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CRAFTS | Old MacDonald’s Barn 2.0

24 Apr

Some photos on my new, improved! barn, now with more a barnlike roofline and hay instead of grass. Plus, MacDonald’s sign over his animules’ home. A definite improvement over the prototype.

 

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CRAFTS | “Old MacDonald Had a Barn, E-I-E-I-O!”

27 Mar

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OLD MACDONALD FOR GUYBRARIAN

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Most of my Storytimes include a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald” accompanied by an assortment of farm animal stuffies that I pull out of a library bag at the appropriate moment. Kids love it. Parents anticipate naming the farm animals with their kids, and I thoroughly enjoy performing this bit of Storytime magic.

Last week, however, I got tired of pulling the animals out of a bag so I decided to build them a proper home out of a 12- x 18-inch corrugated carton shipping box and lots of glue.

I resized and printed on tabloid-sized paper an image of a barn that I liked from the ‘net (tip of the hat to whoever designed this one) …

 

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… and thoroughly gluesticked it to the box.

Then I decided the bottom needed finishing, so I went for some grass:

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(Next time I’ll start with the bottom sheets first.)

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few images of the prototype I made last week:

 

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Today the editor inside of me decided to make it a bit better, so I’ve been tinkering with the barn images a lot.

I also decided that the bottom would be better as hay, not grass (duh!).

I’m still not happy with the box’s non-barnlike roofline, but hey – it’s a box from which animals magically appear and as such it “does the trick.”

 

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PHOTO > Mom Sandie (thanks!)

So …

Here are some JPEGs of my reworked barn and hay …


 

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Much nicer, eh?

If you’d like to build yourself a replica, here’s a tabloid-sized (11 x 17 inches) PDF of the barn and hay ready to  print and glue down whenever you decide to give your farm animals a proper home. I mean, who likes living in a bag?

 

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PDF TEMPLATE > OLD MacDONALD’S CARDBOARD BARN

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

 

 

 

 

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NO GIRAFFES IN THIS BARN!

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FROM AUSTRALIA for AUSTRALIA DAY | Koala Newspaper Collage

27 Jun

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Canada Day is fast approaching (July 1), but I’m more intrigued by this great craft from Australia (Australia Day is January 26). Many thanks to Phillipa at House of Baby Piranha (!) for this great activity for kids.

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House of Baby Piranha | Koala Newspaper Collage

DLTK | Koala Template

designKULTUR | ENVIRONMENT | «A Hot Koala» + A Canadian Beaver

FELT STORY | 5 Little Snowgirls

14 Dec

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A tip of the HAT to my colleagues, Alicia and Nicole, who kindly shared their version of this fashionable felt story:

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I really like Alicia’s penguin hat!

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When I was cutting out my own snowpeople yesterday, a couple of curious coworkers went, “aah … cute!” and wanted to know the story.

Their feedback: “Those words are way too sad for little people’s sensitive ears!”

So, I took their advice and found a more optimistic version, here:

Five little snowmen were very fat,
Each one wore a funny hat;
Out came the sun and melted one,
And four little snowmen stood in the sun.
(Continue counting down to one)

One little snowman was very sad,
He still had his funny hat,
Down came the snow
and the children played,
And built four more snowmen on that winter’s day!


* Feel free to change this to snow women, snowgirls, etc.

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I then took some liberties with those words and accepted the author’s advice to do away with the “man” in snowman.

These, then, are my snowgirls and they’re showing off their new winter hats in the biggest September issue ever. Thanks, Alicia and Nicole!

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FELT STORY | 5 Little Snowgirls PDF

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UPDATE:

FAT is politically incorrect, apparently.

So, I’ve reworked the rhyme to eliminate excess baggage.

I know the second verse doesn’t rhyme very well… I’m thinking, I’m thinking …

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“A snowgirl can never be too fat or too rich.”

“This season’s millinery was a special delight. The Alicia C penguin hat is to die for.”

FLASHCARD STORY | Cosmic Panda: Chapter Two

8 Jan

Ta da! …

Introducing the second installment of THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES of COSMIC PANDA.

If you’d like to read about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic adventures, click on the PDF at the end of the post (please be patient while it downloads — the story is 62 cards long).

