story time

Snowmen/Penguin 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: Snow Friends by M. Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton


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.

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: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner; illustrated by Mark Buehner

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One of the boys has this book at home and was pointing out where all the hidden images were. 🙂

Action Rhyme: The Snowman
A chubby little snowman (make round tummy with arms)
With a carrot nose (point to nose)
Along came a rabbit (hold up two fingers for rabbit ears)
And what do you suppose? (hold up arms; shrug shoulders)
That hungry little bunny (rub tummy)
Looking for his lunch (hand over eyes; look around)
Ate that little snowman’s nose (point to nose)
With a nibble, nibble, CRUNCH (nibble motions with hands; clap on CRUNCH)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Song: Dance Like Snowflakes (to the tune of Where is Thumbkin?)
Dance like snowflakes, dance like snowflakes
In the air, in the air
Whirling, whirling, twirling
Whirling, whirling, twirling
To the ground, to the ground
Source: Laptime Songs

Book: Playful Little Penguins by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees

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Action Song: Waddling Penguins (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Penguins, penguins having fun
Waddling in the shining sun (hold arms over head)
Waddling fast and waddling slow (waddle side to side fast and slow)
Waddling to and waddling fro (waddle front and back)
Penguins, penguins having fun
Waddling in the shining sun (hold arms over head)
Source: Verona Story Time

Flannel: Six Little Penguins
Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped his beak and then there were five.
Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale and then there were four.
Four little penguins spun around, wheee-ee!
One spun off and then there were three.
Three little penguins with nothing to do,
One went fishing and then there were two.
Two little penguins having lots of fun,
One fell off and then there was one.
One little penguin when the day was done,
Went home to sleep and then there were none.
Source: CanTeach Elementary Resources

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Song: Snow on the Rooftops (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Snow on the rooftops (make pointed roof shape with arms)
Snow on the trees (hold arms out like tree branches)
Snow on the green grass (wave hands over the ground like you’re touching grass)
And snow on me! (point to self)

Snow on my mittens (hold up hands; wiggle fingers)
Snow on my nose (touch nose)
Snow on my head (touch head)
And snow on my toes (touch toes)

Twirling, swirling, whirling down (spin in circle)
Down and down and down and down (bring hands down and touch the ground)
Source: Sunflower