Bear Storytime

Bear Storytime

We had a BEARific storytime today!

I started out how I normally do with our puppet friend, Harold the Pig and reminded everyone of the rules. I then introduced another puppet, Harold’s friend Bear (one little named him stickyicky). Bear helped me to introduce our theme for storytime this week: Bears!

Bear themed picture books:

baby bear sees blue
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
I LOVE this book. The illustrations are adorable and the kids enjoy finding all the colors that Baby Bear sees!
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
bears new friend
Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson and illus. by Jane Chapman

**Bonus: Jamberry felt story but the wonderful ladies at Jbrary (I feel like I’m in a Jbrary fanclub and i’m okay with that)**

Bear Songs and Fingerplays

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

Where is Bear
(tune: Thumbkin)
Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.

If I were…

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)

I also did a bear flannel story which you can find here!


Polar Bear craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Other Bear storytime resources!

Storytime Katie: Bears!

Jbrary’s Bears Pinterest Board

Miss Mary Liberry: Before they hibernate, let’s have a bear storytime!

Sunflower Storytime: Bears

Librarian Lisa’s Storytime: Bears

Flannel Friday: 5 Bears (thanks to Mel’s Desk!)

Flannel Friday: 5 Bears (thanks to Mel’s Desk!)

My flannel story this week went with our Bear themed storytime and I totally 100% copied the idea from Mel’s Desk! This is why I love Flannel Friday :) Finding so many great ideas I don’t have to think of something on my own every week!

bear flannel

My bears!  Mel also had a black bear but I just stuck with four: brown bear, panda bear, koala bear, and polar bear!

Rhyme to go with it:

Brown bear in the ring, sha la la la la
Brown bear in the ring, sha la la la la
Brown bear in the ring, sha la la la la
Looking for some honey in the comb.

Panda bear in the ring / Looking for some bamboo in the sun

Koala bear in the ring / Looking for some eucalyptus leaves

Polar bear in the ring / Looking for some fishies in the sea

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Thrive After Three!

STEM for pre-school, or how I overcame my fear of the sciences and put on my big girl pants.

STEM for pre-school, or how I overcame my fear of the sciences and put on my big girl pants.

Last month I started a new program at my library to try and incorporate more STEM, and just in time for the CLSP summer reading program: FIZZ BOOM READ!

Now, full disclosure, Science and Math were my least favorite classes in high school and college. The idea of doing something with either of these two subjects is daunting, it’s scary, and quite frankly I just ignored STEM for as long as I could. I was and English major in college, for goodness sakes!  I still use my fingers to count!  A lever/pulley system is pretty much rocket science to me! My brother is the engineer in the family, not me (seriously, talk about sibling differences…he’s also good with his money)!  There are other things I’m good at, I can leave that hard stuff to other people.

But, now I’m the only person at my library for ages 0-18 and I can no longer hide from Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.


Okay, so it’s not that bad.  At the NH children’s librarian conference in OCT (I went to only after being in my current job for 2 weeks) we had a panel about STEM and it really helped me to get over that first obstacle. One of the panelist’s had us think about what we ARE good at.  Something we already know and can teach.  And design a program based on that.


I can do stuff I already know.  Stuff that isn’t actually that hard.

I can start small.  It’s okay.
And it’s okay if I fail!  It’s okay if kids, or parents have to correct me.  That’s great!  It means they are paying attention AND I learn something new!

(just last week in storytime I made my clock wrong (I was short on time when making it!) and so it read 12:10, 12:20, 12:30, instead of 1:00, 2:00, 3:00. Talk about embarrass! But the parents corrected me.  And laughed. We laughed together. They weren’t laughing at me. That much.)

So, after that I started toying with the idea of hosting some pre-school STEM sessions.  So far I have had two sessions.  And maybe no one has showed up yet but someday they will! And I will be prepared!
And so was born: Pre-School Explorers!
One thing I wanted my STEM programs to have was parent & child interaction.  So, I set it up as different stations that parents and their pre-schooler can go through together.  BUT BEFORE THAT I explain to everyone what our theme is, read a short story that goes with the theme, and give an early literacy tip that is aimed towards pre-schoolers.  Sometimes we may do a short group activity.  Then the rest is parent time!  This way, I don’t even get very many opportunities to be wrong and embarrassed! It’s great!

The hardest part is setting up the materials and making everything for each individual station. I’ve been keeping it at 4-6 stations per theme, with materials enough for two groups per station. (This may have to be more for you though, I am in a small town).

SO, I wrote this post to show that even if Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math seem like these big scary things that are totally out of your comfort zone, it’s okay. The only way we can grow and get better is to tiptoe out of our comfort zones once in awhile.  You don’t have to do something big and extravagant at first (or ever if you don’t want).  You can just talk and teach about what you know and that’s is also okay!

ALSO YOU ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE. Seriously, try google searching “library stem programs”.  SO MANY OPTIONS. SO MANY LIBRARIANS.

STEM/STEAM Resources:

There are lists and resources available to librarians that it was almost a little overwhelming to look at them all! Instead of creating yet another list here are some of my favorite starting points:

The Show Me Librarian: All Things Steam
Simply STEM
This Prezi by Jan Thomas is pretty great
Thanks, IDAHO! (STEM Resources)

How are you incorporating STEM? What are your favorite resources? Tell me things!

**(edit only 10 minutes after publish: I know that STEAM is the new STEM buuuuuuut the A (arts) doesn’t scare me like the S, T, E, & M)**

Counting Storytime

Counting Storytime

Concept Storytime! Let’s count! 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10!

Counting Books

Pete the Cat & His Four Groovy Buttons
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Turtle Splash
Turtle Splash: countdown at the pond
by Cathryn Falwell
1 2 Buckle my Shoe
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe
by Cathryn Falwell
Pete the Cat is always a big hit with my toddlers and by now most of them have it memorized. It is a lot of fun reading it with them! 1, 2, Buckle my Shoe was also a big hit because the parents started reading it along with me, which I always love.

Counting Songs & Fingerplays

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day, (Hold up 5 fingers)
Over the hills and far away, (Put hand behind back)
Mama duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack!” (Use other hand to imitate a duck quacking)
But only four little ducks came back. (Bring out hand with only four fingers up)
One, two, three, four. (Count each of the four fingers)
Sad mama duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mama duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack!”
And all of the five little ducks came back.
One, two, three, four, five!

I’m a Little Cuckoo Clocksource: Librarian Lisa

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (jump once)
(Continue with two, three, four and five o’clock.)

I also used my flannel set from “Lots of Cars” and we counted the cars forwards (1-2-3-4-5) and backwards (5-4-3-2-1)

Counting Craft

Counting Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Seriously, easiest craft ever!  And the kids love it because they love stickers!

Flannel Friday: Animal Dice

Flannel Friday: Animal Dice

For my Movement Storytime I had a lot of songs and rhymes but really struggled to find another extension activity for the kids.  I didn’t think a flannel board would work very well because I really wanted to get them up and active.

I saw an animal dice online but did not like the animals it chose so I just decided to make my own!

Animal Dice

Jump like a frog!
Flutter like a butterfly!
Slither like a snake!
Hop like a rabbit!
Beg like a dog!
What does an elephant do!?
this one is fun because the kids have to think about what an elephant does and usually their parents will help them and they make an elephant noise and trunk with their arm!

Click HERE to download the template to make your own animal dice :)

Thanks to Lisa at Libraryland for hosting FF this week :)