Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Please Say Please – Margery Cuyler
(The kids were laughing out loud at the animal antics, and were very good at recognizing inappropriate behaviors)
(This was a little blah to this group, but has been popular in other programs)
Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you’ve ever seen,
wanted to go outside and play. Uh huh!
One jumped into the mud, landed there with a thud.
Now there are four pigs squeaky clean. Oink, oink!
Book: The Pigs Picnic – Keiko Kasza
(An adorably funny story, with slightly frightening illustrations. The kids had a good time with it.)
Song: The Pirate Song –Carole Peterson
(We had a pirate friend show up to guide us through this song. A fun 'get up and move' activity.)
When I was one I had some fun on the day I went to sea
I jumped aboard a pirate ship, and the captain said to me
"Now you go this way, that way, forward, backward
Over the deep blue sea!"
continue with increasing numbers and rhyming words
Book: Pretty Pru – Polly Dunbar
(Pirates aren't very pretty, but Pru is! A very fun, simple book.)
Puppets: Princess and the Mattresses
(Princess and the Pea)
On top of all these mattresses I get to spend the night,
I toss and turn and cannot sleep, for something is not right.
Something (tickley, squishy, buzzy, scary, lumpy) keeps me up.
These mattresses I’ll spread…
A (feather, banana peel, bee, monster, pea)! That’s no good,
get out of my bed!
(The princess then throws the item and climbs up for the next verse)
Finally everything is soft, and I can rest my head. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
(Then our pirate puppet jumped up and said 'Instead of sleeping, why don't you join my crew?!' and she became a princess pirate who went 'this way, that way, forward, backward, over the deep blue sea.' Which got a chuckle from some parents.)
Book: Pigeon Wants a Puppy – Mo Willems
(We did a pigeon book last week, so the kids were already familiar and ready to interact. It was a hit!)
Activity: ‘Popcorn’ on Parachute
(We then used cotton ball 'popcorn' on our parachute. Lots of fun.)