Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chickens! - Evening Family Story Time

Family Story Time Program - Chickens!
Monday, April 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Attendance - 27 (16 children, 11 adults)

Books: The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges
             Cock-A-Doodle Moo! by Bernard Most

Board Stories: "Chicken Little" from Story Telling with the Flannel Board Book 1 by Paul Anderson
                         "The Elegant Rooster" from Multicultural Folktales: Stories to Tell Young Children by Judy Sierra

Board and Prop Story: "The Most Wonderful Egg in the World" based on the book by
Helme Heine and found in Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories to Life by Kimberly K. Faurot

Stick Puppets: "Lion, Chameleon, and Chicken: A Gogo Bantu Folktale from Tanzania" found online as an excerpt from Working Together: Building Children's Social Skills Through Folktales - Grades 3-6 by G. Cartledge and J. Kleefeld

Craft: Squawking Chicken

Notes: This program featured some of my favorite stories and an always popular craft. The only story that I hadn't told before was "Lion, Chameleon, and Chicken." The biggest hit of the evening was "The Most Wonderful Egg in the World." I like to ham it up when the hens are laying their eggs. My version is closer to Heine's book than the version in Books in Bloom. My chickens are also more simply made. The craft was a big hit because the chickens made noise. There was a lot of squawking in the meeting room. I used construction paper instead of tissue paper for the "feathers" because that is what was available. The pieces did not stay on the plastic as well but that was a minor issue.

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