First we sang our Opening Song, where we said hi to the librarians, the plants and our Story Time friends.
BOOK: Monkey Colors
by Darrin Lunde
Very simple non-fiction book with bright colorful drawings by Patricia J. Wynne. Easy information about the variety of monkeys. Kids really enjoyed the book – and of course telling me what their favorite colors were!
This week we played Ring Around the Rosie!
This book was a huge hit! The kids really enjoyed using picture clues to guess what type of animal Monkey and Me were going to see.
Finger Rhyme: “5 Little Monkeys”
This activity was a TON OF FUN. We used American Sign Language as our hand motions (see the video for directions)! The kids were super engaged! We will be using this one again!
5 little monkeys sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator,
“Can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator, jaws open wide,
And SNAP! goes another monkey deep inside!
(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HUgl1WCjJ8) Thank you to Miss Marge for posting this awesome idea!!)
This book is a classic I remember fondly from my own childhood. Fun story of monkey see, monkey do!
Thanks for the awesome idea Miss Sue from Library Village! (http://libraryvillage.blogspot.com/2013/11/flannel-friday-caps-for-sale-flash-mob.html) I made mine out of felt. The kids had a lot of fun with a little prompting from the adults.
The iPod picked: “Brush Your Teeth” – always calms everyone down – and we needed it after acting like monkeys!
BOOK: Count the Monkeys
by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Kevin Cornell
I LOVE THIS BOOK! So fun! I only wish I had put it earlier in the program – the monkey business was getting a little out of hand by this point!
CRAFT: Balancing Hats
Construction paper or card stock strips
The kids decorated several strips each and then I helped them staple the strips into hats. They tried to see how many hats they could balance on their heads.
I lovingly borrowed this awesome idea from Miss Amy and the wonderful folks at The Newtown Bookshop. By the way, they have an awesome Story Time on Thursdays at 10:15!!
How it Went:
The kids enjoyed these books and acting out Caps for Sale was a lot of fun. After this activity the kids were really wound up and had a hard time settling down – a couple kept imitating like good little monkeys. If I do this program again I will set clear rules for this activity and arrange the program in a different order. I would possibly go back to our usual 3 book format and probably cut out Color Monkeys. It is a good book but the program was too long for this group! Some of my craftier Wiggleworms were really into decorating their ‘caps’ instead of stacking them – which was fine, but I should have stated the expectations a little more clearly and maybe used stickers asking them to put 3 stickers on each hat or some other clear guideline! Overall though everyone had fun!