Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Flip and Flop – Dawn Apperley
(I have used this before, and remember it being a big hit. It felt a bit long this time, and we clipped some pages together. Still well recieved.)
Activity: Polar Bear, Polar Bear Turn Around
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, turn around,
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, scratch the ground.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Roar out loud,
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, touch a cloud.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, win a race.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, jump in place.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, stop and pause,
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, touch your claws.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, sit right down.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, make no sound.
(Adapted from Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. The kids love to follow the directions. It's a hit.)
Book: Animals in Winter – Martha E.H. Rustad
(Lovely pictures, though the bats seem an odd choice. Educational and just the right amount of text!)
Activity: There’s Something in the Snow
There’s something in the snow,
That I can’t really see.
There’s something in the snow
Now what can it be?
Arooooo! Aroooooo! Hear its funny sound.
Arooooo! Aroooooo! A wolf is what I found!
(continue with other animals, Seal, Penguin, Rabbit and Owl.)
(This was very well recieved, though one of the groups thought the sound of the seal was a dog.) X-P
Book: When the Snow Comes – Jonathan Allen
(I quite like this one, simple premise, nice illustrations, and a good length.)
Activity: Rudolph Change Your Magic Nose
(Inspired by this post on Loons and Quines)
Use a little rhyme with each color, and before each change sing together:
Rudolph change your magic nose,
When you feel the children blow.
(This was a huge hit, and there was such a celebration when we finally saw the red nose!)
Book: Hippo Is on Holiday – Matt Mitter
(This felt like it should a been better than it was. Rhyming text, silly situations, but it kind of flopped. ...and we only did up to number five!)
Activity: Bubbles (snowflakes)
(We wanted to have fun in the snow like the animals, so we made our own snowstorm!)