Here is my list of favorites for Spring (which is also where I got the name for my blog, hee hee):
- Give Said The Little Stream: We do kind of a fun variation on this song. I got the idea from Peggy North on Sugardoodle. "For every word that begins with a G, clap hands once (i.e. Give, Go, Grows, Greener, etc.) For every word that begins with an S, stand up and sit back down (i.e. Stream, Small, Still, Singing) Obviously, everyone sings this sitting down, so that they can stand and sit at the appropriate times--you'll need your own chair at the front. The children LOVE this. Start out slow when they're first learning, but as they get to know it better, the second time through they just love going FAST, and you get a workout on the chorus, especially! I have done this every time I was a chorister, and it's always a hit. I've since added snaps for words that begin with R (rain, raise). " We do head nods on the R words. The kids really like it and it's a nice way to get some extra energy out!
- In The Leafy Tree Tops: I brought a bird on a popsicle stick for a child to hold during the first verse and a flower for the second. Of course we also all stand and do actions for the song as well.
- Little Purple Pansies: I have a beautiful picture of a field of pansies (many purple ones) that I got out of an old calendar. You could probably google one.
- Popcorn Popping: I also have a calendar page of an orchard of apricot trees in full bloom, so that the children can see why it looks like popcorn on the trees. (We of course do all the actions too.)
- Wind Is Blowing All Around (Rain Is Falling All Around): Especially for the month of March! I tell them about the days being "Lambs" or "Lions" and on the "Lion" days, how the wind roars!!! I plan on next year having a lamb and lion prop or puppet to help me out. :)