Story Time: Love to Laugh!

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter “L”. It’s good for the spirit, and it’s just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“A daily dose of laughter from reading funny books is good for the soul — and great for growing readers. Naturally, most children enjoy reading and listening to humorous stories. As parents, we can use this interest in silly books to boost literacy skills.”

- https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/4-ways-humor-enhances-literacy-kids.html

Activity

“Grab a stack of funny books and let your child’s love for reading grow one giggle at a time!” You can find humorous books in our online catalog here.

Books Presented

Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliot

A collection of one-liners, knock-knock jokes, and tongue twisters.

There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head–two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.

A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas

Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow’s birthday.

The Croaky Pokey! by Ethan Long

Put your right hand in,
Put your right hand out,
Put your right hand in,
And wave it all about,

Hop the Croakey Pokey
As flies buzz all around,
Right in the froggy’s mouth!

Don’t miss the froggy fun in this hopping and bopping version of a favorite traditional song and game.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Laughing Song

Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle

*Chorus:
Ha ha, ha ha ha
Ho ho, ho ho ho
Hee hee, hee hee hee
It’s fun to laugh together

Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

– CoComelon
 

If You’re Happy and You Know It

 – Storybots, Netflix Jr.

I Love to Laugh

– Disney
 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Cut and fold this template to make your own laughing hippo! We adapted this craft from the link below, and made our own templates that you are welcome to use. We also used styrofoam for the hippo's teeth.

Additional Books

Don't Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Win the staring contest and you don’t have to go to bed! An interactive bedtime story that gives young readers a chance to avoid bedtime, provided they don’t blink, but for every blink, a page turns, bringing the end of the story and sleep closer.

It's Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky

A collection of humorous poems such as “The Dancing Hippopotami,” “You Can’t Make Me Eat That,” “My Father’s Name is Sasquatch,” and “Dear Wumbledeedumble.”

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

A platypus and a beaver who love surfing encounter a shark — with unexpected results. Using just the one word “dude” this almost wordless picture book shows how much gnarly fun the dudes have surfing together.

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Monkeys, toucans, and alligators unleash mayhem.

More Story Times

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or… Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you’d like to have more fun with llamas and Spanish, try some of these books and songs.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Children love singing. A great option to encourage not only reading, but also singing, is to read books that can be sung. These can include nursery rhymes, books that promote singing, or books that can be sung to a specific tune.

- www.clel.org/fiveearlyliteracypractices

Activity

Find or checkout a book with your child such as “Llamas in the Field,” then read and sing the book together. Check out these other books you can sing in our catalog.

Books Presented

La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama by Anna Dewdney

Un cuento antes de dormir. Un beso de buenas noches. Y mamá Llama apaga la luz. ¿Pero está todo bien? ¡No! Al menos, no lo está para Bebé Llama…

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Llamas by Valerie Bodden

A basic exploration of the appearance, behavior, and habitat of llamas, the long necked mammals native to South America’s Andes Mountains. Also included is a story from folklore explaining how llamas came to be.

The Llamas in the Field by Aly Fronis

The farm sure is a noisy place! It’s filled with myahing llamas, mooing cows, purring alpacas, yipping coyotes, and so much more! Little ones will love this springtime twist on the song “The Wheels on the Bus”!

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Action Song: Marcha/March

Marcha marcha marcha
Marcha marcha marcha
Marcha marcha marcha
Deja de marchar

Salta salta salta
Salta salta salta
Salta salta salta
Deja de saltar

Baila baila baila
Baila baila baila
Baila baila baila
Deja de bailar

 

Una Llama, Dos Llamas

 

 – Adapted from “Una Papa, Dos Papas” by Super Simple Español

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We used some llama cutouts (link below) made for holding scraps of yarn and then made a 3D llama by combining 2, taping the face, and folding out the legs in front and back.

Additional Books

Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney

Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can’t wait to show Mama Llama that he’s becoming a reader!

Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse by Jonathan Stutzman

Llama clones his friend Alpaca in order to avoid cleaning up after himself, but while Llama is eating the day away the Alpacas he set loose are causing pandemonium.

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.

Llamas by Emilie U. Lepthien

Describes the physical characteristics and habits of llamas and their relatives, and the ways they have been used throughout history, particularly by the Incas.

