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Archive for July, 2011

K-I-T-T-Y

This week my theme for storytime was naughty kitties. I started with a flannel based on the story Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward – one of my favorite books that is sadly out of print. I also created this quick flannel to go with the theme and to use with either a cat or a pet themes.

 

K-I-T-T-Y
(sung to the tune of BINGO)

There was a girl who had a cat and Kitty was her name-o
K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y
and Kitty was her name-o

(remove a letter and substitute a clap, I make a big deal about removing the letter having the kids wave and say “Goodbye K!”)

I cut the letters out using the ellison press and did a Google search for “cat clipart.” I did a little dance when the Hello Kitty reading a book image popped up. It served as the perfect template. First I traced the basic shape in white and then layered the red for her clothes, bow and sparkly blue book. Then I outlined the entire image using fabric paint. I was so happy with how she turned out that I made 5 Ballerina Kitties for a dance theme (they will appear in next week’s Flannel Friday).

 Books used with naughty kitty theme:
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
There are Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Elhert
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

 

 

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Shoes! Shoes! And More Shoes!

I love shoes! And it is always fun for me to read books about things that I love because the children and parents feel my excitement. My current favorite book is Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. I bet I read this book 5 dozen times this last year (I’m also the reason we have it in our catalog). If I go into a Kindergarten classroom without Pete the kids are NOT happy.

To accompany the reading I created colored flannel sneakers:

I add a sneaker each time Pete steps in something new and then remove them as the water washes away the colors.

In addition to the sneakers I created other flannel shoes to introduce the theme during storytime. I will give a few hints about who might wear a certain type of shoe and encourage the children to guess before putting it up on the board.

 

Camping Fun with Miss Moxie!

Camping is one of my all-time favorite program themes. There are so many fun activities to accompany the fun stories and interactive songs. It takes me back to the best times I can remember in childhood.

I invited the children and their grown-ups to join me around the campfire!

This year I kicked things off with the Campfire Pokey. Inspired by Mollie at What Happens In Storytime…, I created this flannel:

The original rhyme used with this flannel can be found at Preschool Express but we made a few changes to make it work better with our group.

Campfire Pokey
You put your marshmallow in,
You put your marshmallow out,
You put your marshmallow in,
And you cook it ’till it’s brown.

You do the campfire pokey
and you pop it in your mouth –
That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Yum!

(repeat changing out the different food that can be
cooked over a fire… apples, hotdogs, popcorn, etc.)

I followed this flannel with the book Maisy Goes
Camping
by Lucy Cousins. This is such a fun story to
do with props and second person. Often during the summer I have a teen volunteer to help during storytime and programs, the teen will hide out inside a blanket made tent. Using puppets, each animal enters the tent and once all are inside the teen moves around to convince the kids that the tent is too full. As each character “pops” out of the tent, the teen throws out.
This aways brings lots of laughs!

Next we sang the traditional repeat song “I Met a Bear.”

I Met a Bear
The other day, I met a bear,
A great big bear, Oh way out there.

Chorus: (Same lines in unison)

He looked at me, I looked at him,
He sized up me, I sized up him.

He said to me, “Why don’t you run?
I see you ain’t, Got any gun.”

I says to him, “That’s a good idea.”
“Now legs get going, get me out of here!”

And so I ran, Away from there,
But right behind me, Was that bear.

In front of me, There was a tree,
A great big tree, Oh glory be!

The lowest branch, Was ten feet up,
So I thought I’d jump, And trust my luck.

And so I jumped, Into the air,
But I missed that branch, A way up there.

Now don’t you fret, And don’t you frown,
I Caught that branch, On the way back down!

This is the end, There ain’t no more,
Unless I see, That bear once more.

  After torturing the grown-ups with a sing-a-long we
moved on to our next book, The Boy Who Looked Like
Lincoln
by Mike Reiss. This hilarious book made the
grown-ups forget all about the pain of singing a repeat
song! Benjy has the misfortune of looking like Abe
Lincoln which causes him a great deal of teasing. When summer comes his parents send him to a “camp for kids who look like things” where he has a great time! More geared toward adults, the kids love this one too for the simple mention of the word butt.

Now that they were back in my good graces… MORE SINGING! Let’s be honest you cannot sit around a campfire and not sing. This time we stood up, tightened the circle and sang “Alice the Camel” and “The Wishy Washy Washer Woman.”

Alice the Camel
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
So go, Alice, go.

(repeat with three humps, two humps, one hump)
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Now Alice is a horse

The Wishy Washy Washer Woman
Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman washin’ her clothes
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman dryin’ her clothes
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman foldin’ her clothes
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes

(repeat with pickin’ her nose, eatin’ oreos, sniffin’ a rose, 
paintin’ her toes, puttin’ on pantyhose, sayin’ goodbye)

Since the wishy washy washer woman had snack it was only right that we had our own snack. Everyone was invited to sample our s’mores mix made from mini-marshmallows, M&Ms, and Teddy Grahams. Yum!

Activity Stations included…

                                     

Feed the Squirrel!
Children stood behind a line to toss peanuts (I used circus peanut
due to peanut allergies) into the hole to feed the squirrel.

Tent Play!

                           

Firefly ABCs
Catch a lightning bug and put it into the corresponding letter jar.
Activity inspired by Making Learning Fun.

Backpacks!
With donated  paper grocery sacks, we cut 2 strips from the top and stapled to the logo side for straps. The kids were then able to decorate the plain side and use their backpack to carry home their tent coloring page and
Alice the Camel coloring page.

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen offers up a great rhyme that will help get the kids moving like monsters. They creep and crawl, run and stumble, hip-hop and tumble! This fun read-aloud is perfect for building a love of books and an ear for sounds!

Little Mouse, Little Mouse…

My storytime theme this week was Mice so I reached back into the vault for an old favorite!

Little mouse, little mouse…
Are you in the (let children guess a color) house?

I think we did this at least 5 times at the various storytimes this week! Each time the mouse was hiding under a different colored house. I knock on the table and call “Hello? Little mouse are you home?” building the suspense for the big reveal.

This flannel was paired with the following books:

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Lunch by Denise Fleming

Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins

5 Little Owls

In search of inspiration I stumbled upon Ms. Leah’s Sunflower Storytime Blog. Her owl flannel and template led me to create my own for future use. I am making a commitment to myself to create something every week in an effort to reclaim my zen.