Mother's Day

Hooray for Moms! After storytime today, we made a flower craft. We used green popsicle sticks, paper flower/leaf cut-outs and homemade green playdough. We made little flowers, and then stuck them inside a small cup using the playdough. I’ll include the recipe down below. My first batch turned out great…but the next two batches were too sticky…hmm. I used a different bag of flour for the last 2, so I am wondering if a certain type of flour works better for this particular recipe. (There are a few different no-cook and cooking recipes searchable via the Web.)

I also wanted to let everyone know that the rhymes that we use each week (the ones on the sheets that I pass out) are now available on this site. They’re listed as “Toddler Storytime Rhymes” under Pages on the sidebar. I hope to eventually include some sound recordings of some of the rhymes as well.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Cackle, Cackle, Mother Goose
Cackle, cackle, Mother Goose,
Have you any feathers loose?
Truly have I, pretty fellow,
Quite enough to fill a pillow.

Stories Shared:
My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? By Eric Carle
Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name by Suzanne Williams
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Five Little Ducks
Blackbirds
Round and Round the Garden
Skidamarink
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Bonus Rhyme:
Silly Hat Song
(Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.]

Music:
Music for Little People: Toddler Favorites
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (I am a Fine Musician)

Playdough:
3 cups four
1/3 cup salt
2 tbsp oil (vegetable)
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix dry ingredients with oil. Add food coloring to water and mix together. Add water to flour/salt/oil mixture slowly (about 1/4 cup at a time) and mix together with a spoon. Once you’ve added all the water, knead the dough with your hands.

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