Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pre-K storytime–SILLY

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I’m not going to Pre-K next week (sad face) because of spring break, so I decided to do a silly-themed storytime in honor of April Fool’s Day.  Really, it was just an excuse to read all my  favorite goofy stories.  Wow, I love my job!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies, by Jan Thomas.  In my opinion, dust bunnies are inherently silly, at least in nomenclature.  Anyway, this book is absolutely perfect for 4 to 5 year olds because they know all about rhyming words.  I would recommend introducing it by asking if they know what dust bunnies are.  “Are they real bunnies?  No, they aren’t.  They don’t really look like the ones in this book, either.  Really, dust bunnies are just balls of dust!  So, if they are dust, what do you think they are most afraid of?”  (My target answers were “broom” and “vacuum cleaner”, but I got some other, really funny responses to this question–my favorites were “Mrs. So-and-So” and “Swiffer!”)  What I’m trying to say is that it might take a little effort on your part to get them to see how funny it is, but it is SO WORTH IT!  For those who are interested, there are some very cute prop ideas out there.  Check this out.

 

 

Silly Sally, by Audrey Wood.  Once upon a time, many moons ago, I wrote a post about making some Silly Sally puppets.  (Head over to that link if you want to see how I made them).  Since I still had them, I decided to use them to tell the story instead of just reading the book (though I do love the book!)

 

 

 

 

 

Since I only have two hands and I suspected that a request for audience participation could result in Pre-K chaos, I decided to convert the animal puppets into flannelboard pieces.  I did this by ripping the dowel off and putting a velcro dot on the back.  Easy peasy.  I left Silly Sally and Neddy Buttercup as puppets.  While telling the story, I held Sally in my right hand (upside down, of course!) and the other characters in a stack on my lap.  It went sort of like this:

Silly Sally went to town, walking backwards, upside down.  On the way she met a pig (hold up pig), a silly pig.  They danced a jig (make Sally and pig dance, then put pig on flannelboard).  Silly Sally went to town, dancing backwards, upside down.  Etc.

 

 

When Sally meets the sheep and falls asleep, I pretend that I’ve fallen asleep.  Then, I “wake up” and ask–“Now how did Sally get to town, sleeping backwards, upside down?”  (Hold up Neddy Buttercup with other hand and point out the feather that he is holding).  Along came Neddy Buttercup, walking forward, right side up.  He tickled the pig who danced the jig (make the feather tickle the pig), and so on…  I hope this description makes sense.  It really went pretty easily, and I think the kids enjoyed it.  (If I had been at my library, I would have used a larger flannelboard so that the animals would fit properly.)

 

 

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems.  Is there anything sillier than a pigeon who wants to drive a bus?  I was surprised that a number of my pre-k friends had not encountered Pigeon before.  Most of them told him “no” with gusto, although there are always a few who say “Yes!” the whole time, or, worse yet, those that just look at me like I’m crazy.  Nevertheless, in my opinion this is storytime gold, and I always have so much fun reading it.

 

 

 

 

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin.  As with Rhyming Dust Bunnies, I think that this one benefits from a bit of groundwork.  Luckily, I had this awesome typewriter made out of cardboard to take along with me.  When I asked if anyone knew what a typewriter was, most of them didn’t (we’re all computerized now, remember?)  Knowing what a typewriter is is critical to understanding the humor of the story, so I took a few minutes to describe a typewriter, how it is similar to and different from a computer.  Then, after the story, we invited my cow puppet (wrapped in her blanket) to demonstrate how she typed the notes to Farmer Brown.

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Preschool Storytime–In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

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For this week’s preschool storytime, I decided to do “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb.”  Since some of my storytime friends in this group are fairly young, I started with telling them about this saying, just in case they hadn’t heard it before.  Luckily, we had a book with the same title that did an adequate job of explaining the concept.

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Song:  We hit the floor together

Opening Rhyme:  This is Big, Big, Big

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb By Marion Dane Bauer and Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.  As I said earlier, this book is a good introduction to the concept of the dual nature of spring.  However, I would recommend it for slightly older children–probably ages 4 to 8.

