Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: I Feel a Foot – Maranke Rinck
(I love these illustrations. The kids like the predictive element. It is a smidge wordy, but I think worth it.)
Activity: The Bear Went Over the Mountain
(Once the kids get the hand of the tune, this is a great activity. They also like identifying the rhyming image each time.)
The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see...
He saw a fox in a box there, he saw a fox in a box there,
He saw a fox in a box there, and that is what he saw!
Rather than ended at the first verse, we continue on and have the bear see rhyming patters, like the fox in the box, then the fox goes over the mountain to see something! Our pairs also include a bee in a tree, a goat in a boat, and a frog on a log. Then we bring it back around and end with a Bear in a Chair!
Book: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear – Don and Audrey Wood
(There are always some kids that recognize this, it's a hit!)
(We modified some of the foods from the original based on what we had on hand. The kids really liked seeing the gross combinations.)
Book: Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox
(This wasn't as big a hit as it has been in the past, but still worked well.)
Activity: A Beautiful Girl – from the book by Emma Schwartz
(Jenna meets lots of different animals who wonder why she's different. Here she explains to little elephant the she hasn't got a trunk, but her nose is very useful. Good interaction with the kids on this too.)
Book: Rain – Manya Stojic
(We only did the first half of this book, due to time constraints, but it was a nice fit. Great illustrations!)
(We let the kids play with streamers, which they could swirl around like falling rain.)