Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Hooray, it's March and almost spring! It still doesn't feel like spring here but we know it's coming. We are doing some typical March themes at storytime including Kites.  I know there are several great Kite links on the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards like the one here. Two great kite theme books are, Someone Bigger by Jonathan Emmett and Kite Day; a Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand.  We have several kite flannels but I really wanted something interactive for the toddlers.  So, here's a rhyme and set of small felt kites that the kiddos can add to the board as we talk about colors and kites.
Color Kites
by Kathryn Roach

On a breezy spring day
Way up in the sky,
See the many *red kites
Flying high!

orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,
On a breezy spring day
Way up in the sky
   See the lovely rainbow color kites flying high!!

It's hard to see the red kite against the red felt of our board.  Anyway, I cut out 5 of each color and used the primary color variegated yarn (Walmart) cut into small lengths the same color as the kite for the tails. (It's the small things HA!) I usually stack the kites in the color sequence to be sure that every color is handed out. Then as I say the rhyme the kiddos bring their color kite up to the board.  They really enjoy this type of active rhyme. There are a lot of cognitive and social skills involved in this type of storytime activity; active listening, waiting for a turn, and a sense of collaborative pride when the board is full of the different color kites to make a 'rainbow'. Wow! I'm tired just thinking about it LOL!   
Kites are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime
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1 comment :

  1. Cute kites. The kids do love coming up and placing their piece on the flannel board...whatever it is. Fun! ~ jane