Song: I Hear Thunder

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.  I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by this 2010 Caldecott Medal Winner because it is–WORDLESS.  Yes, a wordless picture book.  Just in case any of you have avoided this book because you are nervous about narrating the story yourself, let me reassure you.  I read it in storytime and lived to tell about it.  Furthermore, I think that in a one on one, parent-child context, a wordless book like this one could be even more successful.  That’s because you and your child are on an even playing field; that is, you are both in the same position of deriving meaning from the illustrations.  Most of us are familiar enough with this fable to tell the story.  (Lion helps Mouse, Mouse is later able to unexpectedly save Lion in repayment).  But as you go along, you can discuss with your child what he or she thinks is happening in the picture.  Give it a try.  You can also try A Ball For Daisy by Chris Raschka, the Caldecott Medal Winner for 2012, which is also wordless.

 

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, Illustrated by Margot Apple.  This is a very cute rhyming book about sheep who unsuccessfully attempt to drive a jeep.  Good for phonological awareness (awareness of the smaller sounds that make up words) and vocabulary (includes uncommon words like “steep”, “leap”, “shrug”, and “weep”.)

 

 

 

 

 

Flannelboard: Mary Had a Little Lamb.  From Recipe for Reading.  This activity was a HIT!  I explained to them that Mary has lost her little lamb (what color is that lamb?) and we will have to sing to help her find him.  We started singing, and let me tell you–there is nothing better that the looks on their faces when I put up that blue sheep (“with fleece as–BLUE AS BLUEBERRIES?!?  NO!  That can’t be Mary’s little lamb!”)  By the time we got to Mary’s lamb with snow-white fleece, they were all giggles.  Awesome!  Thanks, Recipe for Reading!

 

 

 

 

Where is the Green Sheep?  By Mem Fox, Illustrated by Judy Horacek.  The flannelboard above was the perfect segue into this book, where we are looking for a green sheep.  The book shows us a variety of other sheep, but the question persists–where is that green sheep?  I love this book and use it whenever I can.

 

 

 

 

 

Closing rhyme:  My hands say thank you

After the stories we played with the library’s collection of puzzles, blocks and toys!

Preschool storytime is for ages 2 to 5 and is held at 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday morning at the Leesburg Library.  Sponsored by the Lee County Library.  Free and open to the public.

Teddy Bear Sleepover (with link to slideshow)

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Last Thursday we had a Teddy Bear (or other stuffed friend) Sleepover at the library.  The fun started at 6:00 p.m. with a bedtime snack (Teddy Grahams or Goldfish with milk or pink lemonade) and a few stories.

 

 

 

 

 

As the kids came in, we asked them each to take a sleeping mask for their stuffed animal.  They wrote the name of their friend on the front and the child’s name on the back.  This helped us to identify who was who and who belonged to whom.  To make them, I just cut out a sleeping mask shape from cardstock scraps.  I punched a hole in either side and tied ribbons to each side.  Big Boy is pictured on the left, modeling a mask.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thrilled to tell you that two of the four books we read have since been checked out!  Yay!  However, since they aren’t here now I can’t take a picture of the covers.  Anyway, here are the titles:

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein.  Our lovely volunteer Miss Allison read this adorable book.  Little red chicken can’t possibly go to sleep without a bedtime story, but she just can’t seem to stop interrupting the stories that Papa tries to tell her.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.  Always a favorite.  This book not only fit in with my “Can’t Sleep” pajama theme, but it was also a good way to address any reservations the kids might have about leaving their stuffed animals overnight.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Illustrated by Mark Teague.  Our teen volunteer Miss Lexi did a great job reading this book while simultaneously managing the unruly Grizz (my bear puppet pictured here wearing dinosaur pajamas).

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!  The pigeon is hilarious to me, and I have to say that this book was no disappointment.  It even features Knuffle Bunny (you can’t say no to a bunny, can you?)!

After the stories, we did a short craft.  This consisted of a worksheet that allowed each child to tell me something about their friend. Click below for the PDF:

teddy bear sleepover worksheet

After the craft, we tucked our friends into snug blankets and sleeping bags, then we sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to lull them to sleep.  Little did we know, that’s when the fun began…

To see a slideshow of the sleepover antics, go here.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, and to Leesburg McDonald’s for donating cups.  Most of all, thanks to everyone who came!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did!

 

Crafternoon–make your own stuffed animal (Plus slideshow!!!)

