We've been doing squirrels and apples and nuts and leaves and all kinds of fall things for storytime in the last couple of weeks. But my number #1 hit has been the Popcorn Song.
I got this idea from Mel's Desk, a wonderful source of flannelboard ideas and all kinds of good stuff for storytime. You can see her version of the Popcorn Song and flannelboard pieces here. She even has a template for the felt popcorn. Mine look a little different from hers, since I layered another white piece on top of the base white piece.
Mel's rhyme goes like this:
Five little kernels sizzling in the pot
All of a sudden, one went POP!
I added a little bit:
Five little kernels sizzling in the pot.
Shake 'em, shake 'em, shake 'em,
Shake 'em till they're hot---
All of a sudden, one kernel went POP!
Four little kernels, etc.
When we sing "shake 'em" we shake our arms back and forth like we are shaking a pan on the stove.
Like Mel says, the impact of this activity comes from the fun of popping the popcorn on top of a kernel with each POP! The kids clap and I slap a popcorn on top of a kernel. Then we do it again until all five kernels are popped. Wow, they liked that one! And so easy.