Bubble Gum – Preschool

Introduction Good Morning
Action Rhyme Bubble
Bubble, bubble, bubble, (Mimic blowing bubble)
Bubble, bubble, POP! (clap hands on POP)
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!
Source: Jbary with modifications. Last phrase of “I Have a Little Turtle
Book Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler
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Finger Rhyme Pop Those Bubbles
1 little, 2 little, 3 little bubbles
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bubbles
7 little, 8 little, 9 little bubbles
10 little bubbles go pop ,pop, popPop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
10 little bubbles go pop, pop, pop
Source: Johnson County Library
Book The Chewing Gum Rattler by Joe Hayes
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Sign Language Chewing Gum
Action Rhyme Gum
I just adore gum. (hug oneself)
I can’t do without it! (shake head no)
I munch it all day long (munch mouth)
Except for a few minutes at mealtimes (rub belly)
When I take it out and stick it (act like your taking your gum)
Behind my ear for safekeeping (put behind ear)
Source: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and I added the actions to it.
Action Rhyme Big Bubble
(Tune: “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”)Can you blow a big bubble?
A big bubble, a big bubble?
Can you blow a big bubble,
With your bubblegum?

Credit for both: Bubble Theme – Step by Step via Storytime Katie but I modified.

Action Song BAZOOKA, ZOOKA Bubble Gum
My momma
She gave me a dollar
She told me to buy a collar
But I didn’t buy no collar
Instead I bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubble gum (x2)My momma
She gave me a quarter
She told me to tip the porter
But I didn’t tip no porter
Instead I bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubble gum (x2)

My momma
She gave me a dime
She told me to buy a lime
But I didn’t buy no lime
Instead I bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubble gum (x2)

My momma
She gave me a nickel
She tole me to buy a pickle
But I didn’t buy no pickle
Instead i bought some bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubble gum (x2)

My momma
She gave me a penny
She told me to buy some bubblegum
But I didn’t buy no bubblegum
Because I’m sick of bubblegum
BAZOOKA, ZOOKA bubble gum (x2)
Source: Bazooka, Zooka, Bubble Gum

Dance Song Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by Carole Stephens
Dance Song She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft:

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Source: All Kids

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Rhyming to Read: Hot Cross Buns and Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner

Introduction of Rhyme Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”
Sing Rhyme Traditional
Identifying fingers Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner
Sat in the Corner,
Eating a Christmas Pie;
He put in his ______, (thumb, pointer, middle, ring, and pinkie)
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I”
Identifying fruit Little Jack Horner
Sat in the Corner,
Eating a Christmas Pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a ______,
And said, “What a good boy am I”We made a fake pie and put about four different fruits and 2 silly items in it. I would then pull it out and the kids would identify each item.Source: Puddle Wonderful Learning
Identifying Taste Little Jack Horner
Sat in the Corner,
Eating a Christmas Pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a ______,
And said, “What a good boy am I”I gave each kid a plate with three different jellies. I used grape, strawberry, and honey (I know. This isn’t a jelly). We would sing the song and have the kids put their thumb into the differentGrape, Strawberry, and Honey

Craft:
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I modified this craft to work with identifying different fingers.

Hot Cross Buns

For this nursery rhyme, I focused my attention on the letter X.

Introduction of Rhyme Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny
Hot cross buns!If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons;
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!
Tap out song Hot (tap legs)
cross (make an x)
buns! (tap legs)
Hot (tap legs)
cross (make an x)
buns! (tap legs)One a penny, (hold up 1 finger)
two a penny, (hold up 2 fingers)
Hot (tap legs)
cross (make an x)
buns! (tap legs)
Introduce the letter x Is this a capital X or lower case x
Sing Song by making big x Make a big X
Sing Song by making little x Make a little x
Rhythm sticks with music  We played a variation on Hot Cross Buns

craft:
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Make your own buns and the letter X!

American Girl: Nanea (October 2017)

American Girl Nanea was a super simple program but so fun to do!

I did my typical opening. I talked about where Nanea lived (Hawaii) and two popular items in Hawaiian culture. The first one was Mochiko. I talked about the cake’s origins and bit about how it is made. I then had everyone split into two groups, as we were going to make our own Mochiko.

I had everything laid out on the tables.

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Then every child helped with making the cake.

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This was the most time-consuming portion. This ate up almost the entire first hour. After I had everyone’s pans, I was able to put them in the oven.

While we waited for the mochiko to bake, we made leis. I talked about the history and etiquette of the lei. I then guided the kids into making their own lei. This were the instructions I used.

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By the time everyone was done with their leis, our cake was ready!

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Family Pajama Rama: Mice

 

Introduction Come Along
Come along and sing with me,
Sing with me, sing with me
Come along and sing with me
It’s time for storytime!Come along and bounce with me….
Come along and sit with me….
Come along and clap with me….
Come along and stretch with me….
Come along and sing with me….Source: My coworker provided the rhyme for this storytime. Unknown original source.
Big Book The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

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Nursery Rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock, (crouch down)
The mouse ran up the clock. (jump up)
The clock struck one, (clap hands above head)
The mouse ran down! (crouch down)
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Book Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo and Flo

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Stretch/Rhyme: 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 Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

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

Traditional Rhyme Where are the baby mice?
Where are the baby mice?    (make a fist, hide behind back)
“Squeak, squeak, squeak!”
I cannot see them,
Peek, peek, peek, (act like your looking)
Here they come out of their hole in the wall.    (show fist and extend it)
One, two, three, four, five,    (show one finger at a time)
That’s all!Source: The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems,Fingerplay and Chants
Action Song Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (walk slowly or walk fingers/pump legs)
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Up the wooden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (walk fast or fingers fast/pump legs)
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Round about the house.Source: The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems,Fingerplay and Chants
Action Rhyme Little Mouse
Walk little mouse, walk little mouse (tiptoe around)
Hide little mouse, hide little mouse (cover eyes with hands)
Here comes the cat! (look around)
Run little mouse, run little mouse!Source: The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems,Fingerplay and Chants
Dance Song Walking, Walking
Dance Song  I forgot what song I used. 😦
Traditional Song ABC
Goodbye Song This is the Way We Say Goodbye
This is the way our hands say goodbye
With a clap, clap-clap
Clap, clap-clap
This is the way our hands say good-bye
With a clap, clap-clap, clap-clap
This is the way our knees say goodbye
With a tap, tap-tap
Tap, tap-tap
This is the way our knees say goodbye
With a tap, tap-tap, tap-tap
This is the way we wave goodbye
Wave goodbye, wave goodbye
This is the way we wave goodbye
Goodbye until next time

Source: My coworker provided the rhyme for this storytime. Unknown original source.

Craft: Unfortunately, I cannot remember for the life of me if I found this craft online or made it up. I scoured the internet, so I think it might have been my own creation.

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Rhyming to Read: Little Bo Peep and I Asked My Mother

Little Bo Peep

Introduction of Rhyme Little Bo Peep
Little Bo peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.
Acton Rhyme Little Sheep
Little sheep, little sheep, turn around.
Little sheep, little sheep, graze on the ground.
Little sheep, little sheep, frolic on your toes.
Little sheep, little sheep, wiggle your nose.
Little sheep, little sheep, fluff your wool.
Little sheep, little sheep, jump to keep cool.
Little sheep, little sheep, scratch your feet.
Little sheep, little sheep, find your seat.Source: Artsy Toddler
Book Where is Green Sheep?

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Flannel Matching Tails to Sheep
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Finger Rhyme 5 Fluffy Sheep
5 fluffy sheep skating on the floor, one fell down and that left 4.4 fluffy sheep drinking cold tea, one got a tummy ache and that left 3.

3 fluffy sheep wondering what to do, one got bored and that left 2.

2 fluffy sheep laying in the sun, one fell asleep and that left 1.

1 fluffy sheep sitting all alone, he didn’t know what to do so he went home!

Source: Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

Action Rhyme Newborn Lamb
Tune: I’m A Little TeapotI’m a baby lamb just born today
I want to run around and play
I am very hungry – I must eat
So I’ll grow up big like my daddy sheep.

– repeat, substituting “mommy sheep”

Source:King County Library System

I Asked My Mother

Introduction of Rhyme I Asked My Mother…
I asked my mother
For fifteen cents.
To see the elephant
Jump the fence.He jumped so high
That he touched the sky
And never came back
Til the Fourth of July.
Rhyme I asked my mother
I asked my mother for fifty cents, (put hand out with palm up)
To see the elephant jump the fence, (cup eyes and start to crouch)
He Jumped so high, (jump up)
He reached the sky, (keep jumping)
And didn’t come back till the Fourth of the July. ( wave goodbye)I assigned the actions to the rhyme.
Magnet Board Recognize Money
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Action Colonel Hathi’s March

We had the kids march around the room.

Goodbye Song

Crafts:

Lamb Tails: We made sure the strings were long enough for the kids to tie them around their waists.

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Wrap the lamb: We received our inspiration from Verona Storytime. Our craft did kind of look like a mummy. This is a great tactical craft!

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Elephant: Our last take-home craft was a Popsicle elephant that went to our last rhyme.

 

 

Mo Willems Storytime

Introduction Tickle The Moon
Tickle the Moon
Tickle your toes.
Clap your hands
And tickle your nose.
Reach up high.
Reach down low.
Turn around,
And say hello!Source: Storytime Katie has a closing version she found on pinterest. I wanted an opening song, so my coworker reworked it to make an opening song.
Book The Duckling Gets a Cookie

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Magnet Board Where is Pigeon?
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Book Big Frog Can’t Fit In

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Rhyme One Little, Two Little, Three Little….
One little, two little, three little frogs
Four little, five little, six little frogs
Seven little, eight little, nine little frogs
Ten little frogs go leap, leap, leap!
Book That is Not a Good Idea

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Rhyme Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs,
That makes ten. (hold up two hands)
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen. (fold one hand over the other)
Crackle, crackle, crackle;(clap three times)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens, (hold up ten fingers)
As yellow as can be.
Action Rhyme If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears
If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears
If you’re an elephant and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears!

If you’re a pig and you know it, say oink, oink
If you’re a pig and you know it, oink, oink
If you’re a pig and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re a pig and you know it, oink, oink!

If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.

Source: I did a similar rhyme for my Elephant and Piggie storytime. However, I just added the pigeon line with the help of my colleague and a volunteer.

Book There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
P-I-G-G-I-E
P-I-G-G-I-E
P-I-G-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-I-G-G-I-E
(clap)-I-G-G-I-E
(clap)-I-G-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-G-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-G-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-G-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-(clap)-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-(clap)-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-(clap)-E
And Piggie was her name-o

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
And Piggie was her name-o

Source: My colleague and I worked on this one together. It can be kind of awkward as there is an extra letter than the original BINGO song. My recommendation is to put the G-G close together while clapping. It does work with some practice.

Dance Song We Are the Dinosaurs

In honor of Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.

Dance Song Monster Spray

In honor of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster 

Traditional Song Skinarmarink

In honor of Piggie and Elephant’s love for one another.

Goodbye Song Tickle the Stars
Tickle the Stars
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!Source:My own modification

Additional Activities

I provided food in honor of Mo Willems’ birthday!

 

Squirrels – Preschool

 

Introduction Good Morning
Books   Shake the Tree! A Minibombo Book by Chiara Vignocchi

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Action Rhyme Grey Squirrel
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Wrinkle up your funny nose
Hold a nut between your toes
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail.Source: Small Town Story Time Lady
Book Squirrels by Derek Zobel
Sign Language Squirrel
Finger Rhyme This Little Squirrel
This little squirrel said, “Let’s run and play!”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s hunt nuts today!”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good.”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, my favorite food.”
This little squirrel said, “Come climb this tree.” (run fingers up other arm, quickly)
And crack these nuts: one, two, three! (clap hands three times)Source: Sunflower Storytime
Action Song Scamper Little Squirrel
Scamper, scamper little squirrel (run in place)
Up the tree, (reach up high)
And down again. (touch the ground)
Grab an acorn. (Pretend to grab something with one hand).
Grab that peanut. (Pretend to grab something with the other hand).
Stuff them in your puffy cheeks. (Point to your cheeks as you puff them out)
Swish your tail (wiggle your bottom)
Look around (look around with one hand above eyes)
Coast is clear, scamper up the tree again. (run in place)

Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A year Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming

Dance Song Squirrel
There was a little squirrel.
He ran up a tree.
When he turned around
He threw a nut at meSource: CanTeach
Dance Song   Let Us Chase the Squirrel
Dance Song  I’m a Nut (a cappella)
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft

Craft: Scaredy Squirrel hat! Mrs Wills’ Kindergarten was my source.

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Squirrels – Toddler

We celebrated national squirrel day!

