Mystery Box: Inside our mystery box, we found a monkey! Does a monkey have eyes? Does a monkey have ears? Does a monkey have a TAIL?
Monkey has some friends here today.Who else has a tail?
Does Bunny? What color is his tail?
How about Squirrel?
Where is Froggy's tail?
I let all the kids who wanted to come up front and touch the puppet tails. It was really fun!!
Books We Read:
Funny Tails- Slegers (really kept their attention!)
Tails Chasing Tails- Porter (fun, we did the animal noises on most pages)
Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails- Tafuri
Who Has This Tail?- Hulbert
Flannel Board: Bunny Tail Matching
I told the kids that I had some bunnies to show them and we put them up on the felt board.
Oh no, what are our bunnies missing???? Where are their tails????
I have some tails, let's match them up with the right bunny rabbit.
I held up a pom pom with a velcro dot, one at a time. We named the color and matched it to the rabbit of the same color. It was super fun! then we counted all our bunnies 1 to 8.
I found this idea HERE. And also HERE, with instructions and a free printable!
Craft: Monkeys with pipe cleaner tails
I printed these tail-less monkeys on cardstock & our staff pre-cut them for me. The kids colored and taped a long pipe cleaner tail on it. Also, added a popsicle stick to make a monkey puppet.
This was a very fun theme. I loved our tail discussion and the Slegers book. The bunny tail matching was great.
Things I Learned:
1. I do not need a hand out item for every theme; it was fine!
2. I do not need a big song or rhyme for every theme; talking is fine too!
I was afraid this craft might be lame but everyone loved it!! a wonderful day, two small-ish groups of about 12 kids each (some snow arrived this morning. i'm ready for spring!)