This week is play!
We started with one of our favorite songs, “Tap Your Sticks” by Hap Palmer.
After our song, we sat down in a circle and played a name game. I rolled a small, soft ball to one of the kids and asked them to say their name. Then I counted to three and we all said, “Good morning, [name]!” It was a great way to get to know each other better, and it was a lot of fun to see the kids light up when it was their turn.
Our book this week was Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play by Deborah Hembrook and Kathryn Heling. This is a fun guessing game book where readers have to figure out what sport a person plays based on the clothing and equipment drying on the clothesline. There are some fun, less common sports included, like fencing and archery. Hembrook and Heling’s previous collaboration, Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do, is also excellent.
We followed our book up with our parachute. First, we played popcorn. I threw some Magic Nuudles on the parachute for them to bounce up and down. Regular packing peanuts, rolled up socks, or beanbags would work as well. Then, I put on the Freeze Dance song, and we moved around in a circle while bouncing the Magic Nuudles up and down. Every time the music stopped, we froze. We also played one of our favorite parachute games. I called out a color, we lifted the parachute as high as we could, and then all the kids holding the color I called ran underneath and switched places.
After the parachute, we moved on to our stations:
- Kinetic sand with rollers, tweezers, and plastic play knives. Kinetic sand is fantastic for refining fine motor skills.
- Kitchen area with play food and cardboard oven.
- Sandbox. This is one of the kids’ absolute favorite activities. Some of them will spend the whole time here.
We had tons of fun this week. Next week is STEM!