Picnic-Toddlers

Books

The Best Picnic Ever by Clare Jarrett
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack by Doreen Cronin
Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson
Picnic by John Burningham
Picnic Farm by Christine Morton

Flannel Boards

Fingerplay

Picnic in the Park
from http://daybydayid.org/June/12

We packed sandwiches cookies and juice pretend to pack
And we went for a walk to the park walk fingers
We found a tree with lots of shade raise arms overhead
And spread our blanket beneath spread blanket
But what do you think happened? Shrug shoulders
When we started to eat our food pretend to eat
One squirrel scampered over hold up & wiggle one finger
Two birds hopped close by two fingers hopping
And hundreds of ants marched up to us wiggle all fingers
All to share our food! Pretend to pass out food

Music

The Ants Go Marching by MaryLee Sunseri
1…say this is fun
2…tie her shoe
3…climb a tree
4…knock at the door
5…buzz a beehive
6…pick up sticks
Picking Buttercups by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Going On A Picnic

All the pieces of this flannel board go with the song “Going On A Picnic” by Raffi. I used clip art from Shutterstock as patterns for everything. For the picnic basket I cut strips of felt 3/4″ wide and wove it together before cutting out the shape of the basket.

Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day
Did you bring the sandwiches?
(Yes I’ve brought the sandwiches)
Did you bring the salad?
(Yes I’ve brought the salad)
Ready for a picnic here we go

Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day Did you bring the melon?
(Yes I’ve brought the melon)
Did you bring the apples?
(Yes I’ve brought the apples)
Did you bring the lemonade?
(Yes I’ve brought the lemonade)
Did you bring the cookies?
(Yes I’ve brought the cookies)
Ready for a picnic here we go

Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day
Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day
Goin’ on a picnic

Herman the Worm

I’ve never made a Herman piece to go with this rhyme as I have preferred imagination and my hands to show his size. You certainly could make your own Herman if you wanted to.

Each time you cycle through the rhyme shows Herman’s size with your finger. Start small and get larger. After he burps, he is tiny again.

I was sittin’ on my fencepost,
chewing my bugglegum chew gum loudly
Playin’ with my yo-yo! pretend to yo-yo
When along came Herman the worm.
And he was this big. show his size with fingers
And I said, “Herman? What happened?”
“I ate a grape.”

Apple…
Banana…
Watermelon…
Burped…