Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Miscellaneous Stuff Preschool Lesson Plans


My child's own Puzzle
Have your child draw a picture on construction paper. Cover the picture with transparent contact paper. Cut the picture into pieces, depending on your child's ability level. (Start at 2 pieces) Show your child how to put the picture back together again. For older children you can have them color a picture from coloring book. And do the same. 

Over the blocks
Set a block on the floor. Encourage your child to jump over the block. For younger children, you may have to hold his/her hand. When your child can jump over one block... add another.. and another, or for advanced jumpers, have the child help you build a little wall. 

Create your book 
This one takes some work... but is really fun for your child and you. Take pictures of family members, the family pet, or things your child recognizes, cars, animals... whatever. Paste or tape pictures to 8 by 11 pieces of construction paper.. and insert into sheet protectors. You can place these in a three ring binder, and leaf through the pages with your child. For older children... have the child pick a subject they like... such as dinosaurs... collect pictures from magazines... toy ads, and have the child help you write a story for the pictures. 

My Favorite Play Dough
Combine and boil until dissolved:
2 cups water
1/2 cup salt
Food coloring or tempera paint 
Mix in while hot- in this order:
2 tbs cooking oil
2tbs alum
2 cups flour 
Knead for 5 minutes until smooth
This is a great recipe... store in air tight container. 

Peanut Butter Play Dough
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
Mix then knead the ingredients. Let your child mold and play with the dough... and when they are done.. They can eat it. 

Shaving Cream
Put a small mound of shaving cream on a tabletop, and allow your child to finger paint with it. To add some more fun, add a little food coloring, for some pastel colors. Supervision is required so the child does not get the shaving cream in their eyes... but anywhere else is easily cleaned with a damp towel.
(The pic is my son, enjoying his shaving cream experience)

Cookie Cutter Art
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. You make make holiday pictures or greeting cards by using holiday cookie cutters, and colored paper.

Inkblot Pictures
Fold a piece of paper in half. Open the paper and have your child paint on one side of the paper. Have the child fold the paper in half again, with the paint inside and press the halves together. Open the paper to see the identical pictures. 

Rolling Paint Art
Collect empty roll on deodorant bottles. Clean them out and full with tempera paint. Let your child roll the paint onto a piece of paper.

Stamping Patterns
Use rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns. 

Kid Jeopardy
Tell your child you are going to play a game, where they come up with the answers and you come up with the questions. Let's say that they say 'cat', you could say "What is an animal with four legs and a tail?" Play this way for a little until they get the hang of it, then switch, you say the answers and let them think of the questions. 

Lacing Cards
Cut colored poster board into a shape (a heart, clover, square, house, cat) and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 

String Art
Let your child dip 6 inch pieces of yarn into different colored tempera paint and pull the yarn across a piece of paper. 

Line Walk
Place a line of masking tape on your floor. Have your child walk on the line. Try it backwards, hopping or try it your own way. 

Funny Match
Cut out pictures from magazines of animals and people. Cut the picutres in half, and seperate the tops and bottoms. them have your child match the tops to the bottoms, make silly matches, or be serious and find the real matches. 

Octopus Hot Dogs
Take a hot dog, poke two holes in the top for eyes. Then cut the bottom half into four long legs. Cook in the microwave as normal. 

Can Stilts
Get two cans of the same size. Use a hammer and nail to punch two holes in each can opposite sides, about 1 inch below the top rim. Thread a rope through each can by bringing the rope through one hole and out the other. Tie the ends together, leaving enough rope to reach the child's waist. Have your child put the cans on their feet, grasp the rope and pull up to walk. 

Eye Dropper Art
Set out three cups, half filled with water. Add food coloring to the water. Have your child use an eye dropped to drop the colored water onto a piece of paper towel. Notice how the water evaporates  leaving the color behind. 

Matching Game
Trace 3 to five different cookie cutters on one piece of paper. Ask you child to match the cookie cutters with their outlines. Try this with leaves, buttons, or different sized blocks. Another variation, take an oblong block, and trace it's three different sides, give your child the block and ask them to make the block match each of the outlines. 

Paper Plate Faces
Have your child draw a face on a paper plate, and glue on yarn for hair. Or cut out holes for eyes, and mouth, and punch two holes to make a mask. 

Paper Bag Vests
Take a paper bag, and cut a straight line in the middle of the front from the top to the bottom. The bottom of the bag will be the top of the vest. Cut out the neck and holes for your child's arms. Let your child decorate, and wear. 

Muffin Tin Sort
Use a muffin tin as a sorter for small objects. Have your child sort colored buttons, pasta, colored marbles or pebbles. (Anything small will do) To enhance small motor muscles in the hand, have your child use a pair of tongs to sort the objects. 

Paper Plate Shaker
Take two sturdy paper plates. (The stronger the better)Place some beans on one of the plates and place the other plate on top of the first so that both eating surface areas are facing each other. Use masking tape to seal the plates together. Have your child decorate with markers, glitter, construction paper, or ribbons. When dry, shake. Shake to music, shake it each time you take a step. Shake, Shake Shake!!! 

Funny Faces
Cut out many different facial features from a magazine, eyes, noses, ears, mouths and hair. Have your child glue the features onto a piece of paper creating a funny face. 

Make a necklace
You can obtain bead from any craft store. I suggest a shoe string, but you can use yarn, and just tape one end. To start, thread one bead, and tie one end around the bead, so it won't slip off. Have your child string the beads as he/she wishes, until they are finished. Untie the first bead, and tie the two ends together. As your child progresses with this activity suggest simple patterns  You could even play a game, match my necklace. You make a necklace and have your child try to match it. Start simple with 3 to 5 beads, and progressively add to the patterns. 

Nature Walk
Take a plastic bag with you on your next nature walk. Encourage your child to collect leaves and small sticks, and acorns, and put them in the bag. (You can go on a nature walk in you back yard too.) Ask your child about each item they choose to put in the bag. 

Nature Mosaic
Use the items from the nature walk to glue on a piece of paper to create a nature mosaic.

Shoe play
Collect a few different kinds of shoes. Ones with buckles, straps, laces, or Velcro  Let your child lace, buckle, etc.. the shoes.

Home made memory game
You need:
Index cards (blank on both sides)
Crayons or Stickers
What to do:
Use each color of crayon to color one side of two index cards, or place matching stickers on one side of two index cards. Place the cards colored side, or sticker side down. Take turns trying to find a match by turning over two cards per turn. If you find a match you get another turn, if not the next player gets their turn.
You can also play with a deck of cards, try to match red #'s and black #'s.

Block stacking
Count how many blocks your child can stack, and have fun knocking them over. 

Car Wash
Fun for summer hot days. There are two ways you can do this. First is let your child help you wash your car, or you can set up a bucket with wash water, and one for rinsing and let your child wash some of their toy cars.

Thunderstorm
When it is raining, watch the rain. Talk about the sounds that you hear during a rain storm. What are the signs that a storm is coming. Talk about storm safety!!! 

Bowling Game
You need:
At least 3, 2 liter bottles
Funnel
clean sand
a ball
What to do:
Soak the bottles in warm water, so the labels come of easily. Allow the bottles to dry, then use the funnel to fill the bottles 1/3 full with sand. Screw on the tops to the bottles tightly. You may choose to decorate with stickers, or glue on ribbons, or whatever you choose. Set the bottles up, and bowl away!!! 

Painting with water
You just need a paint brush, and water in a bucket, oh yeah, and a nice warm summer day. Let your child "paint" with the water, and watch how the water evaporates in the warm sun. Paint rocks, trees, the sidewalk anything!!! 

Easy somersault
While at my mothers house, my son was jumping on one of her big chairs, this is allowed at her house. He takes the cushion off and jumps from the chair to the cushion. Then he stood in the chair again, and put his head on the cushion and did a somersault. It was perfect!!! Try it!! 

Phone Fun
Make an answering machine message with your child, let them listen to it. I have done this many times. My son loves to talk, and listen to the message. And all of my friends and family always say it's soooooo cute. 

Basketball game
Easy game to play. Take a laundry basket, and a ball, and tell your child to throw the ball into the basket. You may use masking tape on the floor to mark a free throw line. Ask your child to be their favorite basketball star!!! 

Magazine collage
Cut out your child's favorite pictures from a magazine and let them glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage. 

Box Hop Game
My son and I did this one today. He loves it. Set out a few box tops for your child to hop in and out of. Or line up three or four box tops, and have your child hop from box top to box top. 

Box Blocks
Let your child stack big boxes for a big tower, let them knock it down. 

