Thursday, March 29, 2012

Theme Thursday: Spring is in the Air

As my horrible, awful, mind crushing allergies can attest, it's SPRING! And since Thursday was our first themed story time of the season, we simply had to celebrate.

Song: Good Morning Dear Earth

Flannel: Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone

Discussion: What season is it? What happens in the spring? What are we excited about?

Book: Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

Flannel: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

Rhyme: Big, Big, Big

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Book: And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano

Flannel: Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow

Song: Grand Old Duke of York

Fingerplay: 5 Springs Flowers

5 spring flowers, standing in a row
The first one said "We need rain to grow"
The second one said "Oh my, we need water"
The third one said "Yes, it's getting hotter"
The fourth one said "I see dark clouds go by"
And the fifth one said "I wonder why?"
The BOOM went the thunder
And ZAP went the lightening
That springtime storm was very frightening
But the flowers weren't scared
Oh no, no, no
They knew the rain would help them grow, grow, gow

Song: Turn Around from Getting to Know Myself

Make and Take Craft: Flower Collages

I'm getting a lot of mileage out of having story time kids glue pre-cut construction paper pieces to larger pieces of construction paper. This week it was flowers.

-Flowers parts- petals, stems, leaves, center circle (pre-cut)
-glue sticks
-full size construction paper 

After introducing the craft during story time, we met at the large table and I passed out glue sticks and the big piece of paper while spreading out flower parts across the table. I also laid out crayons so extra embellishments could be added as desired.

Time: Prep took about 10 minutes and the craft itself ranged from 5 to 20 minutes.

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