Adventures in Literature 4

Authors on Parade

Click on the titles for story extenders for each book.

Dr. Suess

The Cat in the Hat

10 Apples Up On Top

Yertle the Turtle

Green Eggs and Ham

Horton Hatches the Egg

Tedd Arnold

5 Ugly Monsters

No More Water in the Tub

No Jumping on the Bed

Anna Dewdney

Llama, Llama Mad at Mama

Llama, Llama Holiday Drama

Llama, Llama Home With Mama

Phoebe Gilman

The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs

Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow

Steven Kroll

Will You Be My Valentine?

That Makes Me Mad

Tomie dePaola

Cookies Week (illustrated by Tomie dePaoloa)

Jamie O'Rourke and the Giant Potato

Charlie Needs a Cloak

Jan Brett

The Easter Egg

Hedgie's Surprise

Honey... Honey... Lion

The Umbrella

Robert Munsch

No Clean Clothes

Mmm Cookies

Moira's Birthday

The Cat In The Hat

by Dr. Suess

Program Plan

Crafts

Paper Plate Cat in the Hat
Paint a small paper plate black and let dry. Draw a face on a white circle and glue to the center of the plate and add construction paper ears, bow tie, and hat.

Paper Bag Cat in the Hat Hats
Cut a donut from cardboard to fit child's head - cut a little larger than needed so the hat will fit when the paper bag is inserted into the head piece. Have children paint both sides of the cardboard then they paint a large paper bag with white and red stripes and red on the bottom of the bag then let dry. Attach the bag to the white donut shape by snipping the open part of the bag and inserting into the center of the donut then glue down. When the glue is dry, children can paint the bottom of the donut shape white. Let dry and then children can wear their hat.

Activities

What's in the Cat's Hat Game
Place objects in a Cat in the Hat hat and have children guess what is inside by touch.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Matching Game
Print the Thing 1 and Thing 2 matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Cat in the Hat Ball Toss
Place a Cat in the Hat hat on a chair. Have several sponge balls for the children to toss into the hat.

Explorations

Rain
Learn all about rain - how rain is good for people, animals, and plants.

Water Cycle
Learn all about the water cycle using pictures, the internet, and the water cycle song.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Cats and Their Hats
One little cat on a sunny day
Put on his hat and went out to play
Two little cats when it started getting dark
Put on their hats and went to the park.
Three little cats when the sky was blue
Put on their hats and went to the zoo.
Four little cats by the kitchen door
Put on their hats and went to the store.
Five little cats on a sunny day
Put on their hats and they all ran away

The Water Cycle
Sung to: "Frere Jacques"
Evaporation, evaporation
Water goes up, water goes up
Condensation, condensation
In the clouds, in the clouds
Precipitation, precipitation
Water comes down, water comes down
That is the water cycle, that is the water cycle
'Round and 'round, 'round, and 'round.
Written by Ruth

Printouts

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Rhyming Game

Related Sites

Happy 50th Birthday Cat in the Hat

You Tube - The Cat in the Hat Video - Part 1

You Tube - The Cat in the Hat Video - Part 2


10 Apples up on Top

by Dr. Suess

Program Plan

Crafts

Apples Up On Top Picture
Children draw a picture of themselves on paper and glue apples up on top, count them, and write the number on their paper.

10 Apples Up On Top Hat
Cut a strip from construction paper. Print 10 apples on card paper for children to colour. Have children create a tower of 10 apples by glueing them together. When dry, staple the apple tower to the band and measure the band to fit child's head.

Apple Core Magnet
Cut the top and bottom of the apple out of red foam. Cut a center piece from white foam. Glue the top and bottom part of the apple to the white foam then add brown foam seeds, a stem, and green foam leaves.

Paper Bag Apple
Stuff a paper bag with newspaper then twist top for stem. Paint the paper bag and let dry. Have children try to walk while balancing their apple on their heads.

Activities

Apple Tree Counting Mat
Print the apple tree counting mat and place on a table during child directed play time.


Apple Sorting
Print the apples sorting game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Apple Tree Game
Print the apple tree game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Apple Crisp
Make apple crisp and enjoy for dessert at lunch.

Explorations

Apples
Learn all about apples using books, pictures, and the internet.

Balance
Learn all about balance through activities and a balance scale.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

One Apple, Two Apples
One apple,
Two apples,
Three apples,
Four.
Five apples,
Six apples,
Seven apples,
More,
Nine apples,
Ten apples,
Apples galore!

Ten Red Apples
10 Red Apples
Hanging on a tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 9 red apples hanging on the tree.

9 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 8 red apples hanging on the tree.

8 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 7 red apples hanging on the tree.

7 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 6 red apples hanging on the tree.

6 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 5 red apples hanging on the tree.

5 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 4 red apples hanging on the tree.

4 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 3 red apples hanging on the tree.

3 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 2 red apples hanging on the tree.

2 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving 1 red apple hanging on the tree.

1 red apples hanging on the tree
Farmer Brown picked an apple
And gave it all to me
Leaving no red apples hanging on the tree.

10 Red Apples & Way Up High in An Apple Tree
Print for feltboard.

Printouts

Apple Tree Counting Mat

Apple Sorting

Apple Tree Game

Related Sites

My Apple theme page.

You Tube - 10 Apples Up On Top Animated Reading


Yertle the Turtle

Dr. Suess

Program Plan

Crafts

Paper Bowl Turtle
Paint a paper bowl for a turtle shell then let dry. Cut a turtle body shape from green bristle board and glue the shell onto the turle shape. Add googly eyes.

Turtle Shells
Paint large ovals for a turtle shell. Add straps for children to wear their shells.

Pond
Glue grass strips around a piece of blue construction paper then add a grey rock in the pond and turtle stickers.

Activities

Stacking Turtles
Place the basket of play turtles on a table during child directed play time and encourage the children to see how many turtles they can stack before it topples over.

Turtle Sizing Activity
Print the turtle sizing activity and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Turtles
Learn all about turtles using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

My Turtle
Here is my turtle
He lives in a shell
He like his home
Very well.

He pokes his head out
When he wants to eat.
And pulls it back in
When he wants to sleep.

I Know a Little Turtle
I know a little turtle
He lived in a box.
He swam in the puddles
And he climbed on the rocks
He snapped at a minnow
He snapped at a flea
He snapped at a mosquito
And he snapped at me!
He caught the minnow
He caught the flea
He caught the mosquito
But he didn't catch me!

Printouts

Turtle Sizing Activity

Related Sites

You Tube - Yertyl the Turtle Video


Green Eggs and Ham

by Dr. Suess

Program Plan

Crafts

Green Eggs
Fingerpaint with green paint onto two circle shapes. When dry, glue to two white fried egg shapes.

Egg Shell Art
Sterilize egg shells and dye with food colouring. Use to create a collage.

Menu Collage
Sort and glue food pictures into a menu for breakfast, lunch, and supper.

Activities

Green Eggs and Ham Colour Game
Print the Green Eggs and Ham colour game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Green Eggs and Ham Cooking Activity
Make green eggs and ham and enjoy for lunch.

Who Likes Green Eggs and Ham? Graph
Graph who likes green eggs and ham and discuss the results of the graphing activity.

Explorations

Nutrition
Learn all about the food groups using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Found a Green Food
Sung to: "Found a Peanut"
Found a green food
Found a green food
Found a green food on my plate
Found a green food
Found a green food
And it was really great!

Have plastic green food items (or pictures) hidden in a bag and have children pull one out after singing the song and yell out the name.
Written by Ruth

Printouts

Green Eggs and Ham Colour Matching Game

Related Sites

Preschool Circle Activities for Green Eggs & Ham

You Tube - Green Eggs and Ham Video


Horton Hatches the Egg

by Dr. Suess

Program Plan

Crafts

Paper Plate Elephant Mask
Paint a paper plate grey and let dry. Add construction paper ears, fold a strip of grey construction paper accordian style for the trunk, and add googly eyes.

Horton's Egg
Paint an egg shape red. When dry, glue white circles onto the shape.

Mayzie Bird
Cut a bird shape from construction paper. Trace children's hands for the wings and provide tail feathers to glue on.

Handprint Elephant
Place a grey handprint on a piece of paper with the thumb outstretched and the four fingers pointing up. Let dry then turn paper upside down - add a googly eye, ear, tail, and dots on the feet.

Activities

I Hatched From An Egg Matching Game
Print the I hatched from an egg matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Take the Egg From Horton Game
Have one children put on elephant ears headband and sit infront of 'nest' with an 'egg' in it. Cover Horton's eyes or have child close their eyes. Other children try to remove the 'egg' from the 'nest' without being heard.

Eggs in a Nest Baking Activity
Make macaroon nests and add candy eggs - enjoy for a snack treat!

Explorations

Eggs
Learn all about animals that hatch from eggs using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

An Elephant
An elephant goes like this and that
He's terribly big and terribly fat
He has no fingers, he has no toes
But goodness gracious what a nose!

Elephants Balancing
One little elephant balancing
Step by step on a piece of string
He thought it was such enormous fun
That he called for another elephant to come.


Two little elephant balancing
Step by step on a piece of string
They thought it was such enormous fun
That they called for another elephant to come.


Three little elephant balancing
Step by step on a piece of string
The string went POP and the elephants dropped
And that was the end of the elephant walk.

Mayzie Bird
Mayzie bird in your nest
Mayzie bird it's time to rest
When the sun comes out to play
Mayzie bird flies away!

Printouts

I Hatched From an Egg Matching Game

Suessville - Horton Hatches the Egg Colouring Page

Suessville - Horton Dot-to-Dot

Related Sites

Homeschool Share - Horton Hatches the Egg

You Tube - Horton Hatches the Egg Animated Reading


5 Ugly Monsters

by Tedd Arnold

Program Plan

Crafts

Monster Box
Paint a large cardboard box and let dry. Decorate with construction paper to create a monster and cut out a large mouth for playing bean bag or ball toss.

Monster Boxes
Cover a tissue box with construction paper using the opening for the mouth. Add bulgy eyes by cutting 2 egg carton cups and gluing googly eyes to them and attaching to the covered box. Add arms then trace child's handprint, cut out, then glue to the arms. Monster Face
Cut out a large monster face shape from bristle board then decorate as a monster. Trace a dotted line nose area with a black marker. Use for a pin the nose on the monster game.

Monster Bags
Fold a felt square in thirds. Sew up the sides from the bottom to the centre to create the bag then fold the top down to be the cover for the bag. Add monster facial features to the cover area and a felt handle. Add a halloween treat to the bag for the children to take home on party day.

Monster Blottos
Children press paint in a folded piece of paper then open up and let dry. Add monster features using markers.

Activities
5 Ugly Monsters Puzzles
Print the 5 ugly monster puzzles and place on a table during child directed play time.

Monster Patterning
Print the monster patterning game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Monster Mash Halloween Party
Play monster mash and have children stop on monster sized construction paper feet when the music stops. Play Monster ball toss and bean bag throw. Play pin the nose on the monster. Bake monster treats to have for snack at the party.

Where the Wild Things Are Movie
Watch the movie of the story Where the Wild Things Are by Scholastic Home Video.

Explorations

Fears
Discuss fears and ways to overcome them.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Go Away
Sung to: "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain"
Go away, big green monster, go away.
GO AWAY!
Go away, big green monster, go away.
GO AWAY!
Go away, big green monster.

Go away, big green monster.
Go away, big green monster, go away.
GO AWAY!

GO AWAY!
Go away, big red monster, go away.
GO AWAY!
Go away, big red monster.
Go away, big red monster.
Go away, big red monster, go away.
GO AWAY!

GO AWAY!
Go away, big blue monster, go away.
GO AWAY!
Go away, big blue monster.
Go away, big blue monster.
Go away, big blue monster, go away.
GO AWAY!

Continue with other colours.

Monster Mash
Monster mash
He/She did the mash
He/She did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He/She did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He/She did the mash
He/She did the monster mash

There's a Monster in the Bathroom
Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís shut and locked the door
Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís shut and locked the door
Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís shut and locked the door
And he wonít and he wonít and he wonít come out.

