Miss Meg made an infograph!

Miss Meg made an infograph!

In a librarian fb group earlier this week someone mentioned making an infograph for their summer reading program. I (like many people on the internets) am very drawn to infographs and have always wanted to make one, with no real reason to. I decided that making an infograph for our SRP was a great opportunity! It took me two days to make and I just use the free platform of pictochart. I love how it turned out and would recommend it to anyone wanting to play around with making infographs!

Flannel Friday: Dig into Reading with Hedghogs!

Flannel Friday: Dig into Reading with Hedghogs!

For my burrowing animals storytime this week I did not have a craft.  Since there was no craft I still wanted to send the kids home with something fun to show off what we learned in storytime.  So, I made little hedgehogs that we all sang a song with!

I just found a clip-art of a hedgehog online (I think I used www.openclipart.org but don’t quote me) and then glued them onto a foam strip that the library had accidentally bought previously and was trying to get rid of.


We then sang a song with our hedgehogs:

Hedgehog, Hedgehog, turn around.
Hedgehog, Hedgehog, touch the ground.
Hedgehog, Hedgehog, stretch up high.
Hedgehog, Hedgehog, search the sky.
Hedgehog, Hedgehog, search down low.
Hedgehog, Hedgehog, touch your toes.
Hedgehog, Hedgehog, sit on the ground.
Hedgehog, Hedgehog, curl up small and round.

This take-home activity was such a hit!  The kids loved having their very own hedgehogs to take home and I heard from parents later in the week that it became a treasure item at home.  This could easily be adapted for any type of animal!

Dig Into Reading: Burrowing Animals! (toddler)

Dig Into Reading: Burrowing Animals! (toddler)

I loosely based my storytime this week on burrowing animals, but figured the toddlers would not care if I snuck in a non-burrowing animal in there.  I introduced storytime this week as “animals that live underground or near the ground” which really leaves my options open.

Our signs this week were “Under” and “Worm” and we incorporated these with the songs and books. Our opening song was Hi, Hello.

Burrowing Animals Picture Books:

Mouse Count Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh What a Treasure! What a Treasure! by Jane Hillenbrand
underGROUND underGROUND by Denise Fleming

Songs & Rhymes

Herman the Worm
I love love love this song and incorporate it any way I can!
I start out by having the kids practice chewing their bubblegum, playing the yo-yo and asking, “what happened?”

I was sittin’ on my fencepost, chewing my bubblegum
(chew, chew, chew, chew)
Playin’ with my yo-yo, wee-oo! wee-oo!
When along came Herman the worm
And he was this big
And I said: “Herman? What happened?”
And he said: I ate a _______
(I had him eat some books, the castle in the library, the library, and the entire town)

at the end Herman is soooo tiny and when you ask him what happened he says, “I burped, ‘scuse me!”

**stealth edit: check out Jbrary singing Herman the Worm!



I also did an ant at a picnic flannel, which I may include in a flannel friday post sometime, but that actually might not happen….

Extension Activities

I am actually do this one more in depth in a flannel friday activity later this week but here’s a hint to look forward to:


Instead of a craft this week we did some parachute activities and the kids really responded well to it.


Miss Meg

Flannel Friday: Dinosaur, Dinosaur (Shapes!)

Flannel Friday: Dinosaur, Dinosaur (Shapes!)

For my Flannel Friday submission this week I adapted Dinosaur, Dinosaur from Thrive after Three.

Her post focused more on figuring out if the dinosaur was behind a colored door and I focused on shapes instead!


I started the activity with the dinosaur’s hidden behind the shapes and then we did the rhyme:

Dinosaur, Dinosaur are you behind the  _(circle)_ door?

I actually had a dinosaur behind every door because I also used this as an opportunity to learn the different Dinosaurs, but the kids still got excited each time we found a new dinosaur!  I always had a shy dinosaur that we had to be quiet for and ask him to come out, “please!”.


I got the dinosaur clipart from the CLSP manual and then just colored them.


On the back of each dinosaur was a hint for Miss Meg so I did not get the dinosaur species wrong ;)


This was a very successful flannel activity and it let us work on some new skills that we do not get to practice in storytime that often– shapes!

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by yours truly and the round-up will be posted tomorrow! :)

Dig Into Reading: Dinosaur Storytime for Toddlers

Dig Into Reading: Dinosaur Storytime for Toddlers

RAWR!  I LOVED storytime this week. Seriously, probably my favorite day of storytime so far.  I had so many concepts to practice with the kids, and not to mention rawr-ing like we’ve never rawr-ed before!


This weeks literacy tip was: “When talking to your new speaker, use the correct pronunciation of the word, not the way the imitate the word”

The kids came into the story room greeted by some dinosaur footprints:

dino prints dino prints

I encouraged the kids to talk about the colors with their parents/caregivers after storytime, and a few were doing it as they were walking in as well!  I also had the same colors hanging up by me and we went over them together.

