Saturday, July 29, 2017

Storytime: Cats


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Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly
Is There a Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Quackers by Liz Wong

After this storytime, Stack the Cats became one of my new favorite books! It's a counting book, but it has so much more than just the standard one to ten. Other math concepts, like division, are included in the way the cats are stacked! A cat theme is very easy to find books for. In addition to Stack the Cats, I really enjoyed They All Saw a Cat for discussing how different animals and people have different perspectives on the same thing. We may see a cute and cuddly pet where a mouse may see a fierce and frightening predator!

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Songs and Rhymes

Action Song: “I’m a Little Kitty Cat”

(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I'm a little kitty cat
Nice and sweet
Here are my whiskers
and here are my feet
When I go out hunting, mice beware
Or you might just have a scare!

Source: Jbrary

Action Song: "If You're a Kitten and You Know It"

(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you're a kitty and you know it lick your paws. (pretend to lick paws)
If you're a kitty and you know it lick your paws.
If you're a kitty and you know it then your face will surely show it.
If you're a kitty and you know it lick your paws.

Continue with: your claws (show claws)
...swish your tail (wiggle bottom)
...say "Meow!"

Action Song: “Paws, Whiskers, Tails and Ears”

(Tune:  Head Shoulders Knees and Toes)

Paws, (curl hands in front)  whiskers, (make whiskers on sides of face, = sign language for cat)
Tails (touch tail) and ears (touch ears),
Tails (touch tail) and ears (touch ears),
We’ll lick our fur (pretend to lick) and nap right here (hands together by side of head to pretend to sleep)
Paws, whiskers, tails and ears, tails and ears. (repeat actions as before)

Source: Program Palooza

Action Song: “Soft Kitty”

Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of fur.
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty

Action/Transition Rhyme: “My Kitten Stretches”

My kitten stretches one paw high
With the other she’ll touch the sky
Then says “meow” and turns around
Then folds her paws and sits right down.

Flannelboards and Fingerplays

Flannelboard: “Five Little Cats”

Five little cats playing near the door, one ran inside and that left 4.
Four little cats underneath a tree, one heard a dog bark and that left 3.
Three little cats wondering what to do, one saw a little bird and that left 2.
Two little cats sitting in the sun, one ran to catch his tail and that left 1.
One little cat looking for some fun, he saw a butterfly and then there were none!

Source: Narrating Tales of Preschool Styorytime

I loved Stack the Cats so much that I based the cats for my flannelboard off of the illustrations for the book!


Cat paper bag puppets