Story Time

A Tree for Me (Celebrate Arbor Day)
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Toddler • Pre-school
Chicka chicka boom boom by:Bill Martin, Jr.
An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.
The gumdrop tree by:Elizabeth Spurr
When her father gives her a bag of colorful, sugary gumdrops to eat, a little girl decides to plant them instead.
Fall is not easy by:Marty Kelley
A tree tells why, out of all four seasons, autumn is the hardest.
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree by:Eileen Christelow
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree discover, one by one, that it is unwise to tease Mr. Crocodile.
Way up high in a tall green tree by:Jan Peck
A girl climbs a tree in the rainforest saying goodnight to all the creatures, but it is really her bunkbed as she settles down with all her stuffed animals.
We were tired of living in a house by:Liesel Moak Skorpen
Four children, a cat, and a dog move to a tree, a raft, a cave, and finally the seashore, enjoying each new dwelling until they discover its drawbacks.
Red leaf, yellow leaf by:Lois Ehlert.
A child describes the growth of a maple tree from seed to sapling.
Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up High in the Apple Tree
(hands up)

Two little apples smiled at me
(hold up two fists)

I shook the tree as hard as I could
(shake hands)

Down came the apples
(hands in lap)

Mmm, were they good
(pat tummy)
I had a Little Nut Tree
I had a Little Nut Tree,

and nothing would it bear

But a silver nutneg

and a golden pear

The King of Spain's daughter

came to visit me

And all for the sake of my little nut tree.
Your Own Alphabet Tree

Craft Project Directions:
Using the templates provided, cut out a tree stem and leaves to make the type of tree that you desire- palm tree, simple green tree, pine tree, etc, and tape them to a colored piece of construction paper. If you want your tree to be able to bend over, cut out two tree trunks, overlap them on a background piece of paper, securing the bottom trunk with tape and attach the top one with a brass fastener so it will sway back and forth. Add letters to the tree and you have your own alphabet tree!
The National Arbor Day Foundation

Lorax Save the Tree Game