I can see him through the keyhole
I can see him through the keyhole
I can see him through the keyhole
And he wonít and he wonít and he wonít come out.

Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís brushing all his teeth
Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís brushing all his teeth
Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís brushing all his teeth
And he wonít and he wonít and he wonít come out.

I can see him through the keyhole
I can see him through the keyhole
I can see him through the keyhole
And he wonít and he wonít and he wonít come out.

Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís washing all his toes
Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís washing all his toes
Thereís a monster in the bathroom and heís washing all his toes
And he wonít and he wonít and he wonít come out.

I can see him through the keyhole
I can see him through the keyhole
I can see him through the keyhole
Watch out watch out heís coming out........... RUN!!!!!!

Printouts

5 Ugly Monsters Puzzles

Monster Patterning can be found in my Monster's Activity Pack.

Related Sites

The green monster printouts were found on the Mighty Mag website.

Go Away song was adapted from Super Simple Songs

There's a Monster in the Bathroom song is from Sticky Kids

Perpetual Preschool - Monster Theme


No More Water In The Tub

by Tedd Arnold

Program Plan

Crafts

Bubble Stamping
Pour paint into a dish. Dip a tube into the paint all the way so a bubble forms on the end of the tube. Stamp the bubble onto paper.

Bubble Prints 1
Blow bubbles in a tub with watered down tempera paint and dish soap. Gently lower a piece of white paper on the bubbles to create a bubble print.

Bubble Prints 2
Cover bubble wrap with tempera paint and then gently press a sheet onto the bubble wrap to create prints.

Bathtime Puppet
Cut a puppet shape from a hand towel then sew the two pieces together. Use sewable googly eyes to complete the puppet.

Activities

Bathtub Counting Mat
Print the bathtub counting mat activity and place on a table during child directed play time.

Water Play With Babies
Place soapy water and wash cloths in the water tub along with babies and rubber ducks.

Rubber Duckie Patterning Strips
Print the rubber duckie patterning strips and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Hygiene
Learn all about personal hygiene using the internet, books, and pictures.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Rubber Ducky
Rubber Ducky, you're the one
You make bathtime lots of fun
Rubber Ducky, I'm awfully fond of you
Whoa bo bo dee-oh

Rubber Duckie, joy of joys
When I squeeze you, you make noise
Rubber Duckie, you're my very best friend, it's true!

Oh, every day when I
Make my way to the tubby
I find a little fella who's
Cute and yellow and chubby
Rub-a-dub-a-dubby!

Rubber Duckie, you're so fine
And I'm lucky that you're mine
Rubber Duckie, I'm awfully fond of you.

Oh, every day when I
Make my way to the tubby
I find a little fella who's
Cute and yellow and chubby
Rub-a-dub-a-dubby!

Rubber Duckie, you're so fine
And I'm lucky that you're mine
Rubber Duckie, I'd like a whole pond of
Rubber Duckie I'm awfully fond of-f-f you!

Wash Your Hands
Sung to: "Row, Row Row Your Boat"
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Play our handy game.
Rub and scrub, and scrub and rub.
Germs go down the drain. HEY!
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Play our handy game.
Rub and scrub, and scrub and rub.
Dirt goes down the drain. HEY!

Printouts

Bathtub Counting Mat

Rubber Duckie Patterning Strips

Related Sites

You Tube - Rubber Ducky Song


No Jumping On The Bed

by Tedd Arnold

Program Plan

Crafts

Star Stamping
Stamp star shapes onto black construction paper then sprinkle glitter onto the wet stars.

Bed Craft
Use the bed craft printout provided. Before printing the page, use a graphics program to add each child's face to the figure with the blanket. Have children colour the bed picture then colour the boy/girl and blanket. Cut out the child and blanket then the person onto the bed.

Pillow People
Presew squares or rectangles from fabric or use a small pillowcase add arms and/or legs if you wish. Have children stuff with batting and add features.

Activities

Bedtime Sequencing
Print the bedtime sequencing activity and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Night
Discuss what night time is and why we need a proper night's sleep. Learn all about the night sky and nocturnal animals using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Star Light
(child's name), (child's name), jumping on the bed
He/She fell off and bumper his/her head
(teacher's name) called the doctor and the doctor said
No more children jumping on the bed!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Twinkle, twinkle little star
Stretching as you shine so far
Stretching out your shining light
Shining in the sky so bright
Twinkle, twinkle little star
Stretching as you shine so far.

Time For Bed
Time for bed, time for bed
Fluff up the pillow
Lay down your head
Pull up the blanket
Tuck it in tight
Close your eyes
And sleep all night!

Star Light
Starlight, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish, I wished tonight.

Printouts

Bedtime Sequencing

Bed Craft

Related Sites

Everything Preschool - Bedtime Theme

Perpetual Preschool - Bedtime Theme


Llama, Llama Mad at Mama

by Anna Dewdney

Program Plan

Crafts

Fruit and Vegetable Stamping
Cut fruit and vegetables to create stampers, dip in paint, and then stamp onto paper.

Coin Rubbings
Place a piece of paper over coins and rub with the side of a crayon.

Activities

Grocery Shopping
Walk to a nearby grocery store and choose items to enjoy for snack.

Grocery Store
Set up a grocery store in the dramatic play area using food containers, shopping baskets, and cash registers.

Shop-A-Rama Sorting Game
Print the Shop-A-Rama sorting game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Shop-A-Rama Clothespin Game
Print the Shop-A-Rama clothespin game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Money Mats Coin Sorting
Print the money mats and place on a table during child directed play time with coins for identification and sorting.

Explorations

Money
Learn to identify coins and their value.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Days of the Week
Sung to: "The Addams Family"
Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week,
Days of the week,
Days of the week. (snap snap)

There's Sunday and there's Monday,
There's Tuesday and there's Wednesday,
There's Thursday and there's Friday,
And then there's Saturday.

Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week, (snap snap)
Days of the week,
Days of the week,
Days of the week. (snap snap)

My Eyes are Dim
My eyes are dim
I cannot see
I have not brought
My specs with me
I have not brought
My specs with me.

There were bananas, bananas
Wearing pink pyjamas
In the store, in the store
There were bananas, bananas
Wearing pink pyjamas
In the corner grocer

My eyes are dim
I cannot see
I have not brought
My specs with me
I have not brought
My specs with me.

There were pears, pears
Sitting on the chairs
In the store, in the store
There were pears, pears
Sitting on the chairs
In the corner grocery store.

My eyes are dim
I cannot see
I have not brought
My specs with me
I have not brought
My specs with me.

Continue with other grocery items and rhymes.

Penny Poem
Find a penny, pick it up
Then all day you'll have good luck!

I've Got Canada In My Pocket
I've got Canada in my pocket
A little bit of history
A penny, and a nickel
And a quarter and a dime
Mean a lot to you and me
It's more than pocket money
They're the symbols of our land
They're pictures of important things
For which this country stands
~Michael Mitchell~

Printouts

Shop-A-Rama Sorting Game

Shop-A-Rama Clothespin Game

Money Mats

Related Sites

Llama Llama

Llama Llama Mad at Mama - Ready to Learn Family Activities

Complete Canada In My Pocket Lyrics


Llama, Llama Holiday Drama

by Anna Dewdney

Program Plan

Crafts

Countdown to Christmas Paper Chain
Create a paper chain and number to count down the days left until Christmas. Attach to a jingle bell with poem for an Christmas countdown. Make an extra chain for the classroom to use during circle time.

Gifts and Cards for Parents
Each year we make a special gift for Mom and Dad - please visit my Christmas gift page for ideas.

Wrapping Paper
Dip a holiday stamp in paint and stamp onto paper. When dry, wrap parent presents in the homemade paper.

Paper Machť Ornaments
Cover a paper machť ornament with scraps of christmas paper using modge podge. Tip: Homemade modge podge can be made by adding water to white glue.

Paper Strip Christmas Trees
Cut strips of green paper in graduated sizes. Glue the strips onto a piece of paper from smallest to largest to create a tree.

Activities

Santa's Workshop Alphabet Sorting Game
Print the Santa's workship alphabet sorting game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Christmas Tree Game
Print the Christmas tree game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Christmas Party
Childcare Christmas party and gift exchange.

Explorations

Christmas
Learn all about Christmas traditions and the holiday season.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Christmas Countdown
How many days 'til Christmas?
It's very hard to tell
How many days 'til Christmas? (count chain)
____ days til Christmas Eve
And then we ring the bell!

So Hard to Wait
Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
Christmas, Christmas, Santa Claus
Toys and tinsel, reindeer paws
Something here under the tree
Lots of presents for you and me
Christmas, Christmas, on the way
So hard to wait for Christmas day!

Printouts

Santa's Workshop Alphabet Sorting Game

Related Sites

My Christmas Theme

My Christmas Gifts Page

Preschool Themes and Curriculum - Christmas Theme


Llama, Llama Home with Mama

by Anna Dewdney

Program Plan

Crafts

Tissue Holders
Make a pocket tissue holder from felt. Cut 2 felt rectangles measuring 6 1/2 x 7 inches. Sew or use a glue gun to almost seal - leaving a space to turn right side out. Sew/seal opening once turned. Take short sides and meet in the middle. Sew/seal ends. Children can decorate with stick on felt shapes. Place a pocket tissue pack in your holder.

Washcloth Fish
Place a mini bar of soap into the center of a washcloth then gather the cloth around the soap and secure with an elastic. Use a permanent marker to add eyes on either side.

Activities

Colourful Kitchen Experiment
Place milk and food colouring in a bowl and add soap. Click on the link provided in related sites to observe the experiment before doing with the kids.

Explorations

Health and Hygiene
Learn things we can do to help keep our bodies healthy.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

In This House
In this house there is a room,
In this room there is a bed,
And in that bed is a little teddy bear,
With a very bad cold in his head - AH CHOO
With a very bad cold in his head - AH CHOO

If this little teddy bear,
Handles his handkerchief with care.
Very very soon he'll be out of his bed
With no more cold in his head - AH CHOO
With no more cold in his head - AH CHOO

Cover Your Cough
Cover your cough, cover your sneeze
Cover your cough, cover your sneeze
If you please.

Cover your cough, cover your sneeze
Cover your cough, cover your sneeze
If you please!

Wash Your Hands
Sung to:"Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Play our handy game.
Rub and scrub, and scrub and rub.
Dirt goes down the drain. HEY!

Wash, wash, wash your hands
Play our handy game.
Rub and scrub, and scrub and rub.
Germs go down the drain. HEY!

Printouts

In This House Patterns for Feltboard

Related Sites

Pocket Tissue Holder

Sesame Street - Healthy Habits

Colourful Kitchen Experiment


The wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs

by Phoebe Gilman

Program Plan

Crafts

Paper Plate Pigs
Paint a large paper plate and a small paper plate pink and let dry. When dry, add ears, face, and legs cut from construction paper then twirl a strip of pink paper using scissors and add for a tail.

Draw a Pig
Have children draw a pig on a piece of paper and colour in.

Pig Necklaces
Paint a small styrofoam ball pink and let dry then add googly eyes and felt ears. Using a needle, thread wool through the centre of the ball then measure correct length for child to wear as a necklace.

Stuffed Pigs
Cut a section of the legs (keeping toe area intact) from pink tights then stuff with batting and tie the end for the tail. Add features using wool, buttons, felt, material scraps, etc.

Activities

Counting Pigs
Print the Counting Pigs and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Pigs
Learn all about pigs using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

The Big Pig Song
There was a pig
And he was big
He liked to dig
And wear a wig
He did a jig
And ate a fig
He was a
Big, big, pig.

Pigs in the Mud
Sung to: ďRow, Row, Row Your BoatĒ
Roll, roll, roll around
In the mud all day.
That is what the pigs all do.
What a way to play!

