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Picnic

Tell the kids you want to tell them a story. The original instructions call for a total of 10+ kids, but we have pulled it off with 2 very well.

Roles:

2 picnickers
A tree
A blanket
The sun
Food
A cloud
The wind
Rain

Let the kids make up the story as they go with the adult guiding the story line and asking questions.

Two children are going for a picnic. What will they say?
They pack a basket. What will the basket say? What about the food-which item will say it is most delicious?
The picnickers grab a blanket and head outside. What will the blanket say? Does he want everyone to put food on him and sit on him?
The sun is out! Is it high and bright today?
The wind is blowing! See how it moves around-can you hear the wind?
The trees move! How do the trees feel, being blown all around?
A cloud covers the sun. What does the cloud have to say?
Rain falls from the cloud! How does it sound? How does it feel?
The food must be packed up quickly!
Run back inside!

Variation for Picnic:
Write the names of 20 or so foods on individual pieces of papers (Draw or paste pictures for pre-readers) and let the kids act out how to eat each food.

Warm Weather Fun:
Act out each pantomime as a group, or for another person to guess:

Pick a flower, smell it and give it to a friend
Fly a kite
Go wading
Open an umbrella
Catch a butterfly
Jump rope
Ride a bike
Ride of horse
Play tennis
Roller skate
Plant a garden
Walk on a windy day
Sunbathe
Walk the dog

I am the Wind

I am the Wind.
Do you hear my song…
As I clatter through the trees,
And push the clouds along?

I am the wind.
I am singing to you…
As I skip across your garden,
And drop the morning dew.

The Seed Song

Thistle seed, thistle seed,
Fly away, fly!
The hair on your body
Will take you up high.
Let the wind whirl you
Around and around.
You'll not hurt yourself
When you fall to the ground.

Spring Cleaning

This is the way we sweep the floor,
Sweep the floor,
Sweep the floor.
This is the way we sweep the floor,
On a warm spring morning

Keep adding chores and acting them out

Animal Songs and Poems
1. I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee! Won't my mommy be so proud of me? I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee, BUZZ! Whoops it stung me!
2. I'm bringing a home a baby dinosaur! Won't my Mommy hide behind the door? I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur, Whoa! He's heavy!
3. I'm bringing home a baby grizzly bear! Won't my Mommy pull out all her hair? I'm bringing home a baby grizzly bear. Big bear hug.
4. I'm bringing home a baby red-eared turtle! Won't my Mommy want to call him Myrtle? I'm bringing home a baby red-eared turtle, ooh! He's slippery!


The Snail
I'm an ooshy, gooshy, slithery, slimy snail.
I have no hands, no feet, no arms, no tail.
I slither and I slide,
I wiggle and I glide.
I'm and ooshy, gooshy, slithery, slimy snail.


Turtle
There was a little turtle who lived in a box
He swam in the puddles, he climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito, he caught the flea,
He caught the minnow, but he didn't catch me!


LITTLE MOUSIE BROWN

Up the tall candlestick.
Went little Mousie Brown.
But when he got to the top.
He couldn't get down.
So he called for his Grandma "GRANDMA"
But she wasn't in town.
So he curled himself into a ball.
And rolled all the way down.

The Little Green Frog

Um-blat went the little green frog one day,
Um-blat went the little green frog,
Um-blat went the little green frog one day
And the little green frog went um-blat, Mmmmm!

More frog fun

Here comes froggy, hoppity-hop
Froggy's chasing a fly
The fly did not think it was fun
It tried to fly away

Round and round the fly went
Froggy chased it all around
Hoppity-hop, hoppity hop
Can't let you get away

Froggy flipped his tongue out
The fly got stuck to it
And in one gulp the fly was gone
In Froggy's tummy.

Round and round the fly went
Froggy chased it all around
Hoppity-hop, hoppity hop
Can't let you get away


The Garden

Each child picks a favorite fruit or veggie-
A viney cucumber or watermelon,
A tall corn plant,
A short, squat squash plant,
A ropy bean plant,
Or any other plant they choose to be.

Plant the seed:
Each child is in a seed packet. The packet is ripped open and the seeds spill out.
Ask the seed how the ground feels.
Pat the dirt around the seeds.
Then water the seeds and stand back!

The sun shines on the dirt, warming it and waking up the baby plants inside the seeds. The seeds begin to put out shoots and poke their heads up out of the dirt.

Let the kids 'grow' at their own pace, you can omit reading the script and just let the seeds grow!

Walking in the Rain

Put on boots and raincoats
Open the door and step outside
Open and umbrella and hold it up
The wind caught the umbrella!
Hold on tight!
Oh-no! The umbrella flew away!
OOPS! There is a big muddy patch!
Your foot is stuck!
You are free now! Hooray!
Taste the raindrops
Look! There is a huge puddle!
Jump and splash in the puddle
Well, you are soaked through!
You might as well swim in the puddle
Float on your back,
Now roll in the water
Okay, time to go in, the rain is coming down too hard
Shake off some of that water!
Okay, you are on the porch-
Take off those soaked clothes
Dump the water from your boots!
Here is a towel!

Warm-weather quickies-
Pretend to be clouds
Pretend to go swimming
Pretend to catch fireflies
Act out the parts of a summer storm
Pretend to go sailing
Pretend to be an emerging butterfly
Dance with bubbles blowing


A Visit to the Zoo

A lion wakes in a bad mood and paces around in the cage
A kangaroo jumps around, finds some food and eats a bite, sharing with her baby
A peacock struts around, then trips
Snakes sunning themselves, then slithering away
Two zebras are playing. One zebra copies the other.
An elephant gives her baby a bath. The baby does not want a bath.
A bear scratches his tummy, then rolls around to get comfy for sleep.


