We read the following books:
HIPPOSPOTAMUS BY JEANNE WILLIS
WHAT TO DO IF AN ELEPHANT STANDS ON YOUR FOOT BY MICHELLE ROBINSON
ROAR! A NOISY COUNTING BOOK BY PAMELA D EDWARDS
and WAY FAR AWAY ON A WILD SAFARI BY JON PECK
I took the kids on a safari using the finger/action play called "LET'S GO FOR A JUNGLE WALK" that goes like this: Let's go for a jungle walk (beckon with hand), and listen to the animals talk (cup hand behind ear), Grab your binoculars and we're on our way! (hold up binoculars). Look at the great big Crocodile (look through binoculars), Doesn't he have a beautiful smile? We could watch him swim all night and day. Then it goes on with other animals, like a monkey, giraffe, zebra and snake. I had pictures around the room of the different animals and as we went through each verse and did the different actions we turned around and looked for the different animals through our binoculars (hands). The suggestion in the book that I found this idea suggested giving them the binoculars during the finger play but I felt it would be to hard to get them back this the amount of kids that I have.
Our craft for the day was to decorate their own pair of binoculars. I pre made these due to using stapler and tying knots. I felt it would get to confusing trying to do each one due to the amount of kids participating. Anyway, cut a piece of cardstock in half the long way. Take the short ends and roll them into the middle so that you have two circles, then staple both sides. Puch holes in each side and tie a piece of yarn through them so they can hang around the neck. I had some animal foam stickers I let them decorate them with. Here are some picture:
Next week is the day before thanksgiving. We will be having storytime. I am going to try to do something with pilgrims and the first thanksgiving. Hope to see you there. Chris