Preschool: Bears

While I pick, and advertise, the themes for the weekly preschool storytime a month in advance, the elements I include may be a little more in flux. For example, sometimes the activity/craft portion of storytime is planned well in advance and sometimes I modify it at the last minute. This week’s storytime is an example of theme-related activities that shifted after I came across a great idea- this one from Jennifer Whorton on the ALSC listserv and via her In Short, I’m Busy blog. The idea was to offer kids an opportunity to paint and to shake up the storytime routine by dividing the art activity into two parts, instead of doing all of the art after the stories. I love giving kids the chance to paint, but carrying wet paint projects out of the library gets tricky for caregivers. I decided to incorporate the painting and collage that Jennifer used to make bears similar to Eric Carle’s animals in the last story we read.

Bear Paint Step 1

Art Part 1

As families arrived I welcomed them to storytime and told them about our change of schedule. The painting activity at the beginning of storytime offered families a great transition from outside into the library. I had the painting station set up for the first fifteen minutes and had kids paint an entire sheet of white copy paper with brown tempura paint (see materials and more at the bottom of the post). We set them to dry and moved over to the storytime area where kids sat down on their mats and caregivers got comfortable nearby. Note: families arriving after 10:15 were offered a modified, dry version similar to the painted collage, minus the paint.

Storytime

We had lots of new families join us this week, so I re-introduced the Rhyme Cube. A few kids had a chance to roll the cube and choose the welcome songs we sang. We sang “If You’re Happy and You Know it” (growling like a bear) and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” (plus Biggy Wiggy Spider).

Bear Print and Hand

I then introduced this week’s theme, bears. Bears have been on my mind since seeing some footprints of a visiting bear on my dirt road recently. I showed off this photo of one of the bear prints and my hand using my phone while we named the three kinds of bears in Alaska (polar, brown, and black), talked about what bears look like, and shared what else we know about them. It has been a warm Fall with no notable snowfall up to this point, so our conversation led to how the weather might affect their traditional winter sleep patterns.

I brought along my brown bear finger puppet for the first song, which kids easily sang the second time around because of the familiar tune.

Song & Puppet: Sleepy Bear 
(Tune: “Thumbkin”)

Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.
(I asked kids if it was time for bear to sleep and most answered “no,” so I had them shout “WAKE UP BEAR” and we sang the song again.)
Credit: Preschool Education Music & Songs : Animals > Winter via Storytime Katie

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Our first story was Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks (Marshall Cavendish Children, 2010). After a refresher on opposites, with the kids sharing lots of examples, we read the tale of the big polar bear Alex from the Arctic, and Zina the tiny penguin from Antarctica. With lots of visuals to reinforce the differences between the two lives of these cheerful animals, the story follows Alex and Zina as they plan a trip to meet up in the Galapagos Islands, near the Equator and in the middle. This is a great story to use along with a globe for an introduction to map and globe concepts.

The next action rhyme we did was one I found on Storytime Katie’s site, which she used as a flannelboard activity. I decided to bring out the plethora of stuffed bears I have at home instead. Between my two kids, I was able to come up with four little and five big to go along with my brown bear finger puppet. Boy, does a hoard of stuffed bears really get a group of preschoolers’ attention!

10 Bears in a Bed

At first I was a little confused about this rhyme. The unpatterned addition and subtraction of bears left me a little bewildered; like I’d missed something. Then I realized that was the beauty of it. As a group we decided how many to take away with each verse and how many to add back to the bed. THE KIDS LOVED IT. Preschool math in storytime? Easy!

Action Rhyme: Ten Little Teddy Bears

Ten little teddy bears sleeping in the bed,
Five at the foot and five at the head.
One little teddy said, “This bed is TOO full!”
So he grabbed the blanket and started to pull.
He pulled and he pulled and he pulled some more,
Until two little teddies went BOOM to the floor!
(Make pulling motions with PULL and clap with the BOOM)

(Subtract bears until…)

One little teddy bear sleeping in the bed,
Zero at the foot and one at the head.
This little teddy said, “This is not right!
I don’t want to sleep alone tonight!”

