story time

Zoo and Bugs 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: If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

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This book is looooooooong and I think the kids started to feel it but they were good little soldiers and were quiet until the end. I only read four books today to make up for this one! I didn’t realize there was some politically incorrect wording (I only leafed through it when I chose it — the book mentioned something about slanted eyes) so be warned. I don’t think the kids understood the Asian implication or if they did they took it with a grain of salt. But I would hesitate before reading this one again.

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)

Flannel: Five Little Elephants
Five little elephants rowing toward the shore,
One fell in and now there are four.
Four little elephants climbing up a tree,
One slid down and now there are three.
Three little elephants living at the zoo,
One walked out the gate and now there are two.
Two little elephants playing in the sun,
One fell asleep and now there is one.
One little elephant isn’t having any fun,
Abracadabra! Now there are none.
Source: King County Library System

Book: Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

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Turns out the kids had completed a zoo unit the week before and had read this book. They didn’t mind that we read it again.

Action Rhyme: At the Zoo
At the zoo we saw a bear (hands over eyes)
With great big paws and shaggy hair (hold up hands, ruffle hair)
At the zoo a zebra we found (hands over eyes)
With black and white stripes all around (hands criss cross in front of body)
At the zoo a giraffe so tall (hands in the air)
It could look right over the top of the wall (hands at eye level; lower them under chin)
We saw a lion in a cage (point)
He was roaring in an awful rage (roar)
At the zoo the monkeys run (run in place)
And jump and swing and have lots of fun (jump, swing arms)
But my favorite animal at the zoo is the elephant — how about you? (point to kids)
Source: King County Library System

I didn’t have the kids stand up at the start of the rhyme so they swung their arms while sitting on the floor which isn’t ideal. This is what you get when you don’t review your story time beforehand. *sigh* Then the kids each told me their favorite zoo animal. To my surprise, turtles and tortoises ruled the day!

Action Book: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

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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: Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin; pictures by Harry Bliss

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A dud again! Although one of the kids did tell me he has the book Diary of a Worm … they were quiet and paying attention but again, not sure they got the humor.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran

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They really enjoyed hearing that the dung beetle ate poop. What kid wouldn’t?

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

I changed the words to “It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena” (because they’re not really saying goodbye to each other) and they thought that was hilarious! A great farewell song!

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Bug Story Time

After a loooooooong story time break to prepare for summer, we’re back with bugs! Because of the break I was a little rusty. I had a lot of new faces today (which always makes me a little nervous) and at the start of the program, when I was pitching our summer reading program, I had an older kid keep interrupting me with questions and it threw me all off for some reason. Which is very weird because that sort of thing never gets to me! I’ve ever had parents come up after particularly rowdy story times and tell me how impressed they are with my patience. There must be a full moon … But no matter. Onward!

I decided it was time for new welcome/closing songs:

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: Apples & Bananas

A new story time song. It went all right … there were some giggles for the funny fruit pronunciations. I’ll try again next week.

Book: Pest Fest by Julia Durango; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

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In hindsight this might have been a little long but I loved the rhyming. I think if I’d had a group of my regulars it would have been fine but I had a very mixed group.

Action Rhyme: The Grasshopper
There was a little grasshopper (make fist with index and middle finger out front)
Who was always on the jump (make your “grasshopper” jump)
And because he never looked ahead, (shake head)
He always got a bump! (run your “grasshopper” into your other palm)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

For whatever reason, this rhyme fell flat for me. I thought the kids would think the bump was funny but … they didn’t.

Flannel: Five Little Ladybugs
Five little ladybugs on our front door,
One flew to Evan (or another kid’s name) and that left four.
Four little ladybugs oh so wee,
One flew to Kathryn and that left three.
Three little ladybugs saying “howdy-do,”
One flew to Avery and now there are two.
Two little ladybugs snoozing in the sun,
One flew to Kaylan and now there is one.
One little ladybug alone on the door,
It flew to Sawyer and now there are no more.
Source: Perry Public Library

Song: Itsy, Bitsy Spider

Book: Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin; pictures by Harry Bliss

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Another selection that fell flat. Perhaps the humor went over their heads a bit? It was also a bit chaotic during this reading with kids getting up and down from the carpet. I’m going to read it to my outreach kids tomorrow and see how it goes … I think they’ll “get” it and enjoy it a bit more.

Action Book: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

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The kids likes this one … it’s usually a hit!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Egg Shakers: Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles

I wanted the Raffi version of this song but I couldn’t find it on Spotify. I came to find out after story time that Raffi’s version is called Shake My Sillie’s Out (not Your) so I found it and we’re going to use it next time. You’d think Spotify’s search engine would be better … I think the kids enjoyed the additional shaker song.

Book: Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran

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I think this book went over the best. By this time the less serious story time attendees had moved on to other activities and the kids that were left were paying attention and were able to get into the story. Phew!

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!”
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye,
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

Special Events

How It Works: The Wizard of Oz

This was the last of my How It Works events for the spring and I think it was the most successful. The experiments worked great, we had a huge (for this program series) turnout, and the kids really seemed to enjoy themselves. I need to try and figure out how to work STEM programs around book/movie themes!

