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Storytime: Moon and Stars

Moongame by Frank As

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Kitten’s First full Moon by Kevin Henkes

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a large copy of Moongame by Frank Asch, I have never used it before and was a little apprehensive because it is a little lengthy. I decided to give it a shot and would shorten it if need be. I shouldn’t have had any fears because the children were entranced by this book, I’m not sure if it was the words, the pictures or just the rarity of a large oversized book, but either way it worked perfectly and it went really well with our guessing game!

Craft

I usually end storytime with a craft but today we did it first since we wanted our moons to dry. We painted with moon paint (mixed flour and white paint to make a chunky textured mixture). First I drew a circle with a white colored pencil on black card stock. I passed out different colored star stickers and had the children put the stars all around the circle. Once they were finished I scooped out some moon paint into the middle of the circle and using a paint brush the children spread it around. I didn’t just want to give the children free reign of the paint because I was just imagining a ton of paint all over the pictures and it never drying. Once their circles were painted they took water bottles and different sized bottle caps and pushed them into their moon to make craters. I was nervous that this would be a chaotic mess but again I was wrong to worry! When the paint dries it has a really cool texture.

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All you need for moon paint!

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Moon Guessing Game (Flannel board)

Since I knew the children wouldn’t all finish at the same time I had a game ready for those that were done and washed up to play. I had 5 numbered clouds and hide a moon behind one, the children then guessed what number the moon was behind. Our flannel board is on wheels so I wheeled it around to hide the moon. The kids yelled out numbers and really enjoyed it but by the end I had a few troublemakers trying to come around to see what I was doing, luckily by this time everyone was done with the craft and we could start reading.

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Bend and Stretch

Bend and stretch, reach for the stars (put arms in the air and bend side to side)

There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars (point in the air)

Bend and stretch, reach for the sky

Stand on tip-e-toe, oh so high! (stand on tiptoes and reach up)

Four Little Stars (Flannel board)

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I’m not sure why I put up 5 stars to take the picture, but you only need 4 stars…oops

Four little stars winking at me (wink or at least try)

One shot off (zoom hand out to side)

And then there were three

Three little stars with nothing to do (shrug)

One shot off

And then there were two

Two little stars afraid of the sun (circle arms overhead)

One shot off

And then there was one

One little star alone is no fun (shake finger)

It shot off

And then there were none!

Source: Preschool Education

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom (rub hands together in the air)
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip (pretend to climb imaginary ladder up arm)
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (count down on fingers)
Blast off! (raise hands)

Source: Jbrary

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Storytime: Tools

Toolbox Twins by Lola M. Schaefer

Whose Tools Are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper

Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Little Nails

This was a crowd favorite, they loved yelling bam and thought it was so much fun!

Five little nails, standing straight and steady (hold up 5 fingers)

Here I come with my hammer ready! (make fist with other hand)

Bam, bam, bam! (tap fist to 1 finger)

That nail goes down (lower 1 finger)

Now there’s just four nails left to pound

(count down)

Construction Machines (Flannel Board)

First we went over the name of different construction vehicles, I’ve done this with two different groups. One group had a father who works in construction so he knew all the vehicles names but  the other group needed some help. Next I passed out the vehicles in different colors and we went over the colors. I told them that the board was our construction site and that when I called their vehicle and said their color their machine was needed and they had to come bring it up. I had a white copy of all the machines to show as an example.

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Johnny Works with One Hammer

The actions can be adjusted depending on how the child is sitting, I’ve seen it done in a chair tapping fists to legs and I’ve seen it done on the floor tapping fists to the ground.

Johnny works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer (tap fist to leg)

Johnny works with one hammer, then he works with two

Johnny works with two hammers…. (tap both fists to legs)

Johnny works with three hammers… (tap both fists to legs and stomp one foot)

Johnny works with four hammers… (tap both fists to legs and stomp both feet)

Johnny works with five hammers… (tap both fists to legs, stomp both feet and nod head)

And then he goes to sleep (snore)

Craft

We each made our very own toolboxes! First I had the children write their name on the outside (with the threes I wrote their name in pencil and had them trace it in crayon) and then we decorated the outside with stickers. Next we glued tools to the inside of our toolboxes and the kids colored them! They were so excited that they could actually carry them.

