Week 3 of winter featured the nursery rhyme Two Little Blackbirds along with stories about Birds and the letter B. This was a great nursery rhyme to feature since it has the fingerplay to go along with it. Somehow I kept pulling owl books for this one, but I managed to keep the owls to just one book and the craft.
Since our storytime was featuring Two Little Blackbirds, we did the fingerplay:
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill,
One named Jack and the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack and fly away Jill.
Come back Jack and come back Jill.
If you have never done this fingerplay before, you simply use your pointer fingers as each bird. Wiggle each one to indicate which they are then hide them behind your back when they fly away and bring them back again. This is really simple for the children to mimic even if they do not know the words.
I was really excited to find the song Two Little Dickey Birds / Roly Poly on the Teach a Toddler: playful songs for learning cd by Priscilla Hegner and Rose Grasselli. This way we could do the fingerplay again with music and it wasn't too repetitive.
We also sang the song Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing that features birds flying in the air. We used the scarves with this and did flapping motions with our arms.
Our final song was Sue Schnitzer's All this Fish. The kids just really love this song, so it seems to be one of my go to songs when I don't have something that really fits the theme. However, there are seagulls in this song, so it did work out!
The craft was a simple owl made with cut tissue paper glued to an owl outline. I also gave orange paper for a beak and construction paper for the tree branch.