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Pigs!

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BOOKS

Fire Fighter Piggy Wiggy by Christyan Fox
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg
Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
Pigs to the Rescue by  John Himmelman

 

 ACTIVITIES

The Tail of a Pig
Sing to: “The Wheels on the Bus” 

The tail of a pig curls round and round
round and round, round and round.
The tail of a pig curls round and round
All through the mud. (circle finger round and round)

The mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink
oink, oink, oink, oink, oink, oink
The mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink
All through the mud. (put hand in front of mouth like a snout and “oink”!)

The snout of a pig goes root, root, root
root, root, root, root, root, root.
The snout of a pig goes root, root, root
All through the mud. (act with snout and hands like you are rooting through the mud, explain to kids what rooting means!)

The hooves of a pig go run, run, run
run, run, run, run, run, run.
The hooves of pig go run, run, run
All through the mud. (pretend like you are running)

The ears of a pig go twitch, twitch, twitch
twitch, twitch, twitch, twitch, twitch, twitch.
The ears of a pig go twitch, twitch, twitch
All through the mud.  (put hands up by ears and wiggle them back and forth)

I’m a Little Piggy
Sing to: “I’m a Little Teapot”

I’m a little piggy
Short and stout (bend up and down)
Here are my ears (point to ears)
And here is my snout (point to nose)
When I see the yummy food in my pail (put hand up over eyes like you are looking)
I oink, oink oink (oink!)
and wiggle my tail (wiggle your piggy tails!)

FLANNEL BOARDS

Five Little Pigs
 

Five Little Pigs

Five little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 5 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Four little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 4 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Three little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 3 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

Two little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 2 fingers, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

One little pig rolled in the mud (hold up 1 finger, roll hands)
Squish, squash, squish, it sure felt good. (squash hands together)
The farmer took a pig out, and cleaned him up nice (point thumb up and wipe arms, take one pig off the board)

No little pigs rolled in the mud (hold up 0 fingers, roll hands)
They all looked nice and clean
The farmer turned his back and what do you know!
All those little pigs jumped back in the mud! (put pigs back in the mud)
source: http://www.everythingpreschool.com/lessonplans/farmanimals/songs/song3.htm

The kids enjoyed this, especially the squish squash part!  There were lots of “ewww’s”!  I put on a farmer hat just to add a little fun as I pulled the piggies out of the “mud”.
For more information check out my Five Little Pigs post

The Three Little Pigs
source: www.kizclub.com

A classic tale and a great one for crowd participation!  Check out my my Three Little Pigs post for more information on how to create this flannel board.

CRAFT
Found this great idea from Storytime Katie’s website!

We folded the pig’s noses in such a way that they “popped” up.  I told the kids they could make their pigs “oink” if they pressed the nose up and down–they thought that was pretty funny!  We added a curly pink tail by cutting and curling ribbon.  The kids glued the pig onto the paper and colored it different colors to show what their pig had rolled in!

Apples

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Apple season is far away, but I am sharing my Apples theme as I am catching up on previous story time’s I have not had time to post until now!  I have changed my format a bit to make it easier to post and also to reference later on.  My format is based on Story Time Katie’s blog (who graciously gave me the go ahead, check out her blog, it is awesome).  I have decided to list my books first, then activity and action rhymes and songs, my craft and then tell how everything went at the end.  I forsee this as being an easier read, but please let me know what you think!

 

Books

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The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world by Marjorie Priceman
Where is the Apple Pie by Valeri Gorbachev

 

Action Rhymes

Way Up High In the Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree (put arms up)
Two little apples smiled at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake tree trunk)
Down came the apples (wave fingers down)
Ummmm….they were good! (rub tummy)

Little Red Apple

A little red apple (form circle with hands)
hung high in a tree. (reach up high)
I looked up at it (look up)
and it looked down at me. (look down)
Come down please, I called! (cup hands to mouth)
And what do you suppose?  (shrug shoulders)
That little red apple (form circle with hands)
dropped right on my nose!  (point to nose) 

 

Songs

Apples Song

This is a version of the “paw paw patch song”.  If space allows, tape a circle on the floor to stand and skip around as you sing the song.

Pickin’ up apples and puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Pickin’ up apples an puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Pickin’ up apples and puttin’ em in your bucket. (pretend to pick up apples)
Way down yonder by the apple tree.

Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Come on kids, let’s go find em.  (have kids skip around the circle)
Way down yonder by the apple tree.

Repeat verse a few times until all “apples” are picked up!

Ring Around the Apple Tree

sing to the tune of “Ring Around the Rosie” and have everyone hold hands as the walk around the circle.  Fall down to the floor when you sing “We all fall down”.

Ring around the apple tree
A bucket full of apples.
Apples, Apples.
We all fall down!

 

Song and Activity “Walter the Waltzing Worm” from Walter the Waltzing Worm CD


I made each child a “Walter” stick puppet and we danced our worms to the music.  When the music stopped, we hid Walter behind our backs or just made him freeze.  This was a lot of fun!  I got all of the worms back at the end of story time by bringing out a large brown box which was the “dirt”.  Walter the Worm lives in the ground so it was time to go back…I had trouble with the kids returning Walter to the box and now those worms can be used again!

 

 Craft
 

The kids enjoyed making their own apple tree.  They glued everything together–very simple, but fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leap Day!

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In celebration of Leap Year we had a story time Leap Day!  It was all about leaping, jumping and having a hopping good time!

 

Opening

“If You’re Happy and You Know It”
Mr. Mouse came hopping out of his box with his friend Grasshopper.  He wanted to read books about leaping and hopping for Leap Day!

 

Book

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Jump!  by Scott M. Fischer


Flannel Board 

A young joey is trying to learn how to jump.  His friends try to show him how it is done.  It isn’t until he empties out his pockets that he can finally go BOING!  For more information on this flannel board, see my Boing!  Boing! A Kangaroo Jumping Story Flannel Friday post.

Getting the Wiggles Out

I made this one up to help get the wiggles out and get the kids ready for the next story.  There are a ton of versions of this type of wiggler out there. 

Put your hands up
Put your hands down
Give yourself a turn around
Shake your hands to the left
Shake your hands to the right
Hug yourself nice and tight
Cross your legs and sit right down
Another story is starting now
Shhhh…..

 

Book
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The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

 

Action Rhyme

Froggies Splash

Five little frogs sitting by a pool (put five fingers up and then cup hands)
One went splash in the water that was so cool (raise one finger and jump once)
Froggies splash high (raise hands and wave above while you jump)
Froggies splash low (put your hands close to the floor while you jump)
Froggies splash everywhere, to and fro.  (wave arms and jump all around)

Songs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
sat on a speckled log.
Eating the most delicious bugs…
Yum!  Yum!
One jumped into the pool
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were___
Green Speckled Frogs.

For more information on this flannel/song see my Five Green and Speckled Frogs post.

 

 Book

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Can You Make a Scary Face?  by Jan Thomas

 

Activity

Guess what animals leap and jump!

I put a bunch of different animals in a box.  I described an animal before I took it out.  The kids had to tell which animal/insect it was and whether it could jump and leap.  This is a good break between stories.

Closing

“Silly Dance Contest”  from CD Jim Gill sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes 

Craft

We colored our own Kangaroo necklaces!

Valentine’s Day

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Opening    “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

Mr. Mouse had a valentine for me!  And, he asked me to be his valentine…of course, I said yes!  This got everyone excited to read books about Valentine’s Day.

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Flannel Story

Eddie the Elephant’s Valentine’s Day Card

This story was adapted from a Valentine’s Day story on Notes from the Story Room blog.   

Eddie the Elephant is so excited for Valentine’s Day.  He makes a beautiful card to give to one of his friends at the Valentine’s Day party.  But, when he gets to the party, he can’t decide which friend to give his card to.  He has only one card and five friends.  Eddie comes up with a great solution.  He cuts his card into five hearts and then has a valentine for each of his friends!   All of his friends were so happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity

“Heart Song”
Sing to the tune of “Mulberry Bush”

Here we go ______ around the room
Around the room, around the room
Here we go ______ around the room
On St. Valentine’s Day!

 Actions we used were hopping, clapping, stomping, sliding, blowing kisses, hugging and at the end…sitting down so we could read the next story!

 

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Flannel Story/Puppet Show

Seven Kisses
I have seven kisses that I want to give away.
Who should I kiss this Valentine’s Day?
I think I’ll kiss my________!

I had to kiss a spider, wolf, bee, duck, Mr. Mouse and then I blew kisses to the kids! This was a great success as the kids got a real kick out of seeing who popped out of the theater next.  I extended my kisses to seven instead of five to make things go a bit longer.

