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BLAST Early Learning


duckling gets a cookieThe Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
words and picture by Mo Willems
Pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely.


llama llama time to share

Llama Llama Time to Share
by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama doesn't want to share his toys with his new neighbors. But when fighting leads to broken toys and tears, Llama learns that it's better to share.


Time to Say "Please"! by Mo Willems
Narrated by a group of friendly mice, an amusing book provides preschoolers with an introduction to manners through helpful demonstrations of when certain words and phrases, such as "excuse me" and "please," are used in social situations.

Open-ended Questions for Duckling Gets a Cookie!?:

• What are good times to say… please? ...thank you?... excuse me?



“Please and Thank You”
sung to: "Frere Jacques"
(taken from

Please and thank you
Please and thank you
Sounds so nice
Sounds so nice
Manners are important
Manners are important
Be polite
Be polite



Borrow Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 1 by Peter and Ellen Allard from your library. Listen to “Santa Maloney,” sing along, and do the motions!


Vocabulary Word:

polite: adj. showing good manners

(taken from The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems)



The Doorbell Rang
Bake cookies together as a class using a recipe. Then read The Doorbell Rang with the children. Talk about how the children in the story shared cookies with everyone that came to the door. Then divide up the cookies among the children in the class, everyone having an equal amount.


Sneezing Faces
Using a paper plate, let the kids draw their faces. You can use magazines to cut out eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. Add some hair with yarn or string. Then trace their hand and glue it to the mouth of the paper plate with a tissue in-between the hand and mouth. This makes a great class book during the cold and flu season.

Pepper Germs
After talking with the children about manners and saying excuse me and coving your mouth when you cough and sneeze, try this activity.
In a bowl of water, sprinkle some black pepper to represent germs. The pepper will float on top of the water. Discuss the importance of hand washing, using soap and water. Add a drop of dishwashing liquid into the center of the bowl, and watch the soap "scare the germs away!” (



Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A toddler's antics keep his mother busy as she tries to feed him, watch him on the playground, give him a bath, and put him to bed.


Thank You Bear
by Greg Foley

Despite the criticism of others, a bear finds the perfect gift for his mouse friend.

do unto otters

Do Unto Otters: (A Book about Manners)
by Laurie Keller

Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule.


mind your manners bb wolfMind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf
by Judy Sierra; illustrated by J. Otto Seibold

When B.B. Wolf, who now lives in the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to the library for a storybook tea, he is careful to follow the advice of his crocodile friend and impresses everyone with how polite he can be.