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

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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