More Story Times

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Story Time: Ladybugs

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know… Ladybugs don’t have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or “sleep” through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most “helpful” bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and your child discover about ladybugs? Try some of these activities, books, and videos to find out.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Young children are able to absorb an amazing amount of information on topics of interest to them. They become experts, often knowing more than we do on some subjects. By taking advantage of their eagerness to learn, you can build their scientific knowledge at an early age.

- Lambert

Activity

Choose a factual book on a topic related to science, such as “Are You a Ladybug?” or another book about bugs in the garden. Read the book with your child, however, you need not read it from cover to cover. Pick out a few interesting facts and illustrations, then talk about them with your child. To extend the book, go outside and find a few ladybugs!

Books Presented

Can You Make a Scary Face?

A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of “let’s pretend.”

Ladybug by Clair Llewellyn

Describes the physical characteristics and behavior of ladybugs, including their development from egg to adult.

Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielson

Describes how a book is created, manufactured, and distributed.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Rhyming Game: The Lovely Ladybug

Let’s play a ladybug color game, I’ll give you rhyming clues
If you know it, say the name of each color that I use!

The first color for our buggy fellow
Is the color of sunshine – it’s the color yellow.

Frogs in the pond and a fresh snap bean
Did you guess the color green?

The sky above and the ocean too
Such a beautiful color, it’s the color blue.

Strawberry ice cream, come on now, think.
You are right! It’s the color pink!

Grapes for jelly on a P B & J
Purple is the color we say!

Pumpkins or basketballs rolling by
Orange is the color that we now spy.

Fluffy clouds and the moon at night
Did you say the color white?

Roses that grow in a garden bed
Are this beautiful color, the color red.

Ladybug, ladybug up in the sky
Thanks for the fun and now we say, “Goodbye!”

Counting Rhyme: Pretty Ladybug

Ladybug has 1 black spot,
1 black spot, 1 black spot;
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
Pretty ladybug!
(Continue until there are 6 spots.)

 

Ladybug

Sung to: “Three Blind Mice”
Fly, fly, fly
Ladybugs fly
Fly over here
Fly over there
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly.

 

Ladybugs’ Picnic

 

 – Sesame Street

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We love this little ladybug craft. Read the assembly instructions at the site that inspired ours, and download our template here.

Additional Books

Ladybugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright by Mia Posada

Written in rhyming text, describes the life cycle of ladybugs.

Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen

Introduces the life cycle of a ladybug, showing how it changes from an egg to an adult ladybug.

Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis

After her brother tells her she is too little to play with him, Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, makes her own fun.

More Story Times

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Loving Our Library

Story Time: Loving Our Library

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It’s National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so much more.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can be seen as an extension of informal library “classes.” Children who have joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “If You’re a Reader and You Know It!” with your child. Don’t forget to “do all three” at the end!

Books Presented

Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends—a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more—to ROAR along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?

The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli

The Book Hog loves books – the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell – and he’ll grab whatever he can find. There’s only one problem: he can’t read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are.

I Am a Book by Linda Hayward

Describes how a book is created, manufactured, and distributed.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Flannel Board: Five Little Books

(Sung to the tune of Farmer and the Dell)
Chorus:
Come and take a look
In my storybook.
There are friends galore
And so much more
In my storybook.

Verse 1:
You might find three little pigs,
And a wolf who’s bad and big.
A tortoise, a hare,
A family of bears
In my storybook.

Verse 2:
You might find three billy goats
A girl with a red-hooded coat,
A gingerbread man,
Or Peter Pan
In my storybook.

Flannel Board: Five Little Books

Five little books at the library,

Five little books as great as can be.

Along comes (name) with her library card

To take one home and read.

Continue to zero.

 

If You’re a Reader and You Know It

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
(shoot hooray, read a book)

 

The Library Boogie

– Tom Knight
 

The Library Song

 

 – Sesame Street

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Cut and fold this template to make your own story book!

Additional Books

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Learn about the library, checking out books, and story time with Lola.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do.

Biblioburro: A True Story From Colombia by Jeanette Winter

After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros–one for himself, one for books–and heads off.

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude by Josh Funk

Patience, one of the New York Public Library lions, is missing and Fortitude, the other lion, searches the building from top to bottom seeking him.

