One of my New Year’s resolutions is to use my puppet collection more in storytime. As I was poking through the clearance isle at my local department store, I saw red tupperware bins on blowout. “This would be perfect for a farm!” I thought. So I bought the 18-gallon bin and brought it home. I used white fabric paint (the same paint I use for my felt animals) and decorated the bin to be a barn. Each of the four sides is identical. It didn’t take very long and it dried pretty quickly!
Now I have a barn to use in storytime…and for all for my outreach visits, too!
Here are some stories I plan to use:
- Clip, Clop by Nicola Smee (horse, cat, dog, pig, duck)
- The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri (squirrel, mouse, bird, cat, dog, frog, owl)
- Mother, Mother I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins (mouse, frog, pig, duck, donkey)
- I Went Walking by Sue Williams (cat, horse, cow, duck, pig, duck)
- Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham (children, rabbit, cat, dog, pig, sheep, chicken, calf, goat)
- Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (horse, cow, donkey, goat, pig, sheep, goose, duck, hen, farmer)
Here are some songs I plan to use:
- When Pigs Get Up in the Morning by Kimbo from Circle Time Songs & Games (pig, duck, sheep, cow)
- Down on the Farm by Greg & Steve from We All Live Together v.5 (rooster, cow, pig, dog, horse, turkey, donkey, people)
- There’s a Dog in School by Carole Peterson from H.U.M. (dog, cat, duck, bunny, kids)
- Old MacDonald by Notso Swift from Mother Goose Rocks (cow, pig, horse, duck)
- Say Good Day by Carole Peterson from Music for the Very Young Child (cow, pig, dog, chicken, kids)
- Down on Grandpa’s Farm by Raffi from One Light One Sun (cow, hen, sheep, dog, horse)
Here are a couple more ideas…the possibilities are really endless!
Oh my goodness! I just changed the way I’m using these. Check out my Revised Puppet Bins post: