September-Storytime Crafts

The Storytime theme for the month of September was School Rocks!

We kicked off the month with a craft inspired by one of our favorite authors, Mo Willems. We have done a Knuffle Bunny craft in the past and we wanted to do something a little different this time. While pre-reading the book, we noticed Trixie has a Knuffle Bunny wall clock and that inspired our craft. Knuffle Bunny with picture of clock

For the large outer circle of the clock, I traced a 9 inch paper plate. I traced a 7 inch plate for the inside circle. I used the 1 inch circle paper punch to write the hours on. I have attached the template for Knuffle Bunny. I shaped Knuffle Bunny’s eyes from a 1 inch circle and traced around them with a black marker. We used a hole punch on the ears but poked the brass fastener through the clock, using brute force.

You will need:

Gray, green, blue, and white paper

knuffle bunny template

Scissors

Black Marker

Hole punch

9 inch & 7 inch plate for tracing

The second week of September, we read Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney. I was excited to make a llama. I combined a few images I found online and came up with an adorable template (at least, I think so!).  llama by ME

I have templates for most of the llama pieces. I used the 1 inch and 1.5 inch paper punches for the eyes. I found a bow graphic online. I cut small rectangles of white paper for the teeth. We attached our llamas to a small wooden dowel rod.

You will need:

Tan, brown, black, white and pink paper

Llama head and ears

Llama neck

Llama mouth and nose

Llama hair and inner ear

Scissors

1 inch & 1.5 inch paper punch or Googly eyes

Bows-optional

Dowel rods-optional

fall treeFor the third week of September, Storytime was the day before the first day of Fall. We were hosting an outside group for a special Storytime and I was looking for a craft that wouldn’t overwhelm me with prep work. I found this great idea and it was easy to prepare.

I found an outline of a tree online and colored it brown. I made copies on white card stock. I rolled scraps of paper into cylinders, taped the edge,  and flattened both ends to make the paint brush. The result was a leaf shaped brush.

An Image of the cylinders, flattened into leaf shapes.

To wrap up the month, we read Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham. We made a Moose headband. I copied the moose nostrils onto black paper, the moose noses and horns onto tan paper, and the moose heads onto brown paper. I cut strips of paper for the headband, which we glued the head onto. We had to add craft sticks to the back of the moose’s head and his horns for extra support. Lastly, we added googly eyes and smile.

Moose Headband

You will need:

Back of Moose headband

Craft sticks added to support head and horns.

Tan, Brown, and Black Paper

Moose Nostrils

Moose Heads

Moose Noses

Moose Horns

Googly Eyes

Scissors

Craft sticks

Black Marker

That’s the September Stortyime craft wrap-up!

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August Storytime Crafts

I hope to get back on more of a weekly blogging schedule but unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet! This is a brief overview of the Storytime crafts that we completed during the month of August.

newspaper shark

To start of the month we made a newspaper shark. I think I have seen a very similar craft somewhere, which inspired this. I made templates for the Shark Body, Shark Mouth, shark’s teeth and the Shark Water. I cut out clouds and used a paper punch for the sun.

You will need:

Blue paper (2 shades)

Yellow, white, and black paper

Newspaper

Googly Eyes

Scissors

sea serpent craft

August 7th was National Sea Serpent Day. I found the template for this craft on Learn Create Love website. I copied the template onto green paper. We added small triangles on the humps of the sea serpent and used a googly eye. I cut large pieces of paper, we painted on the water, and drew on a sun and clouds.

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To celebrate back to school, we read If you take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff. I drew the Mouse Body and Feet (copy onto brown paper), the Mouse Nose and Ears (copy onto pink paper) and the Mouse Overalls (copy onto blue paper). I found a graphic for the Pencils for the Mouse, I did have to color the tips black. I cut thin strips of black paper for the whiskers. I free handed the tail and I do not  have a template for it. For the buttons on his overalls, I used the circles from a regular hole punch. I was really pleased with how this craft turned out.

We came across a fabulous book A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young and it is a must read. I actually laughed out loud while Jennifer was reading it, during a very dramatic moment in the book. I opted to do a unicorn instead of a goat craft. I do like goats but making a stick unicorn appealed to me more on this particular week. This is a two-sided craft. I copied the unicorn right facing and unicorn left facing onto card stock of various colors. I copied the unicorn horn onto white card stock, using a sharpie I had to trace the lines on the back of side of horn. I used the 1.5 inch paper punch for the eye and drew on the black part. Glue both sides of the unicorn together, insert the horn at the top and and a small dowel rod at the bottom. Using a hole punch, add as many holes as you’d like and we used yarn for the hair, which we attached using a slip knot method.

