Breakfast of Champions
by Vonnie Powell
Books to Share
- Breakfast with the Bears by Poppy Wells.
- George’s Breakfast by Paul George.
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.
- Max’s Breakfast by Rosemary Wells.
- Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle.
Books to Show or Booktalk
- The Berenstain Bears’ Cook-it: Breakfast for Mama by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
- Breakfast Blast: Step-by-Step Recipes by Bobbie Kalman.
- Don’t Wake Up Mama! by Eileen Christelow.
- Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola.
- Snuggle Mountain by Lindsey Lane.
For nametags, cut a circle from light brown or tan paper and glue on a small yellow square to represent a pat of butter.
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, (Clap hands in rhythm with the words)
Bake me a cake as fast as you can; (Roll hands)
Pat it, and prick it and mark it with a “B”, (Pinch the air with thumb and pointer, then “write” a “B” on the palm of your hand)
And put it in the oven for baby and me. (Push hands away from body and point to self)
Blow, Wind, Blow
Blow, wind, blow! (Fill up cheeks with air and blow)
And go, mill, go! (Put arms out at shoulder height and twist from the waist first right, then left)
That the miller may grind his corn; (Rub balled up fist of one hand into the other hand)
That the baker may take it, (Mime receiving a bag of ground corn)
And into bread make it, (Mime kneading dough)
And bring us a loaf in the morn. (Mime receiving a loaf of bread)
“Five Little Sausages” in The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants by Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller.
Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen
Hickety pickety, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen;
Sometimes nine, sometimes ten,
Hickety pickety, my black hen.
(Traditional. Sing to the tune of “Alouette” and repeat several times, increasing the tempo. If you are not familiar with this tune, or need a reminder, it is available on the KIDiddles web site at www.kididdles.com/mouseum/a014.html.)
C-O-C-O-N-U-T (Sing four times and “spell” the word “coconut” with your arms)
Coconut. Coconut. Oh.
C-O-C-O-N-U-T (Sing four times and “spell” the word “coconut” with your fingers)
To spell out “coconut” with your arms, face the group and form a large "C" by curving your right arm over your head with palm down. Bend your left arm at the elbow with palm toward you and fingers pointing upward. Form an “O” by making the fingers of both hands touch by raising your left arm. Repeat these two movements, and then form an "N" by lowering arms to each side and pointing downward. Raising arms to shoulder height and bending at elbows with hands pointing upwards form the “U,” similar to a referee's touchdown sign. Form a "T" by unbending elbows and pointing outwards.
To spell out “coconut” with your fingers, form the small "c" by cupping your right hand. Close the fingers to make an “o.” Repeat these two movements; then, turn your cupped hand downward to resemble an “n.” Turn the cupped hand upward to resemble a “u.” Use both hands to form a "t" by holding your right hand pointing up with the palm of the left hand placed on top, like a "time out" signal.
- “Apples and Bananas” on Raffi’s Box of Sunshine by Raffi.
- “Cantaloupe” on Big Kid by Sara Hickman.
- “All I Want Is a Proper Cup of Coffee” by Trout Fishing in America on Family Music Party.
- “Eggs for Breakfast” in Ready-to-Go Storytimes: Fingerplays, Scripts, Patterns, Music and More by Gail Benton and Trisha Waichulaitis.
- “The Wee Bannock: A Scottish Folktale” in Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers’ Theater by Judy Sierra.
- Cheerios® or Froot Loops®
- Ribbon or yarn
Let the children string o-shaped breakfast cereals, such as Cheerios® or Froot Loops®, on ribbon or yarn. Have a few extra servings available for snacking.
If you have public performance rights, show these videos and DVDs, or segments of them, to the children. Otherwise, display them for home use.
- Food Safari—Breakfast. (30 minutes)
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears. (8 minutes)
- The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants by Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller.
- My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie.
- Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers’ Theater by Judy Sierra.
- Ready-to-Go Storytimes: Fingerplays, Scripts, Patterns, Music and More by Gail Benton and Trisha Waichulaitis.
- KiDiddles www.kididdles.com
A site for children’s music, the “Musical Mouseum” provides lyrics and sound files for many popular tunes. Search by subject or song.