Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bok, Bok, Chickens!

Originally, I was planning on doing a Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! storytime for the week following Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2nd).  But then my program head decided it would be better to make a weekend program out of it, so I changed the week's theme to chickens!  In the end, the Dr. Seuss program didn't happen because we had a county-wide power outage that lasted all of Saturday, so the library was closed.  But it has been rescheduled at part of our summer reading program in June, so I will be posting all about it then!
For my books this week, I shared:

The favorite by far was Blue Chicken.  The children were very concerned about whether the chicken could undo the blue, but then burst into giggles in the end when (spoiler alert!) they accidentally spill the red!  One boy even told me, "I bet the next book is called Red Chicken!"  So smart :-)
Since this was a last-minute storytime I didn't make my traditional felt storyboard.  I did use our chicken glove puppet that has 5 little chickens for a cute fingerplay and I also did a cardstock story board with velcro on the back (to stick to the board).
5 Little Chickens
Said the first little chicken, with a strange little squirm, "I wish I could find a fat little worm."
Said the second little chicken with an odd little shrug, “I wish I could find a fat little bug.”
Said the third little chicken with a sharp little squeal, “I wish I could find some nice yellow meal.”
Said the fourth little chicken with a sigh of grief, “I wish I could find a nice green leaf.”
Said the fifth little chicken with a faint little moan, “I wish I could find a wee gravel stone.”
“Now see here,” said the mother from the green garden patch, “If you want any breakfast just come here and scratch!”

By far the favorite movement activity of the day was using our shakey eggs along with Laurie Berkner's I Know a Chicken.  It is a hilarious song and I had it stuck in my head for days!  It is a bit on the long side so I faded the song out after we shook our eggs in a circle.  Several kids came up afterwards and asked when we could do it again!
Additional fingerplays and songs used:
Fingerplay: Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs, and that makes ten (show 5 fingers on each hand)
Sitting on top is mother hen (make a fist and put one hand on top)
Cackle, cackle, cackle, and what do I see? (clap, clap, clap)
Ten fluffy chicks as yellow as can be!
(make 10 chicks pop through and wiggle fingers)
Song: The Hens in the Coop (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The hens in the coop go cluck, cluck cluck…all around the farm.
The chicks in the yard go peep, peep peep…all around the farm.
The rooster on the fence goes cock-a-doodle-do, cock-a-doodle-do, cock-a-doodle- do…all around the farm. Credit:
Fingerplay with Chick hand Puppet: This Little Chick… (using 5 fingers of the puppet)
This little chick went to the garden, this little chick found a worm, this little chick eyed a berry, this little chick gave a squirm, and this little chick cried “Peep! Peep! Peep!” all around the farm!
The craft this week was simple but really cute!  I found the idea to make paper bag nests from Pinterest, and then just stuck a large pompom, some wiggle eyes, and feet and beaks that I had cut from orange cardstock inside the bags with the glue stick.  The trick to this craft is rolling the sides of the paper bag down gently so that it forms a nest, then securing everything else inside.  It was a big hit!

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