Sensory Playtime (February 2016)

Station 1: Lincoln Logs

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Station 2:  Texture Bags

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Station 3: Duplo Blocks

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Station 4: Pumpkin Goop

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Station 5: Messy Pictures

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Station 6: Texture and Mirrors

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Overview

We were pretty busy with this sensory playtime despite the beautiful weather! The kids really gravitated to our pumpkin spice goop. We saw several kids who would play the goop, wash their hands, and go right back to playing with the goop!

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Ice Cream – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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Just One More by Jennifer Hansen
Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems
Ice Cream Soup by Gail Herman
The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger

Finger Rhymes

5 Little Ice Cream Cones
5 little ice cream cones so good to eat.
The first one said, “I’m a summer time treat,”
The second one said, “It’s such a hot day,”
The third one said, “I’m melting away.”
The fourth one said, “Don’t lose your top!”
The fifth one said, “Oh dear,”
KERPLOP!
Source:Library Goddess

One, Two, How Do You Do?
1, 2, how do you do?
1, 2, 3, clap with me
1, 2, 3, 4, jump on the floor
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, look bright and alive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, I give my ice cream cone lots of licks
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, look up to heaven
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, turn around and wait
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, get in line!
Source: Miss Meg’s Storytime

Themed Rhymes

Ice Cream
Put your ice cream up high
Put your ice cream down low
Hold your ice cream & turn around
Put your ice cream up high
Put your ice cream down low
Put your ice cream on the ground.
Source: One Little Librarian

You can make ice cream cones or I used scarves.

Traditional Poem
I scream!
You scream!
We all scream for
ICE CREAM!

We started this rhyme off softly and progressed until we were shouting it.

Activity Songs

Chocolate by Songs for Wiggle Worms
Silly Dance Contest by James Gill
Get Yer Fiddle Out by Creepy Crawly Love

For the song “Get Yer Fiddle Out” I would stop the music and either holler “FREEZE” or “MELT”. I got this idea from Library Goddess.

Take Home Craft

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Source: The Measured Mom

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 25.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

I did different books for my sessions. The kids always get a hoot out of yelling in the library with the “I Scream, You Scream” poem.

Ice Cream – Toddlers

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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Just One More by Jennifer Hansen
Wemberly’s Ice-Cream Star by Kevin Henkes

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet.
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider and sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Finger Rhymes

5 Little Ice Cream Cones
5 little ice cream cones so good to eat.
The first one said, “I’m a summer time treat,”
The second one said, “It’s such a hot day,”
The third one said, “I’m melting away.”
The fourth one said, “Don’t lose your top!”
The fifth one said, “Oh dear,”
KERPLOP!
Source:Library Goddess

Themed Rhymes

Ice Cream
Put your ice cream up high
Put your ice cream down low
Hold your ice cream & turn around
Put your ice cream up high
Put your ice cream down low
Put your ice cream on the ground.
Source: One Little Librarian

You can make ice cream cones or I used scarves.

Activity Songs

Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream by Disney: Best of Silly Songs
Chocolate by Songs for Wiggle Worms
If You’re Happy and You Know It  by Indian Elephant Tea

Take Home Craft

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Source: The Measured Mom

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 15.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

This was a harder session to get through. Most of my kids had cabin fever and we barely got through the books. I decided up to amp up the music portion and dance like crazy. They really got a kick out of the Chocolate song.

Breakfast – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
Jampires by Sarah McIntyre

Finger Rhymes

Five Fat Sausages
Five fat sausages frying in a pan (hold up 5 fingers)
All of a sudden one went BANG! (clap hands)
Four fat sausages…
Three…
Two…
One fat sausage frying in a pan (hold up 1 finger)
All of a sudden, it went BANG! (clap hands)
There were NO sausages left.

Themed Rhymes

Make a Pancake
Make a pancake, pat, pat, pat (pat hands together)
Do not make it fat, fat, fat (stretch hands wide)
You must make it flat, flat, flat(pat and press hands together)
Make a pancake just like that!

Toast in the Toaster
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot
Tick tock, tick tock, up I pop!
Source: Jbrary

Mix a Pancake
Mix a Pancake
Stir a pancake
Pop it in the pan
Fry the pancake
Toss the pancake
Catch if you can.

Pancakes, What a Treat
Flapjacks (clap)
Flapjacks (clap)
Hot-on-the-griddle cake! (Throw arms in the air)
Pancakes (clap)
Pancakes (clap)
Flip-over-easy cakes! (turn hands, palms up, then down)
Blueberry(start to squat)
Buckwheat
Buttermilk
What a treat! (jump in the air)

If You Like Your Eggs Scrambled
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
Yes, they’re yummy and they’re yellow
So you’ll be a happy fellow
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands

Other verses:
If you like your eggs fried, jump up high…
If you want bacon with your eggs, wiggle your legs…
If you want toast instead, nod your head (mmm-hmmm)
Source: Storytime Source Page

Activity Songs

I Know a Chicken by Laura Berkner
The Donut Song by Laugh ‘n Learn

Take Home Craft

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Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 25.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator
See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

The kids really liked the finger rhyme and making the “bang” sound. They also got a kick out of “The Donut Song.” We acted like we were running to the store.

Breakfast – Toddlers

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Patty Cake
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, pat it, and mark it with a B.
Put it in the oven for baby and me!

Finger Rhymes

Five Fat Sausages
Five fat sausages frying in a pan (hold up 5 fingers)
All of a sudden one went BANG! (clap hands)
Four fat sausages…
Three…
Two…
One fat sausage frying in a pan (hold up 1 finger)
All of a sudden, it went BANG! (clap hands)
There were NO sausages left.

