Friday, September 29, 2017

Kangaroos Theme

Kangaroos Theme

Show them the picture of the kangaroo and ask if they know what animal it is? Yes, It’s a Kangaroo now what do you think Kangaroo starts with-? K
So today our stories are going to have Kangaroos in them.

Kangaroo Facts article

Katy No-Pocket By Emmy Payne and H.A.Rey
Kathy’s Pocket By Helen Lester
Pouch By David Ezra Stein
Who ate all the cookie dough By Karen Beaumont
Does a Kangaroo have a mother too? By Eric Carle
Elmer and the Kangaroo By David McKee
Where are you Blue Kangaroo? By Emma Clark Chichester

I love it when you smile By Sam Mcbratney
Polly Hoppers Pouch By Louise Rampersaud Bonnet
Mcgillycuddy could By Pamela Ducan Edwards
Marsupial Sue By john Lithgow
Do Kangaroos wear seat Belts?By Jane Kurtz

If your happy and you know it – (clap hands, stomp feet, shout hooray)

# 2 Can’t wait to Celebrate –Blue Jim Gill (irrational anthem disc)-
  • clap our hands,
  • stamp feet,
  • wave hello,
  • bounce up and down,
  • clap hands along with the song
Egg shakers or rhythm sticks  with ABC song and Itsy Bitsy Spider

# 5 Toe, Leg Knee Song -Green Jim Gill CD

Dr. Jean Silly Songs Cd # 3 Cool Bear Hunt Song

#2 Hands are clapping Yellow Jim Gill CD ( Hands are clapping, toes are tapping, fingers are snaping/wiggling, knees are for slapping, teeth are brushing, hands are for clapping

#8 Silly Dance Contest Jim Gill Yellow CD use with colorful scarves 

NEW # 6 Jim Gill Orange CD – Your Face will surely show it
PLAY: Put up the laminated Kangaroos and a few K’s and let them search for them and bring them to you – use either black flannel board or the a frame white board and tape them up and count them.
Sing counting song and use fingers--
1 little 2 little 3 little kangaroos
4 little 5 little 6 little kangaroos
7 little 8 little 9 little kangaroos
10 little kangaroos Hop! Hop! Hop!

Jump, jump, jump (Jump)
Goes the kangaroo (Jump)
I saw only one (Hold up one finger)
But now I see two! (Hold up two fingers)
Momma and her baby
With his head popping out (Make a fist, have other hand pop out)
He holds on tight (Hug yourself)
As they jump all about! (Jump)


I had baby kangaroo hide behind different colored shapes so that I can use this for a colors or a shapes storytime
As for how the flannelboard works:  I hide baby kangaroo behind a shape and have the children pick a shape and say, “Baby kangaroo, where are you?  Are you behind the ______?” credit:

 Where is My Joey Matching Activity Printable
Feel free to use the parachute if the kids need to move around – I usually do for about ten minutes or so. if no parachute use a large flat sheet or tablecloth

  • Have kids Raise it up above their heads 2-3 times
  • Down all the way to the floor 2-3 times
  • Let big people hold it and little ones go under it 2-3 times
  • Have kids lay down under the parachute facing it and go down toward them seeing if it will touch their bellies 2-3 times
  • Have kids practice shaking fast and slow
  • Have kids help put balls on the parachute and shake them up like popcorn

Toddlers: Put together the pieces the kangaroo, pouch and baby together with glue and then color them with markers or crayons.

Kangaroo Mask Template to Color Printable
Preschool group- we are making a pouch using two brown half circles and glue them most of the way around leave a little edge for hole punches to let the kids wear their pouches. Use a marker and put a K on the front. see photo below


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birthdays Theme (Updated)



TALK: Talk about birthdays with your kids! Ask if they know what happens on a birthday? 
We are celebrating the day you were born! Sometimes with a special meal, cake, ice cream, presents too!

READ: Books

The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
It’s My Birthday By Helen Oxenbury
Bunny Cakes By Rosemary Wells
Happy Birthday Hamster By Cynthia Lord
Don't Spill The Beans! By Ian Schoenherr
Birthday Zoo By Lynn Munsinger
Franklin's Birthday Party By Paulette Bourgeois
On The Night You Were Born By Nancy Tillman
Happy Birthday to you! You belong in a Zoo! By Diane Degroat
Happy Birthday to You! By Dr. Seuss
The Night Before My Birthday By Natasha Wing
Happy Birthday, Little Hoo! By Brenda Ponnay
The Birthday Box By Leslie Patricelli 
How do Dinosaurs say Happy Birthday By Jane Yolen 
The Best Present Ever By Ben Mantle  
Curious George and the Birthday Surprise By H.A Rey
Biscuit's Birthday By Alyssa Satin Capucilli 
If you give a pig a party By Laura Numeroff
Cliffords Birthday Party By Norman Bridwell
Arthur's Birthday By Marc Brown
Corduroy's Birthday By Lisa MCcue & Don Freeman
Happy Birthday Mouse By Laura Numeroff 

Shorty and Clem By Michael Slack 
 Baby Cakes By Theo Heras
Birthday Happy Contrary Mary By Anita
When's my Birthday? By Julie Fogliano


Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear (name)
Happy Birthday to You.

Alternative ending:
How old are you?
How old are you?
How old, How old
How old are you? 

Credit- childhood

Tune--"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle goes this song.
It's your birthday all day long.
Last year you were ____ years old.
This year you are ______ we're told.
Happy birthday, little star.
Now we know how old you are.

Ten Little Candles 
Use flannel pieces on a board OR place actual birthday candles in the middle of circle OR place candles in a cake you will have for snack!
Ten little candles. On a chocolate cake. 
Blow out two (make a blowing out the candles sound two times)
Now there are........ (take time to count them) eight. 
Eight little candles. On candlesticks.
Blow out two (make blowing out sound again--2 times)
Now there are six.
Six little candles. And not one more.
Blow out two....
Now there are four.

Four little candles. Red, white, and blue.
Blow out two
Now there are two.
Two littles candles. Standing in the sun.
Blow out two...
Now there are none.
Credit: Preschool Plan it

Make A Wish 
The children make a circle holding hands.  
One child is the birthday child in the middle.  The children making the circle are the candles.
Have them walk around in a circle as they sing the song below.
When they shout the last line, the birthday child makes his wish and pretends to blow out the candles as they all fall down.
(sung to the tune of “The Mulberry Bush”) 
Here we go round the birthday cake,
The birthday cake, the birthday cake.
Here we go round the birthday cake;
Today is [child’s name]’s birthday!
Shout: Make a wish!
Credit: Preschool Plan It

Zippity - sung to "Zippity Doo dah"
Zippity dooh dah, zippity ay,
my oh my what a wonderful day,
plenty of sunshine comin' your way
(you way!)
zippity dooh dah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

owl birthday coloring sheet 

Birthday cake with balloons and party hats coloring

Party Hat Template Printable 

collage party ballons craft