In the midst of freezing temperatures, animal movement storytime, with lots of swinging, shaking, stomping and hopping throughout, is a fun antidote to being cooped up indoors.
Book: Dancing Feet by Lindsay Craig
Action Song: The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter – love this song! So catchy and the kids really get into it.
I can take giant moose steps (step in place)
I can take tiny mouse steps (tiptoe in place)
I can take quick, quick bunny hops (hop in place)
I can sit still, as still as a rock. (sit down)
Book: Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman – a quieter, more reflective picture book than the others here
Fingerplay/Flannelboard: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Book: Jump by Scott Fischer. Love this story of the confident, dare I say cocky, animals jumping to safety.
Action Rhyme: Five little pigs
Five little pigs rolled in the mud –
Squishy, squashy, felt so good.
The farmer took one piggy out.
“Oink, Oink, oink,” the pig did shout!
Count down until…
No little pigs rolled in the mud.
They all looked so clean and good.
The farmer turned his back and then,
Those pigs rolled in the mud again.
I used Melissa’s adorable muddy pigs with this one.
Who Hops? by Katie Davis. A basic silly book in which elephants slither and giraffes crawl. Or do they? This one closes on a note encouraging kids to be active, a fitting
Additonal book suggestions:
Can You Move like an Elephant? by Judy Hindley, illustrated by Manya Stojic
Do Donkeys Dance? by Melanie Walsh
This is the Way by Charles Fuge
You are a Lion and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Tae-Eun Yoo
A sampling from You are a Lion:
Squat on your feet
Hands on the ground
You are a … (turn page)
Ribbit your song
Leap in the pond
All the day long