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Dragon Story Time (2017)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

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A dragon attends dragon school and all he wants is a gold star! A long book but it rhymes and I always think that holds the kids’ interest longer …

Flannel: Five Little Dragons
One little dragon with scales of blue;
Ran to meet the green one,
And then there were two.
Two little dragons sitting under a tree;
The red dragon joined them,
And then there were three.
Three little dragons, wishing there were more;
Along came the purple dragon,
And then there were four.
Four little dragons, happy to be alive;
Found a orange dragon,
And then there were five.
Five little dragons all out to play;
“Watch out, they breathe fire,” is all I have to say.
Source: Verona Story Time

Action Rhyme: Little Dragon
Little dragon counts to three,
Little dragon bends his knees.
Little dragon whistles and sings,
Little dragon flaps his wings.
Little dragon touches his toes,
Little dragon scratches his nose.
Little dragon makes a funny face,
Little dragon runs in place.
Little dragon sits on the floor,
Little dragon starts to snore.
Adapted from Johnson County Library

Poem: The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky
“I Wish I Had a Dragon”

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Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio; pictures by Greg Pizzoli

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A dragon harasses the townspeople who get fed up and offer a prize to whoever can tame him. I thought the kids would giggle more at dragon’s antics (he toilet papers the castle for example) but they were very stoic. At least they seemed to enjoy the book! One of the little boys even asked to take it home so they could read it again.

Song: Fly, Dragon, Fly (to the tune of Skip to My Lou)
Fly, fly, dragon fly. Fly, fly, dragon fly.
Fly, fly, dragon fly. Way up in the sky.

Hop, hop, dragon hop. Hop, hop, dragon hop.
Hop, hop, dragon hop. Stop, dragon, stop!

Turn, turn, dragon turn. Turn, turn, dragon turn.
Turn, turn, dragon turn. Sit, dragon, sit!
Source: Johnson County Library

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen; paintings by Derek Anderson

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Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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Dragon Story Time (Toddlers)

Our full-time children’s librarian is at a conference this week so I covered her Monday story time today. 54 PEOPLE!!!!! I don’t know how she does that first thing every Monday morning! I’m exhausted already … 😀

A lot of these rhymes/songs were already established my coworker as story time regulars so I learned them and used them for consistency. I don’t know her sources.

Song: Open Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your mouth …
But do not let them in!

Action Rhyme: I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little turtle, (hands on top of each other, wiggle thumbs)
He lived in a box. (make a box with hands)
He swam in the puddle, (paddle with hands)
He climbed on the rocks. (climbing motions)
He snapped at a mosquito, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a flea, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a minnow, (pinch fingers in air)
And he snapped at me! (pinch fingers toward self)
He caught the mosquito, (clap)
He caught the flea, (clap)
He caught the minnow, (clap)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake head and point at self)
Adapted from Perry Public Library Storytime

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
Stomp your feet // Shout hurray

Book: Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen; paintings by Derek Anderson

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A little boy is in charge of waking the dragons before school. I love the illustrations and it was short enough to hold toddler attention!

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
I do three verses:
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Flannel: Five Little Dragons
One little dragon with scales of blue;
Ran to meet the green one,
And then there were two.
Two little dragons sitting under a tree;
The red dragon joined them,
And then there were three.
Three little dragons, wishing there were more;
Along came the purple dragon,
And then there were four.
Four little dragons, happy to be alive;
Found a orange dragon,
And then there were five.
Five little dragons all out to play;
“Watch out, they breathe fire,” is all I have to say.
Source: Verona Story Time

Poem: The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky; pictures by Peter Sis

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I read “I Have a Secret Dragon” to the kids. I love reading poetry and rhymes to little ones. I think it really helps them hear the language.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Song: London Bridge Is Falling Down
London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down,
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady.

Build the bridge up stone by stone, stone by stone, stone by stone,
Build the bridge up stone by stone, my fair lady

Book: How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian

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Kids draw dragons and at the end they appear in an art show. Not my favorite book ever but it was short and bright and a good size for story time. By this time they’re barely listening anyway. 😀

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Fingerplay: Furry, Furry Squirrel
Furry, furry squirrel,
Hurry, hurry hop, (hop hand up opposite arm)
Scurry up the tree trunk to the very top. (run hand up to top of head)
When you reach the branches, hurry turn around, (turn hand around on head)
Furry, furry squirrel, scurry to the ground. (scurry hand down arm)

The first time we run it through we use our arms. The second time through we’re the squirrels.

