Mary’s Little Lamb

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Spring is here!  This season always makes me think of baby animals, especially lambs.  I am holding a Lamb themed story time next week and wanted to share a flannel board/puppet show I created that can be used in a few different ways!

 

Mary has lost her little lamb and needs our help to find it.  In order to find her lamb we need to sing!  Out comes a lamb and we sing…

Mary had a little purple lamb, little purple lamb, little purple lamb
Mary had a little purple lamb, whose fleece was purple as…grapes! 

 

But, of course, that is not the lamb Mary is looking for.  Out comes another lamb that we think may be the right one so we sing again:

Mary had a little pink lamb, little pink lamb, little pink lamb
Mary had a little pink lamb, whose fleece was pink as…bubblegum

 

We continue singing for each different colored lamb until we find the right one whose fleece was white as snow.

The perfect lamb template can be found at Making Learning Fun (great website for flannel board ideas and patterns).  That website also shares another rhyme you can use with your lambs.
I created my lambs out of foam to make them more durable–to be used in the puppet theater I have to attach them to sticks/dowels.  I also put velcro pieces on the back so that they may be used on the flannel board if I ever need them later on.  Multi-purpose lambs!

 

Cate at Storytiming is hosting Flannel Friday this week.  For more great ideas check out the archive from Anne at So Tomorrow.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!

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I am working on creating and performing more puppet shows in my story times.  The kids love puppets and it is a great way to really bring a book to life.  This week we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, rainbows and all things green!  I came across There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro and just knew I had to bring it to the puppet theater.

All of my pieces and characters (including Mr. Mouse dressed up as a leprechaun)!

Similar to the old tale of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly–in this version the Old Lady starts by swallowing  a clover…Then she swallows a daisy, butterfly, bird (ewww!), a pot and some gold.
Well, we find out that she swallowed the gold to fill up the pot and she had to swallow the pot in order to carry the bird. She swallowed the bird in order to fly with the butterfly and she swallowed the butterfly to sit on the daisy.  She had to swallow the daisy to make the clover brighter.  Then that crazy Old Lady swallows a fiddle!  Then the Old Lady starts to dance and a little leprechaun (Mr. Mouse!) joins in the fun.

Those two had so much fun, and she giggled so much that out pops a rainbow!

 

Fun story and great puppet show!  Thankfully Sallie, our great volunteer, loves puppets as much as I do so she was happy to help out with the show.  I told the story and talked to the Old Lady as I fed her the interesting food choices.  At the end I opened the book up and read the part where it explains why she ate those certain things in that sequence.  And, then as I was reading the ending the Old Lady went back into the theater and when she came out, she had her rainbow!
Read this book and enjoy!

Apples

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Apple season is far away, but I am sharing my Apples theme as I am catching up on previous story time’s I have not had time to post until now!  I have changed my format a bit to make it easier to post and also to reference later on.  My format is based on Story Time Katie’s blog (who graciously gave me the go ahead, check out her blog, it is awesome).  I have decided to list my books first, then activity and action rhymes and songs, my craft and then tell how everything went at the end.  I forsee this as being an easier read, but please let me know what you think!

 

Books

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The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world by Marjorie Priceman
Where is the Apple Pie by Valeri Gorbachev

 

Action Rhymes

Way Up High In the Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree (put arms up)
Two little apples smiled at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake tree trunk)
Down came the apples (wave fingers down)
Ummmm….they were good! (rub tummy)

Little Red Apple

A little red apple (form circle with hands)
hung high in a tree. (reach up high)
I looked up at it (look up)
and it looked down at me. (look down)
Come down please, I called! (cup hands to mouth)
And what do you suppose?  (shrug shoulders)
That little red apple (form circle with hands)
dropped right on my nose!  (point to nose) 

 

Songs

Apples Song

This is a version of the “paw paw patch song”.  If space allows, tape a circle on the floor to stand and skip around as you sing the song.

Pickin’ up apples and puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Pickin’ up apples an puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Pickin’ up apples and puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Way down yonder by the apple tree.

Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Way down yonder by the apple tree.

Repeat verse a few times until all “apples” are picked up!

Ring Around the Apple Tree

sing to the tune of “Ring Around the Rosie” and have everyone hold hands as the walk around the circle.  Fall down to the floor when you sing “We all fall down”.

Ring around the apple tree
A bucket full of apples.
Apples, Apples.
We all fall down!

 

Song and Activity “Walter the Waltzing Worm” from Walter the Waltzing Worm CD


I made each child a “Walter” stick puppet and we danced our worms to the music.  When the music stopped, we hid Walter behind our backs or just made him freeze.  This was a lot of fun!  I got all of the worms back at the end of story time by bringing out a large brown box which was the “dirt”.  Walter the Worm lives in the ground so it was time to go back…I had trouble with the kids returning Walter to the box and now those worms can be used again!

