Preschool programs

Family Pictures

Books To Share

  • Emma Jo's Song by Faye Gibbons.
  • The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems by Belinda Hollyer.
  • Teddy Bears' Picnic by Jerry Garcia.
  • We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past by Jacqueline Woodson.
  • When Lightening Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco.

Books To Show

  • The Day the Picture Man Came by Faye Gibbons.
  • Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia by Carmen Lomas Garza.
  • The Jones Family Express by Javaka Steptoe.
  • Juneteenth Jubilee by Carole Boston Weatherford.
  • Messy Bessey's Family Reunion by Patricia C. McKissack.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs for All: A Mathematical Story by Marilyn Burns.

Bulletin Board

Invite staff and library customers to bring in pictures of their families to mount on the bulletin board. Intermix with construction paper faces in various colors.

Action Rhyme

We're Going on A Picnic

(Adapted by Jeanette Larson from "We're Going on a Bear Hunt.")

We're going on a picnic.


Let's get out the food.


We need a blanket. (shake out a blanket)


We need some paper plates. (pretend to take plates out of a cupboard)


We need a basket.


Let's take some sandwiches.


Let's take some cookies.


Don't forget some drinks.


Okay, we're ready.

We're going on a picnic.


We're walking down the road. (walk in place)


We come to a river.


We can't go around it.


We can't jump over it.


We'll have to swim through it. (make swimming motions)

We're going on a picnic.


We're walking down the road. (walk in place)


We come to a bridge.


We can't go around it.


We can't jump over it.


We'll have to cross over it. (clip clap across the bridge)

We're going on a picnic.


We're walking down the road. (walk in place)


We come to a cornfield.


We can't go around it.


We can't jump over it.


We'll have to walk through it. (make swishing motions and sounds)

We're going on a picnic.


We're walking down the road.


We finally got to the meadow!


Let's shake out the blanket. (shake out a blanket)


We'll set out the plates.


You pour some drinks.


Let's eat our sandwiches!


Yum, yum, yum. (rub your tummy)

What's that? (start to wiggle and itch)


ANTS!!!! RUN!!!

(Quickly reverse the action, reciting the lines and making appropriate motions)

Put away the sandwiches.


Pour out the drinks.


Pack up the basket.


Back through the cornfield.


Over the bridge.


Through the river.


Back home, safely!


And momma's there to put some ointment on the ant bites.

Poems

  • “Four of July” by Robert Newton Peck in Celebrating America: A Collection of Poems and Images of the American Spirit by Laura Whipple.
  • "My Sister Ate an Orange" in Something Big Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky.

Songs

The Ants Go Marching

(Change the words in this traditional camp song to add colors by making each ant a different color. There really are red, yellow, green, and other colorful ants, so tell the children this science fact. Add as many verses as the children want to add colors.)

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah


The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah


The ants go marching one by one,


The red one stops to suck his thumb


And they all go marching down to the ground


To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah


The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah


The ants go marching two by two,


The yellow one stops to tie his shoe


And they all go marching down to the ground


To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Continue singing additional verses substituting colors for numbers. Whatever color is used for the last verse, finish by saying, “The End.”

Green...climb a tree...


Purple...shut the door...


Orange... take a dive...


Black...pick up sticks...


Blue...pray to heaven...


Gray...shut the gate...


Silver...check the time...


Maroon...say "THE END"

Crafts

Ant Puppets

Materials
  • Ant pattern
  • Colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft sticks
  • Pencils or crayons
  • Artificial flower stamens (optional)
Directions

Use the ant pattern to cut out ants in many colors, or if caregiver help is available, let each child cut out the pattern. Allow each child to add some features, such as eyes, to the ant body, if desired. Glue to the craft stick. Glue artificial flower stamen, available at craft and floral supply stores, for antennae, if desired. Each child should hold up his or her ant while singing "The Ants Go Marching."

Let's Eat!

Materials
  • White paper plates without coating
  • Crayons
  • Pictures of foods
Directions

Distribute the white paper plates and crayons to the children. Show them pictures of various foods they might enjoy. Let them draw their favorite foods on the plate.

Game

Going on a Picnic

Leader: I'm going on a picnic and I'm taking something (insert color and point to a child).

Children: You're going on a picnic and you're taking (child has to name a food that matches the color).

Example:

Leader: I'm going on a picnic and I'm taking something purple.


Children: You're going on a picnic and you're taking grapes.

Continue playing until the leader cannot think of a color or the children cannot name a food.

Refreshments

Ants on a Log

Cut celery stalks into 4-inch lengths. Spread peanut butter onto the celery. Set raisins on top of the peanut butter for the "ants." Enjoy!

Note: be sure to check for peanut allergies. Use another nut butter or apple butter as an alternative.

Audio Recordings

  • "Ants in My Pants" on Late Last Night by Joe Scruggs.
  • "A Family is Where You Find Love" on Reading Rainbow's Greatest Hits by Various Artists.
  • "It's My Mother and My Father and My Sister and the Dog" on Family Trip by Barry Louis Polisar.

Videos

  • “Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe” on D.W. Rides Again. (15 minutes)
  • Picnic. (13 minutes)
  • “The Picnic” on Pools, Parks and Picnics. (6 minutes)

Web Site

Steve's Ant Farm


www.stevesantfarm.com

Professional Resources

Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience by Dorothy S. Strickland.

 



Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011