Ed Emberley Art Party

Ed Emberley’s birthday is 19 October 1931. I love his thumbprint books and drawing books, and thought that an art party program would be a cool way to celebrate his birthday.

Program Plan

-Welcome and Introduction to Ed Emberley

go away big green monster



  • Go Away, Big Green Monster / Ed Emberley



  • Drawing Stationbig green drawing book
    • Children could draw anything they wanted. I had a couple of Ed Emberley’s drawing books placed on the table as inspiration.
    • Materials: white cardstock, colored pencils, pens.


  • Fingerprint Necklace Stationfingerprint necklace
    • Children could make a little fingerprint art on a mini cardstock circle, and string yarn through it to make a necklace.
    • Materials: white cardstock circles with paper-punch hole, string, ink pads, pens.


  • Fingerprint Art Stationfingerprint art
    • Children could make fingerprint art on paper.
    • Materials: white cardstock, construction paper, fancy scissors, ink pads, pens, colored pencils.


  • Collage Stationcollage


  • Go Away, Big Green Monster Stationbig green monster
    • Children could create a Big Green Monster on a paper plate.
    • Materials: paper plates, green tissues paper, face cut-outs, glue.
    • My inspiration for this craft.



I wanted the focus of this program to be on process-based activities. The only activity that was “cut and paste” was the Big Green Monster station. I was so happy that the participants visited every station, and they seemed to enjoy the opportunity to be creative.


Story Time at the Museum: All About Art

All About Art

Story Time Plan


  • We Clap and Sing Hello
  • The More We Get Togetherart, patrick mcdonnell


  • Art / Patrick McDonnell

-Action Song

  • This is the Way We Stir the Paintdot, peter reynolds.png


  • The Dot / Peter H. Reynolds


  • I Know the Colors

-Folder StoryFolder Story, Paint Can


  • Find the Color

-Booki spy shapes in art, lucy micklethwait

  • I Spy Shapes in Art / Lucy Micklethwait


  • Art Supply Song
  • Make a Circle, Draw a Square


  • We Wave Goodbye Like This



This was my first time doing this story time. It wasn’t well publicized, so only one family showed up with their daughter. It worked out well though, because the books and songs were easily adaptable to interact with just one person.

Folder Story: The Lovely Ladybug

Another folder story. I found this one through Stories with Ms. Jenna. She links to the original at this website.

Folder Story, Lovely Ladybug

The Lovely Ladybug

Let’s play a ladybug color game, I’ll give you rhyming clues.
If you know it, say the name of each color that I use!

The first color for our buggy friend;
Is the color of sunshine…it’s the color yellow!

Frogs in the pond and a fresh snap bean;
Did you guess the color green?

The sky above and the ocean, too;
Such a beautiful color…it’s the color blue!

Strawberry ice cream, come on now, think!
You are right…it’s the color pink!

Grapes for jelly on a PB&J;
Purple is the color that we say!

Pumpkins or basketballs rolling by;
Orange is the color that we now spy.

Fluffy clouds and the moon at night;
Did you say the color white?

Roses that grow in the garden bed;
Are this beautiful color, the color red.

Ladybug, ladybug up in the sky.
Thanks for the fun and now we say, goodbye!


How I Made the Folder Story:

  • Cut a large circle out. Add construction paper head and eyes. Draw on antenna.
  • Cut out small black circles for dots.
  • Place a layer of contact paper down, and put the black dots down. Place a second layer of contact paper to seal the black dots in.
  • Use book tape to tape the sides closed.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Dr. Seuss’s birthday falls on 2 March; and because he is a huge contributor to children’s literature, his birthday is often celebrated in libraries.

This year, I worked with a colleague to plan and facilitate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party. It was so much fun! I had a blast planning it, but it was even better to see the children and their families enjoying the activities and games we had.

Program Plan

  • Welcome
  • Guest Reader: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
  • Sing Happy Birthday
  • Cake
  • Activities
    • Games
      • Cat’s Hat Toss
      • Pin the Mustache on the Lorax
    • Crafts
      • Cat in the Hat Headband
      • Wocket in My Pocket
    • Passive Activities
      • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
      • Apples Up on Top
      • ABCs
      • Postcard
  • 5 Minute Ending Soon
    • Give instructions for scavenger hunt
  • Handouts
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Coloring Pages
    • Word Search
    • Maze
    • Bibliography



seuss 3

Stack the Cat’s Hats

seuss 4

Pin the Mustache on the Lorax

seuss 1

Cat in the Hat Headband

seuss 2

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

seuss 5

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish


Apples Up On Top

seuss 6


seuss 8


Little Foodies: Fruit

Little Foodies is a food-based program for children between the ages of 4 and 7. We read three books together and do three food craft that the children can eat and enjoy. This was my first time doing this program, and it was so much fun!

Program Planjamberry



  • Jamberry / Bruce Degen

-Food Craftjam tarts


  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bearthe little mouse
    Don and Audrey Wood

-Food Craft

  • Strawberry Mice
  • I got the instructions from Eats Amazingstrawberry mice
  • I didn’t use the pine nuts (in case of food allergies) and instead used more of the chocolate chips.


  • Planting a Rainbow / Lois Ehlertplanting a rainbow

-Food Craft

  • Edible Paint on Tortillas
  • I got the idea from The Realistic Mamaedible paint
  • The blog recommended using flavored gelatin, but I chose to use jelly instead. The colors weren’t as vibrant, but it was a little more natural than the colored gelatin.