Flowers

Happy Earth Day everyone!  We wanted to celebrate earth day this week, so we decided to put our focus on flowers.Books:

“Sesame Street’s Let’s Help the Earth: A Pop-Up Book”
“Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert
“Flower Garden” by Eve Bunting
Other great books about flowers and springtime:
“Whose Garden is it” by Mary Ann Hoberman
“Rabbit’s Good News,” by Ruth Bornstein
“A Bunny for All Seasons,” by Janet Schulman
“When will it be Spring?” by Catherine Walters
“Cold Little Duck Duck Duck,” Lisa Westburg Peters
“When Spring Comes,” by Natalie Warnock-Kinsey

Fingerplay:
Five Little Flowers
Five little flowers standing in the sun (hold up five fingers)
See their heads nodding, bowing one by one? (bend fingers several times)
Down, down, down comes the gentle rain (raise hands, wiggle fingers and lower arms)
And the five little flowers lift their heads up again! (hold up fingers)

Daffodil Count
One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.

Song:
Daffodil Song
Yellow yellow daffodil, dancing in the sun..
Oh yellow , yellow daffodil, you tell me spring has come.
I can hear a blue bird sing, and hear a robin call.
but yellow yellow daffodil I love you most of all.

Art Project:  Since Spring came a little late this year, one of the only flowers in bloom is the daffodil.  We made our own daffodils by cutting out petals from colored card stock and glueing a cupcake liner in the middle.  For the stem, a green pipe cleaner is run through the middle of the flower and folded over.  Colored tissue paper was glued inside the cupcake liner to create “pollen” and hide the end of the stem.  It’s the flower that never wilts!

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