Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gettin Crafty Post #3: Family Finger Puppets

For an introduction to this new series of Gettin' Crafty posts, visit Post #1.

Family Finger Puppets

The template for this activity came from's coloring pages section. It looks like this:

In addition to the coloring page, I also provided the following:

Glue Sticks
My manager has asked me to stop using white glue. 

 I made sure to put out extras of the colors that I thought kids would want as hair and skin colors.


I also made an example craft. I colored each of the people, cut out the puppets and glued the paper ring shut. The paper ring was way too long, so I trimmed it down until I felt the puppet would fit comfortably on my finger. Later, some of the preschool kids had trouble with that part, so I stepped in to show them how to trim it down, too.

This is the perfect rainy day craft. It's something you can always have on hand in the event of a large unexpected after school crowd, and it uses basic materials that every library is likely to have on hand. Many kids who visited the library on that day got really excited about this craft and spent a long time completing it.

Next time: Sticker Collages. 

Baby Lap Time, 10/12 & 10/13

I usually write this up immediately following the Wednesday session, but that didn't work out, so I'm posting it this morning before the Thursday sessions!

Opening Song: Clap Along With Me 

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big  

Rhyme: Where Oh Where Are Baby's Fingers? 

Song: I'm a Little Teapot 

Song with Shaker Eggs: Sodeo

Song: Brown Squirrel  

Book: Eat! by Roberta Grobel Intrater (2002)

Song: Head and Shoulders

Song: Tony Chestnut 
Normally, we do this a cappella, but I found a nice gentle recording of it in our new music this week and gave it a shot. It was a nice change of pace.

Flannel Board Rhyme: Five Little Leaves

Song: ABCD Medley

Song: Mr. Sun 

Goodbye Song: Open, Shut Them (Goodbye Version)

I got my first compliment about the program this week, and some families expressed their interest in participating again in the winter. I really had no sense of how it was going, so it made me feel like I am actually on the right track after all! 

7 Kids' Books About Moving

Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls, #1)Moving Day by Meg Cabot
This book introduces fourth-grader Allie Finkle as she moves to a strange house in a brand-new neighborhood.
Moving Day (Katie Woo)Moving Day by Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo worries that won't adjust to her bedroom in her new house.
Ira Says GoodbyeIra Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber
Ira must say goodbye to his best friend, Reggie.
Nini Here and ThereNini Here and There by Anita Lobel
Nini the cat worries that her people will leave her behind when they move.
Who Will Be My Friends? (Easy I Can Read Series)Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff
Freddy is new in town and is looking high and low for new friends.
Starting with AliceStarting with Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
This prequel tells of Alice's move  to Takoma Park and her new friendship with Donald Sheavers.
The Quilt Story (Paperstar)The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston
A quilt helps two generations of girls feel comforted in a new home.
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