Furry, furry squirrel,
Hurry, hurry hop, (run in place; hop)
Scurry up the tree trunk to the very top. (run in place; reach arms up)
When you reach the branches, hurry turn around, (stretch arms out; turn around)
Furry, furry squirrel, scurry to the ground. (run in place; touch the ground)

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Goodbye Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together

Tap, tap, tap your feet // Wave, wave, wave goodbye

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Firefighter & Pumpkin & Scarecrow & Halloween Story Time (Outreach)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus round and round
All through the town

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish //
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep //
The doors on the bus go open and shut //
The driver on the bus goes move it on back //
The people on the bus go up and down //
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah //
The people on the bus go shh, shh, shh

Book: No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol; illustrated by Martine Gourbault

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Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

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Rebecca Estelle despises pumpkins. When a pumpkin truck drops a pumpkin on her property and it explodes she figures she’ll bury the evidence and ignore it. Of course, a huge pumpkin patch grows. But how will she get rid of all the dreaded pumpkins?

This book was fairly long but they sat quietly. The teachers complimented it but I think it might be better for an older class.

Flannel: Five Orange Pumpkins
Once there were five orange pumpkins growing in a pumpkin patch. There was a giant pumpkin, a large pumpkin, a medium pumpkin, a small pumpkin, and a tiny pumpkin.

A man came by and looked at the five pumpkins. He picked up the giant pumpkin and said, “This will be a fine pumpkin to put in my store window.”

Soon a woman came by and looked at the four pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. She picked up the large pumpkin. “This will be fine to set on my doorstep,” she said.”

Next, a teacher came by and looked at the three pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. She chose the medium pumpkin. “This will be a fine pumpkin for my classroom,” she said.

Then a baker came by and looked at the two pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. He found the small pumpkin. “This will be just fine for a pumpkin pie,” he said.

Finally, a little boy dressed in a ghost costume stopped by the pumpkin patch. He saw the tiny pumpkin that was left. “This is just right to take to my Halloween party,” he said. So he took the pumpkin, painted a face on it, and said, “This is my best jack-o’-lantern ever!”

This flannel and the wording were here when I started the job. I’m pretty sure the woman who retired who had the job before me created it. I have no idea where she found the original wording. After a Google search, I found the wording here.

Song: Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin? (to the tune of Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin, (hands over eyes)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine? (raise hands over head)
A round one, (circle arms over head)
A tall one, (stretch arms over head)
A fat one, (arms out at sides)
A small one, (pinch fingers together)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine? (raise hands over head)
Source: Johnson County Library

Book: Scaredycrow by Christopher Hernandez; illustrated by Kyle Poling

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A little scarecrow is afraid of everything, especially the crows and bats he’s supposed to scare. So when they come near he waves his arms and yells. What he doesn’t know is that the crows and bats think he’s a terrible monster who tries to grab them!

Cute story and great illustrations with a friendship theme. The only reason I chose a scarecrow book was because the school where I do my outreach has themed weeks and scarecrows were one of their October themes. I liked Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long but it was pretty long and we already had a couple of longer books. But it’s a great scarecrow option as well.

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Song: Scarecrow, Scarecrow (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around,
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Scarecrow, scarecrow reach up high,
Scarecrow, scarecrow wink one eye.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your nose,
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow slap your knees,
Scarecrow, scarecrow sit down please.
Source: YouTube

I did a Google search for scarecrow songs and this one popped up. I adapted it a little bit with additional lyrics/substitutions from Storytime Katie.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Duck & Goose: Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills

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Duck and Goose and Thistle get ready to trick or treat. Duck is a ghost. Goose is a superhero. But Thistle’s costume is a secret. On Halloween night, Duck and Goose are trick or treating when then they find out a scary swamp monster is looking for them!

I love Duck and Goose. This book just came out in August. I love reading new books to this group because they’re big readers and anytime I read them classics or popular books they’ve read them before. Which I don’t mind, but I do like to spring new stuff on them from time to time!

Song: Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (hold up five fingers)
First one said, “It’s getting late.” (tap wrist where watch would be)
Second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (point to the sky)
Third one said, “But we don’t care.” (shake finger back and forth)
Fourth one said, “Let’s run and run.” (mime running in place)
Fifth one said, “Let’s have some fun.”

Whooooooo went the wind, (flutter fingers in front of you)
And OUT went the lights. (clap)

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll hand over hand)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Action Rhyme: “Pumpkin Pumpkin” (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Once you were a seed so small, (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball. (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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Rhyming verses tell the story of a witch and her cat who pick up hitchhikers and then encounter a big dragon!

I love this book and look forward to reading it every autumn!

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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Firefighter Story Time (2017)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol & Martine Gourbault

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A little girl invites a dragon over to play and have tea but the pepper makes him sneeze! The family escapes the house and dragon learns important fire safety tips. I love the rhyming verses.

