Wolves

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together

OPENING RHYMES:

OPENING SONG & THEME: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, howl at the moon,
If you’re happy and you know it, howl at the moon,
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it, howl at the moon.
Aaaaaawwwooooooo!

BOOK 1: Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

The bunny family has just adopted a new baby, but daughter Dot realizes that the new baby is actually a wolf.  She tries to warn her parents by repeatedly exclaiming, “He’s going to eat us all up!”  but they are much too wrapped up in the new “baby’s” cuteness to pay much attention.  Will Dot learn to love Wolfie….or was she right all along?

FINGERPLAY: Five Little Wolf Pups

Five little wolf pups were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.)
This one saw a cat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.)
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.)

Credit: Children’s Services at Allentown Public Library

FLANNEL RHYME: Three Little Piggies
Initially, I was going to tell the traditional Three Little Pigs story, but then I came across this cute version.  I love that it’s short and sweet and has great rhyme and rhythm.  I made a flannel board to go along with it (see below.)

Three Little Piggies were sitting in the house
When along came the wolf as quiet as a mouse
He said: “little pigs, little pigs, let me come in!”
“Not by the hair of our chinny, chin, chins!”
Then that old wolf huffed, and that old wolf blew,
And whoosh, away one little piggy flew.

Two Little Piggies were sitting in the house
When along came the wolf as quiet as a mouse
He said: “little pigs, little pigs, let me come in!”
“Not by the hair of our chinny, chin, chins!”
Then that old wolf huffed, and that old wolf blew,
And whoosh, away one little piggy flew.

One little piggy was sitting in the house
When along came the wolf as quiet as a mouse
He said: “little pig, little pig, let me come in!”
“Not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin!”
Then that old wolf huffed, and that old wolf blew,
And whoosh, away the last little piggy flew.

No little piggies were sitting in the house
When along came the wolf as quiet as a mouse
He said: “little pigs, little pigs, let me come in!”
But there was no one home to answer him.
So that old wolf turned and went on his way
Saying “I’ll be back again another day.”

Later that night, back the piggies did creep
They crawled into bed and fell fast asleep.
Credit: Superior Children’s Centre

Flannel Board

To make the flannel set, I copied and pasted the coloring sheets into Paint.net, made them full size (8.5 x 11), added color (using the paint bucket tool), and printed them out.

ACTION SONG: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
MP3 available from Amazon.com here

We stood and clapped and marched to this song.  This would be a good song to use rhythm sticks with, if you have them! After the song was over, we sang our own verse of this song…..

We’re not afraid of the big bad wolf,
The big bad wolf,
The big bad wolf.
We’re not afraid of the big bad wolf,
Tra-la-la-la-la!

BOOK 2: Big Wolf and Little Wolf by Sharon Phillips Denslow
Little Wolf and Big Wolf are singing a goodnight song to each other, when all of a sudden there is something rustling in the bushes.  Who could it be?  It’s Mama Wolf!  The book ends with the whole family joining in for a final chorus before settling down to sleep.

You can’t read this book without singing; a tune isn’t provided in the book, but here is the tune that I made up.

CLOSING SONG: Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Wolf starts out by trying to fatten up Mrs. Chicken so he can make a delicious chicken stew.  He makes her 100 scrumptious donuts, 100 pancakes and a 100 pound cake.  Once he thinks she is fat enough, he shows up at her door only to be greeted by hugs and kisses from Mrs. Chicken’s 100 baby chicks.  “Uncle Wolf” is won over by the chicks and becomes a lovable character.

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