Monday, October 29, 2012

Cookies Anyone?

Yes, it seems to be that time of year when everyone is holding bake sales, decorating Halloween cookies, or getting themselves in gear for the great holiday-baked-goods giveaway that is a tradition in our house.  In short, we have cookies on the brain, and many of our friends and classmates do to, so I have created two Cookie Programs.  One is for little people, and one will be short and sweet for your little toddler people.  Both programs are a great opportunity to talk about themes of sharing and politeness.  You can practice counting skills, and visual discrimination for toddlers with a colorful felt board rhyme.  Even young toddlers can participate in a game "Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?" and it is practically a must for a group of preschoolers.

Practice early math skills by sorting candies and other cookie decorations by color, size or shape ( paper cut-outs are probably easier).  Give each child a big, round cardboard cookie to decorate.  Create a dramatic play station with a tea set and puppets so children can create their own narratives with their cookies.

Toddler Program ( 20 minutes)

Rhyme/Finger Play:
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast you can.
Pat it, and roll it, and mark it with a B,
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man.
Bake me a cookie as fast you can.
Pat it, and roll it, and mark it with an B,
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

The Best Cookie for Mouse by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond

Rhyme and Felt Board (Repeat 2-3 times):

Five Little Cookies

From Blog, Rhymes and More

Five little cookies with frosting galore,
Mommy ate the white one, then there were four.
Four little cookies, two and two you see,
Daddy ate the pink one, then there were three.
Three little cookies, but before I knew,
My sister ate the blue one, then there were two.
Two little cookies, oh, what fun!
My brother ate the green one, then there was one.
One little cookie, watch me run!
I ate the red one, then there were none


Chanting Game: 
Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar...Pass, throw, etc bean bag or fake cookie

Preschool Program (30 minutes)

Rhyme/Finger Play:
Five Cookies 
Five little cookies in the bakery shop. 
Shinning bright with the sugar on top. 
Along comes (child's name) with a nickel to pay. 
He/she buys a cookie and takes it away. 
(continue with four, three, two and one).


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

Rhyme/Felt Board:
Five Little Cookies (see above)

Chanting Game:
Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

If You Are a Monster...

If you are a monster...and you know who you are...then you will love this story time!  Halloween is almost here, and it is an excellent time to let your inner monster out a little bit--especially if your inner monster is as fun and/or adorable as any of the monsters in the books below.  Kerstin Schoen's monster in her picture book, Monsters Aren't Real published by Kane/Miller, is such a refreshing change of pace from the usual creepy, crawly, under-the-bed variety, and the moral of the story (that you're okay, just the way you are) is worth sharing with a young audience any time of year.

Every parent I knows practically starts crying when the conversation comes around The Monster at the End of this Book the all-time best Golden Book title, featuring Grover at his most lovable.  It may be old, it may be small, and it may be plain my today's glitzy picture book standards, but you will have parents and grandparents wrapped around your little finger if you share this book at your monster story time. You can get a little more analysis of why this books is just so darned good at Ronosaurus Rex's Metablog on Metafiction.

Craft and art ideas for monster programs abound, from roll-a-monster games to paper collages ala Emberley, to cookie decorating (yum!).  Apple, potato, brussel sprout, and other autumn crop stamps make a nice seasonal tie-in and will result in some fine, fun, scary monster paintings.  ROAR!

Family Program 
30 minutes

Five Ugly Monsters Jumping on the Bed


Monsters Aren't Real by Kerstin Schoen

If You're Happy and You Know It...


If You're A Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberley

If You're a Monster and You Know It...


The Monster at the End of This Book