Gross-Out Cook-Off

Our library really enjoys doing cooking programs for the public. We have started getting in the habit of doing a cook-off at least once a year, and this past year we did a Gross-Out Cook-Off for children in grades 4-12th grade. This was a collaboration between the children’s department and the teen department.
Here were the rules:

  • Children and teens in grades 4-12 may enter “Gross-Out Cook-Off.” Prizes will be awarded in three grade categories: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
  • Registration is required for entry into “Gross-Out Cook-Off.”
  • Each contestant may enter only one entry, and it must be an individual entry. No teams will be accepted.
  • Entries can be sweet or savory and must include a copy of the recipe (which includes any changes you made to the recipe). Also provide information on where the recipe came from (name of blog, cookbook, website, etc.). Include your name and grade with the recipe.
  • The dish will be judged based on the following categories:
    • Appearance –How gross it looks on the plate and the presentation. The grosser, the better!
    • Creativity –Types of ingredients used in the recipe.
    • Taste—How the ingredients work together and the overall taste. It should look and sound gross, but taste amazing!

Here are a few pictures of our entries:
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American Girl – Cécile Rey

 

Introduction I’ve been really wanting to do a Cécile Rey program for a while now but did not really know what theme I wanted to focus on. Flipping through her books, I came across the yellow fever! I am a total sucker for morbid information, and I figured the subject was fair game if it was in her books.

For my opening remarks, I gave the kids information about New Orleans during Cécile’s time, and how yellow fever was rampant. I provided all the kids an 1853 map of the United States, and they had to color in Louisiana and pinpoint New Orleans.

Symptom Checker/ Nursing Activity After we talked about New Orleans, we started talking about the yellow fever. I gave the symptoms of yellow fever, and the kids colored and marked a human body chart with each of the symptoms.

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I also emphasized that this was a time where the community would tend to their neighbors if they were sick. I gave each kid a packet of gauze and they could either wrap their dolls or another person.
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Masquerade Masks I honestly could not not do masquerade masks. I outreached to a fellow librarian who lives in New Orleans, and she said that masquerades happen all the time. I figured that my participants would enjoy making their own masks.
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Mosquito Spray Finally, I decided to do a modern twist on the yellow fever. Why not make our own mosquito spray? I researched the different options and picked a kid-safe/toddler-safe spray recipe. I notified the parents about testing the spray first on clothing.

I had an assembly line set-up and the kids moved down the table.
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Ghosts – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Book How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan 
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Action Rhyme Ring Around the Pumpkins
Ring around the pumpkins
Pocket full of spiders
Boo! Boo!
We all fall down!
The ghosts are in the meadow
Drinking witches brew
Boo! Boo!
We all stand up!
Source: Awesome Storytime 
Books Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara
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Action Rhyme Tonight is Halloween
Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man!Did you hear a ghost say, “Boo!”
A ghost say, “Boo!,” a ghost say, “Boo!”
I think I just heard him too—
Tonight is Halloween!

Have you tasted Goblin Stew,
Goblin Stew, Goblin Stew?
I wouldn’t taste it if I were you—
Tonight is Halloween!

Did you see that bat fly through
That bat fly through, that bat fly through?
I’d run home if I were you—
Tonight is Halloween!
Source: The Mailbox

