Spring Break!

To celebrate spring break Toddler and Preschool Storytimes joined forces this week! Ms. Karrie told us about Saint Patrick who lived a long time ago in Ireland and used music to save Ireland from lots of snakes! People celebrate him on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with Irish food and crafts. Listed below are two Irish inspired songs we sang:

I’m a Little Leprechaun (Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I’m a little leprechaun,

leprechaun, leprechaun.

I’m a little leprechaun

Who likes to dress in green.

I dress in green from head to toe,

head to toe, head to toe.

I dress in green from head to toe

I wear green all day long!


1 green shamrock, in the morning dew,

Another one sprouted, and then there were two.

2 green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;

Another one sprouted and then there were three.

3 green shamrocks, by the cottage door;

Another one sprouted,

And then there were four.

4 green shamrocks, near a beehive

Another one sprouted, and then there were five.

5 little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,

Think of all the luck these shamrocks will bring!

With the weather warming up  “Hurray for Spring!” by Patricia Hubbell was just the right book to read, celebrating all the delights of spring, such as, flying kites, talking to ants, and picking yummy berries. The colorful illustrations and lyrical words will make kids want to explore the springy world around them!

How did the chicken get to bed? By reading a book! In “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein, Little Red Chicken wants her papa to read her a bedtime story, but with each tale comes interrupted commentary by Little Red Chicken. The sweet natured outbursts of Little Red Chicken are sure to be hit with all ages.

Earlier in the day we got a tip that a leprechaun was hiding out in the library, so we went on a leprechaun hunt. Here was our fun interactive adventure you can do too:

Going on a leprechaun hunt. I’m not afraid.
Let’s go! Oh. look! I see a grassy field.
Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go over it. Let’s go through it.
Let’s go! Swish, swish, swish, swish.
Oh, look! I see a giant tree.
Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go through it. Let’s climb it.
Let’s go! Climb, climb, climb.
Oh, look! I see a river.
Can’t go over it. Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Let’s Swim it.
Let’s go. Swim, swim, swim.
Oh, look! I see a dark cave.
Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go over it. Let’s tiptoe into it.
Let’s go. Tippy, tippy, toe.
It’s really dark in here. Better turn on my flashlight.
Oh, no. I see something!
It’s mean! It’s green! It’s a leprechaun! Let’s go!
Run! Run! Swim! Swim! Climb! Climb! Swish! Swish!
Whew…safe at home again!

Here is the instructions on how to make fun, festive gel bags:

  1. Fill a quart-size food storage bag with inexpensive green hair gel.  You may also use clear gel and add green food coloring. (You can get very inexpensive gel at a dollar store.)
  2. Add confetti and/or glitter – gold works well with the green for this theme.
  3. “Burp” the bag to remove most of the air.
  4. Insert the bag into another bag seal side down. “Burp” this bag as well.

This idea can be used for any holiday – just change the colors!  Try some interesting and creative add-ins.  This is a great sensory experience for the kids and makes for an inexpensive activity that can be repeated over and over.


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