Wrap it up
Let your child wrap a small box in tissue paper or gift wrap. Let them pretend to give it to someone. 

Puddle Jump Game Cut "puddle" shapes from newspaper. Have your child jump over the puddles. 

Marble Game
Use a long tube from gift wrap and a marble. Hold the tube at an angle, and ask your child to put the marble in the top, and watch it come out the bottom. You can attach the tube to a box, and use cars instead. It's a great game. 

Will it dissolve?
Fill five clear jars with water. Take five different substances, like sugar, cereal, salt, paper, things that will dissolve  and some that won't. Ask your child which will dissolve and which will not. Test each item in the water. 

Magnet Fun
Set an array of different items on a tray. Some that the magnet will pick up, some that will not. Ask your child to predict which items the magnet will pick up. Test the predictions. 

Clothespin Fun
Place some clothespins in a box. Show your child how to attach the clothespins to the edge of the box. 

Bean bag toss
Have your child toss bean bags into a box. You can use masking tape to mark where the child should stand. 

Penny toss
Have your child toss pennies into a coffee can, or like container. You can use masking tape to mark where the child should stand.

Bead Hunt
"Hide" Bead around a room, give your child a paper bag, and have them find the beads 

Bead Sort
Have your child sort beads by color size and/or type. 

Bead Patterns
String beads with your child. Show your child how to make patterns with the beads. See if your child can copy your pattern. 

Bead Counting
Have your child count the beads. How many red? How many blue? 

Bead Measuring
Place a good amount of different colored beads into a dish pan. Provide different containers and cups for your child to place the beads in. Small and large. Let them experiment on their own, and with you. Let them pour the beads from one container to the other. Which container holds the most beads, or the least? 

Funny Faces
Have your child paint silly faces onto a plastic ball with tempera paint. (it will wash off easily) 

Ball Sort
Provide many different sized balls, or colors. Have your child sort the balls by color, or sequence them by size. 

Ball Count
Have your child count the balls. How many are there total? How many red? How many blue? etc... 

Nature Sort
Go on a nature walk... (see nature walk) sort and count the item that you have collected. 

Nature Box
Place the items you collected on the nature walk in a box. Let you child explore these items, and count them. 

Cotton Walk
Place a bunch of cotton balls into a small empty swimming pool. Let your chld walk around in the cotton balls with bare feet. 

Cotton Count
Have your child count how many cotton balls it takes to fill a container. 

Cotton Collage
Let your child glue cotton onto a piece of paper, making a snow scene, or a cloud scene. Try making a bunny, or a sheep. Use the cotton for hair, a mustache, a beard or eyebrows. 

Cotton Sort
You can find colored cotton balls at some grocery stores, or color your own with a little food coloring, and allow them to dry. Have your child sort the dry cotton according to color. 

Cotton Picking
Spread some cotton on the floor. Give your child a basket and let them pick up the cotton and place it in a basket. 

Cotton Picking 2
Spread some cotton on the floor. Give your child a basket and a spoon,let them pick up the cotton with the spoon and place it in a basket. 

Down the Steps
Have your child stand at the top of some stairs, and you stand at the bottom. Have your child roll a ball down the stairs. You can toss the ball back upstairs to your child. (Very carefull supervision is required.) 


Stack the Boxes
Tape some big boxes closed. Let your child build with the boxes. 

Bubble Art
Add a little food coloring to bubble mix. Go outside and blow some bubbles. Have your child catch the bubbles on a piece of paper to create bubble art!! 

Washing Dishes
My son fights with me every time I go to wash the dishes. He loves to pretend he's washing the dishes, or he will wipe the dishes with a soapy towel, or he likes to rinse to the dishes. 

Lids and Tops
Provide your child with many lids and tops for your child to put together. 

Box Train
Attach a string to a box long enough for your child to hold while the box is on the floor. Then attach another box to the first box, and add another box. You may let your child paint or color the boxes like a train. When the train dries, let your child give his/her stuffed animals a ride in the train. 

Rubber Band Fun
Supply your child with many rubber bands and a box. show your child how to place the rubber band around the box. 

Paint the Boxes
Let your child paint some boxes with tempera paint. Try painting it like a house, or a car, or a mountain. Let your child be creative.

Paint the Wood
If you have scrap wood around, help your child use a hammer and nails to make a wood sculpture. Allow them to sand their work, and paint it. 

