Never mind. They had fun. I had fun!
We danced to the song "Let's Go Fly A Kite" from "Mary Poppins". I am not the biggest Disney fan, and as much as I love Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, I far prefer the book. But I'll take a well crafted song by a real songwriter over a lame piggyback song any day of the week, and this is a terrific song.The kids danced enthusiastically, with or without their grownups!
And then it was time for the parachute!
I have a small room, so I have a small, inexpensive parachute via Oriental Trading. I think I need a larger, stronger one, especially if we are going to use it outside in summer. But it worked well enough for "Shaky, Shaky" ) by the Wiggles, "If You're Happy and You Know It" (just sung acapella), "Pop Goes the Weasel!"
I did virtually the same program for my 3 and up group on Thursday afternoon. I don't have the adults in there though, so I did things I can't do when the grownups and the toddler siblings are about.
When we did the scarves, I also added Johnette Downing's "Scarves On Your Laps". I didn't bother to use her recording, I just sang it. It ends with "Scarves on the ground", so it's a good one to end a scarf time.
Afterwards, I had the kids scrunch their scarves as small as they could and hide them in their hands. Last time I did this, I tried to guess what color scarf they had (sometimes I can see them), this time it was "guess which hand it's in"? They really like that, especially when they fool me. We have that sort of relationship :D
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I let the kids draw on their paper first, then folded it and created the kites. Speaking of folding this, the picture directions on the site for the fold made things confusing. You really need to fold the paper more than they suggest so that you get the diamond shape on top seen here, and at first I couldn't get it to work. But it does work and kites WILL fly! And instead of cardboard winders, I salvaged some wooden spool things from my craft box and tied the strings to those.
That's all for this week. Hope there's something here you'll enjoy with the kids you love.