Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Beat the Texas Heat

Books to Share

Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London.

Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson.

Omar on Board by Maryann Kovalski.

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews.

One Magical Day by Claire Freedman.

Summer is Summer by Phillis Gershator.

Nametag

Sun Nametag

Make a sun nametag using a die cut or the pattern provided at the end of this program.

Rhymes and Poetry

This Little Child

(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Based on “This Little Piggy.”)

This little child went to Grandma’s.

This little child swam in the pool.

This little child had a snow cone.

This one dropped his on the ground.

And this little child went WEEEEE! through the sprinklers in the yard!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

(Traditional)

The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout.


Down came the rain and washed the spider out.


Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.


And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Recite the clapping rhyme, “It’s Going to be Hot”, on P. 104 of Seasonal Storytime Crafts by Kathryn Totten.

Recite the poem, “Ice Cream Sensation”, on P. 258-259 of The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley. Patterns for a flannel board ice cream bowl and ice cream scoop is included.

Recite the poem “Keeping Cool” on P. 276 of The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley. There are flannel board patterns to compliment this poem are on P. 277-279.

Songs

The Summer Sun

(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Based on “The Wheels on the Bus.”)

The hot summer sun goes beat, beat, beat. (raise arms over your head to form a sun, and then beat legs with hands)
Beat, beat, beat. Beat, beat, beat. (beat legs with hands)
The hot summer sun goes beat, beat, beat. (raise arms over your head to form a sun, and then beat legs with hands)
All summer long.  
   
The kids in the pool go splash, splash, splash (splash hands)
Splash, splash, splash. Splash, splash, splash. (splash hands)
The kids in the pool go splash, splash, splash. (splash hands)
All summer long.  
   
The dogs in the yard go pant, pant, pant. (stick out tongue and pant like dog)
Pant, pant, pant. Pant, pant, pant. (stick out tongue and pant like dog)
The dogs in the yard go pant, pant, pant. (stick out tongue and pant like dog)
All summer long.  
   
The sprinklers in the yard go chicka, chicka, chicka. (move hands back and forth like a sprinkler)
Chicka, chicka, chicka. Chicka, chicka, chicka. (move hands back and forth like a sprinkler)
The sprinklers in the yard go chicka, chicka, chicka. (move hands back and forth like a sprinkler)
All summer long.  
   
Mommies and daddies are ready for the Fall. (pantomime falling leaves while crouching to the ground)
Ready for the Fall, ready for the Fall, (pantomime falling leaves while crouching to the ground)
Mommies and daddies are ready for the Fall! (pantomime falling leaves while crouching to the ground)
When will it be here? (hold out hands like asking a question)

Flannel Boards

2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes includes patterns flannel board characters Ali and Aaron, along with summer and winter clothing. Let the children help you dress Ali and Aaron appropriately for summer.

Flannel Board Stories

Tell “The North Wind and the Sun” at http://www.storyarts.org/library/aesops/stories/north.html. Create a flannel board using the patterns provided at the end of this program. Invite half of the children to be the sun, holding their arms above their heads with their fingers touching, and invite the other half of the children to be the wind, and blow.

Blue Flannel Board with four patterns (sun, boy, girl, wind character)

Crafts

Handprint Sun

Materials
  • Construction paper or copier paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons or markers
  • Gigantic wiggle eyes (optional)
  • Hand die cut (optional)
  • String
  • Hole Punch
Directions

Cut a large circle using the pattern provided. Cut seven to nine handprints using the pattern provided, a handprint die cut, or tracing a child’s hand. Give the children glue to attach Gigantic Wiggle Eyes onto the sun, or let them draw the eyes, nose and mouth. Gigantic Wiggle Eyes can be found at craft stores and at Oriental Trading Company. Use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the sun’s face. Tie a piece of string to the hole so the child can hang the sun from their ceiling at home.

Yellow Handprint Sun

Seashore Collage

Visit First-School at http://www.first-school.ws/activities/artapp/collage.htm for instructions on how to make a seashore collage. Scroll down the page to Activity # 3. You can print the patterns in color at http://www.first-school.ws/t/shellshorec.htm or in black and white http://www.first-school.ws/t/shellshore.htm. To add a nice touch to this craft, use sheets of sand paper instead of brown paper.

Seashore Collage

Games and Activities

Beach Bucket Toss

To play beach bucket toss, line up the children and let them take turns trying to throw a small beach ball into the bucket or sand pail.

Beach Ball Hot Potato

Have all of the children sit on the floor in a large circle. Hand one of the children a beach ball. Explain to the children that you are going to play some music. While the music is playing they are to pass the beach ball to the person next to them. When the music stops the child who has the beach ball has to say or act out a fun thing to do during the summer. Keep going around the circle until all the children have a chance to say or act out a fun summer activity.