Bean Counting
Supply your child with many different kinds of beans. Have your child count the beans. 

Bean Sorting
Supply your child with many different kinds of beans. Have your child sort the beans by type. 

Bean Collage
Supply your child with many different kinds of beans. Have your child glue the beans on a piece of paper to form a collage. 

Bean Measuring
Place a good amount of different kinds of beans into a dish pan. Provide different containers and cups for your child to place the beans in. Small and large. Let them experiment on their own, and with you. Let them pour the beans from one container to the other. Which container holds the most beans, or the least? 

Stages of Growth
Explain the stages of growth of a bean. If you can draw, or find pictures of the stages, laminate them, and ask your child to arrange the picture from first to last

Noodle Measuring
Place a good amount of different kinds of noodles into a dish pan. You can add food coloring to dry uncooked noodles to color them. Provide different containers and cups for your child to place the noodles in. Small and large. Let them experiment on their own, and with you. Let them pour the noodles from one container to the other. Which container holds the most noodles, or the least?

Noodle Coloring
You can color noodles (macaroni works well) by adding food coloring to dry noodles. Allow them to dry before trying the other activities. 

Noodle Sort
Let your child sort noodles by type and color. (see above for coloring) 

Noodle Art
Let your child glue the colored noodles to paper to form different things. Help them write their name, or form a ball or star. 

Noodle Collage
Same as above, but no specified design is required. I have seen many works which were very 3-d, and creative. (Be prepared to clean up a lot of glue.) 

Box crawl
Obtain a large box. Open both the top and the bottom and show your child how to crawl through the box. 

Box House
Turn a large box into a playhouse. Cut out a window, paint on a door. Have fun. Personal note: My father has taken this to the limit... my son's playhouse has two floors, with a cool staircase, a radio, doorbell and electric lights. We are thinking of adding a slide. My son lives his house!!! 

Paint the Box
Let your child paint some boxes with tempera paint. You could allow your child to paint the box used for the house, above, or any of the games that include boxes. 

Knock, Knock
After you create a box house, have your child sit in the house. You knock on the door. Have your child answer, "Who is it?", and you say "It's (whoever you are)". 

Box Maze
Obtain a number of boxes which are large enough for your child to crawl through. Connect the boxes together to form a maze. Tape the boxes together. 

Tape Maze
Use masking tape on the floor to create an imaginary maze. Tell your child they are not allow to cross over the tape. 

Have a race
If you have more than one child, have them race each other from point a to b. If you have only one child, use a stopwatch to time your child. 

Be A ? Race
This is so much fun. Fill in the ? with a bunny, or elephant, a car, whatever. Have your child pretend to be a bunny, and hop from point a to b, as fast as they can in a race, or make race car noises. Let your child choose what to be. See how slow you can go, or backwards, or in circles. This one is much more fun with a larger group. 

Musical Parade
Supply your child(ren) with musical instruments, and have a parade. Let them play the instruments while marching in a line around the house. 
Animal Parade
Have your child pretend to be an animal, and march around the house being that animal.


Animal Charades
Have your child pretend to be an animal. (They can make noises) Tell them you want to guess what animal it is. guess!!!! Take turns acting out the animals. 

Popsicle Puppets
Cut out any shape you desire, a flower, or star, or a face. Let your child decorate it, and glue it to a Popsicle stick.

Popsicle Dye
Use vinegar and a little food coloring to dye Popsicle sticks. 

Popsicle Sort
After you dye the Popsicle sticks, let them dry, and have your child sort them by color.

Popsicle Stick Art
Provide your child with colored Popsicle sticks and glue and let them make some 3-d art. For younger children provide play dough instead of glue to connect the Popsicle sticks. 

Popsicle Stick Art 2
Provide your child with colored Popsicle sticks, glue and paper. Let your child glue the sticks onto a piece of paper. 

Scratch Art
Have your child color a piece of paper with bright crayons. Cover the entire paper with color. Then have them paint the entire picture with black tempera paint. After the paint dries, let your child scratch off a picture with a toothpick.

Hat play and pretend
Provide your child with a variety of different kinds of hats. Have them pretend to a cowboy when he/she wears the cowboy hat, for example. Some good ideas are, construction, baseball, hockey, chef, crown (available at Burger King), or bunny ears. 