Fingerplay: Five Brave Firefighters
Five brave firefighters standing in a row, (hold up 5 fingers)
1-2-3-4-5 they go. (count on fingers)
The alarm goes RING and they all give a SHOUT, (ring bell; cup hands to mouth)
And jump up on the engine to put the fire out. (steer firetruck; spray hose)
Five brave firefighters sleeping in their beds, (rest head on hands)
DING went the bell and down the pole they slid. (ring bell; put hand under hand going down)
They raced to the fire and put out all the flames. (drive firetruck; spray hose)
Then the five brave firefighters went back to bed again. (rest head on hands)
Adapted from King County Library System

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: I’m Brave! by Kate & Jim McMullan

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I liked this book because I was hopeful the fire department was going to do a visit during my story time (they did!–see below) and it describes all the tools firefighters use when they’re fighting fires.

Song/Flashcards: When Cow Wakes Up in the Morning
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
And what does the cow say?
Mooooooooooo
That is what he says.
(Sheep // Duck // Chicks // Pig // Dog // Cat)
Adapted from Jbrary

Song: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (lean to the left/right)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water (pretend to spray hose)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station (lean slowly left/right)
Source: Storytime Katie

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Firefighters!: Speeding! Spraying! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell; illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

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Up until this point I wasn’t sure if we were going to get a visit. Then one of my coworkers came over and told me they’d be there in about 15 minutes so I told the kids and made sure the parents knew to stick around. There was lots of excitement and this short little rhyming book was perfect for wrapping up story time!

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

And here’s our glorious firetruck:

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And our brave (all volunteer!) firefighters:

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Rawr.

They did a presentation to the families about having a fire plan, knowing your way out, and having a meeting place. Then we went outside to look at the sparkling fire truck and one of our visitors put on all his gear so the kids could see how big he was and how scary they might look but not to hide from them if there’s a fire.

They handed out hats to all the kids too! And as they pulled away with their lights flashing and beeping the horn for the kids, they got a call and the sirens started blaring. Very exciting! Many thanks to Flourtown Fire Company for making our day.

Great day, great story time!

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Apples & Pumpkins Story Time

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: A New House for Mouse by Petr Horácek

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A little mouse finds an apple but it’s too big to fit in her current home so she sets off to find a bigger house. The kids really enjoyed this one today !

Flannel: Five Little Apples
Five little apples lying on the floor,
One rolled away and that left four.
Four little apples hanging on a tree,
I picked one off and now there are three.
Three little apples and I know just what to do!
I put one in my pocket and now there are two.
Two little apples sitting in the sun,
I’ll pick one up and now there is one.
One little apple waiting in my lunch,
I’ll eat it up with a crunch, crunch, crunch!
Source: King County Library System

Action Rhyme: “Pumpkin Pumpkin” (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Once you were a seed so small, (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball. (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church

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A little goat prefers apples, pears and cherries from the orchard to trash and leftovers. After she enjoys her treats she spits the seeds over the bushes. After a big storm blows away the orchard, the farm animals are sad. But that autumn a new orchard grows! How did it get there??

I always have to go back and kind of explain to the kids how Little Apple Goat spitting the seeds over the bushes grew the new orchard but I still love reading it. The illustrations are darling.

Song: Picking Apples (to the tune of Where Is Thumbkin?)
Picking apples, picking apples (pick apples off tree)
‘Til we’re done, ’til we’re done.
Picking all the apples,
Picking all the apples,
‘Til we’re done, ’til we’re done.

Climb a ladder, climb a ladder, (climb ladder)
In a tree, in a tree.
Hello, everybody, (wave)
Hello, everybody,
Look at me! Look at me! (point to self)

Stirring applesauce, stirring applesauce, (stir)
Swish, swish, swish; swish, swish, swish.
Stirring all the applesauce, stirring all the applesauce,
In a pot, in a pot.

Eating applesauce, eating applesauce, (pretend to eat)
Yum, yum, yum; yum, yum, yum. (rub tummy)
Eating all the applesauce, (pretend to eat)
Eating all the applesauce,
Now we’re done, now we’re done.
Source: The Teacher’s Guide

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Apples & Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

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A little girl visits the farm with her family and picks apples and pumpkins.

Song: Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin? (to the tune of Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin, (hands over eyes)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine? (raise hands over head)
A round one, (circle arms over head)
A tall one, (stretch arms over head)
A fat one, (arms out at sides)
A small one, (pinch fingers together)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine? (raise hands over head)
Source: Johnson County Library

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime