Saturday, 23 March 2013

I See A Bunny

I love Easter... what's not to love... an adorable bunny that brings you chocolate!!!  I always miss my snuggly bunny Snowball at this time of year so... Snowy - this post is for you!



We made these cute little bunny pockets to hold the eggs at our egg hunt.  My two 18 month olds have been practicing circles and were able to make their own faces... they did a FAB-U-LOUS job and were really proud of their work :).  I'm going to add a ribbon handle to the pocket and some tissue paper and use them instead of baskets.  I just folded a piece of construction paper and stapled up the sides (glue would work too) then the children glued the ears on and drew on the faces with markers.



Here is a cute bunny mask printable in black and white or colour that can be used for circle time actitivies, in the dramatic play area or for a craft.

We will be making felt bunny finger puppets next week.  You can find instructions for two types of puppets here and here.

I created this trace and copy worksheet for the children.




Here are some of our favourite bunny songs and fingerplays...

Lippity Lop

Lippity lop, lippity lop
Here comes a bunny hippity hop
With ears so tall and tail so small
Hippity, hippity hop
He sits up straight and wriggles his nose
At every sound he hears
Then scampers away as fast as he can
And suddenly disappears
Oh
Lippety lop, lippety lop
Here comes a bunny hippity hop
With ears so tall and tail so small
Hippity, hippity hop.

Mr. Ears

I have a little bunny
I call him Mr. Ears
Because he perks his ears up
At everything he hears.
I have a little bunny
I call him Mr. Ears
His nose begins to wiggle
When Easter time is near.

Little Peter Rabbit (sung to: John Brown's Baby)

Little Peter Rabbit had a flea upon his ear (x3)
So he flipped it and he flopped it and it flew away.
Little (child's name) Rabbit had a flea upon her toe (x3)
So she flipped it and she flopped it and it flew away.
Continue using every child's name in the group.

Did You Ever See a Bunny (sung to: Did you ever see a Lassie)

Did you ever see a bunny, a bunny, a bunny
Did you ever see a bunny, munching his lunch?
He munches and crunches, and crunches and munches
Did you ever see a bunny, munching his lunch?

Did you ever see a bunny, a bunny, a bunny
Did you ever see a bunny wiggle his nose?
He wiggles and giggles, and giggles and wiggles
Did you ever see a bunny wiggle his nose?

Did you ever see a bunny...flapping his ears?
He flips them and flaps them... (etc)

Did you ever see a bunny...hop on one foot?
He hops and he hops...(etc)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

St. Patrick's Day

I love the magic of St. Patrick's Day - the children have so much fun looking out for leprechauns and magical tricks.  We are enjoying a fun filled week. 

For crafts we have created handprint leprechauns.  Paint the fingers of the child's hand orange and the palm peach then stamp onto paper.  When dry, add a construction paper hat, googly eyes, and draw on the rest of the facial features.



We coloured and assembled little St. Patrick's Day baskets - a must have incase we catch a leprechaun in our soon to be assembled trap as we will need somewhere to put our share of the gold!




I try to do a different hat for the party each year as I have children here for several years.  This year we created a shamrock hat.  The fun foam shamrocks were purchased at Dollarama and the band and large shamrock cut out of construction paper.  Super easy and the children were able to do all the creating themselves.


On Thursday, the children will create and assemble a leprechaun trap and we'll set the room up for our party.  Games that I have planned include...
Hot Potato - we are going to pass a real potato around the circle.
Bean Bag Toss - tossing green beanbags onto shamrock shapes that will be of various sizes with points printed on them.  The larger shamrock will have the least amount of points and the smallest, the most.  As I have a young group, we will play co-operatively and see if we can reach 100 points, but older children may want to play a competitive game.
Musical Shamrocks - I will place shamrocks on the floor and when the music stops, each child must sit on one.  Sometimes I make it interesting and put one less than the number of children and see who 'shares'!  Again we play co-operatively... I just 'catch' the last one down, but they aren't 'out'.  

Some of the songs we have been enjoying this week include...

An Eensy Weensy Leprechaun
Sung to: "The Eency Weency Spider"

An eensy, weensy leprechaun
Came out St. Patrick's Day
To look for gold
That was hidden far away.
Over the rainbow
Was where he was told,
So, with a wink of his green eye,
He ran to get the gold.


Do your Ears Point Up?
Sung To: Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Do your ears point up?
Do you have a lot of luck?
For gold do you dig?
Can you dance an Irish jig?
If you answered, "Yes,"
You're a leprechaun, I'd guess!

I have seen so many wonderful printables on the net to help celebrate, that I couldn't help but be bitten by the creating bug and wanted to share our party printables with you. Enjoy!

 
 
   

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

And On His Farm

We had a blast with farm week.  The children created a cute little farm animal booklet to help them remember the names of all the animal Mommies, Daddies, and babies!

 
 
I found these adorable cow door hangers on the net.  We cut our circles from construction paper instead of  using paper plates.
 

We also made cute little paper bag pig puppets using this template.  I have three older children who made puppets and they used them to put on a Three Little Pigs puppet show for the younger two children... very cute!


Here are some of the songs we enjoyed throughout the week.

Down On Grandpa's Farm

Oh, We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm
We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm

Down on Grandpa's Farm, there is a big brown cow
Down on Grandpa's Farm, there is a big brown cow
The cow, she makes a sound like this... Moo-Moo
The cow, she makes a sound like this... Moo-Moo.

Oh, We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm
We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm.

Down on Grandpa's Farm, there is a little red hen
Down on Grandpa's Farm, there is a little red hen
The hen, she makes a sound like this... Bock-Bock
The hen, she makes a sound like this... Bock-Bock.

Oh, We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm
We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm.

Down on Grandpa's Farm, there is a little white sheep
Down on Grandpa's Farm, there is a little white sheep
The sheep, she makes a sound like this... Baa-Baa
The sheep, she makes a sound like this... Baa-Baa.

Oh, We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm
We're on our way, we're on our way, on our way to Grandpa's Farm.

~continue with more farm animals~

You can watch the video of Barney's Down on Grandpa's farm on You Tube.

Cluck, Cluck Red Hen (sung to: Baa, Baa Black Sheep)

Cluck, cluck red hen have you any eggs?
Yes sir, yes sir, as many as your legs
One for breakfast, one for lunch
Come back tomorrow and I'll have another bunch
Cluck, cluck red hen have you any eggs?
Yes sir, yes sir, as many as your legs.

Moo, moo brown cow have you milk for me?
Yes sir, yes sir, as tasty as can be
Churn it into butter, make it into cheese
Freeze it into ice-cream or drink it if you please
Moo, moo brown cow have you milk for me?
Yes sir, yes sir, as tasty as can be!

Now... off to the zoo!