Elementary Programs Chapters

By Bonnie Langan and Anne Neidinger

Deep in Salsa

Books to Share

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds.

It's a Spoon Not a Shovel by Mark and Caralyn Buehner.

The Jalepeno Man by Debbie Leland.

West Texas Chili Monster by Judy Cox.

Songs

Sing “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson. Lyrics and an audio file are on the NIEHS Kids web site at http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/coconut.htm.

Reader’s Theater

The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Cake

(Adapted by Krissy Conn. Used with permission.)

I know an old lady who swallowed a cake.

Just freshly baked, she swallowed a cake.

Her tummy must ache!

I know an old lady who swallowed a plate.

She just couldn’t wait to swallow that plate.

She swallowed the plate to put under the cake.

Just freshly baked, she swallowed a cake.

Her tummy must ache!

I know an old lady who swallowed ice cream.

Who wouldn’t dream, of swallowing ice cream?

She swallowed the ice cream to sit next to the plate.

She swallowed the plate to put under the cake.

Just freshly baked she swallowed a cake.

Her tummy must ache!

I know an old lady who swallowed a balloon.

Oh what a loon to swallow a balloon.

She swallowed the balloon to float over the ice cream.

She swallowed the ice cream to sit next to the plate.

She swallowed the plate to put under the cake.

Just freshly baked she swallowed a cake.

Her tummy must ache!

I know an old lady who swallowed a hat.

Just like that, she swallowed a hat.

She swallowed the hat to match the balloon.

She swallowed the balloon to float over the ice cream.

She swallowed the ice cream to sit next to the plate.

She swallowed the plate to put under the cake.

Just freshly baked she swallowed a cake.

Her tummy must ache!

I know an old lady who swallowed a song.

It didn’t take long to swallow a song.

She swallowed the song to sing wearing a hat.

She swallowed the hat to match the balloon.

She swallowed the balloon to float over the ice cream.

She swallowed the ice cream to sit next to the plate.

She swallowed the plate to put under the cake.

Just freshly baked she swallowed a cake.

Her tummy must ache!

I know an old lady who swallowed a candle.

I couldn’t handle swallowing a candle.

She swallowed the candle to wish with the song.

She swallowed the song to sing wearing a hat.

She swallowed the hat to match the balloon.

She swallowed the balloon to float over the ice cream.

She swallowed the ice cream to sit next to the plate.

She swallowed the plate to put under the cake.

Just freshly baked she swallowed a cake.

Her tummy must ache!

But the little old lady, she wasn’t so hearty.

When it all came back out....

She had swallowed a PARTY!

Jack and the Tall Legume

Perform “Jack and the Tall Legume (The Story They Never Told You)” from the book, Silly Salamanders and Other Slightly Stupid Stuff for Readers Theatre by Anthony D. Fredericks.

Crafts

Edible Jewelry

Make this craft from the book, Super Duper Art & Craft Activity Book: Over 75 Indoor and Outdoor Projects for Kids by Karen Johnson.

Materials
  • Food with holes such as Cheerios® or macaroni, or soft foods such as grapes or kiwi
Directions

Let the children make edible jewelry by stringing food with holes, such as Cheerios® or macaroni. Or, let them string foods such as grapes or kiwi slices after poking holes with toothpicks.

Edible Necklaces

Cascarones

Materials
  • Egg shells
  • Confetti or cut up paper
  • Stickers or tape
  • Markers or Paint
Directions

Cascarones are colored eggshells filled with confetti. The tradition is to crack them over another’s head. In advance, collect egg shells from staff and patrons. To prepare them, they must poke holes in each end of the shell of a raw egg, blow the egg into a bowl and wash the eggshells well. The eggs may be scrambled or made into omelets. The children will fill them with colorful confetti, place stickers or tape over each end, and decorate the eggs with markers. Invite them to crack them over one another’s heads - outside the library! Bags of confetti are available at craft stores.

Games and Activities

Science Experiments About Food

Invite a licensed nutritionist to your library to talk briefly about the profession and nutrition, and to help you lead some simple experiments. Gather the children around several tables with science experiments about food from the book 730 Easy Science Experiments with Everyday Materials, by E. Richard Churchill, Louis V. Loesshnig, and Muriel Mandell. Experiments include: “Making Muffet Food,” (#48); “How Fat is It?” (#57); and “Some Like it Hot” (#103). Or, use the simple and easy food experiments from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardkids/Library/FoodExperiments/experiments.htm.

Chips and Salsa Relay

Chips and Salsa is the official snack of Texas. Have a Salsa Relay outside or in a room without carpet. Divide children into 2 to 4 teams, depending upon the number of children and the amount of space available. Put a huge dollop of salsa on two chips for each team. Divide the teams in half, and station them at each end of the relay course. Begin the relay saying “Uno, does, tres, SALSA.” The children then run and pass their chips to their teammates. The race continues until the final salsa carrier arrives at the finish line. Sorry, no one can eat the chips...too many handoffs with germs! But the children can enjoy the untouched chips and salsa to celebrate. Play salsa music in the background.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Blue Bell Creameries, located in Brenham, Texas, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2007. Their motto is “The best ice cream in the country,” and they celebrated their centennial with a “Taste of the Country” contest in which Blue Bell Ice Cream eaters were invited to “create an original for an ice cream flavor that represents the state in which they live.” Let the children create “Ice Cream in a Bag” using the recipe at Kaboose.com at http://crafts.kaboose.com/ice-cream-in-a-bag.html. Provide the children with vanilla ice cream and additional ingredients such as candy toppings, sprinkles, or gummy worms. Children create, test, and taste their concoctions, and then write down their “secret” recipe, including careful measurements. Finally, they name the ice cream and proclaim that it is “The best ice cream in Your Library's Name.” Calculate how many calories a serving has by adding the calories in the extra ingredients to the calories in the vanilla ice cream, and include a food label. Display the recipes on the Yum in the Sun bulletin board.

