Friday, January 29, 2016

toddler time: muffins for a moose

 Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found two muffins! Who likes to eat muffins?  Yum!

I think one is banana and the other looks like lemon poppy seed! They were printed from

I passed out paper muffins to everyone & we did our weekly rhyme.

Put your muffin UP, put your muffin DOWN
Hold your muffin and turn around!
Put your muffin UP, put your muffin DOWN
Put your muffin down on the ground.

check out my new mystery box! the old plastic yellow one has been officially retired.

Books We Read:
If You Give a Moose a Muffin - Numeroff

Movement Activity: My Little Moose (from HERE)
My little moose is funny and brown (do hands with antlers on your head)
He jumps quickly up! (jump up!)
And he flops back down! (flop down)
He bends to the left,
Then bends to the right (move side to side)
Then my funny little moose
Walks out of sight.

Flannel Board Story: Three Little Muffins

First I put three muffins on my board. We counted them then talked about what flavors they might be: strawberry, chocolate and blueberry!

Our rhyme for today is a variation of "5 Little Cookies at the Bakery Shop" all about muffins!

3 little muffins at the bakery shop
with fruit and honey and chocolate on the top.
Along comes a moose with a penny to pay
He picks out a muffin and takes it away!

Repeat for 2 and 1. Then...

No little muffins at the bakery shop
with fruit and honey and chocolate on the top.
But a moose came back with a penny to pay.
No more muffins for Moose today!

Moose Puppet Rhyme

This was a last minute addition to my storytime plans from Miss Mollie

The clipart was on Etsy and has a bunch of woodland animals.

First, I showed the kids the clock and we open it to find two animals inside: Mr Mouse and Mr Moose.

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down – WHEEEE!
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The MOOSE ran up the clock
The clock struck two
Hickory Dickory Dock

Craft: Moose Paper Bag Puppets

I adapted this moose from something I saw online. I printed the faces on tan paper and cut them out. I cut antlers from brown construction paper. The kids colored and glued.

We glued our muffins inside his mouth! So cute!

This was a long book, kind of hard for some of the kids to sit through. Not too many great real aloud moose books for very young children that I could find. I was interested in one on Amazon called Elusive Moose but my system didn't carry it and buying it myself was not appealing since I wasn't sure how much I would actually use it. 

I LOVED the craft and my flannel board was great. I wish I had a moose puppet or plush animal for the Hickory Dickory Dock rhyme but the paper ones worked fine in a pinch. Kind of a tough theme book-wise but we had fun. I will keep this program on hand for my new story/craft programs on Wednesdays or my preschool visits where the kids are slightly older.

A normal size group for the early session but just a few kids for the later one. The recent snowfall made our already limited parking extremely tough so I wasn't shocked. Hoping for warmer weather soon!

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