Our summer storytime ideas series with lots of book activities is winding down. Each week we have gathered in our local park to read great books for kids together with our neighbors. This week we featured Splash! by Ann Jonas.
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Storytime Ideas: Splash!
Splash! is a counting story that takes place at a pond. Different animals jump in and out of the pond prompting the kids to count how many things are in the pond on each two-page spread.
The Group Activities
Acting Out the Story
Prior to storytime I created prop necklaces for all the characters in the book. I cut the four goldfish and two catfish from colored foam sheets.
Then, I used plastic lids, construction paper, foam colored sheets, googly eyes and yarn to make the dog, cat, three frogs, turtle and dragonfly (Not pictured because I forgot to make this one and had to do it after I took pictures!). I used a hole punch to create a hole at the top of each animal face. I used yarn placed through the hole to create a necklace.
At storytime, I asked for volunteers to be the characters in the story and gave them each a necklace to wear. We spread out a blue blanket for the pond and placed the fish in the pond. The fish stay in the pond during the entire story.
Each character stood around the pond and waited for their turn to jump in and out of the pond during the story. The kids in the audience were the counters.
Skill building: listening and following directions, counting
We also sang two songs about frogs- “I Have a Little Frog” and “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”.
We did “I Have a Little Frog” as a call and repeat song. You could even blow bubbles at the end and let the kids pop them.
For “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” we used this great paper towel tube frog prop from Mel’s Corner.
Skill building: fluency and counting
Here are some more activities to try at home after storytime.
Pond Sensory Play
Set up this pond sensory bin from Blog Me Mom and the kids will be able to use it to retell the story and enjoy lots of pond pretend play.
This turtle snack from Meet the Dubiens is super quick and healthy!
Host a Splash Party similar to the one Jornie.com created for lots of outdoor wet play.
Practice more counting with this frog activity from Rainy Day Mum.
Books about Counting
For more storytime ideas to go along with the book, Splash! and other great books, follow our Storytime Ideas Pinterest board.
Join us next week for Mo Willems week. It is our grand finale!