Apple-y Delicious Redux

A little slow on the apple uptake, here. But I have some apple flannels to share — one was borrowed from Flannel Friday and one was shared last week.

1) 5 Little Apples — not one, not two, but three 4 other participants have shared this. Katie, Katie, Anna, and Anne have all shared their version.

5 Little Apples hung on a tree
The farmer wasn’t there
So guess who came to eat?
A caterpillar … munch munch munch

I plan on using puppets for the caterpillar, bird, pig, horse, and crow. I hope we have enough finger puppets, if not they’ll look pretty gi-huge-o compared to my apple tree.

5 Little Apples Sitting in a tree

The apples were made from red pom-poms with a piece of brown cord glued in to look like a stem.

2) Last week Melissa shared The Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler. Based on the shape of Mouse, I always thought it was a long lost Leo Lionni book. It’s nice to know the origin of this story time favorite. The flannel predates my employment (1997) at this library.

Since Melissa shared the story last week, I won’t get into too much detail, but Mouse wants that apple hanging in that tree and his friends try to help.

I love that elegant line of the goose

But, perseverance pays and Mouse get’s his apple. Munch Munch Munch.

Must be a honey crisp.

This week I have the round-up. Watch this blog for Flannel Friday contributions.

Owl Story Time 9.29.11

Pajama  Storytime

attendance:  15
Miss Mouse was wearing her jammies.  She’s was a little put off that we woke her up — but acknowledged that she knew about Pajama story time.  She wasn’t too happy we were doing a story time about owls.
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind the green leaf

It's a pretty book

fingerplay: The Owl (I found this online…)

There’s a wide eyed owl (thumbs and forefingers around eyes)
With a pointed nose (forefinger makes a v at end of nose)
Two pointed ears (forefingers extended up from head)
and claws for toes (Fingers and arms bent in front of chest)
when he sits up in the tree (point to tree)
and he looks at you (point at a child in the group)
he flaps his wings (fold arms into arm pits and flap)
And he says “whooo Whooo”.

Book 1: Cock-a-Doodle Hooooooo by Mick Manning (make sure you get all 7 o’s or Worldcat will never find it.)
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Book:  Wow! Said the Owl by Tom Hopgood
Song:I know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner
Prop Story 1:  Owl Babies by Martin Waddell  (I have three baby owl puppets, purchased for this very reason.)
Fingerplay: Clap . Clap Your Lap.
Prop Story 2:  I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen  (rabbit, fox, and squirrel owl joined mamma owl and baby owl)
Book 3:  Knock Knock Who’s There by Tad Hill (get it, Whooooo’s There?)
Book 4: Who’s in the Forest by Phillis Greshator. This is a beautiful board book. Fun too.

Barnyard Dance

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 47
Miss Mouse was wearing a pretty yellow dress and told a joke:

Knock Knock
who’s there?
Cargo.
Cargo who?
Car go beep beep beep.

fingerplay: Clap. clap your lap.
Book 1:Chickens to the Rescue. by John Himmelman. We practiced saying “Chickens to the rescue”. It was too much for one boy who cried at the noise, so we toned it down.It’s such a funny book.
Prop Story:Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern. An oldie but a goodie. I like audience participation, so I’ve worked the story to include instruments:

  • The bed creaked? tambourines
  • The floor squeaked? clappers
  • The leaves falling on the roof? rattles
  • Tea kettle whislting? jingle bells

After the instruments have been passed out, we practice a bit. Usually it’s a cacophony of sound, which is okay, the point is these things are noisy. I tell the story, using puppets as the animals the wise man counsels Peter into getting. I love this story.
Song:Drivin’ in my Car by Ralph’s World
Book 2: Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry. I like throwing in a book that has nothing to do with the week’s theme… it mixes it up. Have you seen this title? When the pages unfurl, the mystery of that little seed is revealed.
Story Card and Song:: Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. We photocopied the book to make it large enough for crowds to see. It’s one of my favorite Boynton books; I love the cadence. We somehow have the music to this as well. And we tried it out. Too hard to do in preschool storytime. I’d almost like to do it with grade school kids.
Book 3: Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman. So Chickens to the Rescue ends with the pigs running in to help the Greenstalk family. We had time, so I read this one… but those piggies are not nearly as helpful as the chickens. I like the chicken book better and will not be doing both books in one storytime. It’s too much.
Fingerplay 2: Roll roll sugar babies.
Book 4: If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.

