Five Pink Jellyfish

The children love this silly finger rhyme. It’s great for transitions because it requires no materials. The children like the sound effects and the drama. Use one hand like a dish and pretend to swish around water in it. Use the other hand as the jellyfish. 

Five pink jellyfish, five pink jellyfish, five pink jellyfish in my dish! But one fell out. Awwwe. 

Four pink jellyfish, four pink jellyfish, four pink jellyfish in my dish! But another one fell out. Awwwwe. 

Repeat until you get to none. 

… But wait, listen! Blub blub blub SPLASH! YAY (clapping). 

One pink jellyfish, one pink jellyfish, one pink jellyfish in my dish. 

…But wait, what’s that? Blub blub blub SPLASH! YAY (clapping). 

Repeat until you get back to five! 

Felt Story: Pete the Cat & His Four Groovy Buttons 

The children love felt stories during circle time. Sometimes I make handmade felts out of their favourite books. This one is by Eric Litwin. The three dimensional felts bring the stories alive. I grabbed the Pete song off YouTube and have been playing it along with the felt. This one involves counting which is always fun and I made the buttons removable so we can count and subtract together along with the song!  I also allow the children to play with my felts during quiet/rest time and often hear them re-telling the stories on their own. 

My Pigeon House

I open up my pigeon house,
And I set all my pigeons free.
They fly around on every side,
‘Til they perch on the highest tree.
And when they return from their merry, merry flight,
They close their eyes and they say, ‘Good night’.

Coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, Coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo coo. x 2 

Shaker Song

Shake your shakers up,

Shake your shakers down,

Shake your shakers to the side,

and shake them all around.

Shake them on your shoulders,

Shake them on your head,

Shake them on your tummy,

and put them all to bed.

Good night shakers!

(Rest head on hands together at side of face or hold behind back to stop the sound.)