Mother's Day Song Ideas


We love to do performances for the parents in our class. 

 And no matter how the show goes, parents always seem to LOVE watching the kids perform. 

 Whether the children all sing or don't sing -- doesn't matter!  
Whether the children all remember their lines or some of them forget -- not a concern!

  Parents don't even seem to mind misbehaviour.  

In fact, sometimes a child doing "his own thing" is the most amusing part of the show - unless of course, it is your child who is "doing his own thing!"  
Then it is not so amusing!  :)

So, with our Mother's Day Tea Party coming up, of course we are planning for the children to perform a few songs.  

One pick for this year will be the song Skinnamarink.

If you're not familiar with this one, just check out the words below.  The tune you can easily find on You Tube.

I have written some possible actions for the children beside each of the lines.  
Hopefully you can figure them out with no visuals!  

Skinnamarink

Skinnamarinky dinky dink 
(arms out with elbows bent like a genie on "skinnamarinky"
then one elbow bends so that right hand goes in the air and wiggles fingers on dinky dink)
Skinnamarinky do,
(arms back down like a genie on "skinnamarinky" and then switch to bend other elbow and have left hand in the air with wiggling fingers on "do")
I love you!
(hands to heart and then point towards the moms)

Skinnamarinky dinky dink 
(same actions as above)
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
(hands touching to create a circle down low)
And in the afternoon
(raise the circle to waist level)
I love you in the evening,
(raise the circle above head)
Underneath the moon…

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
(repeat chorus actions)
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!


And for another song option...

A song that is familiar to most, but still a big hit with the moms, is "You Are My Sunshine."

We usually just sing the first verse below.

You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy 
When skies are gray
You'll never know mom
How much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away.

While performing the song, the children hold up a sun that they have made.

When the song is finished, the children each take a turn coming up to the front.

We ask each of them, "Why is your mom your sunshine?" 

Then the child flips his sun around and holds it high in the air.
Written on the back of the sun is the reason that they chose.

The children can either say their reason out loud, or the teacher can read it for them.


It was a couple of years ago that I performed "You are My Sunshine" on Mother's Day.  

But I remember the laughs, giggles, and even a few happy tears being shed when the moms listened to the reasons why they were loved by their kids.    

I do like to bring out people's sentimental side!

Below, I have a copy of the directions and worksheets (2 options) to make the sun craft if you'd like to try it with your class.





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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Preschool and Kindergarten

Mother's Day is fast approaching and teachers everywhere are trying to decide how to celebrate this special day.

If you are looking for ideas, too, I have a couple of suggestions!

1. Magnet Bar to hold artwork on the fridge
This is an idea we used for Christmas gifts to the parents, but it would make a great Mother's Day present, too. 

 We had lots of positive feedback from the moms on this one!

To see the full post on how it was made, please click HERE


2.  Painted cork heat pads/trivets (used to protect your table from hot dishes, etc.)
 My daughter gave me this painted trivet for a gift years ago and I still use it today!  

Materials required:

  • Round cork heat pads (these can be found at IKEA, local dollar stores, etc.)  
  • Acrylic paint (I like to buy the small containers for $1.50 at the dollar store)
  • Paint brushes
  • Optional - items to make prints on the heat pad - i.e., sponges shaped like hearts, flowers, circles, etc.

If you're holding a party for the mom's this year, you may also want to check out some ideas for a Mother's Day Tea Party at my post HERE.

In our classroom, we are currently deciding upon some song options for our Mother's Day performance.

In case anyone else out there is also looking for song ideas, in my next post I'll share our picks for this year, as well as some ideas that we have used successfully in the past!




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Mother's Day Tea Party Ideas

Mother's Day is fast approaching.

And although my co-teacher and I haven't firmly decided which gifts we will be making or which songs we will be performing, we do know one thing...

we will be hosting our annual

Mother's Day Tea Party!

I've hosted this event for the past four years and it's always a big hit. 


The moms get a chance to be pampered and feel appreciated. 

The children get a chance for some fun playtime with mommy at school.  

It's all good!


I will have pictures to include from this year's Mother's Day Party, but I will only be able to add them to this post after the event.

  So let me apologize now for the current lack of photos.

Hopefully there will be some helpful ideas that will compensate for the lack of imagery!
We usually start the event with the children serving the moms a drink and a snack and then joining them at the table for their own snack.  

Food includes simple items like scones, cookies, and fruit.
All items are prepared or bought by the school. 
Moms are off the hook on this one!  

After snack time, the children carry their mom's dishes, as well as their own to the sink.  (All part of the pampering!)  

