Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Countdown

5-4-3-2-1! Count down to all the fun in this week's books and activities! 

#READ: Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh 

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Count along with these adventurous mice as they make their escape from a hungry snake. 

Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together: 

  • Ask your little one what sounds mice and snakes make.
  • Keep a mouse count and do a mouse countdown. Count the mice as they are added to the jar then do a countdown using the number of mice in the jar.
  • Say repeated phrases such as "fast asleep" together or take turns saying them. For example, read "little, warm, and tasty" then ask your little one to complete the phrase each time by saying "fast asleep."


#SING : Countdown Rhyme 


Let's all count and have some fun 



Counting down until we're done 



Time for us to give a cheer 



For all the fun to come next year   





#EXPLORE: Counting Fun 

Child's colorful counting toy


  • 5 clear resealable plastic snack bags
  • 15 similar items such as your little one's favorite snack

Ways to explore:   

  • Fill a bag with one item and another with two items. Continue this pattern until you have five items in a bag. 
  • Lay the bags in order from 1-5 and count the items together. Rearrange the bags in descending order. Do a countdown together. 
  • For additional fun, use the bags in a scavenger hunt. For example, after placing bags around, ask you little learner to look for a bag with three things in it. 

#JOIN: Let's count together when you join us for a virtual or in-person program! 

Pop-Up Storytime

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Join us for a storytime either outside of our library or in the community! Your child loves singing, dancing, playing and reading! Gather them around for a storytime they won’t forget featuring Fix That Clock by Kurt Cyrus and Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker.  

Little Readers

C is for countdown! This literacy-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will sing, talk, read, write, and play together to develop the pre-literacy skills your little ones need to get ready to read and write. We will share Fix That Clock by Kurt Cyrus and Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker.  

Virtual Little Movers & Shakers

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Let’s get the wiggles out! This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities we will build pre-literacy skills. Get moving with Ten on a Twig by Lo Cole and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin. 


#KEEP READING: Have more countdown fun with the books below!


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