Pencil Art
Allow your child to create a picture using colored pencils. 

Pencil Sort
Provide your child with many pencils to sort, by color or length. 

Kite Art
Supply the children with diamond shaped construction paper. Have the children decorate the diamonds with glitter, paints, fabric, yarn, buttons, whatever you can think of. Have the child add a streamer for a tail, to make a kite. Hang the kite from the ceiling in front a window to see it fly in the wind. 

Ice Cream Art 1
Cut out Ice Cream Cone (with the ice cream) shapes from construction paper. Have the children use bingo dabbers to make sprinkles on the cone.

Ice Cream Art 2
Cut out Ice cream cone shapes, and scoops of Ice cream shapes from different colors, have the children glue the scoops onto the cones for a super ice cream cone. 

Ice Cream Art 3
Follow instructions above... let the ice cream cones dry... then let the child add real sprinkles or brown paint for chocolate syrup. 

Ice Cream Flavors
Cut out ice cream scoop shapes from various different colors of construction paper. Ask the children to name the ice cream flavors. What might the ice cream taste like? What is their favorite color and flavor? 

Ice Cream Match
Cut out 2 ice cream scoop shapes from each different color of construction paper.. you may want to laminate them to last longer. Have the children pick out an Ice cream scoop, then find it's mate.

Ice Cream Scoops
Cut out ice cream scoop shapes from various different colors of construction paper. Cut out five Ice cream cone shapes. Label the cones from 1 to 5. Ask the children to place the appropriate # of scoops of ice cream on each cone. 

Finger Paint Butterflies
Cut out shapes of butterflies, fold them in half laterally  Let the children finger paint the shapes. Then tell the children to fold their butterflies in half, and press down on all of the butterfly. Then open the butterfly and allow to dry. Hang from the ceiling so you can watch them fly. 

Pipe Cleaner People
Have your child form a human shape with three pipe cleaners. One for the head and body, one for the legs, and the last one for the legs. Let the children pose the pipe cleaners in different positions.

What scent is this? 
Gather four or different objects with different scents. Blindfold the child, then place the object close the the child's nose, and ask the child to smell it and try to identify what it is. 

Adopt a tree 
Pick a tree outside. At Various times of the year, spring, fall winter, and summer, take a picture of you and the children outside by the tree. Talk with your children about the differences in the tree, and the clothing that we wear in the different times of the year. 

Tube Binoculars 
Connect two cardboard toilet paper rolls with tape, and let your child use them as binoculars. 

Paint on Wet Paper 
You can also use this as a science experiment. Explain diffusion, the spreading of the paint on the paper, through the water. 

Kool Aid Art 
Have the child use glue to draw a picture. Then have the child sprinkle different colors of kool-aid on the paper. Ask your child what happened. 

Salt Art 
Saturate hot water with salt. Let the water cool, and have the child use the salt water to paint on black paper. Then after it dries, have the child look at the crystals of salt on the paper. 

Salt Art 2 
Saturate hot water with salt. Let the water cool. Place a small amount of the salt water in five or six different containers. Add different colors of food coloring to each container. Then have the children paint on white paper with the colored salt water. After the paint dries talk about the salt crystals. 

Children's Cookbook 
Tape record this conversation. Ask one child what their favorite food is. Ask them how to make it. After the child has finished write down their answer. If you have a group of children, pull the children aside one by one, and you can compile the answers in a cookbook for the parents. 

Face Art 
Cut out different facial features from magazine articles, such as eyes, noses, hair, chins, mouths, and so on. Have the child glue together their own faces onto a piece of paper. 

Egg Beater Art 
Provide a child with an egg beater, paint and a piece of paper. Have the child dip the egg beater in the paint and press onto the paper. 

Spatula Art 
Provide a child with a spatula, paint and a piece of paper, and have the child dip the spatula in the paint and press onto the paper. 

Waffle blocks 
Provide a child with a waffle block, paint and a piece of paper, and have the child dip the waffle block in the paint and press onto the paper. 

Fly Swatter Art
Provide a child with a fly swatter, paint and a piece of paper, and have the child dip the fly swatter in the paint and press onto the paper.

Pine Tree Art
Provide a child with a pine tree branch, paint and a piece of paper and have the child dip the pine tree branch in the paint and use as a paintbrush.

Ping Pong Sweeping
Provide many ping pong balls and a broom for the children to sweep around.

