Monday, November 18, 2013

5 Little Germs

During Health and teeth week we talked a lot about germs and sugar bugs. And a lot of children have been coming in with runny noses and coughs so I had to find a way to really explain germs and how quickly they spread. I created this felt story to go along with our theme and created the corny rhyme to go with it. So many children wash their hand for about two seconds and I really wanted them to understand that the germs will stay on them. Before we did the rhyme I  pretended to sneeze and put glitter (germs) on my hand and then had a child touch my "germ" hand. Well, that child touched another friends hand and so on and so on and the germs spread all over to each child. When they went to wash it off I explained that you have to really wash your hands good to get all the germs off. Ok, enough rambling, here is the story.

Five Little Germs
by Analisa Carrillo

5 Little Germs
5 Little germs were on my hand.
because someone went ah ah ah choo.
They didn't sneeze into their arm,
so the germs stuck to me like glue. 
I had to wash my hands with soap
before I went to play.
I didn't wash them long enough
So 4 germs were left to stay. 

By the way, the cute little germs were the ones I made. The creepy ones my husband made ;) LOL, but he did a good job and he was a big help! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5 Sugar Bugs

Today we did this felt story I made. I found this song on the internet a few years ago and I just changed it up a bit. A few children asked to do this one again so tomorrow we will do it again :) I just love making felt stories and love my job :)…..most days…hahahah just kidding.

Five Sugar Bugs
Adapted by Analisa Carrillo
Sung to: 5 Little Ducks

Five sugar bugs went out to play,
Inside my mouth one day 
(make a face and say YUCK!)
They had so much fun in there,
Until I brushed and one disappeared .
(Brush a sugar bug off)

No sugar bugs went out to play,
Because I brushed them all away.
I had very clean teeth inside,
And no more sugar bugs were left to hide.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Teeth Talk

Today we talked about things that would make our teeth happy and sad. I placed the tooth in the middle and made a happy side and a sad side. We had this long talk about how eating too much sugar is bad for our teeth and how sweet treats leave sugar bugs on them. Afterwards,  each child came up and picked a piece. Then one by one they came up and placed it on the happy side or sad side. A better way to do it would be to have a happy tooth and a sad tooth. I was so busy making all those felt pieces, and two more stories I have to share, that I forgot to make another tooth :( Anywho, the kids had fun and really liked it. I was surprised at how many children wanted to make the tooth "happy." I was asked, "Miss Analisa, will this make the tooth happy?" Loved it!!!

We also used this really giant mouth and toothbrush to practice brushing using this rhyme:
Up and down like a plane,
Back and forth like a choo choo train.

I showed the children how to brush their teeth and then had them come up one by one to give it a try. We used shaving cream as toothpaste and they had a lot of fun!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


We are talking about Fall and leaves this week so I created this felt story to reinforce sizes. The children had a lot of fun coming up to the board to find a big or small leaf. 
I also created this little poem to go with it:

Big Leaf Small Leaf
  by Analisa Carrillo
Some leaves are big and some leaves are small,
When the leaves can't feed the trees they start to fall.
I need some help finding some leaves from my tree.
______ and _______ can you find a small/big leaf for me?

I insert the children's name in the blank spots and have two children come up at a time. You could easily change it to one child at a time.

For a center I created this game using coffee filters. Someone donated TONS to our school so I have been finding ways to use them. I taped the coffee filters to the table, placed cut out leaves with numbers around the table, and numbered the filters. 

Here's what it looked like

The one in the middle is ripped because….well what child wouldn't find it fun to rip it off hahaha! I just simply explained they are to stay on the table and it didn't happen again. You just gotta love these little ones.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Felt Story: Bats

Last week we did a bat theme and I wanted a felt story that actually taught the children some facts about them. I made up this felt story that also helps with number recognition.

Can You Find The Bats?
By: Analisa Carrillo

*After you place all the pieces on the board, have each child come up and find the bat with the correct number*
Bats are nocturnal, they sleep in the day.
And at night, they come out to play.
There's so many bats that want to have fun,
Can you come find, bat number 1?

Bats are nocturnal, they sleep in the day.
And at night, they come out to play.
There are so many things for them to do,
Can you find bat number 2?

*Repeat the first two lines for every number*

Bats sleep in caves and in holes inside trees.
Can you find bat number 3?

Most bats eat insects, some from the floor.
Can you find bat number 4?

All bats fly, of course they can't drive.
Can you find bat number 5?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Bats in the Cave

I was supposed to post this last night, but got busy cleaning/organizing things in my craft room :) Yesterday we played this bat game in my classroom. 
The paper bags were the caves and the pom poms were the bats. 

I wrote a number on the back of each bag like this
I mixed up the bags and had the children come up one at a time to pick a bag. They read the number on the bag and placed that many bats into it. They had a lot of fun counting out loud and placing the bats into the cave. I forgot to take pictures during so I quickly set it up after school to post on here :) Hope you will be able to use this fun game in your classroom. Have a great weekend!