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Flannelboard: Gingerbread Men

March 30, 2016

Milk & Cookies Flannelboard__4 Traditional Gingerbread Cookies

I found the gingerbread men template online and used it for tracing purposes. I used colored felt to decorate the cookies, but wish I’d have made the effort to head to the craft store for ric-rac instead. This flannelboard set was created as part of my 2016 Milk & Cookies Storytime Crate but I did not sure it during my thematic storytime session.

Flannelboard: Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread cookies what a treat!
Now it’s time for me to eat.
First I’ll eat the one that’s red.
I’ll strat by nibbling on his head.
Next I’ll eat the one that’s blue.
I’ll start by biting off his shoe.
Third, I’ll eat the one that’s yellow.
Ummm, he’s such a tasty fellow.
Last, I’ll eat the one that’s green.
Do you think that’s awfully mean?

If you feel like making five flannelboard pieces you can try the following rhyme:

Flannelboard Rhyme: Five Gingerbread Men (or People)
Five little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can …
I run really fast, I’m a gingerbread man!”
Four little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can …
I run really fast, I’m a gingerbread man!”
Three little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can …
I run really fast, I’m a gingerbread man!”
Two little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can …
I run really fast, I’m a gingerbread man!”
One little gingerbread man lying on a tray,
He jumped up and ran away.
Shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can …
I run really fast, I’m a gingerbread man!”
No more gingerbread men lying on a tray,
They all jumped up and ran away.
Oh, how I wish they had stayed with me to play.
Next time I’ll eat them before they run away.

 

Flannelboard: Five Ginger Shaped Cookies

March 30, 2016

Milk & Cookies Flannelboard__Five Gingerbread Cookies

Another super simple flannelboard set I made using templates I found online.This flannelboard was part of my 2016 Milk & Cookies Storytime Crate, and the associated rhyme is as follows:

Flannelboard Rhyme:  Five Ginger Cookies
Five ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and flew away. (Take away the butterfly)
Four ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and hopped away. (Take away the frog)
Three ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and swam away. (Take away the fish)
Two ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and hopped away (Take away the rabbit)
One ginger cookies lying on a tray
He jumped up and flew away (Take away the bird)
No ginger cookies lying on a tray
I should have eaten them right away.

Flannelboard: Five Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 30, 2016

Milk & Cookies Flannelboard__Five Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the super simple Five Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dough Flannelboard set I made using our circular Ellison die-cut. This flannelboard was part of my 2016 Milk & Cookies Storytime Crate.

Storytime Crate: Milk & Cookies

March 30, 2016

STORYTIME CRATES

My library system seeks to be as efficient as possible and to avoid duplication of workload. Some tasks are centralized (i.e. collection development). Other tasks and responsibilities are split between a team of librarians. This is the case with storytime planning. Nine of us are responsible for planning and presenting storytime sessions. We split the year up into four seasons, and every season each one of us is responsible for planning 1-2 storytimes crates (or 4-8 per year).

Crate guidelines dictate we include 12-14 of the best picture books related to the theme, a minimum of 2 board books and 2 bilingual or Spanish books, ephemera (flannelboards, puppets, musical cds, etc), a sample storytime handout, an comprehensive list of extension activities, coloring sheets, and sample crafts. I tend to go a bit overboard. OCD and the artist within dictates I include a minimum of 3 coloring sheets, and 2-3 craft ideas. The idea is to include more than can be used during any one storytime session, but enough to provide each other is a variety of thematic options.

These thematic storytime crates then circulate to a different district location  based on a predetermined weekly rotation cycle. Instead of planning each weekly storytime session from scratch (I LOVE planning storytime sessions, but its an incredibly time consuming process!) I simply explore my colleague’s crates and tweak a few things here and there to fit my needs. Sometimes that means I’ll use a different picture book, or add my own puppets or flannelboards to the mix, or research a different extension activity. I’ve planned a handful of crates up until this point, but this is the first I’m featuring via the blog.

I’ve included photos of the Milk & Cookie themed flannelboards I created for the crate.For added thematic flair, I borrowed a child sized baker costume from my library’s early learning space and dressed up a stuffed dog in order to flesh out my crate. I even threw in my rolling pin. I LOVE ephemera!

Baker Dog, Five Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dough and Rolling Pin

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Five Animal Shaped Ginger Cookies Flannelboard

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Cookie Shop Flannelboard

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Four Gingerbread Cookies Flannelboard

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk Flannelboard

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DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL: Print Motivation

FIVE DAILY ACTIVITIES: Talk. Sing. Read. Write. Play.

