What to do when there’s no storytime – Part 2

No storytime this week (we are busy planning our spring programs!).  If you haven’t signed up for the Spring Session, be sure to call the library and register as storytime begins again next week.

This is the second installment of  “what to do when there’s no storytime.”  February 27th is International Polar Bear Day, so here are some polar bear stories, activities, and rhymes for you to try on your own.

Picture Books

Big bear,  little bear (Bedford)

A splendid friend indeed (Bloom)

The three snow bears (Brett)

Little polar beer (De Beer)

Little polar bear, take me home! (De Beer)

Forever (Dodd)

Polar star (Grindley)

Hush little polar bear (Mack)

Waiting for ice (Markle)

Polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear? (Martin)

Baby polar bear’s snow day (Teitelbaum)

Polar bear morning (Thompson)

Polar bear night (Thompson)

Mama, why? (Wilson)

Non-Fiction

Knut: How one little polar bear captivated the world (599.786 KNUT)

The polar bear family book (599.786 LARS)

Rhyme

“Polar bear, polar bear, turn around,
Polar bear, polar bear, touch the ground,
Polar bear, polar bear, show your shoe,
Polar bear, polar bear, that will do.
Polar bear, polar bear, bend your knee,
Polar bear, polar bear, climb this tree,
Polar bear, polar bear, make a frown,
Polar bear, polar bear, sit right down.

Polar bear, polar bear, stand on your toes,
Polar bear, polar bear, touch your nose,
Polar bear, polar bear, wink your eye,
Polar bear, polar bear, say good-bye”

Activities

There are lots of polar bear activities at this website.

Try some of these paper plate crafts ideas. 

Lots of great ideas at this website, but I really like the textured polar bear picture made with coconut.

Have fun trying these activities.  Remember to take pictures to show me what you tried!  Or post your photos on the library’s Facebook page.

Storytime starts again next week – see you soon!

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What to do when there’s no storytime?

We are on break from our regular storytime schedule this week (don’t forget to register your child for the Spring Session, starting March 5, 2014).

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so to keep you busy while we are on break, I have gathered a list of books all about teeth.  Try checking out a few, adding the rhymes/songs, and doing one of the activities – let me know how your own storytime goes (I would love to see pictures too – either show me at storytime, or post them on the library’s Facebook page).

Picture Books

The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy (Brockenbrough)

Grandpa’s Teeth (Clement)

Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth (Cousins)

What Do the Fairies Do with All Those Teeth? (Luppens)

What if You Had Animal Teeth? (Markle)

Sweet Tooth (Palatini)

Vera Goes to the Dentist (Rosenberry)

I Know Why I Brush My Teeth (Rowan)

Rotten Teeth (Simms)

Bear’s Loose Tooth (Wilson)

Tiny

Brush, Brush, Brush! (Brush)

Easy Readers

The Tooth Book (Seuss)

Non-Fiction

Smile Wide, Look Inside: Nicole’s Trip to the Dental Office (617.6 DEMB)

Why Must I Brush My Teeth? (617.6 GAFF)

Action Song – This is the Way We Brush Our Teeth

This is the way we brush our teeth
Brush our teeth, brush our teeth
This is the way we brush our teeth
On a warm and sunny morning.
This is the way we wash our face
Wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face
On a warm and sunny morning.
This is the way we comb our hair
Comb our hair, comb our hair
This is the way we comb our hair
On a warm and sunny morning.
This is the way we put on our clothes
Put on our clothes, put on our clothes
This is the way we put on our clothes
On a warm and sunny morning.
Activities

Time for Twos – Things that Go – Friday, February 21, 2014

A few notes about storytime:  This is our last week of the winter storytime session.  Miss Lisa is taking a week off to plan the next round of fun storytimes!  Our spring session will start on March 7th (in one week) – you can register for that session during our storytime this week (or give the library a call to sign up over the phone – 610-820-2400 ext. 4).

Our books this week:

I Love Trains (Philemon Sturges) – Little train fans will enjoy this colorful train story, featuring a young boy watching a train from his window.

  Beep Beep (Anne Miranda) – This playful and colorful book nicely illustrates a young child’s imagination while playing with toy cars and trucks.

Our action rhyme this week is a favorite of mine (and the kids!):

I am a choo choo train,
chugging down the track.
Now I’m going forward,
now I’m going back.
Now the bell is ringing,
hear the whistle blow.
What a lot of noise I make,
everywhere I go!

My Pinterest page has a lot of fun activities, crafts, and snacks all about things that go – check it out!

See you in March!

Lapsit Storytime – Things that Go – Thursday, February 20, 2014

This is our last week of storytime for the winter.  But never fear – you can register for the spring storytime session starting this week.  We will have next week “off” and resume storytime on March 6th.  Be sure to visit the library even when we don’t have a scheduled program.  I have a special blog post scheduled for next week to give you some pointers on what to do when we don’t have storytime.  Of course, our family-friendly play space will be available for you to use during your visit.

Our books this week:

  I Am A Backhoe (Anna Grossnickle Hines) – A young boy pretends to be various construction vehicles.

  Minerva Louise and the Red Truck (Janet Morgan Stoeke) – Everyone’s favorite silly chicken is back for another adventure.  Babies and toddlers love how silly Minerva Louise can be – and really love when they are smarter than her!