 

 Craft
 

The kids enjoyed making their own apple tree.  They glued everything together–very simple, but fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leap Day!

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In celebration of Leap Year we had a story time Leap Day!  It was all about leaping, jumping and having a hopping good time!

 

Opening

“If You’re Happy and You Know It”
Mr. Mouse came hopping out of his box with his friend Grasshopper.  He wanted to read books about leaping and hopping for Leap Day!

 

Book

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Jump!  by Scott M. Fischer


Flannel Board 

A young joey is trying to learn how to jump.  His friends try to show him how it is done.  It isn’t until he empties out his pockets that he can finally go BOING!  For more information on this flannel board, see my Boing!  Boing! A Kangaroo Jumping Story Flannel Friday post.

Getting the Wiggles Out

I made this one up to help get the wiggles out and get the kids ready for the next story.  There are a ton of versions of this type of wiggler out there. 

Put your hands up
Put your hands down
Give yourself a turn around
Shake your hands to the left
Shake your hands to the right
Hug yourself nice and tight
Cross your legs and sit right down
Another story is starting now
Shhhh…..

 

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The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

 

Action Rhyme

Froggies Splash

Five little frogs sitting by a pool (put five fingers up and then cup hands)
One went splash in the water that was so cool (raise one finger and jump once)
Froggies splash high (raise hands and wave above while you jump)
Froggies splash low (put your hands close to the floor while you jump)
Froggies splash everywhere, to and fro.  (wave arms and jump all around)

Songs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
sat on a speckled log.
Eating the most delicious bugs…
Yum!  Yum!
One jumped into the pool
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were___
Green Speckled Frogs.

For more information on this flannel/song see my Five Green and Speckled Frogs post.

 

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Can You Make a Scary Face?  by Jan Thomas

 

Activity

Guess what animals leap and jump!

I put a bunch of different animals in a box.  I described an animal before I took it out.  The kids had to tell which animal/insect it was and whether it could jump and leap.  This is a good break between stories.

Closing

“Silly Dance Contest”  from CD Jim Gill sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes 

Craft

We colored our own Kangaroo necklaces!

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

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Remember this song?  It is one of my favorites so I made it into a flannel board for our Leap Day story time!

Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
Yum, Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were____
Green speckled frogs! 

We had a lot of fun singing this one!  I made my frogs out of paper and put velcro pieces on the back.  My flannel board background is blue so that made the perfect “water” for the frogs to jump down into.  I jumped them below the log and into the water.  If your flannel board is a different color, you could create a pond out of blue paper, etc. for the frogs to leap into!
I made my frog from a coloring page/template I found at http://www.animal-coloring-pages.com/.  They have great coloring pages!!
The specific one I used is:  http://www.animal-coloring-pages.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/frog-coloring-pages.gif.

Boing! Boing! A Kangaroo Jumping Story

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In honor of Leap Year we celebrated with a Leap Day story time!  Lots of jumping and  leaping stories and activities!  In keeping with the theme I created a flannel board based on the book Boing! by Nick Bruel.
Also make sure to check out my Leap Day story time plan for more ideas!

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A young kangaroo (joey) attempts to jump, but instead goes flop!  

 Her good friend Frog steps in to show how it is done.  Jump, jump, jump!
But, Kangaroo still can’t go Boing!

Grasshopper decides he is the one to show Kangaroo how to jump so off he goes high into the air.  Kangaroo watches and tries, but still he can’t jump.

Another friend comes along who really knows how to jump…Rabbit!  Up into the air he goes.  Kangaroo watches, but still can’t jump.

She is feeling very discouraged.  Along comes her friend Koala who had been watching Kangaroo very closely…He asks Kangaroo an important question.  What does she have in her pocket?  Hmmm…Kangaroo thinks and then starts emptying her pocket.  Look at everything she had stuffed in there!

Once Kangaroo emptied her pocket she finally could go…BOING! BOING!  And, she had so much fun jumping with her friends!

The kids really enjoyed this story!  I put Kangaroo’s friends on craft sticks and thankfully had enough room to actually bounce the friends through the crowd and back to Kangaroo–much to the delight of the kids!  I created all of my pieces out of paper, some I actually used from other stories.  Kangaroo’s pocket was glued around the edges and filled with some random items (much like we might find in children’s pockets!).  

Summer Reading 2012 Illustrations

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Brian Lies is the Summer 2012 promotional materials illustrator!

If you haven’t checked out his books yet, look for them at your library.  They are perfect for our theme “Dream Big…Read”.   His “Bats” series would be a great addition to a “Night Creatures” story time!  Bats enjoy ballgames, the beach and the library as much as the rest of us!

 

BallgameBats at the Ballgame

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For more information on Brian Lies and his other great books, check out his website at www.brianlies.com.  You can even download his “Bat Hymn” song (sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)!

