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White Rabbit's Color Book

by Alan Baker

Crafts

White Rabbit
Glue cotton balls onto bunny shape.

Colour Collage
Paste items from one colour to create a colour collage.

Mixing Colours Fingerpainting
Fingerpaint with primary colours to create secondary colours.

Activities

Colour Sorting
Sort items into a divided tray by colour.

Colour Matching Game
Print the colour matching game and place on a table for children to use during child directed play.

Explorations

Colours
Colour of the day activities and songs.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Sleeping Bunnies
See the bunnies sleeping
'Til it's nearly noon
Won't you come and wake them
With a merry tune
Oh so still
Are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies
And hop, hop, hop
Wake up little bunnies
And hop, hop, and stop.

One White Bunny
Sung to: "One Little Elephant"


One white bunny went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
The pot he found was an enormous one
So he jumped right in to have some fun.


One red bunny went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
The pot he found was an enormous one
So he jumped right in to have some fun.


One orange bunny went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
The pot he found was an enormous one
So he jumped right in to have some fun.
~Written by Ruth~

Start with a new white bunny and have him jump into 2 different primary colours to create the secondary colours.

Printables

Bunny Colour Pots Matching Game

Related Sites

Preschool Themes & Curriculum Bunny Theme
Learn NC: Exploring Colors

Let It Fall

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Program Plan

Crafts

Leaf Prints
Dip leaves in paint and press prints onto paper.

Frame Fall Leaves
Have children paint and decorate a funfoam frame. Place contact paper to a back undecorated frame. Arrange leaves on the contact paper. Cover the collage then place the decorated frame on top. Add ribbon for hanging.

Leaf Painting
Collect leaves and tape together on a twig to create a paintbrush. Dip in fall colours and paint.

Apple Trees
Have children fingerpaint green on two pieces of white construction paper then add circles for apples. When dry, cut into tree top shape. stuff 3 balls of newspaper into a paper bag. Slit the bag almost 1/2 way and twist the two pieces for branches. Staple the treetops to the tree trunk.

Squirrel
Paint a squirrel shape.

Activities

Fall Walk
Discover the changes around us during a walk around the neighbourhood.

Feeding Squirrels
Go to the forest to feed peanuts to the squirrels. Discuss how animals prepare in the fall for the upcoming winter.

Leaf Pattern Strips
Print the leaf pattern strips and place on a table during child directed play.

Leaf Sorting Game
Print the leaf sorting game and place on a table during child directed play.

Explorations

Fall
Discover the wonders of fall through observation, pictures, and the internet.

Apples
Learn all about apples and the seasonal changes of an apple tree.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Pretty Leaves
Pretty leaves they 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 leaves they are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them sitting back down.

Five Little Leaves
Five little leaves so bright and gay
Were dancing about on a tree one day
The wind came blowing through the town
And one little leaf came tumbling down.

Four little leaves so bright and gay... etc.

Three little leaves so bright and gay... etc.

Two little leaves so bright and gay... etc.

One little leaf so bright and gay
Was dancing about on a tree one day
The wind came blowing through the town
And the last little leaf came tumbling down.

Grey Squirrel
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your bushy tail
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your bushy tail
Put a peanut in your toes
Wrinkle up your little nose
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your bushy tail.

The Apple Star
Take an apple round and red
Don't slice down
Slice through instead
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

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

Printables

Leaf Pattern Strips
Leaf Sorting Game

Related Sites

My Fall Theme
My Apple Theme
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Fall Theme

Blue's Thanksgiving Feast

by Jessica Lissy

Crafts

Paper Plate Turkey
Trace and cut handprints from coloured construction paper. Paint a small paper plate brown and let dry. Colour a turkey head/neck shape and add a thumbprint waddle with red paint. Glue the construction paper handprints to the back of the plate for feathers. Glue the turkey head/neck to the front of the plate.

Food Collage
Cut and paste food pictures onto paper.

Indian Corn
Cut 3 strips from a paper bag or brown construction paper. Crumple and uncrumple the strips. Cut squares from coloured construction paper and glue onto a corn shape. When dry, staple the brown strips to the corn for husks.

Activities

Turkey Colours Matching Game
Print the turkey colours matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Thanksgiving Lunch
Have a 'first Thanksgiving' lunch celebration.

Explorations

The Harvest
Discuss the harvest through pictures, books, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Mr. Turkey
Mr. Turkey's tail is big and wide
He swings it when he walks
His neck is long, his chin is red
And he gobbles when he talks.

We Eat Turkey
Sung to: "Frere Jacques"
We eat turkey, we eat turkey
Oh so good, Oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum. Yum, yum, yum.

Mashed potatoes, etc.

Baked yams, etc.

Yellow corn, etc.

Apple pie, etc.

Mrs. Duck and Mr. Turkey
Mrs. Duck went to visit Mr. Turkey
And she walked with a wobble, wobble, wobble
She said, "How do you do?" to Mr. Turkey
And he answered with a "gobble, gobble, gobble."

Printables

Turkey Colours Matching Game 1 - Easy
Turkey Colours Matching Game 2 - More Difficult

Related Sites

My Thanksgiving Theme
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Thanksgiving Theme

Stellaluna

by Janell Cannon

Crafts

Sock Bats
Stuff a brown or black sock with batting. Seal closed by sewing or use a glue gun. Add googly eyes, fun foam wings and ears, then add pipecleaner feet.

Hand and Foot Bat
Dip foot in paint and place in centre of paper. Dip one hand to press for a wing, then the other. When dry, add face and ears with construction paper or markers.

Pop Bottle Bat
This looks really neat set up in a tree especially on a windy night when the wind makes the bag rustle! Cut a black garbage bag in 1/2. Cover a 2 litre pop bottle with the 1/2 bag cutting away extra and stuffing the last bit into the opening of the bottle. Replace the lid on to hold the bag secure. Fold the other piece of bag in 1/2 lengthwise. Cut a bat wing shape out leaving the fold intact. Place a long stick into the fold and secure with tape or using a glue gun. When I made these with the children, I used the glue gun first and then for extra support, added a the packing tape in an X form in the center of the wing span. From the scraps left over of the bag, cut out 2 bat ears and tape/glue gun on. Cut out 2 eyes from tin foil or reflective paper or you can use glow in the dark stickers. Attach. Place your bat in the tree using the stick in the wings to secure it in the tree branches.

Fun Foam Bat Mobile
Purchase precut foam bats (Dollarama had a pkg. of 20 in 3 colours for $1.00!) or cut your own from sheets of fun foam. Add googly eyes. Decorate a strip of fun foam and staple into a circle when dry. Add strings to the bats and hang from the decorated circle.

Bat Woodsies
Purchase bat woodsies (Dollarama had a pkg. of 6 for $1.00!) and paint.

Activities

Stellaluna DVD
Watch the movie Stellaluna.

Bat Colours Matching Game
Place the game on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Bats
Learn all about bats through books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Bats Are Sleeping
Sung to: "Frere Jacques"
Bats are sleeping
Bats are sleeping
Upside down
Upside down
Sleeping in the morning sun
Waiting for the night to come
Sleeping in the morning sun
Then they'll fly all around
Then they'll fly all around.

Bats
They come in many colors
Flying through the night time air
They use sonar to guide their way
Those bats are everywhere
They eat so many little bugs
The farmers love them so
But when the daylight comes along
Do you know where they go?

Little Bat
Sung to: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
Swooping, swooping little bat
How I wonder where you're at.
Up above the trees so high,
In the dark you like to fly.
Swooping, swooping little bat
How I wonder where you're at.

Printables

Bat Colours Matching Game

Related Sites

Home School Share: Stellaluna Lapbook
Step by Step Child Care: Bat Theme

What a Scare, Jesse Bear

by Nancy White Carlstrom

Crafts

Bat Trick or Treat Bags
Cut two bat wings from black felt. Place them on either side between two pieces of black felt (facing in) and sew 3 sections of the felt to create a bag (side/bottom/side). Turn right side out and the wings should be in place. Add a black handle and face for your bat. These can also be assembled using a glue gun.

Black and Orange Collage
Glue with materials that are black and orange.

Halloween Blotto's
Place black paint on orange paper, fold, press down, and then open to see what has been created.

Jack O' Lanterns
Cut pumpkin shapes from orange construction paper and provide shapes cut from black construction paper to create faces.

Activities

Pumpkin Carving/Pumpkin Seed Tasting
Scoop out then carve a pumpkin into a jack o'lantern. Roast the pumpkin seeds and enjoy!

Halloween Matching Games
Print out the matching games and place on a table during child directed play.

Halloween Party
Children arrive in costume for halloween fun and games.

Explorations

Fears
Discuss things that might scare someone.

Halloween
Discuss the traditions of the holiday through pictures, books, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

It is Halloween
Sung to: "Mary had a Little Lamb"
Jack-o-lantern Smiling bright
Smiling bright, smiling bright
Witches flying in the night
It is Halloween!

Ghosts and Goblins, cats and bats
Cats and bats, cats and bats
Witches with their funny hats
It is Halloween!

Trick or Treating
Sung to: "Sing a Song of Sixpence"
When I'm trick-or-treating I know what to do,
I walk on the sidewalk and bring my flashlight too!
I don't eat my candy until I'm home at last…
I check it with an adult there and then I eat it fast!

There's Something
Print for feltboard.

Printables

Halloween Roll-A-Games
Halloween Patterning Strips
Halloween Shadows

Related Sites

My Halloween Theme
My Halloween Party Page
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Halloween Theme

I Smell Christmas

by Mercer Mayer

Crafts

Presents for parents
Each year we make a special gift for Mom and Dad - please visit my Christmas gift page for ideas.

Cinnamon/Applesauce Ornaments

  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup white glue
Mix ingredients in a bowl. Roll into a ball and then flatten on wax paper. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from dough. Use a straw to create a hole for hanging. Turn several times a day until dry then add a pretty ribbon.

Candy Canes
Twist pipecleaners together to create candy canes.

Popsicle Stick Trees
Glue a triangle using 3 popsicle sticks. Paint green and let dry. Decorate with glitter glue and/or sequin beads. Add a brown square to the bottom and a star to the pointed top to create a tree.

Jingle Bell Bracelets
String beads and jingle bells onto a pipecleaner. Create a circle to fit on wrist.

Cinnamon Pinecone Ornaments
Add white paint to a cinnamon scented pinecone. Shake in silver glitter and let dry. Add a bow to the top and a ribbon for hanging.

Red and Green Collage
Create a picture using red and green craft materials.

Activities

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
Decorate mini gingerbread houses with candies.

Christmas Games
Print the Christmas Games and place on a table during child directed play.

Christmas Party
Carolling, games, and opening presents at our annual Christmas party.

Explorations

5 Senses
Discover the sights, sounds, tastes, feel, and smells of Christmas.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Our 5 Senses Christmas Poem
I see the Christmas tree and children on Santa's knee
I smell the cookies I make and the Christmas cake
I hear bells ringing and children singing
I taste the Christmas sweets and all the other treats
I feel the Christmas toys made for girls and boys
by Elaine Engerdahl

Jingle Bells
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh
Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh!

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bobtail ring
Making spirits bright
Oh what fun it is to sing
A sleighing song tonight!
Oh!

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh
Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh!

Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Jolly old Saint Nicholas,
Lean your ear this way,
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say.
Christmas Eve will soon be here,
Now you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me,
Tell me if you can.

When the clock is striking twelve,
When I'm fast asleep,
Down the chimney with your pack,
Softly you will creep.
All the stockings you will find,
Hanging in a row,
Mine will be the shortest one,
You'll be sure to know.

Old Toy Trains
Old toy trains, little toy tracks
Little toy drums coming from a sack
Carried by a man dressed in white and red
Little one, don't you think it's time you were in bed?

Close your eyes
Listen to the skies
All is calm, all is well
Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells

Bringin' old toy trains, little toy tracks
Little toy drums coming from a sack
Carried by a man dressed in white and red
Little one, don't you think it's time you were in bed?

Close your eyes
Listen to the skies
All is calm, all is well
Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells

Bringin' old toy trains, little toy tracks
Little toy drums coming from a sack
Carried by a man dressed in white and red
Little one, don't you think it's time you were in bed?

Printables

I Smell Christmas Matching Game
Roll A Christmas Games
Christmas Puzzles
Sudoku Christmas Puzzle

Related Sites

Our Five Senses Christmas Poem found on the Kinderplans website.
My Christmas Theme
My Christmas Gifts Page
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Christmas Theme

Happy New Year, Corduroy

by Don Freeman

Crafts

New Year Hats
Decorate triangle shapes and staple to a head band.

