Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Celebrate the New Year in Style with the Small Ones

Father Time
by
Edmund Dulac, 1906
Last year I offered a lapsit program to celebrate the New Year. Listed below are the fingerplays, songs and story stretchers I used in the program. These are found all over the Internet without attribution so please to feel free to use them in your work.

I hope you will find something to use with your little ones.  If you do, please let me know how much fun you had!






FINGERPLAYS/ACTION RHYMES

January

January's a very cold month,
Shiver, shiver, shiver, (Hug yourself and pretend to shiver.)
Button up and cover your ears, (Pretend to button coat: cover ears with your hands.)
Or quiver, quiver, quiver. (Shake all over)


Five Little Snowmen (Tune: Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)

Five little snowmen riding on a sled,
One fell off and bumped his head,
Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more snowmen riding on that sled!

Count down from four to one…

No more snowmen riding on the sled
Mother but them all to bed!

SONG

Cheer the Year (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Cheer, cheer, cheer the year,
A new one's just begun.
Celebrate with all your friends,
Let's go have some fun!
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
A brand new year is here.
Learning, laughing, singing, clapping,
Through another year.

STORY STRETCHERS

The People on the Bus (Tune: The Wheels On The Bus)

Oh, the people on the bus wear party hats,
Party hats, party hats. (Children place hands together in a point over their heads)
Oh, the people on the bus wear party hats,
All through the town.

Oh, the people on the bus are blowing horns,
Blowing horns, blowing horns. (Children place fist over their mouth)
Oh the people on the bus are blowing horns,
All through the town.

Oh, the people on the bus say, “Happy New Year”,
“Happy New Year”, “Happy New Year”.
Oh, the people on the bus say, “Happy New Year”,
All through the town.


STORY STRETCHERS

A New Year Has Begun (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

A new year has begun -- clap your hands! {clap} {clap}
A new year has begun -- clap your hands! {clap} {clap}
A new year has begun; a new year has begun;
A new year has begun -- clap your hands! {clap} {clap}

A new year has begun -- stomp your feet! {stomp} {stomp}
A new year has begun -- stomp your feet! {stomp} {stomp}
A new year has begun; a new year has begun;
A new year has begun -- stomp your feet! {stomp} {stomp}

A new year has begun -- give a shout! HURRAH!
A new year has begun -- give a shout! HURRAH!
A new year has begun; a new year has begun;
A new year has begun -- give a shout! HURRAH!

A new year has begun -- give a shout!

  
For additional New Year’s Day resources visit Preschool Express. http://www.preschoolexpress.com/music_station05/music_station_jan05.shtml 



BOOKS

Apples4theteacher.com – A lovely list of children’s books to celebrate the New Year.

CRAFTS

Spoonful.com – A number of cute, easy and inexpensive crafts for the small ones.

MISCELLANEOUS

Enchanted Learning – Say "Happy New Year" in many languages.

Karen Chace 2013 ©

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