Action Rhyme Ghost Chant
Ghost so scary,
Ghost so white,
Don’t scare (child’s name)
On Halloween Night
Source: Piggyback Songs: Seasons & Holidays
Action Song The More We Boo Together
The more we boo together, together, together,
The more we boo together the scarier we’ll be.
‘Cause my boo plus your boo will make goblins boo-hoo.
The more we boo together the scarier we’ll be.
Source: King County Library System
Dance Song Put Your Fingers in the Air by Miss Carole
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye song  It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: A big ghost and a little ghost.
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Ghosts – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Books Five Silly Ghosts by Hilli Kushnir
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Action Rhyme The Ghost
I saw a ghost (fingers circle eyes)
He saw me too (point to yourself)
I waved at him (wave your hand)
But he said “BOO!” (try to scare person next to you)
Source: Preschool Education
Book Pop-Up Haunted House
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Traditional Rhyme This is Big, Big, Big/Clap Clap Your hands
I have started incorporating sign language into “This is Big, Big, Big” rhyme.
ASL Ghost
Nursery Rhyme Little Miss Muffet
Little miss Muffet she sat on her tuffet,
Eating her curds eating and whey
Along came a spider who sat down beside her
And frightened miss Muffet away.
Action Song Baby Ghost
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Flying through the air. (Move puppet back and forth in front of toddler.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Touching your hair. (Have ghost touch toddlers hair.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Flying down low. (Bring hand with puppet down low.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Touches your toe. (Bend down and touch ghost to toddlers toe.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Flying up high. (Raise ghost puppet up high.)
Baby ghost, baby ghost
Touches your eye. (I had the kids hide behind their puppets and then we all shouted “Boo!”)
Source: Preschool Express 
Action Song Two Little Ghosts
A very old witch was stirring a pot (make a stirring motion)
Ooo-oooo! Ooo-oooo!
Two little ghosts said, “What has she got?” (shrug shoulders)
Tippytoe, tippytoe, tippytoe…(“walk” fingers up arm or tiptoe in circle)
Boo! (Clap hands loudly)
Source: Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds by Judy Nichols
Dance Song Wiggle Walk by Carole Peterson
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft:

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Skeleton – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Book Dem Bones by Bob Barner
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Flannel Rhyme Build a Skeleton
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With the older kids, the kids had to tell me how to build the skeleton. I would make them be very specific. For example, if they said the hand went on top, I put the hand on top of the head. They had to tell me the hand went at the end of the arm.
Template: Skeleton 
Book  Skeleton for Dinner by Margery Cuyler
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ASL Skeleton
Action Rhyme Skin and Bones
There was an old woman all skin and bones, O-o-o-o!
She lived down by the old graveyard O-o-o-o!
One night she thought she’d take a walk, O-o-o-o!
She walked down by the graveyard, O-o-o-o!
She saw the bones a laying around, O-o-o-o!
She thought she would seep the old church house, O-o-o-o!
She went to the closet to get a broom, O-o-o-o!
She opened the door and Boo!
Source: Bus Songs
Action Rhyme They’re Necessary!
Tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
I have lots of bones in my body, (hug self)
They help me to stand straight and tall. (stand tall)
‘Cause if there were no bones inside of me, (throw arms out to sides)
My body would crumple and fall! (crumple to the floor)
I need bones! (stand and point to self)
They help me to stand and to move, (march)
You see.
I need bones! (point to self)
My bones are important to me! (march)
Source: The Mailbox 
Action Rhyme Parts that Bend
Sung to: “B-I-N-G-O”
My arms have parts that bend and move
Every time I use them.
Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
And this is how I move them!

My legs have parts that bend and move
Every time I use them.
Knee, ankle, heel and foot
Knee, ankle, heel and foot
Knee, ankle, heel and foot
And this is how I move them!

My trunk has parts that bend and move
Every time I use them.
Neck, back, waist and hips
Neck, back, waist and hips
Neck, back, waist and hips
And this is how I move them!

I’m made of parts that bend and move
Every time I use them.
Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand..
Knee, ankle, heel and foot.
Neck, back, waist and hips
And this is how I move them!
Source: Preschool Education 

Game Simon Says
Dance Song Funny Bone Blues by Greg & Steve
Dance Song Un Poco Loco by Coco
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye Song It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: Source of Inspiration
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Skeleton – Toddler

