"To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer."
Mother Goose Walkers - December 5, 2013 - Snow (even though it’s raining outside)
It’s oddly warm in New York today, I had planned on reading snow books though, so that’s what we did! Today was probably the best Mother Goose program I’ve ever had. Not sure what sort of witchcraft was at work, but even though one of the babies in 10:30 learned that pushing kids makes them fall down, everyone was engaged and there was (surprisingly) very little fussing. It was great!
I switched things up a bit, added a couple of winter rhymes & even made some new felt sheep for “Baa baa ____ sheep”.
The more the kids have to look at, the longer I can keep their attention, and the longer I can keep their attention, the happier their grown-ups are.
Here’s my totally unseasonal snow books. My list of rhymes is behind the “Read More” as always.
Lifesize Games at the Library
Over the Summer I did two lifesize game programs at my old library: Candyland & Angry Birds. Both went FABULOUSLY, but I somehow forgot to post about them here.
Both programs required a lot of preparation (especially Candyland), but were easy to run with the help of the amazing Children’s Department that I was so lucky to be a part of.
I gathered ideas from all over the internet, and tried to pin all of my inspiration to this pinterest board. Angry birds we split the kids up on two sides of the room, then let them come up in groups of 3, alternating sides. Each kid got one shot, and everyone else got to cheer them on. We had two learning ambassadors from the high school helping us set up the pig’s fortress after each group of 3 had their turn. All in all, a fun, easy program.
We did Angry Birds 2 weeks in a row, this was week 1. Week 2 we added more pieces. There’s more pictures over on the library’s blog.
And here’s Candyland:
Many of the decorations were repurposed from other programs, but I did spend some time making the rest of it. The most time consuming part was the game board, which took me an hour or so of crawling around the floor. It was 100% worth it. The kids had a ball. They got to play in groups of four. We had 3 librarians each leading one group through at a time, while everyone else waited outside in the children’s room coloring and reading with our learning ambassadors. Everyone got a bag of candy at the end. :]
There’s approximately a BAZILLION more pictures over at the library’s blog.
These were really fun programs to put on, and the kids loved them. I might try and do these programs again next summer. We’ll see. :]
Mother Goose for Walkers - November 21, 2013 - THANKSGIVING!!! :D
Next week is Thanksgiving y’all! I’m super excited, and I think the excitement was contagious. The babies were fabulous today. Everyone was super smiley, so it was a really fun morning. I busted out my favorite Thanksgiving fingerplay "Here is the Turkey", and got to recycle some decorations I made last year.
We had some leaves cut funny out of the Elison machine, so I used them to make turkeys feathers to put up on a display. I couldn’t bring myself to toss them, so I ended up laminating them & now they’re my 5 little turkeys! (That’s what I was holding up in that doofy picture of me yesterday)
Anyway, the books were all a huge hit, and I think everyone had a lot of fun. A few kids even learned to gobble, which was a thrill.