Summertime is Picnics and Popsicles, No. 27

Picnics and Popsicles, Episode 27 of the Storytime Seedlings Podcast - for storytime anytime, anywhere you want, just click the podcast play button below!

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Books for Summer Picnics with Popsicles

Good News, Bad News

Margret & H.A. Rey's Curious George Goes to the Beach

The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle

Count Your Picnic and Popsicles with Fingerplays and Songs

Pop, Pop, Popsicle
(To the tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Pop, pop, Popsicle -  

A yummy frozen treat!  

Cherry, lemon, orange, grape!  

Cool and fun to eat! 

Ladybugs Picnic - a Sesame Street Classic:

One, two, three 
Four, five, six 
Seven, eight, nine 
Ten, eleven, twelve 
Ladybugs 
Came to the ladybugs' picnic 
One, two, three 
Four, five, six 
Seven, eight, nine 
Ten, eleven, twelve 
And they all played games 
At the ladybugs' picnic 
They had twelve sacks, so they ran sack races 
They fell on their backs, and they fell on their faces 
The ladybugs twelve 
At the ladybugs' picnic 
They played jump rope, but the rope - it broke 
So they just sat around telling knock-knock jokes 
The ladybugs twelve 
At the ladybugs' picnic 
One, two, three 
Four, five, six 
Seven, eight, nine 
Ten, eleven, twelve 
And they chatted away 
At the ladybugs' picnic 
They talked about the high price of furniture and rugs 
And fire insurance for ladybugs 
The ladybugs twelve 
At the ladybugs' picnic 
Twelve!

 

Early Literacy - Picnics are Fun and Healthy for the Whole Family

Eating a picnic whether in the backyard or at the park is an easy way to enjoy time with your family. But did you know that picnics are an overall healthy activity for your child and the whole family? Sunshine Health Early Learning Academy points to five different reason for taking the time to go on a family picnic:

1. Family bonding--Going on a picnic allows you to focus on your kids without distractions. Picnics are the perfect opportunity to make your kids feel loved and heard. . . .

2. Improved mental health--The fresh air does wonders for your child’s mental health. . .Time in the sunshine is also related to improved mood and reduced stress levels for the whole family.

3. Physical health pluses--Time outside benefits our physical health. Breathing in fresh air is beneficial for children with respiratory problems like asthma. A picnic on a sunny day also aids in vitamin D and calcium. . .

4. Better behavior--It turns out eating with your kids, such as a picnic lunch, leads to better behavior.. .This benefit also translates to academic performance—children that eat with their families tend to have higher grades than those who don’t.. .

5. Self-reflection time--Parents and children alike can benefit from meditation and self-reflection. Picnics are relatively peaceful environments that encourage these introspective behaviors. It’s important to give children time to be alone and learn about themselves through self-reflection, which can easily be done on a picnic.

Important Note: During this summer 2020 of COVID-19 - here are some suggestions for "Do's and Don'ts: Summer Picnics Coronavirus Style.

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