Animals at Night 2019

October 22nd, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Songs & Activities:
Felt Board: Little Mouse
Featuring nocturnal animal friends!

Two Little Hoot Owls

Two little hoot owls, sitting on a hill;
One named Jack and the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack! Fly away Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Two little hoot owls, sitting down below;
One named Fast and the other named Slow.
Fly away Fast! Fly away Slow!
Come back, Fast! Come back, Slow!

Two little hoot owls, feeling very proud;
One named Quiet [whisper] and the other named Loud [shout]...
Fly away Quiet! Fly away Loud!
Come back, Quiet! Come back, Loud!
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paper Plate Owls
We used crayons and shapes to make colorful owls:



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Apples 2019

October 15th, 2019

The Books We Read:
Tap the Magic Tree  by Christie Matheson
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky
Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert

Songs and Fingerplays:
Five Apples in a Basket
Felt Board Activity
The first apple in the basket was bright and shiny red.
The second apple in the basket said, “Oh my, what a cozy bed!”
The third apple in the basket said, “Now we two are a pair.”
The fourth apple in the basket said, “Make room for me in there!”
But the fifth apple in the basket said, “Oh me, oh me, oh my!”
”This basket looks like pastry—I think we’re in a pie!”
Credit: Library Village

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

Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert
We sang this book for fun!

Project—Apple Prints
We dipped different sized apples into red and green paint and made unique prints. Messy fun!

 

Counting 2019

October 8th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs
Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello!
Credit: Jbrary

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one [clap 1x]. The mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.

Other verses:
The clock struck two [clap 2x]. The mouse said "Boo!"
The clock struck three [clap 3x]. The mouse said "Wee!"
The clock struck four [clap 4x]. The mouse said [yawning] "No more!"
Credit: Jbrary

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There are WITCHES in the air!”
The third one said, “Oh, I don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “It’s time to got home.”
The fifth one said, “Don’t leave me alone!”
Ooooh woooh went the wind and OUT went the light.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Credit: Childhood

Craft—Autumn Trees w/ Cereal Rings
This simple project gave us the chance to use leftover materials, celebrate fall foliage, and practice counting!

 

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Fairy Tales 2019

September 24th, 2019

 
The Books We
Read:
Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger
Little Red Riding Hood by Ed Bryan

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

Flannel Board: Little Mouse

Scarf Play: "My Scarf Has Four Corners" and "One Bright Scarf"

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


 

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Going to School (2019)

September 17th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan Higgins
Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn
The Pigeon HAS to go to School by Keith Calabrese

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 [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Flannel Board: Little Mouse

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

Craft—School Buses
Kids had fun creating their own school buses:


And we enjoyed free play with play dough!

 

Goodbye Summer

September 10th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Rattletrap Car  by Phyllis Root
The Watermelon Seed 
by Greg Pizzoli

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 [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"

Credit: Jbrary

Stand Up, Sit Down Song
Well, you can stand up...and sit back down.
Stand up again...and turn around.
Well, keep standing up...but not for long.
’Cuz it’s the sit down, stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down song.

Credit: Rick Goldin

Craft—Rock Painting & Kinetic Sand:

 

Moon & Stars (2019)

July 30th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Solar System by Jill McDonald
Kitten's First Full Moon  by Kevin Henkes
Papa Please Get the Moon 
by Eric Carle

Songs & Activities:
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the mon.
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard our rocketship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.

Far, far, far we’re soaring to the stars...

Fun, fun, fun we’re flying to the sun...
Credit: Jbrary

Aiken Drum
There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon.
There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aiken Drum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aiken Drum.
And his hair was made of spaghetti...
And his eyes were made of...
And his nose was made of...
And his mouth was made of...
Have the kids supply various foods for the body parts and see where it takes you!
Credit: Raffi

Credit: preschooleducation.com

Craft—Moon & Star Mobile:

Metallic paint and lots of glitter made our mobiles sparkle!

