DIY Storytime
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Fruits and Veggies

Hello, Storytime Friends!
We are so excited to have you join us for another DIY Storytime with the Helen Plum Library! Today we’re going to read, sing and rhyme about Fruits and Veggies!
We’ll be using resources such as Hoopla, TumbleBooks and Just for Kids. You can access these resources with your Helen Plum Library card. If you don’t currently have a library card, you can sign up here.

Sing: “If You Want to Hear a Story”

At the Library, we always start storytime with a song because music is a wonderful tool for transitions. Through this repetition each week, children can begin to predict events and better engage in these activities.

Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands. (clap, clap)
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands. (clap, clap)
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands. (clap, clap)

Other verses:

  • Stamp your feet (stomp, stomp)
  • Sit so still (finger on lips — “Shhh, shhh”)

Read: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

It’s watermelon season! Read The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli on YouTube.

Practice your predictions: What will happen next?

Rhyme: “Fruit Salad”

Listen for the syllables! Tune: “Frere Jacques”

Watermelon, Watermelon, (big circle with hands)
Pa-pay-a, pap-ay-a, (chop air in front of body on each syllable)
Ba-a-a-a-nana, Ba-a-a-a-nana, (swing arms down like rocking a baby)
Fruit Salad, fruit salad! (dance it out!)

Read: Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Enjoy this adaptation of Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal on YouTube.

What does Little Pea like for dessert? What do you like?

Rhyme: “Pease Porridge Hot”

Pat a rhythm as you chant:

Pease porridge hot,
pease porridge cold,
pease porridge in the pot,
nine days old.
Some like it hot,
some like it cold,
some like it in the pot,
nine days old.

Move: “Hot Potato”

Dance to “Hot Potato” with the Wiggles on YouTube! You might even want to make up some verses of your own!

More Fruits and Veggies Crafts and Activities

Play hot potato! Make your own Watermelon Seed matching game.

Check out our DIY Storytime Pinterest page for more fun crafts and activities related to this theme. If you try anything, share with us using #DIYStorytimeHPL!
We hope you enjoyed storytime! Look for our next storytime on Tue, Jun 23.
Can’t wait for more? Enjoy previous DIY Storytimes today!
Librarian favorites from our storytimes can be found as playlists on YouTube.
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