For our last story time before winter break- a two week stretch where we don't have any programming so we can plan for story times and elementary programs into the next year- we focused on wheels. A surprise visit from a local school group doubled our story time size.
Song: Good Morning Dear Earth
Flannel: Little Mouse
Finger Play: I Had a Little Turtle
Book: Bicycle Race by Donald Crews
Action Rhyme: Big, Big, Big
Song: Jumping and Counting from Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense
Song: Open, Shut Them
Flannel: The Wheels on the Bus
Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Song: Turn Around
Make and Take Craft: Color Wheels
These little guys are great for hand eye coordination and if you launch them just right they'll fly like helicopters too!
Process: Before story time I cut the cardstock into circles just larger than a normal jar lid. I also punched one hole in the center of each circle. After story time we colored the disks, stuck a straw through the hole and taped it in place. When you roll the straw back and forth between your hands, the colored disk spins and the colors blur together.
Time: Prep took 10 minutes, the craft took 15 to make and another 20 to get over how cool playing with it was.