Playground and Picnic Theme: Chutes and Ladders

A story time about picnics and playgrounds.

Picture Books:  The Pig’s Picnic by Keiko Kasza, Gotcha! by Gail Jorgensen, It’s My Turn! by David Bedford & Elaine Field, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood, Ready for Anything! by Keiko Kasza, Lunch by Denise Fleming, Hop! Plop! by Corey Schwartz & Tali Klein, Playground Day! by Jennifer Merz, Just a Little Bit by Ann Tompert, Duck & Goose by Tad Hills,


Five Little Hotdogs

Five little hotdogs frying in the pan, (hold up five fingers, then lay them in opposite palm)

The pan got hot and one went BAM! (clap hands)

(Continue with four, three, two, then…)

One little hotdog frying in the pan, (as above)

The pan got hot and one went…

Wait! Wait! Put me in a bun, (hold hands up to “stop”, then fold R finger into L palm)

Eat me up and now we’re done! (pretend to eat, then brush hands together to get rid of crumbs) 

Here We Go

Here we go up, up, up, (raise hands up in front)

Here we go down, down, down, (bring hands down)

Here we go forward, (step forward)

Here we go backward, (step backward)

Here we go round and round! (turn around in a circle)

Watermelon, Watermelon (to the tune of “Are You Sleeping”)

Watermelon, watermelon, (make a circle with arms)

One the vine, one the vine, (curve hands and arms beside body)

Sweet and red and juicy, sweet and red and juicy, (rub tummy)

Please be mine! Please be mine! (put palms together as though pleading)

Watermelon, watermelon, (make a circle with arms)

Thump, thump, thump. Thump, thump, thump. (slap legs)

I think you are ready, I think you are ready, (nod head)

Big and plump! Big and plump! (make a circle with arms)


“Poison Ivy” by Jim Gill (Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song CD)

“Ice Cream Cone” by Laurie Berkner (Buzz Buzz CD)

“I’m Gonna Catch You” by Laurie Berkner (Under a Shady Tree CD)


Ice Cream Cone Necklace: Cut out paper scoops of ice cream in different colors or have children color plain paper ones to match their favorite flavors. Glue onto the top of a brown paper triangle cone. Punch a hole at the top of the cone and thread with a piece of yarn. Now you can take your favorite ice cream cone wherever you goJ 

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