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Storytime: Colors 2

I was low on time to prepare my 3-5 year old story time so I went ahead and reused a theme, I did modify it because the crew for this week is slightly older than the last group I used it with. I like to try to use a mix of books that the kids know (and hopefully love) and ones they most likely don’t know but this week I just went with books that I know are always a crowd pleaser.  The second I held up the books I received a chorus of “I own that book” “I love that book” “My teacher has that book,” the children were able to tell each story with me which was a really neat experience. So here are even more (and some of the same) ideas for a colorful story time!

 

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Have a Crayon

I gave each child a crayon cut out before we began the rhyme, when their color was called they came and stuck it on the flannel board. I have had most of these children for at least a year and they all know Miss Michele’s rule –  I don’t take special requests, I just pass out the colors and you get what you get. This rule has worked surprisingly well, I have only had 1 child in 3 years cause a stir over the color they received and in the end another child was kind enough to switch!

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I have a crayon, I’ll give it to you.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of blue.

I have a crayon, a lovely little fellow.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of yellow.

I have a crayon, it’s here on my head.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of red.

I have a crayon, I found it in town.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of brown.

I have a crayon, we can draw a circle.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of purple.

I have a crayon, what do you see?

Here is my crayon, an orange one for me.

I have a crayon right in my sack.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of black.

I have a crayon, I think it’s just right.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of white.

I have a crayon, the best ever seen.

Here is my crayon, my crayon of green.

Color Game by Jim Gill

Jim Gill is usually a big hit with this group so I thought I’d give this song a try. Basically the song calls out colors and tells the kids to find the color and put it on a different body part, since I didn’t want the children to physically take an object I told them to look around the room and at each others clothing and if they see the color to put their bean bag on the specific body part. 25% of the kids looked frantically around the room for colors and placed the bean bag in the appropriate place, 25% just put the bean bag wherever I put mine and 50% just stared at me blankly. While I love Jim Gill I think I might skip this song next time or I might modify it so I have enough colors for everyone and can have them pick up the color like the song states.

Old Shoes, New Shoes

The first time I used this chant I wasn’t sure how it would go over but the kids loved it! I go first to give them an idea of what to say and then each child describes their own shoes. Some will say the color, others will say they are old or new and then some will say things like “light up shoes” or “sparkly shoes.” For my shy ones I say their name, wait a few beats to see if they will describe them and then will throw out my own description.

Old shoes, new shoes

(child’s name) is wearing (description) shoes

1, 2, 3, 4

Now (child)’s stomping on the floor

Rainbow Stew (Tune: Jimmy Crack Corn)

I have a slight story time issue, I see what the tune should be but sometimes I just can’t get it right in my head. This is supposed to go to Jimmy Crack Corn but I just couldn’t do it, I turned it into a chant. I must say that this was pure story time magic…literally! I had numerous children oooh and ahhh and declare it was magic. One child was extremely baffled (I blew this poor child’s mind), I am officially a story time magician! Basically I had a pot (or in my case a left over Halloween basket) with the felt rainbow pieces already inside, next I put up the fruits and vegetables (you can use any that are the right color, I just had these from other flannel boards) and we went over what they were and their colors. After the color red they quickly gasped the concept and were able to chant along with me. I will definitely be using this again!!

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Take an apple, put it in the pot

Stir it, stir it, stir it at lot (mixing motion)

Take it out now.

What will it be?

The prettiest red you ever did see!

(repeat with other food and colors until you have your rainbow!)

Source: Storytime ABCs

Rainbow Colors

I used the rainbow we made for this next chant.

Rainbow purple,

Rainbow blue,

Rainbow green,

and yellow too.

Rainbow orange,

Rainbow red,

Rainbow smiling overhead (arms above head)

Come and count the colors with me.

How many colors do you see?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6!