Shell Sensory Tub

Fill a large plastic tub, or several small tubs, with sand. Hide several different types of seashells in the sand. Let the children take turns digging for a shell.

Guest Speakers

Invite representative from the local recreation center to talk to the kids and parents about the fun programs and activities they are offering this summer. Invite a lifeguard to talk about water safety.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Hot City by Barbara Joosse.

Let’s Look at Summer by Sarah Schuette.

Sun Dance, Water Dance by Jonathan London.

The Twelve Days of Summer by Jan Andrews.

Bulletin Board

Beat the Texas Heat! Join us Inside for Storytime this Week

Decorate your bulletin board with a giant sun in the upper left hand corner. Add green grass at the bottom, and in the bottom right hand corner, add a large tree with overhanging branches. Place a child, reading a book in the shade of the tree. Or, decorate your bulletin board with a giant sun. In the middle of the sun add photos of children enjoying different activities in your library, such as storytime, playing on the computers, reading, etc.

Display

Create a summer safety display. In your display include items such as sunscreen, lotion, aloe vera, sunglasses, etc. Include a handout with your display that lists the summer programs at your library and local community center. Add the following tips on how to stay cool.

  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Drink more if you are out in the sun and participating in heavy activities.
  • Avoid sodas and other drinks with caffeine.
  • Eat fresh fruits.
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal and salty foods.
  • Protect yourself from the summer sun by using sunscreen, a hat, and an umbrella.
  • Dress in light colored clothes and in lightweight fabrics such as cotton.
  • Stay inside during the hottest part of the day, which is between 3 and 5pm.
  • Plan indoor activities such as going to the library or the community center.

Decorations

Decorate your storytime room with a giant sun wearing sunglasses, made out of butcher paper. Along the bottom of the wall add a strip of wavy beige butcher paper that has been brushed with a water/glue mixture and dusted with sand. It will look like a small beach scene. Decorate the sand with die-cut starfish, seashells, etc. Add a small strip of blue wavy water at one corner of the sand to look like the sea.

Refreshments

Serve juice boxes and fruit snacks.

Audio Recordings

“Ice Cream Cone” on Buzz Buzz by Laurie Berkner.

“Mr. Sun” on Raffi the Singable Songs Collection by Raffi.

Videos/DVD’s/Films

Reading Rainbow: Summer. (30 minutes)

Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer. (98 minutes)

Let’s Explore Spring and Summer. (38 minutes)

Web Sites

Kids Health


http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/sun_safety.html


This web site includes information about sun protection for children for parents. It also includes instructions for taking care of sunburns as well as a heat exhaustion and heatstroke sheet.

Safe Kids Worldwide


http://www.usa.safekids.org/


Safe Kids is dedicated to preventing accidental childhood injury. It includes numerous topics: toy safety, railroad safety, pedestrian safety, fire and burn safety, and child passenger safety.

Water safety tips can be found at First School under Activity #4 at http://www.first-school.ws/activities/artapp/collage.htm. The tips can be printed in black and white at http://www.first-school.ws/t/watersafetytipsb.htm or in color at http://www.first-school.ws/t/watersafetytips.htm.

Professional Resources

2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes.

The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley.

Seasonal Storytime Crafts by Kathryn Totten.

Accucut


http://www.accucut.com/


You may purchase dies, die-cut machines, and laminators from this web site.

First School


http://www.first-school.ws/


Crafts, lesson plans, printables, and other activities for preschoolers through kindergartners are available on this web site.

It’s Storytime


http://www.geocities.com/mystorytime


This web site includes several preschool storytime themes. In each theme the author includes books, fingerplays, songs, flannel boards, and craft ideas.

Oriental Trading Company


http://www.orientaltrading.com/



Craft supplies, craft kits, party supplies, and small cheap incentives are all available from this web site.

Story Library


http://www.storyarts.org/library/


This is a collection of concise story plots retold for students to use in the classroom. It also includes materials and links for teachers.

Craft Materials

Sun/Summer Nametags

Sun/Summer Nametags Sheet - Six Sun Outline Images

North Wind and the Sun Flannel Board (Pattern 1 of 4)

Boy Pattern

North Wind and the Sun Flannel Board (Pattern 2 of 4)

Girl Pattern

North Wind and the Sun Flannel Board (Pattern 3 of 4)

North Wind Pattern

North Wind and the Sun Flannel Board (Pattern 4 of 4)

Sun Pattern

Handprint Sun (Pattern 1 of 2)

Circle Pattern

Handprint Sun (Pattern 2 of 2)

hand pattern



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