Unicorn Craft-Children’s Book Review

Unicorn book

This book was written in 2000 by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. If I closed my eyes and you asked me what a unicorn looks like the picture behind my closed eyes would be very close to the picture you will see in this book, “Where Have the Unicorns Gone.”  The story is about knights, trains, and unicorns. I love the art in this children’s book because it mystical. The white unicorns are beautiful.

 

CRAFT

Materials

  1. Small plastic cup
  2. Sticky eyes
  3. Popsicle Stick
  4. Yarn
  5. Stiff paper for horn
  6. Scissors

Direction

Cut two slits (Top and bottom for the popsicle stick to slide through) in the cup.

Cut several different color pieces of yarn.

Glue yarn to the popsicle stick.

Place popsicle stick in the slits and stick eyes on each side of the cup.

Cut a square in the stiff paper and roll into a cone.

Place the cone on top of the popsicle stick.

Unicorn craft

 

Children’s Art-Bone-Song-Children’s Book Review

A Dog Needs a Bone

“A Dog Needs A Bone,” by Audrey Wood a children’s book about what a dog is thinking. He wants a bone and this dog will do just about anything to get one. Fun story that children will enjoy.

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This Old Man

This old man, he plays one,
He plays Knick knack on my thumb.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays two,
He plays Knick knack on my shoe.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays three,
He plays Knick knack on my knee.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays four,
He plays Knick knack on my door.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays five,
Don’t play Knick knack on that hive.
With a Knick knack paddy wack 
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays six,
He plays Knick knack on my sticks.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays seven,
He plays Knick knack up in heaven.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays eight,
He plays Knick knack on my gate.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays nine,
He plays Knick knack on my vine.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

This old man, he plays ten,
He plays Knick knack all over again.
With a Knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone.
This old man comes rolling home.

CRAFT

quilt piece Bone

Make six copies per-child.

Cut out a bone shape from a sponge.

Give the children different color paints.

Stamp bones on the quilt squares like the picture below.

Bone Quilt

Raft Craft-Song-Children’s Book Review

The Raft

“The Raft,” by Jim LaMarche is a children’s book about a young man who goes to stay with his grandma. He is not feeling well about the trip because he will not have friends to play with. His Grandma is cool, she has a carved bear in her workroom she is working on. This Grandma has lots of plans for her grandson. The young boy will find his grandma’s place in a very interesting place full of things to do.

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Fishing Raft

By Vicky Manning  (Tune of Oh my Darling Clementine)

 

On the river is a raft

That I built by myself.

I can take you down the river,

or you can travel by yourself.

 

On the river you can fish

With a cane pole I made.

After fishing in the river

We can dock in a shade.

CRAFT

Raft

Materials

13 Straws, Tape, Post it, Wood stick, toothpick, rubberband

Tape the Straws together.

Cut a rubberband and push thoothpick through one end.

Stick toothpick in straws and the wooden stick.

Place in a bowl of water to float.

Did the raft float or Sink?

 

 

Music Video for Children-Song and Lyrics

Grand Pappy's Crickets

Grand Pappy’s Crickets

(Sing to She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain)

By Vicky C. Manning

There are crickets chirping in my bedroom Grand Pappy, Grand Pappy.

There are crickets chirping in my bedroom Grand Pappy, Grand Pappy.

There are crickets in my bedroom.

Will you come and get them soon?

There are crickets chirping in my bedroom Grand Pappy, Grand Pappy.

Grand pappy bounced me on his knee, yes sir’re, yes sir’re.

Grand Pappy bounced me on his knee, yes sir’re, yes sir’re.

We both bounced to their chirping.

Chirping in our ears was ringing.

Grand Pappy bounced me on his knee, yes sir’re, yes sir’re.

The chirping grew louder in my bedroom, oh dear me, oh dear me.

The chirping grew louder in my bedroom, oh dear me, oh dear me.

Grand pappy find them crickets soon!

They are hiding in my room.

The chirping grew louder in my bedroom, oh dear me, oh dear me.

Grand Pappy got down on his knees, carefully, carefully.

Grand Pappy got down on his knees, carefully, carefully.

He was on his knees a looking,

As those crickets kept on chirping.

Grand Pappy got down on his knees, carefully, carefully.

The crickets were not under my bed, no sir’re, no sir’re.

The crickets were not under my bed, no sir’re, no sir’re.

They were not in my closet.

He was very sure of it.