Introduction  Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Book Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
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Nursery Rhyme This Old Man
This old man, he played one, (hold up finger)
He played knick-knack on my thumb; (show thumb)
With a knick-knack (clap clap) paddywhack, (slap knees)
Give the dog a bone, (pat knees)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)
Book Skeleton Meets the Mummy by Steve Metzger
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ASL Skeleton
Flannel Recognize the Body Parts
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Template: Skeleton 
Action Rhyme Bones in My Body
There are bones in my body
And they keep me upright
If I had no bones
That would be a fright!
Bone in my….feet!
That wiggle and jiggle
For ME-e-e-e
(Do different body parts)
Source:SLC Book Boy
Action Rhyme What’s Inside of Me?
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your BoatWhat’s inside my (arm)
Where I cannot see?
Strong bones are inside of my (arm).
Right inside of me!Hand, leg, foot, hip, chest, neck and head
Source: The Mailbox 
Action Rhyme I Went to the Dentist
I went to the dentist and this is what she said:
“Brush your teeth with your hand on your head!”
Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a, brusha-a,
Brush-a, brush-s, brush!I went to the dentist and this is what she said to me:
“Brush your teeth with your hand on your knee!”
Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a, brusha-a,
Brush-a, brush-s, brush!I went to the dentist and this is what she said “Oh dear!
“Brush your teeth with your hand on your ear!”
Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a, brusha-a,
Brush-a, brush-s, brush!I went to the dentist and this is what she said something funny:
“Brush your teeth with your hand on your tummy!”
Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a, brusha-a,
Brush-a, brush-s, brush!

I went to the dentist and what do you suppose?
“Brush your teeth with your hand on your nose!”
Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a, brusha-a,
Brush-a, brush-s, brush!

Source:Storytime Magic: Fingerplays, flannelboards, and Other Activities by Kathy Macmillan

Dance Song The Skeleton Song by Super Simple Songs
Dance Song Do the Skeleton Scat! by The Wiggles
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Source of Inspiration
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Chickens – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
What’s in my Egg Styrofoam Egg filled with different animals
– Had the kids guess the different animals.
Book Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
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Flannel Five Little Eggs
There are five little eggs
And what do we see
They’re about to crack open
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.The first egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a snappy little alligator
Looking at me.The second egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little purple dinosaur
Looking at me.

The third egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little green turtle
Looking at me.

The fourth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a pretty little bluebird
Looking at me.

The fifth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little yellow chicken
Looking at me.
“My baby!”
said the mother hen,
as happy as can be.

“Mommy!” said the chick.
“Did you meet all my sisters and brothers?”
“What!” shrieked Mother Hen,
“My goodness me.”
Source:Kids Blog

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Book Chicken Butt by Erica S. Perl
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Action Rhyme If You’re a Chicken and You Know It
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a chicken and you know it flap your wings: flap flap!
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it flap your wings: flap flap!
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it, and you really want to show it
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it, flap your wings: flap flap!Other Verses:
Fly up high: fly fly (jump up in air)
Scratch with your feet: scritch scratch (drag one foot along ground, then other)
Go peck peck: peck peck (Make a beak with hand, tap it on the other hand)
Say bok bok: Bok! Bok! (say bok bok)
Settle into your nest: settle settle (sit down and wiggle bottom)
Source: Jen in the Library 
Action Rhyme This Is the Way the Chicken Moves
This the way the chicken walks, chicken walks
The chicken walks, the chicken walks.
This is the way the chicken walks so early in the morning. (Bob the head, chin in front) 

This is the way the chicken stretches (flap wings)
This is the way the chicken dances (move your tail feathers)
This is the way the chickens sits (act like your sitting on a nest)Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Action Rhyme Shake, Shake, Shake
(Tune: Do your ears hang low?)Can you shake your egg up high?
Can you shake your egg down low?
Can you shake it side to side?
Can you shake it by your toe?
Can you shake it really fast?
Can you shake it really slow?
Can you shake your egg?

