This week is play!
We had some new faces today, so we played our introduction ball game. We sat in a circle and took turns rolling a ball to someone else in the circle. Whoever had the ball said their name out loud, and we all said hello to them.
Our book today was Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.
Duck! Rabbit! is about a very mysterious creature who is either a duck with a very long bill or a rabbit with very long ears. The narrators of the book can’t quite agree. Does it quack or sniff? Does it eat bread or carrots? Is it taking a drink from a lake or cooling its ears. The kids loved it, and they loved trying to figure out whether it was a duck or a rabbit.
After our book, we played with bean bags and partner parachutes, which are small enough to be used by two people. They bounced the beanbags up and down on the parachute. I put on “Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill, and as we counted along with the song, we tossed the beanbags into the air with the parachutes. We ended by lifting our parachutes as high as we could, letting them float in the air, and then picking all of our stuff up.
We also did a craft together today. We made Duck! Rabbit! puppets. There are several templates online. There’s a very good one at First Grade Fairytales; scroll to the end of the post for a link to the PDF.
I actually had them cut two shapes out and glue them together, but that was much more complicated than it needed to be. The simplest way to do it is to cut out the shape, decorate one side as a duck and the other as a rabbit, and attach a Popsicle stick to the bottom.
When they were done with their puppets, they were free to move on to our stations:
- Kinetic sand.
- Conveyor belt and scale.
- Water table.
- Block tower and soft toys.
- Magnet wall.
See you next week for STEM!