I have been using Discount School Supply’s Counting Pop-Up Puppets with great success in introducing math and science concepts, supporting literacy skills and dramatic play, as well as promoting movement and physical activity. This set of 5 hand puppets include: 1 flower in a flowerpot, 2 penguins on an iceberg, 3 birds in a nest, 4 ladybugs on a leaf, and 5 green and speckled frogs on an old brown log. Each puppet has a flap with the numeral under it matching the number of items on the glove, i.e. the numeral 3 is under the flap of the 3 birds in the nest. Using the 5 puppets helps you teach numbers 1-5, one-to-one correspondence, numeral recognition, ordering and matching, addition and subtraction. Reinforce ordinal numbers by asking the children which puppet is first, last; first, second, third. Cardinality is addressed when the last number named is the quantity of object counted--tells “how many.” Life science includes the study of plants and animals and the puppets show their habitats. I’ve listed below an activity--song, dramatic play, dance, movement--to use with each puppet. Let the children put the puppets on their hands and stage a play! Puppets are a great tool to use in engaging children in the learning process.
The Little Flower (1 Flower) In the heart of a seed, Buried deep so deep, A tiny flower Lay fast asleep. “Wake,” said the sunshine, “And creep to the light.” “Wake,” said the voice Of the raindrops bright. The little flower heard And it rose to see, What the wonderful, Outside world might be.
Act out this poem by having the children crouch down low to the floor and pretend they are seeds sleeping. Then encourage them to stand up slowly until they are fully extended as the seeds sprouted (with the help of the sun and the rain) to become beautiful flowers.
Penguin Dance Chant by Jack Hartmann (2 Penguins)
Chorus: Have you ever seen a penguin come to tea When you look at me a penguin you will see Penguins attention, penguins begin
Right flipper (move right arm up and down) (Chorus) Right flipper, Left flipper (move right and left arm up and down) (Chorus) Right flipper, Left flipper, Right leg (Chorus) Right flipper, Left flipper, Right leg, Left leg (Chorus) Right flipper, Left flipper, Right leg, Left leg, Head Chorus Right flipper, Left flipper, Right leg, Left leg, Head, Turn around (Chorus) Right flipper, Left flipper, Right leg, Left leg, Head, Turn around, Penguin sound (caw, caw, caw, caw, caw) (Chorus)
Little Birdies Song (3 Blue Birds) Way up in the sky (jump high) The little birds fly (flap arms) While down in the nest (form nest with arms) The little birds rest (hands next to head like napping) Shhh! They're sleeping. (stage whisper shh! say quietly they're sleeping) With a wing on the left (fold left arm under) And a wing on the right (fold right arm under) The little birds sleep (hands next to head like napping) All through the night. Shhh! They're sleeping. (stage whisper shh! say quietly they're sleeping) The BRIGHT SUN COMES UP! (yell it out and jump high with arms above head) The dew goes away (hands like banging on a keyboard) Good morning, good morning, the little birds say (raise arms up and down)
Four Red Ladybugs (4 Ladybugs) Four red ladybugs sitting on a leaf. They sit on a leaf on a tree. And as they sit on that little green leaf, There are so many friends to see! With puppet on hand, point or “fly around” to all the children and say each one’s name... “I see Jack, and Sophia, and Mark, and Sally...” When the child hears their name they wave their hand in greeting.
Five Green and Speckled Frogs (5 Green Frogs) Five green and speckled frogs, Sitting on an old brown log, Eating some most delicious bugs -- YUM! YUM! One jumped into the pool, Where it was nice and cool, Then there are four green and speckled frogs. RIBBITT! RIBBITT! RIBBITT! RIBBITT! Continue count down until... Now there are no green and speckled frogs.