Themed Rhymes

Make a Pancake
Make a pancake, pat, pat, pat (pat hands together)
Do not make it fat, fat, fat (stretch hands wide)
You must make it flat, flat, flat(pat and press hands together)
Make a pancake just like that!

Toast in the Toaster
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot
Tick tock, tick tock, up I pop!
Source: Jbrary

Activity Songs

I Know a Chicken by Laura Berkner

Take Home Craft

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Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 15.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

The kids were pretty antsy given the nice weather. The parents got a kick out of Everyone Loves Bacon. The biggest hit with the kids was the “Toast in the Toaster.” We only had a handful of kids, so I was able to lift all the kids in the air for the pop (with the parent’s permission of course).

Cookies – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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Who Took the Cookie From the Cookie Jar by David Carter
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Themed Rhymes

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Five Little Cookies
Five little cookies with frosting galore.
Mother ate the pink one, then there were four.

Four little cookies with frosting galore.
Father ate the green one, then there three.

Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Sister at the blue one, then there were two.

Two Little Cookies, oh, what fun!
Brother ate the orange one, then there was one.

One little cookie, watch me run!
I ate the red one, then there were none.

Finger Rhymes

Five Chocolate Cookies
Five chocolate cookies lying on a tray. (Hold up five fingers).

One jumped up and ran away! (drop one finger and use the other hand to make it runaway)

Four chocolate cookies…
Three chocolate cookies…
Two chocolate cookies…
One chocolate cookie…

No chocolate chip cookies lying on a tray.
Next time I’ll eat them right away.
Source:Storytimes Around the Year by Kimberly Faurot

I changed the lyrics slightly and added my own twist to this rhyme.

Themed Rhymes

Super-Cookie
I’m Super Cookie! (jump up in a power stance)
You’re a cookie! Cookies are for eating! (act like your eating a cookie)
Run, run, run just as fast as you can! (run in place)
You can’t catch me – I’m the Gingerbread Man! (jump back into power stance).

Jump, jump, jump just as fast as you can.
Swim, swim, swim just as fast as you can.
Source: Storytime Around the Year by Kimberly Faurot

I Wish I Were
Oh, I wish I were a little cookie crumb, cookie crumb.
Oh, I wish I were a little cookie crumb, cookie crumb.
I’d go crumbly, crumbly, crumbly.
Over everybody’s tummy.
Oh, I wish I were a little cookie crumb, cookie crumb.
Source: Do You Know the Muffin Man?: An Essential Preschool Literacy Resource by Pamela Byrne Schiller

Gingerbread Head and Shoulders
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Knees and Toes
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Knees and Toes
I use icing to finish these things.
On my gingerbread boys (sign for boys)
And girls! (sign for girls)
Source: Storytime Around the Year by Kimberly Faurot

Cookie Jar
I looked in the cookie jar and what did I see? (pretend to look)
A big fat cookie! Mother put there for me!  (Make a big circle with hands)
Mother looked in the cookie jar. (pretend to look)
But she did not see. (shake head no)
The big fat cookie she put there for me!
Source: 1000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes by Barbara A. Scott

Activity Songs

Who Stole the Cookies by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Milkshake Song by Songs for Wiggleworms
Animal Crackers in My Soup by Maria Maulder

During the Animal Cracker song I handed out animal crackers to the kids.

Take Home Craft

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Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 25.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

When I read The Duckling Gets a Cookie I would plug my nose for the duckling. The kids got a kick out of it! I do recommend to read this book last if you do this action. I read it first in my first preschool storytime and the kids kept plugging their nose through the rest. I also danced around and asked the kids if they stole the cookies during the “Who Stole the Cookies” song.

Cookies – Toddlers

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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Who Took the Cookie From the Cookie Jar by David Carter
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Do You Know the Muffin Man

Do you know the muffin man.
The muffin man, the muffin man
Do you know the muffin man.
Who lives on Drury Lane.

Yes, I know the muffin man.
The muffin man, the muffin man.
Yes, I know the muffin man,
Who lives on Drury Lane.

Flannel

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Five Little Cookies
Five little cookies with frosting galore.
Mother ate the pink one, then there were four.

Four little cookies with frosting galore.
Father ate the green one, then there three.

Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Sister at the blue one, then there were two.

Two Little Cookies, oh, what fun!
Brother ate the orange one, then there was one.

One little cookie, watch me run!
I ate the red one, then there were none.

Finger Rhymes

Five Chocolate Cookies
Five chocolate cookies lying on a tray. (Hold up five fingers).

One jumped up and ran away! (drop one finger and use the other hand to make it runaway)

Four chocolate cookies…
Three chocolate cookies…
Two chocolate cookies…
One chocolate cookie…

No chocolate chip cookies lying on a tray.
Next time I’ll eat them right away.
Source:Storytimes Around the Year by Kimberly Faurot

I changed the lyrics slightly and added my own twist to this rhyme.

Themed Rhymes

Super-Cookie
I’m Super Cookie! (jump up in a power stance)
You’re a cookie! Cookies are for eating! (act like your eating a cookie)
Run, run, run just as fast as you can! (run in place)
You can’t catch me – I’m the Gingerbread Man! (jump back into power stance).

Jump, jump, jump just as fast as you can.
Swim, swim, swim just as fast as you can.
Source: Storytime Around the Year by Kimberly Faurot

Activity Songs

Who Stole the Cookies by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Milkshake Song by Songs for Wiggleworms
Animal Crackers in My Soup by Maria Maulder

During the Animal Cracker song I handed out animal crackers to the kids.

Take Home Craft

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Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 15.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

The kid really liked the finger rhyme and the flannel. Books were more iffy with my first toddler group while my second toddler group did fantastic. The biggest surprise was the animal crackers during the song. All the kids sat quietly and nicely while I handed out the crackers.