Ping Pong Game
Write a different letter, number or color the ping pong balls different colors. Ask each child to choose a number, letter or color (based on how you marked them). Toss the balls into the air and tell the children to look for their ball. The first child to find their ball gets to toss the balls for the next round.

Straw Necklaces
Cut different color straws into various lengths. Have the child string the straw pieces onto a piece of yarn with a piece of masking tape on the end. When the child is finished, tie the two ends to create a necklace or bracelet.

Tracing
Provide various items for the child to trace. The child will place an item on the paper, then trace it with a crayon. During circle time, you can talk about the different shapes that the children traced and the children can guess what object each child chose. Then place the object on the paper to see if it matches.

Sorting Rocks
Have children sort rocks by size, shape or color.

Counting Rocks
You need: Muffin Tin small rocks, Small Tongs Paper, tape, pen
How to: Number small pieces of paper 1 through 6. Tape these numbers into the bottom of each hole in the muffin tin. Ask your child to place the appropriate number of rocks in each hole.

Rock Prints
Have your child press a rock into a non-toxic ink pad then press the rock onto a piece of paper. Repeat with different rocks and different colors.

Water Displacement
Place
 water in a clear cup. Mark the water level. Drop a small amount of rocks in the water, then ask the children what happened.

How are rocks used?
Talk about all the ways rocks are used. (buildings, roads, playgrounds etc.)

Survey the Rocks
Place a variety of different rocks in a box. Supply the children with a magnifying glass, scales, egg cartons (to sort).

Ping Pong Game
Place several ping pong balls in the water table. Supply the children with straw to blow the ping pong balls around. For added interest, place the ping pong balls in water. 
Songs from a Hat
Write down the names of songs you sing on a regular basis. Place them into a hat. Have a child draw a song then sing it.

Song Cube
You can make a cube from a cardboard box. Place Velcro on each side. Then write the names of songs you sing on pieces of paper, laminate them, then add Velcro. Place six songs on the cube. Have the children roll the cube and sing whatever song comes up on the cube.

Try both of the activities with actions. Jump 3 times, say your name, sit down, spin around 2x, etc.

School Agers Team Clean Up
Gather the students around. Assign each student to a team. Each team member will have the same necklace as their teammates(made ahead of time). These necklaces can match your theme, such as apples (green apples, yellow apples and red apples). Each team is assigned an area to clean. When they are done cleaning, the team members should come back to the circle time area and sit down. The first team to finish, and have all their team members seated will get a prize. (A sticker or computer time, whatever you use in your class).

Lights Out
A useful tool I used with all of my classes was lights out. When I turned the lights out, the students dropped what they were doing and went to the circle time area, sat down and listened for instructions. I used this for important announcements, right before clean up, and for transitions. For transitions, it is best to give a few warnings, 2 minutes to lights out. To get the students accustomed to the procedure, we practiced. A lot! I would have them pretend to play, turn out the lights, then play again, and a few minutes later turn out the lights. The first day, I probably turned out the lights about 25 times throughout the day for practice. As your students catch on quickly, you can practice it less.

Jump Jim Joe
Before lunch routine for us was a lot of fun. I started every before lunch routine with a book called "Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting But-- Invisible Germs." You can purchase the book through amazon.com here:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0934140464/123childcom-20
This is an animated and exciting book.
We would then sing "Jump Jim Joe". You would pick one student, then that student picks another student (total 2 students) They will face each other and hold hands while all students sing the following song:

Jump, jump Jump Jim Joe, (students jump up and down)
Shake your head (they shake their heads)
Nod your head (students nod their heads)
Tap your toes (students tap toes)
Round and round and round you go (students go around in a circle)
Go and wash your hands.... WITH SOAP (Students go off to wah their hands)

This give students something to do instead of waiting in line to wash their hands. By the time you finish your song, the two are done washing their hands and the next two can start.

The first two groups that go can have jobs to do, like pass out plates, cups, napkins, etc.

Another tip, if you find that a particular student is not picked, pick them first, so they can find a partner more easily. Explain to the students before you start that they may not refuse if a student picks them. To avoid hurt feelings.

Circle Time Songs

The following songs are designed to featured one child. Quite often I will have the one child dance in the middle while the other children help with the singing. I would normally sing through the song twice to allow them enough time to get up and "get into the groove"

Special Song

Sung to "Frere Jacques"
(name of child) is special,
(name of child) is special,
yes he/she is,
yes he/she is,
(name of child) is special,
(name of child) is special,
yes he/she is,
yes he/she is.

