story time

Imagination/Creativity Story Time

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

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!

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

Book: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires


While this book is great, it was a little long. I think next time I would try The Nowhere Box by Sam Zuppardi.

Song: Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5-4-3-2-1

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: Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts

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This book went over much better and I love that the main character is female and loves engineering. In general, we need more female characters in picture books!

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

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

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

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I had the kids stand up so we could act out the book. So much fun!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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It was okay. I might try the flannel next time. The problem is there’s no story so it’s just looking at cloud shapes and some of them are a little abstract for little ones to guess. However, this book must be popular for a reason. I did this story time last year when I wasn’t so confident in my abilities or my group so I might try it again sometime.

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
Clap Your Hands //
Stomp Your Feet //
Shout hooray //
Do all three

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