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”
source

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

Feltboard:

“Five Little Kites”
source

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!

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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.

Craft:

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

2 thoughts on “Spring Has Sprung!

  1. You and I are in a similar frame of mind! The past 2 weeks I’ve had a LEGO challenge that involved making a vehicle to take us to a faraway land (one kid made a flying VW Van!) and a display about travelling/beach-themed stories. Winter, it’s almost April… get a life!

  2. This is adorable. Thanks for showing your books. I did not know Carr’s Splish, Splash, Spring.

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