Messy!

The Plan

Books

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
I’m Dirty! By Kate and Jim McMullan
Not Me! by Nicola Killen

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean”

Flannelboard: “Mrs. Wishy-Washy”

Action Song: “This Is the Way”
This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
When we’re in the bathtub.
(Legs, tummies, heads)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Fingerplay: “Two Mother Pigs”
Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs up)
Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white. (Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play. (Wiggle eight fingers)
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all day. (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed
Till they went to sleep. (Tuck thumbs under fingers)
Credit: King County Library System

Craft

Today’s craft was super easy. I bought giant stamp pads at our craft store and pulled out all the foam stamps that we had, porcupine rings, and these cars where the tire treads are designed. Then, I let the kids go to town. This was less messy than fingerpaint, but still messy enough that I had parents who asked to borrow some of our craft smocks!

How It Went

This storytime was a blast! I had so much fun, and we had a GIANT group of kids. The best book by far was “Dog’s Colorful Day,” which they cannot get enough of. I definitely had some kids sing along with me during “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” because their afternoon preschool class reads it all the time. It was super nice to have someone sing with me!

One Comment on “Messy!”

  1. Sue Brooks
    May 17, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    I am planning a fun activity for re-enacting the story.
    I’ll arrive with a bandanna tied around my head and an outfit resembling Mrs. Wishy Washy.
    After reading the story, acting it out and doing our finger plays I’ll provide two enamel wash basins. One with mud and the other with soapy water and fingernail brushes. Add some farm animals and we’re off.
    We’ll also be finger painting with mud.
    Messy fun never fails to inspire imaginative play building vocabulary, story sequencing/recall and lots of interaction between kids/parents/caregivers/librarians!

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