story time

Truck Story Time

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 day long

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish //
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep //
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

I like to end with the “shh, shh, shh” verse since it gets them as quiet as possible for the first book!

Book: Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle; illustrated by Jill McElmurry


This is a great book for story time. Not only does it rhyme but there are great opportunities for animal sounds.

Song: Drive, Drive, Drive the Truck (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Drive, drive, drive your truck
All around the town.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Up the hills and down.
Turn, turn, turn the key
Make the engine roar. VROOOOM!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Let’s go to the store.
Press, press, press the pedal,
Give the engine gas.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Now we’re going fast!
Turn, turn, turn the wheel
This is how we steer.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Make a turn right here.
Source: Anne’s Library Life (slightly modified)

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

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*)

Book: Trucks Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! by Patricia Hubbell; illustrated by Megan Halsey


This is a great book for both story time and lap reading. The pictures are nice and colorful for story time but if you’re lap reading, you get to look at all the funny figures driving the trucks.

Action Rhyme: Open the Truck Door
Open the truck door, climb inside
I get to help my mommy drive
Fasten the seat belt and shut the door
Start the engine, hear it roar
Turn the corner and step on the gas
If the road is clear, we may pass.
Source: Storytime Katie

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: A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London; illustrated by Denis Roche


Song: Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
So go Alice go
Four // Three // Two // One
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
‘Cause Alice is a horse

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.

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