So…
One little teddy bear sleeping in the bed,
Zero at the foot and one at the head.
This teddy said, “This bed is NOT full!”
So he put out his paw and started to pull.
He pulled and he pulled and he pulled some more,
Until four little teddies climbed up from the floor!

(Add bears in various increments until…)

Ten little teddy bears sleeping in the bed,
Five at the foot and five at the head.
One little teddy said, “This is JUST right!”
So ten little teddy bears said, “Good Night!”
Credit: Susan Pflug, Copyright 1990 via Storytime Katie

After this activity, the kids were pretty wound up. Kids were wandering all over and more had arrived since the beginning of the hour making for a bit of chaos. As I began to clean up the bears, I began singing this simple attention-getting song to get us ready for the next book.

Song: If You’re ready for a Story
If you’re ready for a story, find your spot,
If you’re ready for a story, find your spot,
If you’re ready for a story, If you’re ready for a story, If you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, find your spot.

Magically, everyone was in their spot when I was done putting the bears away and the song was finished!

More math in storytime! Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau and David Walker (Candlewick Press, 2009) is a lovely bearsonchairs_coverrhyming book for preschoolers that features four lovely bears, each with their own chair, happily sitting together…until poor brown bear comes along with nowhere to sit. Five bears with only four chairs. What are the bears to do? Watching preschoolers work out solutions for the bears was wonderful! We decided the bears needed one more chair. Before finding out the bears’ solution, we came up with a variety of suggestions that included buying a chair, making one, borrowing one, and even stealing one. After briefly talking about the moral ramifications of that last one, the group suggested sharing! They even tried to figure out how the chairs should be shared, just like the bears.

It was time for our last book and the final step of our art project.

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To show kids and caregivers what inspired our project, we read a large format version of Eric Carle and Bill Martin,jr.’s Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do You See?  The story, with its rhyming and repeating text, follows a baby brown bear as it searches for its mother. Along the way the baby bear meets a variety of North American animals.

This book provided a nice opportunity to talk about why it’s valuable to read books everyday with children- books introduce fun, new vocabulary, like flying squirrel and mule deer, that may not be present in everyday conversation and having a diverse vocabulary is an important early literacy skill.

Art Part 2

Now that stories were read, songs were sung, and paint was dry, it was time to cut or tear up the painted brown paper and create a bear collage! Before we moved to the art area, I explained the day’s activities again. Families who arrived late were a bit disappointed, but I offered them an alternative to the painted collage. I’m hoping it will encourage them to join us for the whole storytime in the future!

Materials:

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This bear was created by a 2-year old and his dad.

sheets of white copy paper (1 per child)
brown washable paint
old, adults-sized, t-shirts for kids to wear over clothes, if desired
table covering
small paint brushes, 1 per 2 children
paper plates or other container for paint

Scissors
bear template (found in clipart, enlarged, and copied onto card stock)
crayons
markers
small squares of brown tissue paper (for collage making, especially for those who didn’t make it in time to paint)
Liquid glue

Photo Credits
Polar Opposites: Erik Brooks
Bears on Chairs: Shirley Parenteau

Preschool: The Dark

In anticipation of Halloween and the shorter Alaskan days, this week’s story time was all about the dark.

Before I detail the program, I’ll just say some storytimes are better than others. Despite hours of planning and prepping, sometimes the program doesn’t turn out like you hoped. This was one of those weeks. The program wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t awesome. And, I thought it was going to be AWESOME.

Glow in the Dark

Why wasn’t it? I think there were a couple of reasons. This story time needed the story portion of the program to link with the activity portion so kids could better make the connections between the two. This was hard to do because we had a guest who played music and read stories during the first portion of story time, while I led the activity portion. While we do have guests come occasionally, this week’s plan wasn’t the one to use with a guest who only comes occasionally.

The other reason I think this week wasn’t as successful as it could have been was that by the time the activity portion of the program started we had lost the attention of many kids and parents. This may be due to reason #1. So explaining the activities, or even engaging some of them, was a challenge. This week’s program was a great example of the need for consistency, the importance of trained storytime presenters, and yes, the need for better, if not just different, planning.

How do you incorporate volunteers into storytime?

Books:

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen (Little, Brown, 2013)

Night Light by Nicholas Blechman (Scholastic, 2013)

The pout-pout fish in the big-big dark by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010)Don’t Let the Pigeon

Stay Up Late by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children, 2006)

Activities:

Glow in the Dark Art Boxes

Even though the children’s library isn’t completely dark (thankfully there are a lot of windows) we made darkness! I found this great idea for a glow in the dark art box that let me explain a little about light, ultraviolet light in particular, fluorescence, and how black lights work.

Materials:
2 or more large cardboard boxes (mine had space for two people lying on the floor with room to draw just inside the open end of the box)
a handheld blacklight
white paper
fluorescent markers of various colors

Glow in the Dark Box

To make the two glow in the dark boxes, I first taped one end of each box open so kids and adults could draw with their heads, or at least their arms, inside the box. Then I cut a hole in the top of the box just smaller than the light end of the black light so that it would fit tightly. I then taped around the black light inside and outside of the box so it wouldn’t fall on someone’s head while they were drawing inside. It was that simple.

I set up the similar boxes with lots of room surrounding them, one on the floor and one at a table, so the glow in the dark artists had space to get comfortable. While the boxes initially made many wonder about them, it wasn’t until the other crafts were done that most kids and caregivers wondered over to explore. Once they did, the kids were mesmerized! The littlest ones actually climbed inside to draw, while the bigger storytimers only tucked their head or hands inside with their artwork inside the box. Either way glow in the dark creations of all kinds were made.

These boxes were fun and both demonstrated activities that could be easily recreated at home and how to explain ideas not typically thought of as preschool topics, increasing vocabulary. Speaking of vocabulary and early literacy, have you seen the report about the importance of a diverse vocabulary in kids as young as 18 months and its effects on literacy later on?

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Glow in the Dark Sensory Bags

The younger kids enjoyed the glow in the dark sensory bags that I had available at the next station. I made enough for families to take home with them where I am sure the real fun started. These gallon size ziploc bags were filled with shaving cream and two glow in the dark bracelets (activated). Kids could play with the sealed bag, find the hidden bracelets, and trace the shape of the bracelets to strengthen their important finger muscles they use for coloring, cutting and soon writing.

Materials:
1 gallon size ziploc bag per child
1/4-1/3 can of shaving cream per bag
2 glow in the dark bracelets, one with connector to make the circle shape
clear packing or duct tape to seal the tops of the bags to avoid spillage

Itsy Bitsy Spider Craft

This was the perfect craft for this week’s program. It was easy for parents to figure out while I was busy with the other Spider craftactivities and kids could modify it however they wanted. Some added more legs or used different colors of pipe cleaners. Others added more eyes or more letters. Some kids even colored the black spiders. For those who didn’t want to make a spider, paper, markers, crayons, and scissors were available.

Materials:
1/2 sheet of black card stock with a circle traced on it for the spider’s body (I used an old CD to trace the perfect round shape)
2 pipe cleaners per child cut in 1/2 for the legs (black is an obvious choice, but other colors were used)
1hole punch
scissors
letter stickers
googly eyes

 

Toddler Storytime: Trains

Trains aren’t just for preschoolers! This storytime is a modified version of the train preschool storytime I did with the 3-5 year old kids. I left the train track on the carpet so the toddlers and their cargivers got an equal opportunity LEGO train building session. They were thrilled!

Opening Song: Hello Everybody
(clap hands on lap and then together, clap hands twice on the word “you”)
Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
It’s such a lovely day, I’m so glad you came to play,
Hello everybody, how are you?

Action Song: Open Shut them
(with shakers for the last verse)
Open shut them
Open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open shut them
Open shut them
Lay them on your lap, lap, lap

Creep them creep them
Creep them creep them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in

Shake them shake them
Shake them shake them
Shake them
Just like this, this, this
Roll them roll them
Roll them roll them Roll
And blow a little kiss
Muach!
Credit: Children Lyric

If You Want to Hear a Story
Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know it”
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands,
If you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

Felt Board Song: Clickety-Clack
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
Here comes the train on the railroad track!

Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn,
Here comes ENGINE number one.

Clickety-clew, clickety-clew,
Here comes COAL CAR number two.

