Bath Time and Rubber Duckies 9.19.11

Open  Storytime
attendance: 69
Miss Mouse was wearing her bathrobe and towel wrap. (She was adorable.)  We interrupted her bath preparations.  She showed us her three rubber duckies: one small, one medium, and one large.
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind bath toys.  She was behind the scrub brush.  Instead of chanting to Miss Mouse to come out, come out, come out,  we yelled, “rub-a-dub-dub, Miss Mouse is in the tub.”
My Hand Waves Hello.  Also ears, lips, feet, hair and cheeks.
fingerplay:  Clap.  Clap your Lap.
Book 1: Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Kroszocza. It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day so this seemed appropriate.
fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies.  I think there were some people who didn’t know this.  That’s good.
Book 2: Catch That Baby! by Nancy Coffelt.  Nudy Rudy!  It’s very fun.
Song: Planned: Everybody Wash, but I couldn’t find it. Instead I did Drivin in My Car.  It’s easy… a crowd pleaser, no one has to stand up but the wiggles get out!
Prop Song: Rubber Duckie with Ernie. We have an Ernie puppet, rubber duckie puppet, and props for the story.  Everyone sings along.
Prop Story: Walter the Washing Machine.  I think this book was a pop-up type book… called Wanda’s Washing Machine.  Someone turned it into a prop story. It’s fun telling Walter the Washing Machine to “eat dirt, Walter.”  He does a great job.  It would have been better if all the props were there, I was missing a clean shirt so I had to skip it which confused me and flow of the story.  The story was complete when I practiced it Friday, so i must have dropped it somewhere. Frustrating.
Fingerplay 3:  Hickory Dickory Dock.
Flannel:  Counting Duckies (soon to be on Flannel Friday)
and then suddenly it was a half hour and time to go.
My Hand Says Thank You…
Handout: Accucut Rubber Duckie

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

Flip Flap Jack

Miss Anne presented Flip Flap Jack in early April. She made hers of felt.  This version, made by my colleague Suzanne, is made from clip art with magnets on the back. Be warned, every time I do this, I get a strange craving for breakfast.

To the tune of Aikendrum

Dance a jig with your fingers on your other hand.

And he danced upon the table, a table, a table.  He danced upon a table.

Clap your hands while singing Flip-Flap-Jack

And His name was Flip-Flap Jack.

Flip-Flap Jack (longer version)

There was a man made of food.
Made of food?  Made of  food!
There was a man made of food.
His name was Flip-Flap Jack.
And he danced upon a table.
A table, a table.
He danced upon a table.
His name was Flip-Flap Jack.

His head was made of a spaghetti.
His eyes were made of fried eggs.
His hair was made of ice cream.
His mouth was a hot dog.
His ears were made of tomatoes.
His body was a golden waffle.
His arms were 2 bananas.
His legs were strips of bacon.
His feet were made of apple pie.

Jim Gill’s List of Dances

I wasn’t going to participate this week but became inspired by Michelle’s blog entry from last week’s Flannel Friday. Michelle asked about story time songs and in the discussion that followed in the comments, several of us talked about Jim Gill.

Several years ago at a library assistant’s workshop, Jim Gill was performing. He mentioned his List of Dances song and recommended making an actual list. It was such a good idea, a former staff member did just that. She took a long piece of navy blue felt, created a banner out if it, cut out colorful letters.  (At the time we didn’t have the tiny ellison die cuts… but with the smaller alphabets out there, it is doable.  Once again, I did not do it.  I just get to work here.  ♥)  and viola, she made this …  “a list that is sixteen dances long.”

Jim Gill’s List of Dances.


Breakfast Related Items

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 40 Which is pretty good for a Memorial Day weekend.
Miss Mouse was wearing her Pink Chocolate dress, pink feather boa, chef’s toque. She was getting ready to make breakfast.
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind eggs of course.  She was behind the zebra egg.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap.
Book 1: Bear’s Busy Morning by Harriet Ziefert.  Bear is having an active morning, can you guess what he’ll do next?
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Prop Song: Flip Flap Jack.  If you’re unfamiliar with this little ditty, SoTomorrow did a flannel version of Flip Flap Jack.
Song 2: Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one… even the dads.
prop story:Imogene’s Antlers by David Small.  Breakfast themed? Yep.  They hang doughnuts on her antlers.
Song:The Freeze Song.  There are so many versions… this is the one that says, “Listen closely to the freeze!”  I think Greg and Steve did it
Book: Chick by Ed Vere.  Okay… this egg hatched into a chick… but it was an egg, so yes, Breakfast themed…
Book: If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Flannel: Five Little Pancakes
  • Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw — i’m upset that I forgot this … i had plenty of time too.

    Boom Boom, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy!

    Most of the flannel’s I present on this blog aren’t mine. They belong to the library where I work and have been created by people much more artisitic than I.  I’m just lucky enough to work with them.

    I love singing in story time. And I love silly in story time. This is the best of both! If I needed to come up with a concept to justify using this in story time (and thankfully I don’t), I would point out that this is filled with rhyming words. Around here, though, the story time standard is that it be entertaining with kid appeal. Check.

    Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy.
    Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be nuts like me.
    Silly and foolish, all day long.
    Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy.

    Way down South where bananas grow,
    a little flea stepped on a elephant’s toe.
    The elephant cried with tears in his eys,
    “Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”


    Way up North where there’s ice and snow,
    There lived a penguin and his name was Joe
    He got so tired of black and white,
    He wore pink pants to the dance last night

    (everybody sing a long)

    Way out West where the cowboys ride,
    There lived a horse who cried and cried.
    He got so sick of being sad and blue,
    That he grew some wings and off he flew


    In the Far East where pagodas are
    There lived a panda bear who drove a car. (he did??)
    He drove over hills, into a lake
    “Whoa,” said the bear, “I forgot to brake!”

    Everybody sing!

    Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy.
    Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be nuts like me.
    Silly and foolish, all day long.
    Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy.





    For some reason, I cannot find the elephant… someone borrowed him for something, I guess.   I thought I’d show you all the pieces together… we’d put the penguin up while singing, and then add the pants, etc.


    I think it is pretty great to be crazy!