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

Wind Blows Leaf fingerplay

Tree in Autumn with leaves on ground and blowing in the windBlow the Leaf Down
Text and Actions adapted by CK Emanuel
Adaptation of the folk song: Blow the Man Down

I’ll sing you a song of the wind and a tree
THUMBS POINT TO CHEST
MOVE HANDS SIDE TO SIDE IN SWEEPING MOTION
ARMS STRAIGHT UP OVERHEAD
with a way, hey, blow the leaf down;
MOVE ARMS OVERHEAD AND SWAY THEM FROM SIDE TO SIDE
LOWER HAND AS IF IT WAS A LEAF FALLING
And hope that you’ll be the breeze with me.
HANDS OVER HEART
MOVE HANDS SIDE TO SIDE IN SWEEPING MOTION
Give it a try and blow the leaf down.
EXTEND ARM PALM UP AND THEN BEND AT ELBOW TO MAKE A “COME” GESTURE
MOVE HAND AS IF IT WAS A LEAF FALLING

Original Song Source: “Blow the Man Down Lyrics.” Grandparents.com, American Grandparents Association, www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/blow-the-man-down.

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Dancing Monster: Puppet

Story: Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves

Book cover for Frank was a Monster who wanted to Dance and a puppet of the monster main character

Need:
– Foam: green, white, black, orange or blue
– Straw (to use as ‘bones’  to give structure to the pant legs and arms)
– Yarn (for puppet strings)
– Doll Rod – Puppet handle
– Wooden Clothes Pin (to be able to release secondary string attached to head)
– Various fabric for clothes (shirt and pants)
-Velcro

Participation Age Range: 3 to 8 years old

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Counting Sheep: Fingerplay & Flannel Activity

Counting Sleeps’ Sheep
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

I count the sheep– 1, 2, 3
MOVE INDEX FINGER AS IF COUNTING OBJECTS
HOLD UP FINGERS AS COUNTS
With wool like a cloudy sea
LOOK UP, HANDS OVERHEAD AND MOVE IN WAVY PATTERN
I count the sheep– 4, 5, 6
AS BEFORE
As they jump a fence of sticks
ONE HAND MAKES A FENCE PERPENDICULAR TO BODY;
HAVE OTHER HAND FISTED AND “JUMP” IT OVER FENCE
I count the sheep– 7, 8, 9
AS BEFORE
On imagined hills of mine
BRING FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO FASHION ROUNDED HILL
I count the sheep– 10 and more
AS BEFORE; FOR “MORE”, TURN PALMS FLAT  AND OUT
When I start to drift and snore
HANDS TOGETHER, TOUCHING SIDE OF FACE

Read on for flannel board adaptation.

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Shark Visor: Prop

A crafted visor in the shape of a shark's faceNeed:
Light Gray construction paper
Dark Gray paper
White paper (eyes)
White cardstock (teeth)
Black foam or paper (eye pupils)
Ellison Visor die (head)
Ellison Rod die, (eyebrows)
1 ⁵/₁₆  dia circle die/punch (eyes)
AccuCut Owl die (eye pupils)
Scissors to cut quick triangles (teeth)
Yarn  45 inches

Story: Yummy! Yummy! Food for My Tummy! by Sam Lloyd

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Paint Palette: Prop

Paint2Need:
Paper Plate
Scissors to cut plate with
Brown and White Paint
Sponge (or paint brush)
Different color scrapes of paper, foam, and fabric/felt

Story: Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom by Steve Smallman

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Elephant Puppet: Prop

Paper Plate constructed elephant puppet with hole for arm to come out for trunk

Need:
large paper plate
light blue paint (blue and white paint mix)
paintbrush
gray construction paper (ears)
white cardstock (tusks and eyes)
black construction paper (eye pupils)
AccuCut Oval Die (to make a hole for trunk)
Circles made from Custom die 3/4″ and AccuCut Planet Die

Story:
How the Elephant Got Its Trunk by Rudyard Kipling
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Book from the Library: Clapping Song

Who Took the Book from the Library Shelf
By CK Emanuel
To the tune of “Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar?”

All: Who took the book from the library shelf?
Voice One: (Name of child or character) took of the book from the library shelf.
Voice Two (Accused child or character): Who, me?
All: Yes, you!
Voice Two: Couldn’t be!
All: Then who?

Return to beginning omitting first line. Continue as time/people allows. For last time run through, after “Yes, you!”

Last Voice: It’s true.
All: Good for you!

Add a clapping rhythm: Pat lap then clap hands together to the beat of the song, repeat until end of song.
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