For the final Storytime of the month, my co-worker Jennifer, read one of her favorite childhood book’s The Monster at the end of this Book by Jon Stone.  For the craft we made a book. I found an image of bricks and printed them to the desired size for our books. I used the scalloped hole punch to make Grover. We added speech bubbles. We folded our paper, punched some holes and made a book. The kids really liked it, and some of them even began writing their own stories in their books.

That’s the August Storytime craft round-up!

 

Summer at the Library-Part 2

The month of July craft round up! The July storytime theme was ‘We are Makers!’

For some of the crafts, I could not find my templates! It was pretty chaotic and I do try to scan them as I go but I missed a few.

We started off the month by making a tool belt. This was a fun craft and very easy to make. tool beltFor the tool belt, I rounded the corners off of an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock. I used a box cutter to cut lines for the tools to fit into the tool belt. I punched holes at the top on both sides and used yarn to tie it around the child’s body. I found some basic black and white tool shapes and printed them onto color card stock.

Our second craft of July, we made robots! I cut out various shapes in a variety of colors of card stock. We punched holes and used paper fasteners to give the robots moving parts.

 

squid

The third week of July, I was inspired by the book I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry. I sketched a squid shape and copied it onto color card stock. I printed a beret and mustache outline on black paper. We added curling ribbon as the arms and tentacles. I have attached the templates for the squid outline and the beret, mustache, and eyes.

 

duckling and pigeon

To wrap up July, we read The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems. We made Duckling and Pigeon puppets. I copied the Pigeon Head and Body onto light blue paper and the Duckling Body and Pigeon Beak onto yellow paper. I used 2″ hole punch for the pigeon’s eye and the 1.5′ hole punch for the duckling’s eye. I cut out triangles for the second wing for each bird. I cut black strips of paper for their legs. I cut two shorter strips of paper to make the pigeon’s foot. I copied the template for the duckling feet and duckling beak onto orange card stock. I made a template for the cookies with and without nuts, which I copied onto tan paper. To finish up we glued the birds onto craft sticks.

That’s only a sampling of the crafts we did this summer at the library. I’d love to share crafts from other events over the summer. I’ll put that on my to do list. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer at the Library-Part 1

Summer is the busiest time of the year for us at the library. I haven’t had time for anything as frivolous as blogging. My number one priority has been stamping summer reading log books and handing out prizes. Although summer is far from over, the summer reading program has wrapped up. I can finally share some of the fun things we’ve been doing here at the library.

Midnight LibraryFor the last week of May, I was inspired by the Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara. I love the illustrations and we made our own book pages using the characters from the book. I carefully traced the characters from the book and copied them onto yellow paper. (Template for midnight library characters.) I found an image of a stack of books and a book case, then printed those on blue paper.  I’m also attaching the template for the tree.

For the month of June, our Storytime theme was Dream It!

For the first week of June, I gave the kids a blue piece of paper with an outline of a dog, plane, dinosaur, bunny, etc. Then they glued on cotton balls to create a cloud.

The second week of June, we designed our dream jumbo popsicle. I found a few basic popsicle shapes online and copied them onto color paper. The kids could choose from various decorations and a variety of sizes of craft sticks.

The third week of June, continuing our dream theme, we made dream catchers. The kids really enjoyed this craft. I cut the middle out of a paper plate. I punched a few holes around the center and few at the bottom of the plate. We decorated the plate with markers, beads, and stickers. We used yarn to weave through the holes. We also added a few pieces of yarn hanging down from the dream catchers.

For week 4, to celebrate the official beginning of Summer, we made a watermelon craft. I cut a paper plate in half. I cut one inch squares of green and pink tissue paper. We glued the tissue paper onto the paper plate. We added ‘seed’s by using a cotton swab and black paint. Then we glued our watermelon slice onto a jumbo craft stick.

CrownsFor the final week of June, we made a patriotic crown. I copied the crown template onto blue paper. I cut triangles out of red and white paper. We decorated the crown with stars. I punched holes onto both ends of the crown and tied them on with yarn.

 

 

 

 

Stories in Bloom–Week 3

This week at storytime we featured books about frogs. I was inspired by a few different frog crafts. I combined my favorite elements from each and came up with this craft.

I have attached templates for the head, hands and tongue. Copy the head and hands onto green paper and the tongue onto red paper. The fly was an image I found on the internet.

