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

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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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Pumpkins – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Book Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins
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Flannel Rhyme Where’s My Pumpkin
Tune: Where is Thumbkin
Where’s my pumpkin? Where’s my pumpkin?
Here it is! Here it is!
(______) jack-o-lantern.
(______) jack-o-lantern.
Looks likes this. Looks like this.
Source: Sing a Song of Season: Over 200 Original Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays by The Mailbox
Flannel Rhyme FIVE LITTLE JACK-O’LANTERNS
Five little jack-o’lanterns glowing by the door
Father took one and that left four.
Four little jack-o’lanterns, a sight to see
Mother took one and that left three.
Three little jack-o’lanterns lit through and through
Brother took one and that left two.
Two little jack-o’lanterns greeting everyone,
Sister took one and that left one.
One little jack-o’lantern, with a great big grin
I picked him up and took him in.
Source: Preschool Express 
Book The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
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ASL Pumpkin
Action Rhyme Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Sitting on the wall, (sit on the floor)
Pumpkin, pumpkin
Tip and fall. (fall to one side)Pumpkin, pumpkin
Rolling down the street, (roll on floor or roll hands)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Trick-or-treat.
Source: Busy Bees Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth McKinnon
Action Rhyme Pumpkin Roll
Pumpkins, pumpkins (Have the kids roll around on the floor like pumpkins)
On the ground,
Rolling, rolling
All around.
See them rolling
Down the hill-
Now they stop
And lie so still
Source: Busy Bees Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth McKinnon
Action Rhyme Pumpkin Song
[tune: “I’m a Little Teapot” ]I’m a little pumpkin orange and round.
Here is my stem, there is the ground.
When I get all cut up, don’t you shout!
Just open me up and scoop seeds out!
Source: DLTK
Dance Song Pass the Pumpkin by Carole Stephens
We passed a pumpkin around in a circle. I did modify the instructions.
Dance Song Pumpkin Polka
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye Song It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: Super easy craft! The mouth is bat die-cut upside down.
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Pumpkins – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Fun Opening Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, turn around (spin around)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, roll on the ground. (roll hands over each other).
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, dance on your toes (walk on tiptoes)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, light up your nose. (touch nose)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, reach up high (reach hands up high)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, jump to the sky. (jump)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, smile with heat. (point to smile).
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins
Book Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

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Nursery Rhyme Peter, Peter, Pumpkin-eater
Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater;
Had a wife, and couldn’t keep her:
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.
Book You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshal

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ASL Pumpkin
Flannel Recognize the Pumpkin Face

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We identified the different feelings of the jack-o-lanterns. Here is the pattern I used. We then sang this song with the different feelings.

Where’s My Pumpkin
Tune: Where is Thumbkin

Where’s my pumpkin? Where’s my pumpkin?
Here it is! Here it is!
(______) jack-o-lantern.
(______) jack-o-lantern.
Looks likes this. Looks like this.
Source: Sing a Song of Season: Over 200 Original Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays by The Mailbox

Action Rhyme Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Source:SurLaLune Storytime
Action Rhyme Pumpkins Over There
Pumpkins small,(put hands low where a small pumpkin might stand).
And pumpkins tall, (raise hands high up in the air
Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere (spin around)
Pumpkins fat, (move hands out far to the sides)
And pumpkins thins, (move hands close together in front of body).
Pumpkins, pumpkins, over there! (point across the room with both hands.
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins
Action Rhyme Pumpkins Are Growing
Pumpkins are growing
On the ground (point downward)
Look at all the pumpkins
Orange and round! (form circle with arms)
Source: Busy Bees Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth McKinnon
Dance Song I’m a Little Seed by Carole Stephens
Dance Song Pass the Pumpkin by Carole Stephens
We passed a pumpkin around in a circle. I did modify the instructions.
Cool Down The Alphabet and we counted to 10.
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Super easy craft! The mouth is bat die-cut upside down.
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