Storytime → Bugs

Introduction

Activity: Finding nametags - I did this during my spring session as well, and I like it because it allows everyone to get to know one another and lets the kids get used to seeing their printed names. It becomes a little game at the beginning for everyone to settle in and find their name and learn their letters at the same time.

Opening Songs

Hands go Up! x2
Open Them, Shut Them x2

The Books

Book 1: I love bugs / Emma Dodd
Book 2: The very hungry caterpillar / Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: Head and Shoulders [from childhood]
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Eyes, ears, mouth and nose.

Song: The Ants Go Marching [from childhood]
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, the little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
[two/tie a shoe; three/climb a tree]

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It [from childhood]

Action Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers [Webster Library, NYPL YouTube]

Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider [from childhood]

Craft

construction paper bee - inspired by this bumblebee craft, I thought it'd be good to have the craft focus on another type of insect that we didn't focus on within the actual storytime section.



Closing Song

The More We Get Together x2

How'd It Go?

It didn't. This was set to be the last session for my summer toddler storytime that never was. Hopefully, I'll be able to reuse it in the future.

Inspired by Artists IV: Jackson Pollock

For one month I'm leading an art series for children, wherein they can learn, experiment, and create art pieces just as the masters did. If you'd like to check out the rest of the series, see the links below:


For the final week of the series we covered Jackson Pollock, a great participant in the abstract expressionist movement of the mid-20th century. I think Pollock, like Picasso, is a great artist for children to learn about because of the basic name recognition that even non-artsy people have with him.

For this session, I wanted participants to learn about how an artist like Pollock moved and used his body to create artwork. I'll be honest, the idea of paint flying everywhere did get me pretty nervous about this session. Because of that, I tried to work in some alternative methods of creating abstract art that wouldn't have kids flinging paint with abandon. This meant incorporating dipped-string painting and paint-blowing (using a straw).



Inspired by Artists III: Emily Carr

For one month, I'm leading an art series for children, wherein they can learn, experiment and create art pieces just as the masters did. If you'd like to check out the rest of the series, see the links below:


This week we covered Emily Carr. When I was in the planning stages for this series, I knew right away that Carr should be covered - she's Canadian and she's a female artist in a time when female artists were still something to be seen as, for lack of a better word, uncommon. However, her style of painting was rather traditional and I worried that it wouldn't necessarily translate as "fun" for the participants. So, I thought of it more are "painting without a paint brush," as well as focusing on the idea of seeing Canada through painting.

I was more than a bit surprised - and very happily so - that this session was the second most popular (behind Picasso) for registrants. I love the fact that kids wanted to come learn about a Canadian woman.

A representation of Canada's prairies. Painted using feathers and cotton balls.

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