With the winter cold in full effect, cabin fever is setting in. It’s hard to work out all of your energy when you’re stuck inside. So today we explored all the different movements our bodies can make, then jumped, wiggled , and danced to the beat.
We started off with our welcome song, “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” by Kathy Reid-Naiman. We kept things musical and followed the directions in the song “Bodies 1-2-3” by Peter & Ellen Allard. To keep things moving we went through the action rhyme “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” Then we found out how animals move in the book Move by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.
Next we passed out egg shakers and shook it to the rhythms of “Shake It Up” by Lisa Monet and “Milkshake Song” by Old Town School of Folk Music. Then we read a book with a beat, Can You Dance to the Boogaloo by Alice V. Lickens.
After another action rhyme,”Jump Like a Frog” we read another animal movement story, From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. In this interactive story, kids are asked to imitate the animal actions on the page. We followed this with the silly song “Skinamarink.”
For some large motor movement we brought out the parachutes and played along to the song “Ring Around the Rosie” and the rhyme “Popcorn, Popcorn.” To finish storytime we did the call and response “Goodbye Chant.”
Our movie today was the animated story, Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales.