Toddler Programs Chapter
By Heather Coleson
Hop into Australia
- Books to Share
- Books to Show or Booktalk
- Bulletin Board
- Sign Language
- Rhymes and Poetry
- Audio Recordings
- Games and Activities
- Web Sites
- Professional Resources
- Program Materials
Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh.
I Love It When You Smile by Sam McBratney.
Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan.
Little White Duck by Walt Whippo.
Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo by Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton.
Elmer and the Kangaroo by David McKee.
Kangaroos by Jill Anderson.
A Koala’s World by Caroline Arnold.
One Woolly Wombat by Rod Trinca and Kerry Argent.
Hop Into Storytime!
Cover the bulletin board with blue butcher paper. Decorate the bulletin board with frogs of all sizes and colors sitting on lily pads in a lake.
Use the frog pattern provided in this program to make nametags.
Demonstrate the sign for frog. Instructions can be found at Lesson Tutor, www.lessontutor.com/eesASLgrassland.html
Sing “Gunk, Gunk” on page 115 in 2’s Experience Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes.
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were
Four green and speckled frogs
Repeat counting down the frogs, 4, 3, 2, 1. For the last time, end the rhyme by saying “Then there were no more speckled frogs. Glub! Glub!”
Recite “Ten Little Froggies” from Preschool Education at www.preschooleducation.com/sreptile.shtml
Recite “Froggy Dance” on page 183 of The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan.
“Willaby Wallaby Woo” on Yummy Yummy by The Wiggles.
“Come on Let’s Jump” on Yummy Yummy by The Wiggles.
- Frog pattern from DLTK at www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?b=m&t =http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/brownbear/clips/bfrog.gif
- Glue sticks
- Green and blue tissue paper, precut to 2 x 2 inches
- Blue construction paper
- Green construction paper.
- Green crayons or markers
In advance, print and cut out one frog for each child. Make a lily pad for each child using the pattern provided in this program. Give each child a pre-cut frog, pre-cut lily pad, glue stick, and a piece of blue construction paper. Glue the lily pad and frog to the construction paper. Color the frog with a green crayon or marker. Distribute the pre-cut green and blue tissue paper squares, and allow the toddlers to glue the tissue paper to their frog, lily pad, and the blue pond.
Koala Paper Craft
Make a simple “Koala Paper Craft” at from DLTK at www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mpaperkoala.htm.
Circle Fractions Frog Craft
Make the “Circle Fractions Frog Craft” from DLTK at www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mcircle_frog.htm.
Frogs on Lily Pads
Play the math game “Frogs on Lily Pads” using the instructions from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station02/june02_frogs.shtml
Freddie the Frog
Play “Freddie the Frog,” a bean bag game using the instructions from Preschool Rainbow at www.preschoolrainbow.org/animal.htm.
National Geographic Kids
This site provides facts, photos, and video of Australia with links to similar information on Australia’s Cane Toads and koalas.
All About Frogs for Kids and Teachers
Frog facts, frog songs, frog stories, and more are available on this web site.
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