Introductions, three things to remember, and theme discussion
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek
A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems
“Hokey Pokey” Song
I am a Humpback Whale by Aaron Carr
Puppet Seek-n-Find Game: Hide puppets around the room then explain you are going to sing a song that explains what animal they need to find and what they should do when they find it. Then sing (to the tune of “Muffin Man”) Oh if you see the yellow duck, the yellow duck, the yellow duck/ oh if you see the yellow duck then stand by it and clap. Continue with the other hidden animals as well as other actions (stomp, spin, jump, etc.).
“Come on let’s jump” song
Bouncing rhyme: Smooth road, smooth road (sway gently)/ bumpy road, bumpy road (bounce)/ rough road, rough road (bounce harder)/ HOLE! (fall over)
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Whale craft courtesy of Alphabet Action
Tips & Tricks
I found a bunch of alternate book options that would have worked perfectly in this story time. All of my final choices were short and sweet because our groups have skewed on the younger side. That being said, while I love I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean it’s always a total hit or miss with the groups I read it in. Sometimes they get it and love it, other times they stare at me blankly. Does anyone else have this experience? I really liked this craft–I printed it out on card stock so it would be sturdy. The kids enjoyed being able to fold and push the craft stick through the pre-made holes in the card stock. They all swam their whales to their grown-ups after the program–how cute!