Storytime: V is for Violins and Violins play Music

Storytime: V is for Violins and Violins play Music

Storytime: V is for Violins and Violins play Music

V is for Violins! The violin is a string instrument. It has a wooden body and four tight strings, the musical sounds come from the vibrations of those strings. Vibrations can be made by plucking the strings or using a bow. Not all instruments have strings but all of them make music through vibrations. The vibrations can be made by air, hitting a drum, through metal, or even the vibrations of vocal chords when you sing. Have fun with your children and make some music. It doesn’t have to be concert worthy, just have fun!

Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Even if you can’t sing on key, be sure to sing to your child! Your child is not looking for a concert-quality song; he wats familiar sounds from a person who means a great deal to him. Singing together can be great fun; it doesn’t require any special equipment or cost any money.

Activity

Sing “The Wheels on the Bus” using motions. Then try “The Band on the Bus” and create motions for the different instruments.

Books Presented

Book cover for A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey by Pilar Winter Hill.

A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey by Pilar Winter Hill

As she walks with her mother to a farmer’s market, Penelope hears the melodies of the city from musicians, bicycle bells, and more until one instrument beckons and fills her with magic. Includes author’s note about her first encounter with the violin.
Book cover for My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox.

My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox

A musical family with talents for playing a variety of instruments enjoys getting together to celebrate.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Band on the Bus

Tune: The Wheels on the Bus
The Saxophone on the bus goes
Toot-a-toot-swoosh
Toot-a-toot-swoosh
Toot-a-toot-swoosh
The Saxophone on the bus goes
Toot-a-toot-swoosh all through the town.

The Drum on the bus goes
Boom-bam-boom
Boom-bam-boom
Boom-bam-boom
The Drum on the bus goes
Boom-bam-boom all through the town.

The Flute on the bus goes
Flutter-flutter-whiz
Flutter-flutter-whiz
Flutter-flutter-whiz
The Flute on the bus goes
Flutter-flutter-whiz all through the town.

 

The Guitar on the bus goes
Twang-thump-twang
Twang-thump-twang
Twang-thump-twang
The Guitar on the bus goes
Twang-thump-twang all through the town.

The Cello on the bus goes
Pluck-pluck-pluck
Pluck-pluck-pluck
Pluck-pluck-pluck
The Cello on the bus goes
Pluck-pluck-pluck all through the town.

The Violin on the bus goes
Zing-hum-ding
Zing-hum-ding
Zing-hum-ding
The Violin on the bus goes
Zing-hum-ding all through the town.

Source: Pasadena Library

Crafts and Activities

Violin coloring page featuring Grover on the violin.

V is for Violin

A pellet drum made from paper plates, yarn, beads, and a straw.

Pellet Drum Craft

Additional Books

Book cover for Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss.

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss

Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
Book cover for The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom by Colleen A.F. Venable.

The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom by Colleen A.F. Venable

The band is assembled and the band director is ready to tell you all about the instruments, but an enthusiastic little drummer girl keeps interrupting
Book cover for A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson

A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson

When a little fox finds a radio, he shares the songs and music with his animal friends, but after it goes quiet, the little fox begins to hear the music found in nature.
Book cover for Tanka Tanka Skunk! by Steve Webb.

Tanka Tanka Skunk! by Steve Webb

Uses animal names to introduce rhythmic language and rhyme, as Tanka the elephant and his friend Skunk play drums to keep the beat.

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Storytime: V is for Valentine’s

Storytime: V is for Valentine’s

Storytime: V is for Valentine’s

V is for Valentine’s! Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, but that doesn’t mean it is all mushy stuff. It is just as important to celebrate the love shown to children from caring adults and between friends. You don’t have to celebrate with gifts, kind words and actions go a long way in letting people know you care. So spread a little love in the world and maybe enjoy a new book about Valentine’s Day.

Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Scientific studies have shown that children develop best when they have a strong, positive relationship with a nurturing adult. This helps not only their physical development, but their intellectual development as well. Hugs and kisses and be just as important as flash cards in getting a child ready for success in school. – “Reading Picture Books With Children” Megan Lambert

Activity

With your child, sing and dance to the song rhyme, “Skidamarink a-dink, a-dink,” and give your child a hug every time you sing, “I love you!”

