Little STEAMERS – All About Me

Opening Song Welcome
Nursery Rhyme Where Is Thumbkin? 
(Start with hands behind back.)Where is thumbkin? Where is thumbkin?
Here I am (Bring right hand to front, with thumb up.)
Here I am. (Bring left hand to front, with thumb up.)
How are you today sir?
Very well, I thank you. (Wiggle thumbs as if they’re “talking” to each other.)
Run away (Hide right hand behind back.)
Run away. (Hide left hand behind back.)
Book Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
Action Rhyme Feelings Song 
Original Author Unknown
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)I have feelings, you do too,
Let’s all sing about a few.
I am happy, I am sad.
I get scared, I get mad.
I am proud of being me.
That’s a feeling too, you see.
I have feelings, you do too.
We just sang about a few.Source: Kids Soup 
Song Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes


Craft: Trace Me! Boards
Craft: All About Me Rainbow

Source: Supply Me

Craft: My Fingerprints Fingerprints
Source: Buggy and Buddy

Soup – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Action Rhyme The Soup is Boiling
The soup is boiling up (bubble hands)
The soup is boiling up (bubble hands)
Stir it slow, around we go (stir)
The soup is boiling up (throw hands and feet UP or pop up)
Source: Storytime with Miss Tara 
Book There’s a Fly Guy in My Soup by Tedd Arnold
Fly Guy
ASL Soup
Book There’s a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach
Action Rhyme This is the way We Make the Soup
This is the way we make the soup, make the soup, make the soup (chop and stir motions).
This is the way we make the soup,
Chop, chop, stir.
This is the way we add the potatoes, add the potatoes, add the potatoes (fling those potatoes into the pot).
This is the way we add the potatoes,
Chop, chop, stir.
This is the way we add the leeks, add the leeks, add the leeks (drop the leeks into the pot).
This is the way we add the leeks,
Chop, chop, stir.
This is the way we add the pepper, add the pepper, add the pepper (sprinkle the pepper into the pot).
This is the way we add the pepper,
Ahh, ahh, choo!
Source: King County Library System 
Action Rhyme Purple Soup
Stirin’ a purple soup
Bop bop soup bop bop
Stirin’ a purple soup-be-doobdoobdoo
Purple Tomatoes, and purple tomatoes,
And YOU are purple too!
Cha cha cha cha.
Source: Bus Songs 
Action Rhyme Silly Soup
I’m going to make a silly soup.
I’m making a that’s silly.
I’m going to cook it in the fridge.
To make it nice and chilly.
In goes…a fox…a box…some sock…(rhyming words)
Source: TES
Dance Song I Feel Crazy Laurie Berkner
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye Song  It’s Time to Say Goodbye



Soup – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Book Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley
Action Rhyme Stir, Stir, Stir the Soup
(To tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Stir, stir, stir the soup
Stir it all day long.
Add some (insert food name here),
Take a taste (slurrrp!)
Soup will make us strong. (flex arm)
Source: Jen in the Library 
Book Soup for One by Ethan Long
ASL Soup
Nursery Rhyme Please Porridge Hot
Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot,
Nine days old.Some like it hot,
Some like it cold.
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.
Action Rhyme Stir the Soup
Stir the soup in the pot
Boy it’s really hot
Stir it fast, really fast
Stir it really, really slow.
Stir it high, stir it low
It’s still hot, let’s blow
Stir it fast like you should
I think it’s done!
Mmmmmmmm! It’s good!
Source: Johnson County Library
Action Rhyme Alphabet Soup
I handed out letters to all the kids and while we sang the alphabet (very slowly), the kids would come up and put their letter on the board. This was a huge hit.
Action Rhyme Rainbow Stew 
[Tune: Twinkle, twinkle] ~ Have the children stand in a circle (the stew pot).Rainbow stew, rainbow stew try a spoonful, maybe two!
What goes into rainbow stew? Listen now while I tell you.
Put in green beans, put in green beans. Put the green beans in the pot. (children wearing green enter the circle)
Put in red beets, put in red beets. Put the red beets in the stew. (children wearing red enter the circle)
Put in ‘tators, put in ‘tators. Put in chunks of brown potatoes. (children wearing brown enter the circle)
Put in squash, put in squash, Put in rounds of yellow squash. (children wearing yellow enter the circle)
Then stir! (everyone turns around)
Source: Johnson County Library 
Dance Song Hot Potato by The Wiggles
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye



Gross-Out Cook-Off

Our library really enjoys doing cooking programs for the public. We have started getting in the habit of doing a cook-off at least once a year, and this past year we did a Gross-Out Cook-Off for children in grades 4-12th grade. This was a collaboration between the children’s department and the teen department.
Here were the rules:

  • Children and teens in grades 4-12 may enter “Gross-Out Cook-Off.” Prizes will be awarded in three grade categories: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
  • Registration is required for entry into “Gross-Out Cook-Off.”
  • Each contestant may enter only one entry, and it must be an individual entry. No teams will be accepted.
  • Entries can be sweet or savory and must include a copy of the recipe (which includes any changes you made to the recipe). Also provide information on where the recipe came from (name of blog, cookbook, website, etc.). Include your name and grade with the recipe.
  • The dish will be judged based on the following categories:
    • Appearance –How gross it looks on the plate and the presentation. The grosser, the better!
    • Creativity –Types of ingredients used in the recipe.
    • Taste—How the ingredients work together and the overall taste. It should look and sound gross, but taste amazing!

