Preschool Program

Diversión al aire libre para campeones /

Outdoor Fun for Champions

By Alexandra Corona and Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

  • Anansi Goes Fishing by Eric A. Kimmel.
  • Curious George Rides a Bike by H. A. Rey.
  • Eduardo cumpleaños en la piscina by Rosemary Wells.
  • Pato va en bici by David Shannon.
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
  • Spot va a la granja by Eric Hill.

Bulletin Board

Catch a Good Book

Cover your bulletin board with blue paper. Cut out clouds from white paper and attach them to the bulletin board. Use clip art and a projector to enlarge the clip art to make a large sailboat. Add children sitting in it and reading. Add a phrase such as “Reel in a Good Read” or “Catch a Good Book.”



Copy and cut out the fish pattern provided at the end of this chapter. As the children enter the storytime program, write each child’s name on a fish and add a piece of scotch tape so they may wear it during the program.


Invite the storytime parents to bring homemade aqua fresca or fruit punch and cookies to share. Alternatively, purchase these items or paletas, Mexican popsicles, in advance or make them yourself.


Los elefantes

(Traditional. English translation by Alexandra Corona. Begin with all fingers folded down. Unfold one with each verse, beginning with the index finger on the first verse and ending with the thumb on the last verse.)

Un elefante se balaceaba

Sobre la tela de una araña,

Como veía que resistía

Fue a llamar a otro elefante.

Dos elefantes se balanceaban

Sobre la tela de una araña,

Como veía que resistía

Fueron a llamar a otro elefante.

Tres elefantes...

Cuatro elefantes...

Cinco elefantes...

The Elephants

One elephant who played

On a spider’s web,

He had so much fun

He went and called another elephant.

Two elephants who played

On a spider’s web,

They had so much fun

They went to call another elephant.

Three elephants...

Four elephants...

Five elephants…

Action Rhymes

Sana que sana

(Traditional. English translation by Paula Gonzales. This is a soothing rhyme for bumps and bruises. While reciting this rhyme, the caregiver or parent massages the pain away.)

Sana, sana, colita de rana.

Si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana.

Get Well Soon

Get well and feel better little frog

If not today then maybe tomorrow.

Osito, osito


Osito, osito toca el piso,

Osito, osito da te la vuelta.

Osito, osito pega un brinco.

Osito, osito toca el cielo.

Osito, osito cierra los ojos.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground, (Touch the ground)

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around. (Turn around)

Teddy bear, teddy bear jump in place. (Jump in place)

Teddy bear, teddy bear reach up high. (Reach above your head)

Teddy bear, teddy bear close your eyes. (Close your eyes)


La pulga de San José” on Diez deditos: Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America by José Luis Orozco.

¡Qué llueva!

(Traditional from Puerto Rico. English translation by Alexandra Corona.)

¡Qué llueva! ¡Qué llueva!

La chiquita diciendo,

Los pajaritos cantan,

Las nubes se levantan,

¡Qué sí! ¡Qué no!

¡Qué caiga el chaparrón!

Let It Rain!

Let it rain! Let it rain!

The young girl is saying.

The birds are singing,

And the clouds are rising,

Oh yes! Oh no!

Let the shower fall come!




  • Colored chalk or paint
  • Butcher paper


Alert the storytime parents and caregivers to this activity in advance and ask them to dress their children in clothes that are appropriate for creating art. Have a few extra smocks or old shirts on hand in case someone forgets. In advance, cut butcher paper into 5’X 5’ sections. Show examples of simple shapes such as circles, hearts, and lines. Let the children use colored chalk or paint to create their own mural. Display the artwork on a bulletin board.

Games and Activities

Duck, Duck, Goose

Seat the children in a circle. Select one child to start the game. That child walks around the outside of the circle and taps each child on the head, saying “Duck, Duck, Duck, Duck, Goose.” The child who is tapped when the word “Goose” is spoken becomes the Goose. The Goose stands and chases the first child around the outside of the circle. The first child runs all the way around the circle and sits down in the Goose’s place. If the Goose catches the child, the Goose sits down and the first child is “It” again. If the first child sits down without being tapped by the Goose, the Goose walks around the outside of the circle and repeats the game, saying “Duck, Duck, Duck … Goose!”


If you have public performance rights, show these videos and DVDs, or segments of them, to the children. Otherwise, display them for home use.

  • “Franklin Plays the Game” on Franklin Plays the Game. (25 minutes)
  • The Great Gracie Chase. (8 minutes)
  • “What Will We See at the Zoo?” on Let’s Go to the Zoo. (50 minutes)


Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011