“Opposites” little ones event

This month we focused on learning about opposites at our little ones event. We host our monthly little ones STEM event at the library on the second Tuesday of the month and the following Saturday.

We learned about fast and slow with these car ramps like this post from A Little Pinch of Perfect.

Of course, just playing with blocks is fun too.

We learned about wet with a bucket of water and some scoops and turkey basters.
 

We learned about dry with containers of sand and construction vehicles. I tried to keep the wet and dry areas separate so we wouldn’t have mud. It worked until the last 5 minutes of the event.

I brought out the light table for light and dark.

I also brought out flashlights and a colander like this post from The Activity Mom.

We played red light/ green light for stop and go.

I brought out the scales for heavy and light.

We used pincers to place pompoms into bottles to learn about empty and full, like this post from Mama OT.

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“Many Moons” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read Many Moons by Remi Courgeon.

We made foil moons like this post from Mommy’s Bundle.

We drew in shapes like this post from Pre-k Pages.

I love when moms get into it too.

We smashed “moon rocks” like this post from Pre-k Pages.

Some preferred squishing and squeezing to smashing.

 

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“Go to Sleep, Little Creep!” yoga bedtime 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: “The Bats are all Asleep” by Wee Sing
black cat – cat pose
ghost – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
witch – warrior II/virabhadrasana II
skeleton – goddess pose
goblin – malasana/garland pose

Halloween sun salutations
Hello, bats. Flap, flap, flap
Hello, worms. Squirm, squirm, squirm.
Place your hands on the floor. 1,2
And step back. 3,4
Lower your belly to the leaves on the floor.
Aoooo. howl at the moon so pale
Lift up to shake your werewolf tail
Bend your knees. Jump your feet up please.
Take a deep breath in
And feel the magic deep within.
Source: KidPowerment Yoga

Book –Go to Sleep, Little Creep! by David Quinn
mummy – lie back, arms crossed, and try to sit up with no hands
bat – downward dog/adhomukha svanasana 
Godzilla – chair/utkatasana with T-rex arms
Frankenstein’s monster family – stiff walking, legs out straight
Goblin – malasana/garland pose
Bigfoot – staff pose/dandasana and scrub your toes
swamp creature – salabhasana and swim
zombie in barn – reverse table like a haystack
Skip pages
Wolves – upward facing dog and howl

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. 

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)

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

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.

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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“I Want My Hat Back” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen.

I used Literary Hoots for two of our activities today.

First we made hats like this post from Playing by the Book.
 

We ate a rabbit like this post from Betty Crocker. I used rice cakes instead of pancakes so I didn’t have to cook.

Since the bear helped the turtle onto a rock in the story, we also made rock turtles like this post from Kitchen Floor Crafts.

 

 

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“Sam Sorts” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn.

We sorted colors with office supply stickers like this post from Busy Toddler.

Even the younger siblings liked this one.

 

We sorted mini sea life erasers from Oriental Trading.

We graphed with gummy bears like this post from Pre Kinders.

 

And by far the most difficult of the stations, we sorted letters into upper and lower cases.

 

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“Sticky!” little ones event

This month we focused on a sticky theme at our little ones event. The idea was to play with tape, velcro, slime, and things that are sticky. We host this event at the library on the second Tuesday of the month and the following Saturday.

We built with velcro blocks and craft sticks like this post from One Creative Mommy.

We made a contact paper collage.

We threw the velcro balls towards a target.

We made sticker roller paintings like this post from No Time for Flashcards.

This mom got creative and used the foam stickers as stamps on her hand.

But by far the favorite station was the slime station. I usually use the metamucil/kool aid slime recipe in case the littles eat it, but today I used this recipe from Tater Tots and Jello.

One boy decided it would be fun to dump all the slime into his lap. (Sorry, mom.) Trick to getting slime out of clothes? Use an ice cube to harden the slime.

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“Motor Goose” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby.

We did a Humpty Dumpty egg balancing challenge, with spoons and egg shakers.

Uh oh! Traffic jam! Love mom’s face.

A fabulous coworker made me a clock out of cardboard and mice from our 3D printer. We sang Hickory Dickory Dock while racing the mice.

We painted with monster trucks like this post from Play to Learn Preschool.

And by far the crowd pleaser, we played with construction vehicles in the sand box.

 

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“Spanish” preschool storytime

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Opening Song: “¡Bienvenidos!” – Dr. Jean
Hola amigo. Como está usted?
Estoy muy feliz de verlo a usted.
Salude a su vecino. Boogie para abajo.
Dése un tope y de la vuelta.

Hello, friend! How are you?
I’m very happy to see you.
Greet your neighbor. Boogie on down.
Give a bump [clap]. And turn around
.

Book – Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo, qué Ves Ahí? by Bill Martin Jr.

Felt Board – Cinco Ratoncitos
Cinco ratoncitos de colita gris
Muevan las orejas
Muevan la nariz
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco
Corren al rincon
Porqe viene el gato a comer raton

Song- Mr. Eric’s “Mi Cuerpo

La Pequeña Araña
La pequeña araña
subió, subió, subió
vino la lluvia
y se la llevó.
Salió el sol
y todo lo secó
y la pequeña araña
subió, subió, subió.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
Went up the waterspout.
Down came the rain and
Washed the spider out.
Our came the sun and
Dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider
Went up the spout again.

Book – How do You Say? ¿Como se Dice? by Angela Dominguez

I Have a Little House
I have a little house like this
The smoke goes out the chimney like this
And when I want to go in, I knock like this
I wipe my feet like this

Yo Tengo una Casita
Yo tengo una casita que es así, así
Que por la chimenea sale el humo así, así
Y cuando quiero entrar yo golpeo así así
Me limpio los zapatos, así así y así.

 Song: “Hay Que Decirle Adios a Mis Amigos” – Dr. Jean

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say adios as high as we can
Adios! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say adios as low as we can
Adios! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say adios as fast as we can
Adios! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say adios as slow as we can
Adios! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say adios as quiet as we can
Adios! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say adios as loud as we can
Adios! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Preschool is the perfect age to learn a new language. Very young brains easily pick up new words and sounds. Early childhood offers a small window of opportunity where the brain learns language easier than any other time in life. Even better, studies show that there are many cognitive benefits for children who are educated in a second language. Many bilingual children demonstrate increased analytical, social, and academic skills in math, science and creativity.

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“There is a Tribe of Kids” 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 – Halloween version from KidPowerment Yoga
Hello, bats. Flap, flap, flap
Hello, worms. Squirm, squirm, squirm.
Place your hands on the floor. 1,2
And step back. 3,4
Lower your belly to the leaves on the floor.
Aoooo. howl at the moon so pale
Lift up to shake your werewolf tail
Bend your knees. Jump your feet up please.
Take a deep breath in
And feel the magic deep within.
Check out our video!

Song: “Tick Tock Yoga Clock” – Karma Kids Yoga

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 – There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
There was a tribe of kids – extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
colony of penguins – waddle like a penguin
pod of whales – locust/shalabasana
ravens- crow/bakasana
growth of plants- tree/vrksasana
don’t fear the night – 5 pointed star
lightning – jump from crouching into
turn of turtles – turtle pose
caterpillar – cat/cow
butterfly  – baddha konasana/bound angle
Tribe of kids – extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
All other pages I paper-clipped together and skipped. 


Song: “Mundian To Bach Ke (Instrumental)” – Punjabi MC
We did this as a freeze dance with scarves. I would pause the music and yell out a yoga pose for us to do.

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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“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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