I put my kisses on the flannel board and also used puppets in the puppet theater as I said the rhyme.  Sallie was in charge of the puppets and I gave the puppets a Valentine’s Day kiss. 

 This rhyme came from Storytime Secrets blog.  She put her kisses on a flannel board and put pictures of family members (mommy, daddy, etc.) on the board as she said the rhyme.  Check out her site for more great Valentine’s Day ideas!

 

 

 

Closing

Skipped our normal “Silly Dance Contest” song and instead went with a Valentine’s Day themed…

“If You Love Your Friends and You Know It”

If you love your friends and you know it, clap your hands.
If you love your friends and you know it, clap your hands.
If you love your friends and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you love your friends and you know it, clap your hands!

Actions we used were blow a kiss, jump up and down, said “I love you” and then we gave a hug!

Great Valentine’s Day Books

The Best Kind of Kiss by Margaret Allum
Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
Where’s My Hug? by James Mayhew
If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
How About a Kiss for Me? By Todd Tarpley
Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson

Craft

We made a lion magnet out of hearts like the one in the book we read:

My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Idea also came from Story Time ABC’s.  She made her lion craft into a lion stick puppet.  We used different shapes of hearts to create the craft.  I had leftover hearts that our volunteer had cut out for decoration in the library so it worked out perfect!

Snuggles and Cuddles!

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Opening

“Oh What A Miracle”  Walter the Waltzing Worm

Mr. Mouse was hiding in a blanket.  He was just so comfy and cuddly that all he wanted to do was read books about cuddles, snuggles and blankets!

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One More Hug for Madison by Carolina Jayne Church

Madison keeps asking her mother for just one more thing before she goes to bed.  Will she ever be able to go to sleep?  The kids LOVED this book!

Flannel Board

Five Little Monkeys Jumpin’ on the Bed
One fell off and he bumped his head
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said…
No more monkeys jumpin’ on the bed! 

 

Action Rhyme

Sewing a Quilt
I have a needle (pretend to hold a needle)
And I have some thread (pull thread off a spool)
And I have a pair of scissors (pretend fingers are scissors)
To sew a quilt for my bed (pretend to sew)
Each piece of fabric I’ll cut into a square (pretend to cut)
Then I’ll sew them together (pretend to sew)
To make a quilt for my teddy bear!  (hug self like a bear)

I found this rhyme from Perry Public Library though I changed the last line to make a quilt for my teddy bear instead of make a quilt for the fair.  I just thought the kids would relate to making a quilt for their teddy bear a little bit better than a quilt for the fair.

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Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones by Claire Freedman

The illustrations in this book are beautiful!  We said “goodnight” to the animals on each page.

Action Rhyme

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear, comb your hair
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight!

Song

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

**I have also been doing another story time at one of our other locations.  At the other location I read:

Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori

Such a cute story!  Flora just can’t sleep until she finds her special blanket.  Her whole family tries to help.  Where is her blanket hiding?

Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

This book worked well for the younger crowd I had at this location.  They loved seeing what the little piggies were doing, and at the end we kissed our piggies goodnight!

Closing

“Silly Dance Contest” Jim Gil .  This is a hit with the kids every time!

Craft

We created a cute paper quilt.  Please see my Quilt Craft post for specific details.

Trains…ALL ABOARD!

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Trains

Opening

  “Oh What a Miracle”  Walter the Waltzing Worm

Mr. Mouse was hiding  in the story time box dressed as a train conductor.  In fact, he was hiding  in a large train conductor’s hat…and he had one for me to wear as well!

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This was a last minute find, but a great one.  Lots of animal noises for the kids to have fun with and kept them guessing as to what Meeow was making–a train out of little chairs!

Tag Board Story


Told as a tag board story instead of reading the whole book because it was a bit too long for the crowd I had.

Activity

“The Wheels on the Train” (to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

1. Conductor on the train says “all aboard”
2. Whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot
3. The Wheels on the train go clickety-clack
4. The Crossing Gates go clang, clang, clang
5. People on the train go bumpety-bump 

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This was a great book to get all the kids involved.  Every time I read “clickety clack” I had the kids say it with me and clap their hands.  It was a great book as you can really start out quiet, get really loud and then get quiet again.  Loved it!

