Spring Flowers

HOORAY! It’s FINALLY Spring!!!!!!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano OR Sunflower by Miela Ford
*Flannel: Little Mouse
Read-aloud #2: What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
**Flannel: Here is a Spring Flower
Read Aloud #3: Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce
***Flannel: Three Little Tulips
****Fingerplay: Flowers for Mom
Fingerplay: Beehive
Read-aloud #4: My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Read-aloud #5: It’s Spring! by Else Holmelund Minarik
(“Dancing” Song: “The Wiggle Song” from Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Little Mouse
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

**Here is a Spring Flower (using flannels of flowers with emotional faces)
Here is a spring flower who’s happy
Here is a spring flower who sighs
Here is a spring flower who’s sleepy
Here is a spring flower who cries
Here is a spring flower who’s angry
Here is a spring flower who’s sad
Here is a spring flower who’s noisy
And here is a spring flower who’s glad!

***Three Little Tulips (using 3 tulip flannels; the red one has a longer stem)
Three little tulips I once grew,
A white one, a pink one, a red one too.
One little tulip grew, grew, grew.
It grew taller than the other two,
The other two, the other two.
It grew taller than the other two!
[Credit: Arlea Kittredge]

****Flowers for Mom
I’ll pick some flowers for my Mom.
To make a nice bouquet (pick flowers)
I’ll give her a smile (smile)
And say, Happy Mother’s Day

Eat Your Veggies!

Another “Reading is sooooo delicious” storytime at Panera! This week, we had some tasty vegetable stories. “Seconds” will be served tomorrow at Gail Borden at 10:15 am in the Youth Services patio area. No registration required!

I’ll be back at both Panera and Gail Borden next week, too… so come on over and feast on some fine stories 🙂

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo (with finger puppets)
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Read-aloud #3: Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
*Fingerplay: Five Fat Pods
Read-aloud #4: Mrs. Fickle’s Pickles by Lori Ann Ries
Song: Fun with Hands

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

* Five Fat Pods
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (hold hand in a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (put thumb and fingers up one by one)
They grew and grew (raise hands in the air very slowly)
And they grew and they grew
They grew so fat
That the pea-pod POPPED! (clap)

Spring Gardening

Stories Shared:
In My Garden by Ward Schumaker
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
The Enormous Turnip (Told with these patterns)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Rhymes sheet.):
Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Round and Round the Garden
The Beehive
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Hands Up High
Blackbirds

Music:
Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That? (I Know a Chicken)
*Awesome song to use with shakers!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Mary, Mary
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Stories Shared:
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
In My Garden by Ward Schumaker
Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce
The Enormous Turnip

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Round and Round the Garden
Blackbirds
The Beehive
Fun With Hands

Bonus Song:
“Green Grass Grows All Around”
Full version of the song can be found here

Music:
John Lithgow: Singin’ in the Bathtub
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)