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
IMG_3774This was slightly harder for my younger participants. However, parents/guardians of my older participants really liked this idea.
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.

 

 

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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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Little STEAMers: Food

 

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 Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

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Action Song Spicy Salsa

We did not have time for this song, but I have made a mental note to do it with the kids another time.

Song Table Manners
(Tune: Frere Jacques)Chewing quietly, chewing quietly
Do not slurp, do not slurp,
We must say excuse me,
We must say excuse me
When we burp,
When we burp.Source: https://jbrary.com/family-storytime-making-food/
Activity We made our own butter! I played a list of songs that involved shakes and wiggles (Shake it Off, Hot Potato, Milkshake). I would count to 10 and have the kids pass the jar to the next kid. It worked out great! We had butter by the third song.
Closing 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!

 

Activities

Craft  Taco Bar!

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Touch Rainbow Jello Soup

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This was the most popular station. It was also the messiest. Word of advice. Clean the big bin right away.

Sorting I printed off the different food groups and assigned each one to a bucket. The kids then sorted the food to the appropriate food bin.

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  Imaginary Play We have a play kitchen and I opened it up for the kids to play with.

Rhyming to Read: Purple Cow and Rock-a-Bye Baby

Purple Cow (Color Mixing)

Introduction of Rhyme Purple Cow
I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.
Sing Rhyme We repeated the rhyme several times.
Color Mixes I never saw a Red Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.IMG_3297[1]

 

 

 

 

I never saw a Blue Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

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I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

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Color Experiment To have a little fun with we did a science experiment. I unfortunately did not get any pictures, but the kids enjoyed mixing the colors and seeing the reaction.

source: Hands On As We Grow

Craft IMG_3302[1]

Source: Apples & abcs

I just turned my craft into a purple cow.

Rock-a-Bye Baby

Introduction of Rhyme Rock-A-Bye Baby
Traditional Rhyme We repeated the rhyme several times.
Call Response Rock-a-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby
On the treetop
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
And down will come baby
Cradle and allI would say one line and the crowd would say the next line. After we went though it once, we switched who said what line.I mentioned this is a great way to teach memory tactics.

Action Rhyme  Rock-a-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby (rock back and forth)
On the treetop
When the wind blows (act like the wind)
The cradle will rock (rock back and forth)
When the bough breaks (start squatting)
The cradle will fall (fall to the ground)
And down will come baby
Cradle and all
Craft IMG_3301[1]

Source: Danielle’s Place

I took my inspiration from one of her ideas, but I put my own spin on it. I liked that the kids would be able to “rock” their baby with this craft.

Pajama Rama – In the Woods

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.

Warm-up Rhyme Lumberjack, Lumberjack

Lumberjack, Lumberjack turn around.

Lumberjack, Lumberjack touch the ground.

Lumberjack, Lumberjack grow a beard. (pat face)

Lumberjack, Lumberjack show no fear. (show muscles)

Lumber, Lumberjack eat some snacks. (mimic eating)

Lumberjack, Lumberjack swing your ax (swinging motion)

Lumberjack, lumberjack yell Timber (yell Timber)

Lumberjack, lumberjack here comes winter! (mimic snowflake)

Source: My creation

Book  Bruce’s Big Move

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Flannel Squirrel
Book  Book-O-Beards

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Activity with puppets There’s something in the woods, that I can’t really see.

There’s something in the woods, that I can’t really see.
(hands around eyes like binoculars)
There’s something in the woods. Now what can it be?
(hold up hands, shrug shoulders in question)Repeat above rhyme before giving each clue….

I’m an animal who’s big, brown and furry and who “Roars” (bear).
I’m an animal who’s who has long ears and goes “Hop, hop, hop” (rabbit).
I’m an animal who says ‘whoo, whoo’ at night (Owl).
I’m an animal who’s red, furry, has a big bushy tail and likes to eat chicken (Fox)
I’m an animal who’s small, has a big, bushy tail and loves to eat nuts (Squirrel).
I’m an animal who’s tiny and makes very quiet “squeaks” (Mouse).

Source: Singin in the Stacks

Nursery Rhyme with Action Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The Moose ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The Moose crashed down!
Hickory Dickory Dock

Source: What Happens In Storytime

Action Rhyme If You’re a Fox and You Know It

If You’re a Fox and You Know It…
If you’re a fox and you know it
Swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know it
Swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know, then you’ll really want to show it
If you’re a fox and you know it
Swish your tail.
…wiggle your nose…
…show your claws…

If you’re a moose and you know it… stomp your hoofs.

If you’re a grizzly bear and you know growl really loud

http://libraryvillage.blogspot.com/2013/11/toddler-story-time-what-does-fox-say.html

Dance Song This is the Way the Woods Wake Up/ She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain
Dance Song Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Songs for Wiggle Worms
Dance Song You Are My Sunshine
Cool Down Song ABCs
Goodbye Song  Tickle the Clouds

Tickle the clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!
Source: Storytime Katie

Craft: We actually do crafts after the storytime unlike our other storytimes. This craft was super awesome (easy clean-up) and hit with my patrons.

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Source: Door 2 Door Librarian

Little STEAMers: Winter

Storytime Portion

Opening Song Tickle the Sun
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.
What is Winter? What Do we need for winter? I found simple Clipart pictures for discussion. My pictures included:

Snow, a person imitating cold, mittens, coat, and a hat with mittens.

Rhyme It Is Winter
Tune: Are You Sleeping?”It is winter,
It is winter,
Oh, so cold!
Oh, so cold!
Icy, snowy weather,
Long nights and short days,
Winter’s here!
Winter’s here!
Book Supertruck by Stephen Savage

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Flannel Where is Snowball

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I hid the two snowballs and had the kids guess which mitten the snowball was under. If they found the yellow snowball, we talked about why you don’t eat yellow snow.

Rhyme Jack Frost

Where did you get that little red nose?
Jack Frost kissed it I suppose.
He kissed it once.
He kissed it twice.
Poor little nose it’s as cold as ice!

Book  Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant

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Action Song We’re Marching in the Snow
Action Song I’m a Little Snowman
Goodbye Song Tickle the Clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!
Source: Storytime Katie

Activity Portion

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Source: A Little Pinch of Perfect

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Source:I Can Teach My Child

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I marked out 9 ft on a piece of duct tape. The kids had the option of either laying down and their grown up laying mittens next to them, or they could jump and see how many mittens it would take to measure the distance.

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The kids would take a handful of buttons and work on matching the number of buttons to the number on a mitten.

Source: Play to Learn Playschool