Book Babies: Green is Great!

by | Mar 17, 2021 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner | 0 comments

Green is great! We celebrated everything green for St. Patrick’s Day today. There were green frogs, green peas and of course… green shamrocks. For more books about the color green, check out some of the additional titles listed below.

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Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“I wonder what would happen if…” seems to be the constant unspoken question in toddlers’ minds. They have discovered that they can make things happen. This is actually the beginning of logical thought: action A causes response B.

- Things to Do with Toddlers and Twos by Karen Miller

Activity

Secure a cardboard mailing tube to a stair railing and place a box or basket at the bottom. Give your toddler a ball to feed through the top of the tube. They will love watching the ball go in one end and come out of the other. Talk about why this happens with your toddler. Don’t be afraid to use “large” terms like gravity. It might help to clap out the syllables as you say the word. Then have fun with the tube and balls!

Books Presented

Baby's First St. Patrick's Day by Dawn Sirett

Featuring a soft padded cover and rounded edges, a board book celebration of the Irish holiday depicts the bright and colorful objects associated with its traditions, from costumes and rainbows to four-leaf clovers and pots of gold.

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

From the Okefenokee Swamp comes a frog with a wide mouth that he just loves to use. Until one day, he meets a big green animal with lots of teeth who finds wide-mouthed frogs simply delicious.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

 

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm…yuuummm!

One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Glub glub.

Four green and speckled frogs…
Three green and speckled frogs…
Two green and speckled frogs…
One green and speckled frog…
…Then there were no green speckled frogs!
Glub glub, glub, glub

-Songsforteaching.com

Bounce: Bumping Up and Down in My Little “Green” Wagon

Bumping up and down in my little green wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little green wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little green wagon,
Won’t you be my darling!

– adapted from Pewaukeelibrary.org

Flannel Board: Over on the Hill

Over on the hill in the grass so green
Were the five biggest shamrocks than I’ve ever seen
Along came someone on St Patrick’s Day
And they picked a shamrock and took it away.

– Melissa.depperfamily.net

Fingerplay: Five Fat Peas

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed,
(have your child hold their hand in a fist)

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
(have your child release their fingers one at a time)

They grew and grew,
(have your child wiggle their open hand)

And did not stop,
(have your child wiggle their open hand)

Until one day,
(have your child wiggle their open hand)

The pod went POP!
(have your child clap their hands for the POP)

– Grandmasnurseryrhymes.com

Little Green Frog

All-a-gump! Went the little green frog one day.
All-a-gump! Went the little green frog one day.
All-a-gump! Went the little green frog one day.
And the little green frog went All-a-gump! All-a-gump! All-a-gump!

– Traditional

Additional Books

Little Green Peas by Keith Baker

Little green peas make their way into collections of objects of many different colors, from blue boats, seas, and flags, to orange balloons, umbrellas, and fizzy drinks.

The Tiny Tadpole by Judith Nicholls

Follows the life of a tadpole from spawn to frog.

Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Invites young children to explore colorful die-cut spreads depicting an adorable yellow-eyed monster who gets ready to go to sleep as the stars begin to appear in the night sky.

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

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