Make-a-Pig Flannel

Most of my favorite story times  revolve around farm animals. And pigs, in particular, seem approachable and fun.

Make-a-Pig has been here longer than I have (so, pre-1997).  I like doing this flannel for several reasons. It is both a crowd pleaser and a time waster(which is sometimes good).  I also like this because it really works on language skills.  This is an inter-active flannel board:  I want the kids to talk to me, tell me what happens next,  what I’m doing wrong, and how to fix it.    This isn’t an activity to come up and do whatever takes to fix the problem — they have to use words to fix it.

I start by saying that everyone is going to help build a pig, “I’ll start.  I know a pig needs a body.”

A pig needs a body.

What else does a pig need?  You’ll get lots of answers, and I would respond based on the answer I hear.

A pig needs a head!

No, they’ll say.  The pig’s head doesn’t go there, it goes … This is where the good stuff comes in.  It’s hard to describe where the head goes.  “Use words,” I say.  Once they tell me, I move it to the right place.  Sometimes they can’t / don’t tell me, so I make suggestions.

What else does a pig need?

A pig needs feet!

No, not bird feet!  So we talk about what other feet are available. I have cat legs. “No, pink,” is often the cry.  So we find pink pig feet. Sometimes I flail them all around the pig to see who is paying attention.  Eventually we get to pig’s feet.

What else does a pig need?

A pig needs a nose?
But it's the best nose in the animal kingdom!

Okay, we find the snout.  What else does a pig need?

A pig needs ears!

Hmmm, maybe you  have some pink ears?

A pig with pink ears? Something smaller perhaps?

Okay, you’re getting better at this.  A piggie needs something else.  Any ideas?

A pig needs a tail.

Keep trying…

A pig needs a tail. What? You don't like this fluffy tail. It breaks up all that pink.

Okay, well how about this?

When I was growing up a pig tail was a hair style. What do you think?

No.  Okay.  Well, there is one more thing a pig needs.  Any ideas?

A pig needs eyes.

This is fun.  I do a lot of Picasso eyes — stacking them different ways.  But not stretching it out too much.

There’s one more thing a pig might need…

A toupee!

Okay, no toupee.  But look, we built a pig!  Congratulations!

A proper pig!

We have other varieties of this… my second favorite is Build-a-Jack O’Lantern!  Lots of hats are included.

Goats 2.5.11

I really like the new Jan Thomas/Mem Fox collaboration,  so decided to see if I could do a whole Goat storytime.

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 28
Miss Mouse was wearing her pink  chocolate dress with pink sweater.
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind snowflakes.  She was behind the purple diamond snowflake.  When she came out she told us what she did during the blizzard: she got out her library card and checked out books.  She checked out 9 books — we know because we counted them all.
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Book 1: Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Prop Song: Three Billy Goats Gruff by Greg and Steve. This is very fun… we have a set of puppets specifically for this. It’s long but it’s good. “I’m a comin’ to gobble you up.  Yum. Yum.”
Song: Jack Be Nimble.  Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, ten times jump the candlestick.
Book 2: Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox and Jan Thomas
Song 2: Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one… even the dads.
Book: If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Book: G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco.  Normally I wouldn’t use an alphabet book in storytime: I think they’re too long and often don’t tell stories.  This one was cute.
  • Book: That’s What Friends Are For by Valeri Gorbachev. Piggie invites Goat to dinner. When Goat sees Piggie crying, he imagines all sorts of problems and solutions.
  • Animal Sounds 10.16

