Today we had some very special visitors from the Erie Zoo @ the Library!

Christy the Box Turtle

Rico the Ferret

Fern the Collared Dove

Benny the Lion-Maned Rabbit

What fun!  Not only did we learn about how the animals moved and what they ate, we also got to pet them!  Amy read us a book too — Doing the Animal Bop and we did the animal movements in the book.

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Next week our theme is Turtles and Tortoises!


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Today’s theme was TRANSPORTATION.  We read Pete the Cat’s Train Trip and My Car.  Then of course we sang and danced — one of our songs was called “Firefighters” and we pretended to be firefighters.

Next week the Erie Zoo is visiting.  Our Program will be Animal Bop.


Summertime is a great time to explore transportation all around you in your community.


Here are a couple of ideas for you:

  1. Take a walk around your community, point out/discuss all of the different types of transportation that you see.
  2.  Play transportation bingo.  Beforehand, make some gameboards with pictures of different forms of transportation.  Decide what a “bingo” will be — horizontal/vertical line, postage stamp, etc. Then take a ride or a walk, marking off all of the transportation types that you see aong the way.
  3. Take a train ride.
  4. Visit a transportation museum.
  5. Make a book with different types of transportation.  Use stickers, drawings, clip art, etc.
  6. Gather up an assortment of cardboard boxes.  With a little imagination, these boxes can become a train, bus, cars, trucks, plane, etc.  Add props.
  7. Take a bike ride.
  8. Draw pictures of different types of transportation and sort them.  How many different ways can you sort them?


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I Scream!

You Scream!

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Today our theme was Ice Cream, of course!  We read Splat the Cat:  I Scream for Ice Cream and Should I Share my Ice Cream?

We did a really cute ice cream felt board rhyme too.  Click HERE to go to the blog.

We sang some songs from our song cube and did a little freeze dancing, too.


Summer Reading Kicks off this week.  This summer we added a program just for our Toddlers.  We named the program Tadpoles.  When they sign up for summer reading, Tadpoles receive a game board.  Once they complete five of the acitivities they can turn in their game boards for a trip to the prize box.  YAY!

We’ve invited the Erie Zoo to come on Tuesday, June 28th at 11 AM to do a program for the Tadpoles called Animal Bop.  Preregistration and participation in SUmmer Reading are required.

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Today was coloriffic fun!  Of course, as you can see, COLOR was our theme.  We shared the book Little Green Peas.  Only one book today so that we could sing and dance even more than usual.  We also made a rainbow one color at a time on our felt board.  Later, the children had time to explore color blocks and color bears, too.

Next week our theme is:  ICE CREAM.


Some Colorful Ideas:

  1.  Take a color walk around your neighborhood.  What colors do you see?  What colors don’t you see?
  2. Create your own color book — gather some colorful paper and try to find as many stickers or magazine pictures for each color as you can.  Staple your pages together.
  3. Sort socks or washcloths or crayons or whatever you have by color.  Count how many are in each color.
  4. Make a colorful fruit salad together — can you find a fruit for each color of the rainbow?
  5. Have a color fashion show!
  6. Try your hand at mixing colors.  You will need blue, red, yellow, black, and white paint.  What happens when you mix 2 colors?  3 colors?  Does it matter if one of the colors is black or white?
  7. Have you ever tried making  rainbow jello?  Check out this tutorial — with photos:
  8. Get some clean plastic jars or bottles with lids.  Either use colored sand or make your own colored sand and create rainbows in a bottle.

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What do bears and ducks have in common?  They both ride bikes, of course!  Today we read Bears on Wheels and Duck on a Bike.  Our felt board activity used shapes to create a bicycle.  And of course, we sang and danced with bean bags.  Afterward, the children had time to retell the shape story on the felt board as well as to explore play people, vehicles, and buildings.


Next week’s theme is COLORS!

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Today was all about NUMBERS!  We read Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and Look Whoooo’s Counting.  Our felt board activity was 5 Little Fishes.  We sang, moved, and grooved, AND practiced couting our numbers 0-20.  What fun!

Next week our theme is GARDENING.


Number Sense and Counting are very important skills for young children to master.  The good news is that children LOVE counting and exploring numbers,so it’s an easy fit into everyday life.

Here are some fun ideas for numbers and counting:

  1.  Practice counting while cleaning up — how many blue blocks?  how many stuffed animals?  etc.
  2. Count socks as you fold/ match up pairs.  Matching is also a number skill.
  3. When you walk around your community, count wheels, or cars, or people…
  4. Make a counting book together.  Use a marker to write one large number on a sheet of paper, then use stickers to put the correct number of items on the page with the number.  Repeat for as many numbers as you like.
  5. Write numbers on index cards and challenge your child to find that number of objects.  Count them together to make sure.  Learning that one number counts for one object is an iportant early skill.
  6. Use chalk on a sidewalk to write numbers in no partucular order.  Take turns tossing a stone on the numbers and identifying them.
  7. At snack time, ask children to count out their own snack portion — 15 gold fish, 4 apple slices, 6 carrots…..)
  8. Visit your local library and check out books about numbers to share at home together.

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Our them today was Houses.  We read The Little House and Stella’s Starliner.  Our felt board story was The Three Little Pigs.  We were a small group this morning, so each child had a turn to roll the song cube.  Then we danced with bean bags, too.

After our program, we offered the children some new play options — a house building set and a Mouse in the House look and find game.  It was wonderful to see caregivers sitting on the floor playing and building with their children.  Play and learning go hand in hand.



There’s so much going on at Cochranton Area Public Library!

Toddler Time…………………………………………Tuesdays at 11 AM

All New Chess Club

3rd Thursday of each month at 7 PM beginning May 19th

Beginning Computer Classes………………………………………..May 16th or 20th

Marketing Yourself (job training)……………………………………. May 18th

Used Book and Plant Sale……………………………………….May 27th and 28th





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Today our theme was “Flowers.”  We read The Tiny Seed  and Zinnia’s Flower Garden.  Our felt board activity was so fun — we did it twice!  It was called “5 Spring Flowers.”  And of course we sang songs and danced, too.

We had a nice turn out for Toddler Time today, including two new friends.  Yay!


Kids and gardens are such a great fit.  Whether your garden is a couple of pots of flowers on your front porch or acres and acres on a farm or anything in between — children love to get involved.

Here are five good reasons to garden with your children:

  1.  Gardening is science in action.
  2. Gardening is healthy for mind and body.
  3. Gardening can be done by anyone anywhere.
  4. Gardening teaches reponsibility.
  5. Gardening encourages respect of nature.

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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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