Saturday, September 7, 2013

toddler time: perfect pets

Our toddler theme today was SNAKES & PETS

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a picture of a snake! What does a snake say? HISSSSSSS!

We handed out colorful snake stick puppets & we did our first rhyme:

Snake up! Snakes down!
Hold your snake & turn around.
Snakes up! Snakes down!
Put your snake on the ground.

Books We Read:
Splendid Spotted Snake- Schwartz
Dear Zoo- Campbell

Other Good Snake/Pet books:
Who Am I: Pets
Mouse Count- Walsh
Hide and Snake - Baker

Flannel Story: Five Little Snakes 

I found this cute rhyme here 
I found my colorful printable snakes here. Love this site!

One little snake alone and blue,
Called for a friend. Hiss!
And then there were two.

Two little snakes, fast as can be,
They called for a friend. Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were three.

Three little snakes, slithering by the door,
They called for a friend. Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were four.

Four little snakes, happy and alive,
They called for a friend. Hiss! Hiss! Hiss! Hiss!
Then there were five!

Puppets: Going to the Pet Store

I fell in love with this idea on the So Tomorrow blog! 
I gathered a bunch of pet puppets (fish, mouse, turtle, frog, hamster, cats, dog, snake) and pulled them out of the box one at a time.

Going to the pet store, (Slap your knees to the beat)
Gonna find a pet. 
Going to the pet store,  I wonder what to get? 
Hmmmmm...  (Scratch your head) 
(Look in the box and pull out a puppet)

I did them in size order smallest to largest, or in this case - longest. Each time I finished the verse, I would try to give a little hint about the animal, like its color or sound, etc. After I showed the animal, I would say something like, “I like this mouse but I think I need something... BIGGER!”
The kids loved this story and a lot of the moms told me afterwards that their boys are really into snakes so it worked out great!


We made circle snakes! There are lots of great template online so I printed one for each child. We tied a ribbon to the tail so they would bounce around a little.

Here is the link to the snake I used for our stick puppets.

We had an awesome turnout today with 21 kids, our biggest Toddler Time ever! 

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