Noisemakers
Decorate juice bottles, fill with popcorn or rice.

Activities

New Year's Party
New Year's count down at noon. Wear party hats and use noisemakers to ring in 12:00.

Happy New Year Game
Print the Happy New Year Game and place on a table during child directed play.

Explorations

New Year
Discuss months of the year, the new year, and resolutions.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Happy New Year
Sung to: "Frere Jacques"
Happy New Year
Happy New Year
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Good-bye to the old year
Hello to the new year
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Rah! Rah! Rah!

Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of Auld Lang Syne.

For Auld Lang Syne, my dear,
For Auld Lang Syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For Auld Lang Syne.

Printables

Happy New Year Game

Related Sites

Preschool Themes and Curriculum New Year's Theme
Activity Village - New Year for Kids

Geraldine and the Big Snow

by Holly Keller

Crafts

Snowflake Stamping
Using snowflake stampers, stamp snowflake shapes onto dark paper.

Glitter Snowflake
Stamp a large snowflake shaped sponge onto dark paper then sprinkle with glitter.

Doily Snowflakes
Decorate doilies with glittery materials.

Shape Snowman
Provide precut circles and shapes to create a snowman.

Snowman Puppet
Cut a puppet shape (x2) from white felt. Use a glue gun and felt pieces, pom poms, and buttons to complete the puppet.

Mittens
Glue coloured wool onto mitten shapes.

Golf Ball Painting
Add a paper into a carboard box and add white paint. Place a golf ball into the box then tip the box to roll the ball through the paint.

Ice Cube Painting
Fill an ice-cube tray and let partially set so that a popsicle stick will remain standing when placed in the center of each cube. Freeze completely. Sprinkle (I use old spice shakers so the kids can do it themselves) dry tempera paint onto fingerpaint paper. Have the children move their ice cube on the paper over the paint - as it melts, the dry tempera will turn into paint - use several colours of tempera - when dry, these look like watercolour paintings.

Activities

Snow Painting
Use spray bottles to paint the snow.

Snowman Matching Game
Print the snowman matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Snowman Clothespin Game
Print the snowman clothes pin game and place on a table during child directed play time.

What's Missing Snowman Game
Print the what's missing snowman game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Snow
Which will melt faster... the large snowball or the small one? What happens to snow when it melts? What happens to water when it freezes?

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Pretty Snowflakes are Falling
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.

Build A Little Snowman
Sung to: "I'm A Little Teapot"
Build a little snowman starting with it's feet
Pack on lots of snow and make him nice and neat
Then you roll a big 'round ball, put it right on top
But then the sun may come out and make your snowman hot
He drips and he drips and he drips all day
Looking for my snowman what do I see?
Nothing but a puddle where he used to be!

Suzy Snowflake
Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Dressed in a snow-white gown
Tap, tap, tappin' at your windowpane
To tell you she's in town.

Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Soon you will hear her say
"Come out everyone and play with me
I haven't long to stay.

If you want to make a snowman
I'll help you make one, two, three
If you wanna take a sleigh ride
The ride's on me."

Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Look at her tumblin' down
Bringing joy to every girl and boy
Suzy's come to town.

~by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett~

Printables

Snowman Alphabet Clothespin Game
What's Missing Snowman Game
Snowman Colours Flashcards and Game

Related Sites

My Snow Theme
My Winter Theme
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Snowman Theme
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Winter Theme
Mrs. Jackson's Class: Winter and Snow Related Links

Snowy's Special Secret

by Guido van Genechten

Crafts

Styrofoam Cup Polar Bear
Add ears, a Circle with a black nose glued onto it, and googly eyes to a white circle then glue the white circle onto a styrofoam cup sitting upside down. Add construction paper arms to either side of the cup.

Polar Bear Picture
Stamp a blue paper with snowflakes using a snowflake stamp. Add cotton balls to the bottom of the picture. Cut out a polar bear shape from white construction paper adding a nose and eye with a black magic marker. Glue the polar bear onto your winter scene.

Shape Polar Bear
Cut circle ears, circle head, circle body, circle tail and rectangle legs to create a shape polar bear.

Activities

Polar Bear Colours
Print the polar bear colours matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Blubber Mitten
Create a blubber mitten using Cristco and ziplock bags. Fill one bad 1/3 full of Cristco shortening, then turn another zip lock bag inside out and place it inside the bag with the shortening sealing the 2 bags together. Have children place their unmittened hand in ice water and the hand with the blubber mitten on. Discuss the experience and what is happening and why.

Explorations

Polar Bears
Learn all about polar bears using picture, books, and the internet.

Arctic
Discuss life in the Arctic.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Walking Through the Arctic
Walking through the Arctic
And what do you think I saw
A great big polar bear
And he said, "stand up!"
shake, shake, shake this-a-way, shake, shake that-a-way
Then he said, "Sit down!"


Walking through the Arctic
And what do you think I saw
A great big polar bear
And he said, "stand up!"
shake, stomp, stomp this-a-way, shake, shake that-a-way
Then he said, "Sit down."

Little Polar Bear
Little polar bear
White as the snow
Sat on the ice
Near the cold water's flow.
"I am hungry", he said
and made a wish
Then stuck in his paw
And pulled out a fish!

Polar Bear
Sung to: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"
The polar bear lives in the Arctic
He never gets cold in a storm
He swims in cold icy water
His heavy coat keeps him warm
Warm, warm, warm, warm
His heavy coat keeps him warm.

Printables

Polar Bear Colours Matching Game

Related Sites

My Arctic/Antarctic Theme
My Arctic/Antarctic Lapbook
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Arctic Theme
Teachers.net: Blubber Mitten
Kinder Teacher: Polar Bears

Penguin's Big Surprise

by Susie Jenkin-Pearce

Crafts

Paper Bag Penguin
Stuff a paper lunch bag with newspaper, fold over the top, and staple closed. Paint the entire bag black and let dry. Cut a white body from construction paper and glue onto the front of the penguin. Add eyes and a beak. Cut feet from construction paper and glue to the bottom of the bag.

Handprint Penguin
Paint hand black with an oval of white on the palm and orange on the tips of the second and fourth fingers. Spread thumb and pinky for the wings when creating handprint. When dry, add googly eyes.

Thumbprint Penguin Scene
Add snowflakes to blue paper using a snowflake stamp and paint snow on bottom of the paper. Add black paint to the outside of thumb and white to the rest of the thumb and stamp several on the paper. When dry, add orange feet to the penguins, an orange beak and eyes.

Construction Paper Penguin
Cut a large 8 shape from black construction paper adding wings near the middle area. Cut another figure 8 shape (smaller) from white construction paper. Glue the white shape to the center of the black. Add orange construction paper feet, beak, and googly eyes.

Stuffed Felt Penguins
Cut a penguin shape (x2) out of black felt. Cut a white face/tummy in a figure 8 shape and glue onto one piece of the felt. Using a hot glue gun, glue the 2 pieces of black felt together 3/4 way. Stuff with cotton balls then close completely. Add face and feet with scrap pieces of felt. You can make these any size you want - if making larger penguins, using batting to stuff.

Activities

Penguin Shapes
Print the penguin shapes game and place on a table during child directed play

Penguin Walk
Move around the room like penguins. Add a ball to the children's feet (egg) and have them try again.

Explorations

Penguins
Learn all about penguins with the use of pictures, books, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

I'm a Little Penguin
Sung to: "I'm A Little Teapot"

I'm a little penguin.
Look at me
Fishing and swimming
In the deep blue sea
My wings are black
My tummy is white
And I like sliding down the snow so bright!

Little Penguin
Sung to: "I'm A Little Teapot"
I'm a little penguin back and white
Short and wobbly, an adorable sight.
I can't fly, but I love to swim
So I waddle to the water and dive right in!

Three Little Penguins
Sung to: "I'm A Little Teapot"
Three little penguins
Dressed in black
Waddle, waddle forward
Waddle right back
They stand on the ice and they look so neat
As they waddle along on their little flat feet

Five Little Penguins
Five little penguins
Sliding on the ice.
My, Oh my, don't they look nice?
Then one fell down
And landed with a frown.

Four little penguins
Sliding on the ice.
My, Oh my, don't they look nice?
Then one fell down
And landed with a frown.

(repeat until one penguin remains)

One little penguin
Sliding on the ice.
My, oh my, doesn't he look nice?
Then he fell down and landed with a frown.
No more penguins sliding on the ice!

All the Penguins

Printables

Penguin Shapes Matching Game
Penguin Addition Game

Related Sites

My Arctic/Antarctic Theme
My Arctic/Antarctic Lapbook
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Penguin Theme

Celebrating Chinese New Year

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

Crafts

Chinese Lanterns
Fold a piece of construction paper lengthwise. Mark lines equal distances apart and cut, Open Lantern and secure the top and bottom using a stapler or glue then add a construction paper handle.

Dragon Puppet
Fold a piece of green construction paper to create a dragon puppet. Decorate with construction paper and googly eyes.

'Year of...' Colouring Page
Print a colouring page for each child depicting their chinese zodiac animal.

Rabbit Puppet
Print the rabbit puppet and follow the directions to create it.

Activities

Chinese New Year Party
Party games and activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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

Explorations

China
Learn about China and Chinese new year traditions through books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Dragon Dance
Sung to: "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
See the Dragon dance and prance
Dance and prance, dance and prance
See the Dragon dance and prance.
On Chinese New Year's Day.

Hear the firecrackers pop
Pop,pop,pop; pop,pop,pop
Hear the firecrackers pop
On Chinese New Year's Day.

Printables

China Matching Game

Related Sites

Craft Ideas for All: Dragon Puppet Instructions
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Chinese New Year Theme

Guess How Much I Love You

by Sam McBratney

Crafts

Guess How Much I Love You Cards
Print the cards from the Guess How Much I Love You Activity Pack and have the children decorate to give to someone special.

Valentine Boxes
Children decorate valentine boxes to create mail boxes for the valentine card exchange on party day.

Tissue Paper Hearts
Children glue red and pink tissue paper to a heart shape.

Stuffed Hearts
Children paint/decorate 2 heart shapes. When dry, staple together 3/4 of the way and stuff with newspaper then staple closed.

Brown Rabbit Puppets
Create rabbit puppets using brown paper bags and construction paper.

I Love You to the Moon and Back Mobile
Paint a large paper plate creamy yellow and let dry. Have children decorate star shapes with glitter paint. Assemble into a mobile with the words I love you to the moon and back as the topper of the mobile.

Activities

Valentine Patterns
Print the valentine pattern strips and place on a table during child directed play time.

Valentine Word Families
Print the valentine word family sorting game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Valentine Puzzles
Print the valentine puzzles and place on a table during child directed play time.

Puppy Pals Matching Game
Print the puppy pals matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

I Spy Valentines
Print the I Spy Valentines emergent reader and place on a table during child directed play time.

Valentine's Day Party
Valentine card exchange and party games such as heart toss, musical hearts, and hidden hearts.

Meausure the Room
How many steps to areas in the room... which is farther? Use rulers and measuring tapes to measure distances and objects.

Explorations

Valentine's Day
Learn all about Valentine's Day through the use of pictures, books, and the internet.

Guessing/Estimation
Guess how many hearts in a pile, how many red beads in the jar, etc.

Measurement
Measure how tall each child is, measure how far they can stretch, measure objects and distances in the room using standard and non-standard measuring tools.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Love Is Nothing
Love is nothing 'til you give it away, give it away, give it away
Love is nothing 'til you give it away and you end up having more
Love is like a magic penny; hold on tight and you won't have any
Lend it, spend it; you'll have so many
They'll be rolling all over the floor
Oh, love is nothing 'til you give it away, give it away, give it away
Love is nothing 'til you give it away and you end up having more.

I Love You
I love you
You love me
We're best friends
Like friends should be
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too.

I love you
You love me
We're a happy family
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too.

Friends
Friends I will remember you
Think of you and care for you
And when another day is through
I'll still be friends with you.

How Many Valentines

Love Feels

Printables

Valentine Patterns
Valentine Word Families
Valentine Puzzles
Puppy Pals Matching Game
I Spy Valentines

Related Sites

My Valentine's Day Theme
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Valentine's Day Theme
Fine Arts Centre: Guess How Much I Love You Teacher's Study Guide
Candle Wick: Guess How Much I Love You Activity Pack

A Rainbow of My Own

by Don Freeman

Crafts

Paper Bag Rainbow
Stuff a paper bag with newspaper then fold the top in and staple closed. Cover the bottom with tissue paper. Fringe strips of tissue paper in rainbow colours. Glue onto the bag from the bottom up to create a rainbow effect. Punch two holes near the top, thread a string through and tie then tie a larger string to create a hanger. Glue strips of tissue paper to the bottom if you wish.

