Toddler Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

A House for Me

Books to Share

Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant.

Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs by Linda Ashman.

Cleo the Cat by Caroline Mockford.

Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh.

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson.

Books to Show or Booktalk

Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin.

Goodbye House by Frank Asch.

Little Bunny on the Move by Peter McCarty.

The Napping House by Audrey Wood.

Bulletin Board

Home, Sweet Home!

Decorate your bulletin board with scenes from the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” Use the patterns provided from Tell Me a Story, http://drjean.org/html/monthly_act/act_2009/02_Feb/pg07.html, or the State of Arkansas, http://www.arkansas.gov/childcare/services/printedmats/pdf/story/threelittlepigs.pdf, to create houses. Use real sticks for the stick house, real straw for the straw house, and bricks made out of construction paper, blocks, or other brick shaped objects to give texture to the board.

Nametag

Houses

Use the pattern from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express, www.preschool express.com/pattern_station02/house_patterns_nov02.pdf, or a die cut to create house nametags.

Displays

Display a collection of birdhouses. Local gardening stores or gift shops may be willing to lend some. Display books about birds and birdhouses that are appropriate for toddlers. Include small captions with information about bird watching and local birds.

Decorations

Use the pattern from DLTK, www.dltk-bible.com/animals/mflyingdove.html, or a die cut to create birds out of construction paper. Hang the birds from the ceiling with fishing wire. Use pillows to make little nests for the toddlers to sit on during storytime.

Sign Language

Teach the children the sign for house. Make the peak of the house over your head with both hands. Then separate your hands and move them sideways and down like you are tracing the roof line of a house. View a video on how to perform this sign at Signing Savvy, www.signingsavvy.com/search.php? search=house.

Songs

Johnny Works with One Hammer

(Traditional.)

Johnny works with one hammer, (make a fist with one hand and pump one hand up and down)

One hammer, one hammer.

Johnny works with one hammer,

Now he works with two. (make a fist with other hand and pump both hands up and down)

Johnny works with two hammers, (make a fist with other hand and pump both hands up and down)

Two hammers, two hammers.

Johnny works with two hammers,

Now he works with three. (lift one leg up and down while continuing to pump with both hands)

Johnny works with three hammers, (lift one leg up and down while continuing to pump with both hands)

Three hammers, three hammers.

Johnny works with three hammers,

Now he works with four. (lift both legs up and down while continuing to pump with both hands)

Johnny works with four hammers, (lift both legs up and down while continuing to pump with both hands)

Four hammers, four hammers.

Johnny works with four hammers,

Now he works with five. (nod head while lifting both legs up and down and continuing to pump with both hands)

Johnny works with five hammers, (lift both legs up and down while continuing to pump with both hands)

Five hammers, five hammers.

Johnny works with five hammers,

And now he goes to sleep. (fold hands and lay head on top of them)

Do You Know?

(By Heather Coleson. Sing to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Create flannel board pieces using the patterns provided in this program.)

Do you know who lives in a nest, lives in a nest? Lives in a nest?

Do you know who lives in a nest? (place nest on flannel board)

It is little blue bird. (place blue bird on flannel board)

Do you know who lives in a burrow? Lives in a burrow? Lives in a burrow?

Do you know who lives in a burrow? (place burrow on flannel board)

It’s little rabbit. (place rabbit on flannel board)

Do you know who lives in a tree? Lives in a tree? Lives in a tree?

Do you know who lives in a tree? (place tree on flannel board)

It’s a squirrel. (place squirrel on flannel board)

Do you know who lives in a den? Lives in a den? Lives in a den?

Do you know who lives in a den? (place den on flannel board)

It’s a bear. (place bear on flannel board)

Find the following at the end of this program:

cutouts of bird in black nest, white rabbit on green burrow, squirrel on tree branches, and a bear in a black den

Rhymes and Poetry

There Was an Old Lady

(Traditional. Use the coloring sheet from First School, http://www.first-school.ws/t/cp_nr_shoe.htm, as a handout.)

There was an old lady

Who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children

She didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread.

Then kissed them all soundly and sent them to bed.

Recite “My Little House.” The words and motions can be found at Harris County Public Library’s Parent and Teacher Storytime site, www.hcpl.net/cgi-bin/e branch/story_time/theme.pl?id=365.

Recite “Here is a Nest” found on page 36 in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra. Flannel board patterns for this rhyme can be found on pages 37-39.

