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Birds in Spring

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman

Follow a pair of robin parents from nest-building and egg-laying, to raising their hungry hatchlings, and finally sending off their flying fledglings.

Wings by Cheryl B.Klein

Follows a baby bird on its first flight, one that starts cautiously and ends with delight.

Bird Watch by Christie Matheson

Count backward from ten as you search for hidden birds (and insects and animals) in this seek-and-find picture book.

Not your nest! by Gideon Sterer

Bird builds the perfect nest, the only problem is everyone else wants to sleep in it!

This is the Nest that Robin Built: with a little help from her friends by Denise Fleming

A cumulative rhyme about the animals who help Robin build her nest.

Crow not Crow by Jane Yolen

Tells the story of a child’s first birding expedition on a golden autumn day.


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Trevor by Jim Averbeck

Trevor is lonely and looking for a friend. He stretches his wings the length of his boring cage and notices the tree outside stretching its branch. And on the end of that branch? Perhaps a new friend. But one that is quiet and shy. Trevor knows just how to make him feel comfortable. This is an elegantly told, truly unique tale of a canary who befriends a lemon and finds that you don’t have to be two of a kind to form a meaningful and lasting friendship.

Egg by Kevin Henkes

Three little birds crack their way out of eggs and fly away, leaving one egg sitting all alone until the three chicks come back and discover a friendly baby alligator has finally hatched.

North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown

Follows the journey of a little bird who flies to the north, south, east, and west to decide which direction she likes best.

Bird Feeder wreath: http:// https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/kid-made-bird-feeder-wreath/

Bird feather painting: https://munchkinsandmoms.com/feather-painting/

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Spring Seeds

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature.

Seed Magic by Natalie McKinnon

How can a tiny handful of seeds become a whole mountain of seeds? Seed Magic, that’s how! In this simple story of friendship, Little Spider teaches her friend Anxious Ant about the life cycle of plants, showing nature will provide all we need if we are not greedy.

Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E Hirsch

Describes some ways in which plants can move, from sunflowers turning towards sunlight and vines creeping up a fence to tulips folding in at night and maple seeds whirling like helicopters in the wind.

What Will Grow by Jennifer Ward

Seeds can be big and small, round and pointy, and all sorts of colors. But they all have one thing in common–inside waits a new plant life, waiting to emerge! This lush journey through an entire year follows seeds that bloom in the very beginning of spring, all the way through ones that sprout in winter.

Pandora by Victoria Turnbull

Pandora the fox lives alone in a junk yard. She’s depressed and has no contact with the outside world. Then, she rescues a blue bird. As she nurses him back to health, the bird collects seeds and trinkets for her. One day, the bird grows strong enough to fly away, but the garden seeds he brought begin to transform Pandora’s landscape.

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

Rooting for You : (a moving up story) by Susan Hood

A seed, afraid but bored in the dark soil, decides to put out one little root, then one little shoot, before learning that there are plenty of friends around for encouragement.

Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell

Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants. Even flowers!

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

A simple description of a flowering plant’s life cycle through the seasons.

Comparing and sorting seeds: https://www.howweelearn.com/seed-activity-kids-gardening/

Giant sunflower craft: https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/04/in-the-garden.html

Spring Mud Puddles

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

As winter melts into spring, the frozen earth turns into magnificent mud.

Mudkin by Stephen Gammell

While playing outside on a rainy day, a little girl peers into a puddle and sees Mudkin, who invites her to become his queen.

Preschool to the Rescue by Judy Sierra

When a mud puddle traps a pizza van, police car, tow truck, and other vehicles, a group of preschoolers comes along and saves the day.

Oink, Oink, Benny by Barbro Lindgren

Tired of hanging around inside, Benny and his little brother decide to venture outside where they, despite the order of their mother, head straight for the mudhole.

Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Harry is a white dog with black spots who absolutely, positively hates to take a bath. After a day of adventure, Harry gets so dirty that he no longer looks like a white dog with black spots. Now he looks like a black dog with white spots!

Pignic by Matt Phelan

It’s a perfect day for a pignic!

A blue sky. A shady tree. A bright kite. And a full picnic basket. Four little pigs and their parents head outside to enjoy a beautiful day. With a little help from some new (and unexpected) friends, they climb trees, fly kites, and enjoy a delicious picnic. Even a sudden rain shower can’t ruin their fun. Because rain means . . . MUD! Hooray!

The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz

See the piggy,

See the puddle,

See the muddy little puddle.

See the piggy in the middle

Of the muddy little puddle.

And so begins this rollicking story-in-verse about a determined young pig who absolutely refuses to leave her mud puddle–much to the dismay of her family!

Puddle Jumping Gross Motor Game: https://www.pinkoatmeal.com/spring-gross-motor-game-puddle-jumping/

Mud puddle I Spy: https://www.babiestobookworms.com/2018/03/08/muddy-puddles/

Piggies in the Puddle sensory bin: http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/piggy-puddle-sensory-bin/

Springtime

Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber

Sophie listens and watches for the signs of spring–the melting ice, the blue sky–until one day the raindrops come and spring is here.

Hello Spring! by Shelley Rotner

Presents a lyrical celebration of the arrival of spring, which is marked by changes in plant and animal life.


Bloom by Deborah Diesen

A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.

Good Morning, Grizzle Grump! by Aaron Blecha

Winter is over! Spring has sprung! Grizzle Grump has just woken up from his long winter slumber. His big bear belly is quite rumbly. So he sets off with his trusty squirrel sidekick in search of a springtime snack.

What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward

Seeds can be big and small, round and pointy, and all sorts of colors. But they all have one thing in common–inside waits a new plant life, waiting to emerge! This lush journey through an entire year follows seeds that bloom in the very beginning of spring, all the way through ones that sprout in winter.

Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus

It’s springtime, and the pond is bursting with new life. There are beaver pups, heron hatchlings, and lots and lots of ducklings. Everyone is out and about, swimming, flapping, chirping, and quacking–except for one family of geese.

Abracadabra! It’s Spring! By Anne Sibley O’Brien

Winter turns to spring in this lyrical book that celebrates the magic of nature and the changing seasons. Eleven gatefolds open to recreate the excitement and surprise of spring’s arrival.

Finding Spring by Carin Berger

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

Crinkle, Crackle, Crack : it’s Spring! By Marion Dane Bauer

Invites the reader to join a bear and other woodland animals on a cold, moonlit walk to investigate strange noises and observe the arrival of spring.

Chromatography Butterfly Craft:https://buggyandbuddy.com/chromatography-butterflies-separating-colors-in-markers/

Rain Cloud in a Jar activity: https://funlearningforkids.com/rain-cloud-jar-science-experiment/

Human sized bird’s nest: https://mothernatured.com/animal-craft-ideas/make-a-bird-nest-using-recycled-materials/

Baby Animals

Wee Little Bunny/ Lamb/ Chick by Lauren Thompson

A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na

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Find some preschool science activities for the baby animal theme below:

http://www.kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/baby-animals-science-lesson/http://www.teachpreschoolscience.com/ParentBabyAnimals.html

 

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