Get Messy! (3)

April 4, 2017

What We Read:

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

Songs & Activities:
Sticky, Sticky Bubblegum
Sticky, sticky, sticky bubblegum, bubblegum, bubblegum.
Sticky, sticky, sticky bubblegum, sticking your hands to your head.
Ready, unstick!
Verses:
Sticking your hands to your knees.
Sticking your hand to your elbows.
Sticking your back to someone else’s hand.
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Slime



Get Messy! (2)

March 3rd, 2015

What We Read:

Duck in the Truck  by Jez Alborough
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Olivia  by Ian Falconer

Songs & Activities:
Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean
Five pigs so squeaky clean.
Cleanest you’ve ever seen.
Wanted to go outside and play.
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud.
Landed with a big THUD.
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs...
Credit: Storytime Katie

Sticky, Sticky Bubblegum
Sticky, sticky, sticky bubblegum, bubblegum, bubblegum.
Sticky, sticky, sticky bubblegum, sticking your hands to your head.
Ready, unstick!
Verses:
Sticking your hands to your knees.
Sticking your hand to your elbows.
Sticking your back to someone else’s hand.
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Slime


Pirates (2)

March 28th, 2017

The Books We Read:
Shiver Me Timbers!
by Douglas Florian
Pirate's Perfect Pet by Beth Ferry
How I Became a Pirate  by Melinda Long

Songs & Activities:
Pirate Song
When I was one, I had some fun,
On the day I went to sea.
I hopped aboard a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me...

Chorus:
'We go this way, that way, forwards, backwards,
Over the deep blue sea.'

When I was two, I tied my shoe...
When I was three, I skinned my knee...
When I was four, I mopped the floor...
When I was five, I took a dive...
Credit: Andy Z.

Craft—Pirate Treasure Chest:
We glued jewels and trinkets in (and on) our treasure chests!

 

 


Bunnies!

March 14th, 2017

The Books We Read:
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems

Songs & Activities:
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Credit: Childhood

Two Little Bunnies
T
wo little bunnies sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, the other named Bill
Run away, Jack! Run away, Bill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Bill!

Two little bunnies, sitting in the snow,
One named High, the other named Low...

Two little bunnies, feeling very proud
One named Quiet, the other named Loud...

Two little bunnies, sitting in the snow,
One named Fast, the other named Slow...
Credit: Adapted from jbrary

Craft—Construction Paper Bunnies
We were enjoying a rare snow day at the library, so had some of our school kids at story time!

 

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Yummy Stories

March 7th, 2017

The Books We Read:
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Songs & Activities:
I Am Hungry
To the tune of "Are You Sleeping?"
I am hungry, I am hungry.
What should I eat? What should I eat?
I think I'll have a banana, I think I'll have a banana.
Nice and sweet.

Repeat, substituting other foods:
Tomato soup ("With lots of heat")
Pizza ("Without any meat")
Ice cream ("My favorite treat")
Credit: jbrary

Craft—Veggie Printing

 

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At the Beach

February 21st, 2017

The Books We Read:
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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Penguins

February 14th, 2017

The Books We Read:
Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
A Penguin Story by 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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Lions & Tigers

January 24th, 2017

The Books We Read:
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Dandelion by 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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Snowmen

January 17th, 2017

 

The Books We Read:
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Making a Friend by Alison McGhee

Songs & Activities:
Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes, all around.
In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small.
Roll them into a snowball.
But when the sun comes out to play,
All the snowflakes melt away.
Credit: preschooleducation.com

Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen standing in a row;
Each with a hat and a little red bow.
Then out came the sun and it shone all day.
And one little snowman melted away.
[Count down to zero.]
Credit: laptimesongs.com

My Chubby Little Snowman
My chubby little snowman (arms form belly)
Had a carrot nose (put fist in front of nose).
When along came a rabbit (two fingers hopping)
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny (rub belly)
Was looking for some lunch
So he ate my snowman's nose...
Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!
Credit: Laconia Schools

Craft—Paper Snow Globes

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Get Ready for Winter!

December 20th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Ketas
The Mitten by Eric Carle

Songs & Activities:

Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes, all around.
In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small.
Roll them into a snowball.
But when the sun comes out to play,
All the snowflakes melt away.

