Storytime Plans: England – Knights

Our last week in England was spent looking at KNIGHTS! The boys in my group especially enjoyed this week! Not only did we talk about knights, but we also had a fun segue into Christmas with our last book (as you will see when you read the plans).  Here are the plans I used for this last week of November.

Passport Pals: England – Knights

Welcome! Do welcome song: Come on everybody and clap your hands, stomp your feet, jump up and down, stand on one leg, spin around, sit right down, on the way to Passport Pals . . . watch me spin the globe.

We have one more week in England! Does anyone remember what continent England is on? EUROPE! Let’s do our Continent Cheer.

Continent Cheer (GGM #3)

Suitcase: armor, dragon, “sword”, horse . . . Can anyone guess what we are talking about this week? We are talking about KNIGHTS!

Read Knights (Pebble Plus)

Song: We did the following fingerplay. The kids acted this out with me)

Five Brave Knights

(Beth DeVolder & Ron Hiller)

Five brave knights came galloping by

One fell from his horse and began to cry

The dragon laughed from behind a tree,

“O brave knights, you can’t (won’t) catch me!”

 

Four brave knights came galloping by

One fell with the other and began to cry

The dragon laughed from behind a tree,

“O brave knights, you can’t (won’t) catch me!”

 

Three brave knights came galloping by

One fell with the others and began to cry

The dragon laughed from behind a tree,

“O brave knights, you can’t (won’t) catch me!”

 

Two brave knights came galloping by

One fell with the others and began to cry

The dragon laughed from behind a tree,

“O brave knights, you can’t (won’t) catch me!”

 

One brave knight came galloping by

He fell with the others and began to cry

The dragon laughed from behind a tree,

“O brave knights, you can’t (won’t) catch me!”

 

(slowly)

No brave knights came galloping by

‘Cuz they were crawling through the grass for a big surprise

The dragon cried from behind a tree,

“Oh no! Five knights have surrounded me!” (In a crying voice)

 

Motions for the fingerplay:

 

(5 fingers bounce along)

(Index finger points to ground, cry/ rub eyes)

(Hold belly & laugh, hold up arm and hide behind)

(Hold up index finger and waggle 3X)

 

(4 fingers bounce along)

(Index finger points to ground, cry/ rub eyes)

(Hold belly & laugh, hold up arm and hide behind)

(Hold up index finger and waggle 3X)

 

(3 fingers bounce along)

(Index finger points to ground, cry/ rub eyes)

(Hold belly & laugh, hold up arm and hide behind)

(Hold up index finger and waggle 3X)

 

(2 fingers bounce along)

(Index finger points to ground, cry/ rub eyes)

(Hold belly & laugh, hold up arm and hide behind)

(Hold up index finger and waggle 3X)

 

(1 finger bounces along)

(Index finger points to ground, cry/ rub eyes)

(Hold belly & laugh, hold up arm and hide behind)

(Hold up index finger and waggle 3X)

 

(Hold hand in an “O,” bounce along)

(Pretend to crawl, shrug palms up like you don’t know what it is)

(Cry/ rub eyes, hold up arm and hide behind)

(Hold up 5 fingers, make circle with arms, point to yourself)

 

Read “There was an old Dragon who swallowed a Knight” by Penny Parker Klostermann

Craft: Make a shield/coat of arms — give shield shape on cardstock and let kids decorate with their “coat of arms”. Play music while they work.

ReadThe Knights Before Christmas” by Joan Holub

Song: Coming Down the Chimney by Raffi (#7)

Stamp Passports

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Author: Cheri Gamble

Cheri Gamble is a minister's wife and mom to five boys who lives in Southwestern Lower Michigan. She and her husband, Tom, have been married for over twenty years and they have been involved with vocational ministry for just as long. Cheri enjoys working with the children and youth at her church as a Sunday School teacher, children's worship leader, and children's music and drama leader. She also serves as a volunteer consultant at the local Pregnancy Resource Center and works part time as a Youth Services Team Member at her local library. In her free time, Cheri enjoys reading, writing, working on her blog, and watching football with her boys.

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