It’s Easy Being Green! Family Storytime

Wide-Mouthed Frog A Pop-Up Book by Faulkner   Odd Egg by Gravett   The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band        

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

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam, [slap hands on knees to the beat]
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.

Introduction to Theme — Green Puppets
I had a couple frog puppets, and a green octopus finger puppet in a picnic basket and took each one out in turn asking, “What kind of animal is this?” Then, I asked the kids what they all had in common. With the help of the parents, we determined they were all green = yay!

Book — The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner
I taught the kids the song “I am a great big wide-mouthed frog, wide-mouthed frog, wide-mouthed frog, I am a great big wide-mouthed frog, and I like to eat bugs!” and got them to sing along every time Frog met one of the other animals.  I think that song came from one of Rob Reid’s books.

Movement with Visuals–  Fruit Salad
Watermelon, watermelon
[make a circle with your arms in front of your body]
Apple pear, apple pear
[pound two fists, one fist is your apple, the other your pear]
Banananananana, banananananana
[wiggle your pointer fingers — these are your bananas — as crazy as can be]
Fruit salad, fruit salad
[rub your tummy ’cause fruit salad is yummy!]

My Kindly Coworker taught me this fab song way back when!

From our branch's flannel treasure trove

From our branch’s flannel treasure trove

Song with Flannel — Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a hollow log
Eating the most delicious bugs – YUM YUM
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are only four speckled frogs – RIBBIT RIBBIT

[count down from there]

Movement with Flannel — The Green Grass Grows All Around
I was feeling ambitious with this one!  The parents really stepped up and helped make it work, but the kids looked a little confused following along.


There was a hole [use arms to make a circle in front of your body]
In the middle of the ground [bend or crouch down with hands slapping knees]
The prettiest hole that you ever did see

 Chorus:
And the green grass grows all around and around
And the green grass grows all around   [turn around in place]

There was a tree [stand up straight with arms tightly down by your sides]
In the middle of the hole [use arms to make a circle in front of your body]
The prettiest tree [stand up straight with arms tightly down by your sides]
That you ever did see

Well the tree’s in the hole  [use arms to make a circle in front of your body]
The hole is in the ground  [bend or crouch down with hands slapping knees]

Chorus

Continue with

And on that tree, there was a branch [hold out right arm straight from your body]…
And on that branch,  there was a nest [cup both hands together as is trying to hold water]…
And in that nest, there were some eggs [make two tights fists and wiggle!]…
And from those eggs,  out came some birds [Lobster claw finger movements]

 (from Sort of Librarian; flannel from our branch’s flannel treasure trove, photo coming soon)

Movement —  If You’d like to Read A Book Clap Your Hands
[additional verses included stomp feet, wave your arms, turn around, wiggle around, jump up and down, do it all, and ended with sit quietly]

Shaker Song — Shake Your Shakers Up and Shake Your Shakers Down
Shake your shakers up
And shake your shakers down.
Shake your shakers to the side
And shake them all around.
Shake them on your tummy
And shake them on your head.
Shake them on your shoulder
Then tuck them into bed.

Song on CD with Shakers — “I Know A Chicken”
from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band
I know a chicken (I know a chicken) and she laid an egg (and she laid an egg)
Oh I know a chicken (I know a chicken) and she laid an egg (and she laid an egg)
Oh my goodness (oh my goodness)
It’s a shaky egg! (it’s a shaky egg!)

Shake your eggs!
…Shake them fast
…Shake them slow
…Shake them in a circle
….Shake up and down

Shaker Collecting Song
 ___ is the colour,
The colour that I see.
If you have a ___ egg bring it to me!

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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