Credit: preschooleducation.com

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

Craft—Mittens

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Folk & Fairy Tales

December 13th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger
The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken by Lynn Munsinger
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul
Galdone

Songs & Activities:

We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say "Hello!" We clap and say "Hello!"
With our friends at story time, we clap and say "Hello!"
Repeat with different actions: stomp, jump, wave, turn, hop...

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paperbag Crowns
We decorated our crowns with dot markers, paper jewels, and colorful feathers:


 

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Color Magic

November 29th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle


Songs & Activities:

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow.
Wiggle it high (reach to ceiling) and wiggle it low (down by your toes).
Shake it fast and shake it slow.
Where did it go? (Hide scarf in hands, behind back, etc.)
One, two, three ... release scarves into the air!
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Mixed-up Chameleon Color Wheel
We had a ball painting colorful backgrounds for our chameleons!



 

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Thanksgiving Stories

November 15th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
In November by Cynthia Rylant

Songs & Activities:

I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
We sang this story, and each child added an item to the flannel board as we went along!

The More We Get Together
Sung with sign language for key words
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.
'Cause your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.

Credit: Traditional

Craft—Watercolor and Paper Turkeys
The kids painted coffee filters to create bright tailfeathers for their turkeys:


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Dragon Tales

November 8th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Loveabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently

Songs & Activities:
Clap and Say Hello
To the tune of "Farmer in the Dell"
We clap and say "Hello!" We clap and say "Hello!"
With our friends at story time, we clap and say "Hello!"
For other verses, substitute different actions (stomp, wave, jump) for clapping.

Credit: Jbrary

Dragon Pokey
You put your right claw in...
You put your tail in...
You breathe some fire in...
C
redit: Modified from childhood

Craft—Bubblewrap-print Dragons
We used gold tempera paint and bubblewrap to print scales on our fire-breathing dragons:




 

Pumpkin Tales

October 25th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage
The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Songs & Activities:
Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them, give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open, shut them, open, shut them, put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, creep them, creept them, creep them, right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open wide your little mouth, but ... do not let them in!

Credit: Various Sources

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late!"
The second said, "There are witches in the air!"
The third one said, "Oh, we don't care!"
The fourth one said, "It's time to go home!"
The fifth one said, "Don't leave me alone!"
Oooooh ooooh, went the wind, and out went the light,
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
C
redit: Childhood

Craft—What's Inside a Pumpkin??
This was a hugely fun project. Kids decorated their pumpkin face however they liked and then glued pumpkin "guts" (yarn and seeds) on the inside!  Here is one example:

 

Harvest Time

October 18th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
Possum's Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter
Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert
Racoons and Ripe Corn by Jim Arnosky

Songs & Activities:
I Reached Way Up
I reached way up in the apple tree, and picked an apple just for me;
I took a bite, and what did I see? Five little worms a-lookin' at me--yuck!
[Repeat, counting down.]

Credit: Childhood

This is the Way (Corn Song)
This is the way we plant the corn, plant the corn, plant the corn.
This is the way we plant the corn, so early in the morning.
This is the way we
...water the seeds.
...hoe the weeds.
...pick the corn.
...shuck the corn.
...eat the corn!
C
redit: Adapted from Various Sources

Craft—Apple Collage
A great example of what we did.  Notice the many-eyed worm!



 

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!

C
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:

 

Bugs & Butterflies

September 20th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
Katy Did It! by Lorianne Siomades
Traveling Butterflies by Susumo Shingo

Songs & Activities:
Felt Board Bugs
We started story time by having volunteers pick an animal friend out of a bag and pin it on the felt board.  The kids had fun describing each animal and deciding which ones (bear, alligator, bird) would NOT be invited to our bug picnic.

Can You Move with Me?
Can you wiggle like a worm, can you squiggle, can you squirm?
Can you flutter and fly like a gentle butterfly?
Can you crawl on the ground like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me?

Can you flip, can you flop, can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake, can you give a little shake?
Can you buzz like a bee that is flying 'round a tree?
Can you move with me?
Credit: preschooleducation.com

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
Credit: Childhood

Craft—Egg Carton Insects

Everyone created their own unique and colorful bug. Here is just one example: