Tuesday, July 20, 2010

RECIPE: Pickle Things by Marc Brown

Pickle Potato People

Variety of large and small pickles
Large Whole Potatoes
Plastic Toothpicks
Various Spices (optional)

Create your own pickle potato people using toothpicks to attach various pickles to potatoes.  Use small gherkins for ears, hair, arms, and legs.  Use small, sliced dill pickles for eyes, mouth, and buttons. Vary the creatures by adding items such as cinnamon sticks.

-From the book Storybook Stew by Suzanne Barchers & Peter Rauen, 1996. p. 4

STORYTIME: Spooky Storytime

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman - Follows the format of the Russian Folktale "The Turnip."

Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks - A little spider wants to show a family that he would be the best pet ever. But the family really ain't hearing it!

Boo, Bunny by Kathryn O. Galbraith - Really wonderful illustrations and artful use of text. Lots of sound effects that can be used, a fun read aloud.

Boo to You by Lois Ehlert- I just love her style. A funny book featuring 2 mice who don't want a black cat around. The collage art in this book features all autumn colors, sometimes using pictures of different gourds and pumpkins. Have the kids look a the images and see if they can identify some of the vegetables and objects she uses in the collage. Possible follow up craft could be make a collage using leaves and other outdoor materials. Bring some of the gourds featured int he book and let the kids handle them.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wave High, Wave Low

Wave High, wave low.
I think it's time, we gotta go.
Wave your elbows, wave your toes.
Wave your tongue, and wave your nose.
Wave your knees, wave your lips.
Blow a kiss with fingertips.
Wave your ears, wave your hair.
Wave your belly in the air.
Wave your chin, wave your eye,
Wave your hand and say good-bye.