Friday, May 12, 2017

Balancing Big and Little Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 

  • Flannelboard - Balancing a Snake
I created a simple scale with pieces I found at home. I found something that worked as the fulcrum and a lid to a plastic container as the cross beam. I then placed a bean bag snake on one end of the scale. I found some woodland creatures from a counting game to act as the counter weight to the snake. The children helped me count how many animals it took to balance the weight of the snake. 

  • Letter of the Day - "T" is for teeter-totter

  • Book #2 – Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker (pop-up)

  • Activity – This Is (fingerplay adapted by Carol Hopkins)
This is big, big, big
This is small, small, small
This is tall, tall, tall
This is short, short, short
This is fast, fast, fast
This is slow, slow, slow
This is yes, yes, yes
This is no, no, no
This is right, right, right
This is left, left, left
This is hide
(cover eyes with hands)
This is... Peekaboo!

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

  • Art Experience – Glue colorful small and large wallpaper squares onto a regular sheet of blue paper

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