FIVE MAY BASKETS
Five May baskets sitting by my door.
One went to my neighbor and then there were four.
Four May baskets put together by me,
One went to my friend and then there were three.
Three May baskets, pink, orange, and blue.
One went to Grandpa and then there were two.
Two May baskets--I'm having so much fun.
One went to my cousin and then there was one.
One May basket--my task is almost done.
It went to my baby sister and now I have none.
Being from Nebraska, home of Arbor Day, I decided we would do Tree Top Tales for family & preschool storytime during the week of April 23. As I was planning it, a customer donated a small, metal tree to us which I thought was just begging for some monkeys. I used it after reading CAPS FOR SALE and doing the activity, "Monkey See, Monkey Do". I bought the game "Barrel of Monkeys" to get the right size monkeys and used a beanie baby croc. Since I wanted to start with a lot of monkeys in the tree, I made up a rhyme to lead into "Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree". The kids loved it!
See all the monkeys hanging in the tree,
Waving their arms and chattering at me?
How many monkeys do we see?
Count them now along with me.
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Ten monkeys laughing and feeling quite fine.
One chased a butterfly, then there were nine.
Nine monkeys busy throwing sticks,
Three ran after them, then there were six.
Six monkeys poking at a bee hive,
One got stung, then there were five.
Five monkeys climbing and enjoying the sun,
Saw a crocodile and thought they'd have some fun.
Five little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, "You can't catch me!"
Along came Mr. Crocodile, quiet as can be.
"SNAP" that monkey right out of the tree.
(continue to the end)