Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Try your hand at cut paper art and play with perspective with this hot air balloon art craft!

Things you will need include:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Something round to trace a circle from (such as a cup)
  • Markers
  • Paper for the sky, grass/trees, balloon basket, and clouds
  • 6 thin strips of colorful paper for the balloon

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

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Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

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Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about binary with these code art animals! Things you will need include:...

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Flying Machines

These paper airplanes are easy to make and fly incredibly far! Things you will need include: Scissors Tape Glue Ruler 3x5 card 2 8.5x11 sheets of paper (one of the airplanes is a bat, so you can use some darker paper for that one if you'd like!)

Kid and Tween STEAM: Hot Air Balloon Art

Try your hand at cut paper art and play with perspective with this hot air balloon art craft! Things you will need include: Scissors Glue stick Something round to trace a circle from (such as a cup) Markers Paper for the sky, grass/trees, balloon basket, and clouds 6...

Book Babies: Fun with Scarves and New Board Books!

Book Babies: Fun with Scarves and New Board Books!

Book Babies: Fun with Scarves and New Board Books!

Today we decided to have fun with scarf songs (always a favorite!) and with some of our brand new board books! Click the links below to check them out for you and your baby – you’ll love them!

Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Singing to and with your child is very important, and it doesn’t matter if you sing in English or another language. In one scientific study, babies as young as one week could distinguish their mother’s voice from a group of other female voices. Children love being sung to by their parents, and such singing helps to trigger their speech development. So, sing aloud to your children at home in any language you like.

- Lambert

Activity

Make a bedtime routine where songs and books play an important role. Sing favorites over and over again. And add a new one every now and then perhaps connected to a new book that you just read.

Books Presented

Bubbles by Ben Clanton

Narwhal accidentally bursts a saddened Jelly’s bubble before offering comfort by showing his friend how the ocean has oodles of bubbles in all sizes and colors.

Hello, Baby Shark by John Bajet

Say hello to Baby Shark and all his friends!

Waddle! by Rufus Butler Seder

In the same way that kids can’t read Gallop! without wanting to gallop around the room, Waddle!, an animals-in-motion Scanimation book, will inspire prancing, hopping, stomping, and scampering.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Robot Beep by Jeffrey Burton

In a twist on the classic nursery rhyme “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, take a trip to the stars with this little robot.

Move! by Liesbet Slegers

Six animals demonstrate their preferred methods of locomotion with help from rectangular flaps that lift up or to the side.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Blast off!
Additional verses:
Fun, fun, fun
We’re going to the sun…
Far, far, far
We’re going to the stars…

Herrickdl.org

Popcorn, Popcorn

Sizzling in the pan.
Shake it up, shake it up,
Bam, bam, bam!
Popcorn, popcorn,
Now it’s getting hot,
Shake it up, shake it up,
Pop, pop, pop!
(lift baby up with each “pop”)

Sayrshirelib.files.wordpress.com

 

The Fish in the Sea

(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The fish in the sea
Go swish, swish, swish, (wave scarf side to side)
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish,
The fish in the sea,
Go swish, swish, swish,
All Day Long…
Dolphins in the sea
Swim round and round (paint circle in front of you with scarf)
Round and round
Round and round
The dolphins in the sea
Swim round and round
All day long.
The sand in the sea
Drifts down, down, down (slowly lower scarf or throw scarf and watch it drift to the floor)
Down, down, down,
Down, down, down
The sand in the sea
Drifts down, down, down
All day long.
The waves on the sea
Go up and down, (wave scarf up and down)
Up and down,
Up and down.
The waves on the sea
Go up and down,
All Day Long….

Kcls.org

We Wave Our Scarves Together

Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain

We wave our scarves together.
We wave our scarves together.
We wave our scarves together,
At music class today!
We wave them way up high!
We wave them way down low!
We wave our scarves together,
At music class today!

Other verses:
We shake our scarves together.
We spin our scarves together.
We wear our scarves together.

– Weegroove.com

Helicopter, Helicopter Way Up High

Tune: Frère Jacques
Helicopter. Helicopter.
Way up high. Way up high.
See the blades are spinning. See the blades are spinning.
In the sky. In the sky.