Paint Rainbow
Provide rainbow colours of paint to create rainbow pictures.

Fruit Loop Rainbow
Glue fruit loops onto a rainbow shape.

Rainbow Bracelets
Add rainbow coloured pony beads to wool or pipecleaner. Tie when finished.

Melted Crayon Rainbow
Sprinkle crayon shavings in various colours onto wax paper cut into a rainbow shape, cover with an identical piece of wax paper and melt with an iron.

Tissue Paper Rainbow
Glue tissue paper squares or scrunched up pieces of tissue paper onto a rainbow shape. Add cotton to either end to make clouds.

Construction Paper Rainbow
Cut semi-circles in decreasing sizes from coloured construction paper. Glue from largest to smallest on top of each other to create a rainbow.

Paper Plate Rainbow Shakers
Paint a paper plate in rainbow colours. When dry, fold in half then add rice or popcorn. Stape closed and seal completely. Add coloured ribbon around the edge if you wish.

Activities

Rainbow Size Sequencing
Print the rainbow size sequencing game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Rainbow Opposite Puzzles
Print the rainbow opposite puzzles and place on a table during child directed play time.

Colour Paddles
Place colour paddles on a table for experimenting with colours.

Colours of the Rainbow Sorting
Place a sorting tray on a table and items of various colours in the rainbow for children to sort.

Make Rainbow Jello
Add colours of jello to a baking dish... add one colour each day to create the rainbow. Enjoy on Friday for snack.

Explorations

Rainbows
Discover rainbows through the use of books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

I Can Sing A Rainbow
Take an apple round and red
Don't slice down
Slice through instead
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

Rainbow Colours
Rainbow purple,
Rainbow blue,
Rainbow green and yellow, too.
Rainbow orange,
Rainbow red,
Rainbow smiling overhead.

If You Want to See A Rainbow Sung to: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
If you want to see a rainbow,
Check the sky
Just as it is raining
Look up high
With the sun behind your back
You'll see the colors stacked
Oh, I love to see
A rainbow in the sky!

Printables

Rainbow Sizing
Rainbow Opposite Puzzles

Related Sites

Preschool Themes and Curriculum - Rainbow Theme

Clever Tom and the Leprechaun

by Linda Shute

Crafts

Standing Leprechaun
Make a chinese lantern from green paper. Staple a printed photo of child's face and add a leprechaun hat and bow tie from construction paper. Staple the head to the chinese lantern closing the top so the lantern becomes the body. Fold strips of green construction paper for arms and add child's hands traced and cut from construction paper.

Paper Plate Leprechaun
Add beard by curling strips of curled construction paper 2/3 way around a paper plate for the beard. Add a hat to the top. Glue a nose, googly eyes, and draw a mouth.

Pot of Gold
Paint a small terra cotta pot black and let dry. Use a stencil to paint a green shamrock on the pot or use shamrock stickers to decorate.

Green Collage
Create a collage using various green materials.

Shamrocks
Colour shamrocks with green crayons.

Golfball painting on Shamrock Shape
Place a shamrock shape in a box with a blob of green paint on top. Place a golf ball in the box and tip box to paint the shamrock.

St. Pat Hat
Cut a hat shape from green construction paper. Add a black strip and a yellow buckle then let dry. Staple to a strip of green paper that fits child's head.

Activities

St. Patrick's Day Matching/Memory Game
Print the St. Patrick's Day matching/memory game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Shamrock Counting Feltboard Activity
Place shamrock felt pieces and numerals on the feltboard for math exploration.

Sh is for Shamrock Clothespin Game
Print the sh is for shamrock clothespin game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Leprechauns
Learn about leprechauns using books, the internet, and pictures.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

I'm A Little Leprechaun Sung to: "Head and shoulders"
I'm a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
That you ever seen.
If you ever catch me, it is told,
I'll give you my pot of gold!

Do your Ears Point Up? Sung to: Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
Do your ears point up?
Do you have a lot of luck?
For gold do you dig?
Can you dance an Irish jig?
If you answered, "Yes"
You're a leprechaun, I'd guess!

Printables

St. Patrick's Day Matching/Memory Game
Sh is for Shamrock Clothespin Game

Related Sites

My St. Patrick's Day Theme
Preschool Themes and Curriculum St. Patrick's Day Theme

Cars, Trucks, Planes, and Trains

by Nancy Rindone

Crafts

Car Painting
Dip car wheels in paint and drive on paper.

Shape 'Hug Bug'
Cut a semi circle for the car part of the bug car, semi circles for the wheel wells, and circles for the tires.

Paper Train
Print the paper train template and cut from card paper. Fold template to create train. Glue paper tubes to the bottom of the train and cover the ends with plastic lids or card paper. Add windows and the children can draw an engineer in the window if desired.

Box Train
Paint boxes and let dry. Have children add a tube to the front and wheels to the side. Attach the boxes together by punching holes in the front and back of the boxes and attaching with string or wool.

Engineer Hat
Place several layers of newspaper on a bowl that will fit the child's head. Using masking tape, secure the shape. Remove the bowl cutting just around the newspaper leaving the front area uncut. Cut a brim from the front and secure with masking tape. Secure the back and brim inside the hat then paint.

Paper Tube Airplane
Cover a paper tube with construction paper then add a strip of construction paper to the top for wings. Cut a slit on either side at the back and insert a small piece of construction paper and a slit in the centre top to insert a piece of construction paper for the tail. Glue a propeller shape piece of construction paper to the front of the tube.

Hot Air Balloon
Cover a balloon with paper maché then let dry. Cut a circle from the bottom and pop then remove the balloon. Punch holes aroud the circle. Paint the paper maché. When dry, add wool to the punched holes and add a dixie cup basket to comlete your hot air balloon.

Styrofoam Tray Sailboats
Cut a base and sail from styrofoam trays. Have children decorate the sail with permanent marker. Use waterproof glue to attach the sail to the base of the boat.

Carton Boat
Cut a juice carton in half lengthwise and colour with waterproof markers. Place a blob of clay into the boat and add 2 paper sails decorated with crayons onto a dowel and place the dowel into the clay.

