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!

 

Silly Stories #2

February 9th, 2016

The Books We Read:
Mother Bruce  by Ryan Higgins
I'm a Frog! by Mo Willems
The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell


Songs & Activities:
Shake Your Sillies Out
Credit: Raffi

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

 Craft—Marble Painting:

Dunk a marble in tempera paint, scoop it out with a spoon, drop painted marble onto fingerpaint paper, and ROLL!  This really was "process" art at its best.

Construction

January 26th, 2016

The Books We Read:
Digger, Dozer, Dumper  by Hope Vestergaard
Go!Go!Go! Stop! by Charise Harper
What Can a Crane Pick Up? by Rebecca Dotlich

Songs & Activities:
Walking Song
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—Bulldozer Shapes Collage:

 

The kids experimented with all the materials we put out...tissue and construction paper, scissors, glue, and cotton balls. No two dozers were alike by the end!

Get Messy!

January 19th, 2016

The Books We Read:
Jasper & Joop  by Olivier Dunrea
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

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:

 

This was a great, easy, and really not TOO messy project. The kids had fun experimenting with the stretchiness and color of their slime.  It's a good introduction to some simple science, too!

Hats & Mittens

January 12th, 2016


The Books We Read:
The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth--great alternative read-aloud to Jan Brett's classic.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Songs and Fingerplays:
Winter Hokey Pokey
Same as the traditional Hokey Pokey, but hats, mittens, and boots instead!

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.

When the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away.

Credit: IntellidanceTM

Project—Paperbag Hats:

 

 We used craft paper, dot markers, felt flowers, pom poms, and crayons to make these hats. Fun and easy!

Let it Snow!

December 15th, 2015


The Books We Read:

Making a Friend by Alison McGhee

Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert

Songs and Fingerplays:
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.

When the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away.

Credit: IntellidanceTM

Little Snowman
I built a little snowman. He had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?
That hungry little rabbit, looking for some lunch,
Ate my snowman's nose...nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!
Credit: Unknown

Project—Wintry Snowman:

 

I made hand stampers ahead of time using 2" sections of paper towel rolls and bubble wrap. The kids dipped their stampers into white paint to create the snow effect, added glitter, and then glued on the rest. Many sequins and buttons went into this activity!

Be Creative!

December 8th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Songs and Fingerplays:
Tiny Tim
I had a little turtle. His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water. He ate up all the soap.
Now he's at home sick in bed with bubbles in his throat.
Bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble POP!
Bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble POP!

There are fun hand movements to accompany the words, starting with the ASL sign for turtle. Beforehand, the kids had fun guessing what animal the sign represented.

Credit: Jbrary

Project—Shaving Cream and Watercolors:

 

We used liquid watercolors for this project. Each child had his/her own dropper and a pan of shaving cream. Most chose to make an impression of their creation, but everyone had fun experimenting with the colors and shaving cream!

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:

 

 

Color Crazy

November 10th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Songs and Fingerplays:
What Color Are You Wearing?
If you're wearing red today, red today, red today;
If you're wearing red today, please stand up!

Repeat with different colors and actions (touch your elbow, turn around, stand on one foot...)

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one [clap], the mouse ran down;
Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck two [clap 2x!], the mouse said "Boo!"
Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck three [clap 3x!], the mouse cried "Wheee!"
Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck four [clap 4x!], the mouse said "No more!"
Hickory dickory dock.

Credit:
Jbrary

Project—Watercolor Salt Painting:

 

Salt + Liquid Watercolors = Beautiful art!!

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: