Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

… or we can always wish, right!? In order to help us forget about the freezing temperatures I thought we could talk about sunshine, gardens and kites (oh my!) for our Spring Storytime.  Also, this past Wednesday was the first day of Spring– even though it didn’t feel like it.
Our name tags were flowers and we started our morning as we always do, by singing Hi Hello.  After that I asked the group what the signs of spring are (birds chirping, sunshine, rainy day, playing outside).

Spring Picture Books:

wake up it's spring
Wake Up, It’s Spring by Lisa Campbell Ernst
and then it's spring
And Then It’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano, Illus. by Erin E. Stead
splish splash spring
Splish, Splash, Spring
By Jan Carr, Illus. by Dorothy Donohue
my garden
My Garden
By Kevin Henkes

Songs and Fingerplays:

“Five Little Flowers”

Five Little Flowers Standing in the sun
[Hold up 5 fingers.]
See their heads nodding, Bowing one by one
[Bend fingers several times.]
Down, down, down Comes the gentle rain
[Raise hands, wiggle fingers and lower hands.]
And the 5 little flowers Lift up their heads again
[Hold up 5 fingers.]
One little flower growing just for you.
[Hold up 1 finger.]
Up came another and then there were two.
[Hold up 2 fingers.]
Two little flowers growing near a tree.
Up came another and then there were three.
[Hold up 3 fingers.]
Three little flowers growing more and more.
[Move hand up.]
Up came another and then there were four
[Hold up 4 fingers.]
Four little flowers growing side by side.
Up came another and then there were five.
[Hold up all 5 fingers]

“Bumblebee, Bumblebee”

Bumblebee, bumblebee
Landing on my nose
Bumblebee, bumblebee,
Now he’s on my toes
On my arms, on my legs,
On my elbows!
Bumblebee, bumblebee,
He lands and then he goes!

I also had a ladybug puppet so we did the same rhyme but with “ladybug, ladybug” instead


“Five Little Kites”

One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites flying high above me;
Along came another, then there were three.
Three little kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and alive
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!


I just used the same diamond shape for each kite, glued on the crosses and numbers and then braided yarn for the string.  Very easy and looks adorable!  After we went through the rhyme we went through the colors of the kites and the numbers on the kites in English and Spanish.


Planting seeds!

spring has sprung

I just used clear cups so they could see the plants as they grow and then gave them random stickers and paper to glue onto their cups to decorate.  The kids LOVED this craft and were very excited to watch their plants grow.  One little boy asked if he could call me on the telephone when his plant grows :)

Other Picture Books:

This post is also a part of the Flannel Friday roundup!



Our theme this week was Pets and I gave each of the kids an opportunity to tell me about their pets, which happened to be all dogs in our room.  They did like to hear that I used to have turtles though (Henrietta and Franklin).  They also included some of their favorite stuffed animals as pets and told me their names (we have Coco the monkey who joins one of the boys each week).

After having a little time to tell me their own stories, we started as we always do with our Opening Song, Hi Hello.

Pets Picture Books:

mutt dog
Mutt Dog
By Stephen Michael King
boris and the snoozebox
Boris and the Snoozebox
By Leigh Hodgkinson
the pet dragon
The Pet Dragon
By Christopher Nieman
meeow and the big box
Meeow and the Big Box
By Sebastien Braun

I also have been doing this book at the end of every storytime (but before our closing songs) to get the kids stretching a little bit. Their favorite is the Lion Roar!
little yoga
Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga By Rebecca Whitford and Martina

Songs and Fingerplays:

“If You’re a Pet and You Know It”
(tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
Repeat with kitty/meow, fishy/blub, hamster/run in place, bird/tweet

“Grey Squirrel”
I actually did this one for color’s week and had many requests to do it again so I kept the basic song and the kids helped me think of new verses along the way
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
Shake your bushy tail!
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
Shake your bushy tail!

Alternate verses: Brown dog Brown Dog, Black Kitty Black Kitty, Yellow Bird Yellow Bird, Green Turtle Green Turtle
Kid’s verses (these got pretty fun): Happy boy Happy Boy, Excited Girl Excited Girl, Purple Grandma Purple Grandma, Mooing Cow Mooing Cow.

“Can You”
Can you hop like a rab­bit?
Can you jump like a frog?
Can you wad­dle like a duck?
Can you wag your tail like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit back down and be still like this?

I am also going to add this song to the “Get the Wiggles Out” section because it ends with the kids being quite and sitting down.

We also did a BINGO feltboard activity. I just had the felt pieces for B-I-N-G-O and we sang the song and then at the ends the kids helped me count the letters and name the colors each letter was.

We ended with our Closing Song, Tickle the Clouds.

Pets Craft

Cat and Dog paper bag puppets

Cat and Dog Paper Bag Puppet Printable!!

