|You said it, Grumpy Cat.|
This week's storytime is all about winter. Although it's supposed to be 60 degrees here tomorrow (I don't believe it, weatherpeople) we did songs, activities, books, and a craft about the cold.
Songs/Fingerplays: Snow Fun by Carol Hammett on Preschool Action Time (a CD from my library). I made up motions to go with this song last year. The activity is simple enough that the 2's in my group can do it as well as the 5's.
I found a fun penguin fingerplay in the December/January issue of The Mailbox for Preschoolers. You will use two fingers on one hand, and three on the other. It takes some practice to not mix them up...or at least it has taken me a couple of tries anyway!
Five perky penguins trek through the snow.
Two go fast, and three go slow.
Diving and sliding all day through--that's what two fast penguins do.
Toddling and waddling every day--that's how three slow penguins play.
I placed a pile of my own kids' extra winter duds in a box to look through. The girls in the class were wondering why there was only boy stuff, so I threw in some of my items as well. We read The Mitten by Jan Brett, and discussed the similarities and differences between gloves and mittens. It was easy, since I had a visual aid of both.
These two books worked really well together. I will definitely be using both again. Yesterday I had a generally antsy crowd of 16, but today I had 3 quiet ladies attend class who approved of both books. Both titles are also appropriate for one-on-one bedtime reading; my 6 year old says so.
Beth, my awesome volunteer, prepped a bunch of this wonderful craft from Jan Brett's website for the kiddos. I printed everything out on cardstock, while she cut everything out, punched holes in the mittens for easy lacing, and paper-clipped everything together. Now the kids can retell the story at home.
We busted out the snowman dance party game again this year. We're jamming to Hot Chocolate from The Polar Express movie this time around. Keeping storytime classy, folks!
Next week's storytime is for the birds! Bird feeders and winter stories about nature!