PJ Storytime: Manners

I’m usually not one to harp on manners or go on rants about how disrespectful kids these day are. However,  some really funny new picture books on manners came out this year and I couldn’t help myself. These early years are when children develop social skills and some gently encouragement to be polite never hurt.

 

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Flannel: 10 Dizzy Dragons

We have an amazing volunteer who creates the most detailed flannels for us. I can’t get over what a great job she did with these dragons! Each one has their own personality and some of the details blow me away. I have the pattern attached as well. If you’re not as crafty with felt, you could color and laminate the dragons.

I also found it helpful to number the dragons on the back

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A close up of my favorites. Can you see the toe rings?!

A close up of my favorites. Can you see the toe rings?!

Ten Dizzy Dragons

Ten dizzy dragons lived long ago,
In a land full of magic where few people dared to go

The first dragon wore a garland of flowers
The second dragon had strong magic powers

The third dragon flew wildly through the air
The fourth dragon lived in a jewel filled lair

The fifth dragon rescued people in trouble
The sixth dragon liked to blow pretty bubbles

The seventh dragon wore a crown made of gold
The eighth dragon had a heart brave and bold

The ninth dragon had breath of smokey green fire
The tenth dragon was a terrible, awful liar.

Ten dizzy dragons lived long ago,
In a land full of magic where in your dreams you can go

Ten Dizzy Dragons (pattern)

PJ Storytime: Knights

This was one of those storytimes that just kept changing, right up until storytime began! It had been on my mind for awhile, I thought it fit well with the “Hero” SRP theme. I haven’t been a stickler about keeping my storytimes on theme, but it’s nice to reinforce what’s going on in the library. Originally I was going to do Knights and Princesses. Then Knights and Dragons. There were so many great dragon books I had to do a separate storytime with just dragons, but I found plenty that featured both. Then at the very last minute, I added in a slightly off-topic princess book and it was the perfect choice!

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Flannel: My Many Colored Cape

This flannel board has been making the rounds, but it’s just so good! I need to give a lot of credit here. Originally by Carissa Christner, 2009 ; I found it on thisishappystuff.com, and our amazing volunteer Cyndy created it for me and made a bear rather than a human superhero. Too cute!

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My Many Colored Cape

My cape of bravery goes over my head
It make me feel bold and it’s color is (red)

My cape of honesty make villains speak true
It chases out lies and it’s color is (blue)

My cape of fairness conquers those who are mean
It makes me feel strong and it’s color is (green)

My cape of calmness makes me feel mellow
It quiets the world and it’s color is (yellow)

My cape of wisdom helps me to think
I can solve tricky problems and it’s color is (pink)

My favorite cape gives a nice glow
It’s all of the colors in a rainbow!

Flannel: Five Green and Speckled Frogs

This is a classic song that makes a fantastic flannel board.

I love using the pocket pond (just two pieces of blue flannel glued together and shaped) so my frogs can disappear into the pool.

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And, yes, they are different shades of green. I originally only had three frogs for my baby storytime and couldn’t find that same froggy shade of green.

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
(yum yum)

One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs
(ribbit, ribbit)

Another option with this song is to teach the kids hand gestures.

Five green and speckled frogs /Sitting on a speckled log
Rest five fingers on your other arm (held horizontal like a log)

Eating some most delicious bugs / (yum yum)
Rub tummy

One jumped into the pool / Where it was nice and cool
Jump one finger off your arm

PJ Storytime: Yoga

Today was a last minute storytime. We were going to have a presenter come and perform a yoga storytime to the kids (we’re trying storytime events as part of our Summer of Reading this year). However, after taking shelter with all of our customers during a tornado warning, our area was still under a flash flood warning, so I didn’t want our performer to risk her life driving across the city and I expected a very small attendance. We decided to reschedule, but I still wanted to offer storytime to the families that braved the storm. Since I had grabbed yoga storytime books for display, I had an impromptu yoga storytime.

   

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