Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts

Friday, March 7, 2014

My First Flannel Story!

Wednesday, I attended a Storytelling in Storytime workshop. I have wanted to incorporate more stories sans books, so I drove 90 miles (blargh!) to learn a bit more about flannel/felt, cut and tell, and other fun storytelling types. Thankfully, the workshop was totally worth the drive! I have many new ideas to share with my little friends.

I finally had a quiet moment to rock some felt today. I started simple, since I have a terrible history with fabric arts. I took the idea from the Lion Hide-And-Seek Flannelboard in Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan. Originally, the characters were lions, but I didn't have enough brown felt. Tigers it is!


Here's Momma Tiger and Baby Tiger under a tree. I think I did a pretty good job for a first-timer. High five!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Feeling Sick! Storytime


Many people who know me personally question my preoccupation with the word "boogers." I'm not sure why "boogers" is part of my everyday lexicon, but it's even more prevalent during the winter when boogers are more pronounced. I talk about boogers being on books, equating being sniffley with having booger issues, and making sure to sanitize ALL OF THE THINGS in the children's department, because, well, boogers. Enough about my weirdness, let's talk about how not to get overrun with boogers, a.k.a.: storytime about being sick!

I started the fun with a hand-washing song I found in a songbook floating around my bookshelf at work. The book is Songs and Games for Fours by Jean Warren. The song is to the tune "The Farmer in the Dell" and is attributed to Betty Silkunas. We did hand washing motions for the first three lines, and a "POOF" out of sight motion for the last line.

I soap up on the left.
I soap up on the right.
I rub and scrub and wash my hands;
The dirt goes out of sight!

I rinse off on the left.
I rinse off on the right.
I rinse and rinse and rinse my hands;
The dirt goes out of sight!


The first story I read was Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson. We then talked about different ways people help us when we are sick, and ways to NOT get sick (keep your boogers to yourself!). I then read Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney. Both books were well received and I will definitely use them again for all ages.


I had the hardest time figuring out a good craft for this week. I was going to do get-well cards, but that idea didn't speak to me. Then, I was going to do the use-bandaids-to-make-butterflies idea, but didn't think it tied in to my books well enough. Then I had an epiphany (and didn't hurt myself in the process!). I asked the kids what is similar about the two book covers. Quilts!


I had two baggies full of tiny squares left over from a teen mosaic craft program last year. I cut some scrap construction paper into quarter sheets and let the kids make paper "quilts." The kids love anything they can use the glue sticks for, and I like the awesome fine-motor skill workout it gives them, without major worry about swallowing something. I still had some paper eaters, but their mom's were all, "Yup, they do that" so I wasn't worried. Nor am I fazed, because my two-and-a-half year old eats anything he can find. (There are teeth marks on my piano. True story.)

While serious crafting was happening, I had two other "centers" kiddos could choose to do if they were bored or done with their crafts in a short time. Alphabet puzzles have been a hit lately, so I pulled them out, along with Magnadoodles for some free writing/drawing time.

This program was a hit, even though boogers weren't actually mentioned the ENTIRE TIME. (By that I mean I was surprised that I didn't even mention boogers.) I'll be putting it in my "Instant PreK Programs" binder for future use.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy 2014!

We had some seriously crappy weather last week. The library was shut down for two days, so you know it was fo' real. I finally resumed storytime this week after being on hiatus for winter break. I was certainly happy to see my little friends and their caregivers! My theme was centered around the craft I came up with, thinking that it's nice to have a fresh calendar in January! I printed these out, via Microsoft Publisher, and asked my fabulous volunteer, Beth, to bind them in the workroom for me. (She's a good sport and made 50 calendars for me. Thanks, Beth!)



The kiddos could then decorate their calendars however they pleased. If you want an inexpensive craft that gets parents and kids really talking to each other, I highly recommend this! I overheard so many enriching conversations about months, seasons, birthdays, and holidays.

Normally I start with a story, but this week I made the stories work around my craft. We read Mrs. Muddle's Holidays by Laura F. Nielsen on Monday and Tuesday, and the text above the pictures (there are a lot of captions) in The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen in the Wednesday class. The younger kiddos were pretty antsy by the end of each, so I would save both titles for 4 and up.



