15 items tagged "Animals"

  • At the Beach

    February 21st, 2017

    The Books WeRead:
    Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
    Otto Goes to the Beach by Todd Parr
    Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya

    Songs & Activities:
    The Waves on the Beach
    To the tune of "Wheels on the Bus"
    The waves on the beach go up and down...
    The clams on the beach go snap, snap, snap...
    The sharks on the beach go chomp, chomp, chomp...
    The crabs on the beach go pinch, pinch, pinch...
    The lifeguard on the beach says "Swim on back..."
    Credit: perpeptualpreschool.com

    Craft—Bubblewrap Starfish and Glittery Beach Feet

     

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  • Butterflies

    September 22nd, 2015

    The Books We Read:
    Ten LIttle Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr. and Lois Ehlert

    Traveling Butterlies  by Susumu Shingu
    Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett

    Songs and Fingerplays:
    One Little Caterpillar (fingerplay)
    One little caterpillar (crawl fingers up arm)
    Made a cocoon one day (fold hands together)
    Turned into a butterfly (hook thumbs, spread fingers)
    And flew away!

    Credit: Storytime Katie

    The Caterpillar Song
    Let's be caterpillars, wiggle with me (repeat 3x)
    What will we be next, darlings?
    Now we're a chyrsalis, sleep with me (repeat 3x)
    What will we be next, darlings?
    We're butterflies now, come fly with me (repeat 3x)
    That's what we are now, darlings!

    Credit: Storytime Katie

    Project—Coffee Filter Butterlies:



  • Cats!

    January 6, 2015

    What We Read:

    Alex and Lulu by Lorena Siminovich
    Cats are Cats by Valeri Gorbachev
    If You Give a Cat a Cupcake  by Laura Numeroff

    Songs & Activities:
    I'm a Little Kitty Cat
    Sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"
    I'm a little kitty cat nice and sweet.
    Here are my whiskers, here are my feet.
    When I go out hunting, mice beware...
    Or you just might get a SCARE!
    Credit: Jbrary

    Hickory Dickory Dock

    Craft--Cat Cut-outs:

     

    Cat Parade!

  • Dinosaurs

    March 15th, 2016

    The Books We Read:
    Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton
    T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty
    Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde

    Songs & Activities:
    Dinosaur Stretch
    Spread your arms way out wide;
    Fly like a Pteranodon, soar and glide.
    Bend to the floor with your head down low;
    Walk like a Stegasaurus did long ago.
    Reach up high, as tall as can be;
    Like an Apatosaurus munching on a tree.
    Use your claws to grumble and growl;
    You're a hungry T-rex on the prowl.
    Credit:
    Storytime Katie

    Dino Chant
    Dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo;
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
    A hungry T-rex was a-walking down the street,
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
    Looking around for something good to eat,
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.
    [call and response]:
    He was HUGE! [arms out]
    He was STRONG! [show muscles]
    Won't be hungry very long. [wag finger]
    Singing dino ditty ditty dum ditty doo.

    Credit: Jbrary

    Dinosaurs in the Swamp
    [Sung to the tune of Wheels on the Bus]
    The Pteradactyl's wings go flap, flap, flap...all through the swamp.

    The Tyrannosaurus rex goes roar, roar, roar...all through the swamp.
    The Brachiosaurus goes munch, munch, munch...all through the swamp.
    The Stegosaurus' horns go poke, poke, poke...all through the swamp.

    Credit: Kidsparkz.com

    Craft—Construction Paper Dinosaurs:

     

  • Dogs

    February 10, 2015


    The Books We Read:
    Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
    I'm My Own Dog  by David Ezra Stein
    Bark, George  by Jules Feiffer

    Songs & Activities:
    My Dog Rags
    I have a dog, his name is Rags
    He eats so much his belly sags
    His ears flip flop, and his tail wig wags
    And when he walks he goes zig-zag

    Chorus:
    He goes flip flop, wig wag, zig zag;
    He goes flip flop, wig wag, zig zag;
    He goes flip flop, wig wag, zig zag;
    I love Rags and he loves me.

    My dog Rags, he loves to play.
    He rolls around in the mud all day.
    I whistle and I whistle but he won’t obey.
    He always runs the other way!
    Chorus

    Digger Dog
    I have a little doggie, her paws are very big.
    And when she goes outside she likes to dig and dig and dig.
    She puts her bone into the hole, and covers it in a snap.
    Puts one paw on the other and lies down to take a nap (zzzzzzz)!


    Craft—Valentine's Pup:

     

    This was a super fun way to combine our theme with Valentine's celebrations.  The after-school crowd really enjoyed the left-overs!


  • Down on the Farm

    September 15th, 2015

    The Books We Read:
    Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson (a Vermont author!)
    Piglet and Papa  by Margaret Wild
    The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

    Song:
    Rhyming Stretch
    Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor;
    Stand up again, let's do some more!
    Touch your head, then your knees;
    Now touch your shoulders, like this you see!
    Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor;
    Time to sit down, there is no more.
    Credit: Jbrary

    Five Pigs
    Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you've ever seen,
    Wanted to go outside and play. Oink! Oink!
    One jumped into the mud and landed with a great big THUD!
    Then there were four clean squeaky pigs. Oink! Oink!
    Repeat, counting down...

    Project—Clothespin Sheep:


  • Fall Animals

    October 11th, 2016

     

    The Books We Read:
    Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead
    Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

    Songs & Activities:
    Autumn Leaves Stretch
    (To the tune of London Bridges)
    Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
    Autumn leaves are falling down, it is fall.

    Take a rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up.
    Take a rake and rake them up, it is fall.

    Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in.
    Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall.
    Credit: Various sources

    Mmm-AH! Went the Little Green Frog
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day.
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog.
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day.
    and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
    But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
    We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day.
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish.
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day.
    and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
    But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
    We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!

    Grrr-grrr! went the big brown bear one day.
    Grrr-grrr! went the big brown bear.
    Grrr-grrr! went the big brown bear one day.
    and they all went grrr-grrr-grrr!!
    But we know bears go huggy huggy hug, huggy huggy hug, huggy huggy hug.
    We know bears go huggy huggy hug,they don't go grrr-grrr-grrr!

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    redit: Jbrary

    Five Little Hoot Owls (w/ flannel board)
    Five little hoot owls sitting in a tree, one flew away, how many do you see?
    [Count down to zero.]
    Credit: Sunflower Storytime

    Craft—Owl Masks

    Inspired by Bill from Owl Babies, the kids made masks with bright, colorful feathers.  Here is a fun example:

     

  • Going to the Zoo

    October 27th, 2015


    The Books We Read:
    A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead

    The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham

    Songs and Fingerplays:

    You Can Hear
    (Tune: She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain)
    You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR ROAR!
    You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR ROAR!
    You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring,
    You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR ROAR!
    (Snakes hissing, bears growling, wolves howling, frogs croaking, zebras braying)
    Credit: Storytime Katie

    Project—Lion Masks:

     

  • Hibernation

    November 17th, 2015


    The Books We Read:

    Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Mônica Carnesi

    Songs and Fingerplays:
    Hibernation Song
    Sung to the tune of Allouette

    Chorus:
    Hibernation. Time for Hibernation.
    Hibernation. Time to go to sleep.

    In the winter where's the bear?
    Sleeping in its log or lair.
    Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

    Chorus

    In the winter where's the frog?
    Sleeping in a rotten log.
    Where's the frog? Rotten log.
    Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

    Chorus
    In the winter where's the snake?

    In the mud beneath the lake.
    Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
    Where's the frog? Rotten log.
    Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

    Chorus

    In the winter where's the bat?
    In a cave is where it's at.
    Where's the bat? Where it's at.
    Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
    Where's the frog? Rotten log.
    Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!
    Credit: Charles County Public Library

    Little Green Frog
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
    But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
    We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
    But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
    We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!

    Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
    Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear
    Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
    and they all went grrr grrr grrr!
    But we know bears go huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug
    We know bears go huggy huggy hug!, they don't go grrr grrr grrr!

    Credit: Jbrary

    Project—Hibernating Bears:

     

     

  • Jungle Animals

    April 14th, 2015

    The Books We Read:
    Monkey, a Trickster Tale from Indiaby Gerald McDermott

    Mr. Tiger Goes Wild  by Peter Brown
    Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen

    Songs & Activities:
    Five Little Monkeys
    Five little monkeys swinging from a tree,
    Teasing Mr. Crocodile: 'You can't catch me!'
    Along came Mr. Crocodile as quiet as can be...
    And he SNATCHED that monkey right out of the tree!

    Four little...Three little...Two little...One little.. No little monkeys!

    Craft—Paper Plate Tigers:

      

     


  • Life on the Pond

    April 26th, 2016

     

    The Books We Read:
    In the Pond by Anna Milbourne
    Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folguiera

    Songs & Activities:

    Little White Duck (w/ characters, above)
    There was a little white duck, sitting on the water;
    A little white duck, doing what he oughtta;
    He took a bite of a lily pad, flapped his wings and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little white duck, sitting on the water.
    Quack! Quack! Quack!"

    There was a little green frog, swimming in the water;
    A little green frog, doing what he oughtta;
    He jumped right off of the lily pad that the little duck bit and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little green frog, sitting on the water.
    Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!"

