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.
- 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
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
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
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)
- 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.
- 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.