A game that gets them jumping!
1. Have the children crouch down in a tight squat, feet on the floor. They are being popcorn kernels.
2. Begin the rhyme:
You put the oil in the pot
And you let it get HOT!
You put the popcorn in
And you start to grin!
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle [at this the children start to wriggle around on their feet, while still scrunched down tight]
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle …
POP!!! [here the children LEAP upward]
The game officially ends here, but I usually keep them going for a while, shouting out “Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!” for five or six or ten more jumps, but before it gets wildly out of control, I call out, “AAAaaaaand [this gets their attention] STOP!!”
And with ‘stop!’ they plop back down into the kernel position, ready for the next round.
With slightly older children, you can do “sticky popcorn”, which has them, when they bump into each other, stick together to form a popcorn ball, and then they have to jump around in a clump. I don’t do this with toddlers: the odds of everyone falling into a piece of furniture and ending up in a crying heap on the floor is too great!
It’s a great game for a stuck-inside day.