Then the kids and moms participate in the station activities that we set up around the room.  

Some stations in the past have included:

1.  Sniff and Smell Game 


Moms and kids take turns wearing a blindfold and sniffing and then guessing the contents inside various plastic cups.

The cups are covered with a bristol board paper "lid" until someone is ready to do a sniff test and then the lid is temporarily removed.

Some items we have placed in the cups include: toothpaste, mustard, crayons, banana, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, pepper, garlic, maple syrup, lemon, and coffee.

Basically anything commonplace with a strong scent is a good choice!

This station is guaranteed fun - and the kids especially love wearing the blindfold!

2.  Storytime Centre 

We stock a quiet(er) corner with comfy cushions and chairs and set up a selection of books about moms and kids.

Below is my all-time favourite book for this collection - My Mother is Weird by Rachna Gilmore. 

It's funny, yet respectful and very true to life. 


3.  Manicure station

The children buff, paint, and "beautify" mom's nails (whether they need it or not!)

Supplies for this table include: a selection of nail polish colours, nail polish remover (a must for obvious reasons :)), cotton swabs, Q-tips, a nail fan, nail stickers, and lotion.

4.  Massage station

Moms sit in the chairs provided and the children use various wooden massage tools on their head and back.  

If you don't have any massage tools, even a basic back scratcher device from the dollar store will work.

No matter what you use, the moms tend to enjoy this station a lot.  It's suprising how good a preschooler's back rub can be!  

5.  Game station 

Simple games that are new to the kids (and relatively quick and easy to play) are set up on tables and in other cozy spots. 

Some game ideas include:  Connect 4, Guess Who?, X's and O's (especially on a spring themed game board), Memory Card Games, etc.   

Other station ideas could include:

Makeup station
For the bravest moms and/or the girls who like to play "dress-up"

Photo booth
Provide various silly hats, boas, sunglasses, funny signs, plastic tea cups, mirrors, and other props at the station. Take photos of the moms with their kids on camera cell phones.

Active group games
Choose a game that your students are familiar with that could also involve the moms.  A parachute game or "rolling dodgeball" has usually been my pick.

Art projects
Any project that moms and kids could do together would be fun.  
This year our craft will involve making handprints on the colour or b & w worksheet below.


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We end our tea parties with the children singing songs that we have practiced in class.

Then the children hand out their mother's day gifts.

A post on gift ideas will be coming shortly!  

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Easter Golf

It was raining outside today, but that didn't stop us from playing a little golf --  
indoor Easter Golf, that is!

This bunny has his mouth open and he's ready for some "snacks!"

Bunny golf can be played with plastic golf balls 
or
with plastic eggs like you see in the photo.

The eggs don't roll as well as the golf balls,
 so they are great for players who want an extra challenge!

The ears for the bunny were cut from the bottom of the box.
Once they are painted, just slide them into the opening at the top.

A fun way to involve the children in creating the bunny is to have them help with painting.  

We often hand out a set of small foam paint rollers when we have a project that needs paint.

Our students love it and it saves us teachers time, too!

If you're looking for an Easter themed story to go along with your activities, you might want to try one of the books below. 

Happy Easter!



Easter Eggs and Baskets

Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop, Easter's on it's way... 
At least I think that's how the song goes!

With Easter coming up in a hurry, I wanted to squeeze in a few Easter craft ideas before it's too late.

Today we dipped some plastic Easter eggs in paint and created some neat marble effects on our paper eggs.
The class was BUSY today, so unfortunately I did not get a chance to photograph the craft in action.


But the steps are easy and listed below:
  • Place paper Easter egg cut out in a shallow bin or box
  • Dip plastic Easter eggs (found at any Dollar Store) in paint
  • Drop the plastic eggs onto the paper egg in the bin or box
  • Tip the bin around to get the plastic egg to roll and create tracks 
  • Repeat with as many Easter colours as desired


To see images of this process (although with marbles), just click on my Valentine's Day post HERE 

At our other craft table we made Easter baskets for today's egg hunt.  
(Did I mention today was a busy one? :))

This Easter chick has his mouth wide open.  
I think he's saying, "Happy Easter!"

The children glued all the following parts to the bag:

  • oval body/head piece
  • wings
  • accordion legs
  • googly eyes
  • folding triangle beak
  • feathers

If you have a purple,yellow, or blue bag it would be particularly cute, I think!

Once the bag was finished, the children put in a handful of Easter grass.

The teachers then stapled on a pink bristol board handle. 

Voila!  A cute and easy "candy collector!"


Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

Warmer weather is here!  
Now is a great time to pull out the book, 
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses 
by Kimberly and James Dean!

