Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Going on a Picnic!

It's still not exactly what I would call picnic weather here in Northern California (though it should be), but we read and talked and sang about picnics at storytime today anyway.  Our books were Pig Picnic, by Patrica Hubbell, and Ready for Anything, by Keiko Kasza.

On the flannelboard we did two of my favorite songs. You could do these without the felt figures, but they are pretty easy to make, and very effective for these two songs.

The first song goes like this:

Going on a picnic, leaving right away.
If it doesn't rain we can stay all day!

Did you bring the hot dogs?
(Answer) Yes, we brought the hot dogs!
Did you bring the buns?
Yes, we brought the buns!
Going on a picnic, here we go!

Keep going through the song, two items at a time----catsup, mustard, lemonade, soda, potato chips, salad, apples, watermelon. Of course you can add any other items you want on your picnic. It's a Raffi song; his lyrics are slightly different than the way I sing it. Need the tune? Here are some kids singing the song.

The other song is "Strawberries, Peaches" sung (more or less) to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

Strawberries, peaches, watermelon too,
Good for me and good for you.
They are yummy, they are sweet,
They are such a tasty treat.

Strawberries, peaches, watermelon too,
Good for me and good for you.

You can change the fruits around---try "strawberries, apples, bananas too" and so on.

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