Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Tickley Octopus – Ruth Galloway
(A nice, colorful book with a good message. Thought it might be a bit long, but the kids handled it fine.)
Activity: Biggest Thing in the Ocean -
from the book by Kevin Sherry
Giant Squid is the biggest thing in the ocean, or so he thinks.
The whale (made of foam board) is certainly bigger, but still...
the Giant Squid is the biggest thing in the whale!
(A fun little story, made even more impactful with a BIG visual. Even the parents chuckled at the final line.)
Book: Owl Babies – Martin Waddell
(Such a charming story, the kids are really engaged throughout.)
Activity: Flap Any Way You Want To –
adapted from dance any way you want to (Ralphs World)
(Then we acted like owls and flapped around! A great movement activity.)
Book: Opposnakes – Salina Yoon
(We did some opposite flapping ...fast and slow...which was a great transition to this book of opposites. The kids were pretty good at knowing what was going to unfold, and love the illustrations.)
(We had the kids hold their hands together until we 'opened' the door. Then they identified the animal that we showed and helped make the noise. Fun times!)
Open up the barn door, the spring goes “Boink.”
There’s a pig in the barn, saying, “Oink, oink, oink.”
Open up the barn door before the clock strikes two.
There’s a cow in the barn, saying, “Moo, moo, moo.”
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day.
There’s a horse in the barn, saying, “Neigh, neigh, neigh.”
Open up the barn door, singing, “Tra-la-la.”
There’s a sheep in the barn, saying, “Baa, baa, baa.”
Open up the barn door, while the sky is blue.
There’s a rooster in the barn, saying, “Cock-a-doodle-do!”
Open up the barn door and don’t get off the track.
There’s a duck in the barn, saying, “Quack, quack, quack.”
Book: Are You Ready to Play Outside? – Mo Willems
(It's hard to go wrong with Mo Willems. I particularly like the worms cameo.)
(Then we used streamers to wiggle like an octopus. I had to convince one boy that his arms and legs could count, and he only needed four streamers to have eight octopus 'legs')