American Girl – Caroline Abbott

Introduction Caroline Abbott was one of the first dolls I ever purchased for my library and unfortunately, she is now retired from American Girl collection. Almost four years later, I FINALLY decided to do her for my program!
About Caroline I really dug through Caroline’s books to get inspiration for this program. All the activities we did were directly inspired by Caroline’s books.
Food Since I try and provide some food, I found that biscuits and honey would be a very easy food option. My volunteer spent most of her time in the kitchen prepping the biscuits and making sure the biscuits did not burn.

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First Activity Oh, paper dolls have a special fondness in my heart, so I was excited to find the history of paper dolls in Caroline’s books. I thought my patrons would have fun making their own dolls. I found further inspiration from Thy World on affordable paper dolls. I was excited that my patrons could make boy or girl paper dolls. I had a volunteer make several clothing templates and then I put a ton of scrapbooking paper out for the participants to pick what they wanted to use.
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Second Activity Everyone love pockets! Unfortunately, during Caroline’s time, girls had to make “pockets” instead of having them sewn into their dresses. We simply used felt and I had a volunteer pre-poke holes to make the sewing aspect easier for the kids. This was kind of pain. However, the kids got a kick from it.
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Third Activity Our last activity was embroidery. I wanted this activity to be accessible for all participants and decided to use burlap and plastic needles (real needles gave me too much anxiety). I will say the youngest kids were more meh about it because it does take time and patience, but my older kids really got into it! Rhythms of Play really broke down what I needed.

Rhyming to Read: The Lion and the Unicorn

 

Opening Song Welcome
Opening Activity Bread and Butter
Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say hello as quiet as we can (whisper hello)Loud as we can.
Slow as we can.
Fast as we can.
High as we can.
Low as we can.
Nice as we can.
Source: Jbrary
Rhyme The Lion and the Unicorn
The lion and the unicorn
Were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicornAll around the town.
Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake
and drummed them out of town.
Sorting Activity Dairy vs Grains
I had the kids tell me if the picture fell into Grains or Dairy. I had a trick picture of a plum. They yelled fruit right away!
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Matching Activity Match the Rhyme
I found some clipart that related to the rhyme. I then had the kids identify each piece while I hid them under the bread slices (not all pictured). The kids then played a game of memory.
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Activity Toast in the Toaster
Toast in the toaster.
Toast in the toaster.
Getting Very hot.
Tick tock, Tick, tock,
Up I pop!
Battle of the Unicorns and Lions I divided my group up into four teams. Two teams of unicorns and two teams of lions. I then gave each group a mason jar filled with heavy whipping cream. While I played the Rocky theme song, the groups had to see who could make their butter the fastest! The little kids went gaga for this. It does take some time with little kids’ strength! I strongly encouraged the adults to also shake the jar also.
Treat We made butter! I then had white bread and brown bread (Technically I bought honey wheat. I wasn’t sure if all little kids enjoyed true wheat bread.) for them to enjoy their butter. I also had grape jelly as a stand-in for plums.

Sweet Treats – Preschool

Introduction Welcome – Bienvenidos
Action Rhyme I Eat
I eat apples-
crunch, crunch, crunch
I eat sandwiches-
munch, munch, munch
I eat lollipops-
lick, lick, lick
But I eat ice cream
quick, quick, quick!
Source: Music Makers for Kids
Book  If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacey Previn
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ASL Candy
Book A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann
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Action Rhyme Sweet Candy Canes
Tune: Are You SleepingCandy canes,
Candy canes
Are so sweet,
Are so sweet.
They are nice and minty.
They are nice and minty.
Good to eat.
Good to eat.
Source: Totally for Twos: Stories and Songs by The Mailbox
Action Rhyme Baking a Pie
The kitchen is so warm and nice. (hug self)
And smells of apple pie and spice. (sniff)
Five, four, three, two, one minute more — (count on fingers)
Mother opens the oven door. (open pretend oven)
And then she puts the pie on a rack. (set out pretend pie)
Ummmm, when we eat it, our lips smack!
Source: Busy Bees: Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth Mckinnon
Action Rhyme I Love Cookies
I love cookies, I love cookies,
I love cookies, thick and thin.
I love cookies in my tum,
I love cookies, yum, yum, yum.
In my tum, yum, yum, yum – oh,
I love cookies, I love cookies,
I love cookies, thick and thin.
Source: Busy Bees: Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth Mckinnon
Action Rhyme Pudding on a Plate
Pudding on a plate, pudding on a plate (rock from side to side)
Wibble, wobble, wibble wobble
Pudding on a plate!
Candies in a jar, candies in a jar (bounce up and down)
Shake ’em up, shake ’em up
Candies in a jar.
Candles on a cake, candles on a cake
Blow’em out, blow ’em out (baby: adult blows on baby)
Candles on a cake.
Source: King County Library System 
Dance Song Sticky Bubble Gum by Carole Peterson
Dance Song I Feel Crazy So I Jump in the Soup by Laura Berkner
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye Song It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: Inspiration came from this craft.

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Sweet Treats – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Book How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies by Jane Yolen
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Nursery Rhyme Do You Know the Muffin Man
ASL Candy
Book Count My Cupakes 1-2-3 by Joyce Wan
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Finger Rhyme Two Little Candy Canes
Two Little Candy Canes (Hold up 2 fingers)
Way up high on the Christmas tree? (point to the top of a tree)
Two little candy canes winked at me (2 hooked finger/winking)
I shook that tree as hard as I could? (wiggle body)
And down came the candy canes (bring fingers down)
Mmm, Mmm, they were good!! (act like your eating them)
Source: King County Library System 
Action Rhyme Cupcakes
The cupcakes are here, the cupcakes are there
The cupcakes, the cupcakes are everywhere!
The cupcakes are up, the cupcakes are down
The cupcakes, the cupcakes are all around
The cupcakes are in, the cupcakes are out
The cupcakes the cupcakes are all about.
Source: One Little Librarian
Action Rhyme Let’s Make Jam!
Tune: Ten Little IndiansLet’s all squish and squash some berries.
Let’s all squish and squash some berries.
Let’s all squish and squash some berries.
Now we’ve made some jam!Let’s all spread it on some bread now.
Let’s all spread it on some bread now.
Let’s all spread it on some bread now.
And now we’ll eat our jam!
Source: Totally for Twos: Stories and Songs by The Mailbox
Action Rhyme Andy Spandy Sugar and Candy
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop up! (stretch tall)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop down! (crouch down)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop in! (hug yourself)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop out! (jump up with arms outstretched)
Source: King County Library System
Dance Song Jelly in the Bowl by Carole Peterson
Dance Song Milkshake Song by Anne-Marie Ann
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Inspiration came from this craft.

Cookie Oven

Little STEAMers – Robots

 

Introduction Welcome
Finger Rhyme 5 Shiny Robots
Five shiny robots, playing marbles on the floor,
One went home and then there were four,
Four shiny robots, playing in a tree,
One went home and then there were three,
Three shiny robots with nothing left to do,
One went home and then there were two,
Two shiny robots, think of something fun,
One went home and there was one,
One shiny robot pretending to be a hero,
His mother called him home and then there were zero
Source: King County Library System
Book Robot Zombie Frankenstein by Annette Simon
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Action Rhyme I Am A Robot
I am a robot (march in place with robot arms)
I am a robot
Clank Clank (bend forwards and back at waist)
Clank Clank (bend side-to-side at waist)
ZZZZZZZZrt (raise arms up while shaking them)
CRASH (Either fall, or “lose power’ or clap)
Source: Future Librarian Superhero 
  ACTIVITIES
The purpose of this Little STEAMers was to introduce our patrons to new technology toys the library owns.
Craft 1: Finger Robots
I technically combined two different craft inspirations (Inspiration 1 and Inspiration 2)to come up with this little guy.
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Activity 1: Osmo
If you are contemplating buying the Osmo…DO IT. They are so much fun. My coworker had to pull me away from it when I first tried it out. The kids LOVED this station and many parents inquired where they could purchase it. Osmo recently rolled out an edition for the Kindle (much easier on wallet than purchasing an Ipod).
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Activity 2: Code-a-Pillar
Code-a-Pillar’s are also fantastic. I had toddlers and older kids interested in this device. Toddlers liked to chase it while my big kids tried to make different combinations with all the pieces. Super awesome as it starts to teach coding at an early age.
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Activity 3/4

Little Bits and Snap Circuit
These were two least popular stations, as well as the most in-depth participation to get working. I think my crowd was a smidgen young for them, but I wanted them out for guardians to at least know of their existence. There is also a Snap Circuit Junior. Both of them are super cool if you have the right age group for it.

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Little Bits

Rhyming to Read: This is the Way the Lady Rides

 

 

Opening Song Welcome
Introduction of Rhyme This is the way the lady rides,
Nim, nim, nim!
This is the way the gentleman rides,
Trim, trim, Trim!
This is the way the farmer rides,
Turot, Turot, Turot!
This is the way the hunter rides.
Galop, galop, galop, galop!For this part, we said the rhyme and did different movements for the each section. For the last galop, we would all fall down to the ground.
Die-Cut Horses I had a volunteer cut out a different color die-cut horses. We made the horses make different galloping movements.
Rhythm I handed out bells and we worked on different rhythms to the rhyme.
Dance Song Galloping Country Style

We galloped around the room.

Obstacle Course I put hula hoops around the room and some random buckets. The kids had to run around the hula hoops and jump over the buckets. I played I am a Horse by Jeanie B.
Take-Home I’m currently not in the mood for crafts, so I made a take-home food bar. I called it a Horse Bar and I put favorite food of horses. We had carrots, pretzels (as a substitute for hay), and marshmallows (as a substitute for sugar cubes). This was a big hit with the crowd.

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Goodbye  It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Teddy Bear – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Action Rhyme Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your knees
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please
Book Bear Hugs by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
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Nursery Rhyme Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy
Was he?
Book Where is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley
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Sign Language Teddy Bear
Traditional Rhyme This is Big, Big, Big/Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Action Rhyme Hug Your Bear
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Hug, Hug, Hug Your Bear
Squeeze him very tight
Hold him high and help him fly
Then hug with all your might
Source: Jbrary

Action Rhyme Teddy Bear Dance
Dance with your teddy upon your toes,
Swing your little teddy, there he goes,
Hug your little teddy, hold him tight,
Kiss your little teddy and say goodnight.
Source: Toddler Storytimes II by Dianne Briggs
Dance Song My Teddy Bear by Super Simple Songs
Dance Song Tiptoe Teddy Bear by Gorgiana Stewart
Cool down ABCs, Count to 5
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft:

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Teddy Bear – Preschool

Introduction  Welcome
Book George in the Dark by Madeline Valentine
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ASL Teddy Bear, Bed
Book One Ted Falls Out of Bed by Julia Donaldson
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Action Rhyme If I Were a Happy Bear
If I were a happy bear, I’d go ha! ha! ha! (laugh)
If I were a sad bear, I’d go boo, hoo, hoo! (rub eyes)
If I were a cranky bear, I’d go stomp,stomp, stomp! (stomp feet)
If I were a scared bear, I’d go AHH! AHH!AHH!  (scream)
If I were a tired bear, I’d go zzz zzz zzz (pretend to sleep)
Source: Miss Meg’s Storytime
Action Rhyme There Was a Bear Who Loved to Dance
Tune: BingoThere was a bear who loved to dance
And TEDDY was his name O
Left foot, tap, tap, tap
Right foot, tap, tap, tap
Both paws, clap, clap, clap
And TEDDY was his name O

There was a bear who loved to dance
And TEDDY was his name O
Turn, turn, turn around
Turn, turn, turn around
Turn, turn, turn around
And TEDDY was his name O

There was a bear who loved to dance
And TEDDY was his name O
Jump, jump, up and down
Jump, jump, up and down
Jump, jump, up and down
And TEDDY was his name O
Source: King County Library System 

Action Rhyme Hug Your Bear
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your BoatHug, Hug, Hug Your Bear
Squeeze him very tight
Hold him high and help him fly
Then hug with all your might
Source: Jbrary
Dance Song Dance With Your Teddy Bear by Greg and Steve
Dance Song Tickle Tickle Teddy by Georgiana Stewart
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song  It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft:

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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
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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

ACTIVITIES

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

Source: Supply Me

Craft: My Fingerprints Fingerprints
Source: Buggy and Buddy