Books Presented

Book cover for Mr. Goat's Valentine by Eve Bunting

Mr. Goat's Valentine by Eve Bunting

When Mr. Goat learns that it’s Valentine’s Day, he sets out in search of gifts for his first love, but his choices are a little unconventional

Book cover for Grumpy Monkey Valentine Gross-Out by Suzanne Lang

Grumpy Monkey Valentine Gross-Out by Suzanne Lang

Jim Panzee is very grumpy about Valentine’s Day until his buddy Norman shows him that the holiday is for everyone
Book cover for Valenslime by Joy Keller

Valenslime by Joy Keller

Ever since Victoria Franken brought her slime to life she and Goop have been great friends, but after realizing on Valentine’s Day that while she had many friends, Goop only had her, she tries to create a new slime friend for him.

Book cover for If You Were My Valentine by Lynn Plourde

If You Were My Valentine by Lynn Plourde

Big animals show how they’d give their love to little animals for Valentine’s Day and every day of the year.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Heart On Your Nose

Tune: If You’re Happy
Put your heart on your nose, on your nose.
Put your heart on your nose, on your nose.
It’s a heart for love and friendship
And a hug for everyone
Put your heart on your nose, on your nose.
Toes… Head… Knee… 

I Can Hug

I can hug, hug, hug
I can hop, hop, hop
I can kiss, kiss, kiss
I can stop, stop, stop
I can nod my head for yes,
And I can shake my head no,
I can sit down very, very slow.

Valentine Rhymes

This valentine is shaped like a square.
This valentine is shaped like a bear.
This valentine is shaped like a circle.
This valentine is the color purple.
This valentine is shaped like a rectangle.
This valentine is shaped like a triangle.
This valentine is shaped like a dove.
This valentine is made with love.

Five Little Hearts

Tune of “Five Little Ducks”
Down around the corner at the Valentine shop
Were five little hearts with polka dots.
Along came Mommy with a nickel to pay
And she bought a Valentine and took it away.

Little Heart

I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)

Source: Jbrary

Heart

I put my hands together
(hold palms together)
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around
(make heart with fingers)
And I can make a heart!

Source: Adventures of a Bookworm

Skidamarink

Skidamarink a-dink, a-dink
Skidamarink a-doo
I love you.
Skidamarink a-dink, a-dink
Skidamarink a-doo
I love you.
I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon.
Oh, skidamarink a-dink, a-dink
Skidamarink a-doo
I love you.

Crafts and Activities

Gnome Valentine Coloring Page

V is for Valentine's

Kids Valentine's Day Garland

Valentine's Necklace or Garland

Additional Books

Book cover for How to Help a Cupid by Sue Fliess

How to Help a Cupid by Sue Fliess

Valentine’s Day is all about showing kindness to the most important people in your life–and if you’re caring and thoughtful, you can help Cupid spread love and happiness, too!

Book cover for I Love You A Rebus Poem by Jean Marzollo

I Love You: A Rebus Poem by Jean Marzollo

A poem with a rebus format, in which the speaker professes love equal to that of a bird for a tree, a flower for a bee, and a lock for a key.
Book cover for Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin

Click, Clack, Moo: I Love You! by Doreen Cronin

Little Duck is working hard making valentines for everyone and decorating for the Valentine’s Day dance, but what happens when an unexpected guest arrives?

Book cover for When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali

When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali

When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things, and never tells her how he feels–until one day the doorbell rings.

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Storytime: V is for Veggies

Storytime: V is for Veggies

Storytime: V is for Veggies

Is it a vegetable or a fruit? Either way, vegetables are delicious, healthy, and fun to talk about with your child. Try asking open-ended questions with her about her favorite vegetables, where they come from, and their differences and similarities in taste. Or perhaps, you could talk about sequencing or the order of steps in a recipe while you prepare a pot of vegetable soup together.

Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

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Tip

Helping children see the order in which things take place, whether in books like “Eat Your Veggies, Goldilocks” by Steve Smallman or “Pumpkin, Pumpkin” by Jeanne Titherington, in a recipe, or in the sequence of the day, helps them develop the mathematical concept of sequencing. ~ Lambert

Activity

With your child, draw a set of pictures for the events of the day, such as make the bed, get dressed, brush your teeth, put away toys, etc. Then help him organize the pictures in sequential order and display them in a conspicuous place for him to observe during the day.

Books Presented

Book cover for Eat Your Veggies, Goldilocks by Steve Smallman

Eat Your Veggies, Goldilocks by Steve Smallman

In this version Goldilocks runs away and falls asleep in a cottage where the bears live after her parents refuse to give her cookies and ice cream for breakfast. The bears introduce her to healthy eating habits.

Book cover for Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.
Book cover for Seeds by Carme Lemniscates

Seeds by Carme Lemniscartes

Seeds harbor immense potential. They defy their size by sprouting and growing into plants. And these plants develop beautiful flowers and delicious fruits and vegetables. Even in the most unlikely environments, seeds manage to thrive. Like seeds, we can cultivate and nurture something wonderful. There is much we can learn from seeds.

Book cover for Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Fruits and Veggies Unite!

Form banana, form, form banana
form banana, form, form, banana
Peel banana, peel, peel banana
peel banana, peel, peel banana
Go bananas, go, go, bananas
Go bananas, go, go, bananas

Form zucchini, form, form zucchini
Form zucchini, form, form zucchini
Slice zucchini, slice, slice zucchini
Slice zucchini, slice, slice zucchini
Eat zucchini,eat, eat, zucchini
Eat zucchini, eat, eat, zucchini

 Form the corn, form form the corn
Form the corn, form form the corn
Shuck the corn, shuck, shuck the corn
Shuck the corn, shuck, shuck the corn
Pop the corn, pop, pop the corn
Pop the corn, pop, pop the corn

Form potato, form, form potato
Form potato, form, form potato
Peel potato, peel, peel potato
Peel potato, peel, peel potato
Mash potato, mash, mash potato
mash potato, mash, mash potato

Source: Jbrary

Vegetable Riddles

I’m red and round,
I also have seeds.
Sliced up in salads,
Is where you’ll see me!

I’m a root vegetable,
I can be red, white or green.
I can make you cry
When you cut into me!

I grow underground,
But I have skin and eyes.
I can be roasted or mashed,
Or made into fries!

Rabbits like to eat me
When I grow in a field.
I’m an orange vegetable.
I taste best when I’m peeled!

I’m yellow and yummy,
I grow on a stalk.
You can eat me on the cob,
Or cook me in a pot!

Source: Storytime in the Stacks

The Veggies in the Soup

To the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”
The carrots go in the soup, the carrots go in the soup,
We’ll stir and stir and stir some more
When the carrots are in the soup!
(repeat with other vegetables)

Now the soup is done, now the soup is done
We’ll eat and eat and eat some more
Now that the soup is done. YUM!

Source: Storytime in the Stacks

Green zucchini

Tune: Alouette
Green zucchini, I like green zucchini
Green zucchini, that’s what I like best.
Do you like it on your head?
Yes, I like it on my head. 
On your head? On my head.
Oooooohhhhhh
Verses: yellow corn, orange carrots, red bell peppers, purple eggplant

Source: Jbrary

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring vegetables.

V is for Veggies

3D paper bell pepper craft.

3D Pop Up Peppers

Additional Books

Book cover for Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks

Monster Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks

The waitress in this restaurant just doesn’t have a clue. Monsters don’t eat broccoli. How could she think we do? These fearsome but finicky monsters insist they don’t like food from the garden–leave that to the humans. They’d rather snack on tractors or a rocket ship or two, or tender trailer tidbits or a wheely, steely stew. But boy, do those trees they’re munching on look an awful lot like broccoli. Maybe vegetables aren’t so bad after all.

