Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

“E” is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large floppy ears. Try taking this opportunity to learn more about these gentle giants with your child with some of the activities and books below.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Having children act out stories introduces them to the theater arts. Because dramatic play incorporates a variety of senses, it allows children to experience a story in an immediate way and helps them internalize the story.

- Lambert

Activity

Read “Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?” by Jory John or another book that will be easy to act out. Then have your child portray the elephant while you portray all the others animals and retell the story. Then try switching roles and see the laughter!

- Adapted from Lambert

Books Presented

Elephants by Kate Riggs

A basic exploration of the appearance, behavior, and habitat of elephants, Earth’s biggest land animals. Also included is a story from folklore explaining why elephants’ trunks are so long.

Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? by Jory John

Elephant has a massive itch that no one can scratch, so Elephant is forced to help himself–or so he thinks.

I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Elephant Walk

Right foot, left foot, see me go (step with one foot, then other, sway side to side)

I am gray and big and slow (hold hands out to side on the word “big”)

Right foot, left foot, see me go (step with one foot, then other, sway side to side)

I come walking down the street (keep feet stomping)

With my trunk and four big feet. (Make arm look like a trunk from nose).

 

Adapted from Jeninthelibrary.com

Flannel Board: Five Elephants in the Bathtub

1 elephant in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

2 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

3 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

4 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

5 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
And they all fell in! (Knock all the elephants and tub off the flannelboard!)

– Jeninthelibrary.com

Two Elephants

Two little elephants, standing in a row.
Two little trunks, waving hello.
“Oh,” said an elephant.
“It’s time to go.”
One little elephant, standing in a row.
One little trunk, waving hello.
“Hey,” said the elephant.
“Where did he go?”

-Barbertonlibrary.org
 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Try this craft from Heidi Songs - or pick up our ready-made kit today.

Additional Books

I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger

Elephants of many colorful shades are described in couplets that invite the reader to complete the rhyme using color-themed clues.

Near or Far: Where's Eddie? by Daniel Nunn

Books in the Hide and Seek series provide an entertaining introduction to some of the words that tell us where things are. This book looks at “Near” and “Far”, and features an animal character called Eddie the Elephant who is playing hide-and-seek. 

Elephant's Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson

Elephant finds a book and then sneezes, mixing up all the letters.

The Elephant Who Cried Mouse! by Jade Maitre

Ronald the Elephant loves to frighten his family by calling “MOUSE!”. But what happens when they stop believing him?

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Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Moving to music, dancing, swaying, running, and jumping help young children feel rhythm and begin to understand how their bodies work. Such movements also help them gain muscle control and improve balance. All of this contributes to a child’s gross motor development.

- Lambert

Activity

Make a playlist of favorite songs for you and your child, and encourage your child to develop gross motor skills by dancing, running, and jumping to the music.

Books Presented

Whose Feet Are These? by Peg Hall

Examines a variety of animal feet, noting how they look different and function in different ways.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

A toe-tapper babies will love–the classic Seussian book about opposites: “Wet foot, dry foot. Low foot, high foot…”

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

Funny Fingers, Funny Toes by Laura Damon

A creature demonstrates the many uses of our fingers and toes.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Ring Around the Rosie

Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posies:
“A-tishoo! A-tishoo!”
We all fall down!

The king has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water.
“A-tishoo! A-tishoo!”
We all stand up!

Lambert

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Feet

Head, shoulders, knees and feet,
knees and feet
Head, shoulders, knees and feet,
knees and feet
And eyes and, ears and, mouth and teeth!
Backwards-
Feet, knees and shoulders, head,
shoulders, head
Feet, knees and shoulders, head,
shoulders, head
And teen, mouth, ears and eyes!

– Adapted from childhood

We Like Feet!

(tune “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
We like feet, yes we do!
Especially when they __[action]___ with you!

-Gina
 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Pick up these friend story time kits today.

Additional Books

Gakky Two-Feet by Micky Dolenz

Although the other hominidees tease him, Gak prefers to walk on two legs instead of four, and one day his difference turns out to be helpful, just as his mother said it would.

Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson

Rhyming text, accompanied by labeled illustrations that identify parts of the body, encourages readers to wiggle and twist, stomp and zig-zag, and hug and shrug.

Be Where Your Feet Are! by Julia Cook

Be Where Your Feet Are! reinforces the concepts of mindfulness and being present in a way children will remember, while showing how good life can be when we learn to appreciate the world — and people — around us.

