Toddler Time and Book Babies – May 4 and 6, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – May 4 and 6, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – May 4 and 6, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies –May 4 and 6, 2020

Toddler Time for ages 10 to 23 months – 9:45 am Mondays (May 4)

Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (May 6)

In the month of May…

…we will hop on the animal train and sing a song to help the train keep “rolling, rolling, rolling.”

This week, we visited the jungle car and met a lot of animals from the jungle like monkeys, lizards, birds, and even a tiger!

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Young children are often fascinated by trains. Reciting rhymes, reading books about trains together, waving at trains as they pass, and looking at toy trains in magazines and store windows are all ways to extend this interest. 

-- Lambert

Activity

As you say the rhyme, The Little Train”, walk your fingers up one side of baby’s body, starting with toes and gently tap “toot” on the top of baby’s head and tickle him while coming down. Repeat using the other foot, and repeat again walking fingers up both sides of baby’s body ending with a giant tickle!

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!

Books Presented

That’s Not My Monkey!
by Fiona Watt

While looking for the right monkey, the reader explores a variety of textures soft, velvety, smooth, hairy, fuzzy and fluffy.

Find it in our Catalog

Kookaburra
by Steven Anderson

For more than 80 years, Austrialian kids have sang a song about a laughing bird called a kookaburra and now U.S. kids do too!

Find it in our Catalog

Hug
by Jez Alborough

Bobo the chimp seeks hugs among various jungle animals and their young, but he does not get what he wants until he is reunited with his own parent.

Find it in our Catalog

My Jungle Pop-up Book
by Gill Davies

Visit the animals of the jungle in this fun pop-up book!

 

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Ride the Train

(Sung to Row, Row Your Boat)
Ride, ride, ride the train
Up and down the track.
Clickety, clickety, clickety clack
When will you be back?

Ride, ride, ride the train
Slowly down the track.
Clickety, clickety, clickety clack
When will you be back?

Ride, ride, ride the train
Quickly down the track.
Clickety, clickety, clickety clack
When will you be back?

-Traditional

Bumpin’ up & Down

Bumpin’ up and down in the animal train
Bumpin’ up and down in the animal train
Bumpin’ up and down in the animal train.
Won’t you be my darlin’?

Swinging with the monkeys in the animal train…
Snapping with the crocs in the animal train…
Creeping with ants in the animal train…
Yawning with the sloths in the animal train..

-Traditional

The Train Wheels are Rolling

1. There’s an animal train coming down the track,
Hear those wheels go clickety clack.

Chorus: And the train wheels are rolling,
Rolling rolling rolling,
And the train wheels are rolling, rolling right along.

2. There’s a forest car where the animals ride,
There’s monkeys and snakes and a tiger inside.

3. In the jungle car where the animals ride,
There’s a toucan, caiman, and lizard inside.

4. Now the little red train’s going down the track,
Hear those wheels go clickety clack.

When Jungle Animals Get Up in the Morning!

(Sing to the tune of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”)

When snakes get up in the morning,
When snakes get up in the morning,
When snakes get up in the morning,
They always say, “Hiss-hiss!”
They always say, “Hiss-hiss!”
They always say, “Hiss-hiss!”
When snakes get up in the morning,
They always say, “Hiss-hiss!”

When monkeys get up in the morning….they always say, “Eee!Eee!”
When elephants get up in the morning….they always go: Stomp-stomp!
When lions get up in the morning….they always say, “ROOOAAAR!”
When sloths gets up in the morning….they don’t do much at all!
(Hee, hee!)

-http://tcpl-kids.blogspot.com/2016/04/toddler-storytime-jungle.html

Diaper Changing Songs

The Little Train

The little train went up the track,
It went “Toot-toot” and then it chugged back.
Another train went up the track,
It went “Toot-toot” and then it chugged back.
Two little trains went up the track,
The went “Toot-toot” and then they chugged back.

– Lambert

Rain on the Rooftop

Rain on your belly button*
Rain on your knees.
Rain on your curly head.
But NOT on me!

*Rain on your little ears…
Rain on your little nose…

Craft Activities

Give your toddler some tube pasta and help her thread them on a chenille stem or shoelace to form a snake. This activity is not only fun, but it helps toddlers to develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.

You can turn just about toy into a pull-along toy train. Simply attach a piece of yarn or a shoelace to your baby’s toy or the arm of his stuffed animal, and encourage your little one to give it a tug. Say, “Toot-toot” as you help him to pull it along. He’ll be delighted to see the effect of pulling his toy on a string! As he begins to crawl, put the string just out of his reach so that he has to move to grab it and reel-in his toy.

