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Doggie, Doggie, who has your bone?
Prepare a dog bone from tagboard and laminate it or use a real dog bone (cover it with laquer to last). Have the children sit in a circle on the rug and put a chair in the center. Have one child sit in the chair and blindfold him/her. Give the bone to one of the children in the circle and have them recite:
Doggy, Doggy, who has your bone?
Then, take the blindfold off of the child in the chair and allow him/her to guess three times who has the bone. The child with the bone goes next.
 
Variations:
Bear, Bear, Spring is here (pom poms as berries)
Cupid Cupid, where's your valentine? (valentine card)
Bunny, Bunny, where's your egg? (decorated posterboard egg)
 

Gary the Guinea Pig
This is a really cute story about a guinea pig named Gary. He gets different colored food in his bowl each day and is skeptical about tasting it. It is really good for getting the children to try foods on thier plates. I have it available for download at the bottom of the page. I also have the lesson planning sheet with it. I downloaded it in Word. I can e-mail a copy to anyone who doesn't have Word.

Gary the Guinea Pig

If the Shoe Fits
Using a piece of chart paper, ask the children if what they think would happen if they tryed on the other children's shoes. Record thier answers. Then, have them all remove their shoes (including the teachers) and try to fit each others shoes on their feet. After they have tried on each others shoes, write down the results of the experiment. The children will enjoy trying on each others shoes and notice that some of them have the same size feet and some have different sized feet.

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Puppet Activities and Flannelboard Stories

Responsibility Puppet Show
submitted by Lein
 
This is a downloadable version of a puppet show that she translated to English. I have also added an easy to follow version along with it. Please click on the link below to see it!

Responsibility Puppet Show

Owl Babies Puppet Show
Submitted by Lein
 
Read the story Owl Babies. Have a little play re-enacting the story with hand puppets and stick puppets you made yourself (let each child have a turn). Then the children can make mummy owl and baby owls; then they get a turn doing the play with their own puppets. We have done this spread out over three days.
 
 
Rainbow Fish Re-enactment
Submitted by Lein
 
When the children re-enact the play, they pretend to share a flashy scale by giving a plain fish one of the extra scales provided for them with a little bluetak on the back so they can stick them on.

Who has the worm?
In this game, you glue ten apples to popsicle sticks  and have ten children stand in front of the class. Then, you place a pipe cleaner "worm" on the back of one of the apples using tape. Hand out the apples and tell the children to try to guess who has the apple with the worm on it.

Old Mac Donald had a band
Sing the tune of Old MacDonald but substitute the names and sounds of instruments for the names and sounds of animals. Allow the children to  use the classroom instruments to act out the song (don't forget your aspirin:)
 
Old MacDonald had a band E-I-E-I-O
and in his band, he had a drum E-I-E-I-O
with a boom boom here
and a boom boom there
Here a boom
There a boom
Everywhere a boom boom
Old Mac Donald had a band E-I-E-I-O
 
Make My Fingers..
Here is a cute song to sing to work on the childrens small motor skills:
 
(tune of "Mulberry Bush")
This is the way my fingers play
my fingers play
my fingers play
This is the way my fingers play
So early in the morning
 
This is the way my fingers march
my fingers march
my fingers march
This is the way my fingers march
So early in the morning
 
This is the way my fingers dance
My fingers dance
my fingers dance
This is the way my fingers dance
So early in the morning
 
This is the way my fingers wave
my fingers wave
my fingers wave
This is the way my fingers wave
So early in the morning

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