Story time started up again this month! The theme for September is oceans, and we started with two books by Kevin Sherry, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean! and I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean!. Both books feature a giant squid who loves to brag to all the animals in the ocean. There are lots of bold, vibrant colors to capture the kids’ attention. These books also offer lots of opportunities to engage the kids in the story by asking them questions. What other animals live in the ocean? Is a squid really the biggest thing in the ocean? What is the squid drawing?
We also did a flannel board story called “Five Little Sandcastles.” We had five sandcastles with felt attached to the back. We took them down one by one as I read them the rhyme:
Five little sand castles built by the shore
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were four.
Four little sand castles built just for me.
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were three.
Three little sand castles built just for you.
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were two.
Two little sand castles built in the sun
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There was one.
One little sand castle built just for fun
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were NONE!
The kids also made their very best WHOOSH! sounds every time the wave swept away one of the sandcastles.
After our flannel board, we danced to “Jim Gill’s Jump Up, Turn Around.” Then I turned them loose and let them play at the stations I’d set up before hand.
There were four stations altogether. In the sink, I’d set up a large mixing bowl full of water and put out our magnetic fishing set. On one table, there were ocean animals with shoelaces to lace through them. Another table had a magnetic board with a picture of an aquarium and dozens of ocean animal magnets. The craft table had octopus coloring sheets, which the kids colored using Magic Nuudles:
You dip the Magic Nuudles in water, then rub them on the paper to paint with them. You can also get them damp then stick them together to build with them. The kids loved them!
Hope to see you next week!