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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.

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Life Size Candy Land


Yesterday was the Fall Fun Fair at our community centre. One of the things I think is most amazing about the fair is that it’s offered free to all the families in our neighbourhood, from food to games to rides. Our library is attached to the community centre and we have a wonderful relationship with our neighbours. Each year we provide and host an activity in support of the fair.

I wanted to provide an activity that would include participation of all ages and that multiple people could play at once. I had seen different versions of Life Size board games over the internet including Candy Land and so last year with the help of staff and volunteers we worked to create props and the game itself. It was a huge success and we had lots of requests to offer it again.

From 1-4:30 yesterday we had the game set up in the centre’s gym and had a total of 451 people play. (not all at once of course) We saw all ages from parents carrying their infants through, kids, teens and even adults on their own:)

It’s a amazing what cardboard, construction paper, wooden dowels, a wheel and hard work can do. Below are  some pictures. We took them before the crowds arrived as photo release forms would have needed to be signed if we had taken pictures of anyone playing.

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Have you offered a life size board game?  Did I mention the 451 people that played? I’m exhausted!

 

Love to know your thoughts!