My Beach Towel

Each child has a beach towel. Now use the towel as:
a piece of clothing
a field to lie in
a boat in the ocean
an angry lion
a tent in the rain
a disguise
a piece of paper
a treasure map
a raft in a stream
a feather bed on a cold night


A Visit to the Farm
a pig eats, then rolls in the mud
a horse gallops across a field and then jumps the fence to graze
a cat chases a chicken
a boy tries to herd the cows
a duck quacks and quacks and is chased away
two sheep are grazing and talking to each other in sheep-talk.

Apple picking

Way up high in the apple tree,
Two round apples smiled at me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could,
And down came the apples,
Mmmmm, mmmmm, good!

Pretend to pick apples and then act out eating a sour apple, one with a worm in it, one that is sweet and juicy.

The Wheels on the Bus Variations:
The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves on the sea go up and down all day long.
The sharks in the sea go snap, snap, snap
The boats on the sea go toot, toot, toot
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish…

The tractor on the farm goes chug, chug, chug…all day long
The ducks on the farm says quack, quack, quack
The cow on the farm says moo, moo, moo
The chickens on the farm say cluck, cluck, cluck…

The pteranodon's wings went flap, flap, flap,…all through the swamp
The tyrannosaurus rex went grrr, grrr, grrr
The triceratops' horns went poke, poke, poke
The brontosaurus went munch, munch, munch
The stegosaurus' tail went spike, spike, spike…

The snakes at the zoo say hiss, hiss, hiss…all day long
The lions at the zoo say roar, roar, roar
The elephants at the zoo trumpet…
The giraffes at the zoo stretch way up…

The fairies in the yard are flying around…all around the yard.
The fairies in the yard are twirling around
The fairies in the yard are skipping around
The fairies in the yard are hopping around…


Fun movement

Toody-ta!
This one is fun, one person calls out directions and demonstrates what to do while everyone else echoes and mimics the leader. There is no real tune it is more of a chant.
Keep adding one movement at time and repeating the previous movements until you are doing all eight in a row!

A toody ta a toody ta a toody ta-ta!
A toody ta a toody ta a toody ta-ta!


Thumb's up!
(Thumb's up!)
Elbow's back!
(Elbow's back!)
Feet apart!
(Feet apart!)
Knee's together!
(Knee's together!)
Bottom's up!
(Bottom's up!)
Tongue out!
(Tongue out!)
Eye's Shut!
(Eye's shut!)
Turn Around!
(Turn around!)

Balloon Ballet
This is a favorite here, but take care with little ones, balloons are the #1 choking hazard for small kids!

Play different styles of music, just snippets if the children are very young, and let the kids dance with balloons along with the music. This is a good way to draw out a shyer child who is not comfortable with wiggling and waggling, even in front of family. They have to keep the balloons up in the air using any way possible-hands, arms, heads, kicking, blowing.

Be a Magic Balloon

Blow up big and round, you can change shapes anytime.
Here comes the wind! But you are a magic balloon, so you
Can dance and twirl and slide in the breeze.
Now you are floating! The wind is soft and gentle.
Now it is blowing harder and faster!
Uh-oh! Now you've POPPED!

Swimming Song
Swimming, swimming in the swimming pool
When days are hot when days are cool
In the swimming pool
Back stroke, side stroke
Fancy diving too
Oh don't you wish that you could have nothing else to do but
(repeat)

Weather finger plays:

Weather

One day the sun was shining bright
But some clouds came along and it became black as night
Then the rain began to sprinkle onto the ground
And soon it was raining all over the town.
But when the clouds had passed on by
A big beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky.

My Umbrella

I put on my raincoat.
I put on my hat.
I put up my umbrella,
Just like that! Umbrellas go up,
Umbrellas go down,
When the rain clouds are dark, all over town.
One raindrop and two,
Two raindrops and three,
My up and down umbrella,
Is up over me.
Four raindrops and five,
Six raindrops and seven,
Raindrops are tumbling down from heaven.
Drip, drop, drip! I am dry as can be,
My up and down umbrella,
Is up over me.

Bubble, Bubble, Bubble by Mercer Mayer

Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
And he blew, and he blew...and he blew....
A kangaroo
Kangaroo, a kangaroo that's what he blew
Kangaroo, a kangaroo that's what he blew
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
And he blew, and he blew...and he blew....
Some funny shapes, too.
Big shapes, little shapes, that's what he blew
Bib shapes, little shapes, that's what he blew
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
And he blew, and he blew...and he blew....
A jack in the box.
Jack in the box, jack in the box, that's what he blew
Jack in the box, jack in the box, that's what he blew.
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
And he blew, and he blew...and he blew....
An elephant, too.
Elephant, an elephant, that's what he blew.
Elephant, an elephaant, that's what he blew.
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble
Only 25 cents
And he poured, and he poured, and he poured
A dragon, too.
Dragon, a dragon that's what he poured.
Dragon, a dragon that's what he poured.


More ideas for Dramatic and Creative Play:
Interpret paintings and photographs and decide how they make you feel-act it out!
Mold clay while listening to music
Tell a story without using any words
Everyone grab a large piece of cloth or elastic and dance without letting go
Dance and paint, using sheets of butcher paper taped over walls and floors and lots of colors