Our signs this week were Big, Little, and Dinosaur.

Rawr-iffic Dino Picture Books:

dino vs library
Dinosaur Vs. the Library!
By Bob Shea (we had so much fun rawring, and the kids loved trying to rawr louder than my peeps, moos, and shy turtle noises)
5 little dino
Five Little Dinosaurs
By Will Grace, Illus. by Ed Vere Hodgkinson
Flapdoodle Dionsaurs by David A. Carter
(I just read the name of the dinosaur and what color, I did not read the entire poem for each dino)

Simply Terrifying (but not really) Dinosaur songs and rhymes!

Dino Ditty
(sung to “Doo Wah Ditty”)

Here he comes just a stomping with his feet singing
“Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do.” Kids sang this part with me
Searching all round for something good to eat singing,
“Dino ditty, ditty dum ditty do.”
He’s huge, (He’s huge), He’s strong, (He’s strong.)
He’s huge, he’s strong, won’t be hungry very long.
“Dino ditty, ditty dum , ditty do.”
“Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do.”

Seriously this song was so much fun and it is guaranteed to crack up the adults in the room!

BIG Dino LITTLE Dino (with our signs)
I adapted this popular dinosaur rhyme to fit with our signs and it worked out very well!

BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, turn around
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, touch the ground
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, reach up high
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, wink one eye
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, touch your nose
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, touch your toes
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, slap your knees
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, sit down please

We also sang We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner and the kids really enjoyed that song.

GRRReat Extension Activity

I adapted this from Thrive After Three
and will be talking about it more in a Flannel Friday post later this week!

Dinosaur Craft

(sorry this is getting to be such a long post, but it’s so much fun!)

D is for Dinosaur

I had D’s cut out and they glued them on and then they drew a dinosaur!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for loving dinosaurs as much as I do (I mean with SO MANY great things to do with them, how could you not!?)

Miss Meg

Flannel Friday: Dig Into Reading with Pirates– ARR!

Flannel Friday: Dig Into Reading with Pirates– ARR!

This is a poem and corresponding flannel activity that I adapted from a poem in the book Shiver Me Timbers.

I said the poem and dressed the pirate as I went along.  Here is what I started with:


And then at the end of the poem our pirate looked like this:


It took a bit of time, but it was really fun and the kids enjoyed it.  Here is the poem to go with the activity:

Pirates wear patches (add patch)
and on their hands, hooks. (add hook)
Pirates love to mismatch
and give dirty looks

Pirates were white shirts (add shirt)
with big puffy sleeves.
Pirates are scoundrels,
and rascals, and thieves!

Pirates wear black hats (add hat)
with skull and cross bones.
Pirates yell, “Avast”! (add word)
and, “Ahoy! Thar she blows!” (add word)

Pirates have long hair
they decorate with beads.
Pirates aren’t rareWhen you’re sailing the seas!

Pirates have a pet bird (add bird)
and tie the best knots.
Pirates are quite absurd,
X marks the spot! (add X)


Here are the templates for the pieces, not including the hair. For the I just braided brown felt and included beads in randomly!



To download the templates just click on the pictures above!

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Mrs. Andre’s Library

Dig Into Reading: Seed Art

Dig Into Reading: Seed Art

This summer we have an open art craft studio one afternoon a week.  Kids all ages have the opportunity to drop into the library to work on a project for a two hours.  The craft project for the first week was seed art.  We had two project available:

Mandala Color-by-Seed (name not official, nor does it easily roll off the tongue)

mandala seed art

For this, we printed off three designs of Mandala’s onto square (8×8)cardstock and then assigned colors to the different sections of the mandala’s.  There were also some that didn’t have any colors assigned so kids were able to just do it however they wanted.  We also supplied elmer’s glue and craft sticks to glue the seeds on.

In order to get the colored seeds we dyed pumpkin seeds.  We accidentally bought the pepita’s instead of shelled pumpkin seeds so the dying process was a little more difficult than it should have been.  If you plan on doing this make sure you buy shelled and unsalted pumpkin seeds! Anyways, other than that, dying wasn’t too difficult.  Mix together warm water and a splash of white vinegar with the food coloring.  Don’t go easy on the food coloring, the more you use the more vibrant the seeds! It took awhile (couple of days) for the seeds to dry completely, so make sure you spread them out to avoid any mold.


mandala seed art

Clay Paperweight

seed art

This one was a bit more simple, for the younger crowd.  We purchased white and colored Colorations air dry putty.  We had a variety of seeds and beans for the kids to use to make designs.  Some ended up using the seeds form this one for their mandala’s as well.

seed art

The whole thing ended up to be a huge success! I’m not sure if the parents had more fun helping their kids or if the kids had the more fun making their seed art.  I would definitely recommend it for ages 4-99 ;)

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