Category Archives: Birds

Storytime Stuff featured on Mother Goose on the Loose!

Our ASL Rhyme “Woodpecker, Woodpecker” was chosen as the rhyme of the month over at Mother Goose on the Loose!  Mother Goose on the Loose is an award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 3 created by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen.  This innovative program is based on research which shows that children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment. Mother Goose on the Loose uses a variety of activities, such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity to others.

Check out the Mother Goose on the Loose website for lots of early literacy resources, and make sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter to receive great tips, ideas, and research links in your inbox.

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddAnother sneak preview of our newest book, More Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, January 2016):

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/YCT3FEC-ZY4

Begin by teaching the ASL signs TREE and BIRD. Explain that in this rhyme, you will be learning about a specific kind of bird called a woodpecker, and will be using the signs to show how the woodpecker uses the tree.

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to eat! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now eat up the bugs you found, just like that. (move fingers to show beak eating bugs)

 

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to sleep! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now nestle in the hole you made, cozy as can be! (nestle bird in palm of hand)

 

Find lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!

Sign This: “The Owl”

Did you know that August 4 is International Owl Awareness Day?  Celebrate with this fingerplay perfect for owl or nocturnal animal programs!

The owl is a creature of the night,

His great big eyes give him keen sight.

He looks to the left and to the right.

And hoots so softly through the night.

Watch this video to learn how to share this rhyme using American Sign Language:

Springtime on the Farm Storytime

Recommended Books

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett. Walker & Company, 2011.

In fairy tales, kissing a frog turns him into a prince, but if you kiss a pig,will you get a princess? In this clever and fun new book, the characters base all of their fortune and misfortune on what they have read before in fairy tales. When Priscilla the princess accidentally switches places with Pigmella, the farmer’s new piglet, the farmer and his wife believe it’s the work of a good witch, while the king and queen blame the bad witch. Isn’t that what happens in fairy tales? This book is entertaining for both adults and children and provides a wonderful opportunity for extension lessons discussing other fairy tales referenced.

 

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. Candlewick Press, 2010.

Every night Papa Rooster tries to get Little Red Chicken to settle down and goto sleep by reading a few bedtime stories. But every night, Little Red Chicken gets too excited by the stories Papa Rooster reads and interrupts Papa to save the characters in the story – THE END! Unfortunately, Little Red Chicken’s involvement in the story doesn’t make her sleepy, so Papa Rooster suggest Little Red write her own story and tell it to him. Soon Papa Rooster is interrupting Little Red Chicken in his own way, but Little Red knows just what to do.

 

Song

Springtime on the Farm

(To the tune of “Down on Grandpa’s Farm”)

Chorus

It is spring, it is spring, springtime on the farm!

It is spring, it is spring, springtime on the farm!

 

Springtime on the farm, there is a new baby calf,

Springtime on the farm, there is a new baby calf.

The calf, he makes a sound like this – moo-moo.

The calf, he makes a sound like this – moo-moo.

 

…chick…cheep-cheep

…piglet – oink-oink

…lamb…bah-bah

…duckling…quack-quack

 

 

Flannelboard

Springtime Five Little Ducklings

Five little ducklings went out one day,

exploring the flowers and lost their way.

The mother duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack,”

but only four little ducks came back.

 

Four little ducklings went out one day,

exploring the flowers and lost their way.

The mother duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack,”

but only three little ducks came back.

 

Three little ducklings went out one day,

exploring the flowers and lost their way.

The mother duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack,”

but only two little ducks came back.

 

Two little ducklings went out one day,

exploring the flowers and lost their way.

The mother duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack,”

but only one little ducks came back.

 

One little duckling went out one day,

exploring the flowers and lost his way.

The mother duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack,”

but no little ducks came back.

 

Wah, Wah, Wah, cried mommy duck.

She looked for her ducklings with no luck.

The mother duck said, “Quack, Quack, Quack.”

and covered in flowers her ducklings came back!

 

 

Craft

Baby Bird Puppet and Nest

Pieces Needed: paper bags, twigs or other small woodsy items, craft stick,bird (cut out of a magazine or construction paper)

Directions:

  1. Crumple up the bag a few times to give it a soft, wrinkled appearance.
  2. Cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag that a craft stick could fit through.
  3. Fold the sides of the bag down about half way.
  4. Glue assorted woodsy items onto the bag to create a natural looking nest. Give it time to dry thoroughly.
  5. Glue the bird to the craft stick, and place in the bag with the stick through the hole in the bottom of the bag.

 

After making your craft, show off your puppet with this fun little rhyme.

Little bird, little bird, up in the tree,

Little bird, little bird, say hi to me!

(Pop up bird and “tweet, tweet, tweet!”)