all around you have green

Well, no green grass quite yet… but there’s the hope of a spring around the corner with lots and lots of GREEN. Green stories today in honor of ST. PATRICK’S DAY! I hope everyone has a lucky week 🙂

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano
Song (with motions and prop egg and bird): The Green Grass Grew All Around
Flannel: Teasing Mr. Crocodile (Words can be found here. Felt board set available from Artfelt.)
Read-aloud #2: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro
Flannel poem: Five Green Shamrocks
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #3: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Fingerplay: Five Fat Sausages
Storytelling Activity: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (using story props)
Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Dancing Song: “My Energy” from Laurie Berkner: Under a Shady Tree

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

Lucky Leprechauns

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
Flannel poem: Five Green Shamrocks
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Read-aloud #2: Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley
*Flannel poem: 5 Little Leprechauns
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #3: Pot O’ Gold by Kelly Green and/or Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry
**Flannel: Baa, Baa Colored/Black Sheep
Read-aloud #4: The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! by Teddy Slater
Fingerplay: Fun with Hands
(“Dancing” Song: “Tempo Marches On” from Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee)

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

*Five Little Leprechauns
Five little leprechauns playing in the sun.
The first one said, “Oh, my! We’re having fun!”
The second one said, “We need to spread some joy!”
The third one said, “Let’s find some girls and boys.”
The fourth one said, “There’s gold to be found!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s look all around!”
Then out came a rainbow, shining bright and bold.
So, five little leprechauns ran to find some gold!

**Baa, Baa Colored/Black Sheep
[I made visuals (could have been flannels) of sheep of various colors. On the back of the black sheep, I put three bags. I found a clipart that had three bags labeled “master”, “dame” and “little boy”.]
Baa, baa “blue” sheep,
Have you any wool?
No sir, no sir,
No bags full (turn visual around to show there’s nothing there)
…(Continue with other colored sheep)…
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, (turn visual to show the three bags)
Three bags full;
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full!

Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy almost-St.-Patrick’s-Day, everyone!

It’s Not Easy Being Green(e): St. Pat’s Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: March 13, 2007

OPENING:
Opening: Discuss things that are green
Puppet act: Tease children with alligator puppet
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Storytelling Activity: Very Hungry Caterpillar (flannel and puppets)
Read-aloud #1: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Flannel rhyme: Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Alligator
Read-aloud #2: Snip Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman
Flannel poem: Five Green Shamrocks
Rhyme: Leprechaun Stew
Read-aloud #3: Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold

MOVIE:
Alligators All Around

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

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Shamrock Butterflies

ALSO: My previous toddler storytimes for St. Patrick’s Days can be found here, here, and here!

A Lil' Storytime

Today’s storytime was all about people and animals that are little/small… like leprechauns! Happy early St. Patricks Day, everyone! We’ll have storytime again next week… but we are taking a one-week break on March 27th. Also: photos from last week’s Royalty Storytime are now posted on my Flickr page (see the sidebar on this blog).

Stories Shared:
Pot O’ Gold by Kelly Green
What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell
Whose Baby am I? by John Butler (pattern pieces here)
The Enormous Turnip (traditional folktale, pattern pieces can be found here)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Sometimes
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Old MacDonald
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Stretching Fun

Music:
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

It's Easy Being Green!

Yesterday, I did a guest storytime over at our Buena Vista library. We did stories about things that are the color GREEN in honor of St. Paddy’s Day coming up! (I’m still doing my regular storytime this Friday, though I’m planning on doing some different stories…)

Stories Shared:
Pot O’ Gold by Kelly Green
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Sometimes
Five Little Sausages
I’m a Little Teapot
Stretching Fun

Bonus Rhyme:
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious flies…yum, yum.
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool.
Then there were four green speckled frogs. Ribbit Ribbit!

Continue until only one frog is left

One green and specked frog.
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious flies…yum,yum.
He jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool.
Now there are no green speckled frogs.

Music:
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Snakes for St. Paddys

Oh my, I forgot to post last week’s storytime! We has a sssssuper time on March 14 with our Snakes and St. Patrick’s Day storytime.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Stories Shared:
Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Pot O’ Gold by Kelly Green

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Old MacDonald
Open Shut Them
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Poem for Flannel Board:
“Five Green Shamrocks”
Poem and templates for flannel board pieces can be found here

Music:
Sharon, Lois and Bram: Mainly Mother Goose
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)