We School



Fine Motor: Art
  • Fingerprint ants: Dip index, middle, and ring fingers in paint or press onto an ink pad. Press all at once onto a pre-drawn anthill outline. Use crayons / markers / etc. to add legs and antennae.
  • Make picnic baskets: Weave strips of brown construction paper or ribbon in and out of strawberry baskets and add a pipe cleaner for a handle.
  • Make mini picnic blankets: Glue red construction paper cut into squares to a printed (this site lets you choose the size of your grid) or drawn grid. Alternating squares creates a "real" checked tablecloth effect but don't be restricted by tradition: fill in squares with different colors, letter stamps, stickers, etc. to personalize each miniature blanket!
  • Color / finger paint/ sponge paint picnic pictures
  • Fancy Ants: Make an ant shape about the size of a peanut from black, blue, and red construction paper. Poke 3 holes in the body. For the legs, place 2 paper fasteners into two holes next to each other and open to lie flat. Turn the ant over and place another paper fastener, point side up in the last hole. Bend back slightly. Draw some food on a paper plate, put the ants on the plate and place a magnet underneath. Make the ants crawl by moving the magnet.
Lanugage: Rhymes / Fingerplays
  • Here We Go on a Picnic (sung to: "Mulberry Bush"): Let’s go on a picnic today, / A picnic today, a picnic today. / Let’s go on a picnic today, / It’s such a lovely (day of the week) / First we’ll pick the perfect spot... / Next we’ll lay our blanket out... / Now let’s see what we brought for lunch... / Time for a nap or a game of catch... / The sun’s gone down, so it’s time to go... It’s been such a lovely (day of the week)!
  • Ants at the Picnic (sung to “Skip to My Lou"): Ants at the picnic, what'll I do? / Ants at the picnic, what'll I do? / Ants at the picnic, what'll I do? / Guess I will eat real quickly!
  • Teddy Bears Picnic (by John Walter Bratton, lyrics added by Jimmy Kennedy): If you go out in the woods today / You're sure of a big surprise. / If you go out in the woods today / You'd better go in disguise. / For every bear that ever there was / Will gather there for certain, because / Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic. / (CHORUS: Picnic time for teddy bears, / The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today. / Watch them, catch them unawares, / And see them picnic on their holiday. / See them gaily dance about. / They love to play and shout. / And never have any cares. / At six o'clock their mommies and daddies / Will take them home to bed / Because they're tired little teddy bears. ) / If you go out in the woods today, / You'd better not go alone. / It's lovely out in the woods today, / But safer to stay at home. / For every bear that ever there was / Will gather there for certain, because / Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic / (CHORUS) / Every teddy bear, that's been good / Is sure of a treat today / There's lots of wonderful things to eat / And wonderful games to play / Beneath the trees, where nobody sees / They'll hide and seek as long as they please / Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic / (CHORUS)
  • Ladybugs Picnic (by Bud Luckey, lyrics by Don Hadley): One two three / Four five six / Seven eight nine / Ten eleven twelve / Ladybugs / Came to the ladybugs' / picnic / One two three / Four five six / Seven eight nine / Ten eleven twelve / And they all played games / At the ladybugs' picnic / They had twelve sacks so they ran sack races / And they fell on their backs and they fell on their faces / The ladybugs 12 / At the ladybugs' picnic / They played jump rope but the rope it broke / So they just sat around telling knock-knock jokes / The ladybugs 12 / At the ladybugs' picnic / One two three / Four five six / Seven eight nine / Ten eleven twelve / And they chatted away / At the ladybugs' picnic / They talked about the high price of furniture and rugs / And fire insurance for ladybugs / The ladybugs 12 / At the ladybugs' picnic / 12!
  • Picnic Packing (sung to "A Tisket-A Tasket"): A-tisket, A-tasket, / Let's pack a picnic basket. / We'll fill it up with food to munch. / What's in our picnic lunch?
Language: Songs
  • Picnic Chant: Going on a picnic (Going on a picnic) / Leaving right away (echo) / As long as it is sunny (echo) / We can stay! (echo) / Did you bring the sandwiches? (Yes we brought the sandwiches.) / Did you bring the chips? (Yes we brought the chips.) / Did you bring the (...)? (Yes we brought the (...).) / Got our baskets ready! (echo) / We’re on our way! (echo)
  • Let's Pretend : Let's pretend we're having fun at a picnic everyone. / Then some picnic pets come ' round.. / Birds that flutter to the ground. / Crickets who can jump so funny, and a wiggly little bunny. / Butterflies on lazy wings, squirrels, and lots of other things! / Let's pretend that we are all picnic pets who've come to call.
  • Ants at a Picnic: Ants, Ants everywhere / Ants on my apple, / Ants on my pear. / Ants at a picnic / Are not so great. / I see five crawling / On my plate!
  • Picnics: Fried chicken, watermelon, apple pie; Do you love picnics? So do I! Lemonade, root beer, chocolate cake, Lazy canoe rides along the lake. Games and singing -- let's square dance! And don't forget, at picnics, you'll have A N T S!
  • 8 Ants: One ant two ants, three ants four. / Our picnic is their grocery store. / Five ants, six ants, seven ants, eight. / They are crawling on my plate! / Eight ants, seven ants / Stomp around. / Six ants, five ants / On the ground. / Four ants, three ants / On the run! / Two ants, one ant / No more fun.
Math / Science
  • Count the watermelon seeds: Fold several paper plates in half and decorate to resemble slices of watermelon. Draw in seeds on each slice, starting with one seed and working up consecutively. Cut out numerals and match the numeral to the watermelon piece with that number of seeds on it.
  • Sort plastic (or cut out pictures of)picnic foods by color, type, size, etc.
  • Draw / print several different kinds of sandwiches onto sturdy paper. Cut each sandwich in half and put all the halves into a picnic basket. Take turns drawing out halves and see who can come up with the most matches.
  • Setting the Picnic Table: Set out four placemats on a picnic tablecloth. Place plates on three of the placemats. Talk about whether or not there are enough plates for all the placemats and if not, how many more are needed. Next, place five napkins on the tablecloth. Talk about whether or not this is the right number of napkins and what kind of adjustments should be made. Continue the game with utensils, plates, cups, etc.
  • What's Inside? :Secretly place an object in a picnic basket. Give clues about the object's size, color, shape, etc. and see who can guess what it is.
Gross Motor: Active Play
  • Lemonade Stand: Add a couple of drops of yellow food coloring to the water in a water table, throw in some plastic lemons, spoons, plastic cups, and take turns buying and selling "lemonade".
  • Have a sack race.
  • Print and cut out several copies of these sandwich pieces. Spread the pieces out randomly on a picnic blanket, then how quickly you can gather enough pieces to make a full sandwich.
  • Play toss with a Frisbee, water balloons, balls, etc.
  • Pretend to be ants and march around to the song "The Ants Go Marching".

  • Ants On A Log: Spread peanut butter or cream cheese on celery or carrots. Top with your choice of ants (raisins, peanuts, craisins, chocolate chips, etc.).
  • Watermelon Pops: Puree seeded watermelon and pour the juice into small paper cups or into ice cube trays. Add a popsicle stick to each pop once the juice is partially frozen.
  • PBJ's: What's a picnic without peanut butter and jelly?
  • Ant Hills: Crumble graham crackers or cookies over a mound of chocolate pudding. Mix in raisins or chocolate chips for ants.
  • Picnic Basket Fruit Salad: Cut a watermelon in the shape of a basket with a handle. Use plastic knives to cut a variety of fruits into bite-sized pieces and fill the “basket” up.