Archive for July, 2015

Animal Favorites & Teen Theatre

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Books

Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira (adapted into a skit)
What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson (adapted into a skit)
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle, illus. by Jeremy Tankard

Music

“Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill, Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes
“Tooty Ta” by Jean Feldman, Dr. Jean & Friend
“Crazy Hands” by Merry Music Maker, Kids on the Move
“Wheels on the Bus” by Go Fish, Party Like a Preschooler

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: Hi, Hello
Tune: London Bridge
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you? How are you?
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you today?
Come along and clap with me, clap with me, clap with me
Come along and clap with me, clap with me today!
Come along and stomp with me . . .
Come along and sit with me . . .

Movement Rhyme: I Clap My Hands
I clap my hands
I touch my feet
I jump up from the ground

I clap my hands
I touch my feet
I turn myself around

I clap my hands
I touch my feet
I sit myself right down

I clap my hands
I touch my feet
I do not make a sound.
Shhhh!

Fingerplay: Sometimes
Sometimes my hands are at my side,
Then behind my back they hide.
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers so,
Shake them fast, shake them slow.
Sometimes my hands go clap, clap, clap,
Then I rest them in my lap.
Now they’re quiet as can be
Because it’s listening time, you see.

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July 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Baby Time: July 29, 2015

Books

I Love My Baby Because . . . by Paullina Simons, illus. by Cassia Thomas
Are You My Mommy? by Mary Murphy

Music

“Little Red Wagon” from Wiggleworms Love You

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Dump Truck
Dump truck, dump truck, (bumping child on lap, facing parent)
Bumping down the road.
Spilling gravel as we travel (rock child back and forth on lap)
with our heavy load.

Dump truck, dump truck, (bouncing)
DUMP! (tip child backward)

Roll, Roll Sugarbabies
Roll roll sugarbabies (arms roll)
Roll roll sugarbabies
Push
Pull
Clap clap clap
Let’s clap up high
Let’s clap down low
Let’s roll real fast
Let’s roll real slow

I Touch My Eyes
DI touch my eyes
I touch my nose
Touch my head
Touch my toes.
I reach up high
Reach down low
Take a breath (pause)
And UP I go

Alphabet Song
A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P,
Q, R, S,
T, U, V,
W, X,
Y and Z
Now I know my ABCs.
Next time sing them backwards with me!

Z, Y, X, W, V, U, T,
S, R, Q, P, O, N, M, L, K
J, I, H,
G, F, E,
D, C,
B and A
Now I’ve said my ZYXs.
Bet that’s not what you expected!

July 29, 2015 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Superheroes Storytime

Tuesday,  July 28th, 2015

Books

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti
Michael Recycle by Ellie bethel
Mighty Max by Harriet Ziefert
Superhero ABC by Bob Mcleod

Music

Jump and Fly – Laurie berkner
WeRSuperheroes – Robert Bobbart & The Bubble Machine

 Activities

Props:

We danced with scarves and ribbons.

 Songs & Rhymes

Rhyme: Up, Up and Away!

Put your hands way up high (raise arms up in air)
Like Superkid flying across the sky (assume flying position)
Fly to the left, now fly to the right (lean to your right, then left)
Now show me your muscles with all your might, (make arm muscles)
Now Superkid’s putting his suit away (bring arms down slowly)
So he can go flying another day (rest hands in lap)

Rhyme: My Many Colored Capes
By Clarissa Christner, 2009

My cape of bravery goes over my head.
It makes me feel bold, and its color is RED.

My cape of honesty makes villains speak true.
It chases out lies, and its color is BLUE.

My cape of fairness conquers those who are mean.
It makes me feel strong, and its color is GREEN.

My cape of calmness makes me feel mellow.
It quiets the world, and its color is YELLOW.

My cape of wisdom helps me to think
And solve tricky problems, and its color is PINK.

My favorite cape gives me a nice glow.
It’s all these great colors—In a RAINBOW!!!

 

Song: Did You Ever See a Superhero?
(Tune: “Did you ever see a lassie”)

Did you ever see a hero, a hero, a hero,
Did you ever see a hero, flying through the sky?
Fly this way and that way, and that way and this way
Did you ever see a hero flying through the sky?

Repeat with as many verses as you like: twirling around, jumping up and down.

 

July 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Community Helpers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Books

Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue by Peter Catalanotto
Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman, illus. by David Clemesha
Yellow Copter by Kersten Hamilton, illus. by Valeria Petrone
Safety by Karen Durrie

Music

“Drive the Fire Truck” by Rob Newhouse, Songs for Wiggleworms

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: What Will You Be When You Grow Up?
What will you be when you grow up?
You grow up, You grow up?
What will you be when you grow up?
When you get older?
Jack wants to be a firefighter, firefighter, firefighter,
Jack wants to be a firefighter when he gets older.

Song: Fire Truck Wheels
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

The fire truck wheels go round and round
Siren goes
Ladder goes up and down
Seat belts go snap, snap, snap

Song: Old MacDonald
Old MacDonald had a farm, eieio
And on his farm he had a chicken, eieio
With a cluck, cluck here and a cluck, cluck there
Here a cluck, there a cluck, everywhere a cluck, cluck
Old MacDonald had a farm, eieio

Movement Rhyme: Fireman, Fireman
(to the tune of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Fireman Fireman, turn around
Fireman, fireman, touch the ground
Fireman, fireman, drive the truck
Fireman, fireman, don’t get stuck!
Fireman, fireman, hurry to the fire
Fireman, fireman, spray the water higher.
Fireman, fireman, give a shout,
Fireman, fireman, you put the fire out! Hooray!

Song: I am a Policeman
Sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.”
I am a policeman with my star.
I help people near and far.
If you have a problem call on me.
And I will be there 1, 2, 3!

Song: If You’re a Community Helper
Adapted by Julie Dietzel-Glair
Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re a firefighter and you know it spray the fire . . .Then your uniform will surely show it
Police officer, show your badge
Soldier, give a salute

July 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Baby Time: July 22, 2015

Books

Little Tug by Stephen Savage
Baby Animal Farm by Karen Blair

Music

“Walkin’ Ol’ Joe” from Songs for Wiggleworms
“Splish Splash” by Joanie Bartels, Bathtime Magic

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Dump Truck
Dump truck, dump truck, (bumping child on lap, facing parent)
Bumping down the road.
Spilling gravel as we travel (rock child back and forth on lap)
with our heavy load.

Dump truck, dump truck, (bouncing)
DUMP! (tip child backward)

Roll, Roll Sugarbabies
Roll roll sugarbabies (arms roll)
Roll roll sugarbabies
Push
Pull
Clap clap clap
Let’s clap up high
Let’s clap down low
Let’s roll real fast
Let’s roll real slow

Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
And put them all to bed

Mary Wore Her Red Dress
Mary wore her red dress
Red dress, red dress
Mary wore her red dress
All day long
Use kids’ names and items/colors that they are wearing
This is a great song to integrate into your daily routine (you can change articles of clothing to other things)

Ten Little Fishes
One little, two little, three little fishes,
Four little, five little, six little fishes,
Seven little, eight little, nine little fishes,
Ten little fishes swimming.

Ten little, nine little, eight little fishes,
Seven little, six little, five little fishes,
Four little, three little, two little fishes,
One little fish is swimming.

July 22, 2015 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Dragon Tales Storytime

Tuesday,  July 21st, 2015

Books

Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson
How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian
Oh So Brave Dragon by Daniel Kirk

Music

Be A Dragon – Dragon Tales
Shake Your Dragon Tail – Dragon Tales

 Activities

Props:
We had a Dragon counting felt board story.
We danced with scarves, ribbons and shakers.

 Songs & Rhymes

Rhyme:The Dragon Dance  

Dragon, dragon,
Darting dragon,
Dancing through the town.
Dragon, dragon,
Dashing dragon,
Dipping up and down.

Dragon, dragon,
Bright and bold,
Flame red eyes
Scales of gold.
Dragon whirling,
Dragon swirling,
Curling, twirling
Round and round.

 

Color Dragons

Red Dragon,
Green dragon,
Grey Dragon,
Blue…

Orange dragon,
Teal dragon,
Purple dragon, too!

How many dragons do we see?
Count them now along with me,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Seven bright dragons fly in the heavens.

 

Song: (sung to The Grand Old Duke of York)

Oh, a dragon is very fierce,
a dragon is very tough,
and when he breathes out orange fire,
his smoke comes out in puffs.

His scales are shiny green,
they make a rattling sound,
his teeth go chomp,
his tail goes thump,
as it hits upon the ground!

 

 

July 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Teddy Bear Sleepover

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Books

Everybody Has a Teddy by Virginia Kroll, illus. by Sophie Allsopp
Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
The Stuffed Animals Get Ready for Bed by Alison Inches, illus. by Bryan Langdo
If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell & Florence Minor

Music

“Teddy Bear Playtime” by Hap Palmer, So Big
“Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear II” by Merry Music Maker, Big Time Fun
“Rock-a-Bye Your Bear” by The Wiggles, Big Birthday
“Dance With Your Teddy Bear” by Greg & Steve, Jumpin’ & Jammin’

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Movement Rhyme: Shoes
I went to bed and tried to go to sleep,
But somebody put running shoes on my feet! (run in place)

Repeat with a variety of different shoes and appropriate actions (ballet, tap, basketball, heavy, sticky, skates, quiet)

Movement Rhyme: Lights Out
Where are my little fingers? (Wiggle fingers)
Snap! Snap! Snap! (Snap fingers)
Don’t they know it is time for their nap? (Hold hands out on each side as if asking a question)
No more wiggling and dancing about! (Wiggle fingers and dance them on arm)
Please settle down!
It’s “lights out!” (Reach up and flick a pretend switch, make click sound)
Shhhhh . . . (Put finger to lips and make Shhhhhh sound)

Where are my little toes?
Tap! Tap! Tap! (Tap toes on floor)
Don’t they know it is time for their nap?
No more dancing and prancing about! (Dance around in place)
Please settle down!
It’s “lights out!”
Shhhhh . . .

Where are my little eyes?
Bat! Bat! Bat! (Flutter eyelids up and down)
Don’t they know it is time for their nap?
No more winking and blinking about! (Wink eyes)
Please settle down!
It’s “lights out!”
Shhhhh . . .

July 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

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