Signing Songs

(tune “The Farmer in Dell”)

“Milk”

(tune “The Farmer in Dell)
We ask for MILK like this,
we ask for MILK like this.
(squeeze fingers together to make a fist)
When we’re thirsty and want a drink,
we ask for MILK like this.

“Food”

(tune “The Farmer in Dell)
We ask for food like this,
we ask for food like this.
(Bring fingers together & up to mouth)
When we’re hungry and need a snack,
we ask for food like this.

Additional Books

Shongololo’s Shoes by Book Dash 

Hippo Wants to Dance by Book Dash 

Story Time – May 5, 2020

Story Time – May 5, 2020

Story Time – May 5, 2020

Story Time – May 5, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

In our storytime trip around the world, Cody has lost his umbrella!

That might come in handy if we have to go to the rainforest. Make sure you fill out your passport and come along with us.

Do you know what animals live in the rainforest? Does it really have four layers like a huge cake? Find out in the following books and activities.

Parent tip: when watching a read-aloud video with your children, try muting the volume and reading the story with your child.

​For the next three weeks in online storytime, we will visit four different biomes around the world. We have included a link to print off a passport so the children can keep a record of all the places we will visit.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Scientific studies of the brain suggest that a child’s natural approach to learning is through play. Songs about weather can be followed by games. Tell your child what you are doing as you pretend you are twirling an umbrella or stomping in rain puddles

~ Lambert

Activity

Open an umbrella before singing songs about the such as, “Rain, Rain Go Away,” or “It’s Raining, it’s Pouring.” Talk about what an umbrella is used for, and show your child how to twirl the umbrella while singing.

Books Presented

Look at Me! Look at Me!
by Rose Williamson

Cammy Chameleon has been blending in all her life to help her catch bugs, but lately it seems like no one is paying attention to her. One day, Cammy has an idea!

Find it in our Catalog

Orangutangled
by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Two orangutans jump to grab mangoes, and land in an orangu-tangle. It’s gummy and gooey, and grows gummier and gooier as other animals join the mess. How are they are all going to get cleaned up?

Find it in our Catalog

I Am a Tiger
by Karl Newson & Ross Collins

Mouse believes he is a tiger, and he convinces Fox, Raccoon, Snake, and Bird he’s one, too! But when a real tiger shows up, can Mouse keep up his act?

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme
by Marianne Berks

Count, clap, and sing among enchanting rainforest animals to the rhythm of the whimsical children’s favorite, “Over in the Meadow.”

Find it in our Catalog

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Two Little Butterflies

2 Little butterflies sitting on a hill.
One named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little butterflies sitting on a cloud.
One named Soft, the other named Loud.
Fly away Soft, fly away Loud.
Come back Soft, come back Loud.

Two Little butterflies sitting on a stick.
One name Slow, the other named Quick.
Fly away Slow, fly away Quick.
Come back Slow, come back Quick.

Two little butterflies flying in the sky.
One name Low, the other named High.
Fly away Low, fly away High.
Come back Low, come back High!

– Jbrary.com

Five Green 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,
Now there are four green speckled frogs!
Four… three… two… one…
Then there were NO more speckled frogs!

– Traditional

The Ants go Marching

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah.
The ants go marching 2 by 2, hurrah, hurrah.
The ants go marching 3 by 3,
The little one stops to climb a tree.

And they all go marching down,
To the ground, to get out, of the rain.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

…four… five……six…pick up sticks…
…seven……eight……nine…check the time…

…ten…say “The End!”

– https://kcls.org/content/ants-go-marching/

Craft Activities

Do a rainforest fine motor activity with clothespins and paint sticks

Turn a paper towel roll into a DIY Rainstick with this fun idea!

Toddler Time and Book Babies – May 4 and 6, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – April 27 and 29, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – April 27 and 29, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – April 27 and 29, 2020

Toddler Time for ages 10 to 23 months – 9:45 am Mondays (April 27)

Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (April 29)

The rain in Spring seems to awaken the world outside and the mind of a child.

This week during online Book Babies and Toddler Time, we read books about Spring and rain. We also played with scarves. If you don’t have see thru scarves, a handkerchief, or even light fabric cut into squares will increase their sensory awareness when you play with them.

Remember to sing, talk, read, write, and play with your child every day!

