On Fridays, we recap what we read at story hour the previous day, and what fun new craft we’ve discovered. This week’s theme was all things having to do with the month of MARCH. Windy, chilly days turning to warmer brighter ones… St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring… and the sound of birds outside our window.
Here in New England, it seems everyone—kid or adult—is ready for spring! When the temperatures reached above 50 last week, we were all outside soaking up the fresh air. Yesterday, we brought some of that enthusiasm to story hour with these seasonal book selections:
“Little Cloud and Lady Wind,” ~ Toni Morrison (Author) Slade Morrison (Illustrator) A beautiful story by famous novelist Toni Morrison (illustrated by her son) about a little girl cloud who at first, does not want to join the other clouds in making storms that rain down on the earth. Then, Lady Wind explains that she does not always have to be stormy—she can be whatever kind of cloud she wants to be. Very pretty illustrations, and a nice message about the connectedness of all things in nature.
“The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever,” ~ Teddy Slater (Author), Ethan Long (Illustrator) The cheerful rhyming tale of a Leprechaun family who celebrate March 17th with a St. Patrick’s Day parade and a big party afterwards. A festive choice for bringing the luck o’ the Irish to story hour!
“Birds,” ~ Kevin Henkes (Author), Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
“If birds made marks with their tail feathers when they flew, think what the sky would look like,” says the narrator in Henkes’s lovely book about birds in all their variety and splendor. A great choice for springtime-themed reading.
“Forever Friends,” ~ Carin Berger (Author, Illustrator) A quiet story about a little brown bunny and a bluebird, with paintings that feel like gorgeously designed wallpaper. A lovely book to see, hear and hold.
“Here Comes Gosling!” ~ Sandy Asher (Author), Keith Graves (Illustrator) Great read-aloud about a funny Froggie who can’t wait to meet Goose and Gander’s new baby Gosling. But when baby Gosling “Hoooooooooonnks” endlessly, Froggie’s excitement diminishes considerably. Eventually, Froggie saves the day. (But I won’t spoil it by telling you how!)
Suggested Craft: “Baby Birds in a Nest”
(Ages: 3 and Up)
Thanks to my friends at Busy Bee Kids Crafts (http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com) this super-cute craft project was a snap!
Here’s what you’ll need…
• Plastic egg (one half for each bird)
• Construction paper
• Paper plate
• Brown paint
• Paint brush
Here’s how you make it…
1. Paint your paper plate brown. If your plate has a waxy finish on it you may need to put on 2 coats of paint.
2. Now you will make your baby birds. Fold a small piece of orange construction paper, cut out a triangle on the fold, this will make the bird’s beak.
3. From construction paper cut out two wings for each of your birds. Make a small fold at the bottom of each wing, this will give your a place to put the glue.
4. Glue your beak and wings onto your birds. Most plastic eggs have air holes on them, which will look great as your bird’s eyes. If your eggs don’t have air hole, you can draw some on with a permanent marker.
5. Put some glue on the bottom of your eggs and glue your birds into their nest.
6. Cut some brown strips of paper.
7. Glue the brown strips around the lip of the paper plate.