Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ten (Tsum Tsum) in the Bed




Back a million years ago when I had a weekly "Bedtime" themed pajama storytime, I used "Ten in the Bed" all the time. It features counting down, rolling hands and the perennial kids favorite, things falling out of a bed. I remembered it recently and thought it would be fun to make a flannelboard set. I tried to think of something cute, round and stackable which could fit on a bed....Tsum Tsum

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Walking Through the Kawaii Jungle (and the forest...and the arctic...and by the river...and by the ocean)


I love the adaptability of this call and response song! You could use whatever pretend animals you have available, be they puppets or flannelboard pieces. Also, this chant works well with both animal noises and animal movements!

All of these are based on the characters of Paola Opal. Her "Simply Small" board books are so cute!


Walking through the jungle, (Walking through the jungle)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a elephant, (Think it was a elephant),
Trumping at me. (make your arm an elephant trunk and Trumpet!)


Walking through the jungle, (Walking through the jungle)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a giraffe. (Think it was a giraffe)
Stretching towards me! (stretch arms as high as you can)

Walking through the forest, (Walking through the forest)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a deer, (Think it was a deer)
Leaping towards me. (jump up and down)

Walking through the forest, (Walking through the forest)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a raccoon. (Think it was a raccoon)
Washing near me! (pretend to wash hands)

Walking through the forest, (Walking through the forest)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a bird, (Think it was a bird),
Tweeting at me. (make bird sounds and flap arms)

Walking through the forest, (Walking through the forest)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a hedgehog, (Think it was a hedgehog),
Poking at me! (poke, poke)

Walking in the arctic, (Walking in the arctic)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a polar bear, (Think it was a polar bear)
Growling at me! (growl like bear and show claws)

Walking by the river, (Walking by the river)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a turtle, (Think it was a turtle)
Hiding from me! (play peek a boo)

Walking by the river, (Walking by the river)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a beaver, (Think it was a beaver),
Thumping at me! (thump foot on ground)

Walking by the ocean,  (Walking by the ocean)
What do you see?  (What do you see?)
I think it was a octopus. (Think it was a octopus)
Splashing at me! (pretend to splash)

Walking by the ocean, (Walking by the ocean)
What do you see? (What do you see?)
I think it was a seahorse.(Think it was a seahorse)
Swimming towards me! (pretend to swim)

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Five Kawaii Ducks That I Once Knew




This version of "Six Little Ducks" only has five ducks because I misremembered the lyrics and I'm doubling down on my mistake. Also, I have the kids pretend the fingers on one of their hands are ducks and most kids have five fingers per hand, not six. (My grandfather has 3 1/2 fingers on one of his hands because he was a woodworker, but this is beside the point.)

My version has a female duck in the lead, instead of a dude. Whenever I can, I try to switch up the genders in traditional songs and rhymes. Since I'm a (mostly) cishet man in a traditionally female field, I feel I need to do my part to help fight the patriarchy.

We start out by practicing quacking, waddling and shaking our tail feathers. Then we count the ducks on one of our hands. I ask the kids to act like ducks when we get to the quacking part of the song. Then we sing.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yoga Bunny


Super excited about this new set of felt bunnies. This week I read the book "Yoga Bunny" by Brian Russo and loved it…but it is a little to wordy for my toddler storytime. I’ve wanted to incorporate yoga into my program for a while, so it was a perfect opportunity to cut up some felt!


I’m going to have the kids try to imitate the poses of the bunny.

Bunny woke up one morning and stretched out her arms.

Then she dropped her head and arms down to her toes in a forward fold – (Uttanasana)

She walked her hands forward and stepped backward so she looked like a downward-facing doggie – (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Bunny stood up tall, placed her hands in front of her heart and balanced on one foot in the tree pose – (Vriksasana)

Bunny stepped back bent her front leg and reached her arms way up high in warrior pose– (Virabhadrasana)

Then she took a deep breath, and lay down on her back in resting pose – (Shavasan)

She took one more deep breath and said, “Om…”

So peaceful it will be…


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Tiger is Sneaking - Part Deaux


I am an old school member of the Tame Tiger Torganization, friends of the 
OG puppet Daniel Tiger before his fancy animated son took over. 
Daniel Jr is still pretty awesome, tho.
I had to make him out of felt, of course...


Use this simple rhyme at story time 
whenever the crowd starts to get a little cuckoo.
It's a shout out to all the nice tigers out there 
who do not want to eat people.
The tiger is sneaking...Shhhh!
walk around crouching and sneaky and then shush with finger on lips
The tiger is sneaking...Shhhh!
repeat action
They don't make a sound when their feet touch the ground.
touch ground gently with your front paws
The tiger is sneaking...Shhhh!
repeat action one more time and enjoy the moment of peace and quiet and then...
RAWR!
JUMP UP and roar!

A less jumpy version of this rhyme can be found here.

I met another "Tiger" while I was in St. Louis a couple weeks ago: Tiger Reed, the Youth Services Specialist at the St. Louis Central Library. He was hosting their first Drag Queen Storytime. The performers were great storytellers and Tiger did fun crowd control activities between stories. I was taking frantic notes, trying to remember all Tiger's great ideas. The auditorium was full of caregivers and children having a wonderful time! 

Here is a pic of the ladies.


And here is a bonus felt, keeping with the cat theme.


Thanks to my talented coworker, Carolanne, for drawing the original "Amish cat" image.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I'm a Little Kawaii Teapot


I bet you have heard this one before, but do you know the second verse? I didn't! 

I'm a little teapot, short and stout,
Here is my handle, here is my spout. 
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

I'm a clever teapot, yes it's true
Let me show you what I can do
I can change my handle and my spout.
Just tip me over and pour me out!

Nursery rhyme remixes remind me of the books of Jane Cabrera. She does such an awesome job of extending traditional songs. Her bright, bold illustrations are pretty great as well. I use her jungle-fied "If You're Happy and You Know It" and "The Wheels on the Bus" over and over at storytime. They can be shortened for toddlers or read in full with the preschoolers.

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And look, here is a nonplussed aloe plant.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tick Tock, Tick Tock


This is my absolute favorite babytime rhyme. First you start out gently swinging the baby like a pendulum. Then "Stop!" and figure out what time it is. 
To finish, you lift the baby up in the air and say "Cuckoo!" for each hour. Repeat.
Start with one o'clock and keep going until your arms are too tired. Members of the armed services are welcome to continue to 24 o'clock.

Toddlers love it too! Have them rock back and forth and then jump up at the end while shouting "Cuckoo!"

Here is the rhyme:
Tick tock, tick tock, 
I'm a little cuckoo clock. 
Tick tock, tick tock. Stop! 
What time is it? 
It's one o'clock…Cuckoo!

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