Let's Build!

June 27th, 2017

 

The Books We Read:
Go!Go!Go!Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
Tractor Mac Builds a Barn by Billy Steers
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Songs & Activities:

Elevator Song
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.
And 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 turn around.

Credit: Jbrary

This is the Way We Build
Sung to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush

This is the way we cut the wood, cut the wood, cut the wood.
This is the way we cut the wood, when we're building our barn.

This is the way we...
hammer the nails...
stack the bricks...
paint the walls...
put up the roof...

Credit: Adapted from preschoolexpress.com

Craft—Dump Trucks
As you can see, kids customized their trucks with colors and stickers.


One especially creative builder even modified his pieces to make a front-end loader!

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In the Pond

April 18th, 2017

 

The Books We Read:
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith (not pond-related, but I couldn't resist!)
Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folguiera
Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

Songs & Activities:
Little White Duck by Walt Whippo

We sang the story to the original tune by Bernard Zaritzky, with a little help from our puppet friends (above).

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 Frogs:

 

The kids used watercolor paints to color their frogs and lily pads and scrunched up colorful tissue paper to make flowers.

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!