This week’s theme was animals, and it was a blast! We started with an action rhyme called “Here Comes the Hungry Crocodile,” from King County Library System’s wiki:
Here comes the hungry crocodile with his sly, toothy smile, (hands together, swaying side to side)
Going CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP in the swamp, swamp, swamp, (open and close hands like an alligator’s mouth)
So swim fast, fish! (pretend to swim)
Birds, fly away! (flap arms like a bird)
Move along, turtles and crabs! (wiggle fingers)
Hurry on your way! (move hands away from body)
‘Cause here comes the hungry crocodile with his sly, toothy smile, (hands together, swaying side to side)
Going CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP in the swamp, swamp, swamp! (open and close hands like an alligator’s mouth)
Then we moved on to our first story, Whose Nest? by Lynette Evans. Each two page spread has an empty nest and a clue about who the nest belongs to. The page with the empty nest has two flaps, and when they are opened, the animals the nest belongs to is revealed. There are a variety of animals featured in the books, including clownfish, geckos, and bumblebees. The kids loved guessing what was behind the flaps, and they really loved the opportunity to share their knowledge of animals.
After we read Whose Nest, we made some nests of our own! Each child got a paper bag nest and some “stuff” to build and decorate it with:
This was a fun craft that let the kids really express their creativity. It was also really easy to get ready. The nests are made using the bottom half of a paper bag that’s been cut in half. Just roll the edges down and squish it into a nest-like shape. The “stuff” we used to decorate a mixture of paper scraps, torn pieces of tissue paper, feathers, pom-poms, yarn, and cotton balls. I also cut the top half of the paper bags into strips and added them to the mix.
After our craft, we played a quick game of animal dice. One dice has numbers on it, the other has a list of animal actions:
- WIGGLE like a WORM!
- FLY like a BIRD!
- HOP like a FROG!
- SWIM like a FISH!
- JUMP like a BUNNY!
- STRETCH like a CAT!
We roll the dice to figure out what action we’ll do and how many times we’ll do it.
Our second book was Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer. This is such a great book with such a cool concept. Each two page spread has a surprising number-related fact about what an animal will accomplish in its lifetime:
In one lifetime, this spider will spin 1 paper egg sack.
Each fact is accompanied by beautiful, unique artwork by illustrator Christopher Silas Neal.
After we finished Lifetime, we wrapped up story time by playing with dinosaurs and flubber, two things that are awesome on their own and even more awesome together:
The recipe I used for flubber is from Live Craft Eat.
Next week the theme is water. Hope to see you there!