Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Transition Songs

Transition Songs
Greeting Songs
1.  We are so glad you came to school
Came to school
Came to school
We are so glad you came to school
Came to school today.
(Here we go round the mulberry bush)
2.  (Name) is here now,
(Name) is here now,
We’re so glad
You are here
We are all together,
Joining in the circle
Here at school, Here at school.
(Are you sleeping?)
Clean Up Songs
1.  We’ve played with toys and now it’s time,
Now it’s time, now it’s time,
We’ve played with toys and now it’s time,
to put the toys away.
In the buckets, on the shelves,
on the shelves, on the shelves,
in the buckets, on the shelves,
Put the toys away.
(Wheels on the Bus)
2.  The time is here to clean up now, clean up now, clean up now
The time is here to clean up now, put the toys away.
Put the blocks back on the shelf, on the shelf, on the shelf
Put the blocks back on the shelf and babies in their beds.
Put the balls in the bucket now, bucket now, bucket now
Put the balls in the bucket now and let’s sit on the floor.
(Mary had a little lamb)
Line Up Songs
Come and join us by the door, by the door, by the door
Come and stand next to a friend, to a friend, to a friend
Time to line up by the door
 (Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Choice/Center Time Songs
1. You may play with the blocks, or you may play in the house, you can do whatever you choose, it’s time to play right now.
(The farmer in the dell)
2.  You can choose to play right now, play right now, play right now.
You can choose to play right now, which center will you choose?
Choose a center to play now, to play now, to play now, Choose a center to play now, which one will you choose?
(London Bridge)
Hand Washing Songs
Soap and Water, Soap and Water
Wash your hands, Wash your hands
Dry them with the towel, Dry them with the towel
Now they’re clean, now they’re clean.
(Are you sleeping?)
Tooth Brushing Songs
Brush, Brush, Brush your teeth
Brush them everyday
Brush the top, bottom too
Brush the plaque away.
(Row, row, row your boat)
Dismissal Songs
We had lots of fun today, playing and singing.
But now it’s time to go.
(Ring around the Rosie)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dramatic Play Color Parade

Create a color parade using shopping bags. Label and use one bag for each color.  Fill the bag with dramatic play items matching the label color.

Each child  picks a bag and dresses up for the parade.


Discuss the individual colors as you dress and march in the parade.  Discuss and name familiar items that are the same color as the one each child is wearing.


orange blue





 mauve              black

maroon purple        teal

 Play various styles of music (fast & slow) while you march & dance around the classroom. 
 Extend out into the school or playground. 

 Extend the activity further with musical instruments or decorated riding toys.

Social/emotional skill development of initiative, self regulation and attachment are encourage through individual and group activity.  

Cognitive development of skills while children learn colors, shapes, counting items in their bags. Following directions. 

Create bags of color using a variety of items. Items with buttons, zippers, tying etc. will enhance fine motor skill development.

Gross motor skills will be strengthened through marching, dancing and riding toys.  

Early literacy skills of word association and increase vocabulary are developed as items are discussed and color/words are observed on bags.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gobble, Gobble...said the turkey

Create thankful/helping hands to share with others.

Create individual hand print art without creating a product.  Using art supplies; paper, scissors, markers, paint, glue, etc., create thankful hand prints to share in large group and as keepsakes.
Supply the materials and allow the children to create their own masterpieces.
Suggest the children write on each finger what they are thankful for or whys they can help others. 
Have examples on display for children who may need some support or encouragement.
Encourage children to share their individual hands during large group.

Thankful Wreath and Tree
Create a thankful wreath or tree to share and decorate your classroom or home.
Trace hands of individuals on various textured paper.
Decorate hands and write or draw pictures of  what you are thankful for on each hand.
Glue hands together to create a circle wreath.
(example of hand wreath from google images)
Trace hand and arm on large paper.  Decorate or paint "tree" arm. 
Trace and cut out leaf template on white or colored paper of various textures.
Write or draw a picture of what you are thankful for on each leaf and glue/tape leaves to the tree, creating a thankful tree.
Activity Extensions
Glue arm/hand tree to a empty paper towel tube to create table top center pieces.
Create tree using real tree branch. Stand tree branch in vase, pot or empty coffee can with pebbles or dirt.  Decorate can and tape thankful leaves onto branches.
(example of thankful tree from google images)
Harvest of Thankfulness
Acrostic Poem - Thanksgiving




Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fish Themed Finger Play Song

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

Once I caught a fish alive

6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Then I let him go again,

Why did you let him go?

Because he bit my finger so…

Which finger did he bite?

This little finger on the right.

Fish themed finger play song will enhance circle time activities and encourage development of early literacy and cognitive skills.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Signs for Activity Centers 

Clip art signs to label your classroom activity centers.


Dramatic Play






Sensory Play




Block Center




Trucks and Cars




Art Center


Writing Center

Science Center

Home Center



Computer Center