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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party!

To celebrate the November 15th release of the 6th book in the Wimpy Kid series, Cabin Fever, I held a party to celebrate all things Wimpy kid! Whether is was the surprisingly good weather, college football Saturday, or laziness, this was my lowest attended Wimpy Kid program. Typically I have 30+ in attendance but the 5 who showed were so much fun. This smaller group caused me to alter my game but I think the program was all the richer for the change.


We sat in a circle and shared talked about who had read which books and what were the favorites. 3 out of 5 had read all 5 books and were anxious for the newest. Then we dove into some trivia. The trivia was tough and it was so much fun being on the presenter side to see the light bulbs flash on when the answers reminded the kids of parts of the story long forgotten.

After the trivia I split the kids into 2 groups – 3 versus 3 (I was thrilled I got to be a part of one of the groups). In the middle of the room I placed a large basket full of wadded up paper. We talked about the premise of Cabin Fever being that Greg is trapped in the house due to a snowstorm and that we were going to have our own snowball fight. On the count of 3 we all rushed the basket and started winging paper snowballs at each other. *cue giggles* This went on for several minutes but could have lasted for 30!

I called the group back but asked them to bring back 3 snowballs each to open. Inside were written writing prompts, a word or phrase describing a person, place, or action. We took turns reading them aloud and giggling at the silly combinations.

Activity stations included:

Rock Band on PlayStation 2 to represent Loded Diper
Crossword Puzzle and Coloring Pages from enlarged images from my Google Image search
Learn to Draw Greg and independent writing with the prompts from snowball fight
Fregley’s Jelly Bean Jar Guess
Dog Days Pin-the-Ice-Cream


Each kid left with either a button with Greg or the Loded Diper logo (I’m a huge fan of our branch button maker – GREAT investment), a Cabin Fever poster thanks to my friend in our Collection Development Department, and a treat bag with mini snickers bars with the bag topper printed from Cap Creations.

Activities or ideas I am saving for next time… Wimpy Kid Uno, Cheese Touch Game, cheese path to the meeting room, Talk Like Fregley game (which fun with a large group), and more!

Leave your best jelly bean guess in the comments!

#FlannelFriday That Apple is Mine!

Apple mania continues! This week is a two-fer as I find more ideas to create into flannel stories for my September Apple program.

First up is That Apple is Mine retold by Katya Arnold.

This Russian folktale finds a group of animals fighting over rights to the last apple of the season. The issue is resolved when Bear suggests they share the apple. I had heard this story and actually told it several times using puppets but had never seen a print version. A shout out to my twitter friends who helped me locate the actual title.

Once the new friends eat their share along comes a worm and says… “Hey! That apple was mine!”

Second is a variation on the B-I-N-G-O song, similar to the K-I-T-T-Y flannel I posted a few weeks ago. This new one of course is A-P-P-L-E.

(sung to the tune of BINGO, remove the first letter of the word
and clap in its place, repeat until no letters remain)
I know a fruit that grows on trees,
An apple is its name, oh!
An apple is its name, oh!

Yesterday I ordered 12 Melissa & Doug apples for the program so the kids could try to stack the apples up on top. I have so many activity ideas it is getting difficult to narrow it down!

#FlannelFriday Way Up High in the Apple Tree

I am deep into the planning stages for an Apple themed program for next month. In preparation I created a flannel apple tree attached to a craft stick to accompany the rhyme Way Up High in the Apple Tree. I also made two very happy little apples to smile down at me! The tree is attached to a piece of poster board to provide support and outlined with fabric paint. On the back I attached a copy of the rhyme just incase someone else uses the flannel or I have a major mental block.

Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree
Two little apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmmmmm… good!

With the flannel attached to the stick I can easily shake the stick to make the apples fall to the floor. This is also a fun one to bring up a child to give the tree a shake. There will surely be more apple posts over the next few weeks. Next on my radar is creating a flannel for the Russian folktale That Apple is Mine retold by  Katya Arnold.

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
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
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.

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.