Saturday Share – May 31st

Good Evening! We’re back with some great shares this week thanks to our members over at Storytimes And More on the Go, on Facebook. So kick back and enjoy these shares. If you would like to submit a share, simply email the item you would like to share to hjw2991@gmail.com, and then come back to see it shown.


Crafts & Activities

Penny shares with us this cute dog craft that’s perfect for Father’s Day.

Father's Day Craft for Kids

Link Shared: http://spoonful.com/crafts/pup-pop

This octopus will pair well with any ocean themed storytime.

Here's a fun summer craft for kids that also provides fine motor and counting practice~ A Paper Plate Octopus! ~ Buggy and Buddy

By BuggyAndBuddy: http://buggyandbuddy.com/fine-motor-octopus/

Animal Lids are perfect for toddlers and elementary aged kids. Sure to be a hit in any animal themed program.

By ToddlerApproved: http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2013/07/lid-animals-mom-and-tot-craft-time.html

As Frozen continues to be popular this craft would be great for elementary aged children.

Disney Frozen Craft Anna and Elsa Frozen Chill Out Bottle from Lalymom

By lalymom: http://lalymom.com/2014/05/disneys-frozen-craft-chill-bottle.html#_a5y_p=1735122

Melanie shares with us her free coloring sheet! These are great for passive programs.

Free printable city and country coloring page.

By Melanie: http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2014/05/city-country-coloring-page.html


Storytimes, Outreach & Programs

Chantelle shares with us four (yes I said 4!) great programs from the Cockburn Library.

First up is C for Cat, bringing us some fuzzy cuteness that not many can resist. Make sure you check out the link to see what books were used, and to get instructions on how to make this adorable cat mask.

Cat mask

By Chantelle: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/storytime-with-chantelle-3/

C is for Crocodile and S is for Snap in Storytime with Karen! Instructions for this adorable crocodile craft are included in the post, so don’t miss out.

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By Chantelle: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/storytime-with-karen-3/

This session of Pram Jam with David is about animals. It includes books read, and a nursery rhyme.

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By Chantelle: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/pram-jam-with-david-3/

E is for Elephant! The Cockburn Library read Too Many Elephants in this House by Ursula Dubosarsky for National Simultaneous Storytime which happens in schools and libraries across Australia. They also did an elephant craft.



By Chantelle: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/storytime-elephants/

Chantelle a huge thank you for submitting four shares this week! 

Sue over at Library Village shares with us their top tips for Storytime success. Also a major congrats to Library Village for making it to their 100th post! Please take the time to like their page if you haven’t already.



Thank you to everyone who submits shares to make this page possible!

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Saturday Share – May 10th

The Saturday Share has now dropped down to bi-weekly, instead of every week since summer is approaching quickly and everyone is busy getting ready. I’d like to thank everyone who has taken time to send in a share. So here we go –


Crafts & Activities

A great rainy day craft activity, or to use with a spring storytime theme.

View the blog: http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2013/04/paper-plate-umbrellas-spring-craft-for.html

Here’s a simple bug craft that’s great for most ages.

View it here: http://pagingfunmums.com/2013/07/07/cute-bug-craft-using-spoons-and-pipe-cleaners/

Melanie shares with us her free coloring sheet! These are great for passive programs.

Printable Mother's Day and Father's Day cards to color that can also be used as frames.

Check out the link: http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2013/05/mothers-day-fathers-day-cards-to-color.html

Penny found these ever so cute Rock and Roll Clothespins!

View instructions here: http://salsapie.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-rock-and-roll-clothespins.html?utm_source=feedburner


Storytimes, Outreach & Programs

Keren shares with us her Mother-Daughter Book group program. This looks like a fabulous program that others might want to try to incorporate during May to celebrate Mother’s Day.


Read about the program: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/book-clubs/forgive-me-i-meant-to-do-it/

Ivy shares her “Dance” themed Storytime with us. She made a disco-dancing dinosaur which she introduced by playing “You Must Be Dancing” by the Bee Gees. The children decorated the dinosaurs using crayons and stickers.

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Saturday Share – April 19, 2014

Thank goodness it’s Saturday! Take a look at the great shares that were sent in this week, and remember that you can submit your own to hjw2991@gmail.com to see it featured here. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit, and especially those of you who sent in multiple shares. This blog wouldn’t be possible without you. Hope everyone enjoys their Easter weekend. See you again next time.


Crafts & Activities

Penny shared a two fantastic paper plate crafts. The first one a lion that would pair well with any lion or jungle themed Storytime and the second a fox, which could be used with the “What The Fox Says” book.


Dr Seuss Inspired - Easy Fox {Kid Craft}

Fox Paper Plate

View how to make it here:

Paper Plate Lion

View how to make it here : http://artclassideas.blogspot.com/2011/08/paper-plate-lion.html


Lucy shared her Easter  & Earth Day themed crafts she did with the kids at her library this week.

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Easter Bunny


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Easter Egg


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Earth Friend

Jennifer shared two fun crafts with us. First is the Egg Painting activity that her Messy Art Club had the joy of doing. She includes step by step on how the program went, as well as a supplies list (240 eggs were purchased! That’s a lot of eggs.).

Egg Painting

View the blog: http://inshortbusy.blogspot.com/2014/04/messy-art-club-painting-eggs.html

Second she shared her program “Annual Spring Break T-Shirt Party”, which looks like fun for all ages! This is a great way to keep children busy while school is out.

Spring Break T-Shirt Party


Travis shared this information for a fun Earth Day activity: “Go for a nature walk and pick some leaves. The first lesson I learned in botany is that plant identification starts with the different shapes of leaves, all so different, veined and beautiful. These are so much fun to do with the broad end of a broken crayon. I added a little fine detail to mine, while Myla, across from me, added some stars in the sky to hers. This is a very simple craft with a lot of room for creativity. It really celebrates the beauty of nature.”  Below is a picture of the activity Travis did along with the nature walk. I love the simplicity of this, and it could even be used again in the fall.

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Nature Walk Craft

Need book ideas to use with this activity? Take a look here: http://www.squidoo.com/garden-storytime

I’m sharing the egg paintings that my little helpers & I did at home this weekend. First I did food coloring and water, to paint with eggs for Nivea. This would be cute for a toddler activity if you didn’t want to get messy with paint. For babies I suggest you find a great way to strap down the cup, because I simply taped it, and Nivea tossed the water every where.

Food color painting with Nivea.

Second Kiley painted with paint using plastic eggs, and it went really well. She made some neat designs and looked on Pinterest to find some different ways to use the eggs.

Kiley using eggs and paint.


Storytimes, Outreach & Programs


This week Anne shared her Eggs! Storytime, filled with fun egg related books such as Duck and Goose by Tad Hills. The craft with her program was too cute not to share, take a look at this Humpty Dumpty –


Humpty Dumpty Band-Aid Puzzles

View her blog here: http://itsybitsymom.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/eggs/

Keren shares her Egg Storytime as well, that shows the books she used and a very cute egg craft. This book Except If by Jim Averbeck, is shown on her blog which I’ve never seen before but it looks very fun. (I might have to get this book now)


View her blog here: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/storytime/eggs/

Chantelle sent in three Storytime shares from the Cockburn Library this week. First is Storytime with Karen, which is themed B for Babies! If the books weren’t already cute enough, the craft really brings some cuteness. Take a look at it –

Picture of completed craft project

Rock A Bye Baby Craft

View this Storytime here: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/storytime-with-karen-2/

Second is Pram Jams with Mary, which gives tips on “baby massage”.

View the Storytime here: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/pram-jams-with-mary-2/

Last is Storytime with Jessica which features an ever so fun Dr. Seuss theme. Don’t miss out on this post, it contains books and crafts to go along with.

Pipe Cleaner Glasses

View the Storytime here: http://www.cockburnlibraries.com.au/storytime-with-jessica-2/

Jennifer also shared 2 Storytimes this week. First up, Kindergarten Outreach: Animal Friends, which consisted of her doing the program for three classes, each with six books.

View the Storytime here: http://inshortbusy.blogspot.com/2014/04/kindergarten-outreach-animal-friends.html

Last is her Circus Party Storytime, which is a must look at! This program brought in around 300 people with all of its fun activities that are provided. Just looking at it, you can see that this Storytime is screaming FUN all throughout it. Props to you Jennifer and the people who help you put this great program together.

Circus Party!

Check out both the blogs on this at these links:




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Saturday Share – April 12th 2014

It’s Saturday Share Time! I apologize to those who came to visit the site last weekend and noticed there was no share. From time to time we all need a little break, but the site is back up and we have some great new shares. Thank you for stopping by to visits, and remember if you would like to submit a share, simply email me your shares, along with your name & a few words about it to hjw2991@gmail.com.


Crafts & Science Experiments

Lucianne Pastorello-Espino shares weekly with us some the lovely crafts she does in her programs. This week she shares a letter ‘D’ craft and a wacky bookmark, both are sure to get the kids creative skills going.

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Penny Richardson shares some Easter ideas with this adorable popsicle Easter bunny she found on Pinterest.


Click here for step by step instructions: http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/03/popsicle-stick-bunny-craft-kids.html

Melanie Greenberg being quite the artist she is, generously shares her free coloring page of the month. Don’t let this one pass you by!Free Earth Day coloring page to print

Get it here: http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2014/04/earth-coloring-page.html

Keren Joshi shares with us a science experiment that is sure to get all the kids and even adult’s attention. You may have heard of it before, it’s not a solid, it’s not a liquid…it’s FLUBBER!! This experiment is perfect for the Summer Reading theme.


Check out her blog on how it went here: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/hands-on-science/spring-break-flubber/

I’m sharing a robot my sister & myself made during the time the blog was down last week. The items we used were: a formula can (we have tons), construction paper, magazine scraps, and hardware supplies.


Storytimes, Outreach & Programs

Larissa Stretton shares with us her “April Fool’s” Storytime.

The session started out with this wonderful nonfiction easy book. The 4 and 5 year olds loved it!

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Once the book was finished she asked the children if they had their own rock collections they had at home. Larissa then shared her little rock collection.

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For craft time the kids had a chance to paint their own rocks. Since it was April Fool’s day the kids glued a thin strip of paper that said “turn me over” to the top of their rocks.  (Now take a second to think this one over….Imagine yourself getting a rock from one of these kids and you turn it over, you now realize you took orders from a rock! I’m sure they giggled their little butts off at this quite a few times.)

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While the kids waited for the craft to dry, they listened to another book.

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Larissa thank you for your funny share! I’ve been given one of these rocks before and I felt a little silly afterwards turning it over. It’s a great craft for the kids to do.

Susan Jeffery shares the ever so popular Library Village blog. This post features why Baby Storytime is important. (Let me say if you haven’t checked out their page on Facebook, please do they are fabulous! )

Check out the post here: http://libraryvillage.blogspot.com/2014/04/baby-story-time-story-time-matters.html


Keren Joshi brings to us Fun with Math, and while the two words don’t normally sound good together in a sentence, her post proves otherwise. This program brings education and fun together in such a fashion that kids will want to come back for more.

Check it out here: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/hands-on-science/fun-with-math/


Book Recommendations 

For anyone who ever has a book they loved, send the title in & it’ll be displayed here for everyone to check it out.

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Check out Melanie Greenberg’s e-book version of her book!