Roll, roll, roll around
That is how they stay,
Oh, so very nice and cool
On a sunny day!
~Jean Warren~

Printouts

Counting Pigs Flip Book

Related Sites

You Tube - The Big Pig Song

Preschool Express by Jean Warren

Preschool Express - Pigs

Step by Step CC - Pigs Theme


Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow

by Phoebe Gilman

Program Plan

Crafts

Frost Paint
Draw a picture on dark paper and wash over with the frost paint then let dry.
Frost Paint
Equal parts boiling water and epsom salts (about 1/4 cup each)
Stir until salts dissolve and let cool

Large Wooden Snowflakes
Paint large wooden snowflake white and add glitter (purchased at Dollarama).

Plastic Bag Snowman
Stuff a white kitchen catcher with scrunched up newspaper. Use twine to tie and divide a head and body section. Add facial features and buttons using construction paper pieces and double sided tape.

Drink Tray Snowflake
Cut the outside from a cardboard drink tray to create the snowflake shape and paint.

Puff Paint Snowman
Cut a snowman shape and paint with puff paint.
Puff Paint
Equal parts shaving cream and white glue
Mix ingredients together

Activities

Snowman Sequence Cards
Print the snowman sequence cards and place on a table during child directed play time.

Snowman Alphabet Wheels
Print the snowman alphabet wheels and place on a table during child directed play time.

Snowman Number Cards
Print the snowman number cards and place on a table during child directed play time.

Snowman
Make a snowman during outdoor play time.

Ice Gems
Place coloured water into water bomb balloons and freeze. Remove the ice gems from the balloons and set out during outdoor play time.

Explorations

Snow
Learn all about snow using pictures, books, the internet, and experiments.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

I Love Snow
Sung To: "3 Blind Mice"
I love snow. I love snow.
Soft, white snow. Soft, white snow.
It falls on the ground so soft and white
Sometimes it falls all through the night
Did you ever see such a beautiful sight
As soft, white snow; soft, white snow.

Pretty Snowflakes
Pretty snowflakes are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them dancing around.

Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la Tra-la-la-la-la-la Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la Tra-la-la-la-la-la

Pretty snowflakes are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them sitting back down. I'm A Little Snowman
Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"
I'm a little snowman round and fat Here are my mittens, Here is my hat I have a little scarf and a carrot nose. I stand so tall when the cold wind blows.

Printouts

Winter Birds Snowman Sequencing Activities

Snowman Alphabet Wheels

Snowman Number Cards

Related Sites

My Winter theme page.

My Snowman theme page.

Homemade Mamas - Frost Paint

DIY Home Decorating Ideas - Drink Tray Snowflake


Will You Be My Valentine?

by Steven Kroll

Program Plan

Crafts

Valentine Boxes
Decorate boxes with paper and hearts and use on Valentine's Day to collect valentine cards.

Handprint Heart
Place handprints on paper to create a heart. Add the saying - 'Children hold our hearts in the palm of their hands' to create a card for Mom/Dad.

Heart Collage
Glue paper hearts onto construction paper to create a collage.

Yarn Hearts
Create a heart shape from floral wire (or pipecleaner) and wrap with yarn.

Fingerpainting - Red and White
Fingerpaint with red and white paint to create pink.

Red and Pink Pictures
Tape red and pink markers (or crayons) together and children draw using the two colours at once.

Activities

Valentine's Day Patterning
Print the Valentine's Day Patterns game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Roll-A-Valentine
Print the Roll-A-Valentine game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Valentine's Day Party
Children participate in games, songs, and a valentine card exchange.

Explorations

Feelings
Discuss feelings of love and happiness.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Skinna-ma-rink
Skinna-ma-rinky dinky dink
skinna-ma-rinky doo
I love you
Skinna-ma-rinky dinky dink
skinna-ma-rinky doo
I love you
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening underneath the moon
Skinna-ma-rinky, dinky dink
skinna-ma-rinky doo
I love you and you, and you
I love you - scoodoo-be-doo!

You're My Valentine
Sung To: "Love Me Tender"
You're my rainbow, you're my star
You're my bright red cookie jar
You're my goldfish, you're my pie
You're the apple of my eye
You're my daisy, you're my vine,
You're my own true Valentine!

My Heart
I put my hands together
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around
And I can make a Heart!

There's Something In My Pocket
There's something in my pocket
That belongs across my face
I keep it very handy
In a most convenient place
I bet you'll never guess it
If you guess a long, long while
So I'll take it out
And put it on
It's a great big happy smile!

You are My Sunshine
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You'll never know dear how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away.

So let the sun shine in
Face it with a grin
Smilers never lose and frowners never win
So let the sun shine in
Face it with a grin
Open up your heart and let the sun shine in!

I'm H-A-P-P-Y
I'm h-a-p-p-y
I'm h-a-p-p-y
I know I am
I'm sure I am
I'm h-a-p-p-y
HAPPY!!!!

Printouts

Valentine's Day Patterns

Valentine's Day Games Pack

Related Sites

My Valentine's Day theme page.

Preschool Themes and Curriculum - Valentine's Day

Hearts and Hands


That Makes Me Mad

by Steven Kroll

Program Plan

Crafts

Clobber Clay
Mix two large spoons flour, two large spoons salt, andtwo large spoons water to make a clay. Knead and pound clay.

Drums
Decorate coffee cans adding a balloon to the top to create drums.

Activities

Feelings Memory Game
Print the feelings matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Feelings
Discuss feelings of anger.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

I Get Angry
I get angry.
I get angry, but I don't let the anger get me.
I get angry.
Really angry, but I don't let the anger get me.
Whenever I get steamed up.
I find a way to set the steam free.
I get angry.
I get angry, but I don't let the anger get me.

Chase It Away
Chase that little frown away,
Don't ever let it stay!
Such a darling face as yours
Should never look that way.
Chase that frown right out the door,
Don't let it stick around,
Chase it, oh, so far away
It never will be found! Chase that nasty thought away,
Before it leaves a sting;
Surely you must know your heart
Was made for sweeter things.
Chase that thought right out the door,
Don't let it stick around,
Chase it, oh, so far away
It never will be found! Chase those angry words away,
Don't let them leave your lips,
Sticks and stones break only bones,
But anger breaks friendships.
Chase that anger out the door,
Don't let it stick around,
Chase it, oh, so far away
It never will be found!

