It is part seven of our summer storytime ideas series. Each week we gather in our local park to read great books for kids together with our neighbors. This week we featured Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson.
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Storytime Ideas: Hop, Hop, Jump!
Hop, Hop, Jump! is a fun book for little movers and shakers. The text is short and rhythmic. Not only do the kids learn to move in different ways (wiggling, stomping, clomping, etc.) little ones also reinforce learning the different parts of their body.
The Group Activities
Find Your Letter Partner
Each child was given a letter. They had to hop around calling out the sound their letter represents and find their partner. When they found a partner, they each named one word that started with the letter.
Skill building: listening, discrimination and letter sounds
Red Light, Green Light
As a kid we used to play a game we called “Red Light, Green Light”. We played a similar game to work on the sight words go and stop. I made a sign with two pieces of foam sheets (red and green) and a large craft stick. On one side I wrote the word go in green and on the other side stop in red. We had all the kids line up in the grass. I stood at one end of the field and turned the sign so the kids saw the word go. They had to run, hop, skip, etc. towards me until the sign was turned to stop. This was a run way to burn some energy and practice recognizing two sight words.
Skill building: sight word recognition
Roll & Play
We also played a game called Roll & Play. It’s a favorite game in our house that works with little ones as young as 18 months. The kids take turns rolling a color. Then, they select the corresponding color cards. The directions are read and everyone acts out what was said.
Skill building: following directions, taking turns (sequencing)
Letter and Sight Word Jumping
This is a quick and easy letter jumping game to play on the driveway from A Little Wall. We’ve done a variation of this activity by drawing a hopscotch frame and exchanging letters for the numbers.
Here is a sight word jumping game from Hands On: As We Grow. This would be a fun indoor or outdoor activity.
Gross Motor Fun
3 Dinosaurs has a fun gross motor activity that goes with the book Jump, Frog, Jump! that would be a perfect compliment with our storytime book.
Jumping Frog Math
Here is a fun gross motor games that also helps kids practice measuring. It’s called Frog Jump from Coffee Cups and Crayons.
A fun science extension would be to explore jumping colors from Gift of Curiosity.
Books about Jumping
Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan
Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Anna Banana 101 Jump Rope Rhymes by Joanna Cole are fun for kids who know how to jump rope or just like to jump around.
For more storytime ideas to go along with the book, Hop, Hop, Jump! and other great books, follow our Storytime Ideas Pinterest board.
Join us again next week when we share storytime ideas for Splash! by Jonas.