I’ve formatted the story to print double-sided so that you can read the story on the back whilst showing the picture front to your audience:

I hope you enjoy COSMIC PANDA and I invite your feedback.

Peacecakes!

… lots of giraffes!

FLASHCARD STORY | Cosmic Panda: Chapter One

8 Jan

In a previous post I wrote that I really liked YouTube’s “Cosmic Panda” Beta release graphic of a supercute panda and that I wanted to archive him for posterity by turning him into a flashcard story.

Ta da! …

Introducing the first installment of THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES of COSMIC PANDA.

If you’d like to read about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic adventures, click on the PDF logo at the end of the post (please be patient while it downloads — the story is 45 cards long).

I’ve formatted the story to print double-sided so that you can read the story on the back whilst showing the picture front to your audience:

I hope you enjoy COSMIC PANDA and I invite your feedback.

(BTW, Chapter 2, “Trouble at the Double Helix,” is  in production. Stay tuned for its début on Guybrarian in the supernear future.)

Space Bunny!

… lots of penguins!

EXTRAS FOR STORYTIME:

Note that the dialogue in COSMIC PANDA is in script form. To liven things up, I’ve made a character chart and stick puppets. Before I start the story, I go over the characters using the chart and then pass out the sticks (multiple copies of each).

Whenever a character in the story has a speaking role, the members of the audience with that character stick hold up their  character. In a few places, up  to four characters speak at once. Try it — it’s fun!

To wrap things up, I hand out a Cosmic Panda colouring sheet and button.

PDF > FLASHCARD: Cosmic Panda Character Card 

PDF > STICK PUPPETS: Cosmic Panda – Main Characters for Chapters 1 + 2

PDF  > COLOURING SHEET: Cosmic Panda – Fill in the Stars

BUTTONS!


CHANTS | The Hippopotamus Chant

5 Jan

“Mooooooove over!”

A Hippopotamus

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got up, got up, got up on a bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Oh, you’re squishing me.”

A cow, a cow, got up on the bus
A cow, a cow, got up on the bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Mooooooove over.”

A snake, a snake, got up on the bus
A snake, a snake got up on the bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Ssssssssit down.”

A sheep, a sheep, got up on the bus
A sheep, a sheep, got up on the bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Baaaaack up.”

PDF > CHANTS: The Hippopotamus Chant

FINGERPLAY | Five Little Monkeys Sitting In a Tree

2 Jan

I really like this one!

Five Little Monkeys Sitting In a Tree

5 little monkeys sitting in a tree,

Teasing Mr. Crocodile:

“You can’t catch me!”

Along comes Mr. Crocodile,

Silent as can be.

And …

Snap!

4 little monkeys …

3 little monkeys …

2 little monkeys …

1 little monkey …

And no more monkeys.

And away swims Mr. Crocodile,

As full as he can be!

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:

PDF > FINGER PLAY – 5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

FELT BOARD STORY | Slippery Fish by Charlotte Diamond

25 Dec

Fishy fun!

Slippery Fish by Charlotte Diamond 

(Make swimming motions as you sing)

Slippery fish, Slippery fish,

Swimming in the water.

Slippery fish, Slippery fish,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no,

(put your hands to your mouth)

it’s been eater by an –

 

(Make squiggling motions as you sing)

Octopus, octopus –

Squiggling in the water

Octopus, octopus,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no, it’s been eaten by a –

 

(Make flashing motions as you sing)

Tuna fish, tuna fish,

Flashing in the water,

Tuna fish, tuna fish,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no, it’s been eaten by a –

 

(Make lurking motions as you sing)

Great white shark, great white shark,

Lurking in the water,

Great white shark, great white shark,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no, it’s been eaten by a – 

 

(Make spouting motions as you sing)

Humungous whale, humungous whale,

Spouting in the water,

Humungous whale, humungous whale – 

Burp! Ex-cuse me!

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: Slippery Fish

AUDIO > Listen to an audio sample of Ms. Diamond singing “Octopus (Slippery Fish)” MP3 | RealAudio

FLASHCARDS | Cosmic Panda

17 Dec

I thought that YouTube’s “Cosmic Panda” was extra-cute and thought I should grab some images of him before he disappeared forever.

