We kicked off this week’s story time with Today I Will Fly by one of my favorite authors and illustrators, Mo Willems. Piggy decides she wants to fly, but her best friend Gerald is less than supportive. It’s a great lesson for kids about the importance of working hard, not giving up, and encouraging our friends instead of putting them down. The kids loved trying to figure out what the pig would try next and whether she would fly. Our second book was The Talent Show by Jo Hodgkinson. When a group of animals decide to enter a talent show, they discover that they are in desperate need of a singer. Will they find one in time?
We danced to Jim Gill’s “Silly Dance Contest” and “Spaghetti Legs” after we read, and we rolled the exercise dice a few times after that. The kids then had some free time to play with Play-Doh and cookie cutters.
Our craft this week was a very long crocodile:
The template for the crocodile’s head and tail can be downloaded for free at author Jeannette Rowe’s website (it’s the Wobbly Puppet- Crocodile). We colored and cut our parts, then glued them to a strip of green paper that had been accordion folded. We attached Popsicle sticks to the back of the puppet with masking tape.
You could also cut the strip of green paper so that it tapers towards the tail. Lots of the kids made beautiful multi-colored crocodiles, so replacing the green paper with a different color or even a white paper colored by your child is also an option.
Next week, we’ll be talking about trucks and cars and things that go. Hope to see you there!