Let the Games Begin

by Claire Abraham

Books to Share

  • Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek by Eileen Christelow.
  • Hide and Snake by Keith Baker.
  • Little Quack’s Hide and Seek by Lauren Thompson.
  • Moongame by Frank Asch.
  • Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora.
  • What Game Shall We Play? by Pat Hutchins.

Books to Show or Booktalk

  • Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina by Lulu Delacre.
  • The Day I Had to Play With My Sister by Crosby Newell Bonsall.
  • The Farmer in the Dell by Pam Adams.
  • Hide and Seek All Week by Tomie DePaola.

Bulletin Board

Let the Games Begin

Place the caption “Let the Games Begin” in the top center of your bulletin board. Decorate the bulletin board with your choices from among these different games.

  • Tic-tac-toe – Cut four strips of equal length from construction paper. Arrange them to create a tic-tac-toe board. Fill the grid with Xs and Os.
  • Hopscotch – Cut ten boxes of equal size out from construction paper. Arrange them in the shape of a hopscotch grid and number each box.
  • Marbles – Cut a hoop from construction paper. Cut out a variety of colorful circles to place inside the hoop.

Display books about games and how to play them on a shelf or ledge below or near the bulletin board.

Fingerplays

“Jack in the Box” and “My Red Balloon” from I’m a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime by Jane Cobb.

Rhymes and Poetry

“Nursery Chairs” from When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne.

“The Swing”

(From A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. Public domain.)

How do you like to go up in a swing,


Up in the air so blue?


Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing


Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,


Till I can see so wide,


River and trees and cattle and all


Over the countryside –

Till I look down on the garden green,


Down on the roof so brown –


Up in the air I go flying again,


Up in the air and down!

Audio Recordings

  • “Brown Girl in the Ring” on Shake it to the One that You Love Best: Play Songs and Lullabies from Black Musical Traditions by Cheryl Warren Mattox.
  • “The Grand Old Duke of York” on Where Is Thumbkin? by the Learning Station.
  • “Somebody Come and Play” on Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music by Sesame Street.

Flannel Boards

“Let’s Play” and “The Game” from Flannelboard Stories for Infants and Toddlers by Ann and Mary Carlson.

Puppet Shows

“Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” and “I Had a Little Rooster” from 101 Fingerplays, Stories, and Songs to Use With Finger Puppets by Diane Briggs.

Stories

  • “The Chase” from Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold by Valerie Marsh.
  • “A New Sport” from Storyteller’s Sampler by Valerie Marsh.

Crafts

Thumbprints at Play

Materials

  • Paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Stamp pad

Directions

Give the children a piece of paper and let them press their thumbs onto the stamp pad, and then press thumbprints onto the piece of paper. Give the children crayons to turn their thumbprints into pictures of children running and playing. The thumbprints can represent the children’s heads, or balls, or anything else that the artist likes.

Games and Activities

Ring Around The Rosie

(Traditional. Children form a circle and join hands. They chant the rhyme and circle to the left. On the last line, the children drop hands and fall on the floor.)

Ring around the rosie


A pocket full of posies


Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!

London Bridge

(Traditional. Choose two children to be the London Bridge. These two children face each other and clasp each other’s hands in the air, forming an arch. The other children form a line. As the group begins to sing, the children in line walk one-by-one under the arch and back to the end of the line. On the last line of the song, the two children playing the bridge will bring their arms down, “catching” the child under the arch. In some versions, the two children sway their arms back and forth, rocking the child they “caught,” and sing,“Take the keys and lock her/him up, lock her/him up. Take the keys and lock her/him up, My fair lady.” Then the child who was “caught” takes the place one of the children holding hands, and the two children form another arch and the game begins again.)

London Bridge is falling down,


Falling down, falling down,


London Bridge is falling down,


My fair lady!

Videos/DVDs/Films

If you have public performance rights, show these videos and DVDs, or segments of them, to the children. Otherwise, display them for home use.

  • The Alphabet Jungle Game. (30 minutes)
  • Grandpa’s Magical Toys. (56 minutes)
  • On a Fun Rainy Day (Babies at Play). (37 minutes)
  • Sesame Street: The Great Numbers Game. (30 minutes)

Professional Resources

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Flannelboard Stories for Infants and Toddlers by Ann and Mary Carlson.
  • I’m a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime by Jane Cobb.
  • Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw and Fold by Valerie Marsh.
  • 101 Fingerplays, Stories, and Songs to Use with Finger Puppets by Diane Briggs.
  • Storyteller’s Sampler by Valerie Marsh.
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne.

 



Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011