Printouts

Emotions Memory Game

Related Sites

My Emotions theme page.

Growing Sound - I Get Angry

Chase It Away


Cookie's Week

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Program Plan

Crafts

Days of the Week Paper Bag Cat
Cut a crescent shape at the top of the paper bag to create the ears then paint the bag black. When dry, add a pink triangle nose cut from construction paper, 2 pompoms just below the nose with whiskers on either side, googly eyes, and pink triangles cut from construction paper for the inside of the ears. Add a handle to the top. Have children cut out days of the week cards and place them in their 'Cookie' bag.

Mouse Toy
Cut 2 teardrop shapes from felt; using a glue gun, seal leaving an opening at the point. Stuff with batting and add a long piece of wool for pulling the mouse then close the opening. Add felt ears and eyes as well as wool whiskers and tail.

Origami Cat
Print the origami cat and have children colour then fold.

Activities

Cookie's Week Matching Game
Print out the Cookie's week matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Vetrinarian's Office
Set up a vetrinarian's office with cats, cat carriers, food dishes, etc. in the dramatic play area.

Explorations

Cats
Learn all about cats using pictures, books, the internet, and of course Patches (our furry family member!).

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Cats sleep
Cats sleep
Anywhere
Any table
Any chair
Open drawer
Empty shoe
Anybody's lap will do
Fitted in a
Cardboard box
Anywhere
They don't care
Cats sleep
Anywhere!

I Want A Purple Kitty for My Birthday Mom
Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
A fluffy one, a pretty one
Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
And nothing else will do.

I don't want a black one, I don't want brown
Anything but purple Will make me frown
I don't want a white one, I don't want stripes
Anything but purple will give me the gripes.

Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
A fluffy one, a pretty one
Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
And nothing else will do.

I don't want a turtle, I don't want a dog
Just a purple kitty will do the job
I don't want a gerbil, I don't want a fish
Just a purple kitty is all that I wish.

Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
A fluffy one, a pretty one
Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
And nothing else will do.

I don't want a girl toy or one for a boy
Only purple kitties are the ones I enjoy
I don't want a skateboard, I don't want a bike
Just a purple kitty is all that I like.

Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
A fluffy one, a pretty one
Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
And nothing else will do.

I don't care if it's gentle, I don't care if it's tough
As long as it's purple, well that's good enough
I don't care if it's clever, I don't care if it's smart
As long as it's purple, I'll love it with all my heart.

Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
A fluffy one, a pretty one
Oh I want a purple kitty for my birthday Mom
And nothing else will do.
~Charlotte Diamond~

Printouts

Cookie's Craft Bag Days of the Week Game

Cookie's Week Worksheet

Cookie's Week Matching Game

Related Sites

My Cookie's Week Activity Plans

Cookie's Week

Home and Literacy - Cookie's Week

Origami Cat

Charlotte Diamond - I have several Charlotte Diamond cd's and the children LOVE them (adults too)... I highly recommend adding some to your music collection!


Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

by Tomie dePaola

Program Plan

Crafts

Potato Prints
Cut potatoes in half and then cut shapes out of the centre of each half. Dip the potatoes in paint and stamp onto paper.

Mr. Potato Head
Using the templates found on the internet, cut out Mr. Potato Head shape and accessories for children to paste to create their own designs.

Paper Plate Rainbow
Paint a rainbow on a paper plate half. When dry, add shamrock garland to the paper plate.

Pot of Gold
Add shamrock stickers to a black plastic container, add green strips of paper to the bowl, and a black pipecleaner handle.

Activities

Potato Pancakes
Make potato pancakes and enjoy with lunch.

Potato Sizing Sorting Game
Print the potato size sorting game and place on a table during child directed play time. What's Missing St. Patrick's Day Game
Print the what's missing St. Patrick's day game and place on a table during child directed play time. Hot Potato Game
Make a hot potato from felt (or use a real potato) to play the hot potato game. St. Patrick's Day Party
St. Patrick's day party games and hunt for gold (chocolate coins).

Explorations

Potatoes
Learn all about potatoes using pictures, books, the internet and real potatoes.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

The Potato Song
Sung To: "The Mexican Hat Dance"
They're red, they're white, they're brown
They get that way underground
There can't be much to do
So now they have blue ones too

We don't care what thay look like we'll eat them
Any way they can fit on our plate
Every way we can conjure to heat them
We're delighted and think they're just great

PO ta to po ta to po ta to po
ta to po ta to po ta to po ta
to po ta to po ta to po ta to
po ta to po ta to po ta to

Sometimes we ditch the skin
To eat what it's holding in
Sometimes we'd rather please
Have just the outside with cheese


They have eyes but they do not have faces
I don't know if their feelings get hurt
By just hanging around in dark places
Where they only can stare at the dirt

PO ta to po ta to po ta to po
ta to po ta to po ta to po ta
to po ta to po ta to po ta to
po ta to po ta to po ta to
~Cheryl Wheeler~

One Potato, Two Potatoes
One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four
I made a batch of hot potatoes
And dropped them on the floor!
Five potatoes, six potatoes, seven potatoes, eight
I stomped them into mashed potatoes
And plopped them on a plate
Nine potatoes, ten potatoes, I can't believe my eyes
The children ate them up and now it's time for fries!

I'm a Little Leprechaun
Sung To: "I'm a little teapot"
I'm a little Leprechaun
Quick as can be
I hide my gold
Under a tree
If you see a rainbow
You may find
Where I left
My gold behind

Leprechaun Chant
Leprechaun, Leprechaun,
Look with me.
How many green things can we see?

Printouts

What is Missing Game

Potato Sorting

Related Sites

My St. Patrick's Day theme page.

