While everyone’s sheltering at home, our staff have been busy bees making storytime videos for you! We hope that the sight of these familiar faces, and the sound of these familiar voices, will bring some comfort and cheer.
Storytime with Vanessa: Spring!
Book: Spring is Here / Llegó La Primavera by Tarō Gomi
Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 2006
I plant a little seed in the cold, cold ground, (pretend to plant seed in cupped hand)
Out comes the yellow sun, big and round. (spread arms over head to represent sun)
Down come the raindrops soft and slow, (make raindrops with fingers)
Up comes the flower grow, grow, grow! (place palms together with fingers pointed upwards, push hands up and spread fingers wide)
Make a Magic Window!
Things you’ll need:
Cardboard, paper or a paper bag
Crayons, markers or paint
Draw and cut out a big square that you can tape on your wall. You can color in the background and add a window frame if you want.
Then make up anything you would like to see in your magic window by drawing it on a separate piece of paper, then cutting it out and taping in your window.
Ideas for looking out your window:
Pizza falling from the sky
A parade going by…
Sky’s the limit!
Do you have access to seeds and soil? If so, you’ll need:
Vegetable or flower seeds
A little bit of soil
A container for sprouting in (egg carton, egg shells, any container with small holes in the bottom for draining)
A way to protect sprouting plants from creatures (like a little cage around your plant or a toddler who can guard your plant by banging on loud pots and pans everyday)
When your plant gets bigger, transfer to a bigger pot in your house or on your porch or transplant into the ground if you have the space in your yard.
If you don’t have these resources, let’s plant some seeds a different way! You’ll need:
Markers, crayons, or paints
Color your magical plants, cut them out and put them up in your window. Bugs will not eat them and they will last longer than the real thing!
Past Online Storytimes:
Storytime With Jesse – Hands Can
Storytime With Adrienne – Stories and Rhyme Wiggle Time