Activities for Children's Books

Activities based on your favorite children's books for extensions after read-alouds. By crafting characters and settings, children can reenact a story using puppets, improvised retelling props, and readers theater.

A Lion Puppet Craft – Based on the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman

This cute lion puppet craft includes a free printable lion template for you to download and print. The inspiration for this craft came from the children’s book, Dandelion by Don Freeman, a book about a lion who nobody recognizes.

Lion Puppet Craft ImageFor this craft you will be using brown and yellow construction paper to make a lion puppet that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

For this craft you will need:

Directions

1. Download the Lion Face Template.pdf.

2. Print the Lion Face Template.pdf on yellow construction paper. Each page has two lion faces on it so you will only need half as many copies of the  Lion Face Template.pdf.

3. Cut the paper down the middle so there is one lion face on each half and one for each student.

4. Download and print the Lion Mane Template.pdf onto light brown construction paper.

5. Cut out the mane piece and snip carefully around the edge, towards the middle,  to create the look of fur.

6. Cut out the lion face and glue the face onto the mane.

7. Finally, tape a straw onto the back side to complete your lion puppet!

Get your copy of Dandelion by Don Freeman

Dandelion by Don Freeman Book

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Fire Truck Song by Ivan Ulz – Lyrics and Music Video

Kids absolutely love the Fire Truck Song by Ivan Ulz.  Make up movements or do sign language  to go along with the words in the song.  This song is very catchy so you and your kids most likely will be singing The Firetruck Song for the rest of the day after you listen to it one time!

For the guitar part,  I like to play air guitar and the kids think this is really fun too! The music video is posted below the lyrics for your viewing pleasure.

Fire Truck Song Lyrics by Ivan Ulz

firetruck

Fire truck, fire truck,

I want to ride on a fire truck!

Fire truck, fire truck,

I want to ride on a fire truck!

 

I want to sleep in the fire station.

Wake me up when the fire bell rings

I’m gonna put on my hat,

Put on my coat,

Put on my boots

I’m gonna slide down the pole,

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

And then I’m gonna get into my

 

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride on a fire truck!

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride on a fire truck!

 

I’ve got a hook and ladder, a hook and ladder.

I climb that ladder and I hold on tight!

I’m gonna get out the hose and I’m gonna

Shoot that water, shoot that water,

Shoot that water from the hose on my

 

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride on a fire truck!

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride on a fire truck!

 

When that fire truck comes near,

People put their hands right over their ears.

They do that because the noise is so loud from the siren on my

 

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride on a fire truck!

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride on a fire truck!

 

When that fire is all put out

I’m gonna jump into my fire truck and turn it around.

I’m gonna go back to the fire station.

I’m gonna have a hot hot bath,

And hot hot food like hot hot chicken,

Hot hot macaroni and cheese,

And hot hot broccoli

 

And for dessert I’m gonna have some cold cold cold ice cream!

Then I’m gonna brush my teeth,

Jump into bed,

Pull the covers up to my head and dream about my

 

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride on a fire truck!

Fire truck, hey, fire truck

I want to ride 0n a fire truck!

Fire truck, fire truck

I want to ride 0n a fire truck!

 

Fire Truck Song Music Video

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