Little songbird, little songbird
Way up high. Way up high.
See their wings flapping.
See their wings flapping.
In the sky. In the sky.

Butterfly, butterfly.
Way up high. Way up high.
See them flutter, flutter.
See them flutter, flutter.
In the sky. In the sky.

– Adapted from Weegroove.com

Bubbles All Around

Sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Bubbles floating all around (pretend to catch bubbles)
Bubbles fat and bubbles round (make a circle with arms)
Bubbles on my toes and nose (point to toes and then to nose)
Blow a bubble, up it goes! (pretend to blow bubble and point up)
Bubbles floating all around. (pretend to catch bubbles)
B..u..b. .b..l..e..s f..a..l..l. .i..n..g to…the…ground. (sing slowly while sinking to ground)

-Cde.state.co.us

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Many of us can remember, "This little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home..." Try expanding your "piggie repertoire" for your little one with these books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Whether bouncing like a bunny or hopping like a rabbit, toddlers and babies love these fluffy animals. Try reading some of the books below or doing the activities with your child for a fun-filled learning time about bunnies & rabbits. Book Babies: Wednesday @...

Book Babies/Toddler Time: Old McDonald’s Farm

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Book Babies: Welcome, Spring!

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Book Babies: Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs!

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Book Babies: Fun with Scarves and New Board Books!

Today we decided to have fun with scarf songs (always a favorite!) and with some of our brand new board books! Click the links below to check them out for you and your baby - you'll love them!Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome...

Pom Pom Bunnies Craft

Pom Pom Bunnies Craft

Pom Pom Bunnies Craft

Learn how to make these adorable pom pom bunnies! You will need the following supplies:

  • yarn (about 30 yards for the big pom pom and 25 for the small)
  • felt scraps of the same color
  • pom pom of the same color
  • 3×3″ square of pink felt
  • a pony bead
  • googly eyes
  • 1 foot of fishing line
  • two 3.5″ cardboard circles
  • two 2.25″ cardboard circles
  • scissors
  • pen
  • a quarter
  • glue gun

Teen Craft: Paper Firebirds

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JULY 16th – 31st Teen Activities

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Teen Craft: Cut-Paper Fox Tin

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Teen Craft: Monkey Fist Knot

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Teen Craft: Pokémon Terrarium

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July 1st – July 15th TEEN Activities

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Teen Craft: Hedgehog Earbud + Cord Holder

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June 13th – 30th Teen Activities

Teen Anime Club Monday, June 21st at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.   Teens ages 12-18 gather together to watch anime favorites, chat about manga, and play games. No need to apply -- just show up! This month we will have a Pokémon the First Movie Popcorn Party!...

Teen Craft: Button Holder

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June 1st-12th Teen Activities

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Story Time: Loving Our Library

Story Time: Loving Our Library

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It’s National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so much more.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can be seen as an extension of informal library “classes.” Children who have joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “If You’re a Reader and You Know It!” with your child. Don’t forget to “do all three” at the end!

Books Presented

Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends—a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more—to ROAR along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?

The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli

The Book Hog loves books – the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell – and he’ll grab whatever he can find. There’s only one problem: he can’t read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are.

I Am a Book by Linda Hayward

Describes how a book is created, manufactured, and distributed.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Flannel Board: Five Little Books

(Sung to the tune of Farmer and the Dell)
Chorus:
Come and take a look
In my storybook.
There are friends galore
And so much more
In my storybook.

Verse 1:
You might find three little pigs,
And a wolf who’s bad and big.
A tortoise, a hare,
A family of bears
In my storybook.

Verse 2:
You might find three billy goats
A girl with a red-hooded coat,
A gingerbread man,
Or Peter Pan
In my storybook.

Flannel Board: Five Little Books

Five little books at the library,

Five little books as great as can be.

Along comes (name) with her library card

To take one home and read.

Continue to zero.

 

If You’re a Reader and You Know It

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
(shoot hooray, read a book)

 

The Library Boogie

– Tom Knight
 

The Library Song

 

 – Sesame Street

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Cut and fold this template to make your own story book!

Additional Books

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Learn about the library, checking out books, and story time with Lola.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do.