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Scarves are a great way to “play” with your toddler and baby. It enhances their development and builds positive sensory moror skills. “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development.”

https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182

Activity

  • Swaying scarves along with music can encourage self-regulation skills.
  • Playing peek-a-boo helps develop object permanence.
  • Tossing scarves back-and-forth develops fine motor skills.
  • Using scarves to hide objects helps develop focus and memory skills.
  • Dancing with scarves as they follow cues enhancing listening skills.
  • Try these activities from First Things First

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!

Books Presented

Bears and Blossoms
by Shirley Parenteau

When Big Brown Bear and the four little bears notice that the trees are shimmering in the wind with spring blooms, they know just how to spend the day: a picnic.

Five Little Ducks
by Raffi

This lovely counting song will invoke squeals of delight from babies and toddlers. They’ll love counting down as first five little ducks, then four, then three, then two, then one go out to play, not to return.

Kitten’s Spring
by Eugenie Fernandes

It’s a bright spring day in the farmyard and Kitten is meeting all sorts of animals and their young, including frogs and tadpoles, owls and owlets and many more.

Find it in our Catalog

The Ants Go Marching
by Priscilla Burris

Preschoolers will delight in this fun, repetitious rhyme with adorable ant characters. Watch as they march one by one, two by two, and all the way up to five by five toward a surprise ending!

Find it in our Catalog

 

Baby Loves Spring
by Karen Katz

It’s springtime and Baby is taking a walk. What does Baby see?
Who is tweeting in the tree?
Look! It’s baby robins!

Find it in our Catalog

Bouncing Rhymes

Dickery Dean

What is the matter with Dickery Dean? (Bounce on knee)
He Jumped right into the washing machine. (Lift up baby).
Chug, chug,chug,chug, chug, chug, chug, chug, (Bounce with turn)
Nothing’s the matter with Dickery Dean.
He jumped in dirty (Lift up baby) and he came out clean. (Hug baby)

-Jbrary.com

Rain is Falling

Rain is falling down, splash!
Rain is falling down, splash!
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter.
Rain is falling down, splash!
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!

-Jbrary.com

Scarf Songs and Rhymes

Jack in the Box

Jack in the box sits so still.
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!

-Traditional

The Rain

Pitter-patter raindrops,
falling from the sky.
here is my umbrella
To keep me safe and dry.
When the rain is over
And the sun begins to glow,
Little flowers start to bud
And grow & grow & grow.

-I’m a Little Teapot by Jane Cobb

Popcorn Kernels

(Tune: Frere Jacques)
Popcorn kernels (wave scarves overhead)
Popcorn kernels
In the pot (bunch scarves up in fists)
In the pot
Shake it, shake it, shake it (shake fists)
Shake it, shake it, shake it
Til they pop (throw scarves)
Til they pop

-Jbrary.com

Rain on the Rooftop

Rain on the green grass
Rain on the tree.
Rain on the rooftop.
But NOT on me!

Rain on the dog…
Rain on the cat…
Rain on the elephant…

~ Traditional

Craft Activities

Craft Activity

Thread scarves or cut up tights through a cardboard tube and let Baby pull it through from the other side. Show them how this is “in” & “out”. It also teaches the elementary procedure of cause and effect; if I pull this way, the end of the scarf will also move in the same direction.

Craft Activity

Cut pieces of fabric or an old shirt into squares and push them into an empty tissue box. Baby will love pulling them out and learning to put them back in. This also teaches the concept of “in” and “out” and encourages fine motor development.

Signing Songs

(tune “The Farmer in Dell”)

“Play”

We love to PLAY like this,
we love to PLAY like this.
When we’re happy and want some fun,
we love to play like this.

“Good Job”

We say GOOD JOB like this,
we say GOOD JOB like this.
When we’ve done something very well,
we say GOOD JOB like this.

Additional Books

Babybug Magazine
March 2015

Read this wonderful magazine aimed at the smallest members of the family.  This issue is all about Spring!

Click to Read This Issue

Catch a Ride on Raindrops by Storyweaver 

Little Blue Truck’s Springtime
by Alice Schertle

Celebrate the beauty of springtime with Little Blue Truck! Young fans will love finding all sorts of baby animals beneath the flaps in this delightful novelty board book.

Find it in our Catalog

Story Time – May 5, 2020

Story Time – April 28, 2020

Story Time – April 28, 2020

Story Time – April 28, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

Where in the world is Cody’s hat? Spin the globe to see where it’s at.

