Newtown holds a wonderful Arbor Day celebration every year at Brain S. Gregg Memorial Park at 130 N. Chancellor St..  Arbor Day is today – April 25th. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and all are welcome!  Please come join us, munch on an apple, sing some recycling songs and HUG A TREE, and come visit me over in the Chalk Drawing RAIN FOREST!

In honor of Arbor Day we had Story Time all about TREES this week. In our Opening Song, we said hi to the librarian, the books, our library friends and the TREES!

BOOK: A Tree is Nice
by Janice May Udry
illustrated by Marc Simont

tree is nice

I remember this book from my own childhood.  The 1957 Caldecott winner, this gentle narrative with gorgeous pictures gives a very nice overview of trees, their usefulness and beauty.

GAME CUBE!- check out the link to these fun songs we pick by rolling our Game Cube dice!

This week we sang “Jump Jump Jumping!” AND later when we needed an extra break we helped the Game Cube chose “Grow a Banana” because it is everyone’s favorite!

BOOK: Rain Forests
by Nancy Smiler Levinson

Illustrated by Diane Dawson Hearn

rain forests

This is a non-fiction book is a delightful introduction to Rain Forests, with great descriptions of the 4 main layers. Dozens of different rain forest animals and insects are depicted, including Okapi!  I am always delighted and a little amazed at how much I learn from the kids in my Story Times – an Okapi, I was told, is a cross between a zebra and a giraffe. Four year olds are brilliant!!  (Check out this Okapi photo!)

Song: “The Rain Forest Song”
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and you Know It”

There are layers in the rain forest, yes indeed (YES INDEED!)
There are layers in the rain forest, yes indeed (YES INDEED!)
(hands up in the air),
Canopy (hands and arms out straight at shoulder level to make an umbrella),
Under-stor-y (criss-cross hands back and forth in front of knees)
AND FLOOR! (point to the ground)
There are layers in the rain forest, yes indeed! (YES INDEED!)

Flannel Board Game: Rain Forest!

We gave our rain forest friends a home!  For more details on this game please click HERE!

Game Cube Replay!

All this talk about monkeys – we just had to play 5 Little Monkeys!

BOOK: Barbara Reid
by Barbara Reid


The illustrations in this book are stunning!  Lovely, simple text about looking at trees in different ways – I especially love the pages showing trees looking like a tunnel and an ocean.

SHUFFLE DANCE: Check out our dance list here!

This week we danced with rainbow streamers to Hap Palmer’s “Bluegrass Jamboree”

BOOK: Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson

tap the magic tree

Delightful interactive book taking a tree through the seasons. The kids LOVED this book – it was magical!

CRAFT:  Earth in our Hands

Pre-cut world
Pre-cut hands
Glue Stick

Very simple coloring and gluing project.

Closing Rhyme & Song

How it Went:

The Wiggleworms did a great job listening this week and were very sweet in letting me know when they needed a movement break. I hope to see everyone at our town Arbor Day Celebration!  Reminder – next week is PAJAMA Story Time!! Wear your jammies and bring a lovey!

6 thoughts on “Trees!

  1. Pingback: Flannel Friday – Happy Arbor Day! | itsybitsymom

  2. Lovely selection of books for Arbor Day! A TREE IS NICE, must be a lovely story as it is still on the shelves. I don’t remember reading it as a child. Like the Rain Forest book and your flannel board.

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