Our first story was Duck sock hop by Jane Kohuth. This book kind of kicked off the theme when it came in on the new cart a few months ago. I thought that it was a cute, rhyming story about a bunch of ducks who have a sock hop every week. They start off with some great colorful and unique socks, but as the hops goes on the socks get destroyed. The illustrations are simple and bold and feature fun, sock wearing ducks. My Monday group did not seem too keen on this book, but they were probably coming off of a Halloween sugar high and the groups later in the week seemed to enjoy it more.
The second book that we read was Lindsey Craig's Dancing Feet. This is a fun book about the dancing feet of various creatures. It begins with the little ladybug's tippity feet and has other animals, such as the ducks with slappity feet and the elephant with stompity feet. The feet are shown on one page with the full creature when you turn the page so it was fun for the kids to guess what the creature was. At the end of the book there are kids with stompity feet, so we all stood up to do some stomping.
I decided to throw in Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin as our flannel story. I try not to repeat books too often and I had read the book version of this one in the spring. But, when it is a great story like this and I can do the flannel instead of the book I had to use it. It felt wrong to do a theme about feet without including Pete. If you are not familiar with this book you NEED to grab a copy RIGHT NOW. Then, you can read all about Pete and his white shoes that get turned different colors when he walks through some piles of fruit and sing along with the catchy song. I love this book and so do the kids. Most of them were singing along with me.
|For some of the groups I used this Pete I made for Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons.|
|For other versions I used my generic Pete.|
So, we followed the jumping song with Carole Peterson's Tommy thumb is up. This is a nice slow fingerplay song that you can do while sitting down and catching your breath before reading another story.
Carole Peterson also has the Shaker hop, which went well with our theme. The music is the bunny hop tune, but instead you are putting shakers in and out and hopping, of course.
Sue Schnitzer's All the fish is not really hopping or dancing, but you do jump up at the end of each verse. It is also a popular song with our storytime crowds, so I threw it in for the last week.
|We have these great eye stickers, but the black dots are all different sizes. So, our turkeys all looked a little crazed.|