Storytime: Get Moving

This was a fun first Toddler Time session (I am only doing Toddler Time this year). The children loved acting out the book Stretch, and parachutes are going to need to be added to my regular rotation.

Books

wokka stretch

How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle
Stretch by Doreen Cronin (she has some other books that would be fun to use)

Songs
“Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”

Rhymes
“We Can!” (from Perry Public Library)
We can jump jump jump
We can hop hop hop
We can clap clap clap
We can stop stop stop
We can nod our heads for yes
We can shake our heads for no
We can bend our knees a little bit
And we can sit down slow

Activity
Parachute Play – We sang two songs and chanted one rhyme while playing with the parachute.

“The Parachute Goes Up” (from Storytime All-Stars)
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The parachute goes up
The parachute goes down
The parachute goes up and up and then it goes back down
(sing several times)

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” (from Storytime All-Stars)
Verses: lift it high, drop it low, shake it fast, shake it slow, hide underneath

“When the Parachute Goes Up” (from Storytime Source Page)
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
**I chanted this, but singing would probably work better.
When the parachute goes up, stomp your feet
When the parachute goes up, stomp your feet
When the parachute goes high, and lifts up toward the sky
When the parachute goes up, stomp your feet
Verses: bend your knees, shake your head, shout hooray

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