Baby Storytime: Flower Garden

There was lots of sunshine this weekend–and lots of rain on the way! Gardens need both rain and sun to grow!

OPENING SONG: Hello Song*

OPENING FINGERPLAY: Open Them Shut Them*

BOOK: Small Seed by NICHOLLS
Another great book for babies from Little Scholastic! Lots of rhyme and repetition as the small seed grows into a sunflower.

FINGERPLAY: Big Round Sun

Big round sun in the summer sky
Hold arms in circle over head
Waved to a cloud that was passing by
Wave!
The little cloud laughed as it started to rain
Wiggle fingers downward for rain
And out came the big round sun again.
Hold up arms in circle above head again

FLANNEL SONG: If It’s Raining Outside
Sing to: If You’re Happy and You Know It.

If it’s raining outside, wear your boots,
If it’s raining outside, wear your boots,
If it’s raining outside, then your boots will keep you dry
If it’s raining outside, wear your boots.

…wear your coat
…wear your hat
…bring your umbella

BOOK: Lenny in the Garden by WILSON-MAX
I can’t think of a single book Ken Wilson-Max has illustrated that HASN’T made me happy just to look at it.

BOUNCE: I’m A Little Beetle
I wrote this little rhyme a few years ago. Bounce babies in laps, then lift them up when you say, “Fly!” You can use it with toddlers and preschoolers, too–just have them JUMP when you say “Fly!”

I’m a little beetle
And I wiggle all day
If you get too close to me,
I’ll FLY away!

I’m a little bumblebee…
I’m a little ladybug…

FLANNEL SONG: A Hunting We Will Go*
Today we used things we’d find in a garden: bee/tree, ants/pants, parrot/carrot, and frog/log.

LITERACY TIP: Print Motivation
Make sure your babies see you are a reader, too! Show them your garden catalogs, or the sports pages, or your latest book from the library. We are powerful models for our kids! If they see that we read, they are more likely to become readers themselves.

BOOK: Big Yellow Sunflower by BARRY
This folds out to a big beautiful flower! Practice holding the pages before you read this in storytime, but the effort is worth it…the flower is so bright and big enough for everyone to see!

FLANNEL RHYME: Out in the Garden

Out in the garden
Growing in the sun
Were 5 pretty flowers
And I picked one!

Out in the garden
Growing in the sun
Were 4 pretty flowers
And I picked one!

Etc.

ACTION RHYME: This is Big Big Big*

CLOSING SONG: Sneeze Game*

*Check out the My Baby Storytime page for the words and/or citations for these weekly activities!

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7 Responses to Baby Storytime: Flower Garden

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  2. Marianne says:

    Where did you find your graphics for “A Hunting We Will GO” garden version?
    They are adorable

  3. Melissa says:

    Thanks, Marianne! All the images in “Hunting” I found in Microsoft Word clip art files a few years ago. You may find similar images if you search there. Good luck!

  4. Amanda M. says:

    Hi Melissa!
    I’m wondering exactly how you sing your Hunting We Will Go song with the rhyming pairs. I know a song by that title, but it might be a different song because it doesn’t seem to work 🙂
    (In my head, the tune is Farmer in the Dell – am I completely off-base?)

    This is a terrific spring storytime plan! I think I’ll be borrowing some ideas to make some little ones smile 🙂

  5. Melissa says:

    Hi Amanda! I have heard two tunes for Hunting…one is often paired with The Royal Duke of York (like this one http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Duke-York-AHunting-Will/dp/B0013AH3XI). But I always sing it to Farmer in the Dell!

  6. Amanda M. says:

    Thanks for confirming the tune. I couldn’t figure out how to use the rhymes because I didn’t know the “we’ll catch a ….& put him in a …” part of the song. I found the words on the ‘net & it all makes sense now 🙂 (how did I not know the whole song before?)

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful storytime ideas 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    You’re welcome! I certainly get my fair share of ideas from everyone else! 🙂

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