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Bubbles & Bath Time 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: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion; pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham

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Harry hates baths so he hides his scrub brush and runs away from home. Harry has many (dirty) adventures but then he misses his family. But how will they recognize him now? I was going to read Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock & Mary McQuillan …

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… but my group skewed much younger today so I started with Harry instead.

Flannel: Five Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim (paddle arms)
Knock, knock (slap knees)
Splash, splash (clap twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)
*elephant trumpet*

Two // Three // Four
Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
They all fell in!
Modified from Storytime Katie

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

Song: This is the Way …
This is the way we wash our face,
Wash our face, wash our face.
This is the way we wash our face,
So early in the morning.

Wash our toes // Wash our tummies // Wash our hair
Source: Librarian Lisa

Book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

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I love the flies buzzing around pigeon telling him he smells.

Song: Bubbles All Around (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Bubbles floating all around, (flutter hands over head)
Bubbles fat and bubbles round. (hold arms out by sides; hold arms in circle over head)
Bubbles on my toes and nose, (point to toes; point to nose)
Blow a bubble, up it goes! (pretend to blow bubble; throw arms up in the air)
Bubbles floating all around, (flutter hands over head)
Bubbles falling to the ground. (flutter hands down to the ground)
Source: Everything Preschool 

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Bubble Bath Pirates! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Two little pirates and their mama have a raucous bath time full of splashes and pirate talk.

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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Bear Story Time (2017)

I had a great group today which was fortunate because I braved it and attempted We’re Going on a Bear Hunt one last 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: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

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Zebra, lion, and moose are convinced a cranky bear just needs some new accessories to improve his attitude. But he really wants a quiet place to sleep. Can timid sheep help? I love the humorous illustrations and rhyming stanzas.

Action Rhyme: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

I got my words and movement from this great video from Sophie’s World. One of the boys who came to story time for the first time today was a great participant and had this book at home so he knew just what to do. It went very well and we had fun with it so this experience has saved it from being put into my archives permanently …

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: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

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If we’re doing a bear story time, this book is being read. One of my favorites.

Flannel: Five Little Bears
One little bear wondering what to do,
Along came another and then there were two.
Two little bears climbing up a tree,
Along came another and then there were three.
Three little bears ate an apple core,
Along came another and then there were four.
Four little honey bears found honey in a hive,
Along came another and then there were five.
Five little brown bears saw the setting sun,
They scampered home and now there are none.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell & Florence Minor

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Rhyming book that summarizes different kinds of bears.

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

Alphabet Book

Letter W

Our wonderful, wiggly letter W!

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X is going to be cut heavy so I went simple for letter W to save our hands. Here’s our Letter W Instructions. And our table:

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I’m excited for this project to be complete because it’s been so much work but at the same time, it’s been incredibly popular so I’ll be sad to see it go. We’re not sure what we’re going to do next year. We’re moving to the new space, hopefully in January or February, so that doesn’t give us the weeks necessary to do a complete alphabet again.

Maybe we’ll do it with lowercase letters in 2019 when we’ve forgotten how much work it was!

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Fall Animal 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: Ouch! by Regnhild Scamell; illustrated by Michael Terry

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A little hedgehog collects fruit and leaves and nuts on her quills but now she won’t fit into her winter nest. What will she do??

Flannel: Hickory Dickory Dock

Instead of just a mouse going up and down the clock I used a variety of fall animals!

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse went up the clock.
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock!

A bunny ran up the clock // The clock struck two
An owl flew up the clock // The clock struck three
A fox ran up the clock // The clock struck four
A bear went up the clock // The clock struck five

The loved the bear, especially when I made the clock crash underneath him at the end. 😀

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: Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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Told in rhyming stanzas, little squirrels play, run, and frolic. And, of course, sleep.

Action Rhyme: Furry, Furry Squirrel
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)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

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A little squirrel can’t play run and play with his friends, he’s too busy getting ready for winter!

I did a little research because I wasn’t entirely sure squirrels hibernated and it turns out, they don’t! I followed this link and found out that while they don’t hibernate like bears, they really don’t like bitter cold weather so they stay in their little dens or dreys with their squirrel friends and sleep, sleep, sleep! That’s why they store nuts away for winter. One of the moms also told the group that squirrels gather and forage for nuts and seeds and then forget where they stash them! But that’s why we have so many beautiful trees.

Nature.

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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Thanks & Thanksgiving 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: Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

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Non-fiction story about Tony Sarg who created and designed the famous balloons in the early years of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As usual my outreach kids were my guinea pigs for this new book selection. This book is a little longer but most kids are familiar with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I thought this was a fun Thanksgiving story as opposed to the usual turkey and families (not that there’s anything wrong with those!).

But my Thanksgiving options are limited since I try to steer clear of first Thanksgiving books (since they’re usually historically inaccurate and stereotypical) and any books that talk about killing turkeys, even in a comical way. They really enjoyed it so I’m going to give it a try at my pre-K story time in two weeks.

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.

Book: One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox; illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

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Cute story about a little mouse who raids the family Thanksgiving leftovers but his eyes are too big for his stomach. And then the cat spots him on the table …

It’s hard to tell if my group liked this (although I think they did) because every time I said the word “pea” it resulted in fits of laughter and “ewwwwwwwwwws.” So read with caution and know your group. 😀

Action Rhyme: I’m a Turkey (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
I’m a turkey, big and fat, (spread arms out at sides)
I spread my tail, I walk like that. (fan fingers like a turkey’s tail; waddle)
Each day’s corn I will not miss, (rub stomach)
And when I talk, I sound like this: (point to lips, cup hand next to ear)
GOBBLE! GOBBLE! GOBBLE!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

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: Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

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Bear has no food to give but his friends are still grateful to be with him and give thanks.

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

I figured my preschoolers at the library love scarves so why not try with my outreach group. They were a hit!

Book: Thanksgiving Is Here! by Diane Goode

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A huge family prepares dinner, spends time together, and enjoys the holiday.

Flannel: Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off and then there were four.
Four little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off  and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving Day!
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes; illustrated by Doris Barrette

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Sweet, simple story about giving thanks to the simple (but best!) things in life.

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 Miss Elena, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye …
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
Adapted from Sunflower Storytime