Toddler Programs Chapter
By Heather Coleson
Brrrr, It’s Cold at the Poles
- Books to Share
- Books to Show or Booktalk
- Bulletin Board
- Sign Language
- Rhymes and Poetry
- Audio Recordings
- Games and Activities
- Program Materials
I Like It When by Mary Murphy.
Penguins, Penguins Everywhere! by Bob Barner.
Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson.
Polar Bolero by Debi Gliori.
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom.
Penguin by Polly Dunbar.
Penguins and Their Chicks by Margaret Hall.
A Penguin’s World by Caroline Arnold.
Without You by Sarah Weeks.
Cool Off with Snowy Stories
Cover the bulletin board with white snowy paper. Add a photograph or other picture of a group of penguins and a polar bear. Enlarge picture book covers from some of the titles in this chapter and place the book covers along the left and right side of your bulletin board.
Use a mitten pattern such as the one available from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at www.preschoolexpress.com/pattern-station08/mittens.pdf to create nametags for each child.
Place a sled on a table or the floor. Display books on the sled about snow and polar animals that appropriate for toddlers.
Make an igloo out of blocks wrapped in white paper for the toddlers to explore. If you have any stuffed polar animals then lay those around the storytime room.
Serve crushed ice with water and goldfish crackers.
Purchase “Dress a Penguin Stickers” from Oriental Trading Company, www.orientaltrading.com.
Teach the sign for snow. Hold your hands high in the air with your palms facing down. Wiggle your fingers and slowly move them up and down to imitate falling snow. A video demonstrating the sign for snow can be found at Signing Savvy, www.signingsavvy.com/search.php?search=snow.
I See Snowflakes
(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Sing to the tune of “Frere Jacques”
I see snowflakes, I see snowflakes, (flutter hands down)
Look don’t you? Look don’t you? (Put hand over eyes)
Wispy falling snowflakes, Wispy falling snowflakes (Flutter hands down)
Brr it’s cold! Brr it’s cold! (wrap hands around arms and shiver)
I see snow drifts, I see snow drifts, (point)
On the ground, On the ground. (touch floor)
Let’s go build a snowman, Let’s go build a snowman, (mimic picking up snow)
Before its gone, Before its gone. (Hold up hands mimicking “all gone”)
Sing “Snowflake, Snowflake” to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Lyrics and movements can be found at Preschool Express, www.preschoolexpre ss.com/theme_station04/dec04_snow.shtml.
Sing “I’m a Little Penguin” to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot” Lyrics can be found at Hummingbird Educational Resources, www.hummingbirded.com/penquins.html.
Act out “Polar Bear, Polar Bear” to the tune of “Teddy Bear, Teddy, Bear.” Lyrics and motions can be found at Childcare and Beyond, http://ccb_themes.tripod.com/themes_polarbear.html
Recite the “Two Little Penguins” from Harris County Public Library, www.hcpl.net/cgi-bin/ebranch/story_time/theme.pl?id=402.
Recite the “Five Little Polar Bears” from Harris County Public Library, http://www.hcpl.net/cgi-bin/ebranch/story_time/theme.pl?id=390. If desired, make flannel board pieces using the pattern from DLTK at www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?b =m&t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/brownbear/clips/bpolarbear.gif.
“I’m a Little Snowflake” on Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner.
“Snow Song” on Hello Everybody? by Rachel Buchman.
Finger Skating Painting
Let toddlers “Finger Skate,” finger painting with white paint on light colored paper. Directions for this simple but messy craft can be found at Preschool Express, www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station06/jan06_ice.shtml.
White Polar Collage
- White construction paper
- White cardstock
- Glue sticks
- Cotton balls
- White glitter
- Wiggle eyes
- White string
In advance, print out the polar bear pattern use the template provided by DLTK at www.dltk-kids.com/t_template.asp?t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/br ownbear/clips/bpolarbear.gif onto cardstock. Allow the children to cut out the polar bear and glue it to a white piece of construction paper. Use white glitter, white cotton balls, white string, and any other white craft material to decorate the bear and background. Add a wiggle eye at the appropriate place on the bear.
Make a penguin using the templates from First School at www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/birds/penguin-egg.htm.
Ice Cube Match
Make pairs of flannel ice cubes in varying sizes and colors out of the pattern provided. Distribute one piece from each pair to the children. Place the remaining pieces on the flannel board. Have the toddlers take turns bringing up their ice cube and matching it to the correct flannel piece.
Find the ice cube match pattern at the end of this program.
The Snowy Day and More Ezra Jack Keats Stories. (52 minutes)
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