Playground Animals

Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry recommends a book for me to use in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with my students in hopes of giving you some new ideas to use in your classes! Here is the May book. Enjoy!

playground day


For May, Kerry suggested I try the book Playground Day! by Jennifer J. Merz. I was excited to try it out because one of my very favorite dances to do with my littles is the playground dance! 

This book puts a different spin on the playground by incorporating animals, which at first I thought was a little confusing, but then I spent some time thinking about it.  I usually do books with my 3 & 4 year olds, but I thought this book was on the younger side, so I used it with my 2 & 3 year olds instead. They love animals! Here’s what we did: 

First, I read the book all the way through. Then we explored the words, the animals and the playground toys.

1) Frogs on the sea saw – Jumps up and down.
2) Monkeys on the monkey bars – hanging.
3) Squirrels hiding in tunnels – Small and big.
4) Birds flying on the swings – Swing and soar.
5) Penguins sliding down the slide – Sliding on bellies and feet.

It’s a sweet book, but I thought it was hard to connect the animals to the playground, even though I did it, and my littles loved it, and it did challenge them to think of different ways of moving… I just thought their was to much going on for one book!

Do you have any ideas for making this book work better? I would like to try it again, at a different angle. Do you know of any other playground books? Do you dance about the playground? I would love to hear!

Now, I think we should head on over to Kerry’s blog to learn more about this book!

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