Friday, February 27, 2015

Go Bananas!

Ok, let's admit, we all go a little bananas sometimes.  Here's some fun books about bananas that will be certain to tickle your little one's funny bone...and maybe encourage them to eat some fruit for a snack too!

Banana! By Ed Vere
Colorful illustrations and brief text show how two monkeys learn to share when there is only one banana between them.  A perfect book for learning the difference between exclamation points and question marks too!

Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony
Betty gets upset when she can't peel a banana.  When Tucan comes along, he can peel it, but Betty gets upset again because he could do it and she couldn't.  This is a perfect book for learning that one can't always get their way and that one doesn't need to always throw a tantrum.  Plus, it combines nutrition for your body as well as your little one's soul!

The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom
Monkey, having spied a banana tree across the water, will stop at nothing to get a snack.  What a silly monkey!

Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong
Everyday signs serve as captions for this pictorial tale of what happens after a man tosses a banana peel into the garbage can and misses.

Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana by James Dean
Pete the Cat bites into a bad banana and vows never to eat bananas again, even though he generally likes the fruit.

And here's a fun action rhyme you can do with your little one.  And be sure to chant the words in a steady rhythm while acting out the actions! Click HERE to watch a video of the action rhyme before trying it out!

Form the Orange

Form the orange,
Form, form the orange.

(Hold hands apart in half circles, slowly bring together)

Peel the orange,
Peel, peel the orange.
(Keep thumbs together, slowly separate finger-tips)

Squeeze the orange,
Squeeze, squeeze the orange.
(Give yourself a great big hug)

Form the banana,
Form, form the banana.
(Slowly bring palms together over your head)

Peel the banana,
Peel, peel the banana.
(Slowly separate palms)

Go bananas,
Go, go bananas!
(Dance any way you please)

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