The following storytime activities are for children ages 4-5. This storytime is all about waking animals up for spring. In addition children will be practicing sequence of events, fine motor skills, socialization, and body movement.
Read Aloud: The librarian will read the title and the author of the book while showing the children the front cover. To activate any prior knowledge the children may have about spring the librarian will ask the children to raise their hands and tell her one thing that they think they already know about spring. The librarian will call on a few children to hear what they have to say. After activating their prior knowledge the librarian will read aloud Wake Up, It’s Spring by Lisa Campbell Ernst.
Sequence of Events: Following the read aloud the librarian will have colored cutouts of each animal from the story. On the back of each animal there will either be a magnet or a piece of Velcro. The librarian will ask the children to help her put the animals in order starting with who the sun woke up first. This activity should either be done on a magnetic board or a Velcro board. The children may need a picture walk to help them put the animals in the correct order.
Video: The children have been sitting on the rug for long enough now. It is time to get their bodies up and moving! Play the sing along video Spring is Here by The Learning Station. Children will love this sing along as it is repetitive and interactive.
Sun Plates: Using a few simple materials children will create sun plates to help wake things up for spring. Children will use yellow and black crayons to color their plates and add a smiley face. After their face is colored they can use glue sticks to glue on the precut orange and yellow triangles for the sun’s rays. They can also glue on googly eyes and pink circle cutouts for the sun’s rosy cheeks.
Closing: Have the children sit in a circle on the rug. Allow each child to present their sun (one at a time). After all of the children have presented their suns play Oh, Mr. Sun. The children can dance with their suns to the song. Finally, tell the children that they may now take their suns home and use them to help wake things up for spring just like the sun did in the story Wake Up, It’s Spring!
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