Preschool Dog Theme





Book List

Andrew Wants a Dog - Steven Kroll
Arthur's New Puppy - Marc Tolon Brown
Big Dog...Little Dog: A Bedtime Story - Philip D. Eastman
Can't Sleep - Christopher Raschka
Carl books - Alexandra Day
Clifford Books - Norman Bridwell
Daisy Is a Mommy - Lisa Kopper
The Dog Who Thought He Was a Boy - Cora Annett
Dogs Everywhere - Cor Hazelaar
The First Dog - Jan Brett
Harry the Dirty Dog - Gene Zion
Have I Got Dogs! - William Cole
The Howling Dog - Tracey Campbell Pearson
I am a Little Dog - Francois Crozat
I Wish My Brother Was a Dog - Carol Diggory Shields & Stacey Schett
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy - Jane Thayer
Spot books - Eric Hill
Too Many Puppies - Patience Brewster
Where's the Puppy? - Deborah Shine



Songs & Fingerplays

Dogs

I have a dog and his name is Rags.
He eats so much that his tummy sags.
His ears flip-flop,
And his tail wig-wags,
And when he walks he goes zig-zag.
He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag.(three times)
I love Rags and he loves me.
(hands at either side of head for flip-flop, hips wiggle for wig-wag, arms cross for zig-zag)
My dog Rags he loves to play.
He rolls around in the mud all day.
I whistle but he won't obey.
He always runs the other way.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Puppy

I like to pat my puppy (make puppy with one fist, pat)
He has such nice soft fur (pat puppy)
And it I don't pull his tail (pull tail)
He won't say "GrrrR!" (make angry face)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Wanna Be a Dog - Barry Polisar

Oh I wanna be a dog,
I wanna wag my tail
Chase cars, knock over garbage cans
Bite the lady that brings me the mail
Oh I wanna be a dog
I wanna dig big holes
I wanna chase French poodles and basset hounds
And look for telephone poles
Oh I wanna have dog breath
I wanna learn to growl
Scratch fleas and ticks and run after sticks
The moon's gonna make me howl
Oh I wanna be a dog
I wanna big wet nose
I wanna run on the street, get mud on my feet
And put them all over your clothes
Oh I wanna have dog breath
I wanna learn to growl
Scratch fleas and ticks and run after sticks
The moon's gonna make me howl
Oh I wanna be a dog
I wanna lie around
Being human these days is getting a little crazy
I just want to be a hound
Being human these days is getting a little crazy
I just want to be a hound.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?

How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
I do hope that doggie's for sale.

I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog he won't be lonesome
And the doggie will have a good home.

How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
I do hope that doggie's for sale.

I read in the papers there are robbers
With flashlights that shine in the dark
My love needs a doggie to protect him
And scare them away with one bark.

How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
I do hope that doggie's for sale.

I don't want a bunny or a kitty,
I don't want a parrot that talks,
I don't want a bowl of little fishies;
He can't take a goldfish for walks.

How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
The one with the waggely tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (Bark! Bark!)
I do hope that doggie's for sale!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

A Poodle in a Fuddle - ACTION VERSE

Children stand in a circle
Look from left to right
A poodle in a fuddle
In the middle of a puddle! step left
Will he wade to the left?
step right
Will he wade to the right?
step into the middle
Will he stay in the middle
Point up to the sun
Till the sun shines bright?
Hold hands over head to form sun
When the sun shines bright,
Crisscross arms and move one left, one right
Will the puddle disappear?

Point to floor in front where standing
Will the poodle in the middle
Cup hands to mouth and say this louder, as though cheering
Give a great, big cheer?!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Smart Dogs

Five stuffed dogs sitting in a row.
"Tell me please, what do you know?"
The first one said, "I know my name."
The 2nd one said, "I know a game."
The 3rd one said, "I know a song."
The 4th one said, "I know right from wrong"
The 5th one said, "I'll tell you true, What I know is that I Love you."

DISCUSSION: Ask children something that they know. Do they know their name, a game, or a song? Dog #4 knew right from wrong, how do we know what is right from wrong?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Two Little Puppy Dogs

Two little puppy dogs (hold up two fingers.)
Lying in a heap, (let two fingers fall down.)
Soft and Wooly (pet two fingers with opposite hand.)
And fast asleep. (lay hands against the side of your face and close eyes.)
Along came a pussycat
(hold up one finger from opposite hand and move toward the two little fingers.)
Creeping near, "Meow",
She cried right in their ear.
Two little puppy dogs (hold up two fingers)
After one cat, (two fingers chase the one finger).
Did you ever play tag like that? (point to the children)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

This Little Doggie

(Start by holding up five fingers.)
This little doggie ran away to play.
(take one finger away)
This little doggie said, "I'll go too some day."
(take next finger away.)
This little doggie began to dig and dig.
(pretend to dig with next finger, then take it away.)
This little doggie danced a funny jig.
(pretend to dance with next finger, then take it away.)
This little doggie cried, "Ki! Yi! Ki! Yi!
I wish I were big."
(take last finger away.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Puppy

My puppy has a doghouse,
just outside my door.
He licks me when I pet him,
and wags his tail for more.
He's always there beside me,
no matter what I do.
My puppy is my special friend,
and a family member, too.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Had A Little Poodle

