"Fartsy Claus" and have someone in the audience have a whoopee cushion. Families love it!
"Christmas Orange" has a great message about greed. Hide an orange in a gift box for the very end of the story. Clementines can be a treat for after the program.
Alan Katz has a great sing-a-long Christmas book. Make large charts with the words or make song books so everyone can easily participate. "Where Did They Hide My Presents?: Silly Dilly Christmas Songs"
"Brown Paper Bear" - Hardcover (Oct 1 2004) by Piers Harper Put a nice brown bear in a paper bag.
Marilyn Walsh [firstname.lastname@example.org]
You might check out www.theholidayzone.com for songs & fingerplays.
A great book that just came back into print is THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SPRINKLE SNITCHER by Robert Kraus.
I like doing the following as a flannelboard (adapted from RHYMES FOR FINGERS & FLANNELBOARDS). You can also use styrofoam balls to build your snowman as you do the rhyme. I added the bit about the arms because my kids were always yelling "You forgot his arms!"
Roll a snowball large,
Then one of middle size;
Roll a snowball small,
Use lumps of coal for eyes.
Place a carrot for a nose,
An old hat on his head,
And for his necktie, tie around
His neck a ribbon red.
A corncob pipe goes in his mouth,
Some buttons on his vest;
And there he stands so round and fat,
Of snowmen, he's the best.
But something's missing...Can you guess what?
Let's give our friend a hand;
Some sticks from a tree will work just great
As arms for our snowman.
An old storytime technique would be to do a story like "My Kitten's Mitten" as a clothesline story. You string a clothesline (it needs to be sturdy) & pin up the different colored mittens of the story. They can be real mittens or can be cut out by hand or with a die machine from paper or fun foam. I found the rhyme at www.stepbystepcc.com/animals/cats.html
You take your hat off, you put your hat on You take your hat off, and you shake it all around.
You do the snow-ky pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.
Then you ask kids what else they wear in the snow. (Coat, mittens, boots, scarf, snowpants, earmuffs, etc.) Each one gives you the next verse.
Just remember that you always do Take it OFF first in the song.
Santa's Hat -- I made a Flannel board where Santa is bald, and children must help find the right hat for Santa. Use about 7 other hats (firemen, cowboy, winter cap, baseball cap, astronaut helmet) and children eagerly shout "NO" until you find the right hat
Who will Pull Santa's Sleigh? By L. Rader
Adapt this story and use puppets to "try out" for the part of Santa's helper
Reindeer Cookies Flannelboard
5 little cookies sitting on a plate
Waiting for Santa
But he was running late.
Along came a Reindeer and guess what he ate? (Chomp Chomp Chomp)
One of the cookies sitting on the plate.
No Little cookies sitting on the plate,
Because that's what Santa's Reindeer ate.
Flannel or Fingerplay
8 Little reindeer pulling Santa's sled
One fell down and bumped his head.
The elves called Santa and Santa said,
"Can 7 little reindeer pull my sled?"
count down to....
1 little reindeer pulling Santa's sled
He fell down and bumped his head.
The elves called Santa and Santa said,
Jingle Bells/ Also, if You're happy and you know it ring a bell/Shaky shaky/Shake and stop
Reindeer Pokey (front hooves, back hooves, antlers, tail, reindeer body)
Merry Unchristmas is an amusing holiday tale.
There are many cut and tell stories out there that relate to the holidays.
Michelle Turnis, Youth Services
__________________________________________________________ The following flannel board fingerplay is easy to prepare. Find whatever animal patterns you can and cut them out of brown construction paper. Tape flat magnets (like you get from insurance company ads) on the back and use them on a cookie sheet.
Five Ginger Cookies Use a cookie tray instead of a flannel board
Roll them, cut them nice and neat. (rolling pin motion)
Put them on a cookie sheet. (place pretend cookies)
Bake them, count them 1-2-3. (counting motion)
Serve them to my friends for tea. (take a bite!)
When the Wind is Blowing When the Wind is Blowing,
(sway arms back and forth over head)
And the skies are getting gray,
We have to stay indoors,
It's too cold to go out and play, (hug body)
We gather around the kitchen,
And let the oven heat, (pretend to turn on oven)
We stir and mix, stir and mix, (pretend to stir)
It's time to bake a treat. (rub tummy)
Chocolately and round, (extend hands out to sides)
Filled with lots of chocolate chips, (point to chips)
The best that can be found. (rub tummy)
I am a great big cookie, (circle hands over head)
Take a bite of me. (make chewing motions)
Tasty, sweet, delicious, (extend hands out to sides)
I'm oh-so-yummy! (rub tummy)
I WAS a great big cookie, (circle hands over head)
The very best around. (extend hands out to sides)
Now there's nothing left of me, (shake head)
Just crumbs upon the ground. (sit down)