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28th February
2015
written by Danielle Lee-Muma

This Saturday story time was themed around Imaginary Creatures

I’m a really big fan of the abominable snowman, and I wanted to find a way to work it into my storytimes — especially when the weather has been so cold lately. (The temperature predicted for this story time, one of the warmest this week is -19 celcius). I brought in a Bumble stuffie, dressed in a Build-a-Bear “How to Dragon Your Dragon” Hoodie and asked the children who he was — everyone recognized Toothless, but then I took the hood off and pointed out “It’s really a yeti in a dragon costume!” which led into “If you’re a Yeti and you know it”

Bumble as ToothlessBumble
 

 

Welcome song    _We clap and sing hello_

 

Opening rhymes _Two little blackbirds_

If you’re ready for a story take a seat

 

 

Story #1   Yeti, Turn Out the Light!    Yeti Turn out the Light

 

Rhymes:

1. If you’re a yeti and you know it 3. _Open them, shut them________

2. _Where is Thumbkin?  4. Yeti Stomp

 

 

Unicorn thinks he's pretty greatStory #2 Unicorn thinks he’s pretty great

 

Songs:

1. Five Little Unicorns 3. The Lion and the Unicorn

2. Ten Little Bigfoot 4. Five Little Bigfoot Jumping On the bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story #3 The Boy Who Cried Big FootThe Boy who Cried Bigfoot

 

Rhymes:

1. Baby Dragon 3. _Shake them, shake them______

2. Dragon Dragon  4. Horns and Fangs, Knees and Claws

 

Story #4 Oh So Brave DragonOh So Brave Dragon

 

Closing Rhymes:

1. _Sleeping bunnies____________

2. _Wiggle, wiggle fingers________

 

 

 

Craft:  Yeti Bag PuppetYeti Hand Puppet Craft

For this craft, I made:

White Construction Paper Teeth

Blue Construction Paper Ovals

Black Construction Paper Circles

I used cotton balls for the fur, brown paper bags for the bodies (white paper bags are too hard to find!) and chalk to colour the rest of the body. The kids had a great time making this craft.

(Not pictured: The glue sticks. Those are important!!)

 

If You’re a Yeti and You Know it

If you’re a yeti and you know it, roar and growl!
If you’re a yeti  and you know it, roar and growl!
If you’re a yeti and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re a yeti and you know it—roar and growl!
ROAR GROWL!

Repeat with:
Smack your claws
Stomp your paws

If you’re a dragon and you know it…Twitch your tail
Wiggle your warts
Give a roar
Do it all

Credit: Adapted by me from If you’re a Monster and you know it

 

Action Rhyme: “Yeti Stomp”

If you want to be a Yeti, now’s your chance

‘Cause everybody’s doing the Yeti dance

You just stamp your feet, wave your arms around

Stretch ‘em up, stretch ‘em up,

Then put them on the ground

‘Cause you’re doing the Yeti stomp

That’s right! You’re doing the Yeti stomp

Credit: adapted from Sur La Lune Storytime

 

Five Little Unicorns (Felt Unicorns)  : I really liked this rhyme, so I made my own felt unicorns (below). All of the manes and tails are yarn, and are sewn on.

5 Felt Unicorns

Felt and Yarn unicorns

I saw five little unicorns – creatures from folklore.

I watched the blue one prance away and then there were four.

I saw four little unicorns resting by a tree

I watched the orange one prance away, and then there were three.

I saw three little unicorns, but as near to them I drew,

The green one pranced away, and then there were two.

I saw two little unicorns – I watched them run and run.

The pink one pranced away, and then there was one.

I saw a lonely purple unicorn standing in the sun.

When I blinked my eyes, it pranced away, and then there were none.

Credit: Katie Fitzgerald, Story Time Secrets

 

The Lion and the Unicorn

The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown

The lion beat the unicorn all around the town.

Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown;

Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town.

Credit: 17th Century  British Nursery rhyme (1603)

 

Horns and Fangs, Knees and Claws
(Tune: Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Horns and fangs,
Knees and claws,
Knees and claws.
Horns and fangs,
Knees and claws.
Knees and claws.
Eyes and ears and tail and paws

Credit: Original Author Unknown, Preschool Education Music

 

Ten Little Bigfoot
Sung to: ” 10 little Indians”

One little, two little, three little Bigfoot,
Playing in the woods
where fern and moss grow.
running through the trees and having lots of fun.
Heigh-ho Bigfoot are here.

 

 

Fingerplay/Puppets: “Five Little Bigfoot Jumping on the Bed”

Five little Bigfoot jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said,

“No more Bigfoot jumping on the bed!”

Credit: Modified from childhood

 

 

 

Dragon, Dragon   I used a Dragon puppet to demonstrate what I wanted the kids motions to be for this rhyme

Dragon PuppetDragon, Dragon, swoop and sway,

Dragon, Dragon, fly away.

Dragon, Dragon, fly even higher,

Dragon, Dragon, breathe your fire!

Credit: Falling Flannelboards

 

Baby Dragon

Baby Dragon counts to three

Baby Dragon bends one knee

Baby Dragon touches his toes

Baby Dragon breathes through his nose /(flame)/

Baby Dragon runs in place

Baby Dragon makes a funny face

Baby Dragon lies on the floor

Baby Dragon starts to snore.

Credit: Monroe County Librarians 

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