I had a little poodle (clenched fist for poodle)
His coat was silver grey
One day I thought I'd bathe him
To wash the dirt away. (scrub fist)
I washed my little poodle
Then dried him with a towel. (pat fist)
My poodle seemed to like his bath
He didn't even growl.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Dog

My dog listens when I talk
He goes with me for a walk
When I sleep, he sleeps too.
He does everything that I do.
When my sister/brother/friend makes me mad,
He hangs his head and looks so sad.
He cuddles up and licks my hand
And tells me he can understand.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Fleagle The Beagle

Fleagle the Beagle! (cup hands to mouth as if calling)
It's time for the tub! (point to wrist watch)
I know you don't like it (point to self to the fleagle)
But you need a scrub!!! (make scrubbing motions)
I'll wash you with soap (make scrubbing circles)
From your tail to your head, (point to tail and head)
And when you're all clean (hold palms up)
You can sleep on my bed. (rest head in hands)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

There's a Doggy at the Door - By Scott Smith - sung to "There's a Spider on the Floor"

There's a doggy at the door at the door.
There's a doggy at the door at the door.
Oh who could ask for more
Then a doggy at the door?
There's a doggy at the door
at the door.

There's a doggy in the house
in the house.
There's a doggy in the house
in the house.
Are you sure its not a mouse?
No, a doggy in the house
There's a doggy in the house,
in the house.

There's a doggy on the stair,
on the stair.
There's a doggy on the stair,
on the stair.
Doesn't anybody care
That a doggy's on the stair?
There's a doggy on the stair,
on the stair.

There's a doggy in the hall,
in the hall.
There's a doggy in the hall,
in the hall.
Well, he's playing with a ball,
The little doggy in the hall.
There's a doggy in the hall,
in the hall.

There's a doggy in my room,
in my room.
There's a doggy in my room,
in my room.
Now he's chewing on a broom,
The little doggy in my room.
There's a doggy in my room,
in my room.

There's a doggy on my bed,
on my bed.
There's a doggy on my bed,
on my bed.
Now he's licking at my head.
The little doggy on my bed.
There's a doggy on my bed,
on my bed.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

LOVE YOUR PETS Sung to: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" Love, love Love your pets, Love them Every day. Give them food And water, too, Then let them Run and play.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dogs in the Dirt

Ten little doggies went out one day
(10 fingers up)
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play.
(Pretend to dig.)
Five were spotted, and five were not,
(Show one hand at a time.)
and at dinner time they ate a lot!
(Pretend to eat.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Five Little Puppies

Five little puppies were playing in the sun.
(hold up hands,fingers extended)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run.
(bend down first finger)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (
bend down second finger)
This one saw a cat,and he began to chase.
(bend down third finger)
This one tried to catch his tail,and he went round and round.
(bend down fourth finger)
This one was so quiet,he never made a sound.
(bend down thumb)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Little Puppies

Little puppy one fell asleep in the sun.
(pretend to be sleeping)
Little puppy two likes to play with my shoe.
(point to shoe)
Little puppy three always kisses me.
(point to cheek)
Little puppy four ran out the door.
(fingers run)
Little puppy five watched a crow dive.
(hands dive)
Little puppy six likes to do little tricks.
(pretend to be sitting up like a dog)
Little puppy seven counted stars in heaven.
(count, looking at sky)
Little puppy eight jumped over the gate.
(fingers jumb over the gate)
Little puppy nine sat down to dine.
(pretend to eat)
Little puppy ten fell asleep in the den.
(pretend to sleep)
Can you count the puppies?
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Six Little Dogs - sung to "Six Little Ducks"

Six little dogs that I once knew,
fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.
But the one little dog with the brown curly fur,
He led the others with a grr, grr, grr.
Grr, grr, grr
Grr, grr, grr
He led the others with a grr, grr, GRR!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Dog Bone Printing

Provide different size dog bones, a tray of tempera paint and paper to make prints.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dog Bone Picture

Make a picture using dog bones.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

3-Dimensional Dog House

Make a three dimentional picture by making a dog house out of craft sticks, a dog from furry material, a cord leash, water bowl from wall paper, a real dog bone, etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make Dog Tags

Have the children choose dog names for themselves. Write the name on a construction shaped bone. Have childrenn decorate their bones. Attach yarn and let them wear them.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Folded Paper Puppy

Cut out a triangle shape for each child out of brown construction paper or out of white. Children fold the long edges. You do this as if you were ear marking a book page. Have children then add eyes and nose.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Puppy Collage

Use magazine pictures to make a pets collage.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paw Print Sponge Painting

Let them sponge paint paw prints on a piece of paper.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Lunch Bag Puppies

Make puppies from brown lunch bags. Let the child draw the face on the bag and glue on ears.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Yarn Dog

Materials: Colored rug yarn or thick 8 ply knitting wool, Paper, White Glue, Dog Photos or Pictures, Cardboard

What to Do: Trace a good, clear picture of a dog, the larger the better, onto the cardboard. Cut the yarn or wool into 1" or 2" strands. Use an egg carton to separate the colors & to make selecting and handling of the yarn easier. The child then glues the yarn strands onto the dog outline to make hair & a tail. Draw a mouth & eyes & define the ears & the tail. Finally invent an appropriate name for the dog.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Easel Painting

I hung a picture of a Dalmatian next to the paint easel for inspiration, then provided black paint, but never instructed the children on what to paint. All the children seemed to enjoy the contrast of the black paint on the white paper, some made dots that resembled the spots on the dog.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



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