblewrap stampers and brushes to paint landscapes for our tugboat rescue scenes.



Everyone had a different interpretation...




 

Cats & Dogs

March 13, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
I am a Cat by Galia Bernstein
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
Cats are Cats by Valeri Gorbachev

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

My Dog Rags
I have a dog, his name is Rags. He eats so much his belly sags.
His ears flip-flop and his tail wig-wags, and when he walks he goes zig-zag.
Chorus:
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag.
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag.
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag. I love Rags and he loves me.

My dog Rags he loves to play. He rolls in the mud most every day.
But when I call, he doesn't obey. He always runs the other way!
Repeat chorus
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Cat & Dog Paperbag Puppets
Using precut shapes, children made their own cat or dog puppets...or in some cases, a hybrid critter!  Here is one of our friends' puppets:



 

Adventure!

March 6, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
The Umbrella by Ingrid Shubert

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon.
5-4-3-2-1 blast off!!!

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the stars...
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the sun...
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—An Umbrella Adventure
Everyone created a different scene featuring the little dog from The Umbrella.  We used cupcaker liners for the umbrella, cotton balls for clouds, and lots of shiny shapes we found in the craft drawer for scenery!

 

Hot & Cold

February 20th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Bear & Hare Snow! by Emily Gravett
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around. In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small. Roll them into a snowball.
When the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away!

Credit: Intellidance

My Chubby Little Snowman
My chubby little snowman, had a button nose.
When along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?
That chubby little bunny was searching for some lunch;
And he ate my snowman's nose: nibble, nibble, crunch!
Credit: Various

Craft—Hot & Cold Collage:
We took a yummy approach to the theme and made ice cream cone and hot cocoa collages:

 

Fun with Art!

February 13th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy
Olivia by Ian Falconer

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Scarf Play:
- Let's Go Riding on an Elevator
- Popcorn Kernels
- One Bright Scarf

Credit: Various

Craft—Watercolor & Salt Paintings


 

Dinosaurs 2018

January 30th, 2018

 

The Books We Read:
Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton
T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty
Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Dino Chant
Dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo;
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
A hungry T-rex was a-walking down the street,
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
Looking around for something good to eat,
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
[call and response]:
He was HUGE! [arms out]
He was STRONG! [show muscles]
Won't be hungry very long. [wag finger]
Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paper Plate Stegosaurus:

 

Let's Pretend!

January 23rd, 2018

The Books We Read:
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently

I'm a Frog! by Mo Willems

Songs and Fingerplays:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!
With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!

We [wiggle, jump, hop, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Jbrary

Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around. In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small. Roll them into a snowball.
When the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away!

Credit: Intellidance

Project—My Circle/My Square:
Taking inspiration from Not a Stick, the kids used precut circles and squares to create their own unique pictures.  Such as balloons...

Or robots...

Fairy Tales 2017

December 19th, 2017

 

The Books We Read:
Little Red Riding Hood by Ed Bryan
The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken by Lynn Munsinger
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray


Songs & Activities:

We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say "Hello!" We clap and say "Hello!"
With our friends at story time, we clap and say "Hello!"
Repeat with different actions: stomp, jump, wave, turn, hop...

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paperbag Crowns
We decorated our crowns with dot markers, paper jewels, and colorful feathers:


 

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Blankets

December 12th, 2017


The Books We Read:

Hooray for Harry by Kim Lewis
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by
Tatyana Feeney
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer

Songs and Fingerplays:
My Scarf Has Four Corners
My scarf it has four corners, four corners has my scarf.
But if there weren't four corners, it would not be my scarf.

Repeat w/ different objects: blanket, cape, pillow, hat...

Credit:Jbrary

Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around. In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small, roll them into a snowball.
But when the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away.

Credit: Preschooleducation.com

Project—A Quilt for Bear:
We made felt blankets and pillows for our sleepy bears!


 

Hibernation 2017

November 28th, 2017


The Books We Read:

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead
Forever Friends by
Carin Berger

Songs and Fingerplays:
Hibernation Song
Sung to the tune of Allouette

Chorus:
Hibernation. Time for Hibernation.
Hibernation. Time to go to sleep.

In the winter where's the bear?
Sleeping in its log or lair.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus

In the winter where's the frog?
Sleeping in a rotten log.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus
In the winter where's the snake?

In the mud beneath the lake.
Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus

In the winter where's the bat?
In a cave is where it's at.
Where's the bat? Where it's at.
Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!
Credit: Charles County Public Library

Little Green Frog
Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
Mmm ah! went the little green frog
Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish
Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!

Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
and they all went grrr grrr grrr!
But we know bears go huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug
We know bears go huggy huggy hug!, they don't go grrr grrr grrr!

Credit: Jbrary

Project—Hibernating Bears:

 

 

Socks and Shoes

November 14th, 2017

 

The Books We Read:
Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley

Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Jan Thomas


Songs & Activities:
I Love My Toes
Everbody know that I love my toes. Everybody knows that I love my toes.
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows and my nose.
But everybody knows that I love my toes.

Everybody knows that I love my foot. Everybody knows that I love my foot.
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows and my tush.
But everybody knows that I love my foot.

Everybody knows that I love my socks. Everybody knows that I love my socks.
I love my shirt, my pants, my scarf and my locks.
But everybody knows that I love my socks.

Everybody knows that I love my shoes. Everybody knows that I love my shoes.
I love my shirt, my pants, my scarf and YOU.
But everybody knows that I love my shoes.

Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Craft—Pair of Socks

Everyone decorated their own pair of socks using dot markers, paper cut-outs, crayons, and sequins. The results were super colorful, and no single sock was the same! 

Pumpkins 2017

October 31st, 2017

 

The Books We Read:
The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas


Songs & Activities:
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late!"
The second said, "There are witches in the air!"
The third one said, "Oh, we don't care!"
The fourth one said, "It's time to go home!"
The fifth one said, "Don't leave me alone!"
Oooooh ooooh, went the wind, and out went the light,
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
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redit: Childhood

Craft—Jack-o-Lantern Lanterns

We had fun with mod-pudge and tissue paper, creating funny and fearsome pumpkin faces. A great project for Halloween day!

Animals at Night 2017

October 20th, 2017

The Books We Read:
Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer Ericsson
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming


Songs and Activities:
Five Little Brown Bats
Five little brown bats hanging from a tree.
One flew away, now how many do you see?
Count down to zero.
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Two Little Hoot Owls
Two little hoot owls, sitting on a hill;
One named Jack and the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack! Fly away Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Two little hoot owls, sitting down below;
One named Fast and the other named Slow.
Fly away Fast! Fly away Slow!
Come back, Fast! Come back, Slow!

Two little hoot owls, feeling very proud;
One named Quiet [whisper] and the other named Loud [shout]...
Fly away Quiet! Fly away Loud!
Come back, Quiet! Come back, Loud!

Credit: Jbrary

Project—Nocturnal Scene: