Froggy Story Hour

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I always have so much fun creating a fun and engaging story hour.  I am glad I only have to come up with two a month!

Froggy books are so much fun to read.  I really getting into them when I read.  They don’t make the words long and bold for nothing!

For this story hour I read four different Froggy books.  Froggy Builds a Tree House, Froggy Plays in the Band, Froggy Gets Dressed, and Froggy Learns to Swim.

To get them started we read Froggy Learns to Swim.  I just love saying “bubble, bubble, toot, toot…”  Funny story, my son was saying this to my husband.  Well, he was trying to distract his dad from bedtime, and my husband says, “You are just making up words now!.”  I came in and saved my son from being in trouble.  I might have laughed a little.

We then sang “Five green and speckled frogs.”  This year I am trying to include more music or finger plays.

It was completely the wrong season for Froggy Gets Dressed, but I did it anyway!  I created felt pieces for Froggy and each item of clothing.  I put magnets on the back of Froggy so it would stay up (I used a small pan.)  While reading the story I let each child put on and take off an item of Froggy’s clothing.  The kids got to be involved in the story!  It took a little work because our group is mainly two year-olds, but they just had to be reminded to only take their item and they did great!  I got the idea here, but I made a much simpler version.

For the activity we made musical instruments and had a parade!  This was inspired by Froggy Plays in the Band.  I got all my instrument ideas from How Wee Learn.  These were really easy to make (the tambourine was the hardest) and then we got to march around the library making noise!

Our snack was flies and juice.  Okay, I didn’t actually feed them flies!  We had raisins.  A few kids pretended they were flies and a few thought that was gross.

While they ate snack I read the last book.  I always try to pair each part of story hour with a different boom, and then I have some extras to read if there is time and if the kids are listening.

I think the kids really enjoyed this story time.  They really listened well and I got to read all the stories I had planned.  When you have a young group like we do you have to adapt and be ready to throw the plan out the window! Hope these ideas help you have fun with “Froggy” books!

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Turning 30 

Today was my 30th birthday.  I keep wispering the word “30” as if it is a bad word.  A lot happened in my twenties.  I met and married my husband, graduated college, moved four times, gave birth to two children, had two miscarriages, got a dog, worked at two different Head Start locations with two different jobs, quit said job to become a stay-at-home mom, participated in the wedding of two of my siblings, and so much more.  

I am not one to handle change well, but I survived all the changes my twenties challenged me with, I know I can handle anything my thirties throw at me.

In celebration of my birthday I made salsa with my son, did some sewing, had a nice supper that I didn’t have to cook, got some thoughtful gifts from my children, and went on a family walk.  I tried to enjoy the day as best I could.  I had to remind my kids “it is my birthday today” several times.  I kind of wish there was something I could say tomorrow to encourage good behavior!


My son made me a birthday card.  I have been working with him on writing his name.  He was doing pretty good with a model, but today he wrote it all by himself!  I was so proud of him.  (I would put a picture, but I have tried really hard to keep my kid’s names off my blog, so I won’t.)

He was also really sweet and wished me a happy birthday a lot and sang to me several times.  He also blew out one of my candles!  He is a little ornery. 

I guess turning 30 isn’t the end of the world, and I am looking forward to all that the next ten years can offer.

Dr. Seuss Story Hour

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I loved the crafts and activities for our Dr. Seuss Story Hour.  I based our craft off “The Shape of Me and Other Stuff” and our activity was from “10 Apples up on Top.”

We read several Dr. Seuss books.  After reading “10 Apples up on Top” we tried to balance “apples” on our head.  We used red pom-poms.  I was wearing a giant Cat in the Hat hat and I was surprised how well the apples stayed on!  I was able to get ten to stay on my hat.

We made a file folder game for the activity.  I had printed and cut out different Dr. Seuss characters.  I printed a colored sheet of the characters and laminated it.  Then I placed it on top of a black piece of construction paper and cut the shapes out at the same time.  When I was done cutting I had a colored picture and a plain black shape of each character.

The kids glued the black shapes onto the file folder (I covered it with packing tape) and then it became a matching game.