Craft

Since I was under a time crunch I didn’t want anything that was too complicated for me to prepare, I didn’t even have time to make a sample. I just laid out all the materials (the rainbow, tissue paper and cotton balls) and told the kids to go to town. I was so surprised how different each one came out, some kids crinkled the tissue paper, some put them down haphazardly and others were perfectionists about the rainbow being the right colors. It was a great moment for me when some of the kids called me over all excited because they had the light bulb realization that overlapping some of the colors created a new color, just like in “Mouse Paint!” I love sneaking in educational aspects and them not even knowing it muahahahah *evil laugh*

rainbow craftBelle was kind enough to let me take a picture of her rainbow!

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Storytime: Snowmen

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d like to preface my book choices by stating that I’m not the biggest fan of “There Was an Old Lady….” stories, the original is too graphic because she often dies and the remakes (most often involving holidays) are just plan weird, with that being said I still gave it a shot with “There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow.” If the kids really liked the book I was going to put my personal feelings aside and start using them in story time but alas my children thought it was weird. So this was the beginning and end of my “There Was an Old Lady…” story time use. I know some kids love these books but it just doesn’t work for my crew (or me).

 

Five Little Snowmen (Flannel Board) (Tune: Five Little Monkeys)

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Five little snowmen riding on a sled

One fell off and bumped his head

Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said

No more snowmen riding on the sled

(count down)

Chubby Little Snowman

A chubby little snowman (hold hands out to side)

Had a carrot nose (point to nose)

Along came a bunny (hop like a bunny)

And what do you suppose? (shrug shoulders)

That hungry little bunny (rub stomach)

Looking for his lunch (hold hand above eyes and look around)

Ate that snowman’s carrot nose (bite)

Nibble, nibble crunch

(repeat)

Parachute

We played with the parachute and made some paper snowflakes fly.

Craft

Name snowmen!

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Storytime: Horse

Horseplay by Karma Wilson

Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee

Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Are You a Horse?” was definitely the crowd favorite, after I finished reading it one of my biggest troublemakers (who is usually rolling on the floor while I read) goes “Now that was funny!”

Ten Galloping Horses

Ten galloping horses (hold up 10 fingers)

Came through town (slap hands on legs)

Five were white (hold up 5 fingers)

And five were brown (hold up 5 fingers)

They galloped up (slap up to top of thighs)

They galloped down (slap down to knees)

Ten galloping horses (hold up 10 fingers)

Came through down (flap hands on legs)

(repeat)

Source: Kings Count Library System

Colored Horses

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If your horse is the color blue,

Gallop it on your shoe!

If you have a blue horse,

Come put it in the barn, of course!

yellow- gallop it on your elbow

green- gallop it on  your knee

purple- gallop it in a circle

red- gallop it on your head

Giddy-Up! (Tune: William Tell Overture)

I had the children stand up, pretend they were riding a horse and gallop around the room. They had to stop when I said “Whoooah horsie.”

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up-up-up

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up-up-up

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up-up-up

Whoooooah, horsie!

(repeat with different tempos)

Source: The Loudest Librarian

I Gave My Horse an Apple

I gave my horse an apple, (hold out hand)

And she gave me a neigh. (neigh)

I gave my horse a carrot, (hold out hand)

And she moved her head this way. (move head up and down)

I gave my horse a sugar lump, (hold out hand)

And she gave me a smile. (big smile)

And then she took me for a ride,

For more than half a mile. (slap hands on thighs)

Craft

I was crunched for time this week so the craft wasn’t very elaborate. I just cut out pictures of a horse, had the children color them and then cut fringe on the tail and mane. Once they were done and the horse was glued to a craft stick we played a game of red light, green light with galloping. Even though I didn’t find the craft exciting the kids did enjoy them and played with their horses all through the department after story time. This craft just goes to show that bigger isn’t always better!

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Storytime: Sick

It’s that time of year were the sniffles and sneezes prevail! I thought I would give a little fun story time education to my little ones and remind them to wash their hands, and cough/sneeze into their elbows. Overall the kids really enjoyed this theme, I was pleasantly surprised. All of the books I read were big hits, many of the parents awwwed during “Don’t You Feel Well Sam”  and “Llama Llama Home with Mama.” While the adults preferred the calmer reads, the kids looooved “Barn Sneeze.” I have an app on my phone that has different animal noises, when each animal is shown on the page I played their sound and then asked the kids how they thought that animal sneezed. After the first animal they quickly got the hang of it and they were all mooing, neighing, baaing and sneezing into their elbows.

Don’t You Feel Well Sam by Amy Hest

Llama Llama Home with Mama

Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash, wash your hands (rub hands together)

Wash your hands today

Rub and scrub, and scrub and rub

And germs go down the drain (swipe hands to the side)

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed (bounce 5 fingers)

One fell off and bumped his head (tap head)

Momma called the doctor (phone to ear)

And the doctor said “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” (shake finger)

(count down)

I’ve Got Five Boogers (Tune: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands)

I was very apprehensive about doing this song, I personally thought it was hilarious and I knew the kids would be but I wasn’t sure how my parents would feel about it. In the end they parents were good sports and sang along. The kids just loved the fact that they were singing about boogers. Miss Sarah, the originator of this song, says that she gave the children tissues to fake sneeze into, my kids are pretty young (mostly 2) and I was afraid that they would actually try to blow their noses so we just pretend sneezed into our elbows. And yes I did create a flannel board for this, how often do you get to make boogers?

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I’ve got five boogers in my nose

I’ve got five boogers in my nose

I’ve got five boogers in my nose

I better give it a blow

Aaah-aaah-chooo

(count down)

Source: Miss Sarah’s Storytime

Band-Aids

I made felt band-aids and gave each child one, first I told them they had boo boos on different parts of their body and they had to put the band-aid on it. Next I called each color up and had them put a band-aid on our sick (sad looking) puppy.

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If You’re Sick and You Know It

If you’re sick and you know it clap your hands

…stomp your feet

…give a sneeze

…cry boo hoo

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Storytime: Transportation

Who is Driving by Leo Timmers

Sheep Blast Off! by Nancy Sha

The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (steer wheel)

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck

Hurry, hurry drive the fire truck

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding (ring bell)

…turn the corner (lean to the side)

…climb the ladder (climbing motion)

…spray the water (hold hose)

Slowly, slowly, back to the station (lean side to side)

Slowly, slowly, back to the station

Slowly, slowly, back to the station

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding (ring bell)

Sailboats in the Water (Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)

I gave each child a felt sailboat and had them put in on the flannelboard when their color was called

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If you have a red sailboat, a red sailboat, a red sailboat

If you have a red sailboat, put in the water!

(repeat with different colors)

The Wheels on the Bus

Zoom Zoom Zoom

We sang this song at least 3 times, it was a huge hit!

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon.

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon.

If you want to take a trip,

Climb aboard my rocket ship.

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon.

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF!!

Source: Jbrary

Craft

Transportation

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Storytime: Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving by Miriam Nerlove

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the buzzers we use during Young Adult trivia games sounds like a doorbell, I let each child ring the bell once while we read “Thanksgiving is Here.”

Families

Then we talked about how every family is different and who is in our families.

Some families are large (arms out wide)

Some families are small (hands close together)

But I love my family best of all (hug self)

We Eat Turkey (Tune: Frere Jacques)

Next we talked about all the yummy food we like to eat on Thanksgiving. Then I was informed that none of my 3-5 year olds like turkey, mashed potatoes or squash. When I asked them what they eat on Thanksgiving they said corn, mac & cheese and pie! I told them it was a repeat after me song, that I would sing and then they would repeat it. This is the first time I’ve ever done that with them and it went better than expected, they all got really into the song.

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We eat turkey/we eat turkey

Oh so good/oh so good

Always on Thanksgiving/always on Thanksgiving

Yum, yum, yum/yum, yum yum (rub belly)

(mashed potatoes, corn, squash, pie)

Dinner’s over/dinner’s over

We are stuffed/we are stuffed (hold belly)

What a great Thanksgiving/what a great Thanksgiving

Yum, yum, yum/yum, yum, yum

Source: Story Time Secrets

The Turkey Hop by Carole Peterson

Silly Turkey (flannel board)

Each child received one feather and put it on Mr. Turkey (I got a few giggles when I called him that) when their color was called.

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I’m a silly turkey, I’m so much fun

But I need some silly feathers

Do you have (color) ones?

