Sunday, September 25, 2011
Gathering Activity: Bedtime Stories
Our kids came dressed in jammies. We read bedtime stories with our mommies with pillows and blankets on the floor.
Circle Time: Llama, Llama Red Pajama
We opened by singing "Here We Are Together."
We read Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. This is a fabulous read aloud for toddlers and preschoolers. The book has bold and colorful pictures that capture the emotions of the main characters perfectly! It is the perfect length and the rhymes are fun! And the subject matter is one that little ones (and their moms) will find familiar. Baby Llama doesn't want to say goodnight. He pouts and shouts and stomps. Mama Llama teaches him about patience and comforts him in his distress.
As I read the story, I had the children mimic Baby Llama as he pouted, whined, stomped, etc... And then of course, all of the Mamas kissed their own little "llamas" at the end.
Finger Play and Song:
We sang "There were ten in the bed."
We ended Circle Time as we do each week, by singing "Shake Our Sillies Out" (Then we did the things Llama does in the story...stomp our sillies out, shout our sillies out, cry our sillies out, etc...).
Snack: Red food
We enjoyed strawberries, raspberries, Baby bell cheeses, watermelon, and red peppers.
ART: Llama, Llama Red Pajama Paper Bag Puppet
***Print pieces on card stock. Have all pieces pre-cut before class. Too much cutting for little ones ability or attention span. :)
Materials Needed: Paper Bag, Glue Stick, Crayons, and Templates.
Here are templates you can use to piece together.
Print the llama mask for the puppet’s face.
One of our moms drew llama pajamas for the children to color red.
But if you don't have an artist in your group, you could use the template for a santa suit, below, just printing and cutting out the arms and shirt.
Santa Suit Template
Assemble the pieces to make your own Llama in Pajamas puppet!
My daughter loves her puppet! She makes it say "Mama Llama loves you so!" and gives me a big kiss!
Activities: Wake-Up Game and Blanket Parachute Fun
Wake Up Game: Have the children pretend to go to sleep. The Mama calls “Wake Up, Llamas in Pajamas!” and the kids all “wake up!” (A simple game, but lots of fun for this age).
Blanket Parachute Game: Use a large, thin quilt or sheet (that you are fine with bringing outside) and play parachute games with the blanket. Let each mom and little one hold part of the blanket. Shake the blanket, lift in the air to make a tent for the little ones to get under. Place balls in the middle of the blanket and shake, etc... (It rained on our Mommy and Me day, so we played this one inside).
Closing: Goodbye Poem