Clickety-clee, clickety-clee,
Here comes BOX CAR number three.

Clickety-clore, clickety-clore,
Here comes TANK CAR number four.

Clickety-clive, clickety-clive,
Here comes COACH CAR number five.

Clickety-clicks, clickety-clicks,
Here’s the CABOOSE, that’s number six.

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
There goes the train on the railroad track!

Choo-choooooooo! Goodbye!
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Bubbles!
Every week we blow bubbles after our story to reconnect the group of toddlers. It gives them a great opportunity to move, laugh, and talk about bubbles. Every week I focus on different vocabulary as we pop bubbles. For example, this week we talked about big and small bubbles and the various names for big and small.

Action rhyme: Ring Around the Rosie
Ring (or skip or hop, etc.) around the rosie,
Pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!
The cows are in the meadow (slap hands on the floor as you sing this verse)
Eating buttercups.
Thunder and lightning,
We all jump up!

Closing Rhyme: Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the clouds. Tickle your toes.
Turn around,
and tickle your nose!
Reach down low. Reach up high.
Storytime’s over, wave goodbye!

Every week I encourage families to stay and socialize with each other as long as they want. Since I don’t offer a craft at this program, I always have some sort of toys for kids to play with. This week we built trains and all sort of vehicles with large LEGOs suitable for all ages. I stay for about 15 minutes to answer questions, talk with my little friends, and provide reader advisory.

App-ily Ever After Digital Storytime: Animals

I have introduced and successfully integrated apps into several of my library’s weekly preschool storytimes. However there are some apps and digital media I have not used, but wished I could. Our storytimes are held in our children’s library instead of a separate storytime space and the beautiful design does not easily accommodate media tools like large screens. When the space was designed and built, new media was not part of the storytime conversation. Without a large screen on which to project book apps and other new media, some are too difficult to use or be seen by large groups on the smaller iPad screen.  In fact, ability to be easily seen on the iPad screen and used by groups are two of the criteria I use for selecting apps for storytime.

Innovation, as always, requires creativity! So, with my director’s support and interest, I designed a new, digital storytime using our meeting room with its large monitor and space for comfortable seating. (We removed the meeting tables before the event and brought in the beanbags from the children’s library.) We decided to not only alter the media format for the pilot program, but to also host it on a Saturday, another first for our library.

The digital storytime seemed like a perfect fit for Little eLit’s October Tech Challenge, in which we try something new and a even little bit nerve-wracking in honor of the “scary” month. Here are the details of my challenge-to-me program.

Digital Storytime: App-ily Ever After

16 kids and caregivers attended the program. Kids were ages 2-9. Two teachers brought their kids. Only three of the kids had ever been to a storytime at the library (or outreach program) before this one. The group size was perfect for a pilot program in our room size and with the devices we had on-hand.

I divided the one hour program into two parts. The first half was a storytime similar in format to the weekly preschool programs. We sang, moved, and read together. This format was used with the idea of offering some familiarity to families while at the same time letting me highlight apps that demonstrate the tips I planned to share with parents. The kids had fun while the parents saw the apps in action.

The second half of storytime was dedicated to letting kids and caregivers try out apps I had preloaded on four iPads and share information with each other about apps they like. I also took the opportunity to talk with families about what to look for when searching for apps.

This type of storytime needs tools also, they are just a bit different. I stated that iPads would be used in this program, but many of the apps I used or mentioned are available on multiple platforms. The equipment I used for this program included:

  • Large monitor
  • Apple TV (This connected the iPad to the monitor wirelessly allowing for more movement as I used the iPad.)
  • Wireless Router (We created a hot spot in the meeting room so families could download apps with ease during the program without competing with the whole library for bandwidth.)
  • 4 iPads (I used my personal iPad to present the storytime elements and then had the library’s iPad and a city-owned iPad on hand- both preloaded with a collection of 20 apps I selected- for kids and caregivers to try out. My director also brought her iPad loaded with apps she wanted to share. It turned out that all but one family brought their own iPad which I encouraged on the flyer for the program.)
  • 20 apps for storytime program and for families to try out
  • Beanbags and chairs for families
  • paper copies of Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat, Green Hat and Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (two apps used in the program are based on the popular paper books)

Storytime:
Welcome song: Open Shut Them (a classic storytime song we sing regularly on Wednesdays)

Song: Are you ready for a story? (Clap Your hands)

Parent Tip: I explained the difference between a book app and an e-book.

