Saturday, May 3, 2014

Baa, Baa, Sheep!

Originally, I had wanted to do my sheep-themed storytime at the end of March, as the saying goes, "in like a lion and out like a lamb."  But March this year in NO way went out like a lamb, lol, so I saved it for more spring-like weather.  We have a fantastic metropark nearby called Lake Farmpark where many new lambs have just been born, so it was a great introduction to the theme.  I just love little baby lambs!

Stories I shared this week:

I did two flannel boards this week.  One was a variation of "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" and the other was a variation of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."  We sang both as we went and they were both great fun!  My pictures have a bit of a glare for some reason--my apologies!!  These are original ideas of mine, but I'm sure if you looked hard enough they've been done in some capacity before--feel free to copy them from me!
Feltboard: “Baa, Baa, Shape Sheep”
Pass out colorful felt shapes to the children. Then sing, and have the children bring the shapes to the board:
Baa baa, red sheep, have you any hearts? Yes, Miss Barbara, we have hearts!
Baa baa, green sheep, have you any squares? Yes, Miss Barbara, we have squares!
Baa baa, blue sheep, have you any triangles?  Yes, Miss Barbara, we have triangles!
Baa baa, pink sheep, have you any circles?  Yes, Miss Barbara, we have circles!


Song: “Mary had a Little Lamb”
Sing the traditional song, but use the colorful sheep. Use clipart of colorful items that match what the sheep could be the same color as.
Mary had  a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was yellow as…the sun! green as a frog…red as an apple…white as snow…orange as an orange…blue as blueberries, etc.

Other extension activities this week included:

Fingerplay:Two Little Sheep
Two little sheep sitting on a hill. One named Jack, one named Jill.
Run away Jack, run away Jill.  Come back Jack, come back Jill!
And we played shakey eggs, rhythm sticks, and bells to Raffi's version of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, which is always a blast.  Kids love to play instruments!

Our craft this week was a magnetic fluffy sheep.  A simple craft with a paper plate, cotton balls, wiggly eyes, and black construction paper:


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