ABC Storytime- Letter F

Didn't have time to get to Five.
Cover Art for Simms Taback's farm animals Cover Art for Five for a little one

ECRR2 Activities:

  • Put letters on the Chicka Chicka tree; sing ABCs (Playing & Singing)
  • Letter writing practice with the dry erase boards (Writing) 
  • Flutter, Flutter Little Bat (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)
    • Flutter, flutter little bat
      How I wonder where you're at.
      Up above the midnight sky
      Peeking down with yellow eyes,
      Flutter, flutter little bat
      How I wonder where you're at.
  • Alligator Fingers (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
    • Thumb Alligator goes chomp, chomp, chomp
      Chomp, chomp, chomp,
      Chomp, chomp, chomp.
      Thumb Alligator goes chomp, chomp, chomp
      All day long.
      (Repeat with Pointer, Middle, Ring, and Pinky)
    • This rhyme is the result of a conversation Melissa Depper and I had about finger independence and the tricky waters of the traditional "Where is Thumbkin" rhyme for teaching finger names. She came up with the alligator idea, and I came up with the piggyback song. To do this rhyme I had the kids stack their hands parallel to the floor and use both their right and left fingers to "chomp" together. Finger independence is definitely a fine motor thing, but many of the older preschoolers could isolate just their thumbs, pointers, and pinky fingers. The middle and ring fingers are tricky! No matter if they were doing it "right" or not, all the kids had fun chomping away!
  1. "Can't Wait to Celebrate" by Jim Gill from Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem
  2. "Black Bat Farm" by Carole Peterson from H.U.M.: Highly Useable Music
  3. "Reach for the Sky" by Wee Sing from Wee Sing Children's Songs and Fingerplays
Craft: Coloring with Owl Stickers
I couldn't find any farm or bat related (my nod to Halloween, which was the day after storytime) crafts that a) my group could handle or b) focused more on process than product, so I just pulled out crayons, white computer paper, and some owl stickers I had found on clearance.

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  1. Love the rhyme. Nice job to Mel and you. :)

  2. I *loved* the Alligator Finger song and used it earlier this year for my Letter F storytime. I'm going to try to incorporate it more regularly throughout my storytimes

    1. I'm so glad to hear this was useful for you! I should try this again and see how they do!


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