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!
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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!
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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!

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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:

 

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:

 

 

Five Senses

September 13th, 2016
 

The Books We Read:
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
My Five Senses by Aliki
Rain by Manya Stojic


Songs & Activities:
My Five Senses
To the tune of "Old Macdonald"
On my face I have two eyes, I use them every day.
And with my eyes I can see when I work and play.
With a look, look here and a look look there, here a look, there a look, everywhere a look, look.
On my face I have two eyes, I use them every day.

On my face I have a nose, I use it carefully.
I sniff the air so I can tell if something is smelly.
With a sniff, sniff here and a sniff, sniff there, here a sniff, there a sniff, everywhere a sniff, sniff.
On my face I have a nose, I use it carefully.

In my mouth I have one tongue, I use it when I eat.
And with my tongue I can taste salty, sour, and sweet.
With a taste, taste here and a taste, taste there, here a taste, there a taste, everywhere a taste, taste.
In my mouth I have one tongue, I use it when I eat.

On my head I have two ears, I listen all day long.
And if I didn't have them there, I couldn't hear this song!
With a listen here and a listen there, here a listen, there a listen, everywhere a listen.
On my head I have two ears, I listen all day long.

On my body I have some skin that feels the cold and heat.
It stretches from atop my head, all the way to my feet.
With a touch, touch here and a touch, touch there, here a touch, there a touch, everywhere a touch, touch.
On my body I have some skin that feels the cold and heat.
Credit: preschooleducation.com

Five Senses
To the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?"
Five senses, five senses. We have them. We have them.
Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching.
There are five. There are five.
Credit: Miss Sarah's Storytime

Sensory Table
We set out a variety of "Guess Whats?" to get the kids using their senses:



What's in the bag? (Touch)  What's that smell? (Smell)  What's in the container? (Sound)

Craft—Touch Collage:

 

 

Outdoor Adventure

July 26th, 2016
 

The Books We Read:

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Songs & Activities:


We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
We acted out the entire adventure, with inspiration from Michael Rosen's own wonderful performance of his picture book with Helen Oxenbury!

The Noble Duke of York
The Noble Duke of York, he had 10,000 men;
He marched them up the hill and then he marched them down again.
For when you're up, you're up;
And when you're down, you're down.
And when you're only halfway up, you're neither up nor down.
Credit: Childhood

Craft—Rock Painting

We had a blast using acrylic paint to decorate rocks from Lake Champlain!

Going Camping~2016!

July 19th, 2016



The Books We Read:

Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret Rey
Among a Thousand Fireflies by Helen Frost
Maisy Goes Camping  by Lucy Cousins

Songs & Activities:
We Are Going Camping
To the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"
We are going camping, it's time to pack:
A tent, a sleeping bag, and a snack.
We'll sit by the campfire, so warm and bright,
And snooze in our tent 'til the morning light.
Credit: Adapted from preschooleducation.com

Little Bunny Foo Foo
Little Bunny Foo Foo went hopping through the forest,
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head.
Then down came the Good Fairy, and she said:
"Litte Bunny Foo Foo, I don't like to see you
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head.
I will give you three chances to behave, and if you don't,
I will come back and turn you into a GOON!"
[Repeat two more times, counting down chances,
and finally turning Little Bunny Foo Foo into a goon.]
Credit: Childhood


Project—Glow-in-the-dark Lanterns:

The kids painted the inside of mason jars with glow-in-the-dark paint and added colorful beads and coated wire to the lids to create a handle.

Under the Sea

July 5th, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Big Al and Shrimpy by Andrew Clements
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Songs & Activities:

The Waves on the Beach
To the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus"
The waves on the beach go up and down, up and down, up and down.
The waves on the beach go up and down, all through the day.
The clams on the beach (open and shut)...
The crabs on the beach (snap, snap, snap)...
The swimmers on the beach (splash, splash, splash)...
The lifeguard on the beach (yells "Swim on back!")...
Credit: perpeptualpreschool.com

Five Little Fish
Five little fishies swimming in the sea, teasing Mr. Shark, saying,
"You can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Shark, gliding silent as can be, and he SNAPS that fish right out of the sea!!
Repeat, counting down.
Credit: Various sources

Craft—Bubblewrap Painting:

The kids made fish, octopus, and starfish prints using bubblewrap and tempera paints. They also added glitter at the end for the straight-from-the-beach look!