I’m sure we’re all ready for spring emotionally, but if your storytime plans still need a boost of floral/sunny/rainy/fresh ideas, try this easy song I found at Sunflower Storytime. I made a foam board prop to look at as we sang each week. As I sang the counting verse, I pointed at each number; on the second verse, we made arm motions for Rain, Sunshine, and Grow Up Tall.
One little, two little, three little flowers,
Four little, five little, six little flowers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers,
Ten little flowers in the spring!
Give them rain and lots of sunshine, Give them rain and lots of sunshine, Give them rain and lots of sunshine, So they grow up tall!
(tune of: Ten Little Soldiers, aka Ten Little Indians)
I made this out of foam board, construction paper, tissue paper, and numerals printed out from a word processor. I used spray adhesive to attach the blue sky and green grass, then added my free-cut flowers and stems with a glue stick. For the 3d tissue paper flowers, I cut out the flower shapes on a thick stack of tissue, then stapled them at the center and glued them down – then glued the yellow center to cover the staple. None of the steps are difficult, but the end result makes it look like they are. This photo was taken after use in 16 sessions and a few weeks of flat storage, so with a little care, this prop can last quite a long time. If you make it:
- Consider using velcro to make the numbers or entire flowers movable
- Make it as big as your storage allows
- Add the lyrics to the back of the board