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“No Bake Food Fiesta” little ones event

April is One Book 4 Colorado month, in which every 4-year-old in the state of Colorado receives a free picture book! This year’s giveaway title is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, and to celebrate, we made a mess of our own! We  held this event twice: once at the library and once at an outreach event in Severance.

I laid a spread of food out for the kids to choose from and encouraged them to combine foods. I gave them plastic cutlery so they could practice their fine motor skills. Whip cream and cookie sandwiches were, by far, the favorite meal both days.

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“Drive-ins, Diners, and Drives” preschool storytime

diners preschool

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

Book – Noisy Breakfast by Ellen Blonder

Toast in the Toaster
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot
Tick tock, tick tock, up I pop!
Source: Jbrary

Coffee
This song sounds like a train slowly starting to move and then chug-chug-chugging along!
Use your arms as train wheels that slowly rotate into action.
Coffee, coffee, coffee (say the words and move your arms very slowly)
Fish and chip, fish and chips, fish and chips (a little faster)
Cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers (even faster)
Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes (faster still!)
Soup! Soup! Soup!  (Mimic a train whistle)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Too Pickley by Jean Reidy

Song – They Might be Giants “Clap Your Hands 

If You like your Eggs Scrambled
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
Yes, they’re yummy and they’re yellow
So you’ll be a happy fellow
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
If you like your eggs fried, jump up high…
If you want bacon with your eggs, wiggle your legs…

If you want toast instead, nod your head (Mmmm-hmmm).
Yes, it’s yummy and it’s great
So you’ll be glad that you ate
If you want toast instead, nod your head.
Source: King County Library System

Jello in the Bowl
Jello in the bowl, Jello in the bowl,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
Jello in the bowl.
Cookies in the tin, cookies in the tin,
Shake ‘em up, shake ‘em up,
cookies in the tin
Candles on the cake, candles on the cake,
Blow ‘em out, blow ‘em out,
Candles on the cake.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Soup Opera by Jim Gill (with audio – I teach the kids to sing, “I can’t eat the soup!” before we start so we can sing along. 

Flip Flap Jack (to the tune of Aiken Drum)
There was a man made of food, made of food, made of food
There was a man made of food
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.
His head was made of a pancake, a pancake, a pancake
His head was made of a pancake,
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.
His eyes were made of blueberries, blueberries, blueberries
His eyes were made of blueberries
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.
Repeat the phrasing with ears/oranges, nose/strawberry, mouth/sausage, hair/whipped cream, body/waffle, arms/bananas, legs/bacon, feet/French toast, bellybutton/raspberry
Source: Adapted traditional

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

Early literacy tip: Magnetic letters are available at toy stores. Put them on the refrigerator or let your child use them on a cookie sheet at home or while travelling. Children learn by using their senses, including their sense of touch.

 

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“Food” toddler storytime

toddler food

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 – Too Pickley

Here is an Apple
Here is an apple (make a circle with thumb and pointer
And here is an apple (make circle with other thumb and pointer)
And a great big apple I see (make circle with arms)
Now let’s count the apples we’ve made,
1–2–3 (repeat above actions)
Source: King County Library System

Criss cross applesauce
Criss cross applesauce,
Spiders running up your back.
Cool breeze,tight squeeze,
Now you’ve got the shivers.
Source: King County Library System

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

Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel(wiggle fingers)
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

Book – Noisy Breakfast by Ellen Blonder

Toast in the Toaster
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot
Tick tock, tick tock, up I pop
Source: King County Library System

I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little teapot short and stout
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.
“Tip me over and pour me out!”
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: Take a familiar song and change the words. Insert your child’s name or favorite toy as it fits. For example, a Mother Goose nursery rhyme such as “London Bridge is Falling Down” could be “Terry’s Teddy is falling down.” The tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is great for revising as you do your daily activities. “This is the way we brush our teeth” or “this is the way we pick up toys” can change a dull routine into a fun game.

 

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