Book cover for Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Jamie plants a pumpkin seed and, after watching it grow, carves it, and saves some seeds to plant in the spring.
Book cover for No Nibbling by Beth Ferry

No Nibbling! by Beth Ferry

Derwood the goat has planted a garden and is prepared to defend it from all nibblers, including Tabitha the bunny, whom Derwood is convinced has designs on his growing vegetables; she teases him as the months go by, but after she helps him with the weeding the two become friends and share the feast.

Book cover for No-Dig Children's Gardening Book by Charles Dowding

No-Dig Children's Gardening Book by Charles Dowding

No matter where you garden, it’s easier without digging or weeding! Learn about helpful creatures, soil health, compost and plants that are good for wildlife.

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Kid & Tween Activities February 2024

Kid & Tween Activities February 2024

Kid & Tween Activities February 2024

Story Time

Join us in February for a world of imagination and learning at Story Time! 

Preschool Story Time (ages 2-5): It’s all about the Letter V! Explore Veggies, Valentine’s Day, Violins, and Something NEW, Just For You!

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM

Toddler Time (ages 10-23 months): Move and groove to the music at Toddler Time

  • Mondays & Tuesdays at 9:30 AM

Book Babies (ages 0-9 months) Enjoy songs, stories, movement, and sensory activities together.

  • Wednesdays at 9:30 AM

Please note, there will be NO Toddler Time on Monday, Feb. 19. We can’t wait to see you and your little ones in the Community Room!

Family Friendly Films

Want to watch a fun movie on a big screen? We have got new titles and classics all lined up for an afternoon of movie fun for the whole family! Friday, February 2 we’re watching Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (NR). Friday, February 16 we’ll be watching Holes (PG). Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older. Parents, please prescreen movies to ensure they are appropriate for your child.

Chess & Game Club + Rated Chess Tournament

Join the Chess & Game Club for ages 9-18 Mondays at 4:30 PM in the Community Room! On February 5 & 12, engage in strategic battles and game adventures. But mark your calendars for February 26, when 25 chess players of all levels will compete in a rated chess tournament! Participants must be registered members of the US Chess Federation. Sign up for the tournament using the form below. Spectators are welcome, so bring your family and friends! Please, make sure to enter through the exterior Community Room door.

Tuesdays for Kids & Tweens

All young, curious minds ages 6-11 are welcome at our Tuesday activities at 4 PM in the Community Room. Adults must accompany their kids for all the fun.

  • Feb 6: Dive into the wonders of water! Experiment with water’s properties and create beautiful stained coffee filter and pasta snowflakes at Kid & Tween STEAM.
  • Feb 13: LEGO lovers unite! Kids 6-11 and teens 12-18 are invited to build an array of vehicles for our motorcade menagerie!
  • Feb 20: At Kid & Tween STEAM, learn about the fascinating human heart and blood. Then get creative and sew your own heart magnet!
  • Feb 27: Discover Cubelets, Makey Makey, robots, 3D printing pens, and more in Tech for Kids ‘n Tweens!

Combined Tween Book Club

Join our combined Tween Book Club on Feb. 8 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room! Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys are for ages 8-11 and their grown-ups. This month we’re digging into Holes by Louis Sachar. Enjoy a Cootie Catcher Nickname generator, dig in the dirt for discussion questions, craft a Yellow Spotted Lizard pony bead keychain, and indulge in treats like peach pie, ice cream, and sunflower seeds. Don’t miss this fun literary adventure!

Innovative Inventions

Stanley Yelnats III is an inventor. Are you? We’ll give you a bag of supplies that shouldn’t be a part of anything and challenge your group to create the impossible. What should you build? That’s up to you. Surprise us! Bags are limited. Sign up by Thursday, February 8th. We’ll have your bags the following Monday. Then you’ll have 11 days to get creative. Inventions will be displayed through the end of the month and posted on our Facebook page. This activity is designed for all ages!

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On the Same Page is back and this year we’re reading “Holes” by Louis Sachar! Join our big community read and pick up your free-to-keep kick-off kit from the circulation desk today! Please, limit 1 book per household.

