Friday, December 3, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes)

 I sat in a session with Eric Litwin
(creator of the original Pete the Cat series)

at a Child Care Conference a few years ago
and his message was simple... 

Best way to engage children? 

turn up the music
(and make it funky)

These past two years
have been a little funky, 

and

the events
the encounters
the experiences

we have all endured
have certainly taught us a lot

but grace has kept us, we've found strength in the storm,
and we continue to turn up the music and make it funky!!


First Fridays- 
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


A Story...


A Song...

Meghan Trainer- Better When I'm Dancin'
One Voice Children's Choir


An Activity...


"Pete the Cat" Snack Activity

In "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes", Pete accidentally steps
into some things that change the color of his brand new white shoes.  

But does Pete cry? Goodness, No!

He just keeps walking along
and singing his song...

Use Pete's resilience to start a conversation on mindset
and recreate Pete's experience with this simple snack


Strawberries...
Blueberries...
Mud (chocolate)...

(or whatever the new year brings)

Just keep walking along
and singing your song!





Friday, November 5, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity. (We Are Grateful- Otsaliheliga)

Otsaliheliga 
(pronounced oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah)

is a Cherokee word used to express gratitude for the
blessings and challenges that each season brings


Join us as we take a seasonal gratitude journey guided 
through the Cherokee practice of Otsaliheliga

First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


A Story...


A Song...

For family, friends,
and the air we breathe...

we are grateful

Let's think about what else we are thankful for
as we sing and dance along to this gratitude song

Thankful | The Juicebox Jukebox |


An Activity...


"I am Grateful for..."
Seasonal Gratitude Collage

Let's explore how to foster gratitude with children
(as well as within ourselves) through visual documentation

Materials you will need:

Child-Friendly Magazines
Scissors
Glue Sticks
Cardstock or Construction Paper
Colored Pencils/ Markers (optional)


"Every Day. Every Season. We Are Grateful"

Friday, October 1, 2021

First Friday - A Story. A Song. An Activity (Rosie Revere, Engineer)

Cardboard engineering is a simple, inexpensive,
fun way to cultivate the 4c's with children

communication
collaboration
critical thinking 

and 

creativity!

What could be better than learning to
use what you have to spark joy

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity
Virtual Storytime




A Story...



A Song...

Listen, Learn, and Sing-along
as we engineer a simple song...


You may recognize the tune, but we changed the words!


An Activity...


"Cardboard Engineering"
Let's build with cardboard



"Life might have it's failures, but this was not it.
The only true failure can come if you quit" 

Friday, September 3, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (The Best Mariachi in the World)

If you have ever had the pleasure
of hearing a live Mariachi Band

then you probably remember... 

the distinct sound of each instrument
the strength and unity felt within the song
and the powerful vocals that brought it all together

 So for today and every day,
let's enjoy...

The Sound of Mariachi:
Celebrating Latinx Heritage through Music


First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity
Virtual Storytime

A Story...


A Song...

Connect to Latin culture by listening to a Mariachi band
 
(while introducing children) 

to the English and Spanish names of the 
musical instruments in a traditional Mariachi band


If I Had a Mariachi | 123 Andres

Watch the video with children
as they distinguish between... 

a trumpet
a guitar
a violin

to determine which instrument makes their favorite sound


An Activity...


DIY Paper Tube Maracas

Paper tubes
Tissue Paper
Glue Stick

and an appropriate

Noise maker "filler of choice"
(*we used leftover birdseed)

Decorate paper tubes by layering and gluing
colorful pieces of tissue paper onto the tube. 

Seal one end and fill with your noise maker "filler"

(variations shown include yarn and tape)

Seal the other end and now... 
You are ready to join the band!!

Friday, August 6, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (The Kissing Hand)

This classic brings attention to the feeling(s) 
of both the child and parent/ adult caregiver

  so...

whether your child is heading off to college
starting their Senior year of High School

or stepping onto a campus
for the very first time

we're...

Validating Feelings During 
the Transition Back-to-School 



First Friday- A Story. A Song. An Activity
Virtual Storytime


A Story...



A Song...

Listen, learn, and sing along with this simple song as 
we learn to acknowledge and give name to our feelings


How Are You Feeling Today? | Feelings Song | Taylor Dee Kids TV



An Activity...


"Draw and Tell"
Story Dictation


Let's explore how to support children's emotional literacy 
through the illustration and dictation of their unique stories



Support children in learning to express themselves and
remember that there is no "right" or "wrong" way to feel

Every feeling is valid!

Friday, July 2, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Goodnight Moon)

Whether you are preparing for

bed time
naptime 

or a 
quick rest time

this classic story will get you ready

Grab a blanket and get cozy as we gently explore
the moon, the stars, and the nighttime sky


First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


 A Story...


A Song...

After we say 
Good night Moon

we say
Hello Sun!


Sun, Moon, and Stars | The Singing Walrus | Songs for Kids


An Activity...


We use hands-on experiences (learning activities) to help children 
attach meaning to the new words we would like to introduce.


Neon Glow-in-the-Dark Art

This activity works great with...

-white paper

-neon highlighters

-black lightbulb 
($4 Walmart)

Turn off the lights and watch it glow!

Friday, June 4, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat)

The Little Red Hen called out...

Will anyone help me?
Can anyone help me?
Who will help me?

but her cries went unrequited as the cat, the dog, 
and the goose all proclaimed to be too busy!!


This classic tale provides an opportunity to discuss
hard work, dedication, perseverance, labor and reward

start this conversation and extend the themes
(when children are ready)


First Fridays- 
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime


A Story...



A Song...


Andrew Queen | Campfire Crew

This fun song takes the classic version and adds a twist!
(Check it out for an alternative ending)


An Activity...

Use some of the ingredients The Little Red Hen used 
to make her bread for a Kitchen Science Art Activity!!


Non-toxic "Puffy Paint"

Flour
Salt
Water
Food Coloring


microwave w/ Adult Supervision to 
"activate" the flour and salt
-------------------------------------------------

*BONUS ACTIVITY*

Bread Baking with Sarah Baldwin


If you'd like a simple bread baking recipe/activity 
to do with children, check out "Sundays with Sarah"