Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lois Ehlert matching and shape games

These are shown on our new magnet chalkboard. It's not super magnetic, so they do fall off a lot, but that just gives the kids something to do.
Beaver from Oodles of Animals

Rrralph from Rrralph

Flower seed packets from Planting a Rainbow

Fish from Oodles of Animals

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Storytime song

I made this up on the spur of the moment (or I heard it somewhere and it came back to haunt me). I use it primarily in the We Explore programs, because we start with art activities and then I have to gather people together for the storytime/snack section.

Storytime, storytime
Let's all come to storytime
Time for stories, time for snacks
Let's all come to storytime.

I sing it loudly, clapping out the rhythm, to the tune of "This Old Man."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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!

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

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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

About Forests by Cathryn and John Sill

 I had an F&G (folded and gathered) review copy of this. I cut apart all the pages, laminated them, and wrote the text on the back. Then I laminated and cut up all the thumbnail pictures. The kids LOVE matching up the pictures as we read the book and it really gets them looking at the details of the larger picture to see if it matches the big picture. This sparks a lot of conversation about different forests etc.

What do you do with a tail like this by Steve Jenkins

This is another matching game. I don't use all the pieces, just as many as I have kids.

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

This is missing a crab - I found it after I took the picture. I also have a big whale puppet I keep hidden in the flannelboard and then 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.

Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper

This is just for the "decorations" part of the story.

Apples and Tree

I found this in the basement. There are a LOT more apples - 19 I think. I haven't used it for anything yet.

One little blueberry by Tammi Salzano

As you can see, I went overboard in the flannelboarding. TOO MUCH. I weeded out some pieces and ended up with what you see below, which is much more manageable.

Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Look closely...the leaf is reversible! On one side is the egg, on the other is the caterpillar.

About Crustaceans by Cathryn and John Sill

Sill's About series lends itself really, really well to this type of matching game flannel board, of which I am very fond. I distribute pieces to all the kids and they wait with bated breath for their picture to show up. It's great for helping them identify the differences between the different animals. Fun fact - this is one of the first "flannelboards" I ever made and, not having learned how to do it, they are stuck on with velcro, as that seemed like a logical thing to use to me at the time.