Preschool Storytime: Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump!

Welcome to Storytime! Today I’m reading BumpetyDunkety, Thumpety-Thump! This story uses the letter “u” in many of the words as we follow a little boy and girl through their busy day.   

Parent Teaching Tip

When you play with words – rhyming, alliteration, changing vowel sounds and making up nonsense words – children have fun. This leads to playing with words and sounds themselves and gives them early awareness of sound, which they will need to develop literacy skills. 

More Fun

Blueberries might not be in season yet, but you can make this cute basket with blueberries using a potato stamp, some paint and craft sticks. 

Berries are delicious to eat by themselves or in a pie like in the story. Berries also make great colors to paint with. You can use raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and even blueberries if you want to experiment with different colors 

I liked the repetition of the “u” in so many of the words in this story. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish vowel sounds. Here are a couple of fun games to play to practice vowel sounds.  

This game from kindergarten connection is about hearing and identifying the vowel sound in words. Collect magnet letters for each vowel. Create a cloud for each letter from the playdough. While you say the sound of the vowel either by itself or in a short word have your child use a magnet letter to create a print in the playdough. More details for this game and others are available on their website. 

Playdough with letter beads provide all kinds of learning opportunities! We used playdough and letter beads to make clouds, imprinting and sorting vowels.

This game from coffee cups and crayons is to practice saying the vowel sounds. 

Phonics Practice Game for Preschool and Kindergarten Kids! Learn those tricky vowel sounds!


Sesame Street has a fun version of the song we just sang. 


Here’s another fun song that plays with the sounds of vowels! 


Thanks for listening! Here are some more books all about berries. 

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Dawn's favorite thing about being an outreach storyteller is getting young children excited about reading & learning! When she isn't out telling stories or helping you find just the right book at the library, she is reading or using what she's read to enjoy her hobbies. You may see her out with her camera taking pictures or walking her dog Honey. She also loves cooking with the fresh herbs in her garden.