Biblioburro: A True Story From Colombia by Jeanette Winter

After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros–one for himself, one for books–and heads off.

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude by Josh Funk

Patience, one of the New York Public Library lions, is missing and Fortitude, the other lion, searches the building from top to bottom seeking him.

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Storytime: Deep Down Underground

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Story Time: Big and Tall

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Story Time: The Animal Book Club

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Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

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Story Time: Ladybugs

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Teen Activities for April 1-17

Teen Activities for April 1-17

Teen Activities for April 1-17

Our first teen craft take n’ go kit for April will be pom pom bunnies, available starting Thursday, April 1st. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel.
Monday, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
 
Have a say in what goes on at the library for teens.
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Exploring Writing Software

Monday, April 12th at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room

This month we’re exploring writing software and programs available to make your writing better!

Join our teen Discord server to chat about writing and more with other teens throughout the month.

Create a book face photo and share it on Discord  Email it to madisonlib.org@gmail.com if you'd like it to be considered for our social media  Each book face photo you do wins you a coupon of your choice from Gina's drawer
Contests on Discord

We’ve got a Book Face photo challenge and an Easter egg hunt going on this month on our Discord server. Come and join the fun!

For every message you send  (with a 1 minute cooldown time) you'll find a number of Easter eggs  Check how many Easter eggs you've collected by typing t!points in the Easter egg channel  For every 500 Easter eggs, you can come in to the library and get a tasty prize

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Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

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JULY 16th – 31st Teen Activities

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Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

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SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

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JULY Adult Activities

Adult Summer Reading Explore Tails and Tales at the Library this summer by researching animals in all their habitats. Each time you complete a “Research Area” by reading 1000 pages of your choice, bring your log into the Library for a small reward.   If you...

Summer STEM: Toothbrush Critters

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April Adult Activities

April Adult Activities

April Adult Activities

Come join your fellow community members on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of both classic works and modern masterpieces. 

 

Our book for April is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim:

A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed.

The women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other—and the castle of their dreams—through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy. Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.

Reading copies are available to check out at the Circulation Desk.

Adult Makers: Macrame Earrings
 
Create wearable art. Kits will be available at the circulation desk beginning April 12th with an instructional video Friday, April 16th through our website and/or YouTube channel.

AUGUST Adult Activities

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JULY 16th – 31st Teen Activities

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JULY Adult Activities

Adult Summer Reading Explore Tails and Tales at the Library this summer by researching animals in all their habitats. Each time you complete a “Research Area” by reading 1000 pages of your choice, bring your log into the Library for a small reward.   If you...

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June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

June Adult Activities

Adult Summer Reading Explore Tails and Tales at the Library this summer by researching animals in all their habitats. Each time you complete a “Research Area” by reading 1000 pages of your choice, bring your log into the Library for a small reward. If you successfully...

Closed Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day

We'll be closed Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day. No items will be due. As always, the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

No Programs in May (Besides Book Club)

Come to our combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting on Thursday, May 6th at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.! This month we're talking about Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. This month for Adult Book Club we're reading and discussing 29 Gifts by Cami Walker. Join...

Book Babies: Tickle, Tickle!

Book Babies: Tickle, Tickle!

Book Babies: Tickle, Tickle!

I tickle you here, I tickle you there, I tickle you, tickle you everywhere! Gentle tickles and massages can be a fun bonding experience between caregiver and baby. Be careful not to tickle if baby is uncomfortable. Simply place your hand on baby’s head, back, tummy, etc. as you sing the rhymes below. And of course, don’t forget to read with baby every day!

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Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

According to developmental experts, manual dexterity is directly tied to cognitive development. ‘It’s through her hands that your baby demonstrates the link between thought and action,’ says Rhoda Erhardt, a pediatric occupational therapist in St. Paul who specializes in hand function.

- www.parents.com/baby/development/physical/encouraging-fine-motor-skill-development/

Activity

Wax Paper Fun! Show baby how to crumple a piece of waxed paper into a ball. It provides both sound and grip for an instant toy. While it’s non-toxic, you still want to monitor baby’s inclinations to eat it. As baby’s finger dexterity increases, cut off one strip of waxed paper, place a safe snack like Cheerios every couple of inches along the length, and then fold and twist the wax paper between each piece. The game for baby is to open and find each snack!

