Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Buzz, buzz, buzz, a bee story time

Bee & Bird by Craig Frazier is the wordless story of a little bee and his much bigger companion, a red bird.  They travel from one object to the next, with each spread inviting the viewer to guess what they on/in/under/etc.  There are some excellent concepts here for very young children--big/little, directional words, colors, or shapes--and it is big and bright enough for a toddler story time.  Ask older babies and toddlers to point to the bird and then to the bee on each spread.  Ask the children questions about the scenes and build a little anticipation.  Add a few classic rhymes and a song and you have a really fun, super easy story time that you might want to file away as "I'm-Totally-Freaking-Out-I-Can't-Believe-I-Scheduled-This-Daycare-For-Today!!!!"


Fingerplay: Two Little Bluebirds

Bee & Bird by Craig Frazier

Fingerplay: Beehive
Here is the beehive.  Where are the bees? 
(hold up fist)
Hidden away where nobody sees. (move other hand around fist)
Watch and you'll see them come out of the hive(bend head close to fist)
One, two, three, four, five. (hold fingers up one at a time)
Bzzzzzzzz… all fly away!(wave fingers)

Song: I Caught Myself a Baby Bumblebee

Activity:  Play Rimsky-Korsokav's "Flight of the Bumblebee."  Children can waddle, dance, and buzz to the music.

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