Friday, April 18, 2014

Storytime: Bunnies, Eggs and Chicks!

Easter is coming up this Sunday.  Stores are inundated with chocolate rabbits, marshmallow Peeps, Easter eggs, and other pastel-colored decorations and candy.  Well, I just HAD to get into the Easter spirit, so I planned a storytime featuring bunnies, chickens and eggs.  If you're uncomfortable doing an Easter-themed storytime depending on your community, this would also work as a "Spring Things" storytime.  If you'd like any non-Easter book suggestions, please send me a comment.

Peek-a-boo bunnyWee little chickI hatched!Minerva Louise and the colorful eggsThe Easter Bunny's assistant


Peek-a-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice
Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson


I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke
The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas

FLANNEL RHYME:  Five Little Bunnies

One little bunny, wondering what to do,
Another bunny came along, then there were two.
Two little bunnies, hopping just like me,
Another bunny came along, then there were three.
Three little bunnies, jumping around outdoors,
Another bunny came along, then there were four.
Four little bunnies, so fluffy and alive,
Another bunny came along, then there were five.
Five little bunnies ready for some fun,
Hopped away in the warm, spring sun.

Source:  King County Library System

SONG:  "I Know a Chicken" by Laurie Berkner from the album Whaddaya Think of That?
I seem to play this song A LOT at storytime, but it's such fun and fits in with lots of themes.  You can't go wrong with a bunch of shaky eggs.

FINGERPLAY:  Ten Fluffy Chicks

Five eggs
     (hold up five fingers)
And five eggs
     (hold up five more fingers)
That makes ten
Sitting on top is the mother hen
     (lock fingers, knuckles up)
Crack, crack, crack, what do I see?
     (wiggle fingers apart)
Ten baby chicks as yellow as can be
     (hold up ten fingers)

Source:  Perry Public Library

FLANNEL RHYME:  Jelly Bean Countdown
Use five different colored jelly beans

Five little jelly beans, I wish I had more!  I'll eat the (color) one - now there are four!
Four little jelly beans, tasty as can be.  I'll eat the (color) one - now there are three!
Three little jelly beans, only a few.  I'll eat the (color) one - now there are two!
Two little jelly beans, eating them is fun.  I'll eat the (color) one - now there is one.
One little jelly bean, the one for me.  I'll eat the (color) one - I'm as happy as can be!

Source:  Perry Public Library

CRAFT:  Pom Pom Easter Egg Painting
I found this on Pinterest (where else?) and knew I had to try it with my toddlers.  This is great way for toddlers to paint.  Using clothespins, attach a pom pom to each one.  Holding this makeshift paint brush, kids dip their pom pom into different colors of washable paint and press it onto a coloring page of an egg.  Super easy and super fun!

SNACK:  Cupcakes
I don't normally have snacks at storytime, but for special occasions I'll break out my mixing bowl.  I made homemade yellow cupcakes with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting that I tinted light green.  Then I decorated them with bunny Peeps (attached with a toothpick) and jelly beans.  Adorable and quite yummy, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Storytime: Spring Has Sprung!

The official first day of Spring was last month, but you couldn't tell that from the lovely weather in Syracuse.  Snow in April, really?!  That didn't stop me from planning a spring-themed storytime.

Wake up, it's Spring!Mouse's first springIn like a lion, out like a lambAnd then it's springSpring is here


Wake Up, It's Spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Mouse's First Spring by Lauren Thompson


In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand

FINGERPLAY: During the Spring

During the spring, it often showers.
     (flutter fingers down)
Or the sun shines for many hours.
     (form circle in the air with your arms)
Both are good for the flowers!
     (cup each hand and extend like a flower)

SOURCE: SurLaLune Storytime

FLANNEL RHYME:  Five Little Pigs in the Mud
Spring is all about mud, so this rhyme fits in perfectly.  Also, this can be used for bath time or farm animal themed storytimes.

Five little pigs rolled in the mud
     (hold up five fingers)
Squishy, squashy, felt so good.
     (roll hands)
The farmer took one piggy out,
"Oink, oink, oink," that pig did shout!

Continue with four, three, two, one...

No little pigs rolled in the mud.
They all looked so clean and good.
The farmer turned his back and then,
Those pigs rolled in the mud again!

RHYME SOURCE: King County Library System
FELT TEMPLATE: Storytime Katie

FINGERPLAY: Five Little Flowers

Five little flowers standing in the sun,
     (hold up five fingers)
See their heads all nodding, one by one.
     (bend fingers several times)
Down, down, down comes the gentle rain,
     (raise hands, wiggle fingers and lower hands)
And the five little flowers lift their heads up again!
     (hold up five fingers)

SOURCE: SurLaLune Storytime

CRAFT:  Fork Print Flowers

Pinterest to the rescue, again!  I found this idea here.  This was an easy and surprisingly non-messy craft that worked great with the toddlers and preschoolers.