Pirates : Arrr Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos

I found this cute book this moring in our collection. A baby pirate and his mates sail the seas and go into battle when their booty is stolen! When ever I read a book about pirates I love to make ships out of our boxes books come in. I also put out pirate accessories for play time.

A Ship of Pirates

By Vicky Manning

Pirates, pirates sail the seas!

Pirates, pirates slap their knees.

Pirates, pirates mop the deck.

Turn around and touch your neck.

Pirates, pirates raise the sail.

Touch your fingers nail to nail.

Pirates, pirates will take your money.

Sit here quietly and tickle your tummy.


Pirate Mask

Aliens Craft and Book Review

Mario and the Aliens by Carolina Zanotti

Mario was surprised when he saw an enormous purple spaceship had landed in his back yard. He went to check it out and found very scary aliens on board. He started to run to his parents but they hollered, “We just want to play.” So the cute story starts with Mario coming up with ways to entertain his new friends.

Purple Spaceship

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By Vicky Manning

A purple spaceship lands on a mountain. (Curve fingers and place hand on arm)

Out pops a green alien rolling down the mountain. (Snap fingers and roll arms over each other)

Out pops an orange alien hopping down the mountain. (Snap fingers, hop fingers across arm)

Out pops a black alien flying down the mountain. (Snap fingers, wiggle fingers overhead)

Out pops a red alien running down the mountain. (Snap fingers, run fingers down arm)

The green alien takes a person wearing ____________. (Add something in the space a child is wearing and pick a child and bring him to stand with you)

The orange alien takes a person wearing ____________.

The black alien takes a person wearing _____________.

The red alien takes a person wearing _______________.

The purple spaceship hovers over the group.

It zaps up the green alien and the person wearing _____________. (Snap fingers, clap hands)

It zaps up the orange alien and the person wearing _____________.(Snap fingers, clap hands)

It zaps up the black alien and the person wearing _____________.(Snap fingers, clap hands)

It zaps up the red alien and the person wearing _____________ (Snap fingers, clap hands) and

they all fly away in a purple spaceship. (Curve fingers and lift hand off of arm)


Maker Space Aliens

Materials needed

Set out wiggle eyes

Low heat glue guns

Use your odds and ends from your craft materials or recyle items to make aliens.

I would love for you to blog me aliens you and your class have made!

Preschool Story “Shaving Cream Day”

The topic today is shaving cream. Shaving cream is a fun activity for preschoolers right? You see it in lesson plans for art or teaching to write numbers and so on. I too had shaving cream added to my lesson plan but my experience was somewhat different than most teacher’s experiences.

“Okay, today we are going to draw pictures with shaving cream.”

“Can we have lots of cream on our table?” asked one student.

“I will give you enough to work with.”

Everyone had shaving cream in front of them and was drawing pictures as told to do at first. One young man decided his best friend would look good with a white beard like Santa Clause.

“Class keep the shaving cream on the table please.”

Another child decided to coat their arms in the cream as did the rest of the table. The fun began after this point. Now most teachers would not let this get out of control in the classroom but, come on I’m working with preschoolers and they were having the best time.

Within a few minutes we had shaving cream covered students who were laughing, giggling and putting their shaving cream on all their friends. My assistant went to get the Director who then went to get the Assistant Pastor. After seeing what some may call a disaster, the Assistant Pastor went to get his video camera and came back to make a video of my class.

After the class was video, the Pastor said, “This would only happen in your room Vicky.” Yep, I thought as I looked around to a class of very happy students.

We took the students down to the gym to shower them off in their clothes, another fun activity that was not plan! At nap time everyone slept well!

I have to add this, at the end of the year, my class was the stars of parents night. The video was shown of our year of memories. Preschool is something every child should get to experience. Yes, their little minds are like sponges and they learn many skills but they also have fun socializing and making friends.

Bear & Spider

Bear’s Scare by Jacob Grant

Bear has a visitor in his house a spider! Everything is clean in his house until he notices a spider web, sticky and messy. Opposites do attract sometimes as it does in this warm adorable story.