Five Dinosaurs

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 In case you didn’t know, kids LOVE dinosaurs!  I decided to write/adapt a dinosaur song set to a familiar tune and then created a flannel board to go with it.  Warning!  You will definitely hear some big “Roars”!

Five Dinosaurs

Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks Went Out to Play”
rhyme adapted by (Recipe for Reading) 

Five dinosaurs went out to play
hold up five fingers
Over the hills and far away
move hand up and down
Mama dinosaur said “roar, roar, roar”
Roar!
But four dinosaurs came running to the door
make a sad face and hold up four fingers

 

Continue until no dinosaurs are left on the board.
Then sing…

 

No dinosaurs went out to play
Over the hills and far away
Mama dinosaur said “roar, roar, roar”
And…
ALL the dinosaurs came running to the door!

 

I printed the dinosaurs on different colored paper and then laminated them.  I put a piece of velcro on the back and those dinosaurs were ready for fun!
The kids really enjoyed the flannel board and song.   It doesn’t matter how you sound, singing always gets their attention!

Seven Valentine’s Day Kisses

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Flannel Story/Puppet Show

Ok, so it is after Valentine’s Day, but I finally had the time to post this after a very busy week.  Better late than never!  And, kisses are good for other days than just Valentine’s Day, right?

Seven Kisses
I have seven kisses that I want to give away.
Who should I kiss this Valentine’s Day?
I think I’ll kiss my________!

I put my kisses on the flannel board and also used puppets in the puppet theater as I said the rhyme.  Sallie (the best library volunteer!) was in charge of the puppets and I gave the puppets a Valentine’s Day kiss. 

I had to kiss a spider, wolf, bee, duck, Mr. Mouse and then I blew kisses to the kids! This was a great success as the kids got a real kick out of seeing who popped out of the theater next.  I extended my kisses to seven instead of five to make things go a bit longer.

I drew the “kiss” and printed it off of colored stock paper.

 This rhyme came from Storytime Secrets blog.  She put her kisses on a flannel board and put pictures of family members (mommy, daddy, etc.) on the board as she said the rhyme.  Check out her site for more great Valentine’s Day ideas!

Valentine’s Day

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Opening    “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

Mr. Mouse had a valentine for me!  And, he asked me to be his valentine…of course, I said yes!  This got everyone excited to read books about Valentine’s Day.

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Flannel Story

Eddie the Elephant’s Valentine’s Day Card

This story was adapted from a Valentine’s Day story on Notes from the Story Room blog.   

Eddie the Elephant is so excited for Valentine’s Day.  He makes a beautiful card to give to one of his friends at the Valentine’s Day party.  But, when he gets to the party, he can’t decide which friend to give his card to.  He has only one card and five friends.  Eddie comes up with a great solution.  He cuts his card into five hearts and then has a valentine for each of his friends!   All of his friends were so happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity

“Heart Song”
Sing to the tune of “Mulberry Bush”

Here we go ______ around the room
Around the room, around the room
Here we go ______ around the room
On St. Valentine’s Day!

 Actions we used were hopping, clapping, stomping, sliding, blowing kisses, hugging and at the end…sitting down so we could read the next story!

 

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Flannel Story/Puppet Show

Seven Kisses
I have seven kisses that I want to give away.
Who should I kiss this Valentine’s Day?
I think I’ll kiss my________!

I had to kiss a spider, wolf, bee, duck, Mr. Mouse and then I blew kisses to the kids! This was a great success as the kids got a real kick out of seeing who popped out of the theater next.  I extended my kisses to seven instead of five to make things go a bit longer.

I put my kisses on the flannel board and also used puppets in the puppet theater as I said the rhyme.  Sallie was in charge of the puppets and I gave the puppets a Valentine’s Day kiss. 

 This rhyme came from Storytime Secrets blog.  She put her kisses on a flannel board and put pictures of family members (mommy, daddy, etc.) on the board as she said the rhyme.  Check out her site for more great Valentine’s Day ideas!

 

 

 

Closing

Skipped our normal “Silly Dance Contest” song and instead went with a Valentine’s Day themed…

“If You Love Your Friends and You Know It”

If you love your friends and you know it, clap your hands.
If you love your friends and you know it, clap your hands.
If you love your friends and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you love your friends and you know it, clap your hands!

Actions we used were blow a kiss, jump up and down, said “I love you” and then we gave a hug!

Great Valentine’s Day Books

The Best Kind of Kiss by Margaret Allum
Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
Where’s My Hug? by James Mayhew
If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
How About a Kiss for Me? By Todd Tarpley
Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson

Craft

We made a lion magnet out of hearts like the one in the book we read:

My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idea also came from Story Time ABC’s.  She made her lion craft into a lion stick puppet.  We used different shapes of hearts to create the craft.  I had leftover hearts that our volunteer had cut out for decoration in the library so it worked out perfect!