Two Little Boats (Bounce Rhyme)

Two little boats are on the sea
All is calm as calm can be.
Gently the wind begins to blow,
Two little boats rock to and fro.
Loudly the wind begins to shout,
Two little boats are tossed about!
Gone is the wind, the storm, the rain.
Two little boats sail on again.

Two Little Choo Choo Trains (Nursery Rhyme)

Two little choo choo trains
Puffing down the track.
One is red, the other is black.
Chug away red, Chug away black.
Choo Choo red!  Choo Choo black!

Don’t forget to check Pinterest for activities, crafts, and snacks about things that go!

Wolf Storytime

This week we will listen to stories about Wolves! – GRR!

Opening song – “So Happy You’re Here Today”  by Hap Palmer

Book – Wolf’s Coming! -By  Joe Kulka.  It’s a story about all the animals in the forest hiding because the wolf is coming, but why they are hiding is the big surprise.

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Fingerplay

Five Little Wolf Pups
(adapted)
Five little wolf pups were playing in the sun.
(hold up hands, fingers extended)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run.
(bend down first finger)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to
race.
(bend down second finger)
This one saw a cat, and he began to chase.
(bend down third finger)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went
round and round.
(bend down fourth finger)
This one was so quiet, he never made a
sound.
(bend down thumb)

Book – The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza.  A story about a wolf who tries to fatten up a chicken for his stew, and unwittingly makes some new friends.

The Wolf's Chicken Stew

Flannelboard- “This Little Wolf”

This little wolf liked to howl
This little wolf preferred to growl
This little wolf was panting to play
And this little wolf was happy all day!
How many wolves are there? 1-2-3-4

 http://storytimepreschooltoddlers.blogspot.com/search/label/wolf

Book – Suddenly! by Colin McNaughton – It’s a funny book about a large wolf that stalks a pig named Preston.  But each time the wolf gets close, Preston changes his course and escapes the wolf.

Suddenly!

Song – “If You’re a Wolf and You Know It”

If You’re a Wolf And You Know It
(sung to If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you’re a wolf and you know it, howl at the moon
If you’re a wolf and you know it, howl at the moon
If you’re a wolf and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re a wolf and you know it, howl at the moon

If you’re a wolf and you know it, growl at night
If you’re a wolf and you know it, growl at night
If you’re a wolf and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re a wolf and you know it, growl at night

If you’re a wolf and you know it, scratch your fleas
If you’re a wolf and you know it, scratch your fleas
If you’re a wolf and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re a wolf and you know it, scratch your fleas

If you’re a wolf and you know it, do all three
If you’re a wolf and you know it, do all three
If you’re a wolf and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re a wolf and you know it, do all three.

Words by Joe Stover

http://www.ccplonline.org/kids/songs4tots.html

Book – What’s the Time Grandma Wolf? – By Ken Brown – It’s an exciting story about a group of brave, or foolhardy, little animals creeps closer and closer to Grandma Wolf as she gets down the stewpot, chops wood, lights a fire, and prepares to fix dinner, with a surprising outcome.

What's the Time, Grandma Wolf?

Closing Song – “Shout and Whisper” by Hap Palmer

shout and whisper hap palmer

– Miss Ellen

Family Storytime – Things that Go – Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A few “housekeeping” notes before I share this week’s program with you.  Today is the last storytime for the Winter Session.  Miss Lisa is taking a small break to plan the next storytime session.  We will start again on Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30 pm. and run for another six weeks.  Keep visiting the library while we are on break!  Check out some books to do your own storytime program at home (in fact, check back here next week for a special blog post to give you some ideas), or spend some time playing in our Family-Friendly Play Space.

This week we are talking about Things that Go.  Cars!  Trucks!  Planes!  Boats!

Our books:

  A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa (Joanathan London) – Kids can’t get enough books about trucks, and this one doesn’t disappoint with its vibrant illustrations.  If your child enjoys this one, look for other titles by the same author featuring other modes of transportation.

  Digger, Dozer, Dumper (Hope Vestergaard) – This is a new title for me to use in storytime, so I hope we all enjoy it!  This book includes 16 illustrated poems about all things DIGGER!

  Steam Train, Dream Train (Sherri Diskey Rinker) – If you have a train-fanatic, this may be a must-read bedtime story!  Soft illustrations and gentle rhymes make this a calming read-aloud.

Song – Going for a Ride (10 Little Indians)

Going for a ride in my little blue train,
Going for a ride in my little blue train,
Going for a ride in my little blue train,
Chugga, Chugga, Chugga, Chugga,
CHOO!  CHOO!

Other verses – Little Red Racecar – Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom                           Shiny Rocket – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – BLAST OFF!

Action Rhyme – I Am A Choo Choo Train

I am a choo choo train
Chugging down the track.
Now I’m going forward,
Now I’m going back.
Now the bell is ringing.
Hear the whistle blow.
What a lot of noise I make,
Everywhere I go!

As always, I have a variety of activities, snacks, and crafts pinned for you on Pinterest.  Our break from storytime is a great time to try something new at home.  If you try something, share it with me!  I’d love to see what you’ve done.

See you all on March 5th!

~Miss Lisa

Time for Twos – CANCELED for Friday 2/14/14

Due to a district-wide Summer Reading Club planning meeting, we are not having our regular Time for Twos Storytime this week.

We will be back on our regular schedule next week, with stories all about Things That Go.

To keep you busy this week, try one of the fun Valentine’s Day activities I have pinned for you on Pinterest.  There are some simple crafts, fun activities, and some yummy snack ideas.