Strut Song
sung to "Shortnin Bread"
This way, That away, (point one way)
This way, That away, (point the other way)
This way, That away, (point one way)
All day long. (clap, clap, clap)

There goes another one, (point one way)
Just like the other one, (point the other way)
There goes another one, (point one way)
All day long. (clap, clap, clap)

Strut Miss Lucy (Move arms in a strut like fashion)
Strut Miss Lucy (Move arms in a strut like fashion)
Strut Miss Lucy (Move arms in a strut like fashion)
All day long. (clap, clap, clap)

(use deep voice)
Strut Mr. Leroy (Move arms in a strut like fashion)
Strut Mr. Leroy (Move arms in a strut like fashion)
Strut Mr. Leroy (Move arms in a strut like fashion)
All day long. (clap, clap, clap)

Strut (child's name),
Strut (child's name),
Strut (child's name),
All day long. (clap, clap, clap)

Color Song
(Child's name) is wearing (color) today,
(color) today, (color) today,
(Child's name) is wearing (color) today,
All day long

Who is Here Today
Who is here today,
who is here today,
Everybody clap and say,
Who is here today.

(child's name) is here today,
(child's name) is here today,
Everybody clap and say,
(child's name) is here today.

Letter Song
A chicky original!!!!
(Child's Name) starts with an (letter)(letter)(letter)
(Child's Name) starts with an (letter)(letter)(letter)
(Child's Name) starts with an (letter)(letter)(letter)
And (child's name) is your name hooray.
ex.
Noah starts with an N, N, N
Noah starts with an N, N, N
Noah starts with an N, N, N
And Noah is your name, Hooray

Jump Song
(child's name), (child's name) Jump up and Down
Jump up and down, Jump up and Down
(child's name), (child's name) Jump up and Down
Now Sit Back down

Variations:
Chicky Originals
Use Everyone instead of a child's name,
name two children ex. Sara and Jason, jump up and down
Replace "jump up and down" with "Spin all around" "touch the ground" or "Act like a clown"
Vary the speed of the song, if you go slower, do the children jump slower, try really fast.
Replace "sit back down" with "fall on the ground"
If you want to keep them going, repeat the first two lines over and over.
For listening skills:
Try switching it up in the middle of the song,
ex:
Everyone, everyone, Jump up and Down,
now spin all around, now jump up and down,
everyone everyone, touch the ground,
not spin all around, spin all around,
Everyone Everyone, jump up and down,
now sit back down.

Graph IT!!
Many of my themes include a graph it activity. To make these activities easier to set up you can make a graph that can be used over and over. Many of the graphs include two or three choices. You can choose to do as many choices columns as you wish, but I will instruct you on how to do three. First print each child's name on a piece of card stock. Laminate and place a piece of Velcro on the back of each. Be sure to place the same side of the Velcro on each of the name cards. It is best to include a couple of "visitor" or "New Student" cards for new children. Obtain a large piece of poster board. You can also use your bulletin board. Measure about three inches from the top and draw a line with a thick black marker across the top, three inches from the top. This space is designed for the title of the graph. Next you should divide a poster board into three even columns. Place Velcro piece evenly spaced in a straight line in each column. The first Velcro piece will be used for a picture of the options available. You should have enough Velcro in each column for each student to place their name in one column. Finally, when you choose to do a graph it activity, write out the title and affix it to the top of the poster board with sticky tack, Velcro or paper clips. Obtain pictures of the options, ie. (What apple is your favorite? You will affix (with Velcro) pictures of yellow, green and red apples.) then ask the children to place their name under their choice.

Popsicle Sticks
Many classrooms use this method to make picking a little more fair. Write each child's name on a popsicle stick. Then when you need to pick a student, pull from the sticks. You can have two containers, one for "picked" and one for "waiting for a turn".

Mystery Can
Send a large coffee can home with a child. Send a letter with the can similar to this: Dear parents: This month we are going to be playing a game called "Mystery Can" I am sending the can home with your child. Please help your child find something to place inside the can that is special to your child and return it tomorrow with three clues written on a piece of paper. The children will try to guess what it is and the first person to guess correctly will take home the can.

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