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Summertime is Picnics & Popsicles, No. 27

Source: Santa Clara County Library District Blog, July 10, 2020

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

For songs and fingerplays to take on a picnic -- click here!

Books for Summer Picnics with Popsicles

Good News, Bad News Mack, Jeff

Margret & H.A. Rey's Curious George

Goes to the Beach

The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle Renaud, Anne

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. . . .

. .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.


Hello! I'm Lauren Teixeira, Children's Librarian (retired) and Podcaster.

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Photo of gummi popsicles by Anton Uniqueton: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-colorful-popsicle-8724095/

Photo of girl eating strawberry by Cao Anh Foto: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-girl-eating-a-strawberry-11564833/


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