Prehistoric Animals: Prop Story

T-rex, Woolly Mammoth, Saber-tooth tiger, Triceratops, Pteranodon, Brontosaurus

Story: Whose Footsteps Are Those?
Written by: CK Emanuel
Inspired by: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.

Need:
– craft foam: various colors
– poster board or sturdy cardboard
– 3d paint & poster paint: various colors
– empty book tape rolls
– jumbo craft sticks
– exacto knife
– Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
– permanent black marker

Participation Age Range: 2 to 8 years old

Method: As name the prehistoric animal, hold it up or display it on a table or ledge for kids to see.

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A Scientist: Fingerplay

Scientist next to a lab table with beakersI’m a Scientist
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: I’m a Policeman Dressed in Blue

I’m a scientist, yes, its true!
HANDS ON CHEST
Here are the things you’ll see me do:
HANDS OUT TO THE SIDES / POINT IN FRONT OF YOU, THEN TO SELF
I’ll ponder, think, and look around,
TAP INDEX FINGER AT TEMPLE / SHADE EYES
I’ll explore then report on what I found.
PRETEND TO “POUR” DIFFERENT CHEMICALS INTO THE SAME CONTAINER
LAY ONE HAND FLAT AS IF PAPER, USE OTHER HAND TO “WRITE” ON IT
It’s my job, and I like it fine.
HANDS ON CHEST / GIVE A “THUMBS UP”
No one has a better job than mine!
WAGGLE FINGER ; HANDS ON CHEST

Original Content Source: “I’m a Policeman Lyrics.” JustSomeLyrics, http://www.justsomelyrics.com/2030380/i%27m-a-policeman-lyrics.html.

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Fuzzy Wuzzy: Prop Story

A bear made from feltStory: Fuzzy Wuzzy; Traditional Text First Verse

Need:
-felt in various colors: brown, tan, red, black, white, blue
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board
-black fabric paint
– used AccuCut Teddy Bear #1 die for the “bare”

Participation Age Range: 6 months to 3 years old

Method: Overlay the “fur” coat over the “bare” bear and place together on the felt board. Remove the “fur” when the line “had no hair.” As mentions the different clothing items, dress the “bare” bear with them.

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One Potato, Two Potato- Mashed!: Prop Story

Smiling potato2nd and 3rd verses written by CK Emanuel based on the traditional Irish potato counting song used for the first verse.

One potato, two potato,
three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato,
Seven potato, more!

Eight potato, nine potato
Ten potato, on a roll
Eleven, twelve, then thirteen
Fourteen potato– where’s a bowl?

Let’s mix and squish,
Mash first fast then slow.
Now fill your dish-
with the mash potato combo!

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Bug Song: Prop Story & Fingerplay

Numbers on a felt board with appriopriate number of bugs next to each of themThe Bugs Go Out
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel
Based on the Tune of: The Ants Go Marching

The bugs go creeping one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go creeping one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go creeping one by one
the caterpillar is having fun
And they all go creeping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go crawling two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go crawling two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go crawling two by two
the beetles stopped to have a chew
And they all go crawling down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go marching three by three
the ants went around a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go hopping four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go hopping four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go hopping four by four
the crickets chirped a note and more
And they all go hopping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

The bugs go swooping five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go swooping five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The bugs go swooping five by five
the flyers did a downward dive
And they all go swooping down to the ground
To get out of the sun, Hot! Hot! Hot!

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Monkeys and Hats: Prop Story

5 Monkeys wearing hats

Story: The Hat-seller and the Monkeys
Based on The Hatseller and the Monkeys retold by Baba Wague Diakite as well as Caps for Sale retold by Esphyr Slobodkina

Need:
-fabric in orange
-construction paper in various colors: shades of brown, white
-hot glue and glue sticks
-cupcake paper cups (hat)
-beads (top of hat)
-paper towel tube
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Have monkeys lined up on a ledge or stacks of books. Have all the hats stacked onto the hat-seller. May wish to use hat-seller figure as a finger puppet. Have the kids mimic like the monkeys.
Optional: May wish to place tree on felt story.

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Counting Bananas: Prop Story

Felt bananas with felt numbers next to them in numerical order from 1 to 10

Story: Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)
Jamaican work-song made popular by a version sung by Harry Belafonte in the 1950s.
The adaptation used here is from Kidsongs– which has the noted change of being able to count the bananas upwards to 10 rather than repeating the same numbers.

Need:
-felt in yellow as well as various colors for the numbers
-fabric paint in various colors: brown, green, light green
-hot glue and glue sticks
-a felt board

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Place the bananas on the felt board, leaving room between them. When get to the point in the song where counting occurs, add the appropriate number next to a banana.

Options: May wish to entice participation using the fingerplay actions below
Day-o: Sway hands side to side
Daylight: Make hoop with arms overhead
Home: Bring fingertips together
Tally: draw lines in the air
Various Numbers: Hold up appropriate number of fingers
Work: Wipe sweat from brow
Stack: Move hands one on top of the other mimicking a pile

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