mad face

Today at Toddler Time, our theme was FEELINGS, particularly Angry Feelings.

We read When Sophie Gets Angry — Really Really Angry and Llama Llama Mad at Mama.    Our felt board activity was Faces and we practiced making different kinds of “feelings” faces.

And of course we had lots of fun singing, moving, and grooving.

Next week our theme is FLOWERS.


Here are a few fun songs about feelings that I found on You Tube:

The Feelings Song


The Emotions Song


Preschool Feelings



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Today was COW DAY at Toddler Time!

We read 2 fun books — Cows in the Kitchen and Click Clack Moo:  Cows That Type.  Our felt board activity went along with the book, Are You a Cow?.

Since we had a small group this morning, everyone got a chance to roll the Song Cube.  We sang The Itsy Bitsy Spider, I’m a Little Teapot, and If You’re Happy and You Know It.  Then we bopped and grooved with beanbags to some tunes.

Next week, our theme is FEELINGS.  Hope to see you here!



What’s black and white and red all over?




Ha!  Ha!  Ha!


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Today our theme was the alphabet.  We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Click Clack Quackity Quack.  We played an alphabet game for our felt board activity.  Of course, we sang some songs from our Song Cube and danced to music, too.

I know I’ve talked about the importance of music and movement for young children before, but this time I’m going to share my top secret go-to activities that can be pulled out of your hat with little or no preparation.  Sometimes we just have to get up and move!

  1.  Freeze Dancing.  Even very young children can understand the concepts of “stop” and “go”.  Basically, you need a large safe open space  and any type of music with the ability to stop the music or turn off the volume.  I personally like to mix up the music — fast/slow/pop/country/classical/etc.  for a little music appreciation experience.  This is a wonderful activity for multi-age groups.
  2. Bean Bags.  There are entire CD’s devoted to bean bag activitiies, but you can simply use them with your choice of music too.  With a little preparation you could plan specific actions to music or even try a Simon Says version.
  3. Balloon Dancing.  Balloons are fun and help even the most reticent child to get involved.  Balloons may not be appropriate for very young children, however, so know your age groups.  With a little prep, you can come up with simple games and activities that can be set to music.  Each child could have his/her own balloon or you could do group activities with one or two balloons.
  4. Simon Says.  Remember this game?  Use your imagination and do it with music.  Clap your hands.  March to the beat.  Play air guitar.
  5. Follow the Leader.  A lot like Simon Says.

Now that you know my secret weapons, mix and match them to create your own variations.

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rainy day

Wouldn’t you know it?  We planned a Rain theme for today and it snows.  Sigh…. That’s northwestern Pennsylvania for you!

So our theme was RAIN today and we read  The Rain Came Down and Rainsong.  We even made a rainstorm together by rubbing our hands together, snapping, tapping 2 fingers on the palm of the other hand, clapping, stomping, and then all the steps in reverse as the rainstorm died down and the sun came out.  Have you ever tried that?   With a little help from the adults, we made a successful rainstorm.

Our felt board activity today was “10 Little Umbrellas.”  Do you remember “1 little, 2 little, 3 little…”?  We used the same song, but with umbrellas.  I printed out 10 assorted clipart umbrellas, added velco to the back, and we were ready to go.  This is a great song that you can adapt to anything!

Of course……we did music and movement too!

Our theme for next week is:  the A B C’s.

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There’s nothing like bunnies to remind us that it’s finally springtime.  Whether it’s Easter bunnies or cute little bunnies munching in your yard — spring is all about bunnies!

So, with that in mind, our theme today was BUNNIES!

We read Max’s Chocolate Chicken and Cowboy Bunnies. Our feltboard rhyme was “One Little Bunny.”  We sang a couple of songs from the Song Cube.

Along with our Cowboy Bunnies book we danced to one of my favorite interactive classical American pieces — Hoe-down from the Aaron Copland ballet, Rodeo.  You might remember this song from the beef commercials a few years ago.  Children really respond to this song — it’s so fun and energetic.

I actually use it to tell a story which we act out as the song unfolds — riding our horses, roping cows, going to town and dancing at the hoe-down, riding back home, worn out and tired, on our horses after the hoedown and then it’s back to work roping cows.

Here’s the song if you’d like to listen:

Hoedown on You Tube

We also had some time for the “Bean Bag Boogie” and “Pass the Beanbag” by  Greg and Steve.

What a fun Toddler Time today!

Ou theme for next week is RAIN.  See you then!

