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Story Time ~ ART

 

My computer is on it’s way out, but it appears to be working now so I’ll try to get a post in!

Here are my story time plans….which my dog just stole off the table and my husband had to bribe her with a treat to get it back. The paper is a bit soggy and has teethmarks. In case you wanted to know.

Ahem….

Story Time – Art (ages 3-5)

  • Introduction (if there’s anyone new I’ll introduce myself and say a little bit about what we’re going to do. I usually ask how everyone is doing, if they did anything fun over the weekend. If there’s a birthday, we’ll sing 🙂
  • Announcements (I’ll let parents know about upcoming programs or remind them that there’s no story time the next week, etc.)
  • Opening Song: “My Hands Say Hello” (to the tune of “the farmer in the dell”)

My hands say hello, my hands say hello / Every time I see my friends, my hands say hello  (Ask kids to  name body parts and sing the lines again – as many times as your sanity allows.)

  • Books (part 1)

Patrick Paints a Picture by Saviour Pirotta                                                                                                                                            Art by Patrick McDonnell

                

Art is a really cute book about a boy named Art who does….you guessed it! Art. The kids really liked this one. Highly recommend it!! Love all of Patrick McDonnell’s books!

  • Song/Dance Break (I find that I can sometimes get 3 books out of them if we stop for a song/dance break. I usually use “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi. I have no idea what tune this is supposed to go to, so I sort of made one up. It’s great for an especially rowdy group.)
  • Books (part 2)

~If I think they’ll make it through one more book, then I go for it. The third book I read was The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. This is a great book because it shows the kids that art can be anything you want it to be.

  • Game/Activity (we played The Color Game – which is a song by Jim Gill. I have bags with construction paper circles of each color he mentions in the song and we go through and talk about what colors things are so they are ready for the song (it goes a bit fast.) We had Jim Gill at our library a few years ago and he was AWESOME!
  • Walking, Walking – I usually end with this game/activity/song. They LOVE it. Have them line up in a circle behind you and start walking in a big circle, saying the words and doing the actions.

Walking, Walking (to the tune of “Frere Jacques“)

Walking, walking
Walking, walking
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop, hop, hop!
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Now we stop
Now we stop.
 
  • Craft (using Bingo Daubers the kids made their own “modern art” pictures. Fun & easy, especially as this particular story time doesn’t leave as much time for a long craft.
  • Snack (Yeah, I usually have a snack. I started it and now I can’t go back. I chose rainbow goldfish for this one, but I also try to get something healthy and allergy-free to go with it. Pre-cut apple slices in a bag (I’ve only been able to find these in larger bags at Walmart or Target) work well and the kids really like them. So do the parents!

Fin. 🙂

 

 

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Party!

Last Saturday we held a birthday party for Dr. Seuss, who would have been 108 this year. When I went shopping the Friday before, there were about 20 people signed up for the party. Luckily I always get more than I think I’ll need, because Saturday morning a TON more people signed up! In fact, we actually had 71 people, but only about 50 came, to my relief.

The party ended up being exactly an hour, which is what I had planned for, amazingly enough. Some kids came in costume, which was really cute. I wore my striped hat 🙂

I had a bunch of books to read and I wanted to gauge the crowd before choosing. I ended up reading The Cat in the Hat, which many of the kids knew already and so they enjoyed listening to it. Even the younger kids stayed pretty still through the whole book. I didn’t attempt another one and we went right into our craft, Thing 1 & Thing 2 paper bag puppets. Finding a good craft proved more difficult than I thought, even with lots of searching and scouring Pinterest. I finally found something relatively easy from a great blog called The obSEUSSed Home Librarian. The kids and parents liked making them. Most only made one, but some ambitious parents made both.

When they finished their craft, we sang happy birthday to Dr. Seuss and cut the cake. I had several other snacks that related to the books, also found on Pinterest! (See below for links I found to party & food ideas.) I had just enough for everyone. I also had some raffle prizes to give away, mostly books. Parents out their kids name into a bucket as they came into the party. Everyone who came to the party took home a Dr. Seuss themed bookmark, pencil and some stickers. They signed a big birthday card we made, which is currently hanging up in the Children’s Room. All in all, a pretty good event!

 



http://partypug.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-02-28T12%3A17%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=7

http://fancyfrugallife.blogspot.com/2011/07/dr-suess-all-about-me-cat-hat-snacks.html

http://miskamiller.blogspot.com/2011/05/kindergarten-graduation.html

http://pizzazzerie.com/parties/dr-seuss-baby-shower/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pizzazzerie+%28Pizzazzerie%29

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>Hello, Cupcake!

>One thing I have learned is that food – ahem, free food, brings the masses. Especially the teens and tweens. What is a tween? I loosely define a tween as a young person, roughly between the ages of 9-13. Sometimes even 8-13. We currently have an LSTA federal grant entitled Serving Teens & Tweens. We started with $20,000 in October of 2009 and it’s been going pretty well so far. I just finished the second Interrim Report (thank the Goddess) and while it’s been nice to actually have money for programs, it’s a TON of work to keep up with. But, I believe I started to talk about food. (Which, btw, you cannot use LSTA funds to purchase!)

Yesterday, we had a tween program involving decorating cupcakes for Easter and it was so cool. My Teen Program Coordinator planned the event and the tweens (OK, getting a bit sick of that word) had a blast. If you have some petty cash or can borrow from the Friends of the Library, it’s a great program. I’m planning on making these for my (new) in-laws on Easter Sunday…..yes, I want my mother-in-law’s approval.

Some of the kids followed the examples exactly, while others came up with their own creations (which always happens.)

A cute variation on the coconut bunny.
 
This should be at the Mad Hatter’s tea party!

Followed directions exactly!
 We found the bunny & egg ideas online, and the flower cupcake came from one of the cupcake books I recently received as a bridal shower gift. (it’s a board book too! How adorable!) The other book is incredible, but I don’t know that I would attempt any of the ideas with 9 year olds! The best one in this book is the Chinese take-out cupcakes. It’s by the creators of Hello, Cupcake – hence the title of this post. Happy cupcaking!

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