Friday, September 5, 2014

All God's Critters...

I just love this song and book! The illustrations are absolutely adorable. I have a CD with the song on it that I can play while I sing/read along and show the kids the pages. If you've never heard the song here's a Youtube link for All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir. I have used my extensive collection of Beanie Babies with this theme. I hand out the beanies after an explanation that I'm sharing with the children so that we can play with them today and when we are finished they will give them back so that we can use them again another problems getting them back! Anyway, the kiddos hold onto the Beanie Baby animal while I sing/read the book and then they use them like a beanbag as we sing Beanbag Boogie by Greg and Steve. They get to hold them as we sing our goodbye song, Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois and Bram. This theme is a good excuse to use the classic and ever popular, 'Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree'. My sets are made from pellon.
and 'Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed'.
I offered a craft with this theme too. I programmed an 8 1/2 x 14 paper with a 'stage' at the bottom of the paper and the title of the book.  I used crepe paper to cut 'curtains' for the sides and half of a piece of crepe paper for the top curtain valance.  I had my teen volunteers cut out pics of animals from the back issues of the kid's animal magazines. The kiddos used a glue stick and chose 3 or 4 animal pics to glue on their paper 'stage'.  
All God's Critters are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!
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  1. Your monkeys are fabulous but I adore the cut out real animals for the kids to glue. Priceless.
    ~ jane