Colorful eggs and adorable chicks are two of the best things about Spring and Easter. It is a safe bet that most kids are anticipating an egg hunt or visiting sweet little peeping chicks at the farm or zoo this time of year.
Today’s story time is all about those two things: chicks and eggs. I’m thrilled to once again be co-hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids. We have some fun ideas today that will get you excited for Spring and story time.
Peep! Chick and Egg Story Time
Note: Our story times always have the same parts; We start with a hello song. Next, I read 2-3 books about a topic with a rhyme/song and group activity that works on a developmental goal in between each book. We end with a goodbye song and then head to the table. At the table there is an invitation of some sort that works on another one of the developmental skills they are building. These elements are all listed below so you can move them around into whatever order works for you!
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Books about Chicks and Eggs
Peep and Egg by Laura Gehl
This gentle, but humorous story about an egg who doesn’t want to hatch and the chick that is eager for a friend is the featured book for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. One egg hatches but the other isn’t ready. No matter what chick says, egg is content to stay right where he is. What can finally convince him to crack out?
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Four eggs. Three eggs crack open but one takes it’s time. When it opens out pops a huge surprise. This nearly wordless book is full of humor, suspense, lots of gentle fun. Henkes has really take to the simple picture book for the very young in a most impressive way. This pastel egg themed book is sure to be a springtime favorite.
Whose Egg? by Guy Troughton
This is a fun non-fiction book about the many different animals that lay eggs. Each page has an egg and a little riddle with clues about the animal who laid the egg. When you lift the flap you uncover who is inside the egg.
Shaker Eggs + Songs
I think an egg themed storytime is the perfect time to pull out your egg shakers (or make your own with these simple directions on Mama Smiles). My toddlers and preschoolers cannot get enough of these simple instruments.
There are a lot of songs you can do with your Egg Shakers, but here is a good one to start with from Jbrary.
Group Activity: Let’s Move Like an Egg
My toddlers always love simple movement activities. It’s a nice chance to get up and get out some wiggles in between stories and it’s also a different way to explore a topic – like eggs and chicks!
After you have read a book or two about eggs, tell your toddlers you are all going to pretend to be eggs!
Ask them to start out by making their bodies into a tight, small egg. Demonstrate this by curling up on the ground yourself.
Then go through the Move Like an Egg movements. You can print out a copy for your story time use from the link below.
*Practice before story time so you can move through the activity without having to check the sheet too much.
*Don’t be afraid to look silly. Have fun with it and your kids will have fun with it too.
The Goodbye Train is Leaving. (Watch on YouTube) from Jbrary
Table Invitations about Eggs
My pals from the Virtual Book Club for Kids have some fun ideas that you can do with toddlers and/or preschoolers after your story time.
Chick Hatching Easter Egg Activity from Books and Giggles
Easter Themed Name Sensory Dig for Preschoolers from Toddler Approved
Easter Egg Game: Muffin Tin and Egg Number Math from JDaniel4’s Mom
Egg Math Puzzles from Teach Beside Me
Counting Chicks Busy Bag from Views from a Stepstool
Don’t Forget Your FREE Egg Movement Activity Printable