Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Down on the Farm

Fun on the farm today! The wonderful women from the Glenn County Farm Bureau--Lisa, Betsy, Sarah, and Dairy Princess Stacey joined us for storytime and the kids loved it. Who doesn't love seeing a princess with a tiara, a sash, and cowboy boots?

We read The Milk Makers, by Gail Gibbons and How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth. Both books were donated to the library by the Farm Bureau. They were both a little long for my storytime crowd, but it wasn't difficult to adapt them. The lunchbox book shows where bread, cheese, tomatoes, carrots, apple juice, and chocolate chips come from. Guess what? They don't all come out of the refrigerator!

Here we are doing a fingerplay:

Here is a bunny with ears so funny,
And here is his hole in the ground.
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears,
And hops in his hole in the ground.

That's Buffy the magic hen next to my arm. When I squeezed her she laid a plastic egg into Princess Stacey's hand, and then Stacey opened the egg to find the colored chick and the name of the next story inside.

Next we sang:

There was a farmer had a cow
And Daisy was her name, O!
D-A-I-S-Y! D-A-I-S-Y!  D-A-I-S-Y!
And Daisy was her name, O!

(To the tune of BINGO, of course.)

It's a little tricky singing DAISY when you are used to singing BINGO, so that was good practice for the kids. They got it very quickly.

The Farm Bureau folks supplied cups, potting soil, and seeds for our craft. I added colored craft sticks and bug foam shapes so that they could add a label to their bean-in-a-cup. They decorated the sticks with their names and whatever else they liked, plus a bee, a butterfly, or a dragonfly on top. Doesn't get any easier than that!

We are going to be on the news too!  A reporter and cameraman from Channel 12 came and took pictures of storytime, and interviewed Princess Stacey. What an exciting day, thanks to the Farm Bureau!


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