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...
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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!

Jump into Summer!

June 21st, 2016

 

The Books We Read:
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Songs & Activities:
In honor of this summer's fitness theme, we tried out a couple of action songs:

Elevator Song
To the tune of "I Had a Little Chicken"
Oh, the city is big and the city is grand,
And there are lots of tall buildings on a little piece of land.
And we live way up on the 57th floor,
So this is what we do when we go out the door...

We take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,
Take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,
Take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,
And we turn around!
Credit: Various sources

Walking Song
To the tune of "Are You Sleeping?"
Walking, walking, walking, walking;
Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop!
Running, running, running! Running, running, running!
Now we STOP!
Also:
Tiptoe, tiptoe...
Marching, marching...
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Slime:

The weather was gorgeous, so we were able to make our slime outside.  Kids created their own colors, and even the grown-ups enjoyed playing with the slime!

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!

At the Library

April 12th, 2016

The Books We Read:
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop

Songs & 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 ceiling, touch the floor.
Stand up! Sit down! There is no more.
Credit: Revised from Jbrary

Bread and Butter--Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam;
Let's say "Goodbye" as HIGH as we can:
"Goodbye!" (in a high voice)

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam;
Let's say "Goodbye" as LOW as we can:
"Goodbye!" (in a deep voice)

Continue, inserting other opposites: Loud-Quiet, Fast-Slow, Serious-Silly...

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Watercolor Bookmarks:

More fun with watercolors--and stickers and crayons!

Opposites

March 29th, 2016


The Books We Read:
The Hare and the Tortoise by Brian Wildsmith
Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen
Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind by Lorena Siminovich

Songs & Activities:
Open, Shut Them (Opposites Version w/ Hand Movements)
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.
Big and small...
Loud and quiet...
Fast and slow...
Happy and sad...
Credit:
supersimplelearning.com

Bread and Butter--Good Morning
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam;
Let's say "Good morning" as HIGH as we can:
"Good morning!" (in a high voice)

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam;
Let's say "Good morning" as LOW as we can:
"Good morning!" (in a deep voice)

Continue, inserting other opposites: Loud-Quiet, Fast-Slow, Serious-Silly...

Credit: Jbrary

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill, one named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill! Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill.
Repeat with...
Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud; one named Quiet, the other named Loud.
Two little blackbirds stting on the snow; one named Fast, the other named Slow.
Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate; one named Wobbly, the other named Straight.
Credit: Revised from Jbrary

Craft—Opposites Collage:

 We used different colors and shapes to make an opposites collage: over-under, big-little, etc.

Welcome Spring!

March 22nd, 2016

 

 

The Books We Read:
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke
My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Songs & Activities:
Welcome Song
Hello Everybody, Hello Everybody, Hello Everybody!
We're glad that you are here.
Hello Springtime...
Hello Flowers...
Hello Birds...

Hello Mud...
Credit: Modified from childhood

Way Up in the Sky
Way up in the sky, the big birdies fly;
While down in the nest, the little birdies rest.
With a wing on the left and a wing on the right,
The little birdies sleep, most all of the night.
Sssshhhhh, don't wake up the birdies...

The bright sun comes up, the moon goes away,
"Good morning! Good morning!" the little birdies say.
Credit:
Childhood

Craft—Flower Collage:

 We used watercolors, dot markers, insect stickers, and butterfly cut-outs to make a colorful spring picture.

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:

 

Friends

March 8th, 2016

The Books We Read:
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead

Songs & Activities:
The More We Get Together
Incorporating sign language.
Credit:
Miss Holly, Skokie Public Library

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 shoulders, like this, you see!
Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor.
Stand up. Sit down. There is no more.

Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Craft—Friendship Balloons:

Inspired by the balloon in A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee. Some children chose to write a message,
but most simply had fun decorating with stickers, crayons, and glitter glue!


Teddy Bears

March 1st, 2016

The Books We Read:
Bear in the Air by Susan Meyers
Wash-a-Bye-Bear by Thomas Docherty

Songs & Activities:
Bear Song
Hug, hug, hug your bear, squeeze him very tight.
Hold him high, help him fly, then hug with all your might!
Credit: preschooleducation.com

Teddy Was His Name-O
There was a boy who had a bear, and Teddy was his name-O.
T-E-D-D-Y, T-E-D-D-Y, T-E-D-D-Y, and Teddy was his name-O!
Credit: preschooleducation.com

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear. teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, wink one eye.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, slap your knees.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down, please.
Credit: dltk-kids.com

Craft—Bear Hug Hats:


 

Moon & Stars

February 16th, 2016

The Books We Read:
Kitten's First Full Moon  by Kevin Henkes
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
The Moon is Going to Addy's House by Ida Pearle


Songs & Activities:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Rocket Ship Chant
Climb aboard our rocket ship;
We're flying to the moon.
Hurry up and get ready, we're going to blast off soon!
Put on your helmets and buckle up real tight;
Here comes the countdown, let's count with all our might.
Ten, nine, eight...Blast off!!!

Credit: preschooleducation.com

Craft—Bubblewrap Stars:

Just take bubble wrap and tempera paint..and follow it with a trip to the Glitter Station!