Preschool Themes and Curriculum - St. Patrick's Day

You Tube - The Potato Song

Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Craft


Charlie Needs a Cloak

by Tomie Paola

Program Plan

Crafts

Pom Pom Sheep
Using two donuts cut from cardboard, wrap white wool around until completely covered and thick. Cut around the donut between the cardboard rings then tie securely before removing the pom pom from the rings. Cut a sheep face from black fun foam and add googly eyes, nose, and some white wool to the top near the ears. Use cardboard or small clothespins for the legs so the sheep can stand.

Lamb Headbands
Measure a thick strip of white construction paper to fit around child's head. Glue cotton balls onto the paper. When dry, staple to fit and add ears cut from white construction paper.

Weaving
Create a weaving loom (see link in related sites) from cardboard and weave a small blanket for a stuffed animal.

Activities

Lamb Letters Matching Game
Print the lamb letters matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Sheep
Learn all about sheep through the use of pictures, books, discussions, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day
School one day, school one day
He followed her to school one day
Which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,
Laugh and play, laugh and play,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir
Three bags full
One for my master
One for my dame
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.
Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir
Three bags full.

The Sheep Family
Sung to: "The Farmer in the Dell"
The Mommy sheep's a ewe The Mommy sheep's a ewe The Mommy sheep, the Mommy sheep The Mommy sheep's a ewe.

The Daddy sheep's a ram The Daddy sheep's a ram The Daddy sheep, the Daddy sheep The Daddy sheep's a ram.

The baby sheep's a lamb The baby sheep's a lamb The baby sheep, the baby sheep TThe baby sheep's a lamb.

Printouts

Lamb Letters Matching Game

Related Sites

Make Your Own Pom Poms

How to Make a Loom for Weaving

Tomie dePaola's Website

You Tube - Charlie Needs A Cloak

Preschool Express - Lamb Theme Activities


The Easter Egg

by Jan Brett

Program Plan

Crafts

Robin Craft
Cut a large semi-circle and a small circle from brown construction paper to be used for the robin's body and head. Cut a large semi-circle from red construction paper for robin's red breast. Glue the brown semi-circle onto the red leaving the red breast showing - trim if necessary. Add the head and add an eye and beak as well as legs cut from yellow construction paper.

Paper Bag Nest
Cut a small paper bag a few inches from the bottom. Scrunch into a nest shape then cover the outside with glue and roll in pieces of shredded brown construction paper.

Robin's Eggs
Paint styrofoam egg shapes light blue. When dry, splatter some brown/black paint on them then let dry. Place the eggs in the paper bag nest.

Paper Plate Easter Basket
Fold a paper plate to create a basket shape and staple the decorate with stickers, add a ribbon and handle.

Paper Plate Bunny
Take two small paper plates and cut one in half. Glue the halves to the back of the other plate for bunny ears. Add a face using googly eyes and pompoms. Cut pink construction paper and glue for the inside of the bunny ears. Add a pastel coloured ribbon tied into a bow at the bottom.

Paint Large Egg Shape
Cut a large egg from paper and have children paint a design on it.

Activities

Easter Game
Print the Easter game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Easter Go Together Puzzles
Print the Easter go together puzzles and place on a table during child directed play time.

Easter Party
Easter games and activities as well as an egg hunt.



Explorations

Apples
Learn all about apples - types, how they grow, and harvesting them. Visit our neighbour's apple tree and choose an apple from the tree.

Trees
Discuss the seasonal changes of an apple tree.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Today I Saw A Robin
Today I saw a robin
Singing in a tree
And this is what that robin
Said to me
Cheerly, cheerly, cheerly
Cheerly, cheerly chee
I'm a happy robin red breast
Singing in a tree.

Oh See the Baskets
Oh see the baskets of Easter Eggs
Pink and blue, purple too
With chocolate bunnies
And jelly beans
I'll share my basket with you.

Printouts

Easter Game

Easter Go Together Puzzles

Related Sites

My Easter theme page.

You Tube - The Easter Egg


Hedgie's Surprise

by Jan Brett

Program Plan

Crafts

Chicken
Cut two circles from white construction paper; one for the body and one for the head. Trace the child's closed hand on white construction paper and cut out two copies for the wings. Trace the child's open hand on red construction paper for the comb. Cut a triangle beak and feet from orange construction paper. Glue the pieces together to create a chicken and add googly eyes. Add a red thumbprint for the wattle.

Chick
Cut a half egg shape from yellow construction paper. Cut a triangle beak and feet from orange construction paper. Glue the feet to the bottom of the egg pointing up so it looks like the chick is sitting down. Add googly eyes and the beak. Glue a yellow feather to the top of the head and on either side for wings.

Hedgehog
Make a pompom from cream and brown wool then create a cone shape from tan felt and add to the front of the pompom. Use a black marker to add dots for the nose and eyes.

Activities

Life Cycle of a Chicken
Print the life cycle of a chicken and place on a table during child directed play time.

Chicken Dance
Play the chicken dance and learn the actions.

Explorations

Chickens
Learn all about chickens using pictures, books, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

The Chicken Family
Sung to: "The Farmer in the Dell"
The Mommy chicken's a hen
The Mommy chicken's a hen
The Mommy chicken, the Mommy chicken
The Mommy chicken's a hen.

The Daddy chicken's a rooster
The Daddy chicken's a rooster
The Daddy chicken, the Daddy chicken
The Daddy chicken's a rooster.

The baby chicken's a chick
The baby chicken's a chick
The baby chicken, the baby chicken
The baby chicken's a chick.

Spring Chicken

One mother hen sat on 4 little eggs
Keeping them warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she heard a crack
And a little voice said, as the egg was hatched;

IímÖ aÖspring chicken
Iím yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And theyíre keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So Iíll never be tall
But Iím a real spring chicken
And Iím having a ball!
Chicken Iím a chicken, Iím a haviní a ball!

One mother hen sat on 3 little eggs
Keeping them warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she fell asleep
And a little voice said in a whispered tweet

IímÖ aÖspring chicken
Iím yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And theyíre keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So Iíll never be tall
But Iím a real spring chicken
And Iím having a ball!
Chicken Iím a chicken, Iím a haviní a ball!

