I. Love. Owl. Storytime. Between the plethora of resources, the adorable owl crafts and the way that even my youngest kiddos enthusiastically say, “Hooooooot,” it’s easily one of my favorites.
This week’s storytime post comes as both a sharing to fellow librarians and an instructional tutorial to families. Never have I sent a craft home as an extension activity, but this week the craft was too cute and the amount of time was too short.
We finished our storytime with I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie and as I was reading, the kiddos brought up the different pieces of food and dropped them in the old lady’s mouth. Too much fun. They loved being part of the story.
To make your own Old Lady puppet at home, follow these steps:
Step One: Color the Old Lady and the pieces of food.
Step Two: Cut the Old Lady (including inside her mouth, big people help will be required here) and the pieces of food. I cut the rectangle outline of the food so they were all the same size and shape.
Step Three: Lay the paper bag on the table with the seam of the bottom of the bag, face up. Glue the Old Lady’s face to the bottom of the bag. I suggest using a glue stick for this part, anything else will soften your brown paper bag.
Step Four: Glue the Old Lady’s body to the bag, make sure your hand can still fit inside the bag and the seams all move.
Step Five: Here comes the tricky part… Use a scissors to cut out the mouth of the Old Lady, I used tape to reinforce her mouth to the bag.
Step Six: This step is option, you can tape the plastic sandwich bag inside of the brown paper bag to catch the pieces of food.
Step Seven: Retell the story and enjoy!
The library menagerie is constantly growing…
I love Powell’s Books. Seriously. If I lived in Portland, I would be in HUGE trouble.If you haven’t been there and you’re a major bibliophile like me, it’s a must on your bucket list. Plan to literally get lost among books. It’s a beautiful thing.
You, too, can pull off this adorable outfit by putting together the following:
- Shirt from Powell’s Books
- Felt hat from Joann Fabrics (I bought this in-store during late summer 2014)
- Fire-breathing apparatus: Cut a hole in the bottom of a paper cup, tape red crepe or tissue paper strips to the lip of the cup. Blow through the hole to get the flames to dance… Much to the astonishment of all.
A few weeks back I planned to do an ocean-themed storytime to go with my Reader’s Reef genre bulletin board. What started as ocean-themed quickly turned into something attuned to Shark Week in the library. There are just too many adorable shark projects and ideas on Pinterest. I couldn’t help myself!
Shark Fin Hats, aren’t they fun! Pinned by Raquel Hernandez, I was unable to locate the original source. I simply cut strips of blue construction paper, stapled them together and added a fin (with some CHOMP marks). So easy and so fun!
The idea for this darling clothespin shark comes from Estefi Machado. The blog is in Portuguese and while I was able to translate the post through Google, it was still a challenge to understand. So, I took my best guess.
I did a sketch on white card stock, outlined it with black marker and added some color.
The fishy is attached with a small section of wooden toothpick, glued to the back of the clothespin.
Cute and fun!
Another fast and fun shark craft? The shark clothespin for developing fine motor skills, from Make, Do and Friend. Just paint, glue and play!
I painted my sharky with blue acrylic paint, added a construction paper fin, and squiggly eyes.
The white paint was tough… I had to clamp the clothespin open in order for it to dry and even then, the teeth stuck together. Still cute.
I posted my precious Lowly Worm plush a few days ago and today I finished up his good buddy, Huckle.