The crickets were not under my clothes, no sir’re, no sir’re.

Grand Pappy where are those crickets? Tell, me, tell me.

Grand Pappy where are those crickets? Tell, me, tell me.

Look in the toy box for me.

I’m sure their hiding from me.

Grand Pappy where are those crickets? Tell, me, tell me.

Grand Pappy found them crickets, yes he did, yes he did.

Grand Pappy found them crickets, yes he did, yes he did.

They were chirping in my toy box,

While jumping on my toy blocks.

Grand Pappy found them crickets, yes he did, yes he did.

Grand Pappy put them in a jar, for me, for me.

Grand Pappy put them in a jar, for me, for me.

They jumped up and down,

And crawled all around.

Grand Pappy put them in a jar, for me, for me.

We took the crickets outside to set them free, set them free.

We took the crickets outside to set them free, set them free.

We let them go outside.

They jumped in the grass to hide.

We took the crickets outside to set them free, set them free.

The crickets are chirping outside happily, happily.

 The crickets are chirping outside happily, happily.

The crickets are chirping outside.

Not a single cricket inside.

The crickets are chirping outside happily, happily.

Things to Do Jar Craft-Children’s Book Review

Things to Do Book

“Things to Do,” by Elaine Magliaro and illustrated by Catia Chien is a children’s book full of things to do. The story is centered around the day and life of a child. When you read the book to your child or students it will bring back memories of your childhood. I remembered the long days of being outside and making clover jewelry, flying kites at a nearby park, playing hide-and-seek at night, catching lightening bugs, and jumping in the tallest pile of leaves I could find in the Fall. You will love this book.

CRAFT

 

cat-in-the-hat-game

 

Make several copies of the cube. (Colored Card Stock for the squares below)

Cut and glue the things to do squares on the cube.

Make several cubes for different times of the year.

Put your cubes in a decorative jar.

Make up your own things to do ideas!

Things to do #1

Things to do 2

SONGS-PRESCHOOL-LYRICS AND VIDEO

rED tRAIN

All aboard

By Vicky Manning

All aboard on the little red train

Get on aboard the little red train.

Hop on aboard the little red train.

Before she rides the rails!

A picnic on the Moon

By Vicky Manning

Tune – “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

I can see the moon

Way up in the sky

I can see the moon

Hanging among the stars at night.

Don’t you wish you could soar?

Through the Milky Way?

Land a spaceship on its face

And have a picnic while in space.

 

WORRIES

BY VICKY MANNING

I’m going to shake those worries

Right out of my hair.

I’m going to shake those worries

Right out of my hair.

I’m going to shake those worries

Right out of my hair.

Right-Out-Of- My-Hair! (Shout Out)

I’m going to shake those worries

Right out of my fingers.

I’m going to shake those worries

Right out of my fingers.

I’m going to shake those worries

Right out of my fingers.

Right-Out-Of-My-Fingers (Shout Out)

I’m going to wiggle those worries

Right out of my body.

I’m going to wiggle those worries

Right out of my body.

I’m going to wiggle those worries

Right out of my body.

 

And-Worry-No-More! (Shout out)

Pete the Cat Craft-Children’s Book Review

pete the cat book

I could not possibly have a blog without reviewing Pete the Cat! “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” by Eric Litwin is a great back to school read. In this book Pete has a new shirt with four groovy buttons. The plot in the story is how Pete deals with losing his buttons. Count down in a song with Pete as his buttons fall off only to leave him with his belly button!

No song needed with this book, just sing along with Pete.

CRAFT

pete the cat coat

pete the cat craft

Copy, Glue coat around paper roll and head inside paper roll.

Glue tail to the side of paper roll. 

Boxcar Children’s Craft- Song-Graphic Novel -Children’s Book Review

The Box Car Children picture

 I bet you have read the Boxcar Children by Gertrude C. Warner. Today I’m reviewing a graphic novel written by Joeming Dunn & Ben Dunn, “The Boxcar Children, Bicycle Mystery.” In this book you have a short read with pictures. This is the perfect book to introduce younger students to the Box car children ,who are not ready for a chapter book.

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Boxcar Home

By Vicky Manning

(Tune of “This Old Man)

This old boxcar sit on a track.

It was vancant on an abandon track.

Was a welcome home 

for children and dog.

This old boxcar became their home!

Boxcar for poem

CRAFT

Boxcar Craft

Make copy on card stock. Enlarge to the size you want.

Cut and glue boxcar and wheels.