Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Are you Oviparous?

I made this to go with Ruth Heller's Chickens aren't the only ones. There are a lot more pieces, so I can do it with a larger group. They're laminated free clip art that I stuck magnets to.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Garden vs. Not Garden (sorting game)

I got the inspiration for this from Falling Flannel Boards I got a good variety of things, plus some trick questions, so the kids could not only sort into the two basic categories (things that grow, things that don't) but also have some discussion - what cardboard is made out of, etc.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Enormous Carrot
















My idea for this was sparked from Stories with Ms. Jenna. I changed it from turnip to carrot because carrots are easier to make - and I'm not sure any of the kids even know what a turnip is! I've never eaten one myself. The carrot is covered by the brown piece of felt and I pulled it out bit by bit to show how it "grows". Yes, the mouse has a duct-tape ear.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Big Gray Elephant

The big gray elephant slowly walks.
She doesn’t make a sound.
She swings her trunk from left to right.
When she puts her feet on the ground.
Swing, swing, left and right,
She doesn’t make a sound.

I got this from Storytime Katie. Instead of using the elephant puppet she had as a craft, I handed them out to the kids to swing for the rhyme and then they got to keep them.

I dream of an elephant by Ami Rubinger

I made 20 elephants (I cut duplicates of some colors) so I'd have enough for all the kids to put them up. I got this idea from Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

Monday, February 24, 2014

Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli

I enlarged the last two pages, that had samples of quiet and loud things, laminated them, and put flannel on the backs so we could use it as a sort of extension activity.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Scream Version)

Row, row, row your boat
gently down the stream
If you see an ____
Don't forget to scream
AAAAAAAA!!!!

I picked this up from my colleague, Pattie Woods. You can use puppets or just pictures on a stick.

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds
sitting on a hill. (hold up two fingers)
One named Jack (lift one finger)
One named Jill (lift the other finger)
Fly away, Jack (put first finger behind back)
Fly away, Jill (put other finger behind back)
Come back, Jack (hold up first finger again)
Come back, Jill. (hold up other finger again)

I got this from Story Time Secrets, but it's a very old rhyme. Katie says, "This can also be done for a loud/soft theme. Just rename the birds Soft and Loud and change the volume of your voice when you mention each one." I made flannel bird puppets for the kids to use.

Wiggle Fingers by Laurie R. Danahy

Wiggle fingers.
Wiggle so.
Wiggle high.
Wiggle low.
Wiggle left.
Wiggle right.
Wiggle fingers out of sight.

I got this from Story Time Secrets. It's not exactly a closing or opening rhyme, more a calming down rhyme, but close enough.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Butterfly Game

I got this idea from Catch the Possibilities. I made my butterfly pieces with magnets and I can take them out with my portable flannel/whiteboard/magnet board. I also have an id list.