What if You had Animal Feet!? by Sandra Markle

What if you had animal feet? will teach kids about the amazing variety of feet in the animal kingdom and their specialty functions! From cheetahs’ fast feet to mountain goats’ nimble climbing hooves, to flies’ sticky feet!

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Story Time: Friends!

Story Time: Friends!

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child “how” to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don’t forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you will great links, songs, videos, and books about friends. And remember… your child will always find a friend in the library!

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“Research shows that establishing friendships is an important developmental goal for children under the age of seven. Friendships developed during the preschool and early school years give children valuable contexts in which to learn and practice skills related to social, cognitive, communicative, and emotional development.”

- Exchangefamilycenter.org

Activity

Print off the “How to Play with Friends” game circles at https://www.powerfulmothering.com/how-to-play-with-friends-a-preschoolers-visual-guide-and-game/. Then play Charades with your child taking turns acting out the activity on the game circle. Take time to talk about why that activity is good for playing with friends. You can also read a book about friendship and talk about how to be a good friend.

Books Presented

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

Join In and Play by Cheri Meiners

It is fun to make friends and play with others, but it is not always easy to do. You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules, like ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. In simple words and real life illustrations, this book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend.

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.

Big Friends by Linda Sarah

Best friends Etho and Birt love going up Sudden Hill and sitting in simple cardboard boxes imagining they are kings, soldiers, astronauts, or pirates until Shu asks to join them, and their “two-by-two rhythm” is disturbed.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Sesame Street: Be a Good Friend (with Gwen Stefani)

If You’re Friendly and You Know It

(Tune: If you’re happy and you know it)
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re friendly and you know it,
then you really want to show it,
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands!

– Literaryhoots.com

Make a Heart

I put my hands together, (hands together like praying)
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around, (curl fingertips)
And I can make a heart!
 
– Veronastorytime.com

F-R-I-E-N-D

(Tune: There Was a Farmer Who Had a Dog)
___(name)__ is so very __(positive attribute)__.
And she/he is our good friend.
F-R-I, E-N-D, F-R-I, E-N-D,
F-R-I, E-N-D
And she/he is our good friend.

Adapted from childhood

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Pick up these friend story time kits today.

Additional Books

A Friend Like You by Andrea Schomburg

Squirrel and Bird are very different, but willing to try new things–and they’re the best of friends.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.

The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable–he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

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Story Time: Fashion!

Story Time: Fashion!

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It’s fashion! This week we learned that “F” is for fashion, and “fashion” can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“Dress-up play allows anyone to dream, hope, and use their imagination. It gives kids permission to pretend to be someone or something different and extraordinary that reflects their personality and current interests and promotes more independence by allowing kids to practice self-care skills.”

- Thegeniusofplay.org

Activity

Gather a bunch of clothes and have a dress-up fashion show. Talk about what each clothing item is used for, what weather would be good in which to wear it, and where you might go in each outfit. You can also take some old clothes and “remake” them into something new!

Books Presented

Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter, Not Shade by Rob Sanders

Blaine loves to shine… well, actually, he loves to sparkle. Blaine’s all about the bling, just like Sue’s all about orange, and Alberto is all about high-tops. But when Blaine’s bling rubs some people the wrong way, he begins to lose his shine — and so does his entire school. Can Blaine’s friends work together as allies and convince everyone to throw glitter, not shade?

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants by Erik Litwin

Hazel Nut wants to sing and dance, but Mama, Papa, and Wally Nut are too busy, so Hazel calls in a special family member to get everyone moving.

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

Love grows between two ducklings as they bill and coo around the farmyard.

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Despite the advice of others in her family, Ellah Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants

I’m Going to Take a Sweater

(Tune: Jolly Good Fellow)

I’m going to take a sweater, a sweater, a sweater
I’m going to take a sweater when I go out today
When I go out today, when I go out today
I’m going to take a sweater when I go out today
(Additional: Umbrella, hat, raincoat, etc.)

– Storytimekatie.com

Old Shoes, New Shoes

Action Rhyme: “Old Shoes, New Shoes”
Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three four,
Now I stomp them on the floor!
– Storytimekatie.com

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page activity!

Pick up these fashion story time kits today.

Additional Books

Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont

Four girls go in search of the perfect pair of party shoes.

Crafts for Styling Your Wardrobe by Susannah Blake

A variety of crafts for kids to make their clothes their own. Includes upcycling old clothes and basic sewing stitches.

