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Storytime: Garden

Books

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres

Five Green Peas
Five green peas in a pea pod pressed (make fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (raise fingers 1 by 1)
They grew and they grew and they didn’t stop (spread hands apart in the air)
They grew and they grew until they popped (clap hands)

Something in My Garden
I used an app on my phone to play the animal noise and had puppets in my bag. The kids had a blast trying to guess what the next animal would be.
There’s something in my garden, now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden that I can’t really see.
Hear it’s funny sound (make animal noise)
A (animal) is what I found!

A Little Sun
A little sun (circle arms overhead)
A little rain (wiggle fingers down)
Now pull up all the weeds (pulling motion)
Our flowers grow, all in a row (hold up fingers)
From tiny little seeds

Five Spring Flowers
I used our mix and match flower flannel board, the kids loved being able to change the flowers around.

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Five spring flowers, all in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one says, “We need rain to grow” (wiggle fingers down)
The second one says, “Oh yes, we need water” (nod head)
The third one says, “It’s getting hotter” (fan face)
The fourth one says, “I see clouds in the sky” (point up)
The fifth ones says,k “I wonder why?” (shrug shoulders)
Then BOOM went the thunder (clap)
And crash went the lightning
That springtime storm was very frightening (hug self)
But the flowers weren’t worried
Oh no, no, no (shake head)
Because the rain helps them grow, grow, grow (raise arms up)

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Storytime: Spring

Books:
“Spring is Here” by Will Hillenbrand
“Mouse’s First Spring” by Lauren Thompson
“Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck” by Lisa Westberg Peters

Little Bear
Tune: Frere Jacque
(ask children and parents to repeat after you)
(this is a great song to do with a bear puppet!)

Are you sleepy, are you sleepy (yawn)
Little bear, little bear
Wintertime is coming, wintertime is coming
Very soon, very soon

Find a cave, find a cave (shade eyes and look around)
Little bear, little bear
Wintertime is here, wintertime is here
Go to sleep, go to sleep (put head on hands)

Are you sleepy, are you sleepy
Little bear, little bear
You wake in the spring, you wake in the spring
Little bear, little bear

Time to wake up, time to wake up (stretch)
Little bear, little bear
Springtime is here, springtime is here
Wake up now, wake up now

In the Spring
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Sway your arms in the spring, in the spring, in the spring
Sway your arms in the spring, a happy time of year

repeat with:
wiggle your toes
shrug your shoulders
stomp your feet

During the Spring
During the spring it often showers (flutter fingers down)
Or the sun shines for many hours (circle arms overhead)
And both are good for the flowers (cup hands and extend them up)

Ten Little Flowers
Tune: Ten Little Indians

1 little, 2 little, 3 little flowers (count on fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little flowers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little flowers
10 flowers in the spring

Give them rain and lots of sunshine (wiggle fingers down and circle arms overhead)
Give them rain and lots of sunshine
Give them rain and lots of sunshine
So they’ll grow up tall! (reach arms up)

Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came back

(count down)

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DIY Origami Book Wedding Bouquet

What are you supposed to do when you’re an engaged librarian who doesn’t want a floral bouquet?!? Well obvious go ahead and make your own using a donated Harry Potter book!

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* Please note that while a book was harmed in the making, it was a very badly used book donated to the public library I work at. I see it as giving the book a new purpose in life!

Here are step by step instructions on how I made my book bouquet.

I made over 30 5-petal and 6-petal kusudama flowers.

Materials:
The majority of the items were purchased at Michael’s Craft store.

  • A book
  • Hot glue gun
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Adhesive rhinestones
  • Toothpicks
  • Box cutter
  • Thick wooden dowel
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Fake flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Pearl clusters

Step 1: Cut the paper
Measure 4×4 inches onto a book page (you can make them smaller, I would not recommend going any bigger).Then using a box cutter cut along the line. Doing it this way allows you to get several pages cut at once.

Step 2: Fold the paper in half
Fold the paper in half.
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Step 3: Fold the points
Fold the side points up to the top of the triangle, make sure they are creased and aligned well.

Step 4: Fold the edges
The next two steps are some what confusing, there are a ton of youtube videos that can help clarify them. Fold the corners down (to the outside) to meet the edge of the paper, make sure to crease it well.

Step 5: Expand the triangles
Lift one side of the triangle and put your finger into the pocket it makes. Flatten the triangle along the creases so it expands into a diamond. I explained it to my fiance as popping out the triangle.

Step 6: Fold the flaps
Fold the top point of each diamond.

Step 7:Fold the flaps in
Fold the diamonds inwards along the crease.

Step 8: Hot glue shut
Place hot glue (or glue dots) along one side and fold the petal together. Please note that I used a low heat glue gun, this way I could get hands on without burning myself! Put a hair clip, bobby pin or paper clip to keep the petal closed while it dries.

Step 9: Repeat steps 1-9 until you have 5 or 6 petals

Step 10: Glue petals together
Place hot glue (or glue dots) along the edge of a petal and press it to another petal. Continue until you have 3 petals glued together. Repeat and glue 2 or 3 petals together.

Step 11: Glue toothpick
Glue a toothpick into the middle of the 3 petals.You can use a small wooden dowel if you want something sturdier, some of the toothpicks did break on me later on when placing the flowers into the bouquet.

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Step 12: Glue sides together
Take your 3 petals with the toothpick and place hot glue along the inside. Push the other petal cluster to the toothpick one. Now you have a flower!!

Step 12: Repeat steps 1 – 12 until you have the desired number of flowers.

Step 13: Cut small circles
Cut small circles out of the paper, a dime is the perfect size.

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Step 14: Place pearls and rhinestones
Place adhesiveness pearls and rhinestones into the center of the circles.

Step 15: Glue the circles
Place hot glue along the edge of the flowers circle and glue the pearls/rhinestones into the middle. This really adds a nice touch to the flowers!

Step 16: Wrap the dowel with ribbon
Glue ribbon to the bottom of the wooden dowel and wrap it around the dowel.

Step 17: Attach dowel to styrofoam ball
Hollow out a hole the size of the wooden dowel in the styrofoam ball. The hole should go about 1/3 way up through the ball. Place glue along the inside of the hole and insert the wooden dowel.

Step 18: Attach fake flowers to toothpicks
I used white roses for my flowers but you can use any type of fake flowers you would like! Pull the top of the flowers off of the steams, place hot glue into the center hole and insert a toothpick or small wooden dowel into it. The toothpick was almost too short for this, I would have preferred to use a small dowel.

Step 19: Insert paper and fake flowers into styrofoam ball
Now the fun part, insert the flowers into the styrofoam ball. Don’t try to be too precise, I made the mistake of trying to make it too perfect and symmetrical and was getting very frustrated. My advice is to start by placing one directly in the top middle and then just go for it! Have some idea of what you would like it to look like and then place them accordingly. For mine I tried to place a rose in the center of 4 paper flowers. No one will notice if it’s not perfect, they will just be so awed by your bouquet!

Step 20: Add pearl clusters
The finishing touch – pearls! I purchased these cluster of pearls from Michaels. I used wire cutters to cut them off and peeled off the outer foil. Next my wonderful fiance wrapped and hot glued the wire around a toothpick. I sporadically placed the pearl clusters to add a little something extra to the bouquet.

Now enjoy your beautiful wedding bouquet that will last you a lifetime!

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