Book app: Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boyton and Loud Crow (2011)
$3.99 :: App available via Apple, Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Nook Color

This app is so silly that even the adults were laughing! It quickly helped the group relax and caught their attention.

Parent Tips:

    • The value of meaningful Interactivity: In this app the reader taps animals and objects to animate them. The actions closely relate to the story, as do the sounds which extend the story. Early readers can tap on the individual words to hear them read aloud even with the read-to-me function turned off.
    • App’s early literacy value: phonological awareness
    • Choosing book apps: This is an engaging story with entertaining characters, not just just lots of interactivity plus it has simple, uncluttered pages with quality images and easy to read text.

Toy App: Peekaboo Barn by Night & Day Studios (2011)
$1.99 (free lite version is available) :: App available via Apple, Google Play, Amazon App Store

After seeing all of the silly, farm animals in Boynton’s app, we played a game identifying farm animals in this one. When the app is started, a barn appears and an animal’s sound is heard. Tapping on the barn opens the doors to reveal the animal making the sound. The name of the animal also appears on the screen. The barn doors then close and a new animal sound is heard. While this app works well with groups because there are multiple opportunities for kids to participate, I actually prefer another farm animal app, Animal Sounds-Fun Toddler Game, qwhich I have used in a weekly storytime about farm animals. The game format I use with it would not work with the apps projected on a large screen.

Parent Tips:

    • Joint Engagement: A child could navigate this app on his/her own, but it is more fun when children and caregivers or children and other children play it together. Joint Engagement offers great opportunities for learning!
    • Early literacy value: phonological awareness and print awareness
    • Choosing apps: Look for apps that are age appropriate and can be played over again. Be sure to review an app before introducing it to your young child.

Song: Are you ready for a story? (Tap your toes)

Book App: A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman and Oceanhouse Media
$2.99 :: App available via Apple, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Nook Color

Frog is a frog who has dreams. He wants to fly, even if it isn’t a frog thing. In this gentle story, again with meaningful interactivity, frog saves the day, realizes a dream and inspires his family and friends. I picked this book app because it demonstrates another way book apps can still be effective and engaging without being silly.

Parent tip:

    • Early literacy value: This book offers new vocabulary like the word aerodynamic and opportunities to build narrative skills. This is also a good choice for STEAM storytimes focusing on frogs.
    • Choosing apps: Look for uncluttered, pages with easy to read text. I pointed out the read to me, read to myself, and auto play options and the button to turn music on or off, all features which I look for.

Toy app: Felt board by Software Smoothie

We used this digital feltboard to act out the song, Five Green and Speckled Frogs (demonstrated here by the Jbrary librarians). Many librarians have talked about using this app and this felt story before. Instead of using screenshots of each movement in the story and projecting them with keynote, I saved my story (a new update) and physically moved the frogs as the story progresses in the song. This worked perfectly and mimicked one of the great aspects of traditional felt boards. I was comfortable doing the actions with my hands and moving the frogs on the iPad. Almost everyone sang along with this song.

With multiple backgrounds and a zillion characters and features to choose from, this toy is perfect for kids of multiple ages and for playing together.

Parent tips:

    • Choosing apps: Select apps that encourage open-ended play and creativity.
    • Early literacy value: This app is great for building narrative skills.

Toy app: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive This App by Mo Willems and Disney
$5.99 :: App available from Apple only

This app is based on the popular book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The app does not include the book, but it extends the story by offering kids a chance to create and play using the beloved characters from the book. As a group we recorded a story directed by the bus driver. We were asked a series of questions and took turns saying silly answers which were then incorporated into a story that was played back and acted out by the bus driver and the pigeon. This was a great transition into the second portion of the program.

Parent tip:

    • Early literacy value: Strengthens narrative skills and helps build vocabulary. This also provides a nice introduction to creating digital stories.
    • Choosing apps: This app has no in-app purchases or ads, what I look for especially for use in storytime.

