Dogs are Groovy Preschool Visits

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Is There a Dog in this Book? by Viviane Schwarz OR The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems OR Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton and Arthur Robins OR Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Flannel Song: BINGO
Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Prop: Swallowing “George” Puppy (with finger puppets inside; I put on latex gloves and removed the animals from inside George)
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Book: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld
Dancing Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Rockin’ Red
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Bark! Meow! Toddler Storytime

Here’s one of my favorite themes: Dogs and Cats!

*Opening: The More We Get Together
*Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin?
Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Prop: Swallowing “George” Puppy (with finger puppets inside; I put on latex gloves and removed the animals from inside George)
*Rhyme: Old MacDonald
**Flannel: Five Little Cats
Book: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
*Rhyme: Apples
Puppet Story: Who Said Meow? from the book by Maria Polushkin (See librarian Steven Englefried’s YouTube demonstration.)
*Rhyme: Beehive
Dancing Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion
*Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Craft: Dog and Cat popsicle stick puppets

*Rhymes can be found on the August/September 2018 Toddler Rhyme Sheet

**Five Little Cats (Source Unknown)
5 little cats were playing near the door.
One ran away, and that left 4.
4 little cats were underneath a tree.
One heard a dog bark, and that left 3.
3 little cats were wondering what to do.
One chased a butterfly, and that left 2.
2 little cats were sitting in the sun.
One ran to chase his tail, and that left 1.
1 little cat was looking for some fun.
He heard his mommy calling… and now there are none!

The Dog Days of Summer

So, this summer, I’ve been keeping busy reading stories to kids visiting the library as part of their summer school program and also to kids participating in an apartment community summer camp. I’ve been repeating some old programs, but I also came up with some new ideas, too.

Here’s my “Dog Days” theme:

Nonfiction Book: “Hank’s Home Run” from Five-Minute True Stories: Animal Rescue by Aubre Andrus (plus book talk other animal books including National Geographic’s 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals and Five-Minute True Stories: Animal BFFs)
Fiction Book: Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey
Activity: My Dog Spot! Mad Libs

Doggy Paws to Read!

This year’s Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read,” has begun at the Dundee Library and Randall Oaks Branch of the Fox River Valley Public Library District!!! We have SO MUCH going on (see our events calendar) including lots of STORYTIMES.

I started our six week session of drop-in summer storytimes at Randall Oaks with a dog theme. WOOF! More animal tales to follow…

P.S. I have a special Mo Willems Pigeon Storytime happening at the Dundee Library this Saturday at 2 p.m.! Come bring the family for some summer reading fun 🙂

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Also: use swallowing “dog” puppet with various animal finger puppets inside)
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Read-aloud #2: Oh No, George by Chris Haughton
*Fingerplay: 10 Little Doggies
Song/Fingerplay: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #3: Digger Dog by William Bee
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Where is Thumbkin?
Flannel: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Read-aloud #4: Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
Dancing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Ten Little Doggies
Ten little doggies went out one day
(hold 10 fingers up)
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play.
(Pretend to dig like a dog with both hands)
Five were spotted, and five were not,
(Hold up one hand at a time)
and at dinner time they ate a lot!
(Pretend to eat)

Pets are Fun!

Panera AND Randall Oaks Storytimes today! I’m continuing to entertain over at the Panera in Elgin the first and third Mondays of each month at 9:30 am. I also started another 6 week session of FUN over at our Randall Oaks Branch Library today at 10:30 am. Today, we had extra FUN with a PETS storytime 🙂 Bark! Meow!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Also: use swallowing “dog” puppet with various animal finger puppets inside)
Song (with finger puppets): Barnyard Gate [version available on Ed McCurdy: Children’s Songs: the Greatest Hits (I Had a Little Rooster)]
(Flannel: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill)
Read-aloud #2: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas OR The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #3: I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec
Flannel: The Three Little Kittens
Read-aloud #4: Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
*Flannel: Silly Dog
Song: Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Lyrics and Melody can be found here. Miss Jennifer made the song extra silly by wearing pantyhose on her head and pretending the “legs” were her ears! We only sang the first verse.)
(Read-aloud #5: Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown)
(“Dancing” Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Silly Dog flannel (Source unknown)
The dog is red,
His tail is yellow,
His nose is blue.
He’s a handsome fellow!
His ears are pink,
His feet are green.
He’s the silliest dog
I’ve ever seen!