​For the next four weeks in online storytime, we will visit four different biomes around the world. We have included a link to print off a passport so the children can keep a record of all the places we will visit.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Children are born curious. From a very young age, they show interest in exploring the world around them. Tune into your child’s discoveries and use words to talk with them about the things they see, hear, and feel. 

https://talkingisteaching.org/

Activity

Go on a “Look and Find” walk either outside or in the house and collect a variety of objects. Then talk about how you can sort and categorize the items into groups perhaps by color, texture, or perhaps smell.

Books Presented

What’s the Matter, Habibi?
by Betsy Lewin

Habibi (Arabic for “my darling”) is a camel who usually seems to enjoy his work, giving rides to children. But one day Habibi lies down and absolutely will not get up. “What’s the matter?” asks Ahmed, Habibi’s owner.

Find it in our Catalog

Deserts
by Gail Gibbons

An introduction to the characteristics of deserts and the plants and animals that inhabit them.

Find it in our Catalog

Art and Max
by David Wiesner

Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Although Max is inexperienced, he’s courageous—and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion.

The Seed and the Giant Saguaro
by Jennifer Ward

A packrat, carrying fruit from the giant saguaro, is chased by various desert animals and inadvertently helps spread the cactus’s seed. Includes information on saguaros.

Find it in our Catalog

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

S-N-A-K-E

I had a snake
he was so green
as green as snakes can be!
S-N-A-K-E, S-N-A-K-E, S-N-A-K-E,
he is my favorite snake!

Gina Miller

Lizard and the Bugs

5 little bugs on the desert floor
Along came a lizard, and SLURP!!!
There are 4.

4 little bugs on an aloe tree
Along came a lizard, and SLURP!!!
There are 3.

3 little bugs without a clue…..
2 little bugs soaking up the sun….
1 little bug knew he was done…..
Now there are none.

(Use fist of one hand to represent the lizard — have pointer finger move in and out of fist quickly to be the lizard’s tongue. 5 fingers of the other hand are the bugs that “disappear” as the lizard’s fast tongue “gets” them.)

-https://www.preschooleducation.com/sreptile.shtml

Five Little Coyotes

1 little coyote howling at the moon, along came a friend and joined in his tune
(Repeat with 2, 3, 4, 5)

5 Wild Coyotes watch an owl soar, one ran after it and then there were 4.

4 Wild coyotes sniffing at a tree, one chased a mouse and then there were 3.

3 wild coyotes where the clover grew, one chased a mouse and then there were 2.

2 wild coyotes sitting in the sun, one went for a drink and then there was 1.

1 wild coyote howling at the moon, he went to sleep ’cause the sun would be up soon.

~ storytiming.com/2011/11/25/flannel-friday-5-little-coyotes/

Alice the Camel

Alice the camel has 5 humps,
Alice the camel has 5 humps,
Alice the camel has 5 humps.
So go, Alice, go!
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has 4 humps,
Alice the camel has 4 humps,
Alice the camel has 4 humps.
So go, Alice, go!
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has 3 humps,
Alice the camel has 3 humps,
Alice the camel has 3 humps.
So go, Alice, go!
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has 2 humps,
Alice the camel has 2 humps,
Alice the camel has 2 humps.
So go, Alice, go!
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has 1 hump,
Alice the camel has 1 hump,
Alice the camel has 1 hump.
So go, Alice, go!
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has NO humps,
Alice the camel has NO humps,
Alice the camel has NO humps.
‘Cause Alice is a HORSE,
Of course!

-Traditional

Craft Activities

Make a Saguaro Cactus out of play dough, and egg tray cup, and spaghetti noodles. Don’t have play dough? Try one of the three recipes listed on this page!

Try making jello playdough! It smells amazing and it is so smooth.

Let’s learn how to make this Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough. It’s very inexpensive to make, can be colored any way you want, and smells so much better than traditional play doughs.

Here’s a recipe for homemade playdough that doesn’t require cream of tartar or cooking on the stovetop AND includes everyone’s favorite instant drink powder: Kool-Aid!

Story Time – May 5, 2020

Story Time – April 21, 2020

Story Time – April 21, 2020

Story Time – April 21, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

Crocodiles, clocks, and the letter “C” were our inspiration for Online Storytime this week!

 When walking outside or around your home, take a moment to point out things that begin with the letter “C” such as cat, car, and carrots.

Books Presented

Counting Crocodiles
by Judy Sierra

In this rhymed retelling of a traditional Asian tale, a clever monkey uses her ability to count to outwit the hungry crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea.