SAM_4063 SAM_4070


Paper Bags
Googly eyes (I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: my favorite things to use in crafts)
Black, Brown, Pink Construction Paper
Yarn/Streamer for tails

We had some pretty creative kids this week– one boy named his cat “Dinosaur” and another named his dog “BooHooHooHoo”

Other Pet’s Storytime Ideas:

Awesome Storytime: Pets!Youth Literature: Pets
Storytime With Miss Mollie: Pet’s Galore
Roving FiddleHead: Pet’s Storytime



Everyone is friends at storytime and this week we were celebrating that!  We started as we do every week with our opening song, Hi, Hello and talked about how we are all friends.

Friendship Picture Books:

bear's new friend
Bear’s New Friend
By Karma Wilson, Illus. by Jane Chapman
a friend like you
A Friend Like You
By Tanja Askani
i'm not.

I’m Not.
By Pam Smallcomb, Illus. by Robert Weinstock
 pearl barley and charlie parsley
Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley
By Aaron Blabey

Songs and Fingerplays:

“The More We Get Together”
The more we get together, together, together
the more we get together,
the happier we’ll be.
‘Cause your friends are my friends
and my friends are your friends!
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be!

“If You’re Friendly”
tune: If You’re Happy and You Know it
If your friendly and you know it, clap your hands.
If your friendly and you know it, clap your hands.
If your friendly and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If your friendly and you know it, clap your hands!
additional verses: stomp your feet, give a hug, shout hooray, sit down

“Ten Good Friends”
One best, two best, three best friends
four best, five best, six best friends
seven best, eight best, nine best friends
The ten best friends are we!
and in spanish:
Uno mejor, dos mejor, tres mejores amigos
cuatro mejor, cinco mejor, seis mejores amigos
siete mejor, ocho mejor, nueve mejores amigos
los diez mejores amigos que son

Friendship Craft:
Friend chain. I got the template out of an ALA binder from a summer reading program a couple years go. I had out a variety of craft supplies so the kids could create their friends however they wanted. Here is a very creative take on one toddler’s friends:

Other Friendship Storytime Ideas:
SurLaLune, Will You Be My Friend?
Once Upon a (Story) Time, Friendship Storytime
Johnson County Library, Friendship Storytime

AHH! Monsters!

AHH! Monsters!

The theme this week was Monsters and it was quite a hit! The kids loved pretending to be monsters and giving me their best Growls and Roars.

We started with our regular opening song, Hi, Hello.

Monster picture books:

spike the mixed up monster
Spike, the Mixed Up Monster

by Susan Hood, Illus. Melissa Sweet
If You’re a Monster and You Know it
by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
how to potty train your monster
How to Potty Train your Monster
by Kelly DiPucchio, Illus. by Michael Moon
(the kids especially liked counting the eyeballs on each of the monsters)
creepy monsters, sleepy monsters
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters: a lullaby
by Jane Yolen, Illus. by Kelly Murphy

Songs & Fingerplays

“Monsters Galore”

Monsters galore, can you roar? (Roar)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (Flying motions)
Monsters galore, please shut the door. (Clap)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (Sit/fall down)

“If I Were a Monster”
If I were a happy monster, I’d go ha! ha! ha! (laugh)
If I were a sad monster, I’d go boo, hoo, hoo. (rub eyes)
If I were a mad monster, I’d go stomp, stomp, stomp! (stomp feet)
If I were a scared monster, I’d go AAHH! AAHH! AAHH! (scream)
But I’m just me, you see, so I’ll just read, read, read!
(put hands together like book)


“Five Little Monsters”

5 Little Monsters Template – Printable


This little monster has a big red nose
This little monster has purple toes.
This little monster has green spiky hair
This little monster has teeth that can scare!
And this little monster goes “Tee-hee-hee”
“I’m not scary, It’s just me!”


Styrofoam Ball Monsters

my example
one of the kids’ monsters
one of the kids’ monsters

I got styrofoam balls and painted them beforehand so that they were dry when the kids got them… I did about 6 different colors in all. I gave them free reign to make their monsters look how ever they wanted– the more eyeballs the better!


Styrofoam balls (probably around 2″ in diameter)

and the rest is up to your discretion! some good ideas are:
googly eyes
cotton balls (colored and white)
straws or pipe cleaners for arms
glitter pens, glitter
**to hold the styrofoam balls steady while the kids are decorating I would recommend making a circle out of pipe cleaners and setting the monsters in the pipe cleaner**

Other picture book ideas:

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
There was an Old Monster by Ed Emberley
Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer, Illus. by Scott Magoon

Other Monster Ideas:

Awesome Storytime: Grrrr…. Monsters
Crafts and Things for Children: Fun Monsters, Crafts, Activites, Books, & Snack
SurLaLune: Monsters
Sunflower Storytime: Monsters