This week we talked about things in the dirt from the garden. First we read Potato Joe by Keith Baker, The Enormous Potato, and One Potato Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice. We acted out the story of Herman the Worm from the CD Wiggles Jiggles & Giggles by Stephen Fite.
We used a stuffed Mr. Potato Head toy to play a game of Pass the Hot Potato and we pretended to be seeds and sprouted using the poem Little Seeds in the Ground. We did the finger plays 10 Wiggly Worms and Where's the Worm, both were featured in the Dig into Reading Collaborative Summer Reading Manual.
For our craft we used a simple cut out of a potato shape from brown construction paper and added some Mr. Potato Head type features. Eyes, noses, mustaches, ears and even shoes. Some children drew on arms and hair too.
This summer we have some great teen volunteers from our Youth City Council. They are great to help with the games and craft. I keep them busy cutting out parts for our crafts and hanging up coloring contest sheets in the children's department. Some of these teens have been coming to the library since they were small and I even taught a few of them in story time! My how time flies, this is my 14th summer program and I am still enjoying it as much as I did the first year.
Next Week: Fossils and Dinosaur Bones