V is for Vegetables: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Sorting Activity: "Making Vegetable Soup" [have pot and various plastic food items, ask group to name each item and decide whether it is a vegetable--if so, it belongs in the soup!]

Book: That's Not Bunny! by Chris Barton [Talk about how hawks are birds of prey. What does that mean? What do they eat? Have kids do "SWOOSH"es]

Action Rhyme: "Five Fat Peas" [version via Anna]
Five fat peas in a peapod pressed (crouch, hold up fist)
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest (pop fingers up)
They grew and they grew and they did not stop (both arms up, slowly stand as you 'grow')
Until one day, the pod went POP! (clap!)

Song:  Dance, Freeze, Melt by The Learning Groove from their album Rockin' Red

Book: A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas

Song, a cappella, with magnet board: "Monster's on my Veggies" [tune:"BINGO"]
I want to make a salad, but a monster's on my lettuce!
Monster, YOU GET OFF! [shaking fist]
Monster, YOU GET OFF!
Monster, YOU GET OFF!
Get off of my lettuce! [repeat with carrots, onion, celery--graphics here]

Book [standing]: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Song: "A Little Bit Up and a Little Bit Down" by Michael and Jello [tie in to Up, Down, and Around]

Movement [standing, if time]: Before storytime ends, let's form some vegetables with our bodies! First, we'll be a tiny little round pea. Now, a large round head of lettuce. Let's stand up and be a tall stalk of celery with a few little leaves at the top. Now, let's be broccoli...]

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with V. Possibles before opening to children...Vampire! Visitor! [Why, hello, come in, good to see you...]


Alternatives to Swap In:
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds