Spring Mixer Family Storytime

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Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together
With signs for more, together, happy, and friends.

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
[slap hands on knees to the beat]
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Can you say hello as slowly as you can?
Hello [very slow]

We repeated this with slowly, quickly, high, low, and ended with loud and quiet.

Intro to Theme — Spring clipart
We talked about spring and I posted some spring clipart on the flannel/felt board and the kids identified each one. Images included baby birds, nests, flowers, butterflies, leaves, etc.

Book — Peek-A-Bloom by Marie Torres Cimarusti
We have several of the books in the series and I kind of love them all!

Movement —  If You’d like to Read A Book Clap Your Hands
We clapped our hands, stomped our feet, waved our arms, turned around, wiggled around, jumped up and down, and then we did it all before sitting back down.

 

Hard to hold but worth the effort

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (pop-up) by Eric Carle
The pop-up version of this well-known book is a fun storytime treat! Love the “oohs” and “aahs” on the final pages!

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Fingerplay — Flutter Flutter Butterfly
Flutter flutter butterfly
Floating in the springtime sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter flutter butterfly
Floating in the springtime sky

(from Best Kids Book Site)

We sang this song once with the butterfly puppet, then I showed the kids how to make a butterfly with their hands before singing a second time. Note to self: butterfly hands are tough for little fingers.

Action Rhyme — There’s a Butterfly on my Toe, on my Toe
This was a simplified and butterfly-ized version of Raffi’s “There’s a Spider on the Floor”:
There’s a butterfly on my toe, on my toe
There’s a butterfly on my toe, on my toe
There’s a butterfly on my toe
There’s a butterfly on my toe
There’s a butterfly on my toe, on my toe!

The children suggested head, tummy, and shoulder for other verses.

Movement/Transition — Head and Shoulders
We did this one faster and faster as requested by one of the children.  Good suggestion!

Counting Rhyme — 5 Little Flowers
One little flower had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little flowers were smiling at the bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little flowers were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little flowers were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five

(from What Happens in Storytime)

something's hiding in a flower

Guessing Game Flannel/Felt — Something’s Hiding in a Flower
Something’s hiding in a flower
Making the flower squirm.
Pick the pretty orange flower.
Look! It’s a worm!

Something’s hiding in a flower
Come on, Let’s go see!
Pick the pretty blue flower.
Look! It’s a bumblebee!

Something’s hiding in a flower
He decided to stop by
Pick the pretty red flower.
Look! It’s a butterfly!

Something’s hiding in a flower
Can you guess? I can’t!
Pick the pretty purple flower
Look! It’s an ant!

Something’s hiding in a flower
Feeling kind of shy
Pick the pretty red flower.
Look! It’s a butterfly!

Something’s hiding in a flower
Giving it a hug
Pick the pretty yellow flower.
Look! It’s a ladybug!

This flannel — sorry for the awful photo! — comes from our branch’s ample collection.

 

Fingerplay — Here’s a Leaf
Here’s a leaf
And here’s a leaf
That makes 2
Here’s a bud
That makes a flower
Watch it bloom for you!

(adapted from King County Library System)

I used a scarf cupped in the “bud” for the flower and then mistakenly started to say, “If anyone else wants to try this with scarf–” and was cut off by cries of “Me!” “Me!” “I want to try!” before I could finish saying that they could try at the end of storytime. Silly librarian!

Book — Five Little Ducks by Child’s Play
I sang this one rather than reading it and threw in a couple movements for the kids too.  Fun!

Song & Bubbles — Goodbye Bubbles
Goodbye bubbles, goodbye bubbles
Come and land, come and land
Right in the middle, right in the middle
Of my hand, of my hand

(adapted from Read Play Sing’s Hello Bubbles)

I tried out bubble blowing for the first time and it was chaotic.  I told the dismayed looking parents that was the first time and last time for bubbles, but after talking with Read Play Sing’s Kendra, I will try again with more directions to the parents on helping to keep things calm.  Thanks for the suggestions, Kendra!

Closing Song — Wave Goodbye
Wave high, wave low,
I think it’s time, we gotta go.
Wave your elbows, wave your toes,
Wave your tongue and wave your nose.
Wave your knees, wave your lips,
Blow a kiss with fingertips.
Wave your ears, wave your hair,
Wave your belly and derriere.
Wave your chin, wave your eye,
Wave your hand and say “goodbye.”

(from Rob Reid)

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