Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Freight Train – Donald Crews
(We made the chugga, chugga noise of the train as it traveled, speeding up until it was gone!)
Activity: Scat the Cat
(This is a folder that I colored, cut out the shape of Scat, then laminated. Then I used white out and marker to give Scat the definition. The colored pages [I start with black] just slide out the side. It's really popular!)
Once there was a cat named Scat, and he'd been a black cat for as long as he could remember. One day he learned some magic words to change color, and decided he would try come different colors to see how they were.
He said his magic words:
Chorus:'I'm Scat the Cat, I'm sassy and fat
And I can change colors, just like THAT!'(Clap hands)
Then what color was Scat? He was a Blue kitty! He went around seeing what it was like to be a blue cat,
(Scat tries being different colors, but ends up liking his color best of all. Have the group help with the chorus.)
Book: Butterfly Butterfly - Petr Horáček
(A simple story with nice pictures, and a fun pop-up at the end!)
Song/Activity: Colors –
from the CD Learning Basic Skills Through Music by Hap Palmer
(I handed out colored shapes, and used a paper towel roll with slots for colored popsicle sticks to help the kids follow which color was standing or sitting. It gets a little crazy but it's fun! I just wish there weren't so much verse singing that we essentially just have to wait through.)
Book: Pete The Cat – Eric Litwin
(An awesome book. By the third time we get to the song, the kids and parents are singing along!)
(I tried using a flannel board of Dogs Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, but the kids were too restless to just watch, so for my second program we did the hens, and the kids had fun shouting out the colors...though my purple looks too much like blue =P )
This little hen is BLACK ( hold up black hen)
She stands in the barnyard by a big hay stack.
This little hen is RED (hold up red hen)
She is very tired and won’t get out of bed.
This little hen is BROWN (hold up brown hen)
She likes spinning round and round.
This little hen is YELLOW (hold up yellow hen)
She’s shakes like a bowl of jell-o.
This little hen is WHITE (hold up white hen)
She dance’s and plays, oh what a sight.
This little hen is PURPLE (hold up the purple hen)
She spends her day running around in circles.
This little hen is GREEN (hold up green hen)
She is the silliest hen I’ve ever seen.
This little hen is BLUE (hold up blue hen)
She lays eggs for me and you.
This little hen is PINK (hold up the pink hen)
She goes down to the pond to get a drink.
Book: I Spy With My Little Eye - Edward Gibbs
(A wonderful book with lovely big pictures. Very interactive. There were lots of great choices for this theme.)
Activity: Do Your Clothes Have Any Red
If your clothes have any red, any red
If your clothes have any red, any red
If your clothes have any red,
put your hands above your head,
If your clothes have any red, any red.
...if your clothes have any blue,
jump up and down inside your shoes,
...if your clothes have any white,
scrunch your face up small and tight,
...if your clothes have any yellow,
jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,
...if your clothes have any green,
tilt sideways ‘till you lean,
...if your clothes have any brown,
turn around and around,
(Inevitably there's a kid who hasn't worn any of the colors I've prepared rhymes for. At the front of my last group was a rather vocal girl in only Black and Grey, so we did a 'pat yourself on the back', and 'pretend to drive a sleigh'. Pink is a common color too, so I stuck in 'slide in a skating rink' as well.)
(Just let them play with the streamers while the song played. With Put A Little Color On from the CD Can a Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye by Hap Palmer)