Friday, March 11, 2016

Pre-K Egg Storyhour, Duck Storyhour and Chicken Storyhour, Friday, March 18 @ 10:30



Oooh, ducks & chickens & geese -- & foxes! We read some great tales and painted eggs. How could storytime be better?


Books
  • Intro: Across the Stream by Mirra Ginsburg. (Big Book -- good for audience interaction)
  • Gripping Tale: Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberly. Great retelling, funny, colorful illustrations.
  • The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend.  Kids always are amazed when I use my my bad French, Spanish and Western accents on this one.
  • Classic: Little White Duck by Walt Whippo 
  • Margaret Wise Brown classic: The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown.  AND I have a golden egg, a bunny, and a chicken puppet! All the grandmas go ahhhh when they see this one.

Songs
5 pretty Easter eggs, that’s what they are.
Mother ate the blue one, now there are 4.
Now 4 little Easter eggs, that’s what you see.
Daddy ate the pink one, now there are 3.
3 little Easter eggs looking at you.
Sister ate the yellow one, now there are 2.
2 little Easter eggs, we’re almost done!
Brother ate the purple one, now there’s only 1.
One little Easter egg, that’s all, just one.
I ate that last one, and now there are none.
I substituted the children's names for Mother, Daddy, etc., and even the shyest (Logan!) pretended to gobble them my plastic eggs.

The bus today in Wheels on the Bus was full of ducks, chickens and geese.

This is the Way we Shake our Eggs to the tune of "This is the Way we Wash our Hands". We shook shaker eggs way down low, way up high, really fast and really slooow.

Five Little Ducks that I once knew. Metalboard.

(preceded with short speech abt holding hands in parking lot!)
Five Little Ducks run in the parking lot
1 fell down and he went plop
Momma called the Big Duck and the Big Duck got hot.
Always hold hands in the parking lot!

Crafts
We don't do enough just plain coloring. These were a big hit in my library.  There are 9 on the page, all different designs. Most kids were happy to do 3.

Pom Pom painted chickies.  
Super easy to do.  These are all blobbed on to a paper with a normal size pompom. The legs are ultra fine sharpie, the eyes black paint done with the back of a paintbrush, and the beaks are drawn on with orange sharpie.




Tinfoil Painting
Eggs painted on tinfoil. Children mixed up baby food jar lids filled with white paint and colored, and I explained what pastel meant. (A little bit of clear dishwashing liquid was used to make the paint stick to the tinfoil.) They painted with q-tips. I showed them how to make polka dots, stripes, and zigzags.
This year I tried just giving them my usual palette of colors and the pastel experiment was lost in the color mixing experiment.  The little lids definitely are the only way to go.

They mostly experimented!  But the pastels worked together beautifully. The eggs should be big enough so they can really experiment.  Although painting on foil is fun, I'm not sure this is the best medium for this -- can't do anything interesting or 3D with it.
 
    

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