BOOKS TO DISPLAY

The Best Mouse Cookie by Laura Numeroff (Board Book)
May I Have a Cookie Please? by Jennifer E. Morris (Board Book)
Si le da una Galletita a un Raton by Laura Numeroff (Spanish)
La Primera Luna Llena de Gatita by Kevin Henkes (Spanish)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont
Milk and Cookies by Frank Asch
Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? by David Shannon
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

BASIC TIMELINE

Intro
Hello Song
Storytime Rhyme
Read-a-Loud Book
Finger Rhyme
Action Rhyme
Action Rhyme
Read-a-Loud Book
Flannelboard Rhyme
Flannelboard Rhyme
Action Rhyme
Read-a-Loud Book
ASL Goodbye Song
Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS
Milk & Cookies Storytime Picture Books
Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar by Bonnie Lass
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

ACTIVITIES

Hello Song: Bread & Butter, Marmalade & Jam
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say hello as quiet as we can.
Hello.
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say hello as loud as we can.
Hello.
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say hello as high as we can.
Hello.
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say hello as low as we can.
Hello.

Storytime Rhyme: Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them, open them, shut them,
Give a little clap!
Open them, shut them, open them, shut them,
Lay them in your lap.

Finger Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance your fingers all around
Dance your fingers on your tummy
Dance your fingers on your head
Dance your fingers on your shoulders
Now put them all to bed.
Action Rhyme: Boys and Girls
Boys and Girls, turn around 3x
Boys and Girls, touch the ground
Boys and Girls, reach up high and touch the sky
Boys and Girls, blink your eyes
Boys and Girls, touch your nose
Boys and Girls, wiggle your toes
Boys and Girls, slap your knees
Boys and Girls, sit down please

Action Rhyme: Making Cookies
I am making cookie dough. (hold out arms in a circle, like a bowl)
Round and round the beaters go. (roll hands)
Add some flour from a cup. (shake a pretend cup)
Stir and stir the batter up. (stirring motion)
Roll them, cut them nice and neat. (rolling pin motion)
Put them on a cookie sheet. (place pretend cookies)
Bake them, count them 1-2-3. (counting motion)
Serve them to my friends for tea. (take a bite!)

Flannelboard Rhyme:  Five Ginger Cookies
Five ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and flew away. (Take away the butterfly)
Four ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and hopped away. (Take away the frog)
Three ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and swam away. (Take away the fish)
Two ginger cookies lying on a tray
One jumped up and hopped away (Take away the rabbit)
One ginger cookies lying on a tray
He jumped up and flew away (Take away the bird)
No ginger cookies lying on a tray
I should have eaten them right away.

Flannelboard Rhyme: Cookie Shop
Down around the corner in the bakery shop
Were five little cookies with sprinkles on top…
Along came someone with a nickel to pay
And they bought a little cookie and they took it away.
(Continue until all the cookies are gone)

Action Rhyme: Great Big Cookie
I am a great big cookie, (circle hands over head)
Chocolatey and round, (extend hands out to sides)
Filled with lots of chocolate chips, (point to chips)
The best that can be found. (rub tummy)
I am a great big cookie, (circle hands over head)
Take a bite of me. (make chewing motions)
Tasty, sweet, delicious, (extend hands out to sides)
I’m oh-so-yummy! (rub tummy)
I WAS a great big cookie, (circle hands over head)
The very best around. (extend hands out to sides)
Now there’s nothing left of me, (shake head)
Just crumbs upon the ground. (sit down)

Ending Song:  Goodbye Friends
Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
It’s time a say goodbye.

CRAFT: Giant Sugar Cookie with Sprinkles, Letter C is for Cookie, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Paper Bag Puppet!

Milk & Cookies Storytime Giant Cookie Craft

I selected Milk & Cookies as the theme for my Spring 2016 storytime crate. As per crate guidelines, I included a number of different coloring sheet and craft options. Kiddos who attended my outreach storytime sessions at Head Start, the developmental preschool and the elementary school received coloring sheets. For my in-house storytime sessions, I opted to go with the Giant Cookie with Sprinkles Craft (inspired by Lil Busy Bodies Blog) given it’s simplicity. I created a set of templates. The largest cookie outline was printed onto brown cardstock. I printed the smaller, inner cookie template on different colored pieces of cardstock. My volunteers cutout all of the cookie pieces, and then I supplied attendees with glue, crayons, markers, pom-poms, rickrack, foam and sticky jewels. My sample is bit simpler as you can see.

Milk & Cookies Storytime Letter C is for Cookies Craft.png

The idea for the Letter C Cookie Craft came from The Measured Mom.

Milk & Cookies Storytime Paper Bag Puppet Craft
While my Give a Mouse a Cookie Paper Bag Puppet was inspired by Lindsey Foushee’s original, which I found via Pinterest.

REVIEW:

Storytime went really well with one exception: kiddos had a hard time focusing during the reading of Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar. Luckily, I was able to adapt my read-a-loud for subsequent storytime sessions during that week (I ended up performing this storytime 9 times in 1 week due to my outreach storytime schedule). So, it got better… despite the fact I just could not get any audience to buy in and repeat repetitious phrases with me. I’m glad I made so many flannelboards, because the kiddos really enjoyed the three I used. To be honest, I decided to tell the flannelboard version of It Looked Like Spilt Milk. 