Get the book:  http://www.randomhouse.com/book/96000/its-my-earth-too-by-kathleen-krull
Learn about the book http://mermaidsonparade.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-earth-day-go-green.html


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Saturday Share – March 29, 2014

Welcome everyone to our Saturday Share! This has been a very busy week for our group with all the new members that have been added, so our share isn’t quite as big this week. For anyone visiting if you would like to submit a share, simply email me your share, along with your name & a few words about it to hjw2991@gmail.com. Thank you all so very much!



Lucianne Pastorello-Espino shared multiple crafts she made during her programs. Lucianne your hard work of putting all these crafts together, and sharing is much appreciated!

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Take a look at this Egyptian art project that includes a craft, and related book that we found online at:


 A Golden Glittery Egyptian Inspired Kids Art Project (#Sponsored by #SwifferatTarget) at B-Inspired Mama

This Crown of Grass works perfect for any Spring themed Storytime and is sure to be a hit with the younger crowd.

Check the blog out here: http://creativeconnectionsforkids.com/2013/07/a-crown-of-grass/

Crown of Grass


Storytimes and Outreach Programs

Anne over at IstyBitsyMom shared her very cute Storytime program.

View it here: http://itsybitsymom.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/chicks-and-ducks-and-bunnies-oh-my/

Marge Loch-Wouters shared her most recently blog that she says “talks about tips on convincing reluctant co-workers, director or patrons that taking a break from storytimes really is good!” If you are unsure if you should take a break or not this is a really good resource to use!

View it here: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#label/Saturday+Shares/145030665e8ad791


Book Recommendations 

This section is new to our blog! For anyone who ever has a book they loved, send the title in & it’ll be displayed here for everyone to check it out.

I recommend How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson. I used it in my Storytime this week and both parents and children laughed as we read it. A great addition to any animal themed Storytime.


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Saturday Share – March 22, 2014

Welcome everyone to our Saturday Share! This week our group hosted a “Crafts on a Budget” contest, so today’s share consist mainly of crafts.  A major thank you to be one of you who participated in this contest! Now drum roll please……Our winner is Jane McManus! Jane won a $25 gift card to Oriental Trading!  For anyone visiting if you would like to submit a share, simply email me your share, along with your name & a few words about it to hjw2991@gmail.com. Thank you all so very much!



MERMAID and NEPTUNE CROWNS 1-2-3  Shared by: Melanie Greenberg

Become a mermaid, neptune or any sea creature you can imagine. Create your own Mermaid or Neptune Crowns. Based on MERMAIDS ON PARADE by Melanie Hope Greenberg / Putnam-Penguin.

You will need these supplies:
8 1/2 ” x 11″ Card stock or paper in colors. Neon is good but optional.
Not all but some: Stickers, markers, crayons, cut paper, pipe cleaners, pom poms, feathers, shells. Glue sticks, Safety Scissors

1) Cut out the back and front of the crowns from paper or card stock. See Template.
2) Staple or glue the front to the back to fit around the head.
3) Decorate!

Don’t forget to look for Melanie’s book!

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Anne McKernan shared 101 Story Time Crafts for ages 1 – 6, which not only includes crafts, but great books to along with them.  This collection is perfect for any Story Time go to when you’re just not sure what to do!

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Jane McManus shares these cute bookmarks that children and adults alike would love.

Jane also shared Reduce, reuse, recycle from the MCLSKids wiki. She said “You just pop a few left-over pieces from past crafts, and let the child create what he desires. I do keep extra eyes, brads, foam shapes, etc. on hand in case MORE is needed to complete a project. “

View it Here: http://mclskids.pbworks.com/w/page/20658188/Craft%20Supplies–Reduce%2C%20Reuse%2C%20Recycle

Travis Sherman shared some great inexpensive art ideas. She said, “I love experimenting with a couple bottles of paint and some weird paint medium.” Take a look at these ideas –

Bubblewrap paintbrush:

Collage: Snake Puppet:


Lucianne Pastorello-Espino shared these cute crafts she made during her programs.

