At group time each day we have been doing a song that I learned from my mentor teacher during my Montessori internship year. It has always been one of my favorites to do with little ones, and the little ones in my classroom have been enjoying it immensely. For lack of another song title, I call it "The Bakery Shop Song." To play this game, you will need 8 little "muffins" that are each a different color. Before laminating mine I glued glitter on the top to look like sugar. Here is a photo of the muffins.
To play, I begin by laying the muffins down in front of me one at a time. Together, we name the color of each one as I place it on the floor. Then, as I point to each muffin, we count to see how many there are. Then we sing the song. The lyrics are below. Unfortunately, it is not a familiar tune.
"Down on the corner at the bakery shop
There were 8 little muffins with sugar on the top.
Along came _________ (insert child's name) all alone
S/he bought the __________ (insert the color the child chooses) one
And took it home."
As their name is called in the song, the child comes forward and chooses a muffin, then returns to their place on the line with it. Then we count how many are left and change the number for the next verse. We continue until all the muffins are gone. AND (very important!!) we repeat the entire game until each child has had a turn to come up and choose a muffin.
If you are reading this right now and have a fun song/game that you enjoy doing with your group, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get some new ones. So........post me a comment and describe your activity.