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Storytime: D is for Disguise

Storytime: D is for Disguise

Storytime: D is for Disguise

Have you ever worn a disguise? Dressed up in a costume or worn a mask? Disguises can change what you look like or help you blend in with your environment. For people this means special clothes or maybe a mustache. But animals sometimes use disguises too, and we call it camouflage. Camouflage is a survival strategy and widespread in the animal kingdom. Animals might use camouflage to hide from predators or sneak up on prey. Some use it to pretend to be a more dangerous animal instead of a tasty snack.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Some Children love to sit and listen to books, and some find other activities more interesting. Help your children enjoy books by having them participate. Ask them to join in saying a repeated phrase. ~ Lambert

Activity

Read the book “Run, Turkey, Run!”, or any book with a repeated phrase. Have the children say the repeated phrase as you read.

Books Presented

Book cover for Animal Disguises by Natalie Hyde

Animal Disguises by Natalie Hyde

Why would an animal need a disguise? This intriguing book features the fascinating ways some animals use camouflage or mimicry to conceal themselves for protection from predators, or as a way to attract prey or a mate.

Book cover for Look at Me! Look at Me! by Rose Williamson

Look at Me! Look at Me! by Rose Williamson

Cammy Chameleon has been blending in all her life to help her catch bugs, but lately it seems like no one is paying attention to her. One day, Cammy has an idea. She carefully concentrates and then, suddenly, she turns bright red. Soon Cammy realizes that showing off isn’t always worth it and that she can be happy being a regular chameleon again–at least most of the time
Book cover of First Day of Unicorn School by Jess Hernandez

First Day of Unicorn School by Jess Hernandez

Milly is thrilled to be accepted into the elite Unicorn School, although she is a donkey in disguise, but her first day reveals she has much in common with her fellow newcomers.

Book cover for Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr

The day before Thanksgiving, Turkey tries to disguise himself as other animals in order to avoid being caught by the farmer.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Cammy Chameleon

I’m Cammy Chameleon
My tongue goes SNAP!
I can change my colors
When I hear a loud CLAP!

Camouflage Rhyme

Oh where oh where can my little frog be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his big, buggy eyes
And his smooth, brown skin
Oh where oh where can he be?

Oh where oh where can my tiger be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his stripey fur
And his big, sharp teeth
Oh where oh where can he be?

Oh where oh where can my owl be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his amber eyes
And his short, curved beak
Oh where oh where can he be?

Oh where oh where can my gecko be?
Oh where oh where can he be?
With his leaf shaped tail
And his sticky toes
Oh where oh where can he be?

Source: Library Bonanza

Unicorn, Unicorn

Unicorn, Unicorn, turn around
Unicorn, Unicorn, touch the ground
Unicorn, Unicorn, reach up high
Unicorn, Unicorn, touch the sky
Unicorn, Unicorn, bend down low
Unicorn, Unicorn, touch your toes

Source: King County Library System

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring a turkey wearing a disguise and holding a sign that says I'm not a turkey.

D is for Disguise

Storytime craft where you match animals to their patterns and then create a pattern to camouflage your own creature.

Camouflage Creature Craft

Cut out the animals and then match them to the squares that would provide them with camouflage. Then use the blank square and blank animal to create your own camouflage pattern.

Additional Books

Book cover for Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale

Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale brings to life a patterned parade of animals, showing young readers some of the many reasons spots are found so often in nature. Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and simple phrases keep readers entertained, while back matter provides more in-depth information on each featured animal.

Book cover for Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro

Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro

Tired of always changing colors, Chameleon is surprised to discover that other jungle animals are bored with their appearances, and he sets out to make each whatever color and pattern he or she wishes.
Book cover for Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon

Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon

Hungry Wolf disguises himself as a sheep and nobody suspects a thing! (Or do they?) Wolf dreams of tasty sheep–sheep sandwiches, sheep sushi, sheep tacos! In his clever sheep costume, he infiltrates the friendly neighborhood herd, blending in by helping with chores, reading bedtime stories to the lambs, and working up a sweat in sheep aerobics class. Wolf’s sneaky plan works so well, he becomes part of the family. And suddenly, the sheep don’t seem quite as tasty. . . . With a charming twist ending and lots of visual fun–including the running theme of Wolf’s disguise not being quite as convincing as he thinks–this hilarious take on the wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing will have readers howling for more.

