Story Time

Birds of a Feather
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Chicken Little by:Sally Hobson
When an acorn hits him on the head, Chicken Little is joined by several other silly birds as he sets off to warn the king that the sky is falling.
The little Red Hen by:Paul Galdone
The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it.
The Little Red Hen makes a Pizza by:Philemon Sturges
In this version of the traditional tale, the duck, the dog, and the cat refuse to help the Little Red Hen make a pizza but do get to participate when the time comes to eat it.
Big Fat Hen by:Keith Baker
Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.
Little White Duck by: Walt Whippo
Based on the song of the same title, a little white duck causes a commotion in its pond.
Hungry Hen by:Richard Waring
A greedy fox watches a hungry hen growing bigger every day, knowing that the longer he waits to eat her, the bigger she will be.
Minerva Louise by:Janet Morgan Stoeke
A hen has fun exploring the house with the red curtains.
Duck on a Bike by: David Shannon
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
Duck in the Truck by:Jez Alborough
Duck has an adventure with his bright red truck.
One Duck Stuck by:Phyllis Root
In this counting book, increasingly larger groups of animals try to help a duck that is stuck in the sleepy, slimy marsh.
Songs
Oh, I Had a Silly Chicken
(Tune: Turkey in the Straw)

Oh, I had a silly chicken
And he wouldn?t lay an egg,
So I poured hot water
Up and down his leg.
And he giggled and he giggled,
And he giggled all the day,
And my poor little chicken
Laid a hard-boiled egg.

Oh, I had a silly chicken
He went scratching in the dirt,
And he scratched so hard
That his feet ? they hurt.
So he bandaged them up
From the thighbone to his toe.
And you should have seen that chicken
Do a do-si-do!
Five Little Chickens
Five little chickens by the old barn door,
(Hold up five finger fingers)
One saw a beetle, and then there were four.
(Bend down one finger)
Four little chickens under a tree;
One saw a cricket, and then there were three.
(Bend down another finger)
Three little chickens looked for something new:
One saw a grasshopper; then there were two.
(Bend down another finger)
Two little chickens said, "Oh, what fun!"
One saw a ladybug; then there was one.
(Bend down another finger) One little chicken began to run,
For he saw a katydid, then there were none!
http://www.alphabet-soup.net/farm/farmpoem.html
10 Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs,
(Hold up two hands)
That makes ten;
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen.
(Fold one hand over the other)
Crackle, crackle, crackle;
(Clap three times)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
(Hold up 10 fingers)
As yellow as can be.
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Six Little Ducks
Six little ducks that I once knew,
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.
But the one little duck
with the feather on his back
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack.

Down to the river they would go,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
To and fro.
But the one little duck
with the feather on his back,
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack.

Back from the river
They would come.
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
Ho, hum, hum.
But the one little duck
with the feather on his back
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a
Quack, quack, quack.
Craft
Egg Carton Chicks

When it comes to guarding a stash of candy eggs or jelly beans, these cardboard chicks are made for the job. MATERIALS:
Empty egg carton
Scissors
Markers
Glue
Watercolor brush
Yellow tempera paint

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. To make each chick, use the scissors to cut a single egg cup from the egg carton for a body. Trim along the top edge, keeping the sides of the cup as tall as possible.

2. With a colored marker, outline a chick's head and neck on the underside of the carton top. (Use the molded portion of cardboard that separates the eggs.) Cut out the head and glue the base of the neck to the inside of the body.

3. For the chick's wings, cut a second egg cup from the carton, this time trimming the sides about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Then, cut the cup into halves. Holding the half cups with the bottoms up, fit them onto the sides of the chick's body and glue them into position.

4. Once the glue dries, brush on a coat of the yellow tempera paint. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly. Next, use colored markers to tint the beak orange and draw on eyes.

5. Finally, cut a pair of feet from carton scraps and color them orange. Glue the feet onto the bottom of the body, and the chick is ready to fill with Easter candy.


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