Audio Recordings

“Everyone is Special” on Barney’s Favorites Featuring Songs from Imagination Island by Barney.

“Family Goodbyes” on Moving Rhymes for Modern Times by Jim Gill.

Stories to Tell

Tell “The Three Little Pigs.” The story and flannel board pieces can be found on pages 147-151 in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

Crafts

Bird’s Nest

Materials
  • Brown copy paper or construction paper
  • Feathers
  • Blue construction paper
  • White cardstock
  • White craft glue
  • Wiggle eyes
Directions

In advance, copy or trace on cardstock a bird using pattern provided in this program. Then, shred the brown paper. Give each child a piece of blue construction paper, one bird, and a small pile of shredded brown paper. Glue the shredded brown paper to the sheet of blue construction paper to resemble a nest. Glue the bird in the nest. Add feathers and wiggle eyes on the bird with glue.

Find the bird pattern at the end of this program.

Red cutout bird on a nest made of square rectangles

My House

Materials
  • Construction paper
  • Construction paper scraps in assorted colors
  • Glue sticks
  • Craft sticks
  • Markers
  • Felt
  • Feathers
  • Stickers
Directions

Glue the craft sticks on to the construction paper to form the shape of a house. Glue scraps of paper to make doors and windows. Add scraps of felt, feathers, stickers, and other craft supplies to add other features to the house. Use markers to add people, bushes, and other decorations.

house made of popsicle sticks, brown construction paper window and red door

Games and Activities

Egg Sort

Use the pattern provided in this program to cut out several nests from brown flannel or felt. Use the egg pattern provided in this program to cut out a bunch of felt eggs from various colors. Put one different colored egg in each nest. Distribute an egg to each child. Have the children take turns putting the correct colored egg into the correct nest.

Find the egg pattern and nest pattern at the end of this program.

six colored eggs (blue, red, yellow) on nests

Who Lives Where?

Use the patterns provided in this program to create a nest, a cave, a house, a lake, a tree, and a doghouse out of felt. Use the patterns provided in this program to create a bird, a bear, a child, a fish, a squirrel, and a dog out of felt. Place the houses on the flannel board. Distribute the animals and child figures to the children. Let the children come up to the board and match the correct character with its home.

Find the following at the end of this program:

collage of bird and nest, rabbit and borrow, child, fish, dog, bear and den, squirrel and tree, house, fish and pond

Guest Speakers

Invite a local bird watching group to come out and show the toddlers pictures of birds and bird’s nests. They might also talk to the parents about bird watching activities that can be done with toddlers.

Invite a contractor or construction crew to show the toddlers some of the tools they use to build houses.

Professional Resources

Raising the Roof: Children's Stories and Activities on Houses by Jan Irving. (This book is available through NetLibrary, a Texshare resource.)

Program Materials

Do You Know and Who Lives Where – Bird & Nest Pattern

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Bird and Nest Pattern - bird top half, and nest on bottom half of sheet

Do You Know and Who Lives Where – Rabbit & Burrow Pattern

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Rabbit and Burrow Pattern - A cotton tail rabbit is sideways on top half of sheet, a burrow is at the bottom half of sheet.

Do You Know and Who Lives Where – Squirrel & Tree Pattern

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Squirrel and tree pattern - a simple tree, cloud top, triangular trunk, and a squirrel that is half the height of tree

Do You Know and Who Lives Where – Bear & Den Pattern

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Bear and Den Pattern - Sheet contains a teddy bear and a simple arch shaped den

Bird Nest – Bird Pattern

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Bird Pattern - Three birds with beaks open on sheet

Egg Sort – Egg Pattern

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Egg pattern - nine eggs on sheet

Egg Sort – Nest Pattern

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Nest Pattern - one large outline of nest on sheet

Who Lives Where – Fish & Lake Pattern

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fish and lake pattern - fish on top half, outline of lake on bottom half of sheet

Who Lives Where – Dog & Doghouse Pattern

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Dog and Dog House pattern - A simple Dog House with the words DOG HOUSE above door, to the bottom right is a dog with a dark eye spot, the dog is the same height as dog house

Who Lives Where – Child Pattern

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child pattern - female child in one piece dress on sheet

Who Lives Where – House Pattern

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House Pattern - A simple house, roof, two windows, door, and triangle roof, square frame



Texas Reading Club 2010 Programming Manual / Catch the Reading Express!

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