Along Came Coco by Eva Byrne

In a time when children were meant to be seen and not heard, along came Coco, a small French orphan with an eye for style, a talent for sewing, and a big imagination. An exploration of Coco’s early life and a celebration of her creativity, Along Came Coco shows the ways in which Coco Chanel’s imaginative spirit led her to grow into one of the world’s most beloved fashion icons.

Sadie and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin

Family members try various ways to cheer up their grouchy bulldog.

More Story Times

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Story Time: Feelings

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Story Time: Feelings

Story Time: Feelings

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that “F” is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully there are a lot children’s books to help. Try some of the titles below, or go to the online catalog and do a subject search for, “emotions juvenile fiction,” where you will find many, many stories about feelings.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Helping your child put words to feelings develops vocabulary in a meaningful way. You can talk not only about your child’s feelings, but also about yours as well. Children can understand the words long before they can say them.

- Lambert

Activity

Ask your children to listen for words related to feelings as you read “Grumpy Gloria” by Anna Dewdney or other books with words that pertain to feelings. Then talk about how those feelings might be translated into a color.

- Lambert

Books Presented

I'm Feeling Macaroni and Cheese by Tina Gallo

What kind of day are you having? Are you feeling Razzmatazz excited? Or Tickle Me Pink silly? Or maybe you’re feeling brave–like Wild Blue Yonder! When was the last time you felt a little Macaroni and Cheese? Learn how to express your feelings through colors.

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

Monsters of different colors explain what makes them feel glad, sad, loving, worried, silly, and angry. Fold-out masks encourage readers to talk about their feelings.

I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck by Frank Loesser

Love grows between two ducklings as they bill and coo around the farmyard.

Weasel is Worried by Giara Gavin

When Weasel is caught in a storm, he builds a fortress to hide in. But then he meets Mole, who loves to play in the wind and splash in the rain. Wait to see if Weasel learns to overcome his fears and find joy, whatever the weather.

Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright

On Groundhog’s Day, the townspeople try to entice the groundhog to leave his den, but the furry character refuses as it is warm and cozy inside.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Signing Song: Old McDonald Felt So Glad

(to tune of “Old MacDonald had a farm”)
Old MacDonald felt so glad (Happy)
HA-HA-HA-HA-HA
And when he’s glad we sign it like this:
Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy
With a Happy Happy here and a Happy Happy there
Here a Happy, there a Happy everywhere a Happy Happy
Old MacDonald felt so glad.
Happy Happy

Repeat this, substituting the following emotions and signs:
Grumpy = Grumpy
Sad = Sad
Silly = Silly

– Jeninthelibrary.com

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page activity!

Learn how to make colorful pasta necklaces.

Additional Books

Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

Bear’s animal friends come to his rescue when he becomes lost and frightened in the woods.

A Little Book About Feelings by Abbie Schiller

From the award-winning Ruby’s Studio: the Feelings Show. Learn about feelings and how to express them.

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result.

Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney

Family members try various ways to cheer up their grouchy bulldog.

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Story Time: Pandas!

Story Time: Pandas!

Story Time: Pandas!

Today we learned about pandas with Peter Panda! Check out our books, songs, and activities below.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Be sure to share factual books with your young children. Follow their interests, whether in a particular animal, in how things work, in trains, or in anything else that piques their curiosity. The information in nonfiction books introduces new vocabulary words, and we learn right along with our children. Supporting their curiosity goes a long way in encouraging a love of learning. Many children who are less interested in stories are very interested in particular topics- trains, dinosaurs, various animals, how things work, and so forth.

- Lambert

Activity

Check out a variety of junior non-fiction books on different topics. Place them in front of your child to see what he is interested in. Then read the book together, look at the pictures, and talk about the new things you learned.

Books Presented

The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood

A narrator’s story is disrupted by the main character (Panda) who refuses to play the part.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Illustrations and rhyming text present ten different endangered animals.

Giant Pandas by AnnMarie Anderson

A new reader about cuddly, adorable pandas: what do they eat? What are their habitats like? What does it mean when we say pandas are an endangered species?

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Giant Panda Cam at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Make your own panda heart craft!

Additional Books

Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park

Xander’s plan to host a panda party falls through, since he is the only panda at the zoo, but when he extends the invitation to all of the bears, complications ensue. Includes author’s note on the wonders of the animal kingdom and the international effort to save pandas from extinction.

How Many Baby Pandas? by Sandra Markle

Looks at the eight panda pairs that were born at China’s Wolong Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in 2005, examining how they live, grow, and play and the steps that are being taken to prepare them for their release into the wild.

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