My story times are divided in two camps...my Wednesday story times were heavily laden with very busy boys, and my Thursdays were chock full of delightfully attentive girls. That happened naturally over the course of time but always left me wondering how my story times would go over on the different days. This one seemed to please both camps!
Here was the plan:
The Fantastic Mr Wani - by Kanako Usui
Song/ Felt - Lady With the Alligator PurseHERE. The site hasn't been updated since 2006 so I am not sure they are still selling it. I just did a search for felt sets and spotted this one and thought it to be the cutest of the bunch! My set is made with black puffy paint on white felt and shaded with marker.
This was surprising to me that not many of the moms knew it. I have seen this concern addressed on Facebook - what to do when you start a song or finger play that no one has heard before? Well, I always supply the words to any song/fingerplay to each of my parents via my newsletter. I also preface these by asking the parents for help with the song if they know it. Finally, I just go and have fun - these songs and fingerplays have repetitive tunes and lines which most people can catch onto. Who knows, you might even get a parent asking where they can find the song on tape to take home! (** Hint: Have copies of The Lady With the Alligator Purse on display and see if you can also find it on CD for the display area as well!)
Alternate Felt - Big Wide Mouth FrogClick HERE to read more about the Big Wide Mouth Frog felt set. This one was a big hit with the kids.
Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley
Finger Play - 5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a TreeThis is a classic which everyone knows. The best part is, most of the children will play right along with you!
5 little monkeys sitting in a tree - teasing Mr. Crocodile "Can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Crocodile - SNAP!! Oh NO Where is he??
4 little monkeys.....
(and so on)
For the movements, I use my fingers as tails which hang from my opposite arm (as tree branch). When I make the crocodile, I use my hand to make a puppet-like mouth...moving through the grass until SNAP!
Alternate activity/story - AlphaGator!Click HERE to learn more about AlphaGator.
Snip, Snap - What was THAT? By Mara Bergman
Craft - A is for Alligator
And there you have it! So many options! Alligators are fascinating creatures so you can even throw some fun facts or a good non-fiction book into your story times. Like the shark story times, you might want to be careful about how you use your actions and voices because some little ones may be frightened, but overall I suspect your story timers will simply love an alligator story time at your library or school.
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