Wednesday, 28 October 2015


What better time of year to learn about bats than Halloween!  We had so much fun with this story. learning about bats, and decorating our room with our creations.

Pamela Reed does a wonderful job of reading the story of Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.

Stellaluna is a sweet story about a baby bat that is knocked out of her mother's arms by a swooping owl, but is saved when she falls into a nest of birds.  We follow Stellaluna on her adventures with the birds such as eating bugs YUCK and learning to sleep 'right side up'.  Children are over joyed when Stellaluna finally finds her mother and is able to enjoy life as a bat.  

Pop Bottle Bats

Cut a black garbage bag down either side and then across the bottom.  Cut one of the halves in half again for the wings.  Fold this lengthwise and cut out the wings so you have 2 sections together (like when you cut out a heart).  Use the large 1/2 garbage bag section to cover the bottle.  Simply stuff the excess into the opening of the bottle and use a glue gun to seal it.  Glue a dowel into the centre of the bat wings then glue the wings onto the bottle.  We used window cling eyes from the dollar store for our bats, but large googly eyes would look great too.  These look super cute around the room or outside in a tree.

Bat Puppets

These are super easy finger puppets to make.  We used ours during the telling of the story so the children could act out the parts with Stellaluna in them.  Cut a paper towel tube into sections and have the children glue on brown bat wings.  You can create a face by stuffing a brown pompom in the end and adding googly eyes if you wish.  Children insert their fingers into the puppet and simply move their hand up and down to make Stellaluna fly.

Bat Story

The children used the template below to dictate what they learned about bats and then drew a picture of a bat.

Bats Are Sleeping 
Sung To: Frere Jacques

Bats are sleeping, bats are sleeping
Upside down, upside down
Sleeping in the morning sun
Waiting for the night to come
Then they fly around, then they fly around.

We used our pop bottle bats to act out the song...

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Mouse Mess

In Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, an adorable little mouse wakes up when the family heads off to bed and gets into all kinds of goodies.  When he looks around, "he can't believe the mess he's found"!  The children adore the little mouse and his antics and how he thinks that the people left all the mess.  He quietly slips off to bed as the family heads down the stairs in the morning.  Because of the all the food fun in this book, I used it as a tie-in for Thanksgiving.

Mouse pop, pop, pops off the tops of several bottles including ketchup... we made ketchup hand prints to get in on the messy fun.

Print these sequence cards to use with the story.  If you print two copies, they can be used to create a matching or memory game.

Mouse gets into a lot of different foods which is a good introduction to food groups.  Print this food group sorting/matching game for the children to play.

Hungry Mouse
Hungry Mouse
Sneaking in the house
What do you want to eat?

Have children pick a sequence card to choose a food item from the story.

Hungry Mouse
Sneaking in the house
Did you enjoy your treat?

I think mice
are rather nice.
Their tails are long.
Their faces small.
They haven't any
chins at all.
Their ears are pink.
Their teeth are white.
They run about
the house at night.
They nibble things
they shouldn't touch.
And no one seems
to like them much.
But I think mice
are nice.
~Rose Fyleman~

As a new take on the handprint turkey, we used this craft to create a picture frame.  I took a group picture and printed the words "I am thankful for my friends" across the top.  The children stamped their handprint turkey on the page and we cute out a rectangle to fit the photo.  When dry, they decorated it with foam shapes and glued a back page to the craft.  This was a big hit with my crew - they loved having a photo with them and all their friends to take home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, 5 October 2015

One Grey Mouse

One Grey Mouse is a fabulous book about colours and number to 10.  The pictures are amazing and the children love the rhyming text.

Children used these craftivity pages to create their own book.

There are many ways to illustrate the text... here are two samples that we did.  The children cut and pasted a tree onto the worksheet then drew eyes and stripes onto their bee shapes.  They glued the bees onto the tree.

The children cut out a pink dish from construction paper and then stamped blue fish onto the dish shape.   They then had fun exploring the paint and stamping activity on a plain piece of paper to create their own 'blue fish' picture.

The children wanted to fingerpaint mice - they did a super job!

We made 3 orange snakes from clay then placed them in a lake made from blue card paper.