Introduction  Hello Hello!
Action Rhyme The Squirrel
Sneaky, squeaky (tiptoe)
Hippity, hop, (hop)
Up he goes (stretch arms up)
To the tree top.
Whirly, twirly (spin around)
Round and round
Down he scampers (sit down)
To the ground.
Source: Circle Time Activities, Grade Preschool
Book The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel 

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Flannel Acorns
Down around the corner by the big oak tree
Sat five little acorns looking so yummy
Along came a squirrel with a big bushy tail.
He took one acorn and ran off down the trail.
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Book  Shake the Tree! A Minibombo Book by Chiara Vignocchi

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Traditional Rhyme 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

Second Rhyme We Do:
Very, Very Tall 

Nursery Rhyme  Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
Sign Language Squirrel
Action Rhyme Grey Squirrel
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Wrinkle up your funny nose
Hold a nut between your toes
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail.
Source: Small Town Story Time Lady
Action Song Nuts
Put your acorns UP, put your acorns DOWN
Hold your acorns and turn around!
Put your acorns UP, put your acorns DOWN
Put your acorn down on the groundSource:One Little Librarian
I modified the version from squirrels to acorn. Just a recommendation, I originally said “nuts” and realized it didn’t work as well….

I gave the kids egg shakers for this portion.

Dance Song  I’m a Nut (a cappella)
Dance Song  Let Us Chase the Squirrel
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 5
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: Scaredy Squirrel hat! Mrs Wills’ Kindergarten was my source.

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Cheese Storytime – Preschool

 

Introduction Good Morning
Books Sam’s Sandwich by David Pelham

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Action Rhyme Five Little Mice
Five little mice on the pantry floor,
(run fingers on table top)

This little mouse peeked behind the door,
(wiggle thumb)

This little mouse nibbled at the cake,
(wiggle pointer finger)

This little mouse did not make a sound,
(wiggle middle finger)

This little mouse took a bite of cheese,
(wiggle ring finger)

This little mouse heard the kitten sneeze,
(wiggle little finger)

“Ah-choo,” sneezed the kitten
(sneeze)

And “squeak!” they cried
(Make fingers “jump”)

As the found a hole and ran inside.
(hide hand behind back)

Source: Family Storytime: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages

Book This Book is Not a Piece of Cheese by Benjamin Bird

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Sign Language  Cheese
Action Rhyme Pizza, pizza, pizza!
(tune: peanut butter and jelly)Chorus:
Pizza, pizza, pizza with cheese!
Pizza, pizza, pizza with cheese!
(repeat chorus after each of the following verses)First you take the dough and you knead it,
You knead it, you knead it, knead it, knead it. Singing…
Next you take the dough and you throw it,
You catch it, you throw it up high, singing….Then you take the sauce and you spread it,
You spread it, you spread it on the pizza, singing….

Then you take the cheese and you sprinkle it,
You sprinkle it, you sprinkle it on the pizza, singing….

Next you take the toppings and you plunk ’em,
You plunk ’em, you plunk ’em on the pizza, singing….

Then you take the pizza and you bake it,
You bake it, you bake it in the oven, singing…

And when the pizza’s done you eat it!
Yum, yum!

Source: Esther Storytime

Action Song Cheese, Cheese in our Belly
We’re going to have macaroni and cheese.
Hurrary! Hurrary!
We’re going to have macaroni and cheese.
Hurray! Hurray!
Macaroni and cheese for dinner,
Macaroni and cheese every day,
Cheese, cheese, in our belly.
Hip, hip, hip, hooray!

Source: Family Storytime: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages (I slightly modified)

Dance Song Say Cheese! (Let’s Take a Picture)
Dance Song Please Say Cheese
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft

My source of inspiration came from Magic Sewing Hands felt craft. However, instead of using felt, I used cardboard and paper. I loved that this craft worked on eye and hand coordination.

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Cheese Storytime – Toddlers

 

Introduction  Hello Hello!
Books Grandpa and Me by Karen Katz

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Action Rhyme I Wiggle
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.Source: Colorado Libraries for Literacy 
Book Brownie and Pearl: Grab a Bite by Cynthia Rylant

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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

Second rhyme we do:
Very, Very Tall 

Nursery Rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock, (crouch down)
The mouse ran up the clock. (stand up with hands overhead)
The clock struck one, (clap once)
The mouse ran down! (couch back down)
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Sign Language  Cheese
Action Song Crawly Creepy Little Mouse
Crawly creepy little mouse, (tiptoe fingers up leg)
From the barn in the house.
In the pantry under the shelf! (tiptoe fingers up to chin)
Found some cheese and helped himself.
Nibble nibble nibble nibble! (tickle)
Dance Song Say Cheese! (Let’s Take a Picture)
Dance Song
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft

My source of inspiration came from Magic Sewing Hands felt craft. However, instead of using felt, I used cardboard and paper. I loved that this craft worked on eye and hand coordination.

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