For the rest of the time, we looked at and explored apps informally. Caregivers shared apps they have used and liked. Kids and caregivers had lots of questions about app suggestions, even for specific purposes like strengthening math skills, and how to select apps. Several of the adults also asked if we were going to offer a similar storytime again!

I gave every caregiver a double sided information sheet, Kids and Digital Media Tips for Parents 10.13, which included app suggestions, developer suggestions, early literacy information, and resources for learning more. This kind of program offers a lot to think about, so something to take home was important.

This was a successful pilot program that showed us two things. One is that a program like this one can be successful and is important to families. Secondly, it helped us assess the need for Saturday storytimes. We hope to host similar programs again as resource allows.

This blog post content also appears at littleelit.com.

Preschool: Frogs

Did you know that during the winter, one of the two frog species found in Alaska completely freezes and then thaws come Spring time? Amazing.

And, so is a storytime about frogs! We had a large group again today with lots of kids ready to share their frog facts.

After everyone was settled, we gave the rhyme cube a couple of spins. The kids were ready for reading, so we started right in on our first story.

Book: Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013)

The kids loved this story of a pig who pretendsribbit to be a frog, much to the dismay of the other frogs. It’s a sweet story about friends that we just added to our library’s collection.

Between stories we got to our feet and jumped like frogs, practiced the sign for frogs and talked about the natural history of the beloved amphibian.

But, what does the frog say? We couldn’t do a storytime about frogs without learning a super silly song I learned from the Jbrary librarians via YouTube!

Song: Mm Ah Went the Little Green Frog One Day
Mm(close eyes) Nn(Stick out tongue) went the little green frogs one day.
Mm Nn went the little green frogs.
Mm Nn went the little green frogs one day,
And they all went Mm Nn Ah.

Well we all no frogs go
*clap* Na na na na na
*clap* Na na na na na
*clap* Na na na na na
We all no frogs go
*clap* Na na na na na
And they don’t go Mm Nn ah.
Lyrics modified from: Song Lyrics

wide mouthed frogBook: The Wide-mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner (Dial, 1996)

Our next story was a simple pop-up book about a frog who knows when to keep information to himself! The dramatic ending and the fun, quick story make this a hit at both preschool and toddler story times.

Like most kids, the storytime regulars light up when I show them a pop-up book. They loved Mo Willems’ Big Frog Can’t Fit In, so I thought I would share a new frog story magically made interactive thanks to the engineering and artistic abilities of book designers and illustrators. I chose to read The Wide-mouthed Frog midway through storytime instead of last so I could talk about the activity following the upcoming stories and final singalong.

Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five Little Speckled Frogs (Hold five fingers (frogs) on top of your
other arm (log)
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum! (rub belly)
One jumped into the pool (jump a finger off the log into the pool)
Where it was nice and cool (hands across chest and shiver)
Now there are Four green speckled frogs (Hold up four fingers)

Four Little Speckled Frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are Three green speckled frogs

Three little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are Two green speckled frogs

Two little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there is one green speckled frog

One little speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
It jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there is no more speckled frogsA Frog in the Bog
Credit: Grandparents

Book: Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003)

This was a nice last story because it was similar to The Wide-mouthed Frog and offered opportunities for questions and conversation. The rhyming text has a great rhythm to be read aloud. We read it more as a picture walk; stopping to talk about the illustrations, ask questions about frogs, and comment on the amazing amount of food the frog could eat.

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Activity

Today’s activity was a pop up frog! We jumped, so must our frog friend!

The template and craft idea came from The Craft Train.

Pop up frog craft materials

Materials (for each child):
1 frog (I pre-cut frogs in a variety of colors before storytime)
1 piece of green cardstock (I traced a lily pad on each sheet, but did not cut it out)
2 strips of paper approx. 4″ long x 1/2″ wide, accordion folded, to elevate the frog and create the pop up affect (not seen in picture of completed frog)
tape to secure the fold paper to the frog and lily pad
Small strips of green construction paper for lily pad veins (scraps)
markers & crayons
googly eyes
small pompoms of various colors
round stickers of various colors

Image credits: Ribbit – Random House, The Wide-mouthed Frog – Amazon.