One mother hen sat on 2 little eggs
Keeping them warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she moved about
And a little voice said, as a chick popped out

IímÖ aÖspring chicken
Iím yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And theyíre keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So Iíll never be tall
But Iím a real spring chicken
And Iím having a ball!
Chicken Iím a chicken, Iím a haviní a ball!

One mother hen sat on 1 little egg
Keeping it warm in her little egg nest
Then one day she gave a sigh
And a little voice said, ďSURPRISE! SURPRISE!!Ē

IímÖ aÖspring chicken
Iím yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And theyíre keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So Iíll never be tall
But Iím a real spring chicken
And Iím having a ball!
Chicken Iím a chicken, Iím a haviní a ball!

Printouts

Life Cycle of a Chicken

Related Sites

Pom Pom Hedgehog

Spring Chicken Song


Honey... Honey... Lion

by Jan Brett

Program Plan

Crafts

Badger Mask
Print the mask template onto white paper and add black stripes on either side of the face with construction paper and colour the ears and nose. When glue has dried, cut eye holes out then punch a hole on either side and add an elastic that fits child's head.

Handprint Lion
Have children stamp handprints in a circle on paper. When dry, glue a lion head cut out of construction paper to the center of the mane and have children draw on facial features with markers.

Activities

Honey Banana Pops
Peel and cut bananas in half. Cover lightly with honey and roll in granola. Enjoy for snack.

Explorations

African Animals
Learn about the African animals in the story through the use of pictures, books, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

The Honey Badger
The honey badger looks for honey
To satisfy his rumbling tummy
He better share with the honey guide
Or in a burrow he'll have to hide
When he gets tricked, he might start cry'n
Cause he's face to face with an angry lion! ~Written by Ruth~

Printouts

Badger Mask

Related Sites

Homeschool Share - Hone, Honey Lion

Honey, Honey Lion African Safari Video

Honey, Honey Lion African Safari Mural

Badger Colouring Page

Brock's World


The Umbrella

by Jan Brett

Program Plan

Crafts

Tree Frog Hat
Cut two circles from red construction paper and add black frog eye shapes to each one. Measure a band of green construction paper to fit child's head. Staple the eyes to the band and the band closed for a hat.

Paper Plate Monkey
Cut a monkey face shape from beige construction paper and glue onto a white paper plate. Add ears and googly eyes to complete the monkey face.

Activities

Animals of the Umbrella Sequencing
Use the animal masks available on Jan Brett's site to create a sequencing activity and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Rainforest
Learn all about the rainforest using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

The Rainforest Song

The Rainforest

Printouts

Jan Brett: The Umbrella Mural

Jan Brett: The Umbrella Masks

Related Sites

Jan Brett: The Umbrella News Notes

Making Learning Fun: Activities for The Umbrella

Homeschool Share: The Umbrella

Songs 4 Teaching: Rain Forests


No Clean Clothes

by Robert Munsch

Program Plan

Crafts

Mother's Day Gifts
A special gift for Mom.

Cards
Mother's Day cards from construction paper.

Activities
Clothes Sorting Game
Print the clothes sorting game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Chores
Explore the different chores in a household and ways that everyone can help.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

I Love You Mommy
I love you Mommy
Oh yes I do
I don't love anyone
More than you
When you're not with me
I'm blue
Oh Mommy I love you!

It's Your Special Day
Sung To: Do You Know The Muffin Man?
Mommy, it's your special day,
And it's time for me to say
I am glad for the things you do.
Thank you, Mommy, I love you!

Printouts

Clothes Sorting Game

Related Sites

Official Website of Robert Munsch

My Mother's Day gift ideas page.

Preschool Themes and Curriculum - Mother's Day


Mmm Cookies

by Robert Munsch

Program Plan

Crafts

Construction Paper Cookies
Children decorate round cookie shapes cut from construction paper.

Activities

Bake Cookies
Make chocolate chip cookies.

Playdough
Set up a playdough cookie factory.

Explorations

Measurements
Experiment with measuring cups and spoons.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Five Sugar Cookies
Five sugar cookies
With frosting galore
Mother ate one
Then there was four.

Four sugar cookies
Two and two, you see.
Father ate one
Then there was three.

Three sugar cookies
And before I knew
Sister ate one
Then there was two.

Two sugar cookies
Oh, what fun.
Brother ate one
Then there was one.

One sugar cookie
Iíll grab it and run.
When I eat it,
There will be none!
~Jean Warren~

C is for Cookie
C is for cookie
That's good enough for me
C is for cookie
That's good enough for me
C is for cookie
That's good enough for me
Oh cookie, cookie, cookie
Starts with C!

Printouts

Measuring Cups Matching Game

Related Sites

You Tube - C is for Cookie


Moira's Birthday

by Robert Munsch

Program Plan

Crafts

Birthday Necklaces
Cut each child's age out of card paper and have them decorate it and then thread beads onto a string with the number in the middle.

Birthday Cakes
Have children decorate a picture of a birthday cake and then add the number of candles to the cake to match their age.

Balloon Painting
Dip balloons in paint and stamp onto paper.

Wrapping Paper Collage
Children cut wrapping paper and paste onto paper.

Activities

Birthday Party
Celebrate with games and activities.

Birthday Bear Puzzles
Print the birthday bear puzzles and place on a table during child directed play time.



Explorations

Months
Learn the months of the year and each child learns their birthdate.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Four Pretty Presents
Four pretty presents and they are all for me.
I unwrapped the red one, and now there are three.
Three pretty presents and one is from you.
I unwrapped the blue one, and now there are two.
Two pretty presents left until Iím done
I unwrapped the yellow one and now there is one.

One pretty present, I am having so much fun!
I unwrapped it slowly and now there are none.

Balloon Pop
________ had a red balloon so she blew and blew Until it got so big and fat and grew and grew and grew ________ kept it in the air, Never let it drop, Until one day it hit the ground and suddenly went pop!

Printouts

Birthday Bear Puzzles

Related Sites

You Tube - Moira's Birthday

Step by Step Child Care - Birthday Theme


More Literature Activities

Adventures in Literature 1

Adventures in Literature 2

Adventures in Literature 3


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