    There was a little black bug, floating on the water;
    A little black bug, doing what he oughtta;
    He tickled the frog on the lily pad that the little duck bit and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little black bug, floating on the water.
    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!"

    There was a little red snake, playing in the water;
    A little red snake, doing what he oughtta;
    He scared the duck and the frog so bad, he ate the bug and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little red snake, playing in the water.
    Ssss! Ssss! Ssss!"

    Now there was nobody left, playing in the water;
    Nobody left, doing what they oughtta;
    The only thing left is the lily pad...
    The duck and the frog ran away. I'm sad!
    There was nobody left, playing in the water.
    "Boo! Hoo! Hoo!"
    Credit: Childhood (Burl Ives)

    Mmm-AH! Went the Little Green Frog (pond version)
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
    But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
    We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
    But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
    We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!

    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake one day
    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake
    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake one day
    and they all went ssss ssss ssss!!
    But we know snakes go jumpy jumpy jump, jumpy jumpy jump, jumpy jumpy jump
    We know snakes go jumpy jumpy jump,they don't go ssss ssss ssss!

    Credit: Revised from Jbrary

    Craft—Lily Pads and Dragonflies:

    The kids used tempera paint to color their lily pads and made flowers from pre-dyed coffee filters. Glitter was a must to get those dragonfly wings good and sparkly!

  • Lions & Tigers

    January 24th, 2017

    The Books WeRead:
    Mr. Tiger Goes Wildby Peter Brown
    Dandelionby Don Freeman
    Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen

    Songs & Activities:
    We Clap and Say Hello
    We clap and say "hello!" We clap and say "hello!"
    With our friends at storytime, we clap and say "hello!"
    We [stomp, jump, hop, spin, roar]...
    Credit: Adapted from jbrary

    The Lion Pokey
    You put your [claw, tail, mane] in...
    Credit: Adapted from childhood

    Craft—Tiger Masks

     

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  • Nighttime Animals

    October 13th, 2015


    The Books We Read:
    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
    Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer Ericsson


    Songs and Activities:
    Storytime Stretch
    Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor.
    Stand up again, let's do some more!
    Touch your shoulders, then your knees, now your elbows, like this, you see.
    Reach for the ceilng, touch the floor.
    Stand up! Sit down! There is no more.
    Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

    Fingerplay: “Two Little Hoot Owls”
    Two little hoot owls, sitting on a hill;
    One named Jack and the other named Jill.
    Fly away Jack! Fly away Jill!
    Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

    Two little hoot owls, sitting down below;
    One named Fast and the other named Slow.
    Fly away Fast! Fly away Slow!
    Come back, Fast! Come back, Slow!

    Two little hoot owls, feeling very proud;
    One named Quiet [whisper] and the other named Loud [shout]...
    Fly away Quiet! Fly away Loud!
    Come back, Quiet! Come back, Loud!

    Credit: Jbrary


    Project—Nocturnal Scene:

     

    Our project was similar to this, but we used construction paper for the trees (twigs were tricky to glue!) and real shredded leaf litter to make it more of an autumn scene.  The after-school crowd enjoyed the left-overs--a great craft for all ages!

  • Owls!

    January 12, 2015

    What We Read:

    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
    Little Owl's Orange Scarf  by Tatyana Feeney
    Little Owl Lost  by Chris Haughton

    Songs & Activities:
    Skip to My Lou, My Birdie
    Owl in the tree says "hoo hoo hoo"
    Robin in the nest says "tweet tweet tweet"
    Duck in the pond says "quack quack quack"
    Rooster in the yard says "cockadoodledoo!"

    Two Little Owls (Fingerplay)
    Two little owls, burrowed in the hill, one named Jack, one named Jill.
    Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill!  Come back, Jack!  Come back, Jill!
    Two little owls, hunting in the snow, one named Fast, one named Slow...
    Two little owls, feeling very proud, one named Quiet, one named Loud...
    Credit: Jbrary

    Five Hoot Owls (Fingerplay)
    Five little hoot owls sitting in a tree, one flew away, how many do you see?
    [Repeat, counting down to NONE.]


    Craft--Paper Owls:

     


  • Penguins

    February 14th, 2017

    The Books WeRead:
    Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
    A Penguin Storyby Antoinette Portis
    Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon
    Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer

    Songs & Activities:
    Have You Ever Seen a Penguin Come to Tea?
    Have you ever seen a penguin come to tea?
    If you look at me, a penguin you will see.
    Penguins: Attention!  Penguins: Begin!
    Right flipper.
    [Start flapping right arm and repeat from the top.  Add left flipper, right arm, left arm, head, turn around, penguin sound.]
    Credit: Unknown

    Craft—Penguins on Watercolor
    There was a huge variety of penguins and backgrounds.  Here is just one, with a heart added in honor of Valentine's Day:

     

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