The “shapes” on the file folder.

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Here is a PDF of the characters to print, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff.

Our story hour has a lot of little ones, so I always try to plan my activities based on their ages.  I really liked that this craft wasn’t just something to take home and throw away.  We have ours with our books at home and my kids love playing with it.

Sewing-Airplane Pillow

We were riding in the car.  From the backseat my son tells me he wants me to make him an airplane pillow.  He shows me how it needs to have wings “like this,” he says.

I have no clue what gave him this idea.  I loved that he had so much   confidence in me.  He knew I could do it.  So I got to work.  

I gave him a few choices of material from my stash.  He chose the soft blue.  I made a pattern, which was kind of hard.  What does a plane look like again?  I actually had to Google pictures to help get the shape!  

The shape didn’t turn out perfect.  I think I made the wings a little too long.  He likes it, that is what matters.


I think it looks like a shark.  I wish I had material with planes on it, but at least I had a blue so it isn’t pink!

Pure Joy

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On my son’s actual birthday I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  We put a candle in it and sang “Happy Birthday.”  Well, being the four-year old he is, he kept blowing the candle out.  So I would re-light it.  He thought it was just so funny!  I love that I was able to capture pictures that show his joy in the moment.

I love how kids can find such joy in the little things.

Silly Faces

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I am not photogenic.  Ever.  I hate getting pictures taken of me.  I especially hate silly face pictures.  I never make a silly face for them, I just smile, which looks really stupid.  But, my kid’s can bring out the best in me, sometimes.  We were sitting at the table making silly faces and I took our pictures.  It was fun.  It was me letting a little guard down and being real.

My kids both look so happy in these pictures.  Is making faces that much fun?  Probably not.  Is having Mom being silly fun?  You bet!

I love that I can spend so much time with my children, but I sometimes take it for granted.  I don’t intentionally spend time with them.  I am not always as present as I should be.  But not at that moment.  That moment was all about them and being silly together.  I love that.  I have been challenged (on a couple different instances lately) to be more intentional in my parenting.  This was me, being intentional with fun!

Turning 4

Our boy has turned four.  The last year went by very fast.  He has grown so much!  He will definitely be tall like his father.  He loves to eat because he gets to tell us “I grow up,” and we pretend to be upset about it and he assures us that he will be tall like Daddy.  And I know that it is true.  I am not excited about the day he towers over me.

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Our little guy is all boy.  He loves to fight and kick and knock things over.  He also loves to dance and show off his new moves.  He has good body control and can almost do a cartwheel!  He also loves to jump off everything.

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Current Likes:  Fighting, dancing, Netflix, coloring, crafting, playing in sand, playing on the swing set, helping bake, sprinkles on everything, catching “super cat speed” or “energies,” and pretend play.

Current Dislikes:  Wearing shoes and pants he can’t do himself (jeans.)

New accomplishments:  Mastering his fighting and dancing moves, riding a scooter short distances, and drawing people with heads, eyes, legs, and mouths.

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Keep growing kid!  I love getting to experience life with you and your amazing imagination.

2nd Year Baby Girl

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Happy second birthday!  I still cannot believe we have been together for two years.

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To help me keep up-to-date with the kid’s baby books I like to blog about the important milestones.  I then print it and put it in the baby book.  However, I get behind even this way.  So I am writing this late, but better than never.

Our little girl turned two.

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Current Likes:  Babies and more babies.  This girl loves to play with baby dolls and hold real babies.  If she doesn’t have a baby near she will turn any toy into a baby!  Playing with play dough, coloring with markers (not crayons!,) swinging, macaroni and cheese, mushrooms, chocolate milk, and her “Bubba.”

Current Dislikes:  Getting her hair done and leaving it done, getting in the sand box, and any food with hamburger.

New accomplishments:  Potty trained (almost,) saying a few more words, and large motor skills like jumping and throwing a ball (right handed.)

 

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Her personality is coming through in this picture.  She is very serious, I guess you would say, most of the time.  She loves to smile and laugh, but that is not her natural expression.  She is a lot like her mom in this way.

Happy birthday!