Rockin’ Readers-Gum Drop Day (Candy)

Today during out K-2nd graders after school program, Rockin’ Readers, we had lots of fun around Gum Drops and candy! Here are the books we read:

In between the books I did fun facts/trivia and we also did a motion activity to the song Walking, Walking by Jbrary.  We stood up and did all the actions, it worked perfectly 🙂

At the end we then used this awesome book to do math problems together !


We made a craft, gumdrop monsters with gumdrops and toothpicks. They could use any kind of design they wanted.  Here is an example of something you could make that I found on google (I did not make this one)


Toddler Storytime-Gum Drop Day (Candy)

Today was all about the yummy goodness of gumdrops and candy 🙂 I did a few of my favorite songs because I did have trouble finding candy songs that worked well for the group. Here  was the plan for  the morning:

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy

3.) Song-Washing Hands

4.) Book Two: Owen’s Marshmellow Chick

5.) Song with Instruments-Such a Simple Exercise

6.) Book Three and Flannel: Counting Candy

7.) Song with Instruments: Walking, Walking

8.) Book Four: Little Pea

9.) Jelly Bean Stew Flannel

10.) Song-Roly Poly

11.) 5 Little Gummie Bears Flannel

12.) Song-Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble Pop

13.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop





Washing Hands Song – Jbrary

Tune of Frere Jacques

Tops and Bottoms X2

In Between X2

Scrub them together X2

Now we’re clean,

Squeaky Clean!





Such a Simple Exercise-Jbrary

This is such a simple exercise and it’s going to make us strong! X2

Raise your right arm high and count 1-2-3, put your right arm down and count 1-2-3

This is such a simple exercise and it’s going to make us stong X2

Different Verses: 

Left Arm, Left Leg, and Right Leg




I used all of my candy flannels to get to 20 for the kids to see visually how many candies 20 looked like.


Song with Instruments. I changed this up and had all of the kids have maracas while we sang this song and they changed the speed of shaking their instruments to what motion we were singing about.

Walking, Walking- Jbrary

Walking, walking,  x2

Hop, Hop, Hop x2

Running, Running, Running x2

Now we stop x2




Jelly Bean Stew Flannel

Jelly Bean Stew, Jelly Bean Stew. Red and Yellow and purple ones too! Orange and pink and black and green.  It’s the prettiest stew I’ve ever seen!

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I used this image and printed out two copies of it.  Then I made it into a flannel board.  This was super cute, and the kids loved it.  They helped me put all of the jelly beans onto the board and then we all pretended to be stirring out stew as we said the rhyme.


Song-Roly Poly

One of my favorites 🙂 check it out on Jbrary’s Youtube


5 Little Gummy Bears


I used five of these cuties for this rhyme:

5 little gummy bears wish we had more. We’ll eat the red one, now there are four.

4 little gummy bears, tasty as can be.  We’ll eat the blue one.  Now there are 3.

3 little gummy bears, only a few left.  We’ll eat the yellow one.  Now there are 2.

2 little gummy bears, eating them is fun! We’ll eat the green one, now there is 1.

1 little gummy bear, the last one we see.  We will ea the orange one, We’re happy as c can be!


Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble POP-Jbrary

Another one of my favorites 🙂 Check it out,here!

Thanks so much for reading! In two weeks we will be having Fairytale Storytime 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Valentine’s Day


Today was all about a holiday that I love due to all the candy and treats you can get 🙂 Valentine’s Day! I  had a great group that came and was totally involved and excited!

Here  is what our plan was for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You

3.) Song-Ten Little Fingers

4.) Book Two: Where is Baby’s Valentine

5.) Flannel/Book: My Heart is like a Zoo

6.) Song/Instruments: H.E.A.R.T

7.) Book Four: I’m Going to Give you a Bear Hug

8.) Song/Instruments: Skinnamarink 

9.) Book/Flannel: The Cow Loves Cookies

10.) Rhyme: I Put My Hands Together

11.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop






Ten Little Fingers-Jbrary

I have one, I have two, I have three little fingers.

I have four, I have five, I have six little fingers.

I have seven, I have eight, I have nine little fingers.

Ten little fingers on my hands.

More verses on Jbrary’s video 🙂




Flannel/Book: This is one of my favorite books.  I give the kids each an animal and when their animal comes up in the story they get to bring it up to the flannel board.  They love getting to help me tell a story.


