Preschool Programs Chapter
Go Wild, Get Silly
Books to Share
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.
- Hatseller and the Monkey by Baba Wague Diakite.
- The Singing Chick by Victoria Stenmark.
- Snarlyhissopus by Alan MacDonald.
- What’s That Awful Smell? by Heather Tekavec.
Books to Show and Booktalk
- Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller.
- Bark, George by Jules Feiffer.
- Bear on the Bed by Ruth Miller.
- Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox.
- What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum.
Add a smiley face or clown sticker to an index card.
Decorate the room with bright colored paper streamers and balloons. Hang pictures of clowns or pictures of people smiling and laughing.
- “I’m a Nut” on Wee Sing Silly Songs.
- “Little Bunny Foo Foo” on Wee Sing Silly Songs or Wee Sing Animals Animals Animals.
- A Child’s Celebration of Silliest Songs.
- “Put Your Thumb in the Air” on Deep in the Jungle by Joe Scruggs.
- “Wacka Wacka Woo” on Play It Again by Bill Harley.
- “Wiggy Wiggy Wiggles” on Walter the Waltzing Worm by Hap Palmer.
- Coloring pages
- Crayons or markers
Purchase inexpensive coloring books from a toy store and cut them apart and distribute the pages, or print coloring pages from Web sites such as Dover Publications and Crayola. Both sites permit limited non-commercial copying. Give the children coloring pages and instruct them to color the objects with un-natural colors. For example, they can color the trees pink, a pig blue, and the sun green.
- Toe-Tapping Terry pattern
- Construction paper or card stock
- Glue or tape
Cut out the pattern from construction paper or card stock. Fold the legs like an accordion at ¼ inch intervals. Provide one set for each child. With the help of a grownup, the preschoolers tape or glue the feet to one end of each leg. They tape or glue the top of each leg to the back of Terry’s head about 1-inch apart, where his neck would be. The children can hold his head and bounce him around to make his legs dance.
Dance to the Music
Play “Wiggy Wiggy Wiggles” on Walter the Waltzing Worm by Hap Palmer. Lead the children in dancing to the music, slowing down when the music slows. Tell them to freeze when the music stops, and then resume dancing when the music starts again.
Play “Put Your Thumb in the Air” on Deep in the Jungle by Joe Scruggs. Follow the actions as best you can!
After reading The Hatseller and the Monkeys, act out the story with the children. You play the hatseller and the children play the monkeys. Do not use real hats. The children in the audience can come forward and pretend to take a hat while you are “sleeping.” If you like, use colorful felt squares for hats. The children will enjoy the silliness of seeing you stack them on your head. When you realize that the hats are gone, the children will imitate your actions in trying to get them back.