fall-festival

 

Saturday, October 8th

10 AM – 2 PM

@ Cochranton Library

Stop by the Library for some Family Fall Fun!

Spiderweb Maze — Stories by the Fireplace — Leaf Wreaths

Apple Tasting — Build a Scarecrow Game — Pumpkin Ring Toss

Goodie Bags and Snacks

Geared for children preschool to age 8 and their families, but everyone is welcome to attend this free event.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Need more information?  Call us at 814.425.3996

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We were a small group today, but we had a lot of fun with our topic — PIGS!

We read 2 great pigs books — Litte Flower and Pigs on a Blanket.

My young friend told her own version of Three Little Pigs and then we told the story together on the felt board.  What fun!

You can find some great felt board pieces for The Three Little Pigs here.

We created our own pig versions of favorite songs like “The Pigs on the Bus” and “There’s a Spider on the Pig”.

Then we danced with scarves.

Next week we will have some terrific BEAR stories and activities.  Have you ever gone on a bear hunt?

 

 

 

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Dogs, Dogs, Dogs!  Today our theme was DOGS!

After talking about our dogs, we read 2 great books about dogs — See Me Run and Dog Loves Books.  We did a fun nursery rhyme, Old Mother Hubbard, on our felt board.  We sang some of our favorite songs and fingerplays and we danced with color scarves to music.

Next week our theme is:  DINOSAURS!

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Haven’t been to Toddler Time yet?????

Toddler Time is a story and activity time geared for children 18 months up to 3 years old.  A typical Toddler Time includes two books, a felt board activity, favorite songs and fingerplays, and some music/movement experiences.

Please join us on Tuesdays @ 11 AM for Toddler Time.

The Library  also offer a  Story Time @ 10 AM on Saturdays.

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Today our theme was the ZOO ANIMALS.  We read Curious George Feeds the Animals by Margret and H.A. Rey and 1,2,3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle.  Of course, everyone loves Curious George, but the Eric Carle book was a lot of fun too — it was a wordless counting book and the children had a great time talking about the different animals and making up little stories about them.

The favorite part of today’s Toddler Time was our felt board activity — There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.  We had a small group today so every child got to participate!  And of course we sang and danced!

Next week our theme is:  DOGS.  See you then!

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Oops!  It seems I missed writing about Toddler Time for the last couple weeks.  It’s been a busy summer here at the library.  We’ve just wrapped up our summer reading program with a fun family picnic.  It was great and everyone seemed to have a terrific time.  Hopefully everyone will keep reading….

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Our theme today was butterflies.  Although we were a small group, we still had a lot of fun.  We read I Am a Butterfly and The Very Hungry Caterpiller.   We used felt board pieces as we read The Very Hungry Caterpiller.  Then we danced and sang.

Next week, our theme is Counting.

 

 

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fish

Our theme today was  FISH.  We read two great fish books — classic Swimmy by Leo Lionni and Trout Trout Trout by April Pulley Sayre.

Trout Trout Trout was a really fun book to read aloud — it reads as a chant with lots of rhythm.  It is also a great book to introduce readers to a whole host of unusual fish that most people probably have not heard about or even seen.  There is an inforative section in the back of the book that talks in more depth about each of the unusual fish featured in the book.

We practice couting from 1-5 and from 5-1 with our felt board activity — 5 Little Fishies.  And of course we sang and grooved to some great Greg and Steve tunes.

Next week’s theme is SLEEP.

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ABC Clipart Free2Although we were a small group today, we still had a lot of fun.  Our theme today was the alphabet.  We read the books, Superhero ABC and Eating the Alphabet,  and practiced our letters on the felt board.  We sang some songs from our song cube and at the end, we danced and danced to some new-to-us Greg and Steve songs.

After the program, we had some fun with magnetic boards and letters.

Next week’s theme is FISH.

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turtle

Today we explored turtles and tortoises and how they were the same and different.

Did you know one main difference is that tortoises live on land and turtles live in water?

We read The Foolish Tortoise and Franklin Says Sorry.  Our felt board activity was 5 Little Turtles.  Then we sang some songs from our Song Cube and bebopped with bean bags too.

Next week, our theme is the ALPHABET.

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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.

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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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