More Story Times

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, “Ew! That’s gross!” Because gross things can be fun!

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Young children are naturally curious about the world around them and often use their senses to explore and learn. By taking advantage of this eagerness to learn, you can help build their scientific knowledge.

Activity

Play this Mix ‘n Match game in your kitchen with your child. Wear a blindfold and try to guess what something is by its smell, taste, or touch. Show your child how to describe something with words before taking off the blindfold. You can also make crazy concoctions together and practice describing your creations using all five senses.

Books Presented

Splat! by Jon Burgerman

Encourages the reader to predict what will happen and keep turning pages as a face is splattered with a pie, a sandwich, and more.

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Big Fluffy Bear insists that Big Smelly Bear visit the pond for a bath before she will scratch the itch he cannot reach.

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

Improbable, ridiculous remedies accumulate when there is gum stuck in your hair.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Pairs of Smelly Socks

Five pairs of smelly socks
On my bedroom floor
Mom washed the BLUE pair
And then there were four

Four pairs of smelly socks
They belong to me
Dad washed the PINK pair
And then there were three

Three pairs of smelly socks
What’s a kids to do?
Brother washed the PURPLE pair
And then there were two

Two pairs of smelly socks
I wear them when I run
Sister washed the GREEN pair
And then there was one

One pair of smelly socks
One and only one
I guess I’ll wash the ORANGE pair
And then there will be none.

No more pairs of smelly socks
We washed them all today, But wait until tomorrow
More are on the way!

 

Icky, Sticky Bubble Gum

Icky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum, bubble gum.
Sticky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum.
Makes your hands stick to your knees.
And you pull ’em,
and you pull ’em,
and you pull’ em away.

(Head… Belly… Mouth… Nose… Elbows)

 – David Landau

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We hope you enjoyed this slime craft! Just pour the clear activator liquid from the tube into your cup with the lid and stir! The less activator you use, the stretchier the slime will be.

Additional Books

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

Stinkiest! 20 Smelly Animals by Steve Jenkins

Describes the odors that some animals have developed to stay safe and thrive in their environments, including the striped skunk, the bombardier beetle, and the honey badger.

Once Upon a Slime by Andy Maxwell

Beginning with Goldilocks, various fairy tale characters are drenched in slime and join forces to discover who is responsible.

Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures by Jordan D. Brown

Presents simple chemical reaction science experiments and recipes for mixtures of varying viscosity.

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Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

It’s fun and easy for children to learn about topics that are relevant to them. For instance, songs about everyday experiences, body parts, senses, and their environment help children make sense of the world we live in.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “We’ve Got the Whole World” with your child and then change the lyrics to things in your home or outside. For example, “We’ve got yummy bananas to eat…” or “We’ve got the chirping birds in the trees…” or “We’ve got a playful puppy who loves to bark…” Then read a book about the Earth and sing the song with the illustrations.

Books Presented

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Year by Stacy McAnulty

The Earth introduces readers to key moments in the planet’s life, from its formation over four billion years ago to the present, including the Earth’s position in the solar system, its layers, and when plants and animals began to inhabit the planet.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. 

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak

In simple text, a young boy watches how nature changes from winter into spring.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Once There Was a Litter Bug

(Tune:  “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
Once there was a litter bug
Who went from town to town,
Throwing out his garbage,
That landed on the ground.
The garbage grew so high
That when he turned around,
The litter bug got buried
And he was never found!

 

Five Bottles of Juice on the Wall

(Sung to: “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”)
Five bottles of juice on the wall,
five bottles of juice.
Put one in the recycling bin.
Four bottles of juice on the wall.
Continue until there are no more bottles left.

 

We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Use our template to create an earth-themed flannel board activity.

Additional Books

I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches

Max is a little monster who likes to litter and never, ever recycles. Then the electricity goes out and he sees how exciting and beautiful the Earth is– and that it will need his help to stay that way.

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre

A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world that introduce such concepts as nature and science. Water, air, light. Patterns, curves, shapes, colors. Things that crawl, fly, float, run, bloom, ripen. Think of everything Earth gives us. What are you most thankful for? Includes notes from the author about related activities and resources.

The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess

In each season, Earth has something special to enjoy–and we can find ways to be good stewards to the planet too!

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter

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