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Yay!  Spring is HERE!  Birds and flowers and trees blossoming….  Rain and umbrellas and baby animals.  Don’t forget the spring holidays, too!

Our theme today was SPRING.  Our books today were Skunk’s Spring Surprise and Clifford’s Spring Clean Up.  We also shared a poem called “Spring Is…” (see below) on our felt board.  And of course, we grooved and sang.

Out theme for next week is BUNNIES.


Felt Board Rhyme

Sometimes I’ve found when I’m preparing my materials for Toddler Time, that I can’t find a felt board story or rhyme that works with my theme or the books that I want to share.  What do I do?  I write my own and use clip art from the Internet.  Of course, you could make more complex felt pieces, but I find that printing them out onto cardstock and gluing the rough side of velcro to the back works great and doesn’t take much time to make.

So….here is my spring poem:

Spring Is…….. 

By Tricia Maloney

Spring is sun and bunnies having fun.

Spring is waking up and a new born pup.

Spring is colored eggs and running legs.

Spring is green green grass and things growing fast.

Spring is tulips and daffodils — nothing stands still.

Spring is here.  Let’s all cheer!


Feel free to share my poem.  Happy Spring!


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Please note the following schedule of events for March and April:

  • March 17th, 10 to 3 PM – Rep. Parke Wentling’s Property Tax / Rent Rebate Clinic
  • March 30th, 6 to 8 PM – Social Security Workshop by AFEA
  • March 31st, 6 to 7:30 – Fund Raising in the Fast Lane for local nonprofits by Mike Lysakowski, NASCAR broadcaster and publicist
  • April 9th, 12:30 to 2:30 – Retirement Income and Estate Planning Basics by AFEA
  • April 11th, 6 to 8 – Marketing Yourself for Your Next Job Opportunity by Adam Devine
  • April 12th, 7 to 9 – Ancestry Library Edition for Beginners by Nadena Kramer
  • April 23, 1:00 – History of Cochranton to 1855 by Mark Roche
  • Every Tuesday at 11 AM – Toddler Time with Tricia Maloney

For all events other than the tax clinic andToddler Time, please call the library at 425-3996 to inquire about registration.

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rainy day

Rain, Rain

Go Away

Come Back Another Day!

We were a small group today at Toddler Time, but we had so much fun together!  Our theme was PIGS and one of the children even brought her cute stuffed pink piggy along.  Our books today were:  Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore and If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  We enjoyed “The Three Little Pigs” on our felt board, too.  And of we we danced and sang!

With a little luck, we’ll have new spring-themed name tags to replace our winter mittens for next week.  Remember spring will officially be here this coming Sunday, March 20th.

Next week our theme will be SPRING!  Yay!

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The weather outside today is………Wonderful!  Sun and warmth — it really feels like spring!  It was a great day to get out and head to the local library.

It was terrific to see many of our Toddler Time friends at our recent Dr. Seuss Carnival @ the Library.  Thanks for coming.  It was so much fun!

Today’s theme was Bedtime.  We read two wonderful books — Goodnight Moon and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?.  Our felt board activity was the rhyme “10 in a Bed”  and of course we sang and danced, too.

Now that spring is in the air, there are lots of wonderful things you can do outside with you toddler.  Here’s a few to get you started:

  1.  Take a walk.  Talk about everything that you see around you — birds, bugs, twigs, trees, squirrels, etc.  Use these elements to make up a story.  Invite your toddler to tell a story too.
  2. Take story time outside on a warm sunny day.  Grab a blanket, some favorite books, and maybe a snack to share and head for a sunny spot at the park or in your own yard.
  3. Play.  Grab a ball and make up your own simple game together.
  4. Visit your local library and check out books about spring, bugs, baby animals, frogs, ducks, or spring holidays.

Next week’s theme is PIGS.

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Adam Devine’s presentation has helped many find employment. Adam brings his personal experience as a past owner and manager of a pizza franchise, and the research he did with companies to this presentation. His audiences learn how to begin job searches, how to market themselves with their personal persona, application, cover letter, resume, and how to interview like a pro. Along with the information, Adam shares the research he did with companies about what they look for while they are interviewing and hiring. Each audience members leaves with a packet that will help them prepare for their next job opportunity. Adam is the Mercer County program coordinator for Connecting2Tomorrow.

This will be presented twice in April at Cochranton Area Public Library and is open to ages 15 up. Dates and time are April 6th and April 20th from 6 to 8 PM. Seating is limited to 35 per session and you can call us now at (814) 425-3996 to reserve a seat.

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