I made some flashcards; now I’m thinking of how to incorporate them into a storytime. Perhaps a felt board story about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic friends?

WEEKS LATER … Well, I didn’t go for the felt board idea. Instead, I’ve been working feverishly on a fairly long and complex story about Cosmic and his galaxy of friends that I’m printing on card stock. So far, I’m up to two chapters.

Click on the last link below to see how this project unfolded. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Cosmic Panda and his intergalactic adventures.

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Cosmic Panda (Original Version; Complete Version > link below)

Google Operating System | No More Cosmic Panda

INFORMATION BOOKS | Collective Nouns :: A Zeal of Zebras + Brian Wildsmith’s Animal Gallery

16 Dec

Who knew?

SOURCE >www.collective-noun.com


I came across these two extraordinary — and strikingly dissimilar in style — books today and they prompted me to do some more research about collective nouns.

Who knew that the English language had so many strange names for collectivities of animals?

Woop Studios — Miraphora Mina, Eduardo Lima (photo, below), Harriet Logan, and Mark Faulkner — have a contemporary graphic style that is extremely appealing. The words are engaging, too!

The cover of A Zeal of Zebras sets the tone for what’s inside. The Studio’s artwork captures the essential “animalness” of each of the collective nouns they cover in this gorgeous book.

I’d recommend A Zeal of Zebras as a gift for your graphically-minded friends — they’ll appreciate its bold style.

Woop is, I think, bent on becoming a repository for all of these, as they put it, “eccentricities of the English language.” Be sure to check out WOOP WORDS (link below) for more collective nouns.

From their website:

We believe that making a comprehensive A-Z list of collective nouns freely accessible will help those who share our fascination learn new terms and enjoy and share familiar. We hope that irrespective of whether you are browsing for fun or researching for homework that you will find these words, images and facts entertaining and informative. If you enjoy exploring this list you may well find our forthcoming book A Zeal of Zebras worth a look.

Some of the collective terms listed have real pedigree and lineage and can be found in JThe Oxford English Dictionary, ames Lipton’s 1968 An Exaltation of Larks or even The Book of St. Albans published in 1486. Some are of a more dubious and newer vintage than the original terms of venery. We make no apologies for being eclectic and hope that you will have fun with the words and enjoy our graphic interpretation of some of them.

Brian Wildsmith is, to me, the Eric Carle of England (though he resides in France). He liberated children’s picture books in the mid-sixties with his emphasis on minimal text and brilliantly conceived (art directed, really) page spreads with lots and lots of white space to let his images breathe on the page.

Wildsmith has never achieved Carle’s level of success because he refuses to repeat himself. I think his artistry is unique and superlative and underappreciated.

Trust the Japanese to know a quality artist when they come across one: the Brian Wildsmith Museum is located in Izu-kogen, south of Tokyo (link below).

Here are a few words about Wildsmith pulled from The Guardian:

Korky Paul on Brian Wildsmith

Brian Wildsmith’s work came out in the 1960s and he changed picture books. It was revolutionary stuff. One of his best books is The Hare and the Tortoise. He uses his own colours. He plays with scale, and his animals have characters: roosters strut their stuff, chickens are always eating, cats always sleeping.

What I like about his work is his wonderful use of white space; there are raggedy edges and extraordinary detail. He uses a mixture of media: watercolour, wash, then he works on top with chalk or pen. There is a lot of movement there.

My work is more spiky, but I love trying to create a fantasy world and to stylise it. Children’s books allow artists of all kinds to explore their own vision, how they see the world, and that’s what Wildsmith achieves so well. Exposing children to that teaches them that there are all sorts of ways of viewing the world.

Korky Paul has created illustrations for books including the Winnie the Witch series.

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Click on the links below to find out more about these brilliant artists and their fact books for children that illustrate the strange collective nouns we use to name animals.

These two books are full of strange and fascinating collective nouns accompanied by rich illustrations drawn with flair and élan.

Though utterly different in style, both are highly recommended for kids of all ages.

Brian Wildsmith Museum of Art

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POEM | The Moon Game

16 Dec

Be sure to check the  Moon Phases Calendar for the moon phase of your storytime!

THE MOON GAME

I’m the moon and I play a game.

I don’t always look the same.

 

Sometimes I’m round,

A silver sphere.

 

Sometimes just half of me

Seems to be here.

 

Sometimes I’m a crescent,

Shaped like a smile.


 

Sometimes I surprise you

And hide for awhile.

 

Look up in the sky

For my friendly light.

 

What shape will I have

When you see me tonight?

– Author unknown

PDF > POEM + FLASHCARDS: “The Moon Game” + The Phases of the Moon

Deutsch: Der Vollmond, fotografiert in Hamois ...

FELT BOARD STORY | Five Little Monsters

10 Dec

“I said, get down off of there!”

FIVE LITTLE MONSTERS

Five little monsters jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped her head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monsters jumping on the bed.”

Four little monsters jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monsters jumping on the bed.”

 (Repeat with 3 and 2)

One little monster jumping on the bed.
She fell off and bumped her head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monsters jumping on the bed.”

More Monsters!

Five Little Monsters ver. 1

Five little monsters by the light of the moon
Stirring pudding with a wooden pudding spoon.
The first one says, “It mustn’t be runny.”
The second one says, “That would make it taste funny.”
The third one says, “It mustn’t be lumpy.”
The fourth one says, “That would make me grumpy.”
The fifth one smiles, hums a little tune,
And licks all the drippings from the wooden pudding spoon!

 

Five Little Monsters ver. 2

5 little monsters sleeping in my bed
5 little monsters sleeping in my bed
1 crawled out from under my spread
I called to Mama and Mama said:
“No more monsters sleeping in your bed”

(Continue until there are no little monsters and then say):


No little monsters sleeping in my bed
None crawling out from under my spread
I called to Mama and Mama said:
“There are no more monsters, go to bed!”

 

 

Five Little Monsters Sitting on the Floor ver. 1


Five little monsters sitting on the floor
The [red] one said, “Let’s knock on someone’s door.”
The [green] one said, “Let’s act a little scary.”
The [white] one said, “Why are we so hairy?”
The [blue] one said, “I hear a funny sound.”
The [pink] one said, “There’s no one else around.”
Then “WHOOSH” went the wind and “EEK!” someone said.
So five little monsters ran under the bed.

Five Little Monsters Sitting on the Floor ver. 2

Five little monsters sitting on the floor
The [xxx] one said, “Let’s knock on someone’s door.”
The [xxx] one said, “Let’s act a little scary.”
The [xxx] one said, “Why are we so hairy?”
The [xx] one said, “I hear a funny sound.”
The [x] one said, “There’s no one else around.”
Then “WHOOSH” went the wind and “EEK!” someone said.
So five little monsters ran under the bed.

PDF > Five Little Monsters

 

COPIES OF COPIES DEPARTMENT: I am in debt to the two superbloggers below, from who I got the idea and whose beautiful felt monsters I copied for my storytime. Merci beaucoup!

MONKEYS!

 

ARCHIVES | Clip Art from Clker

6 Dec

Guybrarian highly recommends Clker online royalty free public domain clip art. This site has some really tasteful clip art that you can have fun modifying.

This post is my repository of my favourite Clker images, some of which I’ve had fun toying with.

Please me know if you’ve found some other great site with NICE clip art images.

 

 

UPDATE: Check out openclipart.org for more creative inspiration!

FELT BOARD STORY | Little Mouse

3 Dec

Where’s that mouse?

Look at all the little houses we have.

They’re all different colours. Let’s see what colours We have: We have a  soft pink house; a loud pink house; a red house … and a white house.

But we have a problem. Your see, we don’t know which house the little mouse is hiding in. Will you help me find her?

Let’s call for her:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Using sound effects slowly peel back all the houses but leave four on the board)

Hmmm … she wasn’t in any of those houses. Maybe if we whisper she’ll come out. [Softer]:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Pull back another empty house)

Let’s try this house:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Peel back the house to reveal the little mouse)

There she is! Hello little mouse!

Squeak-squeak!

Let’s make sure she’s the only one, okay?

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”    

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Slowly peel off the remaining two houses with exaggerated SFX)

No. No more mice. She’s the only one! Thanks for your help everybody — I don’t’ think I could have found her without you!

FOR ADDITIONAL FUN: Place some other items behind some of the houses:

FELT BOARD STORY: Little Mouse – PDF

P.S.

Guybrarian recommends Once Upon A Felt for great felt board stories. The owners (Vesna Krcmar Lukic and Sandy Yip) are extremely talented and share my deep concern for early childhood literacy > check out their website:

FELT BOARD STORY | Ten Little Candles

3 Dec

Happy Birthday!

Ten little candles on a birthday cake

 

Puff! Puff! (Blow out 2 candles)

 

Now there are eight.

 

Eight little birthday candlesticks

 

Puff! Puff! Now there are six.

 

Six little candles and not one more

 

Puff! Puff! Now there are four.

Four little candles, red, white and blue

 

Puff! Puff! Now there are two.

 

Two little candles, we’re almost done

 

Puff! Puff! Now there are none.

FELT BOARD STORY: Ten Little Candles – PDF


FELT BOARD STORY | The Monkey and the Crocodile

3 Dec

A tale from India

 

On an island in the middle of the river grew a tall mango tree.

The fruits of the mango were fat. They were ripe. They sent their irresistible smell to the monkeys that lived by the riverbank.

One young monkey stood and stared sadly at the mango tree. He sniffed the air and whimpered.

A crocodile surfaced in the river. “Ah, friend monkey! I, too, have been wanting some of those delicious mangoes. Suppose we work together, as friends, to get them. I can swim across the river, but I cannot climb a tree. You can climb trees, but you cannot swim. So, jump on my back and I will carry you to the island. You can climb up the tree and eat all the mangoes you want, and throw the rest down to me.”

The happy monkey leaped onto the crocodile’s back and the crocodile swam away from the shore. But when they were no more than halfway to the island, the crocodile dived under the water. The poor monkey clung to the crocodile’s scales and held his breath.

When the crocodile surfaced, the monkey gasped and coughed. “What are you doing, friend crocodile? You know I cannot breathe underwater.”

“I am trying to drown you. Then, after I drown you, I will eat you.”

“Oh dear,” said the monkey. “That is so sad. So very sad. You are going to eat me, but you will not be able to taste my heart. It is the most delicious part of my body.”

“I will eat your heart!” said the crocodile.

“No,” said the monkey. “I don’t think so. You see, I keep my heart in the mango tree. I left it there just last week when I was checking to see if the fruit was ripe.”

“I will take you to the mango tree, and you will climb up and get your heart for me,” hissed the crocodile. “Then I will eat you and your heart.”

“Very well,” replied the monkey, “since you insist.”

The crocodile reached the far shore of the river and the monkey leaped onto the sand and scrambled up the tree. He began eating the ripe mangoes, and for good measure he threw some hard green ones down on the crocodile.

“Come down here!” growled the crocodile.

“Ha!” laughed the monkey. “A crocodile who believes that a monkey keeps his heart in a tree is as foolish as a monkey who calls a crocodile his friend.”

The monkey spent many happy days on the island. But he knew he must find a way to get back across the river to his home.  Around and around the island swam the crocodile, still very angry.

The monkey went down to the sandy shore where the river was very narrow. Soon enough, the crocodile appeared.

“I guess I might as well give up,” said the monkey sadly. “I can’t get back across the river, the mangoes are all gone, and I shall soon die of starvation.”

The crocodile licked his crooked lips.

“So I might as well let you eat me,” continued the monkey. “Open your mouth and I will jump in.”

The crocodile opened his mouth.

“Get just a little bit further back from the shore, so I can make a good final leap,” called the monkey.

The crocodile backed up.

“Now open your mouth wide, wider, wider . . . so wide that you even have to close your eyes.”

The crocodile opened his jaws as wide as they would go and scrunched his eyes shut. Monkey made a stunning leap . . . over the crocodile’s mouth, landing on his back, and with one more bound he was back on the bank of the river with his family and friends.

Directions

Colour the monkey and the crocodile on both sides. Cut the crocodile’s mouth on the dotted line. When he opens his mouth at the end of the story, take the two parts of his mouth and separate them, making him open wide. Cut four or more mangoes and colour them orange (or use orange felt). Place them on the tree, and place the tree to the left of the felt board at the beginning of the story. When the monkey eats the mangoes, remove them from the board. The monkey begins the story standing on a small bit of sandy shore at the right of the felt board.

The Tale from India:

The Monkey and the Crocodile: A tale from India – PDF

The Felt Board Story:

FELT BOARD STORY: The Monkey and the Crocodile – A tale from India – PDF

ARCHIVES | PDF + Word Document Files

29 Nov

PDF files from Guybrarian to you > feel free to print + share + spread the silliness!

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: Ten Little Candles

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: Little Mouse

PDF > FINGER PLAY: Here Is the Beehive

PDF > JOKES: Jokes About Our Bee Friends

PDF > Rhymes and Songs

PDF > ACTION! Zoom Zoom Zoom

PDF > BIBLIOGRAPHY: A Selection of CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE by JUDITH SALTMAN

PDF > FOLK TALE: The Monkey and the Crocodile

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: The Monkey and the Crocodile

PDF > SONG + RHYMES: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, etc.

PDF > CLOSING SONG: I Love My Library

PDF > RHYMES: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Complete Verses)

PDF > FINGER PLAY: Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle

PDF > Five Little Monsters

PDF > INSTRUCTIONS: How Not to Take Care of a Baby

PDF > POEM + FLASHCARDS: “The Moon Game” + The Phases of the Moon

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Cosmic Panda

PDF > FLASHCARDS: “Hello, Robots” – Meet the 4 Robots

PDF > SONGS: The Alphabet Song

PDF > RHYME: Thirty Days Hath September

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: Slippery Fish

PDF > RESEARCH ARTICLES: For Some Kids, a Book Is Just an iPad That Doesn’t Work

PDF > RESEARCH ARTICLES: For Their Children Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper

PDF > FINGER PLAY: 5 Little Monkeys

WORD DOCUMENT TEMPLATE > MAKE YOUR OWN BOOKMARKS: I Love Jerry Bee Bookmarks

WORD DOCUMENT TEMPLATE > MAKE YOUR OWN COLOURING PAGES: I Love Jerry Bee – Fill In Your Storytime 

PDF > FINGER PLAY: Five Big Bees on a Billygoat’s Knee

PDF > SONGS: Bee Song + Bumble Bee

PDF > SONGS: Bees Here

PDF > FINGER PLAY: 5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle Rectangle Diamond Heart

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle

PDF > FLASHCARD: Cosmic Panda Character Card

PDF > STICK PUPPETS: Cosmic Panda – Main Characters for Chapters 1 + 2

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PICTURE BOOKS | Oliver Jeffers :: Lost and Found

27 Nov

Another fantastic tale for children and adults from the talented Mr. Jeffers!

FAMILY STORYTIME | Animals That Don’t Do What They’re Supposed To Do

26 Nov

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE:

Welcoming Music | “Simple Gifts” – Wilson

3 minutes            Opening Rituals | Greetings + Chester

5 minutes            Read-Aloud Story 1 | Lost and Found – Jeffers

3 minutes            Song + Movement | “Old Macdonald”

5 minutes            Read-Aloud-Story 2 | The Cow that Went OINK – Most

3 minutes            Board Book | Series – Northwest Coast Native Art: Colour

5 minutes            Felt Board Story | “Little Mouse, Little Mouse”

4 minutes            Read-Aloud-Story 3 | Bark, George – Feiffer

2 minutes            Closing Rituals | Announcements and Birthday Club

1 minute              Closing Song | “I Love My Library” (“London Bridge”)

TOTAL:              31 minutes

MATERIALS CHECKLIST:

☐  Chester

☐  Portable CD Player

☐  CD: Dulcimer Lullabies

☐  Snappy Library Cards

☐  Circle, Square, Triangle (in VPL colours)

☐ 8 Books: Northwest Coast Artists (4); Jeffers (2); Most; Feiffer

☐ Felt Board

☐  “Little Mouse” Felt Pieces

☐  Rubber Stamps + Ink Pad

☐  Babytime Brochures


THE PROGRAM

 

Welcoming Music | Track 6 from Dulcimer Lullabies: “Simple Gifts” – Joemy Wilson

 

Opening Ritual | Greetings

 

Snap, snap, snap!

