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BLAST Early Learning


Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

A young llama wants to play but must go shopping with his mother instead, and so he gets angry and makes a mess at the store.


I Like Myself!
by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.


My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss; paintings by Steve Johnson with Lou Fancher

This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.


Open-ended Questions for Llama Llama Mad at Mama:

  • • What do you do if you get bored or frustrated?
    • What is an aisle at a store?


If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it,
then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Additional verses:
If you’re sleepy and you know it, close your eyes…
If you’re angry and you know it, stamp your feet…
If you’re sad and you know it, wipe your eyes…
If your nose tickles and you know it, give a sneeze…




Bodies 1-2-3
(listen to an mp3 sample of the song:
Fingers wiggling
Fingers wiggling, wiggling 1, 2, 3
Fingers wiggling, wiggling ‘til they stop

Additional verses:
Knees bending…
Arms swaying…
Eyes blinking…
Legs marching…
Shoulders shrugging…
Bodies moving…

(You can also allow students to create additional verses.)


Vocabulary Word:

aisle: n. a walkway or row
“Great big buildings, great big signs.
Lots of aisles, lots of lines..”
(taken from Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney)




Adding and subtracting beats
1. Sing a song and add a beat, for example, “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap, clap).”
2. Now try subtracting a beat (only one clap).


• Invite children to finger paint to different kinds of music (rock and roll, jazz, classical, country, blues, etc.).
• Encourage the children to draw pictures of things that make them feel happy.


Ask “what if” questions that have to do with feelings:
• What if you got angry and kicked the wall?
• What if you were excited and jumped on the chairs?



When I Feel Angry written by Cornelia Maude Spelman; illustrated by Nancy Cote

A little rabbit describes what makes her angry and the different ways she can control her anger.


Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis; illustrated by Laura Cornell

A child's emotions range from silliness to anger to excitement, coloring and changing each day.


Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jeron Ashford Frame; illustrations by R. Gregory Christie

A young boy ponders a variety of emotions and how different members of his family experience them, from his own blues to his father's grays and his grandmother's yellows.


When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry... by Molly Bang

A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.