Wednesday, October 29, 2014


There are so many ideas out there for story times for Halloween that I almost had too much I wanted to do today!  Thank you! to everyone that is willing to share your ideas.  I couldn't do story time without you!

"If You're a Ghost and you Know It"
ABC Song

I took the story "There was an Old Monster! by Rebecca Emberley and did it as a flannel board.  I also read, "Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara and "The Foggy Foggy Forest" by Nick Sharratt. 

Other activities included "The Colored Ghosts", "Three Little Witches", Boiling Hot! (I had a mom send me a picture of this from story time.), Pumpkin, Pumpkin and Four Little Spiders and the Haunted House to the tune of wheels on the bus.

I told the kids to go to the checkout desk before they left the library and ask for a trick or treat to get what we made in the boiling pot before they left.

I gave them a bunch of stickers and had them make a Halloween scene with the stickers.  Here are some pictures.

I will be at Summer Reading Training next week but Teresa is coming to do Story Time for the Kids!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Castles! Princess's! Knights!

Opening Song:  With Halloween next week we tried a halloween version of "If Your Happy And You Know It"  It would have worked better if I had the words with me as I kept forgetting them but was okay.  Then we did the ABC Song.

Books Read:  The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (I love this book!)
Over at the Castle by Boni Ashburn and
The Sunflower Sword by Mark Sperring (This is the story of a kid who uses a flower to fight a dragon and the results are friendship.)

Activities:  I found some princess stuff on line matching, big to little comparison that we played.

Craft:  I found this idea on line where they took shapes and made a castle so that is what we did today.  I had a bunch of different shapes cut out, gave kids paper and glue sticks and let them do their thing.  Here are the results:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


This was a fun topic for storytime today.  We started with the beginning song and the ABC song and then I shared a story that I found online.  The original idea I saw on pinterest but I made a file folder and did the Scat the Cat story and had the kids do the magic words to change colors.  It was a lot of fun.

I found a pop up book this weekend that was called Colors pop-up peekaboo! that I then shared with the kids.  I love to use pop up books when they are colorful and have a great theme.  This one worked very well with my theme.  Next I read "Bears Sees Colors by Karma Wilson.  This was another interactive book.

I had seen a you tube of a song called Bubble, Bubble, Pop that we then did.  the kids did the actions very well.

The last book I shared was " White Rabbit's Color Book" by Alan Baker.  This led right into the activity that I had planned for the kids today.

We finished with doing the Hokey Pokey.

Craft:  I made a sheet with 8 rabbits on it that they could color like the book.  Here are the pictures of story time today. (I had Teresa here to help me as she is going to do story time for me in a few weeks so she took some pictures also)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I had a blast with the kids today.  We did a sharing storytime because of this new book I received that I knew I wanted to share with the kids called "One Big Pair Of Underwear" by Laura Gehl.  This is a counting, rhyming book about sharing.  The artwork was great also.

Began with the opening song, "If You're Happy and You Know It".  I had one of the kids come up by me to direct the song.  She did great.  All the other kids came up and stood by me too so it was like we were performing for the moms.  We then did the ABC song.

Then I started off by reading the book above and told them to figure out what we were going to talk about.  Then asked them what sharing was.  They had good explanations for it.

Next, I read the story "The Bear Who Shared" by Catherine Rayner.  Good story about sharing and making new friends.

We sang the song, "Are You Sharing" to the tune of "Are You Sleeping" that I found online and then we played a sharing game.  I took the game, Duck, Duck Goose and changed it to Frog, Frog, Share and used a frog that I had.  The kids had a lot of fun.  I had them make sure that everyone got a turn and those that were smaller I tried to help.  Went very well, even though I had different age groups and a lot of kids.

Next I read the book by Mo Willems, "Should I share My Ice Cream? and had one of the kindergarten kids come and read the parts of Piggy.  She was great!  A great reader already!

We wrapped up by doing a round of "Ring around the Rosey"

Sharing is not an easy topic for a craft activity so I got out my Ready To Read magnetic game and we took turns going around and playing the game.

So much fun!  As we did not do a craft I did not take pictures.

Cya next week!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


We had a Ninja story time today.  I had received some new ninja picture books that I wanted to share so I thought this would be a good day to share them.

Opening:  If You're Happy and You Know It and ABC song.

Book:  Ninja by Arree Chung - I really liked the artwork in this one.  It is the story of a little boy ninja and how he creeps through the house to find his cookies and milk.

Activities: I had pictures with ninjas doing different things that I had the kids tell me what they were doing.  Then we did the 5 little ninjas and ninja, ninja and I shared the song "If you're a Ninja and You Know it with the kids.

Books 2 and 3:  The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Schwartz.  This is a three little pig story with a twist as the pigs become ninjas.  The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer is a twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf story.

Wrap up:  If You're a Ninja and You Know It

Craft:  We made ninja finger puppets.  I found a pattern online that I modified to make it simpler for the group that I was with and here is what they came up with: