Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Rrralph – Lois Elhert
Ask kids what a dog says, and you'll get a few responses, but Rrralph is a dog who can talk! It's great fun trying all the noises a dog makes in this story.
Song: The Pets I love –
from the CD Baby Signing Time Vol 1.
Book: Me Want Pet – Tammi Sauer
The little cave boy wants a pet, but his parents find something wrong with all of them. Eventually they prove their worth. Originally Gilbert Goldfish Want a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio was in this spot (ironically, both illustrated by Bob Shea!) but it felt a little long, so when this new book came in I tag teamed them.
Activity: Pet School
Do you think it would be fun to be a pet? Let's give it a try in Pet school!
We practiced being a dog who sat up and rolled over, a horse who galloped and jumped, a fish that held it's breath, a bird that flapped it's wings and talked, and a cat that washed it's face and took a nap.
Book: Children Make Terrible Pets – Peter Brown
In this book you can find out just how much trouble a child would be as a pet. Eventually Lucy learns the best place for her 'pet' is with it's family...and she finds a replacement.
Activity: Dear Zoo
from the book by Rod Campbell
This book was turned into a puppet play. "I wrote to the zoo and asked them to send me a pet, and they sent me... " Pull out each 'pet' that they sent, and have the kids say why it wouldn't be a good pet (most of the responses were it would bite you, or it would eat you!) We had an elephant, a lion, a crocodile, a skunk, a spider, and a monkey.
Book: Aarrgghh! Spider! By Monks, Lydia
But maybe a spider would make a good pet after all! In this book a family eventually learns to appreciate the spider that is determined to be their pet. Very cute and popular.
Craft: Pet puffs
(one of the kids creations)
Then we made our own pets! I wasn't able to get rocks, so we used big puff balls, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes to create our very own pets.