Letter U!

The Plan


Bear in Underwear by Todd H. Doodler
One Rainy Day by M. Christina Butler
Red, White, and Boom! By Lee Wardlaw
Uncles by Lola M. Schaefer
Up, Down, and All Around by Katherine Ayres

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter U”

Flannelboard: “Red, White, and Blue”

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Umbrellas & Ten Little Raindrops”
One little, two little, three little umbrellas
Four little, five little, six little umbrellas
Seven little, eight little, nine little umbrellas
Ten umbrellas up for the rain
Repeat with raindrops going on top of umbrellas – last line “Ten raindrops falling down.” Pull raindrops away, counting down – last line “No raindrops out today.” Pull umbrellas away, counting down – last line, “Everything’s put away!”
Credit: Modified from childhood

Action Rhyme: “Up and Down”
Put your arms up
Put your arms down
Put them through the middle
Move them all around
One arm to the left
One arm to the right
Give yourself a hug
And hold on tight!
Credit: MotherReader

Bounce: “Mama and Papa and Uncle John”
Mama and Papa and Uncle John
Went to the market one by one
Mama fell off, Papa fell off
But Uncle John went on and on
Credit: King Country Library System

Fingerplay: “Up the Hill”
Here goes a turtle up a hill, creepy, creepy, creepy, creepy (crawl up arm)
Here goes a rabbit up a hill, boing, boing, boing, boing (bounce up arm)
Here goes an elephant up a hill, thud, thud, thud, thud (clap up arm)
Here goes a snake up the hill, slither, slither, slither, slither (slither up arm)
Here comes a rock down the hill, boom, boom, boom, boom, CRASH!
(bounce down, clap hands for crash)
Credit: Bright Spot — Brighton Memorial Library


This was a simple paper plate craft that was inspired by Jenna’s post at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. Since I was doing this with a daycare, I did want to minimize our mess, so I did not do it three-dimensional.

How It Went

The hit of storytime was “Up, Down, and All Around” — they loved this book! Everything else went pretty good, but I was met with a huge reaction of “EWW UNDERWEAR IS GROSS” when I read “Bear In Underwear.” I mean, the kids were in hysterics laughing, but I honestly wonder if they think underwear is gross. The umbrella craft was a huge success and the kids had a great day at storytime!


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