Of course, I forgot to take pictures but I have some of the signs I posted and the equipment we used for some of the experiments. First, we made a tornado in a bottle to get our story going. I bought a tornado tube on Amazon and attached two empty soda bottles. It didn’t work great (it required some squeezing and swirling of the bottles) but it worked well enough to show the tornado and why it worked. I made the accompanying sign:

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The text and information for this sign came from one of my favorite STEM books: The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters, and Other Adults by Rachel Miller, Holly Homer & Jamie Harrington.

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The tornado took us “over the rainbow” so next we made our exploding rainbow cups. I put two drops of food coloring and about two tablespoons of white vinegar into each cup. In separate cups I put about a tablespoon of baking soda. Then I picked six kids to help explode the rainbow. They poured their baking soda into the vinegar and WHOOSH! Colorful rainbow cup explosions. (I put the vinegar cups in disposable baking trays so we wouldn’t have a huge mess to clean up.) I made this sign to explain why it worked:

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I found the experiment here and used some of the wording on the site.

Once we were in Oz we started to meet our friends. The first friend Dorothy meets in Oz is the scarecrow who wants a brain. So we explored how our brains work. I had them draw corresponding pictures on two circles cut out of card stock. I made a fish on one circle and a fish bowl on the other as an example. (I also told them they could draw a bird in a cage or a person on one side and jail bars on the other.) I had some very creative kids. One drew a nest and a tree and one drew a jail cell and a zombie!

Once the drawings were done, we taped them onto a straw which we then spun between our palms and the two images made one! Totally cool.

Here’s mine:

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This experiment and sign wording was also found in The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments book.

Next in the story, Dorothy meets the Tinman who wants a heart. So we checked our pulses. We poked a toothpick into a mini marshmallow and placed them on the inside of our wrists and watched our heartbeats. This had varying success. I don’t think the kids were sitting still enough to see anything but they did enjoy eating the marshmallows …

I didn’t make a sign for this experiment since it was so simple but I found it in The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments book.

Finally, we met the Wicked Witch and made “melting” bath fizzies. I’d already mixed together the baking soda, cream of tartar, olive oil, and food coloring. I gave each kid a silicone cupcake mold to fill and take home. (I ran out of molds so we had to give some latecomers plastic cups!) They filled them about halfway and then patted them down nice and tight. I told them to take the fizzies home and let them dry for two days. Once they’re completely dry, they can add the fizzy to their bath (or drop it into a filled sink). I wanted them to have an experiment to complete at home because, of course, there’s no place like home. I told the kids to come back in and let me know if the fizzies worked!

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This experiment and wording came from the Smithsonian Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects book. One of the parents was leafing through it at the end of the program so I checked it in for her so she could take it home and do some at-home experiments with her kids. I like to think the How It Works programs (the family attended three out of four) sparked an interest in science and experimenting!

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The kids had an awesome time. I had an awesome time. I even wore my red flats so I had on “ruby slippers.” A great way to wrap up our How It Works series!

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Butterflies/Caterpillars & Garden Story Time (Outreach)

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

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: The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent

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A bragging caterpillar thinks she’s the only one who changes but her polliwog friend has his own surprise transformation. My outreach kids already knew a polliwog was a baby frog so it slightly spoiled the ending but they still enjoyed the journey.

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: The Life of a Butterfly (to the tune of Skip to My Lou)
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
Wiggle with me my darlin’
(A chrysalis, sleep with me / A butterfly, fly with me)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Book: Houdini: The Amazing Caterpillar by Janet Pedersen

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A classroom caterpillar dazzles his audience with amazing feats like chomping through leaves at the speed of light and balancing on his thin, high wire branch. When the kids find new distractions, Houdini plans his biggest trick of all. I wasn’t sure how this would go over but the kids really liked that caterpillar transformation set to a magic show theme.

Flannel: Five Little Flowers
One little flower in our garden grew,
Up popped another and now there are two.
Two little flowers were all that I could see,
I found another and now there are three.
Three little flowers — if I could find one more,
We’d give them to my mother and then we’d have four.
Four little flowers — in the spring they thrive!
Here is another and now there are five.

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

Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming & G. Brian Karas

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My pre-K storytimers only tolerated this book while my outreach kids really got into the tale. Each time the farmer added a new obstacle we stopped and discussed how the clever bunnies got around it.

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)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Whose Garden Is It? by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Jane Dyer

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A gardener, the garden creatures, and the elements all claim the garden is theirs because they contribute the most. Told in lovely rhyming stanzas and with beautiful dreamy illustrations (all the animals are very smartly dressed), I told my outreach kids they were my guinea pigs for this book and to let me know if they enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure if the old-fashioned illustrations would fly. They liked it so much I was sorry I didn’t read it for my pre-K story time at the library! I’ll definitely keep it in mind for next spring.

Song: The Farmer and the Seeds (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The farmer plants the seeds, (pretend to plant seed)
The farmer plants the seeds,
Hi, Ho, the dairy-o, (slap knees)
The farmer plants the seeds.

Other verses:
The sun comes out to shine (circle arms overhead)
The rain begins to fall (flutter hands down)
The seeds begin to grow (flutter hands up)
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horácek

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A short one for my outreach group but the big pop-up reveal at the end always gets a reaction! They were no exception.

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.