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Apr

Spring Birds Storytime

Finally! Warmer weather. The trees are starting to bloom white and pink flowers, and the birds are back twittering away early each morning. This week’s storytime theme was all about the spring season and the birds. Originally, I wanted to make bird feeders after storytime, but a majority of simple bird feeder crafts require peanut butter and I don’t like to risk bringing in peanut butter due to food allergies. I also don’t have 40 milk cartons lying around, so that idea was nixed. Instead, I printed out instructions for how to make birdhouses and bird feeders for attendees to take with them after storytime, and the alternate craft turned out nicely if I do say so myself.

But I’m getting ahead of myself… Here’s what we read, discussed, and sang at “Spring Birds Storytime”.

Spring Birds Storytime Line-up:

When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward

I love this book. I read it last year for storytime and it was so well received that I decided to read it again. Blue the bird was awakened by a mysterious egg (a snowball!) landing in her nest. She decides to look for the egg’s mother throughout New York City, and when she can’t find a mother (because it’s a snowball), she keeps egg and they become fast friends. A fun story with the sweetest springtime ending. Additionally, you can download a free paper doll template of Blue and worksheets from the author’s website here.

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

This is a wonderful book for preschool age children. It has wonderful rhythm and great pictures to boot. Duck flew back a little too early to find her world was still winter. She dreams of spring to help stave off the cold.

Riki’s Birdhouse by Monica Wellington

I think there are only a couple of Monica Wellington’s book that I haven’t read for storytime yet. She does a great job taking a picture book and turning it into a teachable moment. Riki is fond the the birds in his yard, especially two new bluebirds. Riki builds the bluebirds a birdhouse, and so we follow Riki throughout the year and the ever changing seasons and life for the two bluebirds.

There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

Always the crowd pleaser, Elephant and Piggie never fail to make kids laugh. In this Sibert Award Winner, Gerald finds himself in an undesirable situation where two birds start making a nest on his head.

Bird Songs by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

This turned out to be a fantastic read aloud. Bird Songs highlights a variety of different birds and their calls throughout one day. Each time a bird sang it’s call, I had the audience repeat the call back to me.

“Green Grass Grows All Around” Song and Flannel Board

I ended storytime with one of my favorite childhood songs, which was adapted by my co-worker into a springtime song and flannel board.

Green Grass Grows All Around

Traditional Song, Adapted by Jane Willis Johnston

There was a hole in the middle of the ground
The prettiest hole that you ever did see.
Well, the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

Additional Verses:
And in this hole there was a root
And on this root there was tree
And on this tree there was a branch
And on this branch there was twig
And on this twig there was a nest
And in this nest there was an egg
And on this egg there was a bird.
And from that bird there came a song.
Then all the world was filled with spring.

Ending:
Then all the world was filled with spring,
The prettiest spring you ever did see.
Well, the world full of spring,
And the song from the bird,
And the bird on the egg,
And the egg in the nest
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree on the roots,
And the roots in the hole
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around.

Spring Birds Craft:

For the post-storytime craft, we made these little Spring Birds (which I adapted from this craft featured on CAKIES). The prep was minimal and the kids had a fun time putting them together. It was challenging for the very little ones (3 & under), but the grownups were more than happy to assist.

Here’s how we made them:

Materials: twigs or sticks found outside and cut into 3-4 inch long peices, pipe cleaners, decorative birds found in the floral department of most craft stores, glitter, school glue, paint brush, and scissors.

First, take a few pipe cleaners and braid them.

Or…

Twist them together. The older children braided and the younger children twisted.

Once the pipe cleaners are twisted, shape into a arch.

And wrap the ends around each end of the stick once.

The decorative birds I purchased, like most decorative birds used in floral arrangements, have long wires attached.

Before storytime, I snipped the wire so that it wasn’t so long, and therefore easier for the kids to wrap around the stick. It’s not a necessary step for the success of the craft, so feel free to skip if you’d like.

With your selected bird, wrap the wire around the branch as many times as it will go around. This will secure the bird to the branch.

For some added flare, we glitter-ified our birds. Using school glue and a paint brush, paint the desired areas you’d like to add some sparkle.

Sprinkle glitter over glue and let dry. Shake of remaining glitter.

And that’s it! The glitter is a nice touch. Kinda like morning dew or just after an April shower, right?

For the full effect, I hung my Spring Bird examples in the vines of my house plant named Camilla.

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One Response to “Spring Birds Storytime”

  1. Belinda says:

    the books, the craft, it all looks lovely and spring-y.

    I did a flowers storytime today (a new theme for me), and it went pretty well. It was an especially timely theme because the flowers and trees here in south central PA have been bursting into bloom the past two days. :)

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