Friday, January 24, 2014


Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.


Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

The Itsy Bitsy Spider as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

Last week we highlighted stories and activities about penguins.  This week, we make quite a jump - from the penguins' snow-filled enclosure to the heat of the Zoo's desert dome!   This week's stories were about...SPIDERS!!


Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, 
say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, 
hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!

Good Morning!
(tune: "Frere Jacques")

Good morning! (echo)
How are you? (echo)
I'm so glad to see you! (echo)
Wesley is too! (echo)

If You're Ready For a Story
(tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It")

If you're ready for a story, take a seat.
If you're ready for a story, take a seat.
Clap your hands and stomp your feet,
Make your hands all nice and neat.
If you're ready for a story, take a seat.

Playtime Activity:
This week we tried our hand at crayon rubbings!
First I showed the children a piece of white paper with a piece of black paper behind it:

I scribbled over it with a blue crayon which produced this:

Next, I took another set of black and white papers and showed them to the children:

This time, when I started to scribble, a design began to appear:

A little more scribbling revealed...a spider web!

The secret to this "trick" is to make a spider web using hot glue.  When it dries it can be used to make a rubbing.  

Just about any raised (or recessed) surface can be used to make a rubbing.  You may have seen people making rubbings of a grave stone or a name at the Vietnam War Memorial.

You can help your toddler make rubbings of just about anything (well, maybe not the family dog!) by looking for interesting designs and textures in your child's world.  Here are just a few suggestions!

I'd love to hear what kinds of things you find to use for crayon rubbings!
  ~ Mrs. B.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

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