Easter Bunny Storytime

Has Spring sprung at your local library? If it has, I’m sure there’s an endless rotation of gardening story times to go around, but I love a good Peter Cottontail sing-along in Springtime.

To preview the songs we sing at the intro and outro of our Storytimes, visit our “Favorite Programming Songs” post under the Children’s Services tab, or under Themes.

Talking Points:

  • For those who celebrate Easter, they are often visited by the Easter Bunny! Has anyone seen a bunny before? Can you tell me what a bunny looks like?
  • How does a bunny move, can you show me?
  • Can you make your hand look like a bunny, now can you make it hop?
  • Why does the Easter Bunny hide eggs for us to find? (Kids can come up with some amazing answers to this one.)

Read: The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

Video by Storytime at Awnie’s House

Fingerplay: Here Is A Bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny (two fingers in a peace sign to make ears)

And here is his hole in the ground (other hand makes a circle)

At the first sound he hears, he pricks up his ears (peace sign fingers wiggle and perk up)

And hops in the hole in the ground (bunny hand jumps into the circle of your other hand to hide)

Read: The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

Video by Reading Rhino

Sing: Little Bunny Foo Foo (Nursery Rhyme)

Little bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest,
Scooping up the field mice,
And bopping them on the head.

Down came the good fairy,
And the good fairy said,
“Little bunny Foo Foo, I don’t wanna see you,
Scooping up the field mice,
And bopping them on the head.”

“I’m gonna give you 3 chances,
Then I’m gonna turn you into a goon!”

(I’ll give you 2 chances, 1 more chance…)

What do you think happened to Little Bunny Foo Foo?

Read: Chester’s Colorful Easter Eggs by Teresa Smythe

Video by Ishan’s Story House

Felt Activity: Chester’s Eggs Matching Game! I copied the eggs from Chester’s Colorful Easter Eggs and made my own felt pieces to coincide with the book. As Chester’s eggs are revealed, I add the matching egg to the felt board. When the book is done, I have 6 eggs! Make sure the eggs are numbered for the extension activity below.

The activity below helps children work on predictions and context. Explain to the children–“Listen to a story about a child, then pick the egg you think the child in the story would like best!”

  • First story: Pepper loves the color Purple! She wears purple pants, purple print shirts, and only eats purple things. Eggplants and Grapes! (P for Purple) Pepper’s egg is egg number…?
  • Second story: Owen loves to play with flowers and he grows a garden of daisies all year round. (O for Orange) Owen’s egg is egg number…?
  • Third Story: Robin just loves Easter, it’s his favorite time of year. He loves listening to the birds chirping outside his window at all hours of the day. Sometimes he takes binoculars and watches them chirp in their nests. (R for Red) 
  • Fourth Story: Gina takes loves to play soccer! She comes home with grass stains all over her pants and shirt from sliding to kick the ball. She loves playing outside. (G is for Green)
  • Fifth Story: Yasmine loves to write letters for the holidays to her friends and family. All of her greeting cards have big, huge letters that say “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” on them, with swirly, pretty handwriting. (Y for Yellow)
  • Sixth Story: Bobby fishes with his grandfather every Tuesday. They go out on the boat when it’s really, really early, and the sun isn’t quite up yet. Then they put their lines in the water and wait for fish to bite. It’s Bobby’s favorite time of the week. (B for Blue)

Imagination Play:

  • Hide eggs around the room for children to find on an Easter Egg Hunt.
  • If you have a large group, give recommendations for the children: “find three eggs and bring them back to the storytime corner!” That way all the children have an equal chance of finding eggs.
  • Count the eggs all together.
  • Sort the eggs by color.

Craft: Craft a basket using strips of pre-cut construction paper! RedTedArt has a great tutorial on this. The children can use the basket they make to use on the Easter Egg Hunt, mentioned in the Imagination Play portion of the storytime.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Children will work on inference and prediction making.
  • Children will use chants and cadences to improve phonological awareness.
  • Children will work on fine motor skills, visual cues and counting up.

And that’s the End: I really enjoy a good “hunt” in the library, whether that’s an egg hunt, a treasure hunt, or a bear hunt! Watching the children go totally wild over a group mission is simply bliss. Parents love seeing their kids get so excited, and the nature of a hunt means that children are running, playing, seeking, and associating–the highlights of a good storytime, in my opinion.

Keep Kids Curious!

Cookies & Counting Storytime

Our “Cookies & Counting” Storytime is an easy counting-up program, with a sweet twist. Counting up to twenty is an important pre-kindergarten skill, while the concept of “excavating” chocolate chip cookies introduces the scientific method.

To preview the songs we sing at the intro and outro of our Storytimes, visit our “Favorite Programming Songs” post under the Children’s Services tab, or under Themes.

Talking Points:

  • Does anyone here like cookies? Can you name a few of your favorite kinds of cookies?
  • How many cookies do you think you can eat?
  • I can eat 20 cookies! Can you count to 20 with me?

Sensory display: I created sprinkle cookies using felt and added them to a felt board. Each cookie is a different pastel color. We counted the cookies up to five, then backwards from five to zero. We use these felt cookies later on in the Storytime, but I introduce them here so that the children could have a visual display before we settled into reading.

Read: The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

Video created by Division Children’s Books Read Aloud

Sing: “Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?” (Song from various sources, I modified this rendition for pre-k appropriate audience)

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? (slap hands on knees to the beat of the chant)

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

Who, they? Yes, they! No way! Then heeeeey, whoooo….

(Invite a child to the front to “steal” a felt cookie, or a printed cut-out cookie or cookie prop. They take the cookie back with them to sit down. Countdown how many cookies remain. The song continues:

(Child’s name) stole the cookies from the cookie jar! (Child’s name) stole the cookies from the cookie jar! Who, they? Yes, they! No way! Then hey!!! Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

(Bring up the next child, until prop cookies are no more. Then finish the chant and ask the children to return the cookies to the jar.)

Who returned the cookies to the cookie jar? Who returned the cookies to the cookie jar? Which kid? They all did? Well yay, Hooray!!

Felt Rhyme: “Down Around the Corner” (countdown cookies as they disappear, then count them back up as they return)

Down around the corner at the bakery shop

were five yummy cookies with sprinkles on top

Along comes (name) with a dollar to pay

They buy a cookie and takes it away!

Read: Who Ate All The Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont

Video created by Hearts & Heroes Read Aloud

Action Rhyme: “Making Cookie Dough” (originally used on Jen in the Library)

 I am making cookie dough

round and round the beaters go

add some flour from a cup

stir and stir the batter up

roll them, cut them, nice and neat

put them on a cookie sheet

Bake them count them 1 2 3

Serve them to my friends for tea!

Imagination Play Prompts:

  • Let’s pretend you’re at the grocery store walking down the cookie aisle. What do you see?
  • Let’s play Bakery! Let’s make some cookies together. What should our ingredients be for our first batch of cookies?

Activity: Hunt the Cookies. Print and laminate images of chocolate chip cookies, and a large cookie jar. Use blue tacky to stick the cookies around your story time area. Ask the children to find one cookie and bring it back to the cookie jar. Once all (20+) cookies are found, count them together.

Craft: Excavate for Chocolate Chips. Pass out baggies with two Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks. Have the children “excavate” their chocolate chips. As they extract the chocolate chips, have them use the activity sheet to count their chips. They can also “decorate” cookies on their sheet when they’re finished counting. Oh, and eat the cookies.

Activity Sheets are my creation and may be replicated for story time use.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Children may be able to count up to twenty, count backwards and forwards up to five.
  • Children will practice early literacy concepts and pre-kindergarten skills, such as counting
  • Children will be introduced to the concept of “excavating”
  • A rich imaginative play exercise will assist in recollection of these lessons

And that’s the End: This is always a really fun story time because genuinely, who doesn’t love cookies? Even the parents get a kick out of seeing their kids run around collecting cookies from the walls, or watching them shout out bizarre ingredients for cookies, such as the infamous “spider-webs” fiasco of ’19.

Keep going & Keep kids curious!