Bubble machine (sing Hello Bubbles and One Little Two Little Three Little Bubbles)
Opening song: Hands are Clapping (to the tune of Skip to My Lou) Hands are clapping, clap clap clap, hands are clapping, clap clap clap, hands are clapping, clap clap clap, clap your hands my darlings. (feet are stomping, bodies are wiggling)–I think this one was in this year’s early literacy summer reading manual
Opening game: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (sing 3 times–first time slow, second time a little faster, third time “super sonic speed”)
Book: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean (E CATS LITW)
Flannelboard Activity: My groovy (red) buttons. I printed these buttons onto different colored paper, laminated them, and put a bit of velcro on the back. I handed these out to the kids and instructed them to come up with their button when I called that color. Then I said “My buttons, my buttons, my groovy (red) buttons.” The kids with red buttons came up and put them on the flannelboard. Then we counted how many red buttons we had. We did this for each color. Then we went back and counted the total number of buttons.
Song: Bubble Bubble Pop. I made these cards and we sang the song demonstrated adorably (as always) by the Jbrary girls here.
Book: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera (E COUNTING CABR)
Book: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd (E COLORS DODD)
Parachute activity: 3 little monkeys jumping on the bed
Parachute activity: Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! We’re Going to the Moon!
For both of these we put my three monkey puppets on the parachute and sang/recited the rhymes. Three Little Monkeys got a little out of hand (they all fell off and some bumped their heads prematurely) so we had to put some of them back on. It wasn’t perfect, but boy, did we have fun! This is something I definitely want to incorporate more in my future storytimes.
Closing game: animal action cube–we toss this at the end of storytime and imitate an animal. This has really been fun!
Bubble machine and playtime
Craft and activity: bingo markers and teddy bear counter sorting