Garden Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes

my garden

Song: “In Our Garden” – Peter & Ellen Allard: Sing It! Say It! Sway It!

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

Flower Garden book cover

Flannel: There’s Something in My Garden

Song: “It is Springtime” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Jonathan and Martha by Petr Horáček

Jonathan and Martha book cover

Song: “Won’t You Plant Your Seeds with Care” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Big Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Planting a Rainbow book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Fork-painted tulips in a garden

tulip preschool story time garden craft

Spring Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: spring

Book: Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal

Flannel: There’s something in my garden

Song: “It is Springtime” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Spring by Julie Murray

Song: “It’s raining/Itsy-bitsy spider medley” – Music for Little People: 101 Toddler Favorites

Song: “La Arana Pequenita” – Cantarima: Canciones Tradicionales

Book: Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott

Song: “This is how I do it” – Laurie Berkner: Superhero

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing song

Craft: Coloring sheet “u” with die-cut umbrella

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Spring Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! book cover

Rhyme: Little Brown Rabbit Popped Out of the Ground

Flannel: There’s something in my garden

Song: “Won’t you plant your seeds with care” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Book: What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Maggie Smith

What Does Bunny See? book cover

Song: “It Is Springtime” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Puppet Show: Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand (abridged)

Spring is Here book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Fork-painted tulips

fork paint tulip preschool spring story time craft

Birds – Everybody Story Time

Opening Song

Book: Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, illustrated by Kenard Pak

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Song: “If I was a Bird” — Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

Puppet: Bird puppet lands on different body parts.

Book: Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

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Action Rhyme: “Little Birds”
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down
Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound
Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves
Little birds, little birds, sit down please

Book: Early Bird by Toni Yuly

earlybird

Rhyme: Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! And fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! And come back, Jill!
Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Soft and one named LOUD . . .
Two little blackbirds flying in the sky
One named Low and one named High. . .
Two little blackbirds sitting on a stick
One named Slow and one named Quick. . .

Book: Night Owl by Toni Yuly

night owl

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

Bird

 

Spring Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: rain, umbrella, worm

Book: Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Sam Williams

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Puppets/Song: “Five Little Ducks” – Susie Tallman; Animal Songs

Rhyme: One, two, buckle my shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (clap, tap shoes)
Three, four, shut the door (clap, cover eyes)
Five, six, pick up sticks (clap, wiggle fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (clap, raise arms)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen (clap, widen arms)

Book: Spring is Here by Taro Gomi

spring is here

Song: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” – Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel; It’s Toddler Time

Song: Hop, hop, hop along (Tune: “Row Your Boat”)
Hop, hop, hop along (hop)
Or bounce on someone’s knee (bounce)
Higher and higher and higher and higher (lift)
Bunny hop with me. (hop)

Song: “Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” – Susie Tallman; Let’s Go! Travel, Camp & Car Songs

Book: Peek-a-Bloom! By Marie Torres Cimarusti, illustrated by Stephanie Peterson

peek-a-bloom

Rhyme: Trot, trot to Boston

Song: Forgot a bag to carry (Tune: “Ring around the Rosie”)
Forgot a bag to carry (sign for bag)
Our books at the library (sign for book)
Stack’em, stack’em (lift baby, or stack hands)
They all fall down (baby to lap, or hands open)
Credit: Leah Portz

Book (choral): Welcome Spring by Jill Ackerman, illustrated by Nancy Davis

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Song (shaky eggs): “Red, Red Robin” – Rosie Flores; Best of the Land of Nod Store Music

Closing rhyme

Spring Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: spring

Book: Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz

baby loves spring

Flannel: There’s something in my garden

Song: “It is Springtime” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Rain by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews

rain

Song: “It’s raining/Itsy-bitsy spider medley” – Music for Little People: 101 Toddler Favorites

Song: “La Arana Pequenita” – Cantarima: Canciones Tradicionales

Book: Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Berry

duckies rainbow

Song (with scarves): “Colors” – Kira Willey: Dance for the Sun

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Glue worms and flowers and color.

 

 

Spring Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for spring

Book: Welcome Spring by Jill Ackerman, illustrated by Nancy Davis

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Rhyme: Garden snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, creeps the garden snail. (Move hands down legs)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, up the wooden rail. (Move hands up legs)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, runs the little mouse, (Down legs)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, in his little house. Squeak! (Up legs and body, make ears)

Rhyme: Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
My little baby deserves a tickle! [tickle baby]
One for her nose, and one for her toes
And one for her belly where the hot dog goes!

Song: “Say, Say Oh Baby” – Priscilla Hegner: Baby Games

Book: Rain by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews

rain

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Song: “Little Red Wagon” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

Book: Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz

baby loves spring

Rhyme: That’s Me Complete

I have ten little fingers and ten little toes (wiggle fingers and toes)
Two little arms and one little nose (wave arms, touch nose)
One little mouth and two little ears (touch mouth and ears)
Two little eyes for smiles and tears (touch your eyes)
One little head and two little feet (touch head, wiggle feet)
One little chin, that’s ME complete! (touch chin and pat chest)
(Source: Wadsworth Library)

Song: Here we go up, up, up (Tune: “Here we go looby loo”)
Here we go up, up, up (lift baby)
Here we go down, down, down,
Here we go up, up, up
Here we go down, down, down.

Song (with shakers): “Red, Red Robin” – Rosie Flores: Sing Along with Putumayo

Closing Rhyme