Shape Sail Boat
Have children paint the bottom of a piece of paper with waves then let dry. Cut a half circle for the base, a rectangle for the pole and triangles for the sails to create a sailboat to glue onto the painted wave picture.

Activities

Transportation Flip Book
Print the transportation flip book and place on a table during child directed play time.

Ramps
Experiment with ramps and cars.

Float and Sink
Experiment with objects in water to see which ones will float and which objects will sink.

Explorations

Transportation
Learn all about different modes of transportation through books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

I'm Going For a Ride
Oh, I'm going for a ride
Going to sit behind the wheel
Going to drive along the road
Oh, how happy I will feel
And I'm going to toot my horn
Going to travel near and far
Oh I'm going for a ride
Going riding in my car!
And my car goes beep beep beep beep
And my car goes beep beep beep beep
Going to travel near and far
Going riding in my car

Oh, I'm going for a ride
And I'm never coming back
Going to be an engineer
Going to speed along the track
And you'll hear my whistle blow
And I'm happy to explain
Oh I'm going for a ride
Going riding on my train
And my train goes whoo whoo whoo whoo
And my train goes whoo whoo whoo whoo
And I'm happy to explain
I'm going riding on my train.

Oh, I'm going for a ride
Going to sail the ocean blue
And I'm going to be a captain
And I'm going to have a crew
On the water I will float
Oh I'm going for a ride
Going riding on my boat
And my boat goes toot toot toot toot
And my boat goes toot toot toot toot
On the water I will float
Going riding on my boat.
~Sesame Street~

The Train
There's a great big car I can see
Just a rolly rolly rolly rolling down the street
And it rolls so fast and it rolls so sweet
Just a rolly rolly rolly rolly down the street
Well I looked to my left and I looked to my right
There's a firetruck at the traffic light.

There's a firetruck I can see
Just a rolly rolly rolly rolling down the street
And it rolls so fast and it rolls so sweet
Just a rolly rolly rolly rolly down the street
Well I looked to my left and I looked to my right
There's a police car at the traffic light.

There's a police car I can see
Just a rolly rolly rolly rolling down the street
And it rolls so fast and it rolls so sweet
Just a rolly rolly rolly rolly down the street
Well I looked to my left and I looked to my right There's a yellow van at the traffic light.

Continue with different types of road vehicles - if working on colours, use different colours of vehicles.

The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town.

The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep
Beep beep beep, beep beep beep
The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep
All through the town.

The people on the bus go up and down
Up and down, up and down
The people on the bus go up and down
All through the town.

Continue with other verses:
Driver on the bus says move on back
Money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink
Babies on the bus cry "wah, wah, wah"
Mommys on the bus say "sh, sh, sh"
Daddys on the bus say "please sit down"
Doors on the bus go open and shut

Down By The Station
Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug, chug, choo choo
Off we go.

The Train
This is a choo-choo train
Puffing down the track
Now it's going forward
Now it's going back
Now the bell is ringing
Now the whistle blows
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes!

Flying In An Airplane
Oh, we are flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Watching the clouds go by.
Flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Up so very high.

Looking out the window,
We can see the wings.
Down below we see other things.
Like little tiny buildings
And cars so small,
It makes me feel
Like I'm really tall.

Oh, we are flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Watching the clouds go by.
Flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Up so very high.

Pretending I'm a pilot is a lot of fun,
I think when I grow up
I really might be one.
But for now I'm just enjoying
Being in this plane,
Safe from the snow and from the rain.

Oh, we are flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Watching the clouds go by.
Flying in an airplane,
Looking out the window,
Up so very high.
~Barney~

Fisherman's Ship
When I was one, I hurt my thumb
Going over the sea
I jumped aboard the fisherman's ship
And the Fisherman said to me...
Going over, going under
Stand at attention like a soldier
With a 1-2-3

When I was two, I tied my shoe
Going over the sea
I jumped aboard the fisherman's ship
And the Fisherman said to me...
Going over, going under
Stand at attention like a soldier
With a 1-2-3

Continue with other verses:
When I was three, I hurt my knee
When I was four, I shut the door
When I was five, I learned to drive

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Ha, ha, I fooled you
I'm a submarine!

Printables

Paper Train Template
Transportation Flip Book

Related Sites

The Paper Train template was found on How Stuff Works website.
My Transportation Theme
eHow: How to Make a Paper Baseball or Engineer's Hat

Corduroy's Easter Party

by Don Freeman

Crafts

Easter Eggs
Cut large egg shapes from white paper and paint with pastel colours.

Sock Bunny Puppets
Add ears with stiff white and pink felt to a sock, glue on googly eyes and a cotton ball for the tail.

Face Cloth Bunnies
Roll two sides of a facecloth towards each other. Fold and secure with an elastic creating a ring, face and bunny ears. Add a treat to the ring part and add to Easter basket.

Handprint Bunny
Paint palm as well as pointer and middle finger white and stamp onto a paper. When dry, add googly eyes, pompoms and felt teeth to face.

Activities

Feed the Bunny Matching Game
Print the feed the bunny matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Egg Shapes
Print the egg shapes game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Easter Party
Party games and chocolate egg hunt.

Explorations

Spring
Explore the signs of spring using the internet, pictures, and books.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Funny Bunny Hop
Sung to: "Saw A Little Bird"
Funny, little bunny goes hop, hop, hop
Funny little bunny, please stop,stop,stop
Wiggle your ears and crinkle your nose
Then wiggle, wiggle, wiggle right down to your toes.

Easter Eggs
Sung to: "Jingle Bells"
Easter eggs, Easter eggs
Eggs of orange and blue.
Here' are lots of colored eggs
All for me and you.

Chocolate eggs colored brown,
Jelly beans bright green
Aren't these the most beautiful eggs
That you have ever seen?

5 Little Jelly Beans
5 little jelly beans
I wish I had more!
I'll eat the red one
Now there are four!


4 little jelly beans
Tasty as can be
I'll eat the green one
Now there are 3!


3 little jelly beans
Only a few.
I'll eat the purple one
Now there are 2.


2 little jelly beans
Eating them is fun
I'll eat the yellow one
Now there is one.


1 little jelly bean
The last one for me
I'll eat the black one
I'm as happy as can be!

