Plenty of Pockets

Today we had lots of story-time fun with pockets! Our first book this morning was:

A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes (a pocket book), by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon. This rhyming book about pockets has a fun, light cadence that kept the children laughing!

A Sock Is A Pocket for your Toes

We also read: Peek in my Pocket (a lift-the-flap book), by Sarah Weeks. We had fun identifying the shapes inside the pockets of each animal on the page.

Peek in My Pocket

Rhymes/Songs

Here are few fun rhymes and songs we sang about pockets.

In my pocket is a Zoo (Old McDonald tune)

In my pocket is a zoo E-I-E-I-O

There’s a tiger in there too E-I-E-I-O

With a ROAR here, and a ROAR there

Here a ROAR, there a ROAR, everywhere a ROAR-ROAR

In my pocket is a zoo E-I-E-I-O

Repeat with other kinds of animals

**I used various animal puppets for this song and pulled them out of the pockets in my storytime apron. The children made the animal noises. I used a tiger, gorilla, and elephant puppet, but you can use any puppets you have handy**

I’ve Got Something in my Pocket (rhyme)

I’ve got something in my pocket,

It belongs across my face.

I keep it very close to me

In a very special place.

I know you’ll never guess it,

If you guess a long, long while.

So I’ll take it out and put it on –

It’s a great big happy smile!

**I used a stick puppet with a large toothy smile and put it near my face for the last line of this rhyme**

Craft/Activity

Pocket Craft (adapted from the Pokeball Craft)

http://www.dltk-kids.com/pokemon/mpokeball_pocket_craft.htm )

Materials:

  • Die-cuts of various animals, shapes, and objects
  • 15 paper plates (whole)
  • 15 paper plate halves
  • Foam pieces, stickers, whatever is handy
  • Crayons/markers to decorate the plates
  • scissors
  • glue
  • stapler
  • Hole punch
  • String or yarn

Instructions:

  • Children will color/decorate their pockets with crayons/markers, foam pieces, etc.
  • Parents will staple the half-plate to the full plate to create the pocket. They may punch a hole in the top of the whole plate so that children can hang their pockets around their necks, on a doorknob, etc.
  • Children will put the object/image/die cut of their choice in their personal pocket!

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