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Letter T

my-truck-is-stuckOpening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)

Mystery Bag objects: tape, tambourine, T-rex, toilet paper; also in the bag: train, truck, turtle, and tiger

Because we’d already talked about the letter, I introduced each story or song by having them guess what T-word it was about.

its-a-tigerStory: My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis (truck)

Story:  It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle (tiger).  It was good to get them up and moving, because it was a rowdy crowd!

oh-noStory: Oh No! by Denise Fleming (tiger).  This is usually a surefire hit – I like to sing it to the tune of “Froggy Went A-Courtin'” – but this was a super rowdy group and I had less than my full voice, so it was kind of a disaster instead.

Song:  “Hip Hop Tooty-Ta” by Jack Hartmann on Hip-Hop Alphabop 2  (tooty and ta!)  I had totally lost control of this group, but “Hip Hop Tooty-Ta” saved the day.  Kids and grownups were up and dancing.  Hooray!

Closing Song: “See Ya Later”

Craft: Toilet paper tubes, colored masking tape, and tissue paper strips.  This was an insanely fun craft.  I had to cut the tubes in half because I had way more kids than I expected.  I added construction paper, too, so they had something to anchor their creations with.  Some of the adults were asking me what to do – it was so loud, they thought they had missed some sort of instructions – but once the kids realized they could just make something, they went to town!  Some of the kids spent as many as 15 minutes on their creations, which ranged from abstract art to necklaces to binoculars.


Possible subthemes: tigers, triangles, tails, taxis, turtles, toys, trucks, trash

Other possible titles:  

Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen (tiger)

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!  by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Troll and the Oliver by Adam Stower  (troll)

Toucan Can! by Juliette MacIver (toucan)

Toys Galore by Peter Stein (toys)

Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman (trash)

Truck Driver Tom by Monica Wellington (trucks)


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