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What Pet to Get?


WhatPetToGet

I adore books by Emma Dodd.  They have such broad age appeal and work well for my two’s group as well my preschoolers.  What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd is the featured book in this program.

 In this story time we discuss what we think would make the best pet? Is it a Dinosaur? A Bear? What about a T-Rex or a Rock? The majority of the books above all deal with unusual animals as pets, I especially love Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown and Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower which has a great twist in the end.

Of course you could sing the traditional songs: Bingo, How much is that Doggy in the Window, I have a dog and his name is Rags. But I love this unusual one below….

Albuquerque the Turkey (click title for source)

Albuquerque is a turkey,
And he’s feathered and he’s fine.
And he wobbles, and he gobbles,
And he’s absolutely mine.

He’s the best pet that you can get,
Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
And I’m awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
He’s so cozy in his bed,
Because for our Thanksgiving dinner,
We had scrambled eggs instead.

It always makes the kids and their parents smile.

I’ve done a wide array of craft activities with this program, but I think the overall favourite was when we created Pet Rocks. The children decorated them, made a home for their pet out of egg cartons and gave their pet a name. I heard about their “pet rocks” for weeks after this program

What’s your favourite story to tell about Pets?





Storytime Program: Bear Feels Sick


 

Bear Feels Sick

I love using this story time program with my preschool groups. The featured book is Karma Wilson’s Bear Feel’s Sick and I use the other books to support the concept of  how we can care for others as well as keeping those pesky germs to ourselves.

After reading Bear Feels Sick, we re-enact the story together. I bring out a teddy bear who has the sniffles and lay out the props from the story-all things to help bear feel better. I ask the children if they remember what the animals did in the story to help bear feel better? I invite them to come up, choose and item (i.e. Tissue) and use it on bear. They love caring for bear and it’s also a great opportunity to see if they recall the order in the story and how the items were used.

Song:  Aside from my traditional Opening/closing song routine, in this program we share:

*John Brown’s Baby (tune of Glory Glory Hallelujah) 

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo) -(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

So he rubbed it with camphorated oil which is just like Vicks. -(Rub Chest)*

Start song slowly and then speed up faster and faster as you go.

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond is the story of a sick little girl who has the flu, sneezes and coughs in her hands and then proceeds to touch everything in her path, spreading the germs and a sticky green goo everywhere she goes. (yuck)

After this story we talk about the importance of hand washing and why we should always cover our mouths and nose when we sneeze with our arms or a tissue.

To illustrate this I bring out a spray bottle with water. I ask the children to imagine that I am about to sneeze and I do not  cover my nose or mouth-I then spray all the kids in front of me (usually it’s met with squeals of delight) We chat about how if it was a real sneeze or cough I’d be spraying them with germs not water. I pretend to sneeze again but this time cover the spray spout with my arm.

-after this activity they often ask me to spray them again:)

I’m not a huge fan of offering crafts every program but we have made Get-Well Cards as a closing activity as well.

Love to hear your comments!





How Does Sleep Come? -Pajama Party


Pajama Party  HOW TO THROW A PAJAMA PARTY

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the BEDTIME PAJAMA PARTY BLOG TOUR promoting for Jeanne C. Blackmore’s new children’s book HOW DOES SLEEP COME?  Elizabeth Sayles’ illustrations paint the coziest, most relaxing pictures that will have the little ones yawning in no time.

Before bed, Jacob asks his Mom, “How does sleep come?”  His mom answers with soothing images that leave Jacob’s eyes drooping as he lifts off to dreamland.

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky has been kind enough to provide a Pajama Party Kit that will keep the party interested and provide the children the ability to become a part of Jacob’s bedtime adventure.

PAJAMA PARTY

BEFORE the party starts

  • Use the link (see below) to download invitations that are sure to get responses!
  •  If you want to create your own invitations:

-Use construction paper to cut out little pajama bottoms and write the desired information on the legs.  Use colored ribbon to make a cute bow on the top to look like pajama draw strings. Put in an envelope and send.

  • Dress to impress in your snazziest pajamas. (Don’t leave out your stuffed animal for comfort!)
  • Make sure you have all your food and materials ready and set up for the guests. (I always have extra so that everyone smiles.)

FOOD IDEAS:

Milk and Cookies

  •  Cookies made in moon, star, and teddy bear shapes
  • Cupcakes with moons and stars as decoration toppings
  • Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter (but check for allergies first!)

DECORATIONS are easy for a Pajama theme!

Push living room furniture out of the way first.  Throw pillows around the living room and place plenty of blankets around for a cozy atmosphere.  To add affect, create a starry sky by hanging white twinkly lights around the party area.

 

DURING the party

ICEBREAKER GAMES

  • Use the creative writing stars found in the Sourcebooks Pajama Party Kit (see below) as an icebreaker.  You can ask questions such as, “What is the best bedtime snack?” or “What stuffed animal do you cuddle with at nighttime?”
  • Easy obstacle course to get energy out before reading the book:

-  Pretend they’re Jacob sprinting to his bed before lights out: jump the pillow, crawl under the chair, go around the footstool and end up in the living room (or party area) for the reading. Have a crepe paper “finish” and “start” lines taped to the floor.

READING

  • As you read HOW DOES SLEEP COME have the kids count sailboats and guess what animal will appear next.  Then, ask them how do they think sleep comes?

SLEEPY TIME FOOD

            This would be the perfect time to bring out snacks! (see above)

GAMES

  • Like the rabbit in HOW DOES SLEEP COME, race and hop around.  To add effect: make a blanket of cotton balls on the floor so that it feels like clouds and snow.
  • Pajama Contest with winners and prizes for most comfy, most sleepy time props, brightest PJs, and more.  Prizes could be a small plush toy or candy.
  •  If it’s a sleepover, have a sleeping bag relay race (similar to potato sac race)
  • Decorate pillowcases to make your very own Dream Canvas to sleep on!
  • Buy blank pillow cases and assorted permanent markers (safe to sleep on) and draw away!
  • You can also use the pillow case as a cape to look like Jacob on the cover.

Use the downloadable Sourcebooks Pajama Party Kit for activities that will allow the kids to interact with Jacob’s bedtime in How DOES SLEEP COME?

 

 PARTING GIFTS:

  • Slip one of the cookies they might have enjoyed during the party into a cellophane CD envelope, tie with colored yarn, and add a nice Thank You note or tag.  On the less expensive side, simply use sandwich baggies or saran wrap!
  •  The Thank You note can be made with colored construction paper cut out in moons or stars, punch a whole, and attach to yarn!
  •  Packets of hot cocoa mix, so when they go home and get ready for bed, they can feel all snuggly and warm.To jazz up the packets, add a Thank You note using the ideas listed above.
  •  Make your own bookmarks with dreamlike pictures like the ones you find in the book.
  • Purchase glow-in-the-dark stars and put a few in 5.5 ” L x 1.5 ” W envelopes. You can write Thank You on the front and draw on moons and stars.

 

 Have fun planning your Pajama Party to celebrate HOW DOES SLEEP COME?

Special Thanks to Sourcebooks for including me on the tour!

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