Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Books

We are almost through another school year and are getting ready for our summer reading program.  While getting prepared I went through some old supplies and decided to have a story time where we used up a bunch of the stuff, so today we had no regular theme.

Opening Song:  Bean Bag Song by Hap Palmer

Book 1:  Because I stubbed my toe by Shawn Byous - I loved this book.  Partly because I loved the artwork used but it told the story of what stubbing a toe caused to happen.

Book 2: WazDot? by Michael Slack.  This is a good one to get the kids involved with as there are shapes for them to guess at.

Song:  Hokey Pokey

Book 3:  Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Anthony.  The kids really got into this one as Betty throws a tantrum they would cry and scream along with her.

Book 4:  Puddle Pug by Kim Norman.  Story of a pug who loves puddles and is searching for the perfect one but when he finds it the pigs in it don't want him there until he helps save one of them and they become friends.

Book 5:  Hoot Owl Master Of Disguise by Sean Taylor.  Kids enjoyed guessing what disguise the hoot owl would come up with as he search for food.

Ending Song:  If Your Happy

Activity/Craft:  I cleaned out the closet and found some pinwheels and some snap bracelets so I pulled them out with a bunch of stickers and crayons and let them create.  Here are pictures.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Teeth/Tooth Fairy

Opening Song: If Your Happy & ABC song

Read:  Clark The Shark - Tooth Trouble by Bruce Hale.  Fun book about Clark and his trip to the dentist.  Their was some trivia in the back about sharks and their teeth that I shared with the kids also.

Read:  Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson. 

Activity:  We played tooth fairy find the tooth under the pillow.  I had 9 different colored squares on the board and I had the kids take turns guessing where the tooth was underneath.  The kids always like this kind of game.  I go until everyone has a chance to guess.

Read:  The Legend Of the Tooth Fairy.  I found this story online and I had had one of the kids come dressed as the tooth fairy so I had her come up and be part of the story.  It was a little long so I cut some parts out and then I asked the kids some questions from the legend one being:  What does the tooth fairy do with all the teeth?  (They become stars)

Read:  The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs.  Fun story about a boy who does not want the tooth fairy to take his teeth and the lengths he goes too to keep them.

Before we wrapped up and did our activity for the week, I shared some fun details that I had found about George Washington and his teeth and the fact that he made sure his horses teeth were brushed. 

Activity:  We made our own mouth with teeth, glued marshmallows to the mouth.  Here are pictures from the kids.

We also had a drawing for a picture book for Childrens Book Week that we did today after story time.  The winner was present, here she is with her book.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Somewhere I looked at the calendar wrong because I had mother's day down as this Sunday, so we had a mothers day story time today.  We had a great group and had a lot of fun.

Opening song:  If You're Happy and ABC song

1st Book:  Mommy is that you? by Atsuko Morozmi

2nd Book:  Whose Baby Are You? by John Butler

I had the kids come up and select a baby picture taken from the above book and match it to the correct mother that I had attached around the room.  Then we took the names of the babies and tried to match them up to the correct baby.

Song:  Hugs and Kisses

3rd Book:  Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

4th Book:  Mommy, Carry Me Please by Jane Cabrera

Craft:  We made hand print flowers for mom.  I found this idea on pinterest.  I had some volunteers that came and helped me pre-attached the clothespin to the Popsicle stick and hot glued them together with a magnet.  Then I pre-cut the stem for the kids to attach to the Popsicle stick.  I had white paint on paper plates and had them put their hands in and then put the print on foam pieces that I had.  Then we cut around the hand and I had the volunteers that were here use a hot glue gun to attach the foam piece to the stem  Here are some pictures.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


We had our Money story time today for money smart week.

Opening:  If You're Happy and ABC Song.

We talked about money and what they different coins were.  Then I started by reading the story:

Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells.

Next book:  Benny's Pennies by Pat Brisson

Song:  I Have A Dime (Farmer in the Dell) found online.

Next book:  Money, Money, Honey Bunny! by Marilyn Sadler

Activity:  Ring Around the Rosey and then If You're Happy

Craft:  Made wallets for bunny money

Library Store:  Kids were able to spend $5 of fake money at store to purchase items.  I did get a few pictures.  Camera still having issues but did work for these.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


With Earth Day being next week, we had a trashy story time today.

Books Read:
The Great Trash Bash by Loreen Leedy
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman
I Stink! by Kate McMullan
i also read the poem by Shel Silverstein called Sarah Cynthia Syliva Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out.

Songs:  If Your Happy And You Know It and ABC Song.

Recycling game.  I had bins and a garbage can and gave all the kids a picture of something and had them come and put it in the correct bin.

Craft:  Coloring sheet of the letter G with Oscar the Grouch in the trash.

No pictures today.  My camera decided to act up and I was unable to post them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Peanut Butter and Jelly

I have been wanting to do a storytime with the new book I recieved called, PB&J, Hooray! so that was the topic of this weeks storytime.

Opening Song:  If You're Happy And You Know It

After the opening song we did the following chants, Up - Down - Turn Around and Bread and Butter
then I read the first book called PB&J, Hooray by Janet Nolan.  Towards the end of the book I was asking the kids where the food went next to move it along as they were a little restless today.

Rhyme:  I Know A Word

Read:  Eating the Alphabet; Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert.  Lots of vegetables/fruits the kids did not know.  I pointed to the pictures for each letter and asked the kids if they could name the object.  This helped keep them focused a little bit better.

Read:  Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosoczka.  This was the last book I shared.  It did not have anything to do with peanut butter and jelly except for on of the characters was named peanut butter.  Good book about making friends with someone that was bullying you.

Activity:  I did not do a regular craft today.  Instead I played games with the kids.  We did Ring around the rosie, duck, duck, goose with a hot potatoe, bubbles and hopscotch and some others that I kind of made up as they went.  I was only able to take a couple of pictures as I was part of the games.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


We learned all about eggs today.

Opening:  If You're Happy And You Know It

Read:  "An Egg Is Quiet" by Dianna Aston - this is a non-fiction book that I really liked as it showed the egg is all shapes, sizes and types in an easy to share with preschooler way.

Activity:  I got this idea on line.  I took plastic easter eggs and had them filled with pictures from different types of animal that hatched from eggs. Then we did "I'm a Little Chickie to the tune of I'm a Little Teapot and the Hokey Pokey.

Read:  "except if" by Jim Averbeck - some of the older kids started to recognized the except if pages and read along with this one.  Great story time book.

Read:  "The Odd Egg" by Emily Gravett - fun story.  I tried to snap the book closed at the end when the odd egg cracks.  I had a few kids jump.

Read:  "First the Egg" by Seeger - great book to finish up with.  Showed the different things that came after the egg.

I had one activity that I forgot to do but I let some of the kids play with it later.  I made a flannel of 8 different colored eggs.  Had different pictures under each egg with one of them being a baby chick.  The idea being to find the baby chick.

Craft:  I saw the idea online a while back about decorating your easter eggs with temporary tatooes.  I had a lot of tatooes so I took them and let them decorated eggs.  We did not use real eggs but wooden, plastic and foam.  Here are the results the kids came up with.