We glued on googly eyes and drew on the mouth with a black marker. We used a pencil to curl the tongue. I cut strips of green paper to create the head band. We glued the frog head onto the head band. I punched holes in the hands and we tied them on with yarn!

The kids became frogs, there was a lot of hopping and ribbits going on. Everyone left ‘hoppy.’ 🙂

You will need:

Green and red paper

Scissors

Glue

Googly Eyes

Yarn

Hole Punch

frog head and hands

frog tongue

 

Stories in Bloom–Week 2

Storytime’s celebration of spring continues! This was a fun and easy craft. It was the first time we had tried this here at BPL. The kids really enjoyed it and their crafts turned out amazing!

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We used the bottom of plastic bottles to paint flowers and cotton swabs to paint the flower stems, flower centers, and petals.

You will need:

White paper

Plastic Bottles

Washable Tempera Paint

Cotton Swabs

 

Stories in Bloom–Week 1

We are celebrating spring all month long at storytime! This was a very easy craft to prep.

Baby Bird

I cut a large circle out of brown paper and then cut it in half. I cut small pieces of brown yarn. I used the 2 inch hole punch and 2.5 inch scalloped hole punch for the bird’s body. I folded a piece of orange paper in half and cut triangles for the beak.

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You will need:

Brown paper

Color paper for the birds

Orange paper for beaks

Scissors

Glue sticks

Feathers

Yarn

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs–Week 4

I was so caught up in my personal life, I forgot to plan an Easter/bunny related craft for the second week of April! I was deeply saddened. My wonderful co-worker offered to read What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound? by Mo Willems. Which features a bunny who doesn’t have a sound. He’s such an adorable bunny with a carrot printed tie, he easily filled the requirement of an April bunny related craft.

Mo Willems Bunny

I sketched the bunny and have attached the templates below. I used a 1.5 inch and 1 inch hole punch for the bunny’s eyes. I used a 2 inch hole punch for the bunny’s tail. I cut out random shapes to make it look fluffy. I cut a triangle out of orange paper and free handed the carrot top out of green paper. I cut out small rectangles for the teeth on white paper.

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Copy the Rabbit Arms, Body, Head and Ears on brown paper. Copy the Rabbit tie on yellow or whatever color you chose. Copy the inner ears and nose on to pink paper.

You will need:

Brown, yellow, orange, white, pink and black paper

Glue

Scissors

Rabbit Arms and Body

Rabbit Head and Ears

Rabbit Tie

Rabbit Ears and Nose

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs-Week 3

It certainly has been rainy. (Unfortunately the ‘Let it Snow’ theme in December wasn’t nearly as successful precipitation wise.)

This week’s storytime craft was inspired by a few adorable ideas and then as usual, I got carried away.

Dog with book

We read Good Boy, Fergus by David Shannon. I found an outline for a dog, very similar to Fergus. I cut it up to make the template, which I have attached. I traced the outline onto old newspapers. Using black paper, I cut out small circles for the eyes and a triangle for the nose. I drew on whiskers and a mouth. I also drew on the outline of his legs.

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I cut out large pieces of paper for a background. I copied an outline of a dog house onto red paper.

You will need:

Scissors

Glue

Color Paper

Newspaper

Markers

Dog Head and Body

Ears, Bone, Collar, Eyebrows

Dog House

 

It’s raining cats and dogs

It’s raining cats and dogs all month long at storytime!

For the first week of storytime in April we read Chester by Melanie Watt. (A story about a cat who takes over a book about a mouse.) We actually made a mouse finger puppet for the craft to kick off our cat and dog themed month! Afterwards we had a special request to make a cat finger puppet the following week. I happily obliged.

The finger puppets use the same basic template. I cut a circle in half to make the body and then curled it into a cone. I have attached the templates for the mouse-body, arm, head and ears. I have also attached the template for the cat-body, head, tail and arm.

For the mouse I free handed a pink shape for inside of the ears. I also cut out a small black triangle for the nose. I cut a very thin piece of black paper for the tail. I free handed a triangle for the piece of cheese as well.

The cat’s eyes were almond shapes I free handed and then drew the iris on for the kids. I cut triangles for the inside of the ears and the cat’s nose. I did a Google image search for a ball of yarn and then copied that onto colored paper.

For both the mouse and cat, the arm is a strip of paper that we glued on the back of the cone and wrapped around the body.

You will need:

Scissors

Glue Stick

Color Paper

Googly eyes

Marker

Cat Finger Puppet

Mouse Finger Puppet

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