Book Babies: Welcome, Spring!

by | Apr 21, 2021 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner | 0 comments

Spring is a great time for exploration, discovery and sensory experiences. You and Baby can talk about sounds, smells, colors, and how things feel to the touch such as a leaf that’s wet after a rainstorm. Try some of these books and songs to help Baby, “Welcome, Spring!”

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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

Even little rhymes present knowledge about our world. “Little Raindrops Falling Down” uses a familiar melody to tell the story of different types of rain and how they sound when falling to the ground, just like real rain.

Activity

Sing, “Little Raindrops Falling Down,” and do the actions with Baby. Talk about how the rain sounds. Then, when you go for a walk after it’s rained, look for puddles. You can show your child how the trees, buildings, and clouds are upside down in the water before Baby jumps in the puddle!

Books Presented

Baby Loves Spring! by Karen Katz

On a fine spring day, Baby goes for a walk and wonders about what he sees and hears in a tree, in the dirt, and behind a bush.

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.

Little Blue Truck's Springtime by Alice Schertle

Lift the flaps to discover the animal babies encountered by Toad and Little Blue Truck when they drive to the farm in the spring.

We Believe in You by Beth Ferry

Animals inspire their little ones to chase their dreams and reach for the stars.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Scarf Rhyme: Here is a Green Leaf

Here is a green leaf (hold out one palm)
And here is a green leaf (hold out other palm)
That, you see, makes two (hold up two fingers)
Here is a bud (cup hands together)
That makes it a flower (slowly open hands)
Watch it bloom for you (slowly open hands)

Libraryvillage.blogspot.com

Song/Action Song: Rain is Falling Down

The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH (clap loudly once)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH (clap loudly once)
Pitter patter pitter patter
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH (clap loudly once)

Libraryvillage.blogspot.com

 

Action Song: Little Raindrops Falling Down

Little raindrops falling down,
Falling down, falling down.(gently pat lap)
Little raindrops falling down,
Falling to the ground.

2nd verse – Bigger raindrops (clap hands)
3rd verse – Giant raindrops (stomp feet)

Kcls.org

Scarf Song: Rain on the Grass

Rain on the grass
Rain on the trees
Rain on the roof
but not on me

Sun…
Snow…
Leaves…

Sotomorrowblog.com

 

Bouncing Baby on My Knee

– Jbrary

Additional Books

Kitten's Spring by Eugenie Fernandes

A young kitten explores the wilderness as other animals celebrate spring.

Dr. Seuss's Spring Things by Dr. Seuss

Written in super-simple rhyme, this sweet sturdy board book features Thing One and Thing Two as they frolic with iconic Spring “things”–including ducklings, bunnies, flowers, frogs, wriggling worms, and butterflies.

Abracadabra, It's Spring! by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Winter turns to spring in this lyrical book that celebrates the magic of nature and the changing seasons. Eleven gatefolds open to recreate the excitement and surprise of spring’s arrival.

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink.

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