Foxes

FoxOPENING SONG: Mister Sun

ACTION SONG: If You’re a Fox and You Know It…

Credit: Library Village

If you’re a fox and you know it,
Swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know it,
Swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know,
Then you’ll really want to show it.
If you’re a fox and you know it,
Swish your tail.

Repeat with:
…wiggle your nose…
…show your claws…

BOOK: Foxy by Emma Dodd
One of my favorite children’s book authors!  Filled with bright, colorful illustrations, this is a sweet story about the first day of school.  The content is perfect for this time of year as storytime kids and their siblings are heading off to school/preschool/daycare.

 FLANNEL SONG: Little Foxes
The idea and most of the words for this song are from Mother Reader.  After seeing it on Pam’s blog, I thought it would be fun to make it into a flannelboard song/rhyme.   The tune is loosely based on the 1960’s song “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds (listen to the song on YouTube here) 

Here’s how I sing it (sorry that it’s not great quality, but hopefully you get the idea!)

(Sing the chorus)
Little foxes, little foxes, all lined up in rows
Little foxes, little foxes, bushy tail and black nose.
Little foxes, little foxes, in orange, white, and gray.
Oh, I love those little foxes, they just want to play.

(Speak this part)
Just then, one little fox darted off into the trees.
Swish swish swish
Now how many foxes do you see?
1,2,3,4

Repeat chorus, and continue counting down to 0

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Look ya’ll, I even made you some nifty flannel templates.  🙂  I purchased the felt for these cuties from The Felt Shoppe on Etsy.  The gray color is called “Marble” and the orange is “Pumpkin Spice.”

Little Foxes Template

Little Foxes

Click to Open Template


SONG: The Fox
by Nickel Creek (link to MP3 download)

An upbeat, bluegrass rendition of a traditional folk song.  This one calls for some hand-clapping, toe-tapping, and skipping!  Shaker eggs would be good to use with this one as well.

Start out clapping in time to the music.
Then have children link arms (or hold hands with an adult) and skip in a circle clockwise.
Return to facing forward and clapping.
Then link arms and skip counter-clockwise.

The fox went out on a chilly night
He prayed for the moon to give him light
For he’d many a mile to go that night,
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o.
He’d many a mile to go that night,
Before he reached the town-o.

INTERACTIVE STORY APP: Fox & Crow Storybook for Kids
This story is a retelling of the original fable by Aesop – but with bright illustrations and fun animations!  This app is available on both Google Play and from the iTunes store.  I like the “Read it Myself” version; that way you can read the story to the children and turn the pages at your own pace.  Make sure to click on the animals and other objects on each page to hear them make noises and see them move!  It’s slightly long for toddlers, so using the ‘Read it Myself’ version will let you shorten it up as necessary for your audience.

ACTION RHYME: Foxy, Foxy, Turn Around
Credit: Storytime Sparks

Foxy, foxy, turn around.
Foxy, foxy, touch the ground.
Foxy, foxy, dance on your toes.
Foxy, foxy, touch your nose.

Foxy, foxy, jump up now.
Foxy, foxy, take a bow.
Foxy, foxy, turn around.
Foxy, foxy, sit right down.

CRAFT #1: Movable Paper Fox

Fox 2To make this jointed, movable fox you’ll need:

Paper or cardstock
Brads
Popsicle sticks
Markers, crayons, and/or glue
Movable Fox Template

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  1. Print out Movable Fox Template onto paper or cardstock.
    I printed my sample on orange copy paper, but you could also print on white and let the kids color them.
  2. Cut out the pieces.
  3. Poke holes through marked dots.
    I used a paper clip.
  4. Attach the legs and head to the body with brads.
    I couldn’t find brads for my sample, and so used embroidery floss instead. It worked for me, but would be really difficult for children to tie. 
  5. Decorate with markers, crayons, or anyway that you’d like.
    I glued on pieces of white paper for the tail, face, and ears.
  6. Tape Popsicle sticks to the back of the fox’s legs and watch him run!
    He would be great for children to use to retell “The Fox and the Crow” story at home.

CRAFT#2: Paper Plate Fox
For an easier craft, try this paper plate and tissue paper fox from Glued To My Crafts Blog. So cute!

ADDITIONAL FOX BOOKS

Hungry Hen by Richard Waring

Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley
A funny, silly, fun-to-read-aloud book about a fox who tries to convince Mama Duck that he is one of the family so that he can get close to her delectable ducklings.  But Mama, who is much too smart for this fox, puts him through the paces, making him roll in the mud, eat bugs, and swim underwater.  A delight!

If I Were a Fox (jellycat board book)

Fox in the Dark by Alison Green
Sweet story and lovely pictures.  This one is a little bit longer and would probably be best suited for a preschool storytime.

What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis
Of course I couldn’t leave this off of the list.  Pair it with the ubiquitous song and kids will be sure to sing along!

Fox Forgets (Goose and Bear Stories) by Suzanne Bloom

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

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