Find it in our Catalog

What Time is it, Mr. Crocodile?
by Judy Sierra

Mr. Crocodile’s plans to catch and eat some pesky monkeys do not work out and he becomes friends with them instead.

Find it in our Catalog

Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite
by Nicola O’Byrne

A crocodile falls into a quiet storybook and wreaks havoc on the characters, in a tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to take a peek inside.

Find it in our Catalog

Bats Around the Clock
by Kathi 
Appelt

Click Dark hosts a special twelve-hour program of American Batstand where the bats rock and roll until the midnight hour ends.

Find it in our Catalog

Fingerplays and Movement Songs

Crocodile

I’m a crocodile, long and green.
With the pointiest teeth that you have ever seen.
When you see me swim by like a log,
Out of the water it’s time to jog.

Tune: I’m a Little Teapot

https://www.jocolibrary.org/kids/storytime-blog/alligators-and-crocodiles-preschool-storytime

Monkeys and the Crocodile

Five little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile: “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile
As quiet as can be and…SNAP! that monkey fell out of that tree!
Four, three, two, one.

-https://kcls.org/content/five-little-monkeys-sitting-in-a-tree/

Crocodile Crocodile

Crocodile Crocodile
(Make your arms into big jaws that open and close and do a clapping rhyme with your hands)
Long and green
Crocodile crocodile
Teeth so mean
Snapping at a cheetah (pretend to snap your jaws)
Snapping at a bee (pretend to snap)
Snapping at a hippo (pretend to snap)
but you can’t catch me! (jump back)

-https://read.poudrelibraries.org/readers/pdf/chompers.pdf

Tick-tock,Tick-tock

Tick-tock, tick-tock
goes the clock
Waiting for someone to
knock, knock, knock.
My, oh, my!
It’s a cat!* (hold sticks up like cat whiskers)

*Bunny (hold sticks up like bunny ears)
Duck (hold sticks up like duck bills)
Walrus (hold sticks up like walrus tusks)
Crocodile (hold sticks up like crocodile snout)

-Jbrary.com

Five Little Monkeys

Alligator in the Elevator

I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out

I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away!

I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away
And wiggle my waggles away!

-Raffi

Craft Activities

Spend the afternoon learning two crazy monkey songs and making crazy monkey (and a crocodile) puppets.  Put on your own show!

Help your child learn to tell time with these fun pretend watches made from a cardboard toilet paper tube.

Make a fun alligator out of paper plates and googlie eyes.

Learn to tell the time with this online game from ABCYA!

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

The use of small percussion instruments such as bells, rhythm sticks, shakers, and drums helps children with muscular development and coordination.

-Megan Dowd Lambert

Reading Picture Books With Children

Activity

Find, fill, and seal a plastic egg, clean vitamin bottle, or something similar for a homemade shaker. Sing and shake familiar songs together such as, “If You’re Happy and You Know it give a shake.” You can make other “percussion” instruments at home like the bottom of a bowl, or a couple of wooden spoons or chopsticks.

Additional Books

Crocodile Encounters! And More True Stories of Adventures with Animals
by Brady Barr

Follow along with National Geographic explorer Brady Barr as he crawls into a muddy hole just barely big enough for his shoulders, and comes face to face with thirteen crocodiles!

Find it the eBook at Overdrive

Toddler Time and Book Babies – May 4 and 6, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – April 13 and 15, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – April 13 and 15, 2020

Toddler Time and Book Babies – April 13 and 15, 2020

Toddler Time for ages 10 to 23 months – 9:45 am Mondays (April 13)

Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (April 15)

In April, we will read books and have activities about things that are lost and found, Spring, crocodiles, and clocks!

We will also learn a new song about the things children need every day for to help them become a happy lifelong learners! These things are: Sing, Talk, Read, Write, and Play.

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!

Knee Bounces

The Grandfather Clock

The grandfather clock goes:
“Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock,”
(Sway baby slowly from side to side)
The kitchen clock goes:
“Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock,”
(Sway a little faster)
And Mommy’s little watch goes:
“Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick!” (Give a tickle)
Stop!

~ https://storytimerhymes.wordpress.com/tag/clocks/

~ jbrary.com

Movement Activities

Sign Language

“Play”

“More”

“All Done”

Books Presented

Found
by Salina 
Soon

When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home!

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Peek in My Pocket
by Sarah Weeks

This third collaboration between bestselling creators David A. Carter and Sarah Weeks offers toddlers a hide-and-seek guessing game with exciting, ingenious pop-ups and fun touchable features.

Hide and Seek Baby
by Fiona Watt

Baby’s blanket goes everywhere with him in these interactive board books featuring a soft blanket to feel and lift.

Three Little Kittens
by Lorianne Siomades

In this abbreviated version, the trio loose their mittens, get scolded, discover the mislaid items, and are last seen happily munching on their pie.

Additional Book

Here is an additional online book from Storyberries.com:

Baby’s First Family Photo by Book Dash

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Knee bounces are great activity to add to your daily play routine with your toddler. They “are a great way for children to feel the beat with their entire body in addition to hearing the rhymes. A steady beat is reminiscent of their mother’s heartbeat, a sound that provided them comfort in the womb.

~ Jbrary.com

Activity

Knee bounce to this classic rhyme, “London Bridge is Falling Down”. Keep bouncing in time to the beat, then let them “fall down” your legs at the end of the verse. Keep the same bouncing rhythm for the second verse, then lift them high at end.

Story Time – May 5, 2020

Story Time – April 14, 2020

Story Time – April 14, 2020

Story Time – April 14, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

This week, we explored what happens when we get lost!

Oh, no! I’m lost! Or… maybe I’m found! Inspired by the lost boys in J.M. Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan and the letter “B”, this week’s online story time was about things that are lost and found. Talk with your child about what they need to do if they get lost and cannot find you. This article at www.kindercare.com has some excellent tips on what you can teach and practice with your child at home before they get lost.

We’ve also included links for instructions on making a lost boy hat, an I-spy game, a coloring page, and even a hidden pictures game! We also learned a new song about the things children need every day to help them become happy lifelong learners! These things are: Sing, Talk, Read, Write, and Play.

Craft Activities

Hats are a great way to add character and fun to a party, play, or dress-up game. Instead of buying hats from the store, however, consider making your own. It is a simple, fun project suitable for all ages. 

The concept is that the kids gather a bunch of stuff and glue it to a piece of paper. They can then play I Spy with their piece of art. This easy and inexpensive craft idea is great for kids age 3 and older.

Need a game for siblings to play? Check out this I-Spy tray. Endless possibilities! Hundreds of choices to spy!

Hidden pictures online games.  Brought to you by our friends at Highlights Kids Magazine!

Fingerplays and Movement Songs

Fingerplay

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Then I let it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right.

-https://childhood101.com/15-preschool-counting-songs-fingerplays-rhymes

S, T, R, W, P

Sing, talk, read, write, play!
Sing, talk, read write, play!
Sing, talk, read, write, play!
Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re gonna see a big one
I’m not scared!
Uh oh!
Tall grass!
Can’t go around it
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it.
We’ll have to go through it
Swish swish swish

We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re gonna see a big one
I’m not scared!
Uh oh,
A river.
Can’t go around it
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it.
We’ll have to go through it
Splash splash splash

We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re gonna see a big one
I’m not scared!
Uh oh!
Mud!
Can’t go around it
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it.
We’ll have to go through it
Squish squish squish

We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re gonna see a big one
I’m not scared!
Uh oh!
A cave!
Can’t go around it
Can’t go over it
Can’t go under it.
We’ll have to go through it
Step step step

What’s that?
One wet nose
Two furry ears
Two big eyes!
Uh-oh!
It’s a bear!
Quick!

Back through the cave
Step step step

Back through the mud!
Squish squish squish

Back through the river
Splash splash slash

Back through the grass
Swish swish swish

Run back home
Open the door
Run inside
Close the door
Whew!
Safe at last!

We went on a bear hunt
And we saw a big one.
And I wasn’t scared.

-Rock ‘n Learn

Little Bo Peep

Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

Books Presented

Ruby Finds a Worry
by Tom Percival

Meet Ruby–a happy, curious, imaginative girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry. It’s not such a big Worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger . . .

Oliver Finds His Way
by Phyllis Root

Oliver is so intent on following a blowing autumn leaf that he doesnt even notice that hes lost his way. All alone at the edge of the woods, he starts to cry. He cries and cries…

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Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
by Kimberly Dean

Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a party, and Pete cant wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing!

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Did You Take the B From My _ook?
by Beck Stanton

OK. Two things you need to know. Firstly, your favourite thing in the whole world is the letter B. And secondly, you’re about to sneeze and all the Bs are going to be blown out of the book.

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Additional Books

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

The foundation of early literacy for a child before they reach kindergarten is based on five parts that a child should experience every day.

Those five elements are

1) Sing
3) Talk
3) Read
4) Write
5) Play.

Activity

Find an activity that your child engages in every day, and convert it into one of the early literacy elements described above. For example, when they brush their hair, sing, “This is the way we brush our hair, brush our hair,…” Or, at lunch, talk with your child about where their food comes from, milk from cows or apples from a tree in Washington. You can also have them play shapes on their plate by finding and naming shapes of food.

Story Time – May 5, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

This week, we had fun with our family!

We listened to books, sang songs, learned a fingerplay about the members in our family, and saw how to make a My Hand Family Tree with things you might have at home! Below you will find not only the books presented, but links to other online books that you can share with each other. For the “read along” book videos, try muting the volume and reading the text with your child.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, now would be a good time to sit down with your child/ children and fill out the 2020 Census (we have included a link.) You might talk about how important the Census is for finding ancestors in your family tree. Have a happy family week!

Craft Activity

Use your child’s hand and arm to create the trunk of a Family Tree out of paper.  Cut more paper for the tree leaves.  Paper apples can be made for each member of the family.

Another Craft Activity

Use these fun templates to make a face for each family member.  Your child can then use play dough to fill in the features for each person.

Fingerplays and Movement Songs

A House for Me

This is a nest for Mr. Bluebird (cup hands together)
This is a hive for Mrs. Bee (make a fist)
This is a hole for bunny rabbit (make a circle with thumb and forefinger)
And this is a house for me (place fingertips together to form a roof peak over head).

-www.notimeforflashcards.com

With My Family

(Sung to the tune of The Muffin Man)

Tell me what you like to do
Like to do, like to do.
Tell me what you like to do
With your family.

(Sally*) likes to (clap her hands**)
Clap her hands, clap her hands.
Sally likes to clap her hands
With her family.

* insert child’s name

** insert chosen activity

–www.notimeforflashcards.com

These are Grandma’s Glasses

Recite first verse in a high pitched voice:
These are Grandma’s glasses (Make glasses over eyes with fingers)
This is Grandma’s hat (Place hands on top of head)
And this is the way she folds her hands (Clasp hands together)
And lays them in her lap (Place hands in lap).
Recite second verse in a deep voice:
These are Grandpa’s glasses (Make bigger glasses shapes over eyes with fingers)
This is Grandpa’s hat (Place hands over head to form a large hat)
And this is the way he folds his arms (Cross arms)
And takes a little nap (Place head on arms as if sleeping).

–www.notimeforflashcards.com

Books Presented

Baking Day at Grandma’s
by Anika Denise

Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can’t wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma’s!

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Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer

Bark, George,” says George’s mother, and George goes: “Meow,” which definitely isn’t right, because George is a dog. What’s going on with George?

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Splat and the New Baby
by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat can’t wait to be a big brother. So when his mom brings home a special little guest, Splat races from his room, only to find his mom holding . . . a crocodile?!

Hair Love
by Matthew A. Cherry

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. When mommy does Zuri’s hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to step in!

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Additional Books

Dog Breath
by Dav Pilkey

Hally, the Tosis family dog, has such bad breath that Mr. and Mrs. Tosis plan to give her away, until she proves to be an invaluable watchdog.

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No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
by Ysaye Maria Barnwell

A little girl discovers the beauty in herself–and the beauty of the world around her–not by looking in the mirror but by looking in her Nana’s eyes.

Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M. Joosse

In this universal story, a child tests the limits of independence and comfortingly learns that a parent’s love is unconditional and everlasting.

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Jazz Baby
by Lisa Wheeler

With a simple clap of hands, an itty-bitty beboppin’ baby gets his whole family singing and dancing.

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
by Patricia Polacco

There’s nothing worse than a rotten redheaded older brother who can do everything you can do better!

Dad and the Dinosaur
by Gennifer Choldenko

Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That’s why he needs a dinosaur.

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Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate
by Carol Diggory Shields

A grandfather and his grandson enjoy sharing knock-knock jokes, playing games, hot chocolate, watching movies, reading books, playing baseball and just spending time together.

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The 2020 Census

Make Sure You’re Counted!

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. 

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

During the first years of life, an important set of skills known as problem solving abilities are developed. Get into the habit of asking questions during your daily story time that develop higher-order thinking skills. Instead of just reading and your child passively listening, ask questions throughout, concentrating on solving problems.

