Storytime Theme: Let’s Have a Picnic!

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Spring is here and what a wonderful time to explore picnics!  And what is a picnic without talking about a few ants?  For extra fun, I packed to books in a picnic basket!

Books:

Toddlers: 

  • Click, Clack, Quakity-Quack  by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (Duck and his friends are getting ready to do something fun!  Hint:  it involves food!)
  • The Picnic by David K. Willams  (Four friends put together a basket of tasty food for a picnic)

Pre K:

  • Mimi and the Picnic by Martin Waddell  (Mimi and her family want to go on a picnic, but they lose track of her baby brother.  Will they ever find him?)
  • Spring Meadow Picnic  by Kazuo Iwamura  (Impatient little mice go on a journey to find the perfect place to have a picnic and find many strange things along the way!)
  • The Ants go Marching  edited by Ann Owen  (This familiar song is as fun to sing as it is to read!)

Craft:

    IMG_5759“Name Ants”

Name Ants:  Toddlers used circles and rectangles to make this adorable ant.  Then their parents wrote their names with a white crayon so that they can practice tracing the letters at home.

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Picnic Plates

Picnic Plates: In this activity, the preschoolers cut out different typical picnic foods from the printout below.  They could use all of the food or leave some out.  After gluing those to a paper plate, they cut out little ants and pasted those tricky ants to their food!  Look out for ants!

pre K activity antspicnic foods

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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