I also reintroduced the "storytime suggestions" to each class. These are general good citizen rules for my classes that needed repeating. Most everyone was happy to hear the expectations repeated, so I felt good about the speech...and the handout....and the poster filled with "please do" and "please don't."

How has 2014 been treating you so far?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For The Birds

I live in Indiana, where the weather seemingly fluctuates from hour to hour. For a couple days last week, the weather was unseasonably warm, and the next two days I received about 5 inches of snow at my house. Now it's super cold, and hopefully will stay that way so all of us with sinus issues can be done with the up and down temperature madness. Regardless, we talked about winter activities and wildlife this week in story time.

We started with the Snow Fun motion song and the Five Perky Penguins fingerplay from last week. Then I read Mouse's First Snow by Lauren Thompson. I spiced this up a bit by asking the kiddos if they had done the activity that Mouse and his father were doing in the book. It's a very cute book and works well with the interactive piece.


Then I did my first ever cut and tell story! I first saw this story done by Suzanne Walker of the Indiana State Library at a workshop last year, but hadn't tried it "in real life." Here's the best link I could find of the "Some kids got a tent" tale, complete with pictures. The kids were totally amazed by the magical story I told them...I'll have to do more cut and tells soon!


Next I read No Two Alike by Keith Baker. It's a beautifully illustrated story in verse about how two things can be alike, but different at the same time. The birds are the main characters; they fly around and check out their world in the snow.  It worked for my theme, as I really wanted to talk about birds and why people like to feed them in the wintertime. Our craft was next, and we made "birdfeeders" out of pipe cleaners and (as my kids say) Ohs cereal.


The craft is very simple, but it's also wonderful for fine motor skill development. I always try to do crafts that families can replicate at home, and this is no exception.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Art a la Carte

I really love crafts. So much that it hurts my heart when a kiddo doesn't like to do crafts. (Getting messy! Colors! Texture! What's not to like, I mean, really?) Anyway, I thought I should pair my crafty love with the fact that there is waaaay too much crafty crap in my storage closets, and Art a la Carte was born.

How it works: I set up a "buffet" of craft projects and items. Patrons pick what they want to create. They make stuff. It's simple, awesome, and fun.

Chalk pastels on canvas boards!

Creation!

Making a puzzle!
I promoted this as an all ages program, however my demographic has been families and teens who happen to be in the building at the time. The teens have been very enthusiastic about the program, which is awesome. I'm hoping to draw in more families with parents who are willing to create something for themselves...which has sort of happened, but not really.

The program hasn't cost much, since I'm (still) trying to use up odds and ends that were left for me when I started at MPL. I did invest in some canvases for my massive amount of watercolors, so there's that. Overall however, low cost and high attendance have made for a great program.

What kind of craft programs do you offer? This Crafty Gal wants to know!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Here There Be Monsters!

I broke through the "Dig Into" mold the previous week with my three visiting school groups and did a monster theme. I had so much fun that we might just do it the first week of September programming. And away we go...


I don't do many songs for my visiting groups, as we only meet once a month. I may do an old standard, but it's hard to switch things up when my friends aren't here on a weekly basis. Therefore I read more books, which is perfectly fine with everyone. The kids really like new books, and they're old enough to sit (with breaks, obviously) for more than a couple of books.

I started the class off with There Was An Old Monster by the Emberley family. Most of the kids were familiar with the format and really enjoyed this book. I also read Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley, which is a fabulous interactive read; even the older kids (think 3rd grade!) liked playing along with the "GO AWAY!" part. I wasn't going to read it to the group of K-6 kids I had Friday, but they begged me to do it (literally, with the please please please with sugar on top), and it was very successful.

I read Ten Little Beasties by the Emberleys to the younger groups. It was sort of hard to do the counting with this story, but the pictures are super cool (as with all Emberley books), so we just perused the pages and looked at all the creatures. (Emberley family: what's with all the monster books? I mean, thank you for the monster books!)

We completed a craft (more below) and then Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems wrapped up our time together. After doing the "scary" monster books, this story really topped everything off. It's so fun to read aloud, especially if you can do Sam's rant in one breath. Good times!


Ooh! Scary blank page!

Ooh! Monsters!
I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to do it. I actually found the craft before I picked the books, then the planets aligned and it just all came together. AND it's minimal prep: stick googly eyes on paper, let kids draw, the end. It's such a fun activity though! I'm really glad the kids liked it, because I love it. They had a blast drawing around the eyes and making their own creations. The monster on the left with the rain boots was done by a 5 year old, and the one on the right is my own. The kids named it "crabtopus" so I personalized its skateboard. Rad.

I'll have to think of some monster activities for the younger set, but I'll definitely be using this theme again. High five!

Next Post: This Is The End (Of Summer Reading) My Friend

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dig Into Earth! Storytime Edition

(I have to preface this post with saying, I'm really glad summer reading is almost over simply because I'm over the "Dig Into!" thing. GIVE ME BACK MY CREATIVE LICENSE, PEOPLE.)

Ahem, anyway.

This week has been all about the Earth, specifically animals and how to take care of the planet.




I was feeling saucy and couldn't pick just two books this week. We had enough time for all three, so it was all good. Out of the three, Bear and Bee was the clear hit. It may have been my delivery, ("I'M A BEE!") but there was much clapping at the end. And then a young lady started talking about birthday cakes and icing for some reason and we got off on a crazy tangent. It's okay. What happens in storytime, stays in storytime, right?

We did a couple of songs: "Dig, Dig, Dig the Earth" has become a staple this summer, and I introduced "The Bees on the Flowers",  taken from Storytime Magic, and sung to the tune "The Wheels on the Bus."

The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz
Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz
The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz
All through the summer

The fireflies go blink, blink, blink...
The butterflies go flutter, flutter, flutter...
The crickets in the grass go chirp, chirp, chirp...

The kiddos really liked this song and caught on quickly!

We made sand art necklaces purchased from Oriental Trading. (I bought 80% of my summer supplies from Oriental Trading. I don't work there. I'm not endorsed by them. BUT IF I WAS I would say that I have been perfectly happy with all the products purchased. Take note, potential sponsors.) The kids and parents both liked the craft, but it was a bit more hands-on for the adults than I would have liked it to be. It's okay. We're painting with "worms" next week. (Dress for mess, patrons! I forgot to give you all a heads-up. I'm sure it's fine though, because this week's storytime rocked!)

Overall, another successful storytime in the bag. I'm on vacation in two weeks. Not that I'm counting down or anything.

Next Post: Prehistoric Pajama Time

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Teddy Bear Sleepover

32 kids, 32 stuffed animals, 23 adults, and 1 me. This, my friends, is the Teddy Bear Sleepover.


Last Thursday, I hosted the Teddy Bear Sleepover (TBS). Evidently TBS's are a "thing." I hadn't heard of the concept before I started at this library, but it's cute and popular, so I figured what the hey, let's do it again.


When patrons opened the front door, they could follow the paws to the Community Room. I held the event in our large meeting room, as my normal program room wouldn't hold the fun that is the TBS. These are not bear paw prints, but it's what I found in the closet, (read: I didn't have to make them!) so I'm not one to complain. I wanted patrons to know where to go, so they were useful.

Patrons were greeted with pudding cups and Teddy Grahams, to make edible teddy bear swimming pools. I pre-positioned "Meet My Bear" coloring sheets, so the kiddos could start eating and crafting right away.
Kate made me pose for a picture. Now I'm glad she did.
I gave them 10-15 minutes to eat and complete their coloring, then we made a "circle" to tell each other about our stuffed friends. A) Circle time does not work with 32 0-6 year olds, and B) Show and Tell isn't a concept they understand until they see it in action at school: Lesson learned. Anyway, then we jammed to a song called "Dance With Your Teddy Bear," and had a seat to listen to We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.


Honestly, I had heard of this book, but had never read it until I started planning this program. I had never read this aloud until that night. It's such a good read aloud!!! (Exclamation points!!! I mean it!) I didn't know if the kids would get into it, but they did and it was great. Especially when I started screaming when the family found the bear. Kids love it when I freak out, so they freak out along with me! High five!

We got them all to pose by saying "Roar for the camera!"

After the story, they made their own bear masks. A group of them followed me around with masks on growling at me...well, I kind of egged them on by running away screaming. I finally calmed them down enough to make the announcement that it was time to put our friends to bed.

Can I get those paisley sheets in a queen size?
 
Beth, the cardboard addicted super-volunteer, made beds out of discarded boxes, wrapping paper, and brads. They were all different sizes and colors. How awesome is that?! The kids picked out a bed for their stuffed friends, and tucked them in. I let the parents know that the guests needed to be picked up between 9 and 11am the following day. The kids got to keep the beds for their friends. I hope they come in good use for imaginative play at home. I also printed keepsake pictures for them that they received at pickup time.

Goodnight! Right?
Then the real fun began...




I received very positive feedback for this program. Overall, it was controlled chaos for me. I tried not to over plan, because I have found it's silly to try with large programs. I'm learning to go with the flow, and I think it's paying off. I'll definitely offer this program again.

Next Post: Summer's Halfway Checkpoint

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dig Into Dinosaurs!

I like dinosaurs by default as a mom of two dinosaur-obsessed boys. Extinct animals are a fun topic for kids because of the added mystery of not being around anymore. This week I had one class totally enthralled, and another class that could care less if dinosaurs ever existed. We'll discuss the former, because that class was so fun that I may do another dinosaur-specific program!

I don't think skulls have eyeballs. Just saying.
We kicked things off with Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. I like this book because it's simple and the illustrations are clear enough for a room of 20 preschoolers to see everything. We had a great discussion about paleontologists and how dinosaur bones get to the museum. The Children's Museum in Indianapolis has an awesome dinosaur exhibit, and most of the kids had been there to see the fossils, which was nice because they could connect the book with something outside the library.

After a rollicking round of "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Dinosaurs," we did a song based on "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear," and it goes like this:

Dinosaur Dinosaur Turn Around
Dinosaur Dinosaur Stomp Your Feet
Dinosaur Dinosaur Show Your Claws
Dinosaur Dinosaur Snap Your Jaws
Dinosaur Dinosaur Turn Around
Dinosaur Dinosaur Sit Back Down

It was really fun...so we did it three times!

Best part: Beans up the nose. Seriously.

When we recovered from the fun that was our action rhyme, I read How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen. This was the most well-received book in both classes this week. I really like these books; they totally crack me up.

Then we discussed what dinosaurs actually looked like. Many kiddos told me, with serious faces, that they had seen actual dinosaurs before. I gently told them that scientists have found great clues about what the dinosaurs were like, but aren't 100% sure that they were green and scaly. Our conversation led to our craft, which was to "design a dinosaur."

Sally, colored by Nora, Nora, Nora the Cataloger (NORA!)
My coworker, Nora, designed this fabulous dinosaur as an example for my classes (thank you!). The kids liked this craft because they could color the dinosaur however they wanted, but mostly because I supplied them with colored pencils instead of crayons this week. I was feeling saucy, what can I say?

Last, but not certainly not least, we played Hot Potato using "dinosaur eggs." I reused the crepe paper-wrapped balls I used for the dinosaur egg "relay" races and the game was a success. How is Hot Potato a success with 2-5 year olds? If you give them a prize when they're out, it's a no-tears situation. *High Five!*

I will definitely be rocking the dinosaur theme again. Probably not soon, because this "Dig Into Reading" thing is getting really old, but still. The idea is there, and it works, and that's what matters!

Next Post: Teddy Bear Sleepover!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dig into Reading: Animals Underground

It's Week 3 of Summer Reading here at MPL. There have been many people in and out of the building, but it has been a fairly easy week for me. We talked about underground animals in story time, and started with Mole's Hill: A Woodland Tale by Lois Ehlert. The kids enjoyed the illustrations, but many didn't understand the story, other than fox has big teeth and will eat mole if she doesn't do what he asks. I like the story; it may be better suited for the K-3 crowd, however.

Why isn't Mole featured on the cover?! The world may never know.
Second, we talked about animals who live underground. I kept fishing for the answer "rabbit" because our next activity was the fingerplay "Little Bunny Foo Foo," which the kids adore. The parents, well, that's another story...there are many anti-bunny foo fooers out there. Sorry, folks, the kids like it and I'm not sick of it...yet.

Next, I did a flannelboard rendition of How Chipmunk Got His Stripes adapted by Joseph Bruchac. I got the pattern from the CSRP CD-ROM that was sent to us this spring; there is a brown squirrel, chipmunk, sun, and bear. The flannel pieces aren't incredibly elaborate, so I'll be omitting any pictures from my post. I'm new to the flannel board thing, and will be making some new storytelling kits for the fall with felt...but that's for another post! Anyway, I like this story and will probably do it again, once I get more comfortable with storytelling, versus reading aloud.


My hedgehog friend hanging out with a literary meerkat.

I found this craft via Pinterest and thought it was too adorable not to make. My supervolunteer, Beth, made the bases for the kids to work with; she cut out the face part and drew the features. The kiddos then colored the hedgehog to their liking, and then did some scissor practice to make the spines. I was worried about the anti-scissor parents this week...they're normally pretty vocal. "I don't allow her to use scissors yet. I'm afraid she'll cut herself/her hair/the dog's hair/poke her eye out." There was only one adult who cut the "spines" for her child, so we'll have to call this week a victory for the pro-scissor camp.

Let them cut paper!


Anyway, in one of my classes, I read Diary of a Baby Wombat by Jackie French. It was well received, but a bit awkward to read aloud. I didn't read this for the second group due to time constraints.

This week, we were also graced by the presence of Silly Safaris! It's a group who does live animal shows at different places in our state, as well as surrounding areas. I took my own kids to the program. Needless to say, we had a blast. My oldest son got his face wiped with a cockroach-filled napkin...when he ran up to Amazon John to let him know that indeed, there were bugs on his napkin. A great time was had by all. I can't wait for them to come back for their winter show!

There's a bug on your napkin!
Next Post: ROAR! Dinosaurs!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ants in the Pajama Pants

We discussed insects, specifically ants, in Pajama Time this past week. I'm sure insects are called creepy-crawlies for a reason, but I didn't get into the yuck factor with the kids...other than the little gal who told us all about how her mom hates spiders. Mom was not happy.


Anyway, we kicked off the program with Ant, Ant, Ant! (An Insect Chant) by April Pulley Sayre. It's an epic ode to insects and fun to read. We had an in-depth conversation on how stinkbugs do not actually emit a green cloud when they let loose the stank. The kiddos were really into this one and I'll definitely use the book again.

We then did "The Ants Go Marching" up to number 5, because the kids were tired of marching by that time. The next book was The Ant and the Grasshopper by Rebecca and Ed Emberley. This story is loosely based on the Aesop fable of the same name, however the Grasshopper is in a band that helps the ant carry on her daily work by playing music for her. No hard feelings or hunger at the end. The kiddos were less impressed with this book, but I had a pretty young crowd. I really like this one.

Obviously.

After a rousing rendition of "A Bug is on My Toe," we did our craft. The original idea I found on Pinterest. The text says "If you were as small as a little red ant, what would you do that big people can't?" Supplies used: construction paper (green, red, black), googly eyes, black pipe cleaners (chenille stems for all you early childhood people out there), glue stick, tape, crayons. The kiddos had fun putting this together. Minimal parental help was needed, which is a good thing when we're trying to work on fine motor skills (you're welcome, early childhood people).


Last but not least, I read Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. I enjoy this book and like the way it ends, because you don't know if the turd of a kid steps on the ant. I saw the wheels in the kiddos little noggins turning as we read this book. Good stuff.

We rounded out the PJ Time with a bit of parachute, and I showed them the fly swatting game I made...but that's another blog.

Next Post: Ready, Set, Read! Summer Edition

Monday, June 10, 2013

Camping at the Library

For the first Pajama Time of the summer, we discussed camping. I went camping many times when I was younger. I have fond memories, but now my favorite outdoor activity is reading a book on the porch, with a beverage that may or may not have an umbrella.