Song with Instruments.

I gave each of the kids and their parents maracas, spelt out heart on the flannel board, and we sang this song…


There is a shape and it means love and heart is it’s name-o

H.E.A.R.T H.E.A.R.T. H.E.A.R.T and heart is its name-o 




Favotie Song EVER 🙂 and stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

Skinnamarink…Here is the link for Jbrary’s version.  It is better to watch and listen to it than for me to try and spell it out 🙂


Same  thing here as I did for the previous flannel…



Teach the kids how to make a heart with their hands. I got this from Jbrary.

I put my hands together.  This is how you start.  I curve my fingers right around and I can make a heart.



Thanks for reading! Next week is gumdrop day, all about candy 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Mail Time

Today was one of my favorite storytimes: Mail Time!! The kids got to sing songs, play instruments, and partake in flannel board activities all together about mail time! Here is what the plan was for the day:

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: Stanley the Mailman

3.) Song-One Bright Scarf

4.) Flannel: Magic Rainbow

5.) Book Two: The Post Office Book

6.) Song: Mailing Letters

7.) Book Three: Dear Zoo

8.) Song-Early in the Morning

9.) Flannel: Five Letters

10.) Book Four: Delivering Your Mail

11.) Songs: Mail Carrier’s Song and In the Mailbox

12.) Activity-Mail Your Own Letters

13.) Goodbye Song




Song- One Bright Scarf with Scarves for each child and their parent.

This is from Jbrary’s Site.  I have fallen in love with scarf songs so I try to incorporate one into every storytime.

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow.  Wiggle it high and wiggle it low.  Shake it fast and shake it slow.  Where did it go?

I did this song 3 times with the actions from Jbrary’s video.


After everyone gave me their scarves to collect I moved into colors of the scarves.  I asked all of the kids what colors each of the scarves were and went into my ‘Magic Rainbow’ flannel board that I found on Pinterest.    For this activity I had each child take a fruit off the board and put it into my magic bowl (where I have the colors of the rainbow hidden under fabric).  Then we stir it, stir it, stir it a lot, and what do we get the color RED!  I had a child put in a fruit and then had another child take out the color so everyone would have a turn.




Great book, but I changed some of it and omitted some just due to the length for this age group.


Song-Mailing Letters gave each child a maraca for this song.

Tune of Mulberry Bush

This is the way we write a letter, write a letter, write a letter.  This is the way we write a letter so early in the  morning. 

2nd Verse: Stamp a Letter

3rd Letter: Mail a Letter




Song-Early in the Morning by Jbrary 

Early in the morning at 8 o clock

You can hear the postman’s knock

Up jumps ella to answer the door.

One letter, two letters, three letters, four!


Flannel: Five Letters

I had each child bring up an animal while another child got to pick out the letter we read for the friend that went on the board.





The kids LOVED getting their own instruments so they got them back for these two songs 🙂

Mail Carrier’s Song 

tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Write, write, write your cards, and lots of letters too.  I will bring them to your friends and they will write back soon!


In the Mailbox

Tune of Are You Sleeping?

In the mailbox, in the mailbox, look and see, look and see.  A package or a postcard, a letter from my grandma.  Just for me! Just for me!



I LOVE Melissa and Doug products and this one is fantastic! It comes with what you see below so I got to teach the kids how to stamp a letter and mail a letter 🙂

Rockin’ Readers-Antarctica

Today was all about Antarctica!! Mostly all about Penguins 🙂 This program is for K-2nd graders right after school.  We read books, make a craft, and have snack.  Here were the books we read together.

For craft today we made penguin puzzles out of large medical Popsicle sticks.  I  found this idea on Pinterest and on the picture it shows the blog that it came from.  I printed out penguin templates so that the kids had somewhere to start from with their pictures.  popsicle puzzle.jpg

Toddler Storytime-Penguins

Today was all about penguins and it was a BLAST 🙂 I was having issues finding different songs to do but I got creative and looked for different themes in order to get the songs I wanted.  They meshed right in and the kids really had a good time!  Here is what the plan was for our morning together.

1.) Hello song with Baby Penguin

2.) Book One: Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!

3.) Scarf Song-Wave Your Scarf Up and Down 

4.) Book Two: I am Small

5.) Fingerplay: Two Little Penguins

6.) Book Three: If You Were a Penguin

7.) Song-Snowflake, Snowflake

8.) Book/Flannel: If I Were a Penguin

9.) Scarf Song-The Fish in the Sea

10.) Book Four: Waddle, Waddle 

11.) Song-One Little Penguin

12.) Rhyme-Five Perkey Penguins

13.) Goodbye song with Baby Penguin



Hello Song is the same every week so take a look previously at what we sang.  I did use a baby penguin puppet today instead of lamb chop due to the theme 🙂





The kids love using the scarves so I am trying to incorporate them more into my storytime.  Jbrary has lots of great ones on their Youtube that I have been trying out.  The first one we used today was ‘Wave Your Scarf Up and Down’ to the tune of London Bridge.  There are a few verses.  Check out their video to see!






Fingerplay-2 Little Penguins from Sunflower Storytime’s Blog

Two Little Penguins sitting on the hill.  (2 Fingers Up, pointer on each)

One named Jack.  One named JIll.

Waddle away Jack (put one behind your back), Waddle away Jill (Put other behind your back)

Come back Jack (bring one out), Come back Jill (bring the other out).

Another Version:

Two little penguins sitting on the ice.  Onebows once.  One bows twice.  Waddle little penguins.  Waddle away.  Come back penguins.  Time to play!



Song-Snowflake, Snowflake from Jbrary



I made a flannelboard to go with this book.  Each of the kids got an animal that they brought up to the flannel board when their animal would come up in the story 🙂


Here is another scarf song that we did today.  I changed the lyrics a bit.  I got it from Jbrary.  Here are the lyrics that I did:

The Fish in the Sea-Scarf Song

The fish int he sea, go swish, swish, swish x3

The fish in the sea go swish swish swish all day long.

The Penguins in the sea swim round and round x3

Penguins in the sea swim around and round all day long.

The waves in the sea go up and down x3

The waves in the sea go up and down all day long




Song-One Little Penguin to the tune of One Little Indian.



I did a rhyme with a flannel board called Five Perky Penguins from Sunflower Storytime where I got their printable as well for the flannel. I did two different sets of 5 penguins that way everyone could get a penguin.



Five Perky penguins stood on the shore, one went for a swim.  Then there were four.

Four perky penguins looked out to sea.  One went swimming.  Then there were 3.

Three perky penguins said, what can we do? One jumped in the water then there were 2.

Two perky penguins sat in the sun.  One swam off, then there was one.

One perky penguin said, This is no FUN! He dived in and then there were none!


Goodbye song with Baby Penguin!


Thanks for reading! Next week is my favorite, MAIL TIME 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Popcorn!!

Today’s theme was all about Popcorn and it was very difficult to find books that would go with this theme so I want many different directions with it.  Here is what the plan was for the morning:

1.) Hello Song with Lamb Chop

2.) Scarf Song-Popcorn Kernels

3.) Book One: Popcorn

4.) Song-Roly Poly

5.) Flannel-5 Popcorn Kernels

6.) Book Two:  Thump Quack Moo

7.) Song-Pop Pop Pop

8.) Flannel: Little Boy Blue

9.) Book Three: If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

10.) Song-Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (Movie Edition)

11.) Scarf Song-Popcorn Kernals

12.) Goodbye Song with Lamb Chop



Hello song with Lamb Chop is the same song that I use every week so that the parents and the kids learn it and can sing along with me every week.


I love doing scarf songs with this group so I used Jbrary’s  Popcorn Kernals.  The kids loved it! Check it out 🙂





Roly Poly song, which is one of my FAVORITES and the kids love it.  It is from Jbrary.  Check it out 🙂



I next did a flannel that I got from Mel’s Desk.  Five Popcorn Kernels.



We discussed what is popcorn from.  What kind of vegetable? Where does that vegetable grow?  That led us into this fun book 🙂



Next we sang a fun song from Jbrary, Pop Pop Pop, and we used maracas instead of shaker eggs.  This was super fun and the kids loved getting their own instruments.

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I did a flannel that I found from Sunflower Storytime that involves farm animals where the corn grows.  The kids each got an animal, and brought it up as I went through the rhyme of Little Boy Blue.  At the end we went through what each animal was and what they say.





