Welcome to flu season. You might think it’s been going on for a while, but for me, it’s just starting. I currently get sneezed on and at, 5,867,903 times a day. “HI MRS. SARA-AAAAAAAAHCCCCOOOO.” So when I came in this morning, I scrapped my planned story time and decided that it was time to 1. teach these kids how to sneeze into their elbow instead of at my desk and 2. to read some stories about being sick. If you have sick kids at home, they can surely identify with the characters of these books.
This is from Circle Time. A parachute play story time for children 2-3 years old.
Opening song: Where is thumbkin (we use this song for fine motor skills. The muscles used for cutting and writing are hard to develop. Try getting your child to give you a thumbs up a couple times a day or sing this song to help strenthen that muscle”
Parachute Play: foam balls on the parachute. First we pretend it’s a bright, sunny day and we the balls are boats floating along calmly. We shake the parachute slowly to accomplish this. I emphasize SLOWLY. Then a storm comes, the waves get bigger! We bounce the balls like crazy.
*At Home Tip: If you don’t have a parachute or it’s just you and your children, you can use a towel or small sheet to accomplish the same fun on a smaller scale.
Book 1: Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson (bear is ADORABLE in this series!)
Parachute Play: We danced and shook the parachute to the song “Bumpin’ the Chute” from the Playtime Parachute Fun by Kimbo Cd. Buy the cd here: http://www.amazon.com/Playtime-Parachute-Fun-Kimbo/dp/B00000DARM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1328039033&sr=8-2. OR you could just put on any fast music and alternately shake the chute fast and jump up and down with it.
Finger Play: Tommy Thumbs Up
Book 2: Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
Parachute Play: All Around the Mulberry Bush. We held the parachute with one hand (this is good right hand/left hand practice-first hold with one hand to sing the song, then do the other. I like to stamp one hand to help them remember). We walked around in a circle while we sang the song. When we sang “POP! Goes the Weasel) we shook the parachute up and down.
Finger Play: Wiggle your fingers, wiggle your toes, wiggle your shoulders, wiggle your nose. Now the wiggles are out of me and I’m as still as I can be.
Book 3: Monkey Soup by Louis Sachar. (I found this book to be SUPER funny. Not all of the children picked up on the subtle humor).
Parachute Play: Worms wiggling under the parachute. Pretend you are worms and go underneath. First you will wiggle fast, then slow, then you will wiggle out.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.
There it is! While I have managed not to get sick from the sneeze attacks, I believe I have carried the germs home to my husband who has a new cold every other week, so stay well and wash your hands until Spring!