Here are a few pictures of our entries:
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American Girl – Cécile Rey


Introduction I’ve been really wanting to do a Cécile Rey program for a while now but did not really know what theme I wanted to focus on. Flipping through her books, I came across the yellow fever! I am a total sucker for morbid information, and I figured the subject was fair game if it was in her books.

For my opening remarks, I gave the kids information about New Orleans during Cécile’s time, and how yellow fever was rampant. I provided all the kids an 1853 map of the United States, and they had to color in Louisiana and pinpoint New Orleans.

Symptom Checker/ Nursing Activity After we talked about New Orleans, we started talking about the yellow fever. I gave the symptoms of yellow fever, and the kids colored and marked a human body chart with each of the symptoms.

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I also emphasized that this was a time where the community would tend to their neighbors if they were sick. I gave each kid a packet of gauze and they could either wrap their dolls or another person.
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Masquerade Masks I honestly could not not do masquerade masks. I outreached to a fellow librarian who lives in New Orleans, and she said that masquerades happen all the time. I figured that my participants would enjoy making their own masks.
Mosquito Spray Finally, I decided to do a modern twist on the yellow fever. Why not make our own mosquito spray? I researched the different options and picked a kid-safe/toddler-safe spray recipe. I notified the parents about testing the spray first on clothing.

I had an assembly line set-up and the kids moved down the table.
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Ghosts – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Book How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan 
Action Rhyme Ring Around the Pumpkins
Ring around the pumpkins
Pocket full of spiders
Boo! Boo!
We all fall down!
The ghosts are in the meadow
Drinking witches brew
Boo! Boo!
We all stand up!
Source: Awesome Storytime 
Books Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara
Action Rhyme Tonight is Halloween
Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man!Did you hear a ghost say, “Boo!”
A ghost say, “Boo!,” a ghost say, “Boo!”
I think I just heard him too—
Tonight is Halloween!Have you tasted Goblin Stew,
Goblin Stew, Goblin Stew?
I wouldn’t taste it if I were you—
Tonight is Halloween!Did you see that bat fly through
That bat fly through, that bat fly through?
I’d run home if I were you—
Tonight is Halloween!
Source: The Mailbox
Action Rhyme Ghost Chant
Ghost so scary,
Ghost so white,
Don’t scare (child’s name)
On Halloween Night
Source: Piggyback Songs: Seasons & Holidays
Action Song The More We Boo Together
The more we boo together, together, together,
The more we boo together the scarier we’ll be.
‘Cause my boo plus your boo will make goblins boo-hoo.
The more we boo together the scarier we’ll be.
Source: King County Library System
Dance Song Put Your Fingers in the Air by Miss Carole
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye song  It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: A big ghost and a little ghost.

Ghosts – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Books Five Silly Ghosts by Hilli Kushnir
Action Rhyme The Ghost
I saw a ghost (fingers circle eyes)
He saw me too (point to yourself)
I waved at him (wave your hand)
But he said “BOO!” (try to scare person next to you)
Source: Preschool Education
Book Pop-Up Haunted House
Traditional Rhyme This is Big, Big, Big/Clap Clap Your hands
I have started incorporating sign language into “This is Big, Big, Big” rhyme.
ASL Ghost
Nursery Rhyme Little Miss Muffet
Little miss Muffet she sat on her tuffet,
Eating her curds eating and whey
Along came a spider who sat down beside her
And frightened miss Muffet away.
Action Song Baby Ghost
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Flying through the air. (Move puppet back and forth in front of toddler.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Touching your hair. (Have ghost touch toddlers hair.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Flying down low. (Bring hand with puppet down low.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Touches your toe. (Bend down and touch ghost to toddlers toe.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Flying up high. (Raise ghost puppet up high.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Touches your eye. (I had the kids hide behind their puppets and then we all shouted “Boo!”)
Source: Preschool Express 
Action Song Two Little Ghosts
A very old witch was stirring a pot (make a stirring motion)
Ooo-oooo! Ooo-oooo!
Two little ghosts said, “What has she got?” (shrug shoulders)
Tippytoe, tippytoe, tippytoe…(“walk” fingers up arm or tiptoe in circle)
Boo! (Clap hands loudly)
Source: Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds by Judy Nichols
Dance Song Wiggle Walk by Carole Peterson
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye