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Monday, December 7, 2009

Storytime: Thanksgiving

Family storytime for ages 3-8 with craft.


 Run, Turkey, Run!
Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr and pictures by Laura Rader

 This Is the Turkey
This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine

 Thanks for Thanksgiving
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes and pictures by Doris Barrette

Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving (Bookshelf)
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

 I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson and pictures by Judy Schachner

Songs and Fingerplays:

Here Is the Turkey

Here is the turkey
(fist of one hand)
with his tail spread wide.  
(place fist against outspread palm of other hand)
He sees the farmer coming so he tries to run and hide.  
(lower hands to side of body)
He runs across the barnyard- wobble, wobble, wobble.  
(make hands "wobble")
And he says out loud,
"Gobble, gobble, gobble."

We Eat Turkey
sung to: "Are You Sleeping"
We eat turkey.
We eat turkey.
Yum, yum, yum.
Yum, yum, yum.
Always on Thanksgiving.
Always on Thanksgiving.
Oh, so good.
Oh, so good.  

We eat mashed potatoes.
We eat squash.
We eat pie.
(What else do the children eat?)  


All New Crafts for Thanksgiving (All-New Holiday Crafts for Kids)
"Bouncing Turkey"
from All New Crafts for Thanksgiving 
by Kathy Ross and pictures by Sharon Lane Holm

Friday, November 6, 2009

Storytime: Pies

Family Storytime for ages 3-8 with craft.


The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
by Lauren Thompson and pictures by Jonathan Bean

 More Pies
by Robert Munsch and pictures by Michael Martchenko

 I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
by Alison Jackson and pictures by Judith Byron Schachner  

Additional Books: 
Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert 
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall and pictures by Shari Halpern 
All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin and pictures by Valeri Gorbachev

Songs and Fingerplays:

Alligator Pie

Alligator, alligator
(open and close hands like an alligator's mouth)
Alligator pie.
If I don't get some,
I think I'm gonna cry.
(pretend to cry)
You can take away the grass,
(wiggle fingers like grass blowing)
Take away the sky,
(hands over head)
But don't take away
(do alligator's mouth again)
My alligator pie.

Five Apples

(count to five on fingers)

The first apple in the basket was bright and shy red.
The second apple in the basket said,
"What a cozy bed!"
The third apple in the basket said,
"Please move over there."
The fourth apple in the basket said,
"Now we are two pair."
The fifth apple in the basket said,
"Oh dear, me-oh-my!"
"This basket looks like pastry."
"I think we're apple pie!"  


Modified Apple Pie Plate
Instead of using two plates I just used the top plate and had the kids put tissue paper on the backside of the middle slits. Kind of like stained glass. No paint either, I gave them crayons to decorate and "season" their pies.

Storytime: I Feel Sick (Germs)

Family Storytime for ages 3-8 with craft.  Stories, songs and a craft about getting sick and staying healthy.

 WASH YOUR HANDS! (Little Princess Books)

Wash Your Hands! by Tony Ross

 Bear Feels Sick
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson

 How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Additional Books:
Mother, Mother I Feel Sick; Send For the Doctor, Quick, Quick, Quick by Remy Charlip and Burton Supree
Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene and pictures by Robert Bender
I'm Not Feeling Well Today by Shirley Neitzel and pictures by Nancy Winslow Parker
The Big Sneeze by Ruth Brown

Songs and Fingerplays

Sneeze Song
(sung to Farmer in the Dell)

I think-- I am going to sneeze, ahh-choo.
I think-- I am going to sneeze, ahh-choo.
Pass the tissue please,
pass the tissue please.
I think-- I am going to sneeze, ahh-choo.
More "Health and Safety" from Preschool Education

Five Nasty Germs
Five nasty germs going out to play
Along came the water and washed one away!
Four nasty germs trying to make you sick
Along came the scrubbing and said
"You're not going to stick!"
Two nasty germs got into a fight
Along came the rinse and washed one out of sight!
One nasty germ thought it couldn't be seen
Along came the towel and your hand is nice and clean!  

From Hennepin County Library  

Balloon Sneeze

Fill a balloon with paper hole punches, and blow it up. Talk about germs in sneezes and then pop the balloon. The punches fly everywhere, and the kids love helping collect the "germs".  
From King County Library  


"K" Is For Kleenex

Photocopy a large letter "K" onto colored paper. Provide children with scissors and glue and a tissue. Let them tear or cut the tissue into the little bits to glue and fill in their "K". Let them cut out their "K" if they choose. This is not a glamorous craft, but it helps the kids with manual dexterity and gives them practice with scissors and glue.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Storytime: Frogs

Family Storytimes for ages 3-8 with craft.


Fribbity Ribbit!
Fribbity Ribbit 
by Suzanne C. Johnson and pictures by Debbie Tilley

 A Frog in the Bog

A Frog in the Bog
by Karma Wilson and pictures by Joan Rankin

The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book
Wide-Mouthed Frog
by Keith Faulkner and pictures by Jonathan Lambert

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Scholastic Bookshelf) 
Red-Eyed Tree Frog
by Joy Crowley and pictures by Nic Bishop


Link Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes


Frog Puppet Paper Plate Craft

We did the craft without the arms and legs, and used cotton balls with googly eyes on them instead of paper eyes.