“Lil Cowpokes” event

This month we focused on a western theme at our little ones event. We host this event at the library on the second Tuesday of the month and the following Saturday. We also hosted it on that Thursday at an outreach event.

We made pool noodle ponies like this post from Mrs. King Rocks.

We panned for gold like this post from Restless Risa.

We ate trail mix around the campfire.

We made hand print horses like this post from A Slice of Smith Life.

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“Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues” bedtime yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Song: “Tap my Drum (Yoga)” – Kira Willey

The Moon Shines
The moon (bring arms over head) is shining all around.
It shines on land (standing side bend) and sea (standing side bend other side).
It shines on cars (dandasana/staff pose, pretend to drive car).
It shines on boats (navasana/ boat pose.) 
It shines on you and me. (hands at heart)

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Book –Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kimberly and James Dean
surfing – warrior II/virabhadrasana II, both sides
sun went down – standing forward fold/uttanasana 
motorcycle – chair/utkatasana
Goodnight, Gus – lie down on mat to go to sleep (Repeat this for all the good night pages)
clap – hop like a frog,malasana
rat-a-tat-tat – virasana, play drums on knees
alligator eating pizza – wide legged forward fold/prasarita padottonasana, pretend to make a pizza and eat it
read a bedtime story – Open the Book – Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Song: “Fly like a Butterfly” – Shakta Khalsa

Animals Yawning
butterfly – baddha konasana
owl –  seated twists, saying “hoo” like an owl on each side
cat/cow 
puppy – anahatasana

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Loose Parts” little ones event

This month we played with “loose parts.” I put a lot of craft supplies out for the kids to build whatever they chose. I also put out blocks and Makedo tools, but I told the kids that these creations had to stay in the library.

This family LOVED the Makedo tools and stayed there for the entire event.

Here is a video explaining the boy’s creation.

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“Anywhere Farm” Story Explorers preschool book club

We talked about farms. I asked them what was on a farm. They mentioned animals and plants. I asked them if a farm could be in the city. They said no, and I told them this book shows otherwise.

Read Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root.

We counted with corn like this post from Modern Preschool.

 

We stamped with vegetables like this post from Craftulate.

While I was chopping vegetables, I found this carrot that looks like a finger. Weird.

We planted rows of crops like this post.

We explored herbs like this post from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Herbs are very yummy, says this girl.

Getting rosemary tickles.

I love that this boy at first said that the herbs smelled “gross,” but then he made a “salad” and stayed at this station the longest.

I gave them carrot tops to take home and regrow like this experiment from Laughing Kids Learn.

This boy also liked his carrot top so much, he took one home for every member of his family, and he decorated his cup with the vegetable stamps.

 

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“Hush” bedtime yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Song: “This Little Light of Mine” – Kidding Around Yoga

The Moon Shines
The moon (bring arms over head) is shining all around.
It shines on land (standing side bend) and sea (standing side bend other side).
It shines on cars (dandasana/staff pose, pretend to drive car).
It shines on boats (navasana/ boat pose.) 
It shines on you and me. (hands at heart)

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book –Hush: a Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
mosquito – dancer/natarajasana
cat – cat/marjaryasana
lizard – lizard/gecko
mouse – balasana/child’s pose
frog – hop like a frog
pig – rock n roll pose
duck – malasana
monkey – act like a monkey, calm back down with gorilla pose
buffalo – cow/bitilasana
elephant – standing forward fold/uttanasana
baby – happy baby/ananda balasana


Animals Yawning
butterfly – baddha konasana
owl –  seated twists, saying “hoo” like an owl on each side
cat/cow 
puppy – anahatasana

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“There’s a Bug on my Book” Story Explorers preschool book club

We talked about our favorite bugs and why we liked them.

Read There’s a Bug on my Book by John Himmelman.

We made walking stick bugs like this post from Danielle’s Place.

We made fingerprint spiders like this post.

We transferred pollen like this post from From ABCs to ACTs. If anyone else is as spatially challenged as me, here is how to fold a strip of paper into sixths to make your honeycomb.
 

I got live ladybugs from a local nursery, and we went outside to play with ladybugs.

This little girl had a ladybug in her hair. She later popped one in her mouth and then screamed when it wiggled. Her parents thought it was hilarious.

The kids took some ladybugs home in a cup, and I let the rest go.

 

 

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“All of Us” yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Sun Salutations
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I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. Yoga. 

Song: “The Shimmy” – Kira Willey

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – All of Us by Carin Berger
heart is heavy – standing forward fold/uttanasana
step unsure – eka pada tadasana/standing on one foot
winds are wild – bear twists (standing twists from side to side swinging arms wide)
path unclear- tree/vrksasana
don’t fear the night – 5 pointed star
lightning – jump from crouching into extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
steady as stone – child’s pose/ balasana
we are stronger together – forest of trees/group tree pose
love wins – anjali mudra/namaste hands


Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” – Kidding Around Yoga

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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“They all Saw a Cat” Story Explorers preschool book club

We talked about how the cat in this book is going to look different to all the creatures who see it. I asked the kids to think about why.

Read They all Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel.

We made cat masks like this post from Itsy Bitsy Fun.

The kids loved the cat masks so much, some of them chose to wear them while working on the other activities as well. One little boy kept hiding in a chair like “his cat does at home.”

We made stick cats like this post from Sorting Sprinkles.

We made a C is for Cat picture like this post.

 

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“It Starts with a Seed” Story Explorers preschool book club

We started off this session with a lesson in seeds and growing.

Read It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles.

Song: Sun in the Sky
Tune: Skip to my Lou
Sun in the sky; shine, shine, shine.
Sun in the sky; shine, shine, shine.
Sun in the sky; shine, shine, shine.
Help me with my garden.
Additional verses:
Rain from the clouds, drip, drip, drip.
Seeds in the dirt, grow, grow, grow.
Source: Preschool Express

We wrote our names in seeds like this post from Life Over C’s.

Sometimes it’s just fun to play in seeds too.

We sorted seeds like this post from No Time for Flashcards.

We painted trees with brushes like this post from Crafty Morning.

We planted radish seeds to take home like this post from Craftulate.

One little girl liked the book so much she made her mom read it again.

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“Let’s Go Camping!” little ones event

In June and July, I have storytimes and/or events literally every day for our Summer Adventure Program. Mostly I hire performers so that I don’t go insane, but we still run many of our own events. This week we went camping.

We made paper bag backpacks like this post from Storytime Moxie.

 

We painted with marshmallows like this post from Tippytoe Crafts.

One girl got creative and painted her backpack with the marshmallows.

 

We wrapped yarn around pine cones, which is one of my favorite activities.

This girl left a long string at the end of her pine cone so she could dance with it like a ribbon.

We matched paw prints to their animals. This was an activity a previous librarian had made before I started working here.

We made a campfire snack like this post from Happy Clippings.

A coworker loaned us her old tent so I set that up for some big body, imaginative play.

Look at that bunch of happy campers!

 

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