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With the Teddy Bear Sleepover coming up this Thursday (check our Facebook page for the deets!) I thought it would be fun to do a bear themed craft.  Problem is, most of the ones I found weren’t quite right for the school-age kids I usually see at crafts.  So I found this how-to at artistshelpingchildren.org for making no-sew sock dolls.  This is a wonderful tutorial–I won’t recreate it here.  Instead, here’s a slideshow of some of the creations!

As always, I was so proud of how creative the kids were!  We had a great time!

Crafternoons are at the Leesburg Library every Tuesday starting at 3:00.  Free and open to the public.

Baby Storytime–scarf activity

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Last week I talked about using scarves and bells during my baby time with Mother Goose on the Loose.  I like the activities listed in the handbook, but I have recently been looking for something new to do with the scarves.  (Any suggestions?  Please comment below!)  I had ordered Musical Scarves and Activities by Kimbo and Georgiana Stewart, but I didn’t have it yet.  One thing I hadn’t tried was to wave scarves to music, but I was afraid that unless it was just the right song (preferably lending itself to some activity with the scarf other than waving) the kids in my storytime might get bored.

On my Raffi CD Songs for the Very Young, I found a song called There’s a Spider on the Floor.  Go here to see a very cute performance of it by Smiles Mcgyles.  In case, like me, you are not familiar with this song, it is sung to the tune of “There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea” (more or less).  Basically, the spider starts out on the floor, then works his way up the singer’s body.  I can see this being a huge hit with older kids (note the peals of laughter on the YouTube link above), but I didn’t think my under-two set would go for it.  But I did like the idea of pretending that the scarf was something (a bird, maybe?) and putting it on our arms, legs, heads–a great activity for reinforcing the names of body parts.  Soooo, with that–here is my scarf-friendly version of the song:

There’s a bird in the air, in the air (pinch scarf in the middle, then flap it in the air like a bird)

There’s a bird in the air, in the air

There’s a bird in the air, now he’s flying in my hair (put “bird” on hair)

There’s a bird in the air, in the air.

There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg (put “bird” on leg)

There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg

There’s a bird on my leg, and he is pretty big

There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg.

There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand (put “bird” on hand)

There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand

There’s a bird on my hand, but now he is my friend

There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand

Optional verse–if group is all moms (mine usually is)

There’s a bird on my tummy, on my tummy (put “bird” on tummy)

There’s a bird on my tummy, on my tummy

There’s a bird on my tummy, maybe now he’ll fly on mommy (invite children to make “bird” fly on mom!)

There’s a bird on my tummy, on my tummy

 

You get the idea.  Of course, if you want to add body parts, all you have to do is find a rhyme for it (or even a pseudo-rhyme like “tummy” and “mommy”, or “hand” and “friend”.

For more scarf activities, check out this and this.  The second link is where I got the idea to use scarves for Pat-a-cake, and I now use that all the time!

Easy paper rainbow craft

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Whilst poking around on Pinterest (my new obsession), I found this wonderfully easy rainbow craft that I had to share with you.  It was pinned from Fowl Single File, where the lady used it as decoration for an amazing rainbow-themed birthday party.  Since it was quick, easy, and rainbow, it fit perfectly with this week’s leprechauns and rainbows theme.  It was a good craft for my HeadStart group’s visit yesterday because 1) it was easy to prepare in large quantity (around 50) and 2) it was relatively simple for them to assemble (with adult assistance).

What you need:

Construction paper in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

Scissors or paper cutter

Ruler (optional)

Stapler

What to do:

1.  Put your construction paper in a stack, in order from red to purple.

2.  Cut into strips of desired width (mine were around an inch) with a paper cutter.  If you are using scissors, you may wish to mark lines off on the red sheet of paper with a ruler and pencil.  You should be able to get 6-8 strips.  They absolutely do not have to be cut perfectly.

3.  Line up strips.  Leave the red at full length, then cut other colors at intervals–orange next longest, etc. with purple being the shortest.  I just sort of eyeballed it, but you could measure it with your ruler if you wanted to.  As a point of reference, my purple strip was generally just under seven inches.

4.  Stack the strips in order and staple them together at the end where all of them meet.  The other ends should appear as pictured to the left.

5.  Starting with the red, gradually fan the strips up into a rainbow shape.  When all of the strips are arc-ed up, gather the ends and staple them together.