 

Superheroes (2019)

July 23rd, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Songs & Activities:
Superhero, Superhero
Superhero, superhero turn around;
Superhero, superhero touch the ground;
Superhero, superhero put on your suit;
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Superhero, superhero turn around;
Superhero, superhero touch the ground;
Superhero, superhero jump to the sky;
Superhero, superhero fly, fly, fly!
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Superhero Masks
The kids created their own secret identities.  Who ARE these masked heroes??

 

 

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Underwater Adventures

July 9th, 2019

The Books We Read:
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

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 Sea Creatures
We painted bubblewrap, then stamped octopi, fish and starfish with beautiful colors. Glitter made them sparkle!





 

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Campfire Stories

July 2nd, 2019

The Books We Read:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins

Songs & Activities:
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

Craft—Glow-in-the-Dark Lanterns:
We used fluorescent and glow-in-the-dark paint to turn old jars into lanterns.

 

Blast Off!

June 25th, 2019

The Books We Read:
Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton

Fox and the Jumping Contest by Corey Tabor
It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
To the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell"
We clap and say "hello!"
We clap and say "hello!"
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and say "hello!"

We [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"
Credit: Jbrary

Zoom Zoom Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the mon.
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard our rocketship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.

Far, far, far we’re soaring to the stars...

Fun, fun, fun we’re flying to the sun...
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—TP Rockets:
Look what we made with TP tubes and assorted materials!


 

Dinosaurs (2019)

April 30, 2019

The Books We Read:
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
by Byron Barton
T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty

Songs & Activities:
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:

Kids used dot markers, jewels, crayons and feathers to jazz up their plant-eating dinos.

 

Some dinosaurs had more "bling" than others...

 

Colors

April 16, 2019

The Books We Read:
Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Compoy

Songs & Activities:
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...)

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—Coffee Filter Butterflies
Look at all the colorful creations we made with markers, water, and a little salt:



 

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Five Senses (2019)

April 9th, 2019

The Books We Read:
Rain by Manya Stojic

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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:

 

 

In the Forest

March 26th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
The Foggy Foggy Forest by Nick Sharratt
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

Songs & Activities:
Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, swish your busy tail.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, swish your busy tail.
Wrinkle up your little nose, put a not between your toes.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, swish your busy tail.

Repeat, substituting humming for each successive line until entire song is hummed.

Credit: Childhood

Craft—Tubular Trees
Kids used paper towel tubes and construction paper, paint, and tissue paper to create their own mini forests!

 

 


Big and Little

March 19th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Songs & Activities:

This is Big
This is big, big, big. [stretch arms out wide]
This is small, small, small. [cup hands together]
This is short, short, short. [hold hands close together, palms facing]
This is tall, tall, tall. [spread hands toward floor and ceiling, palms facing]
This is fast, fast, fast. [circle fists around each other, quickly]
This slow, slow, slow. [circle fists around each other, slowly]
This is yes, yes, yes. [nod]
This is no, no, no. [shake head]

Credit: Mel's Desk (Melissa Depper)

Craft—I'm the Biggest Thing Collages

We used bubblewrap, plastic forks, and other shapes to create an underwater world, complete with a giant squid and other sea creatures--inspired, of course, by I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!

 

 


Surprise!

March 12th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

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!

Popcorn Kernels (w/ scarves)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels, in the pot, in the pot.(Crunch scarf into a ball)
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
Shake them, shake them, shake them
'Til they POP, 'til they POP! (Release scarf into the air!)
 

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Shaving Cream Art

This project was perfect for our theme of surprise endings.  Scraping away the shaving cream revealed a magical surprise each and every time!

 


Snow!

February 19th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
All You Need for a Snowman  by Alice Schertle

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 [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"

Credit: Jbrary

My Chubby Little Snowman
My chubby little snowman, had a button nose.
When along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?
That chubby little bunny was searching for some lunch;
And he ate my snowman's nose: nibble, nibble, crunch!

Credit: Various

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

Craft—Puffy Paint Snow Scenes

Kids had fun creating snowy collages with homemade puffy paint and items such as yarn and buttons.