Families: Balloons & Bubbles

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka*
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett Krosoczka
Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid*

Early Literacy Tip
Help your children see shapes all around them, even if they are not standard shapes like circles, triangles, and squares. Even babies can see shapes! Shapes are the precursors to letters!

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Yo Gabba Gabba Music Is Awesome!*

Featured Track: #13 Bubbles*

Flannelboard: “Five Bubbles”

Flannelboard: “The Great Hot Air Balloon Race”

Props: Bubble Machine

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Ants Go Marching
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree
  • Green Says Go*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Two Little Blackbirds
  • Way Up High in the Apple Tree

How It Went

I was pretty terrified to let the large group of kids each have a turn to roll the dice for “The Great Hot Air Balloon Race”, but they were amazing and patient and all took their turns. I did have a few very small toddlers who loved to pick up the dice and bring it to me, but since we do so much passing in/out at our storytimes they are always prepared to give it back to Miss Katie. Our music CD started skipping at the beginning of class, but thankfully our track was working fine. The favorite book of the day was definitely Bubble Bath Pirates!

2 comments on “Families: Balloons & Bubbles

  1. Nora
    December 17, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    The Scrubbly-Bubbly Car Wash would be great for this theme.

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      Thanks for the tip!

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