Balloon Story Time
Opening Song: "Finger Family"
Song: "Where is Thumbkin?"
Story: Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai
While this book has a story to narrate, I decided to use it for a picture walk. Preschoolers helped me tell a story about a little girl named Emily and her yellow balloon.
Song: "Animal Action I" by Greg and Steve
Story: POP! Went Another Balloon! by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Rory Tyger
This story demonstrated counting and subtracting in a fun and repetitious way. Ended up being a great interactive story!
Song: "Body Rock" by Greg and Steve
Story: Sally’s Great Balloon Adventure by Stephen Huneck (didn’t get to this book)
This is a story about a dog,Sally, who goes to a hot air balloon race. While looking at the balloons, Sally smells fried chicken! In an attempt to find the chicken, Sally finds herself in a hot air balloon, alone and floating away. While Sally’s adventure makes the news, all she can do is worry about the fried chicken.
Closing Song: "If You’re Happy & You Know It!"
Craft: Mini Marshmallow Shooters (from www.cometogetherkids.com)
Materials Needed: plastic cups; balloons; mini marshmallows; scissors
- Cut the bottom part off of the cup.
- Tie a knot at the end of a balloon and cut off about ½” from the other end opposite of the knot.
- Stretch the open end of the balloon over the end of the cup. That’s it! You are now ready to launch marshmallows!
*lead photo by Erin Gilmer