    Perhaps my favorite storytimes revolve around farm animals…

    Saturday Storytime
    attendance: 20
    Miss Mouse was wearing her red and black ruffle dress
    Miss Mouse: was hiding behind farm animals.  Not the kitty.  She was behind the rooster.  When she came out she told a joke:
    What is a cow’s favorite pie?  Lemon Moo-ringue
    fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
    Book 1: The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Moo by Jonathan Allen
    Song: Jack Be Nimble.  Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, ten times jump the candlestick.
    Flannel: Make a Pig.  In which there are many different parts of pig and we try to put it all together.  You want a nose? How about a goose beak? No, elephant’s trunk?  Oh you are so picky.  And up goes the snout.  Great vocabulary builder because the kiddos need to use words to tell me why it’s wrong.
    Prop: I had a Rooster and the rooster pleased me.  I methodically purchased puppets for the purpose of doing this song in storytime.  When the crowd is right, the kiddos hold the puppets.  And sometimes, it’s just the storyteller doing all 7 or 8 puppets to avoid tears. Puppets needed: rooster, pig, cow, horse, chicken, dog, lamb, baby. It’s fun and it’s takes a great deal of time up distributing the puppets, putting people in order and then singing the 5 minute song!
    Book: Animal Soup: a mixed up animal flap book by Todd H. Doodler
    Book: If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
    Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Prop: Bark George
  • Eggs, Chicks, and Bunnies

    Open Preschool Storytime

    March 29, 2010

    Attendance: 36 (grandparents, moms, nannies, dads and kiddos ranging 2 – 5 with a seven year old home because of spring break)
    Miss Mouse Hides behind eggs (she was behind the bright pink egg)
    Miss Mouse was spring cleaning.  Her feather duster kept getting in the way and her friend the loud duckling was visiting.
    fingerplay Clap. Clap your Lap.
    book 1 A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan

    activity: A Duck with a wing (start flapping one wing while saying) A Duck, a duck, a duck with a wing.  (both wings) A Duck a duck a duck with 2 wings. (add a foot) A Duck, a duck, a duck with a foot. (both feet) A Duck, a duck, a duck with with 2 feet.  (swing that tail) A Duck, a duck, a duck with a tail. (make a beak with your fingers) A Duck, a duck, a duck with beak. Quack Quack Quack. (repeat)

    Book The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett!

    fingerplay Roll Roll Sugar Babies

    Book: The Singing Chick by Victoria Stenmark  It’s so much fun singing the song outloud… i think it makes the story less scary if the song continues to be funny.
    Song Mack Chicken Dance by Greg and Steve.  This is one fun chicken dance that includes the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!

    book 2 Chickens to the Rescue by Jon Himmelman. (We had so much last week I decided to do it again!  It’s my new favorite.  We practiced the line “chickens to the rescue” with one arm and finger pointing up! )
    Story Cards: Owen’s Marshmallow Chick.�
    My Hand Says thank you

    handout: ellison die chick

    Piggy Storytime

    I didn’t think today’s storytime would be well attended.  The parking lot was filled and the department seemed empty.  Ha. Was I wrong!

    Attendance:  50
    theme: piggies!  When I don’t know what to do, piggies storytime is my stand-by. So much fun.

    Miss Mouse:  Miss Mouse was hiding behind Famous Mice.  (Ralph Mouse, Stuart Little, Angelina, computer mouse). Someone found her right away (rarely happens) so we had to locate the cheese so we sang the chorus “The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone, hie-ho the derrie-o, the cheese stands alone”  until we found the cheese. (Miss Mouse was behind Ralph Mouse and the Cheese was behind Maisy.)

    Miss Mouse:  was wearing her beautiful Madamoiselle de Pompe Mouse dress.  She was getting ready for a party in her basket.  The Piggies were coming!

    Book:  Piggies by Audrey Wood

    Fingerplay:  Clap, Clap your Lap.

    Prop Story:  Three Little Pigs.  With audience participation. We huffed and puffed and blew some houses down.

    Song:  Jim Gill’s List of Dances.

    Flannel: Build a Pig. This is my favorite flannel board. It’s flannel pieces of piggie (head, body, nose, eyes, ears, tail and legs) but there are bunny ears and elephant nose and geese parts.  The laughter and confusion and language skills abound.

    Fingerplay:  Roll Roll Sugar Babies.  We oink oink oink oink oink oinked our way through it.  oh, and a new one, over the head! 

    Book:  Pig a Boo by Dorthea Deprisco. Fun.

    book:  If you’re happy and you know it by David Carter. I like to end all my Saturday storytimes with this book.  It’s a good way to start a busy Saturday!