Source: Storytimes and More 

Dance Song Put a Chicken on Your Head by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael
Dance Song Chicken Dance
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song  It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: Chicken headband! Source of inspiration.
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Chicken – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Action Rhyme Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs
That makes ten
Sitting on top is the mother hen
Crackle, crackle, crackle
What do I see
Ten fluffy chickens
As yellow as can be!
Book Is Everyone Ready for Fun by Jan Thomas
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Nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Book Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting
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Sign Language Chicken
Traditional Rhyme This is Big, Big, Big/Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Flannel Five Little Eggs
There are five little eggs
And what do we see
They’re about to crack open
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.The first egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a snappy little alligator
Looking at me.

The second egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little purple dinosaur
Looking at me.

The third egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little green turtle
Looking at me.

The fourth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a pretty little bluebird
Looking at me.

The fifth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little yellow chicken
Looking at me.
“My baby!”
said the mother hen,
as happy as can be.

“Mommy!” said the chick.
“Did you meet all my sisters and brothers?”
“What!” shrieked Mother Hen,
“My goodness me.”
Source:Kids Blog
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Action Rhyme Chicken in the Barnyard
Chicken in the Barnyard (bounce child up and down)
Staying out of trouble
Along comes a turkey and…(slow down and build dramatic tension
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! (pretend to nibble/tickle)
Source:Felt-Tastic Flannel Board Fun Time
Dance Song Chicken Dance
Dance Song I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner
Cool down ABCs, Count to 5
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Chicken headband! Source of inspiration.

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Elephants – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Book I Want to Go First! by Richard Byrne
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Flannel Rhyme Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock, (Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in.)
Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc.
(Until…)
Five elephants elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!
Source: Storytime Katie

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Book Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
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ASL Elephant
Action Rhyme Up the Hill
Here goes a turtle up a hill, creepy, creepy creepy! (crawl)
Here goes a rabbit up a hill, boing, boing, boing! (jump)Here goes a snake up a hill, slither, slither, slither! (make snake motion with arms)
Here goes the elephant up the hill, thud, thud, thud! (stomp)
Here comes the elephant down the hill, boom, boom, boom! (bounce to ground and clap)
Source: Storytime Katie
Action Rhyme Elephants have Wrinkles 
Elephants have
wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,
Elephants have
wrinkles everywhere!
Wrinkles on their (insert body part)!
Source:The Loudest Librarian
Action Rhyme Who is He?
Tune: Feres Jacques
Big and slow, hear him go,
Oh, so huge; oh, so huge.
He makes a sound like thunder,
Who is he, I wonder?
See his Trunk. Elephant.
Source: Unsure of where I found this one.
Dance Song No More Monkeys by Asheba
I busted out the parachute and threw some balls on it. The kids tried to keep the balls on the parachute.
Dance Song If You’re Happy and You Know It by The Big Kidz Band
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song  It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: Here is the template for the elephant.
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Elephants – Toddlers

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Fun Opening I Went to Visit the Zoo One Day
I went to visit the zoo one day
Saw an elephant along the way!
And what do you think I heard him say?
[elephant noise]
Source: Abby the Librarian
Book I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger
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Nursery Rhyme I Asked My Mother
I asked my mother for fifty cents,
To see the elephant jump the fence,
He jumped so high,
He reached the sky,
And didn’t come back till the Fourth of July!
Book That’s Not My Elephant by Fiona Watt
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ASL Elephant
Action Rhyme This is the Way
This is the way I stomp my feet,
Stomp my feet, stomp my feet.
This is the way I stomp my feet,
Cause I’m an elephant!
Other actions can include: Wave trunk, shake tail, etc.
Action Rhyme The Elephant Hokey-Pokey
You put your trunk in,
You put your trunk out,
You put your trunk in,
And you shake it all about.
You stomp around on your big feet
And turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.Right ear in…
Left ear in…
Tail in…
Tusks in…
Whole self in..
Source:Falling Flannelboards
Dance Song Wag Your Tail by Super Simple Learning
Dance Song No More Monkeys by Asheba
I busted out the parachute and threw some balls on it. The kids tried to keep the balls on the parachute.
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Here is the template for the elephant.

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