As a nod to St. Paddy’s Day this week, storytime was all about the color GREEN (which also happens to be Miss Katrina’s favorite color)! Talking about green things with the kiddos sure got me in the mood for spring (green grass, green frogs, green trees, green bugs). Here’s hoping we’ll see some of that green stuff popping up through the dull brown soon…
Welcome Song: “We Clap and Sing Hello”
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and sing hello
Continue with: We stomp… We wave…
- Rabbit – Rebecca Rabbit is a very soft rabbit puppet, that I told the kids was very shy, so she was going to take a little nap while we had storytime and she came back out before the craft to let all the kids pet her. I just love when the puppets get hugs and kisses (even though some of the parents cringe about germs…).
- Radish – Rebecca Rabbit’s favorite treat! I showed a picture of a radish–my favorite guess as to what kind of vegetable it was, was “rutabega?” Good guess!
- Robot – A printed off picture of a friendly robot.
- Rainbow – I made a flannel rainbow awhile back for “Rainbow in a Pot,” so I borrowed the rainbow for this. Starting with red, I had the kids tell me what each color was as I put the flannel pieces up on the board. Then I said, “We have a lot of colors up here, but today our storytime is all about the color GREEN!”
We talked about animals that were green (frogs, snakes, lizards, turtles), and then I asked them if sheep are green. Of course they aren’t! But in this first book, there are sheep of all different colors and together we looked for the green sheep.
Book 1: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
This book was a big hit! I had all the kids help me say “But where is the green sheep?” each time it came up on a page. At the end, when we found the green sheep sleeping beside a green bush, we talked about how he was blending in to the bush. One kid raised his hand and said, “He’s camouflaged!” Awesome.
Song: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”
Five green and speckled frogs (Hold up 5 fingers)
Sat on a speckled log (Hold arm across body like a log, placing fingers on top)
Eating some most delicious bugs (ASL sign for “eat”) “Yum, yum!” (Rub belly)
One jumped into the pool (Hold up index finger and arc it away from “arm log”)
Where it was nice and cool (Swimming motion with arms)
Now there are four green speckled frogs “Ribbit! Ribbit!” (Hold up 4 fingers)
Continue until there are zero frogs!
Book 2: Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
This is such an adorable book. Little pea likes a lot of things, but there is one thing that he can’t stand: Candy. If he can just get through eating his required five pieces of candy, then he can have dessert: Spinach! His favorite! It took a little bit of prompting for me to get the kids on board with the humor in this one (“Would you like to eat candy for dinner every night?” “Do you like eating spinach for dessert?”), but there were some older kids in my storytimes this week and they were totally hooked. The grown-ups were definitely chuckling, too. 🙂
Action Rhyme: “Five Green Peas”
Five green peas in a peapod, pressed (hold up 5 fingers, then press both fists together)
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest (raise fingers one at a time)
They grew and grew and they did not stop (stretch fingers and arms wide)
Until one day that pod went POP! (clap)
Continue until there are no more peas!
Book 3: In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
I personally enjoy this one and I thought the bright, bold illustrations would work well for storytime, but unfortunately it fell a little flat. Too few words on the page, I think. I did this one for preschool storytimes, but skipped it with the regular storytime crowd.
Activity: Five peas in a pod
We happened to have those little wooden ice cream spoons lying around, so I used those up, but you could also use popsicle sticks or the wider tongue-depressor type wooden craft sticks. Each kid got a blank “pod,” a green marker, and a handful of green pompoms in a variety of sizes to glue on to the peapod. The idea was to have them count out five peas, but some of the kids piled tons onto the pod, which was okay too!
This time I also included a little display with more green-themed books (that’s the most action the puppet theater has seen in years!).