MUSEUM STORIES

To keep active young minds engaged, we present a creative lesson plan with suggestions of books, music, and art-making for babies and toddlers.

April 1 – Gardens

This week we were inspired by Susan Martin’s Tomatomatoes and Janet Fish’s Orange Poppies/Fish Bowl to celebrate all the beautiful and tasty things that grow in gardens. Check out the fun books and songs we found to help you recreate Museum Stories in your home. Listen, read, wiggle, clap, count, have fun!

Susan Martin. Tomatomatoes. 1998. Acrylic on canvas

Janet Fish. Orange Poppies/Fish Bowl. 2008. Oil on canvas

Here are a list of books and songs for inspiration:

  • Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! By Candace Fleming / Song: The Green Grass Grows All Around by the Kiboomers
  • Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle / Song: The Caterpillar is Growing

The Caterpillar is Growing (sung to “If you’re happy and you know it”)
I’m a tiny caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I’m a tiny caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I am tiny and I’m small watch me crawl on the wall
I’m a tiny caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)

I’m a medium caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I’m a medium caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I’m not to big and I’m not to small
I’m a medium caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)

I’m a big caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I’m a big caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I ate too much food, now I have to make a cocoon
I’m a big caterpillar just for you (munch, munch) 

  • Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert / Song: 5 Little Flowers by the Kiboomers

Some of the stories can be found on YouTube. Songs can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

Art-Making:
Make your own caterpillar out of materials at home: cut circles out of construction paper and draw some eyes and antennae. Be creative and use found supplies: the circles of the body of the caterpillar can be cupcake liners, pompoms, bottle caps, construction paper, egg cartons and more.

Get ahead with kindergarten readiness: practice naming shapes and colors, and practice letters by writing your child’s name in the body of the caterpillar.

Thanks to The Spruce Crafts, The Simple Parent, Scintillating Home and other Pinterest boards for craft ideas.