For the HeadStart group, I just left them as booklets (see step 4).  Then I demonstrated to them how to fan it up into a rainbow.  They played around with it while adults circulated with staplers to secure the other ends.  They were so excited to take these back with them!

Preschool and Pre-K Storytime–Leprechauns and Rainbows

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In honor of upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to bring Mr. Alligator with me to Pre-K.  He donned his leprechaun hat for the occasion.  I did essentially the same storytime for preschool and pre-k, but the preschool one was a little longer.  I wasn’t able to find a read aloud-able St. Patrick’s Day or leprechaun book that we actually had in the library, so thank goodness for my Flannel Friday friends!

I started out by asking the kids if they noticed anything different about Mr. Alligator.  Of course, they pointed out his hat, and most of them were able to identify it as a leprechaun hat.  A few even related leprechauns to St. Patrick’s Day.  I told them that we would talk a little bit about leprechauns, as well as rainbows.  “Why would we talk about rainbows near St. Patrick’s Day?  That’s right!  Because leprechauns are said to hide their gold at the end of a rainbow!”

First up on the thank-you-for-saving-my-St. Patrick’s Day-storytime list is Storytime ABCs, where I found a brilliant St. Patrick’s Day version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  My original intention for the storytime was to talk about lucky charms (hehe–not the cereal!) so that’s why I substituted the yellow horseshoe for the yellow star and the green four leaf clover for the green leaf.  The designs I just got by doing an images search on Google (ex. “ladybug coloring page”).  For more info on the flannelboard and how to tell the story, check out Storytime ABCs.  Thanks again!

I Am a Rainbow, by Dolly Parton.  Building on the familiar concept of assigning colors to feelings, Dolly Parton extends the metaphor to make us all rainbows.  This book definitely has an important message that is ideal for preschoolers: “It’s not always up to you, the way that you feel.  But how you act IS a different deal.”  I like the idea of embracing the complete range of human emotions and not being ashamed of them, yet empowering children that they can choose how they act–i.e., just because you feel mad doesn’t mean that you have to strike out at someone.  This book didn’t completely knock my socks off, but it fit well in the theme and had a good message.

Elmer and the Rainbow, by David McKee.  Okay, so the Pre-K kids LOVE Elmer.  But really, who doesn’t?  Anyway, this book was perfect for my rainbow theme.  Before we started this book I asked the kids how many had seen a real life rainbow.  Then I asked them when rainbows happen.  Most of them said after a rain, so then we talked about how special it is to see a rainbow, since you don’t see one after every rain.

Oh, no!  One day, after a rainstorm, Elmer looks up to see a colorless rainbow!  He sets out to find the end of it, determined to give the rainbow his colors.  But even if he does find the end of the rainbow, what will happen to Elmer when he gives away his colors?  Again, this book has a really sweet message.  When Elmer gives his colors to the rainbow, he and his friends discover that some things come in endless supply.

Another thanks-for-saving-my-St. Patrick’s Day-storytime shout out has to go to In the Children’s Room for this beautiful rainbow flannelboard idea and original poem.  My set is pictured to the left, but to see the original and find the poem, stop by In the Children’s Room.

I did this a little differently with the different groups.  Since I have a smaller group for my preschool storytime, I handed out my colored scarves before we started this rhyme.  Then, as I called out each color, the child with that color scarf stood up.  Then we waved the scarves to Living in a Rainbow, track 5 on Jump and Jive with Hi-5.

In my larger, pre-k groups, I had them stand up if they were wearing the color that I called out.  This worked surprisingly well, although some kids weren’t wearing any colors in the rainbow (pink, brown, black).  I told them ahead of time that if we got to purple and they hadn’t stood up yet, to go ahead and stand up when I got to purple.

With the pre-k groups, we ended by asking if anyone had some extra-special rainbow alligator soup for Mr. Alligator.  Of course almost all of them did.  The just can’t get enough of that alligator! 🙂

Crafternoon–St. Patrick’s Day rainbow and pot of gold

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I got today’s crafternoon idea from the blog at that artist woman, via Pinterest (my current obsession).  I had some leftover tissue scraps from making my Truffula trees, so I decided I needed a craft to use them.  This wonderfully clever craft was very versatile.  I cut out the tissue paper squares and the kids either bunched them up like I did (see left) or glued them down flat, which also looked really cute.  Even the very youngest children had fun gluing and sticking the tissue paper pieces to their rainbows.

