Thursday, January 4, 2018

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate (Valentine's Day)

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

I both want to share my flannel and sell additional sets.  This book / flannel is perfect for Valentine's Day! Info below after blog post. 💗

Summary: (From B&N) When Love Monster comes home from vacation, he discovers a box of chocolates on his doorstep. He knows he should share it with his friends, but what if there's none left for him after everyone has a piece? What if they take his favorite-the double chocolate strawberry swirl? And even worse-what if the only piece left is the coffee-flavored one? Ick! In the end, Love Monster learns that sharing with friends is the sweetest treat of all.

Flannel colors are quite bright.... I can't tell if maybe they just look dull on this computer...? ☹

He comes with a felt “box” of chocolates and his favorite chocolate inside (removable with Velcro).

This love monster was made with lots of love just in time for Valentine’s Day! He accompanies (and is being sold with) the much-adored book Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright.
He comes with a felt “box” of chocolates and his favorite chocolate inside (removable with Velcro).
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$38.00 + shipping

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

10 Layer Birthday Cake

My signature puppet Olive turns 10 this month (I'm not so weird that I remember the EXACT day I purchased her LOL), but I decided to celebrate her "birthday" in storytime this week and did a birthday theme.  This is a Flannel Friday post, so I won't write out my whole storytime, but I will share that we LOVED I'm Invited to a Party by Mo Willems.  Yup, it's an Elephant and Piggie book.  Before I started reading, I divided the kids in half-ish and one side was Elephant and the other was Pig.  We practiced each side saying, "Party!" when I pointed to them.  So it sounded like this:

Elephant(s): "Party!"
Pig (s): "Party!"
Elephant(s): "Party!"
Pig (s): "Party!"
 But this post is really about a 10 layer birthday cake:
Here is the song: 10 Layer Birthday Cake 
I found it was better to start constructing the cake before it gets to that part in the song.  The kids will be memorized regardless. I did it twice and they sang along the second time perfectly!  But there is this dumb (oooohhh curse word in preschool vernacular) ending where the cake falls on the floor.  Just stop it before then!

My own delightful little girl loving her mom's stuff being at home!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

It's an Orange Aardvark!

It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall

Michael Hall has so many flannel-ing worthy books and I finally buckled down and made one.  I consider this book to be more of an early elementary school book.... but my 5 year old was tickled orange to read it with me so maybe Pre-K to 2nd?

Summary from Amazon:
Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it's not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It's orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors.

 You are looking at the tree stump from the inside where the ants are:

As each new hole is drilled, a new color of light shines in:

More true-to-life camera lighting:

Pssst... you shouldn't leave your flannel pieces bunched up in your storytime travel box and then forget about them if you don't want it wrinkled.  Just a tip. 🙂

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Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean

A Pete the Cat book I can get on board with again.  There are no blue shoes or groovy sunglasses, but I found this book on a Valentine's display at Barnes & Noble and thought it was the perfect book to mix up my Valentine's theme.

I used this set in my Valentine's theme this past February and the kids loved it!  I shared this book with my son's Kinder class and they were especially excited when Pete the Cat asked me to bring these cupcake erasers to them (randomly found them in the party isle at Walmart).

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Dinosaur Flannel -Flannel Friday

Knock, knock, knocking on my door (knock on flannel board as kids knock on floor)
In walks a size color dinosaur

(Ex. In walks a little purple dinosaur)

This flannel was really simple, but the kids loved it!  It made them stop and think for a second too because they were eager to shout out the color, but had to stop and also think about the size.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Talk Like a Pirate Day

National Talk Like a Pirate Day was on September 19, but pirates are so fun (and fascinating) that we couldn't just celebrate for one Day at Perry!

Here is a display I put with signs encouraging kids to come to the desk to get some pirate treasure.  I love the positive early library experiences that result from this kind of interaction with staff.  Jennifer and Lesley put up a fantastic display of library materials about pirates that circulated very well!

Talk Like a Pirate Program

Okay... I could NOT have pulled this off without the help of Jennifer and six extremely enthusiastic and crazy fun teen volunteers.

