Cookies are the best. I have been craving a good oatmeal cookie for many weeks now, but thanks to my diet this rhyme is as close as I will get for awhile.
First, either make ten cookies out of paper or even better, cut pictures of actual cookies out of a magazine. Try to make or cut out a wide variety, round ones, ones with sprinkles, different colored icing, etc. Place them one at a time on the flannelboard (put velcro on the back so they will stick, or just coat lightly with adhesive spray), and count up to ten. Then talk about the cookies–how they are the same, how they are different, which one looks the yummiest (all of them, probably, or is that just me). Then, take out a large plastic (paper would work too) plate that you have lightly coated with adhesive spray. Put the cookies on the plate while you sing 1 little, 2 little, 3 little cookies/4 little, 5 little, 6 little cookies/7 little, 8 little, 9 little cookies/10 little cookies to eat. Then say “it’s time to eat these cookies!” and count/sing backwards while you remove cookies, until you have ’1 little cookie to eat’ left on the plate. Make gobbling noises (of course!) and take the last cookie off the plate.
Then dance off those cookie calories to the classic cookie song, C is for Cookie. I like to hand out letter C’s (die cut on the Ellison or similar machine is the easiest way) that they can hold while they dance. I am a big fan of a prop while dancing to songs that don’t have prescribed motions. I say things like “hold your C up high”, “wiggle your C down low”, and other silly directives. This way, the kids who don’t like to freestyle have something specific to do while listening to the song.
Darn it, now I REALLY want a cookie!