 

 

 

 

What you need:

1 Paper plate, cut in half

scissors

tissue paper (assorted colors)

white glue

black construction paper

stapler (optional)

What to do:

1.  Cut an arch in the middle of your paper plate half

2.  Cut tissue paper into small squares

3.  Starting at the top of the paper plate, apply a line of glue

4.  Press tissue paper to the glue, either balling it up or placing it flat

5.  Cut a pot shape from the black construction paper

6.  Glue gold tissue paper or coins made from gold cardstock to the top of the pot

7.  Glue or staple the pot to the end of the rainbow

I had a ton of tissue paper squares leftover, so look out for another craft like this in the future! 🙂

**We have crafts every Tuesday starting at 3:00 p.m.  You can check out the craft that we’re doing, along with lots of other library happenings, on our Facebook page.  Be sure to join us next week!**

 

Baby Storytime–Bells and Scarves

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As I’ve mentioned before (lots of times, but see here for an example) I use a program called Mother Goose on the Loose for my baby storytimes.  It’s a little bit difficult to blog about my baby storytimes then, because much of the program is the same from week to week.  That’s by design.  Very young children find consistency and repetition reassuring, and it gives them a chance to learn the rhymes and songs to the point where they can eventually join in.

But for the sake of shorter, less repetitive, and more readable blogs, I’m thinking I might try something new.  While I use the same nine segments each week, I will feature only one segment here on the blog.  I’ll try to go in depth with each segment to discuss what we do and why we do it.

So this week—-SHAKERS AND SCARVES!

I do this in two segments.  I pass out the shakers, then we play with them for awhile and put them away before I pass out the scarves.  If you are looking for shakers, we got ours from Lakeshore Learning here and here.  These shakers are specifically designed for very young children.  There are even a couple of smaller rattle-type shakers that I use for children under six months.  I also got my scarves from Lakeshore Learning here.

This segment comes almost exactly in the middle of the program.  Why?  Because the little ones are starting to get antsy!  What better way to grab their attention than to ring a bell?

Sample Shakers Segment:  (singing and shaking shakers with the rhythm)

1.  We ring our bells together, ring our bells together, ring our bells together because it’s fun to do (2x) [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

2.  Ring them up HIGH (up over head, high tone of voice), ring them down LOW (down to ground, low tone of voice), ring them in the MIDDLE [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

3.  Ring your bells, ring your bells, you can ring your bells today.  Ring your bells, ring your bells, ring your bells today. [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

4.  Here we’ll do a song such as Are you sleeping? or Do you know the ice cream man?

5.  Ring them up HIGH, etc.

6.  Bells away, bells away, put your bells away today.  Bells away, bells away, put your bells away. [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

The whole segment is just a few minutes long.  We sing the songs without stopping, doing UP HIGH/DOWN LOW in between.  Having a song at the end helps the children to part with the bells.  If you need a song to use at home to encourage your child to pick up his or her toys, this simple song could do just the trick.

*Note that MGOL also includes material for sticks and bells.

Scarves are good for movement, games, and colors.

Sample Scarves Segment: (pass out one colored scarf to each child, saying the color out loud as you give it to them.  Example: Jordan is getting the purple scarf today!)

1.  Wind, oh wind, oh wind I say.  What are you blowing away today?  Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves I say, I am blowing the scarves away. [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

2.  Peek-a-boo, I see you, I see you hiding there.  Peek-a-bo0, I see you, I see you hiding there.  (2 times–play peek-a-boo with the scarf)  [Source: MGOL, Traditional]

3.  Here we will do an activity with the scarf such as stirring it to pretend we are making a cake, then recite Pat-a-Cake.  Or, we will sing This is the way we wash our face and pretend that the scarf is a wash cloth.

4.  Right before it’s time to put the scarves away, we will scrunch them up into little balls, then count to three and throw them up in the air, watching them drift down slowly.  We usually do this two or three times.

5.  Wind, oh wind

6.  Scarves away, scarves away, put your scarves away today.  Scarves away, scarves away, put your scarves away.

I think the kids really enjoy using the shakers and scarves, and I’m really glad we can offer them.  I’m looking forward to finding and trying out new rhymes, activities, and songs to use!