Guest Speakers

Invite a chef from a local eatery to share a recipe or two.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories and More by Sharron L. McElmeel.

Chet Gecko's Detective Handbook (and Cookbook): Tips for Private Eyes and Snack Cool Foods for Fun Fiestas: Easy Recipes for Kids to Cook by Lisa Wagner.

Food Lovers by Bruce Hale.

Write Out of the Oven! Letters and Recipes from Children’s Authors by Josephine Waltz.

Bulletin Board

Yum in the Sun: Recipes for a Good Read

Cover a bulletin board with a tablecloth and include the title, “Yum in the Sun: Recipes for a Good Read.” Surround the bulletin board with pictures or die cuts of favorite foods, and create a 3-D effect by attaching plastic forks and spoons. Or, surround the bulletin board with die cuts of crabs and attach the plastic forks and spoons to their claws. Provide index cards and let the children write their “Name”, their favorite “Yummy Snack” and a “Good Read”, or their favorite recipes. Add them to the bulletin board.

Display

Display books about nutrition and food, including joke and riddle books. Decorate a box and invite the children to fill it with canned goods to donate to the local food bank. The display will provide photo opportunities for children and families who participate. At the end of the reading program, donate the food to the local food bank.

Decorations

Decorate the children’s activity room with pictures of giant chili peppers, tomatoes, and other Texas-themed ingredients. Write, “What’s on your book bag?” on brown grocery bags, decorate them, and hang them on the walls.

Audio Recordings

Bon Appetit! Musical Food Fun by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.

“Yes, We Have No Bananas” by Louis Prima on Jazz For Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake by various artists.

Web Sites

FDA Kid’s Home Page

http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids/

Health information of interest to kids, including food safety, braces, Mad Cow Disease, and much more.

Kids Explore the World of Nutrition with Nutrition Explorations

http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/main.asp

An entertaining web site for children about nutrition, from the National Dairy Council.

Kids Health

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/body/digest_noSW.html

Children can explore health issues on this searchable web site.

PBS Kids - Cafe Zoom

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/zoom/cafe/

Recipes for a variety of healthy foods for children, from PBS.

Spatulatta Cooking 4 Kids Online (video recipes)

www.spatulatta.comindex.html

This web site teaches children how to cook by demonstrating recipes on videos.

Texas Almanac: Flags and Other Symbols (Includes State foods)

http://www.texasalmanac.com/flags/

This is the online version of the Texas Almanac. It offers a wealth of Texas sources and information, including the Six Flags Over Texas.

United States Department of Agriculture

http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardkids/Library/FoodExperiments/experiments.htm

The web site for the 2000 campaign to encourage children to eat healthy and exercise.

Professional Resources

730 Easy Science Experiments with Everyday Materials, by E. Richard Churchill, Louis V. Loesshnig, and Muriel Mandell

Belly Laughs by Charles Keller.

Fit Kids: A Practical Guide to Raising Active and Healthy Children, From Birth to Teens by Mary L. Gavin, MD, Steven A. Dowshen, MD, and Neil Izenberg, MD.

Macho Nacho and Other Rhyming Riddles by Giulio Maestro.

Silly Salamanders and Other Slightly Stupid Stuff for Readers Theatre by Anthony D. Fredericks.

Super Duper Art & Craft Activity Book: Over 75 Indoor and Outdoor Projects for Kids by Karen Johnson.

FamilyFun.com: Kid’s Cooking Party

http://familyfun.go.comparties/birthday/feature/famf0303_cookingparty/famf0303_cookingparty.html

This web site offers ideas and places to help with party planning.

Food Network: Cook with Your Kids

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/lf_kids/text/0,1904,FOOD_16382_19600,00.html

This web site from the Food Network channel encourages children and adults to cook together.

Happy Feet, Healthy Food Kids' Club

http://www.kidsrunning.com/krpublish.html

Information for kids about getting fit, having fun, and staying healthy.

Kaboose.com

http://crafts.kaboose.comice-cream-in-a-bag.html

This craft site includes instructions for creating “Ice Cream in a Bag.”

Presidents Challenge for Kids

http://www.presidentschallenge.org/home_kids.aspx

This web site explains the President’s Challenge for physical fitness and how children can earn their Presidential Fitness Award.

School Nutrition Association

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/

This web site provides information about meals being offered at schools.

Southern Foodways Alliance

http://www.southernfoodways.com/prj_index.shtml

The Southern Foodways Alliance is a center that documents and celebrates food in the diverse cultures of the American South.

Texas Food Bank Network

http://www.tashfb.org/

The web site for the Texas Food Bank encourages ending hunger in Texas.



Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011