Printables

Feed the Bunny Matching Game
Egg Count Clothespin Game
Egg Shapes Matching Game

Related Sites

My Easter Theme
My Egg Theme
All Free Crafts: Wash Cloth Bunny
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Easter Theme

The New Baby

by Mercer Mayer

Crafts

Family Tree
Decorate a large tree shape and place on the wall for a family tree display.

Picture Frames
Children will paint and decorate 'My Family' picture frames to hold a family photo.

Activities

Family Matching Game
Print the family matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Family Tree
Children bring in a picture of their family and we place it on our family tree.

Explorations

Ordinal Numbers
Discuss ordinal numbers and which ordinal number each child is within their family.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Families
Some families are big
Some families are small
But I love my family
Best of all!

A Family
Oh, a family is people and a family is love
That's a family
They come in all different sizes and different kinds
But mine's just right for me
Yeah, mine's right for me.

I have a friend who lives with his mom and dad
with his brother and his sister too
They have a cat and a dog and a pet bullfrog
And I am really glad they do.

Oh, a family is people and a family is love
That's a family
They come in all different sizes and different kinds
But mine's just right for me
Yeah, mine's right for me.

There's a girl I know who lives with her mom,
And her dad lives far away
Although she sees her parents just one at a time,
They both love her everyday.

Oh, a family is people and a family is love
That's a family
They come in all different sizes and different kinds
But mine's just right for me
Yeah, mine's right for me.

I know a boy whose new he just moved in
He moved from Alabama
And the person whose the head of his family
Is his loving, dear ole grandma.

Oh, a family is people and a family is love
That's a family
They come in all different sizes and different kinds
But mine's just right for me
Yeah, mine's right for me.
~Barney~

Printables

Family Matching Game

Related Sites

Pre-Kinders Families Theme

Mother's Day Mice

by Eve Bunting

Crafts

Mother's Day Gifts and Cards
Each year we make a special gift for Mom - please visit my Mother's Day gift page for ideas.

Activities

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

Mouse Match
Print the mouse matching game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Mice
Learn all about mice from pictures, books, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

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'm glad for all the things you do.
Thank you, Mommy, I love you!

Happy Mother’s Day to You Sung to: "London Bridge"
Happy Mother's Day to you
Day to you, day to you.
Happy Mother's Day to you
I Love You.

Hugs and Kisses just for you
Just for you, just for you
Hugs and Kisses just for you
I Love You.

My Special Friend Sung to: "Bingo"
I have a very special friend
And Mommy is her name-o.
M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y,
And Mommy is her name-o!

Printables

MOMMY Game

Related Sites

My Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Preschool Themes and Curriculum Mother's Day Theme

If You Were an Ant

by Barbara Brenner

Crafts

Ants on an Ant Hill
Cut an ant hill from brown construction paper and glue onto blue paper. Add thumbprint ants all around the hill.

Egg Carton Ant
Seperate egg cartons into sets of 3 cups then paint black. When dry, add googly eyes, pipecleaner legs and antenna.

Ants at a Picnic
Cut food pictures from grocery ads and glue onto a paper plate. Add construction paper ants to the food.

Activities

Ant Food Experiment
Place different foods on a plate and place outside. Later in the day, observe to see what food has the most ants on it.

Ant Race
Print the ant race game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Ants
Learn all about ants from pictures, books, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

The Ants Go Marching
The ants go marching one by one
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching one by one
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching one by one
The little one stops to eat a bun
And they all go marching
Down around the town
Boom Boom Boom

The ants go marching two by two
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching two by two
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching two by two
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching
Down around the town
Boom Boom Boom

The ants go marching three by three
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching three by three
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching three by three
The little one stops to climb a tree
And they all go marching
Down around the town
Boom Boom Boom

The ants go marching four by four
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching four by four
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching four by four
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching
Down around the town
Boom Boom Boom

The ants go marching five by five
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching five by five
Hoorah, hoorah
The ants go marching five by five
The little one stops to visit the hive
And they all go marching
Down around the town
Boom Boom Boom

Ants At Our Picnic
1 ant, 2 ants, 3 ants, 4
Our picnic is their grocery store
5 ants, 6 ants, 7 ants, 8
They are crawling on my plate!

8 ants, 7 ants stomp around
6 ants, 5 ants on the ground
4 ants, 3 ants on the run
2 ants, 1 ant
No more fun!

Printables

Ant Race Game

Related Sites

My Bugs and Insects Theme
Step by Step CC - Ants Theme

The Happy Bee

by Ian Beck

Crafts

Cardboard Tube Bees
Paint tubes black and yellow. When dry, add face, antenna, wings, and stinger.

Bee Puppet
Cut a puppet shape from yellow felt and sew or gluegun the two pieces together leaving the bottom open. Glue black stripes of felt around the body area. Use pipecleaners and pompoms for the antenna then draw a face using permanent markers..

Bee Headbands
Add a strip of black construction paper in the center of a strip of yellow construction paper. Measure to fit child's head and staple then add antenna.

Activities

Alpha Bee Clothespin Game
Print the alpha bee clothespin game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Bee Dance
Wearing the bee headbands, children teach each other a bee dance.

Explorations

Bees
Learn all about bees using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Never Bother With A Bee
Never bother with a bee
He has got a stingeree
Be he worker, be he drone
You had best leave him alone!

Here Is A Bee Hive
Here is a bee hive
Where are all the bees?
Hiding inside, where nobody sees
Watch and you will see them
Come out of the hive
One, two, three, four, five.

Bringing Home A Baby Bumble Bee
I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee
Won't my Mommy be so proud of me
I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee
OUCH... he stung me!

Printables

Alpha Bee Clothespin Game

Related Sites

Step by Step CC - Bee Theme

Ladybugs

by Mia Posada

Crafts

Ladybug Rocks
Find a smooth rock then wash and dry it. Paint the rock red and let dry. Add black paint for a face and black spots to create a ladybug.

Paper Ladybug
Cut a ladybug shape from black bristle board. Cut out a circle shape from red bristle board and cut in half. Add dots to the half circles and let dry. Attach to the black bristle board using a brad so the wings can open and close. Add googly eyes to the black face part of the ladybug shape.

Activities

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

Ladybug Rhymes
Print the ladybug rhymes game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Ladybug Spots
Print the ladybug spots game and place on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Ladybugs
Learn all about ladybugs using the internet, books, and pictures.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Ladybugs
Sung to: "Yankee Doodle"
Ladybugs are in my yard
Just look at them devour
Those pesky aphids on the leaves
Of all my pretty flowers.

