Friday, July 15, 2016

Garden Surprises Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum

  • Stand-up Activity – "Baby Bumblebee" traditional action song from Toddler Action Songs by Cedarmont Kids

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 

  • Flannelboard - "Plant a Little Seed" identification cards
I learned this one from Nancy Stewart. It is available on her website at  I sing the short song and then show a large picture card with a vegetable on it.  I ask the children to tell me what the vegetable is. 

  • Activity – A Little Plant (action chant adpated by Carol Hopkins)
In the heart of a seed
Buried oh so deep, a little plant lay fast asleep
"Awake," said the sun
"Come up through the earth."
"Awake," said the rain
"We are giving you birth."
The little seed heard and giving it a try
Pointed its leaves
Up to the sky

  • Closing - Scarves using the song "Flitter Flutter" from The Second Line by Johnette Downing 

  • Art Experience – Cut up paper towel tubes bent and taped together to make heart shaped green bean leaf stamps

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