Bark!

Dog storytimes are always popular…

(P.S. No Milk and Cookies storytime next week. Next Panera storytime is 10/15. Be sure to register!)

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Also: use swallowing “dog” puppet with various animal finger puppets inside)
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Read-aloud #2: Oh No, George by Chris Haughton
Fingerplay: 10 Little Doggies
Read-aloud #3: See Me Run by Paul Meisel
Song/Fingerplay: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #4 (Big Book): Where is Spot? by Eric Hill
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Where is Thumbkin?
Read-aloud #5: Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

It’s raining… Dogs!

Dogs Preschool Outreach Storytime with Jennifer: January 7, 2009

OPENING:
Intro Song: Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Song: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton
Flannel: Where’s Spot?
Read-aloud #2: Dog Food by Freymann and Elffers
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
*Fingerplay: Ten Little Doggies
Read-aloud #3: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Flannel Song: BINGO
Read-aloud #4: Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

CLOSING:
Song: Fun with Hands

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Spot Coloring Handouts

*Ten Little Doggies
Ten little doggies went out one day
(hold 10 fingers up)
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play.
(Pretend to dig like a dog with both hands)
Five were spotted, and five were not,
(Hold up one hand at a time)
and at dinner time they ate a lot!
(Pretend to eat)

A Doggie Bag of Stories

Dog storytimes are always popular. In this case, we were even able to get Clifford to come and visit!

Dogs Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: April 17, 2007

OPENING:
Intro Song: Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Intro: Casually share the book, Dog Food by Freymann and Elffers with the gathering children
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kasza
Flannel: Where’s Spot?
Read-aloud #2: Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton
*Fingerplay: Ten Little Doggies
Read-aloud #3: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Also: use swallowing “dog” puppet with various animal fingerpuppets inside)
Flannel Song: BINGO
Read-aloud #4: Clifford Gets a Job by Norman Bridwell

SPECIAL GUEST: Clifford, the Big Red Dog (We were able to get a walk-about costume for a willing staff member to wear. The kids LOVED getting to meet and hug Clifford. This was a special treat, though. We didn’t have characters come and visit every week, of course!)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Clifford Coloring Handouts

*Ten Little Doggies
Ten little doggies went out one day
(hold 10 fingers up)
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play.
(Pretend to dig like a dog with both hands)
Five were spotted, and five were not,
(Hold up one hand at a time)
and at dinner time they ate a lot!
(Pretend to eat)

Other Dog Ideas:
How much is that doggie in the window?
Snuggle Puppy
Knick Knack Paddy Whack
Old Mother Hubbard
Oh where oh where has my little dog gone?

Cats and Dogs!

Today’s storytime was all about two favorite furry pets: cats and dogs!

Books Shared:
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill (Patterns can be found here.)
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas
The Three Little Kittens by Lorianne Siomades

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Animals on the Bus
Fun with Hands
Apples
Once there was a Pumpkin

Bonus Song:
Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Lyrics and Melody can be found here. Miss Jennifer made the song extra silly by wearing pantyhose on her head and pretending the “legs” were her ears! We only sang the first verse.)

Music:
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

Doggies

ARF!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Books Shared:
Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Hunky Dory Ate It by Katie Evans

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
I Wiggle My Fingers
Not Say a Single Word
Animals on the Bus
Mr. Turkey Went Out One day
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Bonus Song:
Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Lyrics and Melody can be found here. Miss Jennifer made the song extra silly by wearing pantyhose on her head and pretending the “legs” were her ears! We only sang the first verse.)

Music:
Sandra Boynton: Philadelphia Chickens (Snuggle Puppy)
Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito (I Feel Crazy So I Jump in the Soup)