This week is play!
We started by picking out rhythm sticks and dancing to “Tap Your Sticks” by Hap Palmer.
After the music, we read our first story, Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel.
I really liked Brendan Wenzel’s illustrations in Ellen Jackson’s Beastly Babies, so I’ve been seeking out some of his other work. Some Pets didn’t disappoint. The illustrations are colorful and full of action, and the rhyming text is funny and sweet. There’s also lots of good opportunities to ask questions. Do you have any pets? What kind of pet would you like to have? Would you ever keep a snake as a pet? What about a mouse?
Next, we grabbed our egg shakers and danced to Jim Gill’s “Shakin’ Everywhere.”
After our music break, we read our second book, Never Follow a Dinosaur by Alex Latimer.
This one was a hit! A brother and sister find dinosaur footprints at their house, and they decide to follow them. Along the way, they imagine what kind of dinosaur it might be and what kind of things it might like to do. The kids really liked how silly the dinosaur was, and the grown-ups liked the ending, where we learn that all the dinosaur wants is some help baking a cake.
After we read Never Follow a Dinosaur, we moved on to our stations:
- Conveyor belt with animal bean bags.Our conveyor belt is from Kodo Kids.
- Dash robot.Dash is from Wonder Workshop. This is one of my favorite toys to use when I do storytimes at preschools and daycares. The kids love to drive him around and make him knock over block towers.
- KEVA planks.
- Tree blocks and toy animals.
- Soft toys and stacking cups.
Next week is STEM!