story time

Train Story Time

I don’t about the kids at your library but our kids LOVE trains.

Welcome Song: Hi Hello and How Are You (to the tune of London Bridges Falling Down)
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you? How are you?
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you today?

Song: Clap Clap Clap Your Hands (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands let me see
Clap them now with me

Tap, tap, tap your knees // Shake, shake, shake your feet

Early literacy tip: Phonological Awareness
As you go about your day, stop for a moment and listen to the sounds around you. Ask your children what they hear. Talk about what you hear. Try to imitate the sounds. Even little activities like this one help your children develop the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

Book: Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

steam-train-dream-train

I love this book. If I’m ever in charge of our Pajama Story Time this will be a staple. Beautiful pictures and rhyming stanzas.

Song: Down By the Station
Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the station master
Turn his little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot!
Off we go!

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

Song: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
I’ve been working on the railroad
All the live long day
I’ve been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away
Can’t you hear the whistle blowing
Rise up so early in the morn
Can’t you hear the whistle blowing
Dinah, blow your horn

Book: All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund; illustrated by Howard Fine

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Rhyming again! And I love that the book is really big with huge, colorful illustrations. Great for story time.

Flannel: Clickety-Clack
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
Here comes the train on the railroad track!
Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn,
Here comes ENGINE number one.
Clickety-clew, clickety-clew,
Here comes COAL CAR number two.
Clickety-clee, clickety-clee,
Here comes BOX CAR number three.
Clickety-clore, clickety-clore,
Here comes TANK CAR number four.
Clickety-clive, clickety-clive,
Here comes COACH CAR number five.
Clickety-clicks, clickety-clicks,
Here’s the CABOOSE, that’s number six.
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
There goes the train on the railroad track!
Choo-choooooooo! Goodbye!
Source: Storytime Katie

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Here Comes the Train by Charlotte Voake

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A sweet story about a family who loves to watch the trains go by.

Goodbye Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

Stomp Your Feet // Shout Hooray // Do All Three

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