Preschool Storytime–Get well soon!

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Last week I was SICK.  Not quite stay-in-bed sick, but definitely coughing, sneezing, hoarse-can-barely-talk sick.  As a result, I lost my voice on Wednesday and was unable to go to pre-k.  😦

I thought this week would be a good opportunity to do a Get Well Soon storytime.  That way, I could explain to pre-k why I had missed.  (It turns out, they weren’t too happy about it, and they definitely wanted an explanation!)

 

 

 

 

Opening Song:  We hit our knees together

Opening Rhyme:  This is Big (from Mel’s Desk)

Felix Feels Better by Rosemary Wells.  This is such a cute little book!  Felix isn’t feeling very well after he stays up just a little too late and eats just a little too much candy.  His mother tries various things to get him feeling better, but they ultimately end up at Doctor Duck’s office.  Felix is afraid at first, but feels lots better after some “Happy Tummy” medicine and a good rest.  Although this book moves a little more slowly than my typical storytime choices, I thought it was important to talk about going to the doctor and addressing the fear that some children have about it.  This book was a good segue into my doctor kit flannelboard….

 

 

 

This idea came straight from Storytime Katie (Thanks, Storytime Katie!)  If you haven’t already, you should check out the set that Katie made–it is absolutely beautiful!  She sewed hers (it looks like they are double-layered and sewn together), and that probably makes it much sturdier and more play-friendly.  The kids really enjoyed playing with it, so I will eventually make a sturdier set.  I started by asking the kids what the red symbol on the bag meant, and then I took out each piece and asked them what it was.  Usually they knew what it was used for but didn’t quite know the name.  I absolutely loved the fact that Katie made the medicine pink, because almost every preschool child alive has taken the “pink medicine” at one time or another.  In fact, my daughter is taking it now and detests it–which I shared with them.  We also talked about bandages and how they make ones with pictures on them (we have Scooby Doo at my house).

 

The Cow Buzzed by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemsha, Illustrated by Paul Meisel.  I started this one by telling the kids the title of the book, then asking “Do cows usually buzz?”  When they answered no, I asked them “What sound do cows usually make?”  And they mooed.  It was funny.

Anyway, a visiting bee starts a cold epidemic at a farm.  The animals fail to keep their coughs and sneezes to themselves, so they pass along the cold AND their sounds!  Thus, after the cow caught the cold from the bee, she buzzed like a bee.  The cow sneezed on the pig, who then mooed like a cow, and so on…until the rabbit breaks the cycle by covering his mouth when he sneezes.  This is a fun book to read aloud.  The kids particularly enjoyed saying the proper animal sounds once the animals got their voices back.  My one critique of this book would be that I wish the illustrations were a little clearer.  The kids really wanted to predict who would get the cold first, but sometimes it was hard to tell from the picture.  It’s a good lesson for keeping coughs and sneezes to yourself.  In fact, after the end of the story, I asked them how to keep your coughs and sneezes to yourself, and most of them demonstrated sneezing/coughing into your elbow/upper arm.

Sneezing Puppets:  I used each of the puppets (pictured at the top of this page) to recite this rhyme.  Again, thanks to Storytime Katie for this idea.

Cow’s nose twitches, cow’s nose tingles!

He is going to sneeze!

Moo-choo!  Moo-choo!  Moo-choo!

(Horse: neigh-choo; Pig: oink-choo)  Since the name of my next book is Baa-choo! I held up the lamb puppet and asked the kids what they thought the lamb would say.  Then I proceeded with the same rhyme, saying Baa-choo! at the end

Baa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks, Illustrated by Jane Manning.  Sam the Lamb needs to sneeze, but he just can’t seem to finish his sneeze!  His friends try to help him out by tickling his nose with a feather, blowing pepper with a fan, and kicking up dust.  I read this book in my best stuffed up nose voice.  The kids kept wanting to say “Choo!” when Sam started to sneeze, and they thought it was funny that it kept not happening.    I have to let you know that when he does finally sneeze, Sam does NOT cover his mouth (despite the fact that he carries around a handkerchief the whole rest of the story!)  I pointed that out to them and reminded them that we should cover our mouths.