Bear and Spider

By Vicky Manning

Bear is here.

Spider is there.

Bear is hefty.

Spider is tiny.

Bear is huggable

Spider is untouchable

Bear is here.

Spider is there.

Worksheet and Color Sheet

Color Sheet

Counting Project Cats

Counting with Tiny Cat by Viviane Schwarz

Tiny cat loves to count in this story but he is counting yarn balls that are way too many for him to count!

This book is simple and sweet. My Story Play group is the perfect age for this reading. The story is fast and the pictures will grab their attention.

Pom-Pom number Game.

The copy below can be used to make a pom-pom number game.

Copy ten cats and put a number on the circle above the cats head.

Tape the cats to make a circle and they will stand up.

Put a small plastic cup in front of the cats.

Place pom-poms on the table with the counting game.

Game piece or finger puppet

Yarn, Kittens and Margaret

By Vicky

Five balls of yarn are lying in a basket.

Five silly kittens playfully toss it.

One ball of yarn rolls into the closet.

One ball of yarn rolls on the carpet.

One ball of yarn rolls into a bonnet.

One ball of yarn rolls into a rocket

One ball of yarn rolls right to Margaret!

Cactus craft

Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich

Okay I want tell you ending to this sweet book. I won’t tell you the ending of this sweet book.

I’m sorry I’m going to tell you the ending of this sweet book. The little cactus lands up with the best hug and it sticks on him like glue and it is nice! There it is, I’m sorry I told you the ending but I could not help myself. Now let’s get to the whole story of a little cactus that sits in the window all day and watches his world from the window. He is happy about that till he is not, until he feels lonely. Nobody wants to hug a cactus. I can’t tell you how much I love this book. It made me happy.


Cactus Body
Cactus arms

Cut out cactus

Glue to paper roll

Stick toothpicks in for thorns

Give me a hug

By Vicky Manning

Stomp, Stomp, Stomp

Give me a hug says the elephant. (Make a trunk with your arm and wrap it around a friend)

Give me a hug says the seal. (Flap your arms and hands together around a friend)

Give me a hug says the monkey. (Swing over to your friend and hug them tight)

Give me a hug says the snake. (shake your head and back away)

Spaceship “Book Title” Contest

For a passive program this summer I have covered a white spaceship we bought from Orential Trading with pictures from children book jackets. I made a master list of book titles and numbered them, then cut out the pictures from the book jackets placing a number on each picture to match my master list.

We always give away bikes each summer after summer reading. I will give each student another chance to win a bike if they will try to guess as many book titles as possible.

Have fun this summer!


The Woods by Rob Hodgson

Three foxes are looking for rabbits. They look high and low after finding a sign, which points to the woods, saying RABBITS. They can’t find them but they are there following the foxes.

I love the animals that are in shapes, circle, square, and rectangle. Give the students shapes to make their foxes and rabbits.

Paper shape Foxes

Three Silly Foxes

By Vicky Manning

Three Silly foxes hunting in the trees

One is climbing

One is trotting

One is running

And then they all Freeze!

Popsicle Treehouse

The book I’m showcasing today is

The Tallest Tree House by Elly MacKay

Mip and Pip have a contest on who could build the tallest tree house. One is a planner and the other is a speedster. What is going to happen when a big wind blows through?

This book screams stem project! I work with younger children and I will find a way for them to build a treehouse. Sitting here thinking we will most likely make ours from card board boxes. I will post a picture in the future of our treehouse.

Below is a treehouse made with popsicle sticks. I would have a contest on building a treehouse. Divide the class into groups of four. Let them come together to plan how they want to build their treehouse. They will be responsible for the materials and will be given a portion of their classroom time each day to work on the project.


Climbing Trees

By Vicky Manning

Here we go climb up the trees.

Here we go climb up the trees.

Here we go climb up the trees.

All on a Saturday morning!

Here we come down the trees.

Here we come down the trees.

Here we come down the trees.

Oh, my I fell on my knees