Toddler Time Tuesday

3pigs

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?

 

 

 

Toddler Time Tuesday

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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.

Toddler Time Tuesday

rainbow

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.

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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:  http://musthavemom.com/2013/04/rainbow-jello-recipe-instructions.html
  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.

Toddler Time Tuesday

bike

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!

Toddler Time Tuesday

123s

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.

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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.

Toddler Time Tuesday

house

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.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Toddler Time Tuesday

winter scene

The weather outside was frightful, but we still had Toddler Time this morning!  It was a small group with one child, her mother, and her baby brother, but we still managed to have a great time together!  Thanks for braving the snow.

Today we played around with shapes — particularly hearts.  We read Color Farm and My Happy Heart.  We played A Tisket, A Tasket……with colored hearts and danced the Shape Dance using shapes on the felt board.  We also sang several songs from our song cube.

Next week’s theme is Friends.  Hopefully the weather will be kind and we’ll see you here @ the library for Toddler Time Tuesday!

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ACTIVITY ALERT

Here’s a great activity to do with your toddler at home (and it’s simple to prepare, too).

Do you remember the rhyme A Tisket, A Tasket?  Change it up for colors (you could do shapes or letters or farm animals or whatever you want….).

A Tisket, A Tasket, put the _______ (yellow star, big chicken, letter J, etc.) in the basket.

Here’s what you need:

Small basket

A collection of small items to put in the basket (shapes, colors, letters, animals, small toys, etc.)

That’s it!  Really!

This game would also be a great opportunity to share some great books together so if you’re using a collection of shapes, read books about shapes or if you’re doing farm animals, read about farm animals.   Making connections between what you’re doing together and what you’re reading together is a great learning experience as well as just a special time for you and your toddler.

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