 

. . . Spring 2016 . . .

 

Children’s Program: DIY Musical Instruments

February 14, 2016

This was another successful, Saturday morning children’s program I conducted while employed as a Children’s Librarian for a small, city library in rural Idaho.

Prepping the program was super simple, and the munchkins had a loud and noisy blast putting together their DIY tambourines. This is a great project for kids as it promotes phonological awareness and the development of fine motor skills, and I made sure to discuss these two benefits with accompanying adults.

I set up the tables as “maker stations” with all the necessary accouterments…

  • super-duper durable paper plates
  • hole punch
  • yarn
  • fabric & plastic ribbon
  • chenille stems
  • wooden beads
  • plastic beads
  • bells
  • stickers
  • foam shapes
  • crayons
  • markers

…but gave limited instructions so as not to unduly influence the children’s creative process. The only issue arose over adults “hoarding” supplies and taking more than their fare share of beads and bells for their little one, without taking into account the number of children present (people continually surprise me!). I didn’t even bother to get into it with those attendees. Instead, I opted to grab surplus supplies from the basement (We had a 5 gallon bucket of beads donated prior to my employment that the old Children’s Librarian hadn’t been able to get rid of).

Here are some photos:

 

 

Monthly Children’s Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Children’s Program.

Children’s Program: Bubble Wands

February 14, 2016

This was one of many monthly, Saturday morning children’s programs I conducted while working as a Children’s Librarian in Idaho.* I miss planning and implementing them. These were super fun, and I always had such a nice turnout (10-20 children and their adults).

For this particular program, I set up three crafting tables complete with all of the supplies children would need to fashion their bubble wands (wooden sticks, copper wire, wire cutters, pliers, gloves, beads, ribbon, yarn, chenille stems, bells, etc. and bowls of soap).

Children and their accompanying adults had a blast creating wands. I encourage everyone to give this project a try. Such a super fun way to spend and hour. After some experimentation we all discovered the best bubble making wands were those that featured a thumbs width of space between the copper wire and the chenille stems. Those with chenille stems wrapped too high ended up absorbing the soapy water to such an extent that one could not possibly hope to blow a bubble.

Here’s my version, followed by photos of some adorable wands made by my program attendees.

Monthly Children’s Program.

*I took  about a year and a half off from blogging after applying for my current job. I was beyond exhausted from working part-time, volunteering full-time, and grieving for my mother. I’ve finally reached a point where I feel comfortable resuming hobbies and activities I used to enjoy. So, I’ll be updating the blog with programs and storytimes I’ve planned and implemented during that period in my life. My apologies for the delay.

 

Flannelboard: Five Little Raccoons

February 4, 2016

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This is Five Little Raccoons flannelboard set I created for the Raccoon themed storytime crate I put together during the Fall of 2015.

Flannelboard: Five Little Raccoons (via Delta Township District Library)
One little raccoon looking for things to do,
Along came another and then there were two.
Two curious raccoons trying so hard to see,
Along came another and then there were three.
Three clever raccoons trying to open the door,
Along came another and then there were four.
Four happy raccoons glad to be alive,
Along came another and then there were five.
Five little raccoons as tired as can be,
Looked up for a place to rest and scurried up the tree.

 

 

Flannelboard: Into the Woods

February 4, 2016

Into the Woods Flannelboard

These are the three felt animals I created to flesh out the flannelboard collection that already existed at my library. I combined the two sets in order to say the Into the Woods flannelboard rhyme during a series of Raccoon themed storytime sessions.

Flannelboard Rhyme: Into the Woods (via Abby the Librarian)
In the woods, there is a lot to see.
A small, gray squirrel lives in an old oak tree.
The spotted deer come out to play
Where furry fox likes to stay.
The soft little rabbits lounge and laze
While the sleepy owl flies through the haze.
The masked raccoon loves to eat.
The tiny chipmunks are so sweet.
Black and white skunks walk in a line.
A green snake slithers along a vine.
A big black bear walks out of his cave
And all of the animals were not brave,
SO THEY HID!

 

Flannelboard: Five Little Moose

February 4, 2016

Five Little Moose Flannelboard Image

Five Little Moose flannelboard set I created for the Moose Storytime Crate I put together during the Fall of 2015. As you can tell from the photo, I got a bit carried away and used too much glue. Lesson learned.

Facebook Graphics: Spooky Math & Science

October 26, 2014

Facebook Spooky Fun with Math & Science Graphic

This is the graphic I put together for the Spooky Fun with Math and Science Workshop I’ll be conducting on Monday. This particular graphic took 10 minutes to create using Microsoft PPT.

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