It’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week! This year the State Library of Kansas has chosen Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres as the selection for the 6th Annual Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week (held November 15-19, 2010.) Libraries across the state will read Up, Down and Around and will hold programs focused on food, healthy eating, and where our food comes from. Librarians from WPL visited local preschools to do storytimes based on this book; here’s what I came up with for my visit:
OPENING SONG: Can’t Wait to Celebrate
BOOK 1: Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres
This book talks about veggies that grow up (like corn), grow down (like carrots), and grow around (like green beans). Have children point up, down and around while reading this book. Or for a more active reading, have them jump up, crouch down and twirl around.
FINGERPLAY: Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree (reach arms up high)
Two little apples smiled at me (make two fists)
So I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake fists)
And DOWN came the apples. Mmmm they were good (bring fists to ground, rub tummy)
FINGERPLAY: Little Seed in the Ground
Little seed in the ground (crouch down on the floor)
Sitting so still (stay crouching)
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! (jump up!)
BOOK 2: Carrot Soup by John Segal
SORTING GAME: Foods to eat sometimes vs. Foods to eat all the time
Print out pictures of healthy foods (I used carrots, strawberries, broccoli, apples, corn on the cob, milk and water) and not-so-healthy foods (I used cake, donuts, french fries, and soda). Ask children to name the food and then ask if it’s a food to eat all the time, or just some of the time. Put the pictures on opposite sides of the bulletin board as you work through them. Kids are sure to choose the ‘unhealthy foods’ as ‘everyday foods’ so this is a good time to make a few jokes – “I know that everyone here would like to eat cupcakes everyday, but ….”
ACTION SONG: In My Garden
from Raffi’s CD ‘One Light One Sun’ (MP3 download here)
Children can act out digging dirt, hoeing weeds, planting seeds, picking peas, and then eating them!
RHYME/ACTIVITY: There’s something in my garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound….
Ribbit - Ribbit - Ribbit
A Frog is what I found!
Repeat with other animals, such as a crow (caw-caw-caw), mouse (squeak-squeak-squeak), rabbit (thump-thump-thump), bird (tweet-tweet-tweet) etc. This is especially fun if you can find stuffed animals and hide them in a box. Let children guess what animal you have in the box based on the sound, and then ask them to make the animal sound after revealing the stuffed animal.
ACTION RHYME: Jumping Beans
A good one for getting the wiggles out and also for practicing self-control. Children should jump while counting, and STOP after “four” and again after ”eight.”
One, two, three, four. . . (jump four times)
Beans came jumping through my door. (stop)
Five, Six, Seven, Eight . . . (jump four times)
Jumping right on to my plate! (stop)
BOOK 3: I Spy in the Garden by Richard Powell
“I spy with my little eye something that begins with C.” Then lift the flap to find a caterpillar….. and many more animals that you might find in a garden. Ask children, “what sound does the letter ‘C’ make?” and then let them practice making the sound before lifting the flap. Who doesn’t love a good game of “I spy”?