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Chantelle McLeod shared a Dr. Seuss craft done recently at her library. The book they read was: “There’s a wocket in my pocket”  She said,” I gave the kids sheets of paper, pulled out all the scraps I had and let them go for it with glue, scissors and crayons. They made some awesome Wockets, some even came up with their own creatures.This craft was a real hit, the only cost was the sheet of paper. The kids had fun making up rhyming names for their creatures.”

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Marcy Zarudny shared this information on coffee filter with clothes pegs butterflies.

Marcy said,”The coffee filters are cheap – a whole package for $1.  Then if you have eye droppers which can be sold new or if you happen to have them around and have washed them out, they are great for this.  Either dip them in watered down paint or water with a touch of food colouring and let them run down the filter which will absorb them.” She then added. “Another idea that I saw and tried it, was easy. Let children use markers all over a filter then either use the eye dropper to drop water on the filter (for a more controlled process) or a SMALL spray bottle which they can spray with our without help on the marker colours to make them run.  Then let dry and put in your clothes peg to make a butterfly.  You can insert a pipe cleaner at top for antennae.”

Lisa Shaia shared “It’s A Tiger” from the Thrive After Three blog. Not only does it provide a fun tiger craft, but also a book to go along with it. Any tiger lover will have fun doing this craft.

View it here: http://thriveafterthree.com/2014/02/28/its-a-tiger/

Its a Tiger Craft Photo


Storytimes and Outreach Programs

Chantelle shared Pram Jam with David, which speaks on the subject of using the potty. This blog post is great for anyone teaching their little one to use the potty.


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Welcome everyone to our Saturday Share! We’re still going strong for our second week in a row! We got some great shares in this week. For anyone visiting if you would like to submit a share, simply email me your share, along with your name & a few words about it to hjw2991@gmail.com. Thank you all so very much, and to those of you visiting I hope you enjoy this week’s shares.



I’m sharing this egg filled painting craft that would be great to do at home or with a small group of kids in the Library. Kids love to be destructive so what better way than to throw eggs and paint at the same time!

View it here :http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/10/paint-filled-eggs-on-canvas.html


Penny Richardson says” Owls seem to be all the rage so here is an owl craft for you all to do.”  This craft makes great use of all those toilet paper and paper towel rolls laying around.

View it here: http://www.papercraftsforchildren.com/2013/05/29/card-roll-owl/


Hip Hop Easter’s on its Way!

Travis Sherman already jumped on the ball and started decorating for Easter, by promoting a passive program through the use of an Easter basket filled with eggs containing rabbit jokes.  The rabbit jokes were found here: http://tweepi.com/blog/2011/04/25-funny-easter-jokes-to-share-on-twitter/

Funny Easter Bunny!

Kids love the minions in Despicable Me and Easter time, so why not put the two together? Check out this cute share that puts both together by making Minion Easter eggs!

View it here: http://athriftymom.com/minions-eggs-how-to-make-minions-eggs-for-easter-minions/

Minions Eggs, How to make Minions Easter Eggs, #Minions, #Eggs, #Easter


Storytime & Outreach Shares –

Chantelle McLeod shared two blog posts from the Cockburn Libraries blog. First, Storytime with Chantelle, which shares the theme S is for Summer! Read through to see which books, songs and crafts she did during this fun Storytime.

View it here: http://kidsatcockburnlibrary.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/storytime-with-chantelle.html

Second, Storytime with Mary, shares a Pajama theme that is sure to make you wish you were in your pajamas listening to these great stories.

View it here: http://kidsatcockburnlibrary.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/pram-jams-with-mary.html

This blog post by Karen Joshi shares how her themed Bedtime Storytime, which includes terrific book choices, and a very cute craft.

View it here: http://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/storytime/bedtime/


This great list of why you should go to Storytime was submitted by Anne McKernan. Though really we all know Storytime is amazing and that should be more than enough reason to want to come.


10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Story Time


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