In this latest Pete the Cat book, 
Pete suffers from a case of 
"the blue cat blues." 
And the book shows us just how he deals with it!

Pete's such a cool kitty with so much to teach, I decided to feature him in my latest unit below.

In this unit I included 10 different images for re-telling
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses to your class.

 Just print the pictures on cardstock and add magnets to the back! 
   This unit also contains: 

 Pete the Cat Feelings Cards  
(These come with 3 different game ideas!)
Colour and B&W Poster for your classroom
Student Mini-books
5 page Class Book with worksheet
Centre time game
Additional Magnet Board Story
Art Project with templates
Art/L.A. Worksheet

58 pages of fun for under $7!


If you're interested, please check it out in my 
Teachers Pay Teachers shop HERE!  


Bring Your "Stuffy" Pet to School Day


This past week we had a bring your "stuffed" pet 
to school day. 

We had quite a variety of creatures - everything from giant snakes, to monkeys, to your every day puppies and cats.

The children all had a chance to introduce their "pet" to the class at circle time.  It was interesting to note how the pets names changed throughout the day. :)

At the craft table, we made collars and name tags for the pets.  
Here's our friend, Twigs the giraffe, with his sparkly new collar and tag.

The supplies I put out for this activity included:  

  • strips of bristol board for the collar (I created long strips that could be cut to size for each stuffy)
  • oval and/or heart shaped tags cut from bristol board
  • piece of pipe cleaner for attaching the tag to the collar (I created a hole in the tag with a hole puncher)
  • stickers, sequins, and felts to decorate the tag and collar
  • round sticky velcro dots to attach to the ends of the collar (optional, but it's a nice touch when the collar can open and close)
  • pieces of yarn for a "leash" to attach to the collar
After the pets were all suited up, the children took them for walks (i.e. slides) around the classroom.

They also stopped at our Pet Shop (see post HERE) to buy them treats.

And they made little homes for them with blankets and boxes. 

At the end of the day, we dropped all the pets on top of our parachute for a trampoline ride.  The stuffies tended to bunch in the middle as we bounced them, but the kids didn't seem to mind.

Then we treated the pets to a parachute game of ring around the rosy.  

Did you have a fun day at preschool Bunny?  I think so!

Preschool Pet Theme - Pet Store

Our PET theme has been lots of fun for the kids this week.  

Part of the fun came from the PET STORE we set up in the dramatic play area.

This sign for the shop was a bit of a quick one (plus my felts were running out, as usual!), but it still helps set the stage for the shop.

My co-teacher and I both have pets so we raided our cupboards and closets to find extra leashes, bones, dog treats, and other paraphernalia to sell at the shop.

And here's our store - open for business!


As you will note on the shelves under the sign, we included a collection of animals to sell. 

 As long as my daughter doesn't check her toy box this week, I should be fine! :)

Here is a closer shot of some of the goodies we laid out.

Note:  You may just want to give the children a reminder not to eat the dog food.  

We had a couple of curious kids give the bones and treats a few licks!

Here you'll see our collection of "doggy bags."

When setting up the shop, we had joked about crumpling some brown paper and leaving it on the floor for the children to put in the bags (teaching good citizenship!), but in the end we decided that might not be appropriate. 

So...the bags were used for shopping!  

The balls were used for playing fetch and roll.

And the leashes and pet crate were used for walking their new pet friends around the classroom.  

Stay tuned for next week's dramatic play centre
 - Vet's office!


Preschool Pet Theme - Cat Craft and Story

I love animals and so doing a PETS Theme in our preschool class is a must!  

There's lots of fun activities, stories, and songs to go with this theme AND it gives you an opportunity to talk about how animals should be treated.  

(I volunteer at animal shelters so being kind to animals is a topic near and dear to my heart!)

If you are doing a Pet theme, you may want to try this easy and fun CAT craft with your class. 
 I took the photo with the cat lying flat on the table, but it can actually "stand up" since the body has two sides folded like a card.  

All you need for this craft are:
  • body and head cut-outs similar to those shown below
  • paper whiskers and a triangle nose
  • googly eyes
  • markers or bingo dabbers for decorating

     








 Standing Cat Craft Cute, easy, and lots of fun!


If you'd like a good book featuring a cat to go along with this activity I highly recommend, 
"The Cat Came Back." 

 I have the version by Bill Slavin featured in the image below.
  
I like this book because the pictures are cute and you can "sing" the story.  

 The tune is catchy and the children usually pick up the chorus pretty quickly.   

At the end of the story, I just make a point to mention how "we"don't try to give our pets away like Mr. Johnson does!