Five Little Ladybugs
Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants,
Eating the aphids, but not the ants!
The first one said: "Save some aphids for me!"
The second one said: "These are tasty as can be!"
The third one said: "Oh, they're almost gone!"
The fourth one said: "Then it's time to move on!
The fifth one said: "Come on, let's fly!"
So they opened their wings and flew through the sky.

Little Red Bug
Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
Now you go and have some fun
With your spot, your very first one.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
It's so nice to own a few,
So enjoy these lovely two.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
We are very pleased to see
How nice you look with all three.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
You might feel that you need more,
So we proudly give you four.

Little red bug, oh so cute,
Here's a black spot for your suit.
Heaven, heaven, sakes alive,
Look at you, you're wearing five!

~Susan M. Paprocki~

Printables

Ladybug Game
Ladybug Rhymes
Ladybug Spots

Related Sites

Step by Step CC - Ladybug Theme

The Very Quiet Cricket

by Eric Carle

Crafts

Tube Cricket
Paint a tube and add fun foam legs. Add pipecleaner antenna, pompom and googly eyes.

Tissue Paper Crickets
Glue tissue paper onto two mirrored cricket shapes per child. When dry, cut out and glue the two shapes together to create a cricket.

Activities

The Very Quiet Cricket Sequence Cards
Print the very quiet cricket sequence cards and place on a table during child directed play time.

The Very Quiet Cricket Sorting Activity
Print the very quiet cricket sorting activity and place on a table during child directed play time.

The Very Quiet Cricket Movie
Watch The Very Quiet Cricket mp4 movie.

Explorations

Crickets
Learn all about crickets using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

Cricket
A cricket's ear is in its leg,
A cricket's chirp is in its wing.
A cricket's wing can sing a song.
A cricket's leg can hear it sing.

Imagine if your leg could hear.
Imagine if your ear could talk.
Imagine if your arm could talk.

Would everything feel upside down
And inside out and wrongside through?
Imagine how the world would seem
If you became a cricket, too.
Mary Ann Hoberman

Printables

The Very Quiet Cricket Sequence Cards
The Very Quiet Cricket Sorting Activity

Related Sites

Caterpillar Exchange: The Very Quiet Cricket
Making Learning Fun: Activities to go with The Very Quiet Cricket

Froggy's Day With Dad

by Jonathan London

Crafts

Father's Day Presents and Cards
Each year we make a special gift for Dad - please visit my Father's Day gift page for ideas.

Activities

DADDY Game
Place the DADDY Game on a table during child directed play time.

Explorations

Father's Day
Learn all about Father's Day using books, pictures, and the internet.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

D-A-D-D-Y
Sung to: "Bingo"
There is someone I love the best
And Daddy is his name-o
D-A-D-D-Y (repeat 2 times)
And daddy is his name-o!

Me and My Dad
Just walk'n along
Walking hand in hand
Just me and my Dad
On a beautiful day
Just chatt'n away
About any old thing
Cause me and my Dad
We are the best of friends.

Walk'n, walk'n down the street
Riding way up high
On my Daddy's seat
Just chatt'n away
All the day
I hope it never ends
Cause me and my Dad
We are the best of friends.

La la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

Walk'n, walk'n down the street
Riding way up high
On my Daddy's seat
Just chatt'n away
All the day
I hope it never ends
Cause me and my Dad
We are the best of friends.
Cause me and my Dad
We are the best of friends.
Cause me and my Dad
We are the best of friends.
~David Weinstone~

Printables

DADDY Game

Related Sites

My Father's Day Gift Ideas Page
Preschool Themes and Curriculum - Father's Day Theme

Canada Day

by Molly Aloian

Crafts

Canada Flag
Make flags with construction paper and attach to dowels.

Canada Hats
Glue red construction paper onto either end of a white band that fits the child's head. Add a red maple leaf to the center on the white to create a flag. Staple to fit child.

Canada Noise Makers
Decorate a paper plate with red. Add popcorn to the plate, fold in half, add red streamers around the edge between the plate and then seal.

Red and White Painting
Provide red paint on white paper to make a picture with Canada's colours.

Maple Leaf Rubbings
Tape maple leaves to a table and then place a sheet of paper over them. Rub with a crayon to create a maple leaf image on the paper.

Activities

Animals of Canada Game
Place the animals of Canada game on a table during child directed play time.

Canada Day Party
Dress in Red and White and have a Canada Day celebration with party games and red/white foods.

Explorations

Canada
Learn all about Canada through the use of pictures, the internet, and books.

Songs, Poems, Fingerplays

O Canada
O Canada! Our home and native land.
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Ô Canada
Ô Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillant exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

C-A-N-A-D-A
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Tell me what's a Douglas fir?
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Bet you've never heard a bobcat purr.
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Have you ever seen a lobster crawl?
In Canada, we get to see them all.

We get to see the maple trees,
The maple sugar and the maple leaves.
We've got the biggest wheat fields growing tall.
In C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Where we see the reversing Falls.
In Canada we get to see them all.

C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Tell me what's a tidal boar.
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Have you ver heard the ocean roar?
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Just listen to that wild goose call
In Canada, we get to see them all.

We get to see the maple trees,
The maple sugar and the maple leaves.
We've got the biggest timber woods so tall.
In C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Where adventure ever calls.
In Canada we get to see them all.

C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Have you ever heard a maple creak?
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Bet you've never seen a mountain peak.
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
In the land of the big snow fall.
In Canada, we get to see them all.

We get to see the maple trees,
The maple sugar and the maple leaves.
We've got the biggest wheat fields growing tall.
In C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Where we see the reversing Falls.
In Canada we get to see them all.

C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Have you ever seen a magnetic hill?
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Or a lady on a dollar bill?
C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Bet you've never seen the autumn fall.
In Canada, we get to see them all.

We get to see the maple trees,
The maple sugar and the maple leaves.
We've got the biggest timber woods so tall.
In C-A -- N-A -- D-A
Where adventure ever calls.
In Canada we get to see them all.
I say - In Canada, we get to see them all.
~Raffi~

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~

Printables

Animals of Canada Game
Animals of Canada Worksheet

Related Sites

My Countries Theme
Songs for Teaching: Complete Canada In My Pocket Lyrics