Saturday, February 20, 2010

Medieval Fun

Theme Medieval Fun

Age 2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s
Duration 45 minutes

1. Storytime – Welcome Song

3. Poem: Princess Pat (repeat each line)
Princess Pat lived in a tree
She sailed across the seven seas.
She sailed across the channel too
And she took with her a Rig-a-bamboo

A Rig-a-bamboo now what is that?
It's a something made by the Princess Pat.
It's a red and gold and a purple too.
That's why it's called a Rig-a-bamboo.

Now Captain Jack had a mighty fine crew
He sailed across the channel too.
His ship did sink and yours will too
If you don't take a Rig-a-bamboo.

4. Read second story “Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress", “The Paper Bag Princess”, “The Prince and the Potty”, or "Wash Your Hands"

5. Fingerplay: A Good Castle
This is the roof of the castle I own. (make roof with hands)
These are the walls that are made of stone. (arms straight out from sides)
These are the windows that let in the light. (thumbs and forefingers form windows)
This is the drawbridge that shuts so tight. (clap on "shuts")
This is the tower so straight and tall. (arms up straight)
Oh! What a good castle for one and all!

6. Song: The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill, (march in place standing straight and tall)
And he marched them down again. (march in place squatting down)
And, when they were up they were up; (march in place standing straight and tall)
And when they were down they were down. (march in place squatting down)
But when they were only halfway up, (squat down a little)
They were neither up nor down. (stand straight then squat down)
Repeat faster and faster

Finger play: Five Kind Kings
5 kind kings sitting in the castle
1 went to find the queen. Oh, what a hassle!
4 kind kings eating at the table.
1 went to find his shield with its own label.
3 kind kings sitting on their thrones,
1 went to give the dragon some delicious bones.
2 kind kings putting on their crowns,
1 dropped his and it fell to the ground.
1 kind king went to the keep,
He climbed on his bed and fell fast asleep!

6. Craft: Dragon Puppet
Dragon print, construction paper strips, markers, glue, sticks
Colour the dragon parts, cut out. Fan fold strips of construction paper. Glue head and tail on to paper strip and sticks.

Friday, February 12, 2010



Age 2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s
Duration 45 minutes
1. Storytime – Welcome Song

3. Poem: Love, Love, Love (tune: 3 Blind Mice)
Love, love, love,
love, love, love
See how it grows,
See how it grows.
I love my friends and they love me.
We love each other that's plain to see.
There's plenty for a big family.
Love, love, love, love, love, love.

5. Fingerplay: Five Pretty Valentines
Five pretty valentines waiting at the store.
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there were four.
Four pretty valentines shaped like a "V"
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there were three.
Three pretty valentines said "I love you"
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there were two.
Two pretty valentines, this was so much fun.
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there was one.
One pretty valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt sorry for it, so I bought it for myself!

6. Craft: Friendship Blossoms
Here, two classic Valentine's Day gifts — flowers and candy — combine to make one sweet treat.
Scrapbooking paper, foam hearts , Scissors, Lollipops, Tape
1. For each, cut three heart-shaped petals, two leaves, and two flower centers from scrapbooking paper or card stock.
2. Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals as shown, and slide the pieces onto a lollipop stem. Tape the bottom to secure.
More messages:
You're a sweet heart
Our friendship is blooming
Be my bud-dy

Friday, February 5, 2010

Groundhog's Day

Groundhog’s Day

Age 2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s

1. Storytime – Welcome Song

2. Read first story Go to Sleep, Groundhog!, or Will Spring be Early?, or, Will Spring be Late?

3. Fingerplay: Groundhog Day (to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?)
Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog? (Thumb behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (Bring thumb forward)
Shadows on this sunny day, (wiggle thumb)
Frighten groundhogs all away. (Thumb behind back)
Winter will stay! Winter will stay!

Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog? (Thumb behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (Bring thumb forward)
My, oh my, a cloudy day. (Wiggle thumb)
I will stay outside to play. (Move thumb around)
Spring is near! Spring is near!

4. Read second story Gregory's Shadow, or Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

5. Sing: Five Little Groundhogs
The first little groundhog crept out of his lair. (fingers creep)
The second little groundhog said, "Is spring in the air?" (eyes look up)
The third little groundhog asked, "Is the time right?" (look at wrist watch)
The fourth little groundhog squirmed, "The sun is too bright!" (cover eyes)
The fifth little groundhog squeaked' "My shadow I see!" (look over shoulder at shadow)
"I'm not staying out here! No, siree! Not ME! (shake head "no")
"Back to my burrow I'm going to creep." (fingers creep)
"And for six more weeks I'm going to sleep!" (eyes closed, hands by face)

6. Craft: Popup Groundhog
You will need:
Brown construction paper, wiggle eyes, scrap of white craft foam, popsicle stick, scrap of black craft foam, white glue, markers, foam cup

Cut two small oval shapes from the brown paper (these need to be about as long as your index finger and about 5cm wide). Place a thin line of glue around one of the ovals leaving a gap at the bottom, and stick the other oval on top. Cut out two feet and a head shape from the brown foam and glue these to the top oval. Cut out a tiny white rectangle for the teeth and a tiny black oval for the nose. Glue the eyes nose and teeth to the head and leave to dry. When the glue is dry add some details with black pen. Cut slits in the top of the cup to make it look "grassy" and carefully poke a small hole in the bottom of the cup. Attach your puppet to one end of the popsicle stick. Slide the popsicle stick into the hole, so that your groundhog sits in the cup. Slide the popsicle stick up and down so your groundhog pops in and out of his burrow to check the weather! Can he see his shadow?