Storytime Theme: Jungle Tales

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Your brave safari leader, Ms. Carey, is ready to go!

 

Lions, snakes and giraffes! Oh, my!  We had a wonderful safari this week!  All we needed was our imaginations and a pair of homemade binoculars!  What a great way to beat the cold 18 degree weather!

Books:

  • Walking Through The Jungle by Julie Lacome (The toddlers loved acting out the sounds and guessing the animals)
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Pippa Goodhart (These kids row their boat right into the jungle! This is a cute sing along for the kids.)
  • Through the Heart of the Jungle by Jonathan Emmett (Whimsical illustrations color this book with the familiar “House the Jack Built” pattern.)
  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (Mr. Tiger isn’t totally happy living a sophisticated life in the city. He learns how to balance his nice and wild sides at the same time. This lead to a nice discussion about animal instincts.)
  • If I Were a Jungle Animal! by Tom and Amanda Ellery (Morton gets bored on the ball field and uses his imagination to entertain himself.)

Activity:

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Tiger Skin Pattern: This simple AB pattern craft reinforces pattern skills and lead to discussion about different animal patterns (tiger, zebra, giraffe, cheetah) as well as the purpose of the patterns in nature.  Kid rip strips of black paper and glue to orange paper in a repeating pattern.

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Binoculars: Take a piece of cardstock and cut it in half.  Let the kids decorate the halves all they want.  We used stickers and markers.  Next, roll the card stock into two tubes and staple.  Use a hole punch to clip out holes on each side and string through yarn for a holder.

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                              

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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