January 2014.  THEME: Pets.  For this magic bag trick, I pulled a rabbit out of the bag (too bad it wasn't a hat!).  "What animal has a cute little nose that looks like this?  What animal has a fluffy little tail that looks like this?  What animal has big floppy ears like this?"  Then out came the rabbit!

January 2014. THEME: Pets. For this magic bag trick, I pulled a rabbit out of the bag (too bad it wasn't a hat!). "What animal has a cute little nose that looks like this? What animal has a fluffy little tail that looks like this? What animal has big floppy ears like this?" Then out came the rabbit!

October 2014. THEME: Hungry.  The rhyme Rainbow Stew made a fun magic bag trick with the rainbow appearing after you say the magic words! "Take some cherries put them in the pot stir it stir it stir it a lot...  [Continue with each color of fruit} Take it out and what could it be?  The prettiest rainbow you ever did see?"

October 2014. THEME: Hungry. The rhyme Rainbow Stew made a fun magic bag trick with the rainbow appearing after you say the magic words! "Take some cherries put them in the pot stir it stir it stir it a lot... [Continue with each color of fruit} Take it out and what could it be? The prettiest rainbow you ever did see?"

Looking for a book to teach social/emotional skills? This blog has book reviews on some awesome titles.

Looking for a book to teach social/emotional skills? This blog has book reviews on some awesome titles.

October 2014:  THEME - Adventure Stories.  This nonfiction book about how an island is created introduced school aged kids to many concepts and new animals.  We did not read this entire book; rather, we skimmed it, with the children identifying things they knew and did not know about islands.  http://opac.smfpl.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=203089&query_desc=kw,wrdl:%20island%20a%20story%20of%20the%20galapagos

October 2014: THEME - Adventure Stories. This nonfiction book about how an island is created introduced school aged kids to many concepts and new animals. We did not read this entire book; rather, we skimmed it, with the children identifying things they knew and did not know about islands. http://opac.smfpl.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=203089&query_desc=kw,wrdl:%20island%20a%20story%20of%20the%20galapagos

September 2014.  THEME:  Sweet Treats.  This fun rhyme complete with a snarfing and chomping dog puppet was a big hit in story time.  "Down around the corner at the ice cream shop Were five ice cream cones with some sprinkles on top. Along came a dog with a dollar to pay. He bought one and took it away.

September 2014. THEME: Sweet Treats. This fun rhyme complete with a snarfing and chomping dog puppet was a big hit in story time. "Down around the corner at the ice cream shop Were five ice cream cones with some sprinkles on top. Along came a dog with a dollar to pay. He bought one and took it away.

September 2014.  THEME:  Sweet Treats.  This rhyme from Kidnkaboodle.net with a few lines left out made the perfect magic bag rhyme as we magically assembled our ice cream cone.  "First we need a cone, Nice and crunchy Then we need some ice cream, Sweet and yummy, First comes vanilla, Cold and sweet Then comes chocolate A delicious treat. Here's some strawberry; Orange sherbet, too, A super-duper scooper cone Just for you!

September 2014. THEME: Sweet Treats. This rhyme from Kidnkaboodle.net with a few lines left out made the perfect magic bag rhyme as we magically assembled our ice cream cone. "First we need a cone, Nice and crunchy Then we need some ice cream, Sweet and yummy, First comes vanilla, Cold and sweet Then comes chocolate A delicious treat. Here's some strawberry; Orange sherbet, too, A super-duper scooper cone Just for you!

October 2015.  THEME:  Animals Get Dressed!   Snoozers by Sandra Boynton served as the inspiration for this magic bag trick.  "Chickens like pajamas with a hat to match. Piggies like pajamas with the feet attached. Hippos wear pajamas just a little tight. Lions like pajamas that fit just right. Rabbits like pajamas just a little loose. But you’ve got to have buttons if you’re a moose. "  The moose emerged from the magic bag with his buttoned pajamas!

October 2015. THEME: Animals Get Dressed! Snoozers by Sandra Boynton served as the inspiration for this magic bag trick. "Chickens like pajamas with a hat to match. Piggies like pajamas with the feet attached. Hippos wear pajamas just a little tight. Lions like pajamas that fit just right. Rabbits like pajamas just a little loose. But you’ve got to have buttons if you’re a moose. " The moose emerged from the magic bag with his buttoned pajamas!

Jim Gill Presents Music Play for Folks of All Stripes - Jim Gill, Inc.

Jim Gill Presents Music Play for Folks of All Stripes - Jim Gill, Inc.

March 2014.  THEME: Lost and Found.  This month's magic bag riddle was: "I lost something!  What can it be?  I lost something.  Can you find it for me?  If it has a hole I am not pleased, but it is not swiss cheese.  Sometimes it has kind of a funk, but I did not lose my skunk! Here's your final clue, it goes on your foot, but it's not a shoe.   Say the Magic Words: I love books! It's a sock!"  The kids found the fact that there was a real sock in the bag totally hilarious.

March 2014. THEME: Lost and Found. This month's magic bag riddle was: "I lost something! What can it be? I lost something. Can you find it for me? If it has a hole I am not pleased, but it is not swiss cheese. Sometimes it has kind of a funk, but I did not lose my skunk! Here's your final clue, it goes on your foot, but it's not a shoe. Say the Magic Words: I love books! It's a sock!" The kids found the fact that there was a real sock in the bag totally hilarious.

July 2014.  THEME: Insects and Bugs.  The magic bag riddle was: "I buzz around the flowers when the day is nice and sunny.  I collect pollen and I make honey.  What am I?"  Say the magic words ("I Love Books!") and out buzzes the bee!

July 2014. THEME: Insects and Bugs. The magic bag riddle was: "I buzz around the flowers when the day is nice and sunny. I collect pollen and I make honey. What am I?" Say the magic words ("I Love Books!") and out buzzes the bee!

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