Discussion:  We introduced ourselves and then started with a discussion about what the kids already knew about pirates and I shared some facts from  the books Pirate Treasure and  Famous Pirates, both by Rosalyn Tucker.

Pirate Talk: Since my pirate accent sounds a whole lot like a bad Irish accent, the teens were more than eager to shine here!  Complete with gravely voices, growls, scowls, and gestures, the kids learned some lingo (and shared some of their own).

Movement Songs:

"The Princess Pat":  This is one of my favorites!!  "Capt'n Rachel" and I led the group in this call-and-response chant.  The kids were really into it!  You can watch a YouTube video here.

"Roll Up the Map":  I know Jake and the Neverland Pirates is geared towards younger kids, but the actions in this song are fun and get really tricky.  The kids didn't respond with as much enthusiasm as we did, but I think it had a lot to do with what I call the "Electronic Media Factor".... it's like the kids freeze and can't look away from the screen.


The Pirate Girl's Treasure: An Origami Adventure by Peyton Leung: A pirate girl receives a letter and a map and has adventures.  An origami activity accompanies the text.

As I read the book, Carlie folded the origami like a pro.  The kids were captivated.

Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman:  All her "Underpants" books are hilarious!  Jennifer brought even more hilarity to it with her pirate accent!
Here are some activities to accompany this book from scholastic.

Craft: We made eye patches using this printable template

Activity:  Using children's hangers as hooks, the kids rounded up "Capt'n Maverick"'s treasure.  As a reward, "Capt'n Maverick" rewarded his pirate crew with one treasure each to take home.

Arrrrrr!  Til next year, mateys!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Super Hero Event

We hosted a Super Hero Event at our library last week.  It was highly successful and I want to especially thank our our energetic, responsible  teen volunteers and our Branch Manager and Teen Services Librarian who really owned this event!  After weeks of detailed planning, brainstorming, purchasing, assembling, cutting, creating, painting.... this is what the event looked like:

550-600 kids
900-1000 people total

Scavenger Hunt:

Kids / families got a scavenger hunt and a pencil on the way in.  As they located all the over-sized super hero logos on the walls around the library, they marked them off.  Once they had found all 10, they could redeem them for a free BounceU pass for each child.

Photo Ops at Super Hero Head Quarters:

Kids had the chance to take pictures using various props like action word cutouts, t-shirt capes, and bar bells.  Supergirl and Batgirl posed with children as well. Kids also hung out in the Batcave.
                                                                       Your cape-wearing Librarian. 
Check out this picture of Grayden flying.

The Hulk was very popular!


Tootsie Pop Super Heroes:
I didn't really get a close up of the kids making them, but they were tootsie pops with capes and eyes.

Masks: (the teen volunteers tirelessly cut these over the past few weeks):

Coloring sheets and super hero puzzles:

Kyrptonite Toss:

Spiderman's Spider Web:

We used masking tape to create a web and Spiderman encouraged the kids throw cotton balls into it in between posing for pictures.  This teen volunteer was great!!!  I kept hearing him cheer the kids on with phrases like, "Don't give up! Spiderman never gives up!" and offering "Spidey high-fives."  He was even showing the kids Spiderman's signature web-throwing hand gesture.

                                                                                     Spiderman helping a child throw her cotton ball

Obstacle Course

 Kids had to crawl through the tunnel, jump into the hula hoop, take a running leap over the fire pit, do a jumping jack, stop and balance, lift a heavy boulder over their heads and then meet a teen at the end who would ask, "Are you ready to catch Spiderman's web?" and then shoot silly string up into the air.  Each child got a sticker for heroically mastering the course. Most kids went through multiple times!

Captain America earns his sticker!

 This teen volunteer was so awesome!  She did the obstacle course alongside the kids for almost three straight hours.  Here she is showing a little girl how to life the boulder over her head.

Guest Speaker:
Sierra Wilson is a true hero and brings out the hero and kindness in others!  She honored us with a visit to share her story with our young customers and read a picture book.  You can watch her story here when she was featured on Channel 5 news.

Thank you to all the staff who helped pull this off!  You're fantastic!