A special project to do with your child might be to help a bird make their house by placing degradable items such as twigs, yarn, or even hair in a well-chosen place (by a feeder or on the branches of a tree you know is a likely nesting spot). If you want to go all-natural, you can go on a gathering hunt in your back yard.
For more information on helping birds build their nests, check out the Humane Society website. Don’t forget to stop by the library and check out the excellent selection of children’s books (both fiction and nonfiction on birds.
Check out this new title illustrated by last year’s Caldecott medal winner, Erin E. Stead. Booklist journal gave it a starred review, calling it a “beautiful ode to a patient gardener. . . It’s not easy to wait . . . and wait . . . but children, like the boy, may realize that patience often yields big rewards.” Read more reviews from the library’s catalog – click on “reviews” in the upper right corner of the book information.
Ms. Rachel at our library created this simple and cheery bulletin board for the spring:
Animals and insects are popping up everywhere in the spring. Kids at the library had fun creating their own masks of spring animals, bugs, or even made-up creatures. We used our die cut machine to make masks shapes, but all you need is an oval shape with holes cut out for eyes and an inward curve to fit around the child’s nose. Then put out various craft supplies – feathers, ear shapes, nose shapes, yarn, sequins or foam shapes. Using glue sticks can keep your table a little less messy and allow for faster drying. When the mask is finished and glue is dry, punch a hole on either side and attach yarn so you can tie it around the child’s head.
If you want to print a more defined mask, firstpalette.com has some fun mask templates.
Springtime in Bugland by David Carter is a fresh new Easy Reader, and it is perfect for the child learning to read independently. The rhyming text tells about how all the bugs in Bugland love the beginning to spring so much, they simply must celebrate!
Pay close attention to notice all the humor in the charming illustrations.
Going along with our April theme of “Spring,” here is a fun and easy song to sing with your child. It would be simple to incorporate actions, so improvise, and let us know if you come up with more fun verses!
This book includes the original version of the song.
Sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”
The farmer plants her seeds
The farmer plants her seeds
Hi-ho, the dairy-o
Tha farmer plants her seeds.
The rain begins to fall…
The sun begins to shine…
The seeds begin to grow…
The plants grow big and tall…
Did you know? The old nursery rhyme, “The Farmer and the Dell,” is said to be almost 200 years old.
If you’re doing a story time with your child about Spring or even gardening, they will be sure to enjoy this fun butterfly coloring page. Don’t forget to ask what crops are being planted!
One of the library’s most fun resources for kids has to be our storybook boxes. This month we’re featuring our “Spring” box, which has lots of fun stories, DVDs, and even a watering can puppet!
Books featured in the Storybook box:
Signs of Spring
Hooray for Spring
Be sure to check back for lots more ideas about sharing the beautiful season of Spring with your child!