What’s that? What’s that?

That’s the sound of Happy-Snappy Library Cards welcoming you to Storytime at the Vancouver Public Library!

Welcome boys and girls! Welcome big people!

[Scan audience and decide which greetings might be appropriate]:

l   Bienvenue!

l   Bienvenido!

l   Benvenuti!

l   Bem-vindo!

l   Nuānyíng Guānglín!

l   Yōkoso!

l   Mabuhay!

l   Hoan nghênh!

l   Wilkommen!

[Wave to everyone] Hi! My name is Michael and today we’re going to have some FUN!

Before we start, a few words:

Kids, I hope you’ll put on your best “listening skills” for the next half hour. That means sitting still and really, really listening to the stories. And then, when the time comes, participating in the activities!

Big people, if your child gets restless, please feel free to take them out into the hallway until they are ready to rejoin us. Everyone appreciates your cooperation and consideration. Thanks!

Now, are you ready? Okay!

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Go!

Art, Arf!

Oh my! I forgot something. Chester? Chester? Chesterwhere are you?

Arf! ARF!

Oh, there you are. [Put on puppet]. Hi Chester!

Hello Michael. Who are all these people?

They’re you’re neighbours, Chester. They live in your neigh-bour-hood.

Won’t you say “hello” to your new friends?

Arf! ARF!

Are you telling any stories about dogs today, Michael? Arf. ARF!

Well, Chester, I do have a story today about a dog. His name is George.

I think you’re going to like the pre-dic-a-ment George gets himself into.

But we’ve got other stories — about cows and pigs and penguins —

for your new friends today.

Oh! And some mice, too.

Arf. Arf! ARF! More!

Today’s stories are about animals that don’t do what they’re supposed to do. And the stories are about friendship and how we can learn things from our friends — and how a good friend is like a gift.

And … for the youngest members of our audience today – and that includes you, too, Chester …

Arf. Arf!

[Whisper] Chester’s still a puppy.

— we’re going to learn our colours. Sound like a plan? Well then … Chester, I’m going to put you over there so you can listen to the stories? Okay?

Arf!

 

Now let’s all get comfy and listen. Okay? Well, then …

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Go!


Read-Aloud Story 1 | Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers

Our first story today is about a penguin that doesn’t live where it’s supposed to live. It’s also about friendship. Does anyone know what a penguin is? Where do they live? What’s a friend?

Today’s story is called Lost and Found. It’s by one of my favourite writers and illustrators for children, Oliver Jeffers.

 

 

A good friend is a great gift. That’s what I think.

 

(To the adults: I really like picture books that are written and illustrated by one person; if you liked this one, I’d recommend its sequel, called Up and Down [Point to book]).

 

Singing + Movement | “Old Macdonald”

Now, our next book is about animals that live on a farm. So let’s all get up, shake our wiggles out, and sing two verses from that silly song about Old Macdonald and his farm. Now, what sound does a cow make? And a pig?

Okay … 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Sing!

 


Old Macdonald

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
With a “moo-moo” here and a “moo-moo” there
Here a “moo” there a “moo”
Everywhere a “moo-moo”
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O


Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O
With an “oink-oink” here and an “oink-oink” there
Here an “oink” there an “oink”
Everywhere an “oink-oink”

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

So, in English, cows go “moo” and pigs go “oink-oink.” But wait … did you know that other languages have different sounds for animals? For example, Korean cows say “Um-er” and Koreans pigs say “Gul-gul.”

Does anyone know any other animal sounds in other languages?

Thanks for sharing!

 

Read-Aloud-Story 2 | The Cow that Went OINK – BIG book } Bernard Most

[Show book] This is a story about how each and every one of us is special and how lucky we are when we find a special friend who can teach us things. It’s written and illustrated by a fantastic writer for young children, Bernard Most.

 


The Cow that Went OINK …

I think you liked that one! [Invite comments]

Board Book | Learn the Colours with Northwest Coast Native Art

 

So, last week we learned our shapes, remember?

[Show shapes]: Circle. Square. Triangle?

This week, we’re going to learn the names of colours!

