Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Little Sock Monkey and Sock Puppet FUN In The Library....

On Friday, we had a little sock monkey and sock puppet FUN in the Van Meter Elementary Library.

Nikki Hawkins, a student from Grand View University who has been student teaching in Staci Braun's 4th grade classroom, was visiting us in the library.  She is awesome!  Nikki read Sock Monkey Boogie-Woogie, A Friend Is Made by Cece of our most favorite authors at Van Meter!
Make sure you check out Cece's adorable website called

It is packed with great posts, a link on how to join the "Sock Monkey Fan Club"...
fun sock monkey games....
and even a video created by Cece called Learn To Draw Sock Monkey the Cece Bell Way.
Nikki read to the 1st and 2nd graders.  It is such a funny book and we all laughed a lot while she read it....and danced a little too. 
When she was finished reading, I had the iTouches ready with a new app called "Sock Puppets."  
As the website for the app states, "Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synced videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube.  Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating."
I was excited to find this app because it is a lot like "Puppet Pals" and it is free.  This will be a great addition to our iTouches and iPads for digital storytelling.  
I had the students choose groups of 3 or 4 to work in while they checked out the new app.  They spread out around the library and found a place to create a little video of their own.
All of the groups did a wonderful job of working together.  
Our friend Beth Swantz, who was visiting Van Meter, enjoyed watching the little people create their sock puppet productions too.  

Next week when the 1st and 2nd graders come to library, they will be creating productions to share with others at Van Meter and online.  It is going to be another really FUN day.

This afternoon my 1st grader Hagan and his friend Easton made this movie called Let's Go To The Library and....

my daughter Brianna and her boyfriend Jaden created Jaden and Bri Going Off To College.  

As you can see...

sock monkeys and sock puppets can bring loads of laughs and creativity to anyone.

1 comment:

  1. This posting comes at a perfect time. My grade three students are writing Sock Monkey stories. They are going to use My Story - Story Creator for kids app to publish them. Now they will know how to draw proper sock monkeys. Thanks,