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“Teddy Bear Picnic” little ones event

Summer has been INSANE here so far, and our little ones events have been the most attended.

Sixty people vistied with Pocahontas and a Galatic Warrior from Wands and Wishes for stories and adventure.

We had 135 people in attendance for our Funny Bunny Magic Show with Connie Elstun. (If anyone doubts that we need a larger library with more programming space, that number alone is your proof.)

And our Teddy Bear picnic had 95 people at the library and 35  at our repeat outreach event!

We started the picnic with an active reading of Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen like this post from Weekend Notes. I used green crepe paper for the grass, I placed a blue blanket in our kiddie pool for the river, and I used a brown tarp for the mud. (I skipped the rest of the verses.)

We made teddy bear snacks like this. We didn’t toast the bread, and I used sunflower butter instead of peanut butter to be safe.

We used plastic forks to paint teddy bears like this post from Crafty Morning.

We graphed and sorted and enhanced our early math skills with gummy bears like this post from Pre-Kinders. I only used the graph and the color sorting printables for the sake of time.

We practiced threading and fine motor skills by making edible honeycomb necklaces and bracelets like this post from You are the Roots because, of course, bears love honey!

Both the kids and the teddy bears had a lovely time today!

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“Numbers” toddler storytime

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Pat-a-cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and prick it, and mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for Baby and me!
Source: Traditional

Little Pink Pigs
Tune is Ten Little Indians
One little, two little, three little pink pigs (counting up on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little pink pigs
Seven little, eight little, nine little pink pigs
Ten little piggies in the mud!
All are fat (hold arms out in front) with turned up noses (push nose up with finger)
They don’t smell a bit like roses! (hold nose with one hand, wave other hand in front of face)
Curly tails that look like hoses (draw curls in air)
Rolling in the mud! (roll hands)
Count down!
Ten little, nine little, eight little pink pigs
Seven little, six little, five little pink pigs
Four little, three little, two little pink pigs
One little piggy in the mud!
Source: King County Library System 

 

Song” Jim Gill’s “Jumping and Counting

Book – Numbers and Counting by Ruth Owen

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (pat foot)
Three, four, shut the door (clap)
Five, six, pick up sticks
(show fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (pat floor)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen!
(make wings and cluck)
Source: Traditional

Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
My little one shall have a tickle!
One for his/her nose (tickle nose)
And one for his/her toes (tickle toes)
And one for his/her tummy where the hotdog goes! (tickle tummy)
Source: Library Meow

Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his breeches on,
One stocking off, and one stocking on;
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.
Source: Traditional

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early Literacy Tip: Let your baby know that you hear her babbles, coos, and gurgles. Repeat the sounds she makes. Smile back. When you respond to her sounds, she learns that what she “says” means something and is important to you. Sometimes, you can supply the language for her. When your baby stretches her arm toward her bottle and says “ga-ga-ga,” say, “Oh, you’re ready for some milk? Here’s your milk. Isn’t it good?”
Source: Partnerships for Reading

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“Bunny Cakes” preschool book club

bunny cakes

We began by talking about going grocery shopping and buying the ingredients to make a recipe.

Read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.

We then made a grocery list and went “shopping” for what we needed to make a bunny rice cake.

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