Preschool Programs Chapter
By Heather Coleson
- Books to Share
- Books to Show or Booktalk
- Bulletin Board
- Introductory Flannel Board Activity
- Rhymes and Poetry
- Audio Recordings
- Puppet Plays
- Stories to Tell
- Games and Activities
- Guest Speakers
- Web Sites
- Professional Resources
- Program Materials
Animal Babies in Rain Forests by Jennifer Schofield.
Bearum Scarum by Vic Parker.
Edward in the Jungle by David McPhail.
Who is the Beast? by Keith Baker.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.
The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone.
Rain Forest Animals by Angela Wilkes.
A Rainforest Habitat by Bobbie Kalman.
Verdi by Janell Cannon.
Read About Rainforests
Decorate the bulletin board with rain forest animals and flora, using the photograph at Bulletin Board Pro, http://www.bulletinboardpro.com/BB63.html, as a model.
Use the pattern from DLTK, http://www.dltk-kids.com/t_template.asp?t =http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/brownbear/clips/belephant.gif, or a die-cut to make elephant nametags.
Line the bottom of your display with green cloth or felt. Display books about rainforests for preschool age children and add stuffed animals and birds.
Plastic “Animal Bookmarks” in the shape of rainforest and jungle animals are available from US Toy,www.ustoy.com.
Let the children make their own animal face sandwiches following the instructions provided by Preschool Rainbow, www.preschoolrainbow.org/animal.htm.
In advance, make a Texas Traveler out of flannel using the template from Making Friends at www.makingfriends.com/friends/f_pick_freinds_outliness.htm. Also in advance, make camouflage jungle clothes using the patterns from Making Friends at www.makingfriends.com/friends/f_camouflage.htm. Place your “Texas Traveler” on the flannel board. Talk to the children about rainforests. Explain to the children what a rainforest is, and show them pictures of what a rainforest looks like. Point out where rainforests are located on a globe or map. Let the children dress the traveler for a jungle adventure.
Recite “Five Grey Elephants” on page 86 in The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan.
Recite “Alligator Pie” by Dennis Lee. If the book is not available, the words are online at Canadian Poets, http://www.library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/lee/poem 7.htm. Match actions to the words and add as many stanzas as desired, making up new ones.
Recite “Jungle Animals” from The Best Kids Booksite at http://www.thebest kidsbooksite.com/fingerplays-for-kids.cfm. Select the rhyme from the drop-down menu.
Sing “Rain Forest Animals” to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Lyrics are available from Preschool Education at http://www.preschooleducation.com/ srainforest.shtml.
Sing “Ten Little Hippos Fat” to the tune of “Ten Little Indians” found on page 62 in Storytime Crafts by Kathryn Totten.
”Bear to the Left” on What Kind of Cat Are You? by Billy Jonas.
“The Hippopotamus Song” on I Love My Shoes by Eric Ode.
Perform the puppet play “The Monkey and the Crocodile.” The script is available on pages 63-66 in One-Person Puppet Plays by Denise Wright. (Available through NetLibrary, a TexShare database.) Use any monkey and crocodile puppets available, or make them as stick puppets or hand puppets.
Tell “The Two Monkeys” on pages 171-174 in Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers’ Theater by Judy Sierra. Patterns to create flannel pieces to accompany this story can be found on pages 175-177.
- Construction paper in various colors
- Glue sticks
- Wiggle eyes
- Stapler (optional)
In advance, cut the construction paper into 2” x 9” strips. Also in advance, cut one snake head and one snake tongue for each child using the patterns provided in this program. Distribute at least 8 to 10 of the strips, a snake head, and a snake tongue to each child. Glue the first strip to create a circle. Thread a second strip through the circle and glue it, continuing until all of the strips have been used to create a paper chain. Glue or staple the snake head to the last piece of the chain. Glue a pair of wiggle eyes and a tongue on to the head.
Find the chain snake pattern at the end of this program.
Zoo Pal Puppets
- Hefty® Zoo Pal plates
- Large craft sticks or paint stir sticks
- Craft glue
- Tape (optional)
- Assorted decorations like rickrack, ball fringe, yarn, and fun fur
In advance, purchase Hefty® Zoo Pal plates available at grocery stores. Attach a large craft stick to the back of the plate using glue that will adhere to coated paper. Alternately, tape the stick in place. Use the decorative materials to embellish the animal, adding ball fringe to make fluffy ears, yarn to create a mane, etc.
Make a tiger following the directions on pages 120-121 in At the Zoo: Explore the Animal World with Craft Fun by Judy Press. The body of the tiger is made from a standard mailing envelope. Add paper circles for the head and ears and a rectangle for the tail using the patterns in the book.
Make a “Silly Swinging Monkey” following the instructions on pages 82-83 in The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan. The patterns provided make a monkey that swings on a branch made from a drinking straw. It requires construction paper, pipe cleaners, wiggle eyes, and a pompom.
One Elephant Went Out
(Traditional. Start this simple game with all of the children sitting in a circle on the floor. Choose one child to start the game. That child stands and imitates an elephant, dangling one arm in front of his or her nose like a trunk and the other arm behind like a tail. Sing the song as the child walks around the circle until he or she picks a friend. That child then stands up and holds hands with the first child. The song repeats, substituting the correct number, until all of the children are standing in a circle.)
One elephant went out one day,
Out to the park where he (or she) could play
He (or she) had such enormous fun,
He (or she) called another elephant to come. (place hand like a megaphone to call)
Hey, Elephant! (Next child stands up and joins the circle)
Two elephants went out one day,
Out to the park where they could play
They had such enormous fun,
They called another elephant to come. (place hand like a megaphone to call)
Hey, Elephant! (next child stands up and joins the circle)
Invite someone from a local zoo or conservation society to talk about endangered species, bringing small animals for the children to see, if possible. Check with the Texas Library System office for potential presenters such as Jungle Jim's Bugs of the World, http://www.junglejimsbugs.com/, who can bring animals to your program.
Kids Go Wild
Sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society, this web site provides fun facts and age-appropriate interactive games.
This web site includes games, activities, and crafts that use this brand of animal plates.
PBS: Journey in Amazonia
Linked to the public television program, this site includes educational materials, teacher materials, and an interactive game for older children.
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