story time

Bear 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 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 Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

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I love reading this book aloud. And the kids love the bear dressed up in his stripes, antlers, and mane. 😀

Song: Going on a Bear Hunt by Denise Gagne
I’ve always wanted to try this with a story time group and I figured my outreach kids would be good guinea pigs. They are great to experiment on because they’re so enthusiastic. I played this song off of my phone and we acted it out. I think they really enjoyed it. I might be brave enough to try it with my preschoolers …

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)

Book: Corduroy by Don Freeman

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I just love, love, love this sweet story. It was one of my favorites when I was a kid and even though the illustrations are a tad old fashioned, I think the story still resonates today. One of the little girls even said, “What a great story!” at the end. A classic for a reason.

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: Panda and Polar Bear by Matthew J. Baek

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The kids had a hard time figuring out where the bears were living (a zoo) but we talked it through and they finally understood. I love the friendship and “love your neighbor” themes.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

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 on home, and now there are none.

I made up the last verse myself because I thought it ended a little abruptly. I think it came out well!

Action Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your knees
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down please

Book: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

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Another favorite that I love to read aloud. I love the interaction of the kids snoring along with me and the bear and then I get to sneeze and cry. Good fun!

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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