I like this little book about the colours for its local content – West Coast First Nations artists illustrated the book to give children a taste of their cultures. It’s from this series of board books in our collection [Point to the other books in the series].

Are we ready to learn our colours? Okay then, 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Learn!

“Red! Blue! Yellow! Green! Purple! Grey! Brown! Pink! Orange! White!”

Fantastic folks!

What’s your [point to a few audience members] favourite colour?

Felt Board Story | “Little Mouse, Little Mouse”

 

Now, I bet some of you have been wondering what all these coloured houses are doing here today. They weren’t here last week, were they?

Well, this is a game I really like to play but I need [Point] your help. And the younger kids here today need the help of the older kids. So, let’s all work together, okay? Are you ready to play? 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Play!

 

Look at all the little houses we have.

They’re all different colours.

Let’s see what colours we have:

We have a red house; a pink house; a blue house … and a white house.

But we have a problem. Your see, we don’t know which house the little mouse is hiding in. Will you help me find her?

Let’s call for her:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Using sound effects slowly peel back all the houses but leave four on the board)

 

Hmmm … she wasn’t in any of those houses. Maybe if we whisper she’ll come out. [Softer]:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Pull back another empty house)

Let’s try this house:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Peel back the house to reveal the little mouse)

There she is! Hello little mouse!

Squeak-squeak!

 

Let’s make sure she’s the only one, okay?

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”    

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Slowly peal off the remaining two houses with exaggerated SFX)

 

No. No more mice. She’s the only one! Thanks for your help everybody —

I don’t’ think I could have found her without you!

(To adults: do mice live in houses? Are they supposed to?)

Okay, now it’s time for our last story, Bark George, written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. This one’s for you, Chester!

 

Arf! Arf!


 

 

Read-Aloud Story 3 | Bark, George – Jules Feiffer

[Contingency Plan: If time is running out, hold up the book and tell the audience that unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye but Bark, George will be the featured book next week, when the themes will include … Dogs and the Wacky Things They Do!]

This is a fantastic story about a dog that doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.

Do any of you know this book? (If someone knows the story, ask their name and, at the end of the story, ask them if they would like to deliver the punch line.) I hope you like it!

This story is for you, Chester!

Arf! Arf!


Bark, George by Jules Feiffer …

So, what did you think of George’s pre-dic-a-ment?

 

Closing Rituals | Announcements + Birthday Club

Well, girls and boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, that con-cludes today’s Storytime. Thanks for being such good listeners. And thanks for helping me find that mouse! I hope you had fun — I know I did. I really hope to see you all again next week, when we’ll learn about sizes – little monkeys and big gorillas, tiny insects and gi-gan-tic dinosaurs and things like that.

Before we go, does anyone have anything they’d like to say?

Thanks for coming to Storytime at [Joe Fortes/Kerrisdale] today.

Don’t forget that we also have fun at Babytimes on [day of week and time].

I have brochures here for anyone who knows a family with a baby. And please tell your friends about Family Storytime.

Kids, I also have some animal stamps if you’d like to remember your visit to the Library today. And Chester would love to meet you if you want to meet him. He loves little children and he never bites!

Finally … is anyone celebrating a birthday this week?

[If so, sing “Happy Birthday”]

So now it’s time to say goodbye. Let’s all stand and sing our goodbye song:


Closing Song | “I Love My Library” (“London Bridge”)

Now it’s time to say goodbye,

say goodbye, say goodbye.

Now it’s time to say goodbye.

Un-til … next time!

 

See you at the library,

library, library.

See you at the library –

I love my li-brar-y!

 

One more time!

 

Thanks again for coming to the Vancouver Public Library today! My name is Michael and I hope to see you again soon!



FAMILY STORYTIME | Birthdays!

26 Nov

 

FELT BOARD  STORY | Ten Little Candles

Ten little candles on a birthday cake

Puff! Puff! (Blow out 2 candles)

Now there are eight.

Eight little birthday candlesticks

Puff! Puff! Now there are six.

Six little candles and not one more

Puff! Puff! Now there are four.

Four little candles, red, white and blue

Puff! Puff! Now there are two.

Two little candles, we’re almost done

Puff! Puff! Now there are none.

FELT BOARD STORY- Ten Little Candles – PDF

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