Roots and Rare, an Art Storytime

Books:

What Do Roots Do? by Kathleen Kudlinski
Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Our summertime reading theme, “Dig into Reading” continued this week with our storytime about SEEDS. We began by reading the very factual book, What Do Roots Do? I chose this book because it was specifically about roots and has lots of good factual information at a level that was very accessible for younger people. It also rhymed in a way that was not painful. The book was pretty long so I did have to shorten it for my audience. The kids enjoyed looking at the pictures of the different types of roots… especially the root vegetables.

Our second book this week was an audience participation story, Up, Down and Around. This story was a great opportunity to talk about the different ways that plants grow. But really, this story was a great way to get the kids up and moving around. The book follows the formula of the title the whole way through, so I had the children stand up whenever I said up, sit down whenever I said down and stand up, turn around once and sit back down whenever I said around. I’m not sure how much they actually listened to the story, but we all had fun with the activity.

Action Rhyme:

My supporting activity this week was a fingerplay about seeds and planting. The kids enjoyed it so much, they asked for a repeat.

5 Little Seeds

5 Little seeds in the deep, dark ground, (Hold up 5 fingers)
sleeping and waiting, not making a sound.(finger to lips)
Along came an ant, across the garden floor, (wiggle fingers like ant crawling)
He carried off one seed, and then there were four. (crawl fingers over to take away one)

4 Little seeds in the deep, dark ground, (Hold up 4 fingers)
sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Down came a birdie, out of the tree, (flap hands like a bird)
He ate up one seed and then there were three. (“Eat” down one finger with opposite hand)

3 Little seeds in the deep dark ground, (Hold up 3 fingers)
sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Out snuck a cat, as cats often do, (move hands slowly like a cat walking)
He dug up one seed, and then there were two. (Pretend to dig in the ground like a cat)

2 Little seeds in the deep dark ground, (Hold up 2 fingers)
sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Along came some children, out having fun, (point to or tickle children)
They ran through the planted seeds, and then there was one. (Run with fingers)

1 little seed in the deep dark ground, (Hold up 1 finger)
sleeping and waiting, not making a sound. (finger to lips)
Down came the rain, and warm was the sun, (wiggle fingers down for rain, and hold up above head for the sun)
They woke up the little seed, his sprouting had begun! (Close fingers into a fist, then burst open at the word “woke”, and slowly raise hand up for remainder of the line.)

Art Station:

Our art word this week was RARE. We talked about the meaning of the word: unique, there is only one. And then talked about because there is only one of them in the whole world, they are rare and all the artworks they create are unique and rare too.

Then we talked about our featured art station. Since we were talking about roots, I thought it would be appropriate to make art with root vegetables. I gave the children some carrots and some potato stamps and they went to town. They enjoyed the potato stamps as I thought they would, but they enjoyed painting with the carrots much more than I would have suspected.

Potato stamps were created using the following method:

  1. Cut potato in half.
  2. Smash cut side of potato onto a small cookie cutter (embed it about 1/2”)
  3. Cut around the cookie cutter to remove the excess potato.

Featured art station set up:

  • Paper
  • Paint trays with tempera paint
  • Skinny carrots
  • Potato stamps

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