Hilda Must Be Dancing

Today was our last day of Up, Down, and All Around Preschool Class!

Hilda Must Be Dancing

We started with “My Hands.”

Sometimes my hands are at my side
Then behind my back they hide
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers just so
Shake them fast
Shake them slow
Sometimes my hands go
Then I rest them in my lap

Then we read our story for today, Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson and Suzanne Watts. It’s a fun, rhyming story about a hippo named Hilda who finds that her love of dancing is causing chaos for her jungle friends.

We decided to do a little dancing of our own, but first we decided to make instruments. We used paper plates, pipe cleaners, and jingle bells to make tambourines. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to catch any pictures, but they’re really easy to make. Just use a hole punch to make holes around the edge of a paper plate. Cut some pipe cleaners into halves or thirds, then bead them through the jingle bells. Twist tie the pipe cleaners with the jingle bells in the holes around the paper plate. This is great for fine motor skill refinement.

We tested out our new tambourines by dancing to “Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi and “Freeze Dance” by the Fresh Beats Band. It was a great way to get moving and make some noise.

After dancing, the kids were given free time to play with foam blocks, magnetic cars, plastic animals, and printable roads.

We wrapped up by saying “Touch Your Chin.”

Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way
This game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend
You’re going to sneeze
Touch your elbows
Where they bend
Jump right up and say

We’ll be taking a break from Preschool Class during December, but we’ll be back in January with more storytime fun!


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