Before relating a recent story time interchange I need to make sure everyone knows that while I like kids, I like them like dogs...as long as they are someone else's and they go away after a short time. That said, I had one of the cutest experiences with a two year old girl. It was her first ever story time and she came with grandma, not as shy as most little ones and willing to sit on her own and participate in the stories and songs. After the story time we do crafts, today was making rain sticks - paper towel tubes the kids decorate with markers and then we seal an end, scoop in some dried beans, rice, and pasta, and then seal up. Shaken gently it sounds sort of like rain on a roof, shaken vigorously, like a storm. The little girl was being resistant to adding the beans et al and grandma said she liked to do things herself. I sat on the floor next to her with a bowl of beans and pasta and held one up to her and motioned dropping it in to the tube, she very carefully picked the bean out of my fingers and dropped it in; when we got to the fourth bean she looked at me and said "four", I agreed and in it went, we then counted for a while until she said "all" so all went in at once and we sealed the tube. She then went around to everyone in the building, showing them her stick. At the end of the program she came up to me unprompted and said "thank you". What a cool little girl (normally I make connections with little boys but this little one was fun).