Anyway, we started off with an amazing snack of no-bake s'more bars. The library's administrative assistant is the Martha Stewart of our staff, and I asked if she would bust these pseudo-camping treats out for us. Man, they were delicious. I would have taken a picture, but we ate them all.

Whist pigging out on s'more bars, I read Little Critter at Scout Camp by Mercer Mayer. I got a great response to the critters finding a skunk in the woods, but the rest of the book was lukewarm. I like the dry humor in Mayer's Critter books, but I guess the kids aren't into it. That, or they were too loopy on sugar to make any sense of the book.

 
 
 
 
After Little Critter, I went right into Camping Day by Patricia Lakin. I like this book because of the rhyming lilt of the story, even though it's a bit tongue-twisty. The dinosaur family decides to go camping, sets up, has some fun, then gets scared of a shadow (actually one of the dinosaur's), and drives home to camp in their own backyard. I'm not sure if there were any umbrella drinks, but there should have been.

Whooooo didn't change the empty roll?
The library staff has been wondering why they have been saving toilet paper rolls for me (thank you!). Here's one of the reasons: toilet paper roll owls. Super cute, eh? My superheroine volunteer, Beth, pre-painted these lovelies for me with tempura. I stuck the eyes and paper beak onto sheets of glue dots and let the kiddos stick and color in feathers and whatnot. One of the little boys wouldn't talk for the rest of the program, he just hooted via his owl. It was kinda adorable to me...not so much to Grandma.

We ended with a nice fishing expedition. I found the idea for this game in The Mailbox. I printed, laminated, and cut a fish template. I used transparent circle label stickers that we use to label some of our materials (thanks workroom stash!) to add lowercase and uppercase letters to the fish. I then attached paperclips so we could "fish" for them with paint stirrer+string+tape+magnet fishing poles. The object of the game is to catch a fish, recognize the letter, and placing it in the large bucket for uppercase, or the small bucket for lowercase. The kids did a great job. The only drawback is the inevitable tangle of the fishing lines. At least there aren't hooks to deal with!

Gone fishin'.
 
Next Post: Dig into Gardening!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dig into Construction!

Ever since I started driving, I have really disliked construction. I mean, I understand why stuff needs to be built/fixed and whatnot, but golly gee...why does half the highway need to be closed all summer? I digress...this week was the first week of summer storytime, and we talked about construction!
Thank you, Mr. Obvious.
I started storytime with some "Storytime Suggestions" for my patrons: i.e. be on time, interact with your kid, leave if your kid is acting a fool. We moved on to I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan. I like this as a read aloud because the text is very conversational. Here I am reading it aloud for your pleasure. I was hungry at the time, so I say "flatbread truck" instead of "flatbed truck," but I know you'll understand.

Then I led a rousing rendition of "Ten Little Dump Trucks." You know: one little, two little, three little dump trucks? It was cute. I gave the kids a laminated handout of ten dump trucks and we counted our little heads off.

Next we did an action song to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus" taken from Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan called "At the Construction Site." The kiddos really liked this because of all the movement. I really liked it because it tied in really well with the next book: Tip Tip Dig Dig, by Emma Garcia.
Build Build
This book appeals to every age group and gender. The ladies especially liked the purple concrete mixer. All the machines are vividly painted, which makes this a wonderful book to practice colors as well.


If you look closely, you can see me taking a picture of the picture! Ooh!
Our craft was this spiffy bulldozer that I found on this blog via Pinterest. I had the shapes cut so we didn't have any "dreaded scissors" on the table, but the kids glued them onto the paper, then tore paper to make the rocks.

Nothing runs like a plastic Deere.
I have retired the toy box, at least for the summer, if not for all time. I made cool totes with river rocks complete with bulldozers that the kids could play with. In early childhood speak, these would be "sensory bins." I also put a couple tubs of Legos on the tables like I did at the Summer Reading Kickoff so everyone would have something to play with if they weren't keen on the rocks. The kids LOVED this stuff!!! (I use exclamation points sparingly, so you know this means business.) I'm definitely going to work in more of these kinds of things to my story times. *High five!*

Summer is off to a rockin' start. (See what I did there?)

Next post: S'more Pajama Time