Flannelboard/Activity/Song

“Riding In My Train” (Tune was Ten Little Indians)
I’m riding in my little ______ train
Riding in my little _____ train
Riding in my little _____ train
Chugga-Chugga, Toot, Toot!

We moved our arms like train wheels and raised our arm to sound the train whistle at the end.  I traded out the different color trains on the board as we sang.
I adapted this song from storytimekatie’s website!  It is a great action rhyme/song I have also used it for cars as she did.


Prop Story

The Animal Train 


Not really sure where the story came from exactly.  I found it in a random folder!  I will keep you posted once I figure out the source.  Basically the story is about a train who happens to pick up many NOISY animals along his journey.   He happens to pick up a sheep, a pig, a cow, a duck and a chicken.  As he picks up each animal the train gets louder and louder until they reach their destination.  The paper I found with the story was very simple, just basically the train picking up the animals and going through a tunnel.  Of course, I embellished quite a bit and definitely played up on the animal noises.  The kids were happy to join in!  I made stick puppet masks and put an elastic at the bottom so I could fan the pieces out as I told the story.

Closing

We ran out of time so I went right into the craft!

Craft

A super simple craft!  I drew a basic train and printed it on stock paper.  I cut  paper towel rolls for wheels (with slits in the wheels so I could slide them on the train).  The kids simply colored and then played!

Storytime is a ‘Whoo-whoo-whooot’!

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Today we read books about Owls and it was a Whoot! 

Opening Ritual:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”
*Sallie (the most wonderful volunteer!) helped greet the kids with a beautiful white owl puppet. 

Book:  A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
A Book of Sleep (Hardcover) ~ Il Sung Na (Author) Cover Art
An adorable book that the kids really enjoyed.  An owl flies through the night and discovers all the ways different animals sleep.  Loved the way the owl is on every page!

Action Rhyme:  Wide-Eyed Owl

Here’s a wide-eyed owl,
(bring pointer finger and thumb of both hands together and place before eyes)
With a pointed nose,
(make a beak with both pointer fingers an dplace before nose)
And claws for toes.
(arch hands, curl fingers)
He lives high in a tree.
(clasp hands high above head)
When he looks at you,
(bring pointer finger and thumb of both hands together and place before eyes)
He flaps his wings,
(bend elbows, flap hands)
And says, “Whoo, whoo-o-o.”
(make “whoo” sounds)

Flannel board:  The Wise Old Owl
A girl and her grandfather discover mice in the house!  They decide to go to the Wise Old Owl for some advice on how to get rid of the mice.  The owl tells them to get a cat.  The cat gets rid of the mice, but then the cat starts making a mess in the house.  The girl and her grandfather go back to the Wise Old Owl for advice on now how to get rid of the cat!  The owl tells them to get a dog who does scare the cat away, but then the dog starts making trouble!  A silly flannelboard that keeps building until finally the girl and her grandfather decide maybe mice aren’t so bad after all…

Get the Wiggles Out: Raffi’s “Shake Your Sillies Out”
Gets the wiggles out every time!

Book:  Hello, Day!  by Anita Lobel

Cute story–the kids liked pretending they were the animals saying Hello, Day!  And, then of course, at the end they were owls saying Goodnight…

Action Rhyme:  This Little Owl

This little owl slept all day,
(Hold up first finger, lay head on hands)
This little owl flew away,
(Hold up second finger, make flying motions with hands)
This little owl made not a sound,
(Hold up third finger, put finger to lips)
This little owl is nice and round,
(Hold up fourth finger, hold arms out to make a big stomach)
This little owl could only say,
“Whooo, whooo, whooo, have a nice day!”
(Hold up thumb, and wave other hand)

 

Flannel board:  Good-night, Owl!  by Pat Hutchins

Song/Activity:  Owl In the Tree
Handed out owl stick puppets to the kids.  When the music played, we pretended it was night time and flew the owls around.  When I stopped the music, we pretended it was day (well, it actually was!) and we made our owls go to sleep.  And, so on…This was a great “freeze” song and the kids liked playing with the owls.  I did not play the entire song, just went until I thought the kids were ready to move onto another activity.  In order to get the owls back so I could use them another day…I took out a brown box and said it was a tree for the owls to go to sleep in.  Amazingly enough the kids all were very excited to be able to put their owls back in the tree!  Nobody cried about letting go of their owl and all were received back intact!

Craft:
Owl Before                                                                                                            Owl After