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”
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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”
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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!

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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!

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
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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”
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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”
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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)

Flannelboard:

“Five Little Monsters”

5 Little Monsters Template – Printable

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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!”

Craft:

Styrofoam Ball Monsters

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my example
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one of the kids’ monsters
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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!

Materials:

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
paint
**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