-Tanja Mcilroy

www.empoweredparents.co/problem-solving-activities-preschoolers/

Activity

Help your child find a favorite book in your collection, or an e-book or “read along” video, and ask him questions similar to these:

  • Why do you think the bear did that?
  • Do you think his friend will be happy? Why?
  • What would you do if you were the monkey?
  • How do you think Peter can make things better with his friend?
  • If the crocodile had decided not to eat the rabbit, how could the story have ended?

Story Time – January 14 and 15, 2020

Story Time – January 14 and 15, 2020

Story Time – January 14 and 15, 2020

10:30 am in the Community Room – ages 2 to 5

In January, we learned about the letter “S.”

This Week, We Learned About Sneezes and Sniffles.

Tip:  Teach your child what they can expect if you have to visit a doctor’s office. These places are often scary, but the library has plenty of books about seeing a doctor.

Craft Activity

Band-aids and tissues can make lovely butterflies!

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
Ahhh choo!
“I feel sick!” one of them said.
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said,
“Cover that sneeze, wash those hands, and put that monkey in his own bed.”

Four, three, two, one…

One little monkey jumping on the bed.
Ahhh choo!
“I feel sick and tired,” he said.
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said,
“Cover that sneeze, wash those hands, and put that monkey in his own bed.”

All the little monkeys were lying in their beds,
Resting all day when each of them said,
“We feel better. Let’s have some fun!”

Then five little monkeys hopped out of bed.

All the Little Germs

All the little germs, dirty and mean,
Hiding on your hands, (point to where they’re hiding)
Where they cannot be seen.
Wash them, (rub hands together)
Scrub them, (rub knuckles together)
Rinse them away. (whisk hands across each other)
Then we’ll have clean hands, (hold hands out palm up)
Hip, hip, hooray! (jazz hands!)
-storytimekatie.com

The Elevator Song

tune “Do Your Ears Hang Low”
Oh, the city is great, and the city is grand!
There are lots of tall buildings on a little piece of land.
Oh we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we go out the door.
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down
(3 times)
Then we spin around!

Tops and Bottoms Handwashing song

(tune “Are you Sleeping”)
Tops and bottoms, tops and bottoms
In between, in between.
Scrub them all together, scrub them all together
Now they’re clean, squeaky clean!
-Jbrary.com

Books Presented

Pigs Make Me Sneeze!
by Mo Williams

In Pigs Make Me Sneeze!, Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever?

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Sneeze!
by Alexandra Sly

There’s something in the air–pollen, dust mites, mold spores, dust, goose down, cat hair, pepper, flu viruses, and bright light–that’s causing these nine kids to sneeze. 

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Germs Are Not for Sharing
by Elizabeth Verdick

Achoo! Cough! F-L-U-S-H! What to do? In childcare, in preschool, at home, and everywhere, toddlers need to learn that germs are not for sharing.

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Bear Feels Sick
by Karma Wilson

Autumn has come to the woods, and Bear doesn’t feel well. He sniffles and sneezes. He cannot sleep. He aches all over. Worst of all, he’s feeling too poorly to play with his friends.

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One Cow Coughs: A Counting Book for the Sick and Miserable
by Christine Loomis

All the animals in the barnyard are sick: two mules moan, three sheep shake, four hens hold their heads that ache . . . and ten turkeys weep at the welts on their knees. No need to worry, help is in store.

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Additional Books

Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs
by Bill Nye

Germs, germs, everywhere! Did you know that: – Some germs are good for you, or even delicious? Find out how more about germs and how to stay healthy, with eleven cool experiments.

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Do Not Lick This Book: It’s Full of Germs
by Idan Ben-Barak

Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you’d need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book.

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A Germ’s Journey
by Thom Rooke

Where did your cold germ come from? And ACHOO! Where is it going next? A germ’s journey is filled with snuffles, sniffles, and sneezes.

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Llama Llama Home with Mama
by Anna Dewdney

Ah-choo! Uh-oh, Llama Llama’s nose is feeling tickly, his throat is feeling scratchy, and his head is feeling stuffy. Back to bed, no school today for Llama Llama! Instead, he’s home with Mama.

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The “Get Well Soon” Book: Good Wishes for Bad Times
by Kes Gray & Mary McQuillan

Cynthia the centipede, Harold the hamster, Tiffany the turtle, and other animals suffer from various injuries or illnesses.

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Early Literacy Tip:

Sharing stories is a great snugly activity when children aren’t feeling well, make sure to have plenty of books at home.

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