Then we sang a fun song called, Zoom Zoom Zoom, that i got from Jbrary but that I changed up to be my own.  I gave everyone jingle bells because they loved using the instruments so much.  It was a hit 🙂

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom we’re going to the movies

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom we’re going to the movies

If you want to watch a movie 

Walk into the theater with me

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom we’re going to the movies 

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 POPCORN!


We repeated the Popcorn Kernals Scarf Song again


Goodbye song with Lamb Chop.


Thanks for reading! Next week is all about Penguins 🙂

Rockin’ Readers-Solar System

Today’s theme is all about the solar system! These are the books we will be reading! In between books we will be making our very own straw rockets!  This blog that is shown in the picture has the download for free of these awesome rockets! Check it out!





They also get a delicious outer space snack in between our last books we read.  I picked a lot of books for this program because some of them were very short.  It was a very fun and educational day!

Toddler Storytime-Planets

Today’s program was all about the  planets! Here is what our plan was for the morning:

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: Dinosaur Rocket!

3.) Song-Climb Aboard My Spaceship

4.) Book Two: Where is the Rocket?

5.) Flannel: Five Little Rockets

6.) Song-I’m a Little Rocket

7.) Book/Flannel: There Was An Old Martian

8.) Song/Flannel:  If You’re Going to the Moon

9.) Book Four: Space Song Rocket Ride

10.) Song/Flannel:I’m Going Out in Space

11.) Book Five: The Moon’s Almost Here

12.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop



Hello Song with Lambchop stays the same every week.  Check back in previous posts.




Song-Climb Aboard My Rocketship (Tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider) from Jbrary

Climb aboard my rocketship, we’re going to the moon.  Hurry and get ready, we’re going to blast off soon.  Put on your helmet, and buckle up real tight.  Here comes the countdown, count with all your might.

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 BLAST OFF




Flannel-Five Little Rockets with a Rhyme


Five Little Rockets zooming  off in space.  The 1st rocket said, ‘Let’s have a race’.  The 2nd rocket said, ‘Line up in a row’.  The 3rd rocket said, ‘Ready, set, go’.  The 4th rocket said, ‘Beep, Beep, Beep.’.  The 5th rocket said, ‘You can’t catch me’.  Then roar went their engines and blink went their lights and five little rockets zoomed out of sight.  


Song-I’m a Little Rocket (tune of I’m a little teapot)

I’m a little rocket.  Tall and thin.  Here is my nose cone, here are my fins.  When I get all fired up launch begins.  Watch me rise and see me spin.


Book/Flannel: There Was an Old Martian


I absolutely love this flannel and book partnership.  The kids love it too.  Each child got an object (have a few sets if you have a lot of kids so they all get an object), then as I read the book they bring up their object as it comes up in the story and feed the martian.  So by the end the martian’s tummy is completely full.  This was a HUGE hit 🙂


Song/Flannel: If You’re Going to the Moon

If you’re going to the moon wear your gloves (clap, clap)

If you’re going to the moon wear your gloves (clap, clap)

If you’re going to the moon, this is what you need to do.

If you’re going to the moon wear your gloves (clap, clap)

2nd Verse: Boots, Stomp

3rd Verse: Helmet, Put on helmet

4th Verse: Suit, Ziiipp





Song/Flannel: I’m Going Out in Space (tune of Farmer in the Dell)

I’m going out in space, I’m going out in space.  I think I’ll see a planet there.  I’m going out in space.


Loved this! The kids each got a planet and as we sang through this song they brought one up at a time to put around the sun.  We went over all of the planet names and their order.  The kids really like this one.  I think they got the concept of all the planets circling the sun, which is what I was going for 🙂




Goodbye song with Lambchop.  Same as hello but interchange with goodbye.


Thanks so much for reading! Next week is POPCORN 🙂

Rockin’ Readers-Arctic Animals

Today’s topic for our after-school K-2nd grader program was Arctic Animals.  We read books, had a snack, and made a STEM craft! Here’s what we did.


In between the books we made a STEM craft using marshmellows and toothpicks 🙂


It was a great day! The kids really loved the first book which was great because it was super education! The marshmallow houses were also a huge hit, just had to convince them not to eat them 🙂

Thanks for reading! Next week is all about the Solar System 🙂