Category Archives: Prop Ideas

A prop used to act out a part or an entire story either by the librarian only, for with the assistance of child participants

Peek-a-Boo: Fingerplay & Prop Story

Teddy bear playing peek-a-boo with paws

Here We Go a Peek-a-Boo
By CK Emanuel
Based upon the traditional rhyme/game
Tune mimics “This is the way we … early in the morning”

Here we go a peek-a-boo,
a peek-a-boo,
a peek-a-boo.
Here we go a peek-a-boo;
now how about that?

Actions:
Use a scarf to cover child’s face. On “boo,” pull scarf down. For older toddlers, they may wish to cover their own face with either a scarf or their hands. On the word “that,” clap hands together.

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Birds: Fingerplay

5 birds on a telephone wire5 Small Feathered Flyers
Written by CK Emanuel
To the tune of: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs sat on a Speckled Log

5 small feathered flyers sat on a telephone wire
feeling the heat of midday sun— Hot! Hot!
1 dropped to a puddle where it was nice and cool
Then there were 4 small feathered flyers.

4 small feathered flyers sat on a telephone wire
feeling the heat of midday sun— Hot! Hot!
1 dropped to a puddle where it was nice and cool
Then there were 3 small feathered flyers.

3 small feathered flyers sat on a telephone wire
feeling the heat of midday sun— Hot! Hot!
1 dropped to a puddle where it was nice and cool
Then there were 2 small feathered flyers.

2 small feathered flyers sat on a telephone wire
feeling the heat of midday sun— Hot! Hot!
1 dropped to a puddle where it was nice and cool
Then there were 1 small feathered flyers.

1 small feathered flyers sat on a telephone wire
feeling the heat of midday sun— Hot! Hot!
1 dropped to a puddle where it was nice and cool
Then there were no small feathered flyers.

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Seasons: Prop Story & Fingerplay

Sun, Cloud, and KiteWritten by CK Emanuel
To the tune of the traditional folk song: Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?

Refrain:

Oh dear, what shall I wear today?
Oh dear, what shall I wear today?
Oh dear, what shall I wear today?
The seasons are changing around.
Verses:

In Summer, the sun is ever so hot
Sandals and shorts should hit the spot
Or maybe a swimsuit cool and wet
To wear as I stroll about town

**To the Refrain

In Fall, the wind gets awfully breezy
Choosing a jacket isn’t so easy
One day a light one, the next a heavy one
To wear as I stroll about town

**To the Refrain

In Winter, the snow begins to call
And ice on the ground can make me fall
I’ll need boots and hats, scarf and mittens
To wear as I stroll about town

**To the Refrain

In Spring, clouds may rain down tears
But after the storm, the entire sky clears
So, I’ll take my rainboots or maybe my sneakers
To wear as I stroll about town

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Hobbit: Prop Song & Fingerplay

Bilbo Baggins "Bag End" from the Hobbit

There was a Hobbit
Written by CK Emanuel
Based Upon The Hobbit, Or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
To the tune of: B-I-N-G-O

There was a hobbit who found a ring
And Bilbo was his name-o
B-I-L-B-O, B-I-L-B-O, B-I-L-B-O
And Bilbo was his name-o.

There was a hobbit who found a ring
And Bilbo was his name-o
clap-I-L-B-O, clap-I-L-B-O, clap-I-L-B-O
And Bilbo was his name-o.

There was a hobbit who found a ring
And Bilbo was his name-o
clap-clap-L-B-O, clap-clap-L-B-O, clap-clap-L-B-O
And Bilbo was his name-o.

There was a hobbit who found a ring
And Bilbo was his name-o
clap-clap-clap-B-O, clap-clap-clap-B-O, clap-clap-clap-B-O
And Bilbo was his name-o.

There was a hobbit who found a ring
And Bilbo was his name-o
clap-clap-clap-clap-O, clap-clap-clap-clap-O, clap-clap-clap-clap-O
And Bilbo was his name-o.

There was a hobbit who found a ring
And Bilbo was his name-o
clap-clap-clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap-clap-clap
And Bilbo was his name-o.

There was a hobbit who found a ring
And Bilbo was his name-o
B-I-L-B-O, B-I-L-B-O, B-I-L-B-O
And Bilbo was his name-o.

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Snow: Prop Story/Song

Suzy Snowflake puppet

Story: Suzy Snowflake
Music & Lyrics by: Roy C. Bennett & Sid Tepper

Need:
– white card-stock
– white & pale blue felt
– yarn
– dowel rod or long stick (image is seen with a plastic folder binder)
– red foam (Optional)
– craft sticks (Optional)
– black, dark red, and blue felt (Optional)

Participation Age Range: 6 months to 8 years old

Method: Have the puppet ready to dance as sings. If desired, replace actions listed below with snowman and sleigh props.

Source for Original Lyrics: Bennett, Roy C., and Sid Bennett. “Suzy Snowflake Lyrics.” LyricsFreak, www.lyricsfreak.com/r/rosemary+clooney/suzy+snowflake_20826425.html.

Select Read More for the song/chant.

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Monster Marilyn: Prop Story/Song

Monster Marilyn: Monster Prop StoryStory: Monster Marilyn
Written by: CK Emanuel
To the tune of: Aiken Drum

Need:
– 11×17 paper
– foam poster board or felt board
– velcro
– laminater

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Print the monster pieces. In the sample depicted, it was chosen to laminate the pieces and add velcro to the pieces. Another option is to use the printed pieces as a template to create felt pieces. May choose to have viewers act along with actions: touching specific body parts, making silly face, etc.

Select Read More for the song/chant lyrics.

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Halloween Magic: Prop Story

Ivesred Draque: Library VampireDesigned by: CK Emanuel
Inspired the semi-traditional: Snowman Magic Prop Story

Need:
– 2 manila envelopes OR 2 11×17 construction paper
– paper to print the pdf document listed below
– hot glue to assemble the double envelopes
– black marker
– scissors

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 8 years old

Method: Hide the vampire in the hidden section of the double envelope. Use your hand to keep that section closed when the envelope is turned upside-down for the kids to see it is empty.

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