- "Games Babies Play" by Vicki Lansky

Books Presented

Tickle Time! by Sandra Boynton

Based on the wildly popular song from Boynton’s wildly popular Rhinoceros Tap CD, Tickle Time! is pure irrepressible Boynton, lively in tempo, nimble in rhyme, and filled with irresistible fuzzy cats that cavort from page to page.

Tickle the Duck! by Ethan Long

In this hilarious touch-and-feel book, a cranky duck dares children to tickle his soft stomach, his hairy armpit, his rubbery foot-and reacts uproariously each time.

Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

Family members awaken a baby with tickles, from one little tickle on a lovely sleepy head to ten tiny tickles on the toes.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Two Little Eyes

Tune: Five Little Ducks
Two little eyes to look around,
Two little ears to hear each sound,
One little nose to smell what’s sweet,
One little mouth that likes to eat.

Variation:
Two little eyes to see all around,
(gently stroke around baby’s eyes in a circle)
Two little ears to hear each sound,
(stroke around ears)
One little nose that smells what’s sweet, (softly pat nose with finger)
And one little mouth that likes to eat!
(circle around mouth, then bounce near it with finger)

-The Baby’s Game Book by Isabel Wilner

The Wheels on the Bus (Tickle Version!)

The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All over town

The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep…
The babies on the bus go bounce bounce bounce…
The parents on the bus go tickle tickle tickle…
The babies on the bus go hee hee hee …

Melissa.depperfamily.net

I Bounce You Here

I bounce you here
I bounce you there
I bounce you, bounce you everywhere!

I tickle you here
I tickle you there
I tickle you, tickle you everywhere!

I hug you here
I hug you there
I hug you, hug you everywhere!

Melissa.depperfamily.net

On My Toe There is a Flea

On my toe there is a flea.
Now he’s climbing on my knee.
Past my tummy, Past my nose,
On my head where my hair grows.
On my head there is a flea,
Now he’s climbing down on me.
Past my tummy, past my knee,
On my toe. Take that you flea!

– Kathyreidnaiman.com

Additional Books

Grandmas Are for Giving Tickles by Harriet Ziefert

 

Lift the flaps to see all the fun things a grandma does.

Tickle by Leslie Patricelli

Watch out! Here comes Tickle Monster! Good thing this baby is NOT ticklish. Well, maybe just the feet, hee hee! And the tummy. And, oh no, not the armpits!

The Lost Laugh by Michelle Preen

Hyena has lost his laugh and can’t find it anywhere. Luckily there’s still a tickly monkey friend to help him find it!

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Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Young children are naturally curious about the world around them and often use their senses to explore and learn. By taking advantage of this eagerness to learn, you can help build their scientific knowledge.

Activity

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Books Presented

Splat! by Jon Burgerman

Encourages the reader to predict what will happen and keep turning pages as a face is splattered with a pie, a sandwich, and more.

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Big Fluffy Bear insists that Big Smelly Bear visit the pond for a bath before she will scratch the itch he cannot reach.

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

Improbable, ridiculous remedies accumulate when there is gum stuck in your hair.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Pairs of Smelly Socks

Five pairs of smelly socks
On my bedroom floor
Mom washed the BLUE pair
And then there were four

Four pairs of smelly socks
They belong to me
Dad washed the PINK pair
And then there were three

Three pairs of smelly socks
What’s a kids to do?
Brother washed the PURPLE pair
And then there were two

Two pairs of smelly socks
I wear them when I run
Sister washed the GREEN pair
And then there was one

One pair of smelly socks
One and only one
I guess I’ll wash the ORANGE pair
And then there will be none.

No more pairs of smelly socks
We washed them all today, But wait until tomorrow
More are on the way!

 

Icky, Sticky Bubble Gum

Icky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum, bubble gum.
Sticky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum.
Makes your hands stick to your knees.
And you pull ’em,
and you pull ’em,
and you pull’ em away.

(Head… Belly… Mouth… Nose… Elbows)

 – David Landau

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We hope you enjoyed this slime craft! Just pour the clear activator liquid from the tube into your cup with the lid and stir! The less activator you use, the stretchier the slime will be.

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