Source: Read, Rhyme & Sing

Walk Like a Turkey

Walk like a turkey

Waddle, waddle, waddle

Talk like a turkey

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Run like a turkey

Round and round

But when it’s Thanksgiving

Shhhh don’t make a sound

If You’re Thankful and You Know It

If you’re thankful and you know it clap your hands…

(stomp your feet, jump up and down, turn around, touch your toes, shout I AM)

Craft

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Storytime: Zoo

This program was held for 3-5 year olds (the majority were 3) and it was a blast, anything that allows the kids to make animal  noises and hop around is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Before reading “Animal Strike at the Zoo It’s True” I did have to give the children a brief explanation of what a strike was, and the children acted out each move while I read “From Head to Toe,” but surprisingly “Gladys Goes Out to Lunch” was the big hit of story time!

Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Animal Strike at the Zoo It’s True by Karma Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Elephants in the Bathtub

This can also be turned into a flannel board, I just didn’t have the time to make one!

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim (swimming motion)

Knock, knock (clap twice)

Splash, splash (slap knee twice)

Come on in (motion with hand to come in)

Two elephants…

Three elephants…

Four elephants…

Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim

Knock, knock

Splash, splash

They all fell in (raise both arms)

Source: Jbrary

Funky Spunky Monkey (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The funky spunky monkey climbed up the coconut tree (climbing motion)

Down came the coconut and bonked him on his knee (wave hand down and slap knee)

Along came his mama and kissed away his pain (blow a kiss)

So the funky spunky monkey climbed up the tree again (climbing motion)

Source: Jbrary

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys swimming in a tree

Teasing Mr. Alligator

“You can’t catch me, no you can’t catch me”

Along comes Mr. Alligator, as quiet as can be

And snatched that monkey right out of the tree

(count down…)

Animal Action by Greg and Steve

“Kids in Motion”

Zoo Train Flannel Board

From 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays (1994)

Craft

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Storytime: Mice

This week kicks off the start of our fall programs, today I had a storytime for 3-5 year olds. I had a small group, only 8 children, and the majority of them were 3. Although they were on the younger side they were all enthralled by the books and very attentive.

Mouse Paint

by Ellen Stoll Walsh

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We have a large copy of this book and adorable stuffed mice to go along with it!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

by Laura Joffe Numeroff

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I’m unsure where this flannel board originated but I have used it more times than I can count. I give each child an object (this week they had 2) and when we reach that part of the book they come up and put it on the board, they get very excited and love interacting with the story.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

by Don and Audrey Wood

I Have a Crayon

A few years ago I laminated crayons for a program, I decided to reuse them for this rhyme. I gave each child a color (I have duplicates of each color) and had them bring it up when their color was called.

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I have a crayon, I’ll give it to you

Here is my crayon, my crayon of blue.

I have a crayon, a lovely little fellow

Here is my crayon, my crayon of yellow.

I have a crayon, it’s here on my head

Here is my crayon, my crayon of red.

I have a crayon, I found it in town

Here is my crayon, my crayon of brown.

I have a crayon, we can draw a circle

Here is my crayon, my crayon of purple.

I have a crayon, what do I see?

Here is my crayon, an orange one for me.

I have a crayon right in my sack

Here is my crayon, my crayon of black.

I have a crayon, I think it’s just right

Here is my crayon, my crayon of white.

I have a crayon, the best ever seen

Here is my crayon, my crayon of green.

Black Cat, Black Cat

Black cat, black cat sneak around (whisper)

Black cat, black cat roll on the ground (roll arms)

Black cat, black cat climb up high (climbing motion)

Black cat, black cat touch the sky (reach arms up)

Black cat, black cat jump down low (crouch)

Black cat, black cat touch your toes (touch toes)

Where is Mousie? (Tune: Where is Thumbkin)

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Where is mousie? Where is mousie?

Here I am – Here I am

How are you today, Sir – Very well I thank you

Run away – Run away

Craft

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Although I did not read “Mouse Shapes” by Ellen Stoll Walsh I did quickly flip through the pages with the kids and showed them what we can make by combining shapes. For the craft we created our own Mouse out of shapes, some of the kids tried really hard to put all the shapes in the right places but I had a few goofballs who found it funny to switch body parts around.

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