Book cover for Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

Fergus the bear wants to play hide and seek with the reader, but will need help–and practice–to hide well.

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Storytime: D is for Dirt

Storytime: D is for Dirt

Storytime: D is for Dirt

Let’s play in the dirt! Soil, mud, and yes, dirt can be a exploration canvas for your child as he engages in sensory experiences, discovers hidden treasures, and learns about the world underneath his feet. You can also create an indoor sensory experience with dirt playdough, spoons, rocks, toy trucks, etc. Using coffee grinds, sand, brown food coloring, or “clean” dirt in a simple salt dough recipe will turn play dough time into a seriously dirty and muddy experience.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

We often want to build on our children’s curiosity, but don’t always know the answers to their questions. We can often discover the answers together in books. Knowledge about the world, even in very young children, is key to understanding. Combining a story and a factual book on nature or science helps expand children’s scientific knowledge. ~Lambert

Activity

Read a fiction book like, “Roy Digs Dirt,” with your child. Then read a factual non-fiction book about soil such as, “Under Your Feet.” Talk about soil, what creatures use it as their home, how it is made, etc. You may also want to follow up with the video song by Clint and Bob Moffatt, “Digging in the Dirt.”

Books Presented

Cover of the book Dig In! by Cynthia L. Jenson-Elliott

Dig In! by Cynthia L. Jenson-Elliott

A little boy digs, plays, and explores in his garden.

Book Cover of Roy Digs Dirt by David Shannon

Roy Digs Dirt by David Shannon

Roy is a West Highland terrier who loves to dig in the dirt and mud; sometimes he buries things, and sometimes he finds things, but mostly he just likes to dig–even though he does not like the bath that may follow the digging.
Book Cover of I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan

I'm Dirty by Kate McMullan

A busy backhoe loader describes all the items it hauls off a lot and all the fun it has getting dirty while doing so.

Book cover of The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

The Pigeon is dirty and he needs a bath, but he won’t go willingly

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean

Tune: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen.
Wanted to go outside and play.
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud.
Landed with a great big THUD
Now there are four  clean squeaky pigs.

Source: Verona Storytime

Five Elephants in the Tub

One elephant in the tub
Going for a swim,
Knock-knock (clap twice), splash-splash (slap knees twice),
Come on in! Ohhhh elephant!

2 . . . 3 . . . 4

Five elephants in the tub
Going for a swim,
Knock-knock (clap twice), splash-splash (slap knees twice),
And they all FELL IN!

Source: Verona Storytime

Crafts and Activities

Jack Russel Terrier digging a hole coloring page

D is for Dirt

Dump Truck Craft

Dump Truck Craft

Make a dump truck from a paper plate

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Book cover for Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman

Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman

When a field mouse asks Carl the earthworm why he tunnels through the dirt, Carl doesn’t have an answer, so he sets off to find out.

Book Cover for Under Your Feet by Jacqueline L. Stroud

Under Your Feet by Jacqueline L. Stroud

 
Down where worms wriggle and microbes squirm, there’s a whole world waiting to be discovered… Under Your Feet delves beneath the Earth’s surface and explores the diverse wonders hidden there. Encounter creatures of the deep and marvel at the mind-boggling size of the humongous fungus–the biggest organism in the world. Learn how one handful of ordinary soil contains more organisms than there are people on Earth, and carry out experiments using dirt from your own back garden. Under Your Feet offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the natural world and soil-dwelling creatures big and small. Bursting with colorful illustrations and photography, this is the perfect book for budding young plant experts, animal fanatics, and geologists, and anyone who is curious about the ground we walk on.
Book cover for Dirty Gert by Tedd Arnold

Dirty Gert by Tedd Arnold

A little girl who loves playing in the dirt becomes a tree.

Book Cover for Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn’t recognize him as a black dog with white spots.

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