Monday, November 5, 2018


Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago

Dinosaurs lived long ago. Some walked (stomp in place)
Some swam (pretend to swim)
Some flew, you know! (flap arms at sides)

Some were big (hold hands high)
Some were small (hold hands low)
Some were gigantic (stretch arms out wide)
V-e-r-y tall! (stretch arms up high)

5 enormous dinosaurs
5 enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar
One stomped away and then there were four
4 enormous dinosaurs knocking down a tree
One stomped away and then there were three
3 enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew
One stomped away and then there were two
2 enormous dinosaurs sitting in the sun
One stomped away and then there was one
1 enormous dinosaur left all alone
He stomped away and then there were none

One dinosaur went out to play
One dinosaur went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
He had such ENORMOUS fun
That he called another dinosaur to come.
DI-NO-SAUR! (Call very loud)

Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump!

Then repeat for 2 dinosaurs, 3 dinosaurs, 4 dinosaurs

Five dinosaurs went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
Then they heard their mother roar (Make a loud roar)
and five dinosaurs stomped on the floor. (Stomp feet on the floor)

Tune: "5 Little Ducks"
Adapted by Jolanda Garcia, KidsSoup Inc.

from KidsSoup

Friday, September 21, 2018

Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley

This is a very simple version of the tale and encourages kids to participate in the repetition. You can tell it with or without the book, although I find having the flannel creatures to point to helps kids figure out who's speaking, especially because the art is very modernistic.

Five Fat Peas

5 fat peas in a pea pod pressed
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest
They grew and grew and did not stop until one pea in the pod went POP

Start by crouching down in a small ball. Slowly stand up and repeat the rhyme faster and faster until you explode in a jumping jack! One of our most popular rhymes.

Monday, August 20, 2018

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

The picture of the pieces is missing a crab - I found it after I took the picture. I have a big whale puppet I keep hidden behind the flannelboard. At the pivotal moment I pull it out and it SWALLOWS all the pieces. Sort of. It's not that big, so they're usually sticking out of its mouth, which makes the kids giggle.

I will sometimes have kids help put the pieces up, but like any group, those that are "left out" will feel sad, so know your audience.

I have a copy of the book in my

Apples and accessories

I found this in the basement. There are a LOT more apples - 19 I think. I haven't used it for anything yet. I ended up packing all the apples and related materials into one folder for use.

5 red apples in an apple tree
Bouncing on the branches 1 2 3
An apple falls down for you and me

This is our favorite, favorite fall apple rhyme! Wave your hands around or whatever for the apples, then we bounce, three jumps. This is the best part! You have to jump HARD. Then tumble down.

Way up high in an apple tree
5 red apples were smiling down at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
and down fell an apple, mmm it was good!

Arms in the air, sway back and forth, shake an imaginary tree, tumble down to the ground, and take an imaginary bite!

The first apple in the basket was a bright and shiny red
The second apple in the basket said 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 please move over there
The fifth apple in the basket said oh dear oh me oh my this basket looks like pastry - I think we're in a pie!

This rhyme teaches the first five ordinal numbers - first, second, third, fourth, fifth. My pie pan isn't very good so the kids don't always guess the last rhyme!

ABC Stop Song


STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)


STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)


STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)

W X Y and Z

STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)

Now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you sing with me?

STOP! (Extra loud, flail your arms like a maniac)

As we sing we "conduct" with our hands. We sing this through multiple times, throwing in the STOP at random moments and going faster and faster until everyone collapses in laughter. This came from Magpie Librarian, who got it from a group called the Z Brothers

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.

"Once upon a time, there was a little old man and a little old woman. They wanted some tasty carrot stew, so they went out to the yard and dug up a plot of land for a garden (put down brown piece with carrot hidden under it). They sprinkled seeds on it, watered it, and waited for the carrots to grow. Finally, one carrot began to grow. It grew, and it grew, and it grew (pull carrot out slowly) until it was ENORMOUS! The little old man and the little old woman were ready to have their carrot stew, so they went out to the garden and they PULLED and PULLED and PULLED but it wouldn't come out! So they yelled for... HELP and the horse came. The horse held on to the little old man, who held on to the little old woman and they PULLED and PULLED and PULLED but it wouldn't come out!" [repeat until mouse and then it comes out with a giant POP]

Loud and Quiet by Caspar Babypants and Elizabeth Mitchell

This is more of a chant than a song and you can hear it on the Caspar Babypants album Sing Along. I have the kids pick different animals and then for each animal, we do LOUD and quiet sounds. While we do the LOUD sound (for example, a lion roaring) we clap. While we do the quiet sound we make little sort of pinching motions with our fingers and tiptoe. This gets very chaotic and loud, so be prepared to calm everyone down afterwards.

LOUD LION LOUD LION LOUD" (kids clapping)
kids all ROAR

Me "quiet lion, quiet lion, quiet lion quiet
quiet lion quiet lion quiet"
kids all mew quietly

Lunch by Denise Fleming

We had a little trouble ID'ing some of the things, my vegetable crafting skills not being what they could be. The "apple" works better as a tomato, since that's what they all thought it was. The kids adored the mouse eating their fruits and vegetables out of their hands. After the mouse samples everything and we put it on the board, we repeat the different things while he gathers them all up in his mouth and then we talked briefly about the words we learned, fruits, vegetables, and colors.

And I totally forgot that I originally saw this at So Tomorrow!

My mouse puppet is part of a toy bag, so sometimes I use a rabbit instead.

Fall is not easy by Marty Kelley

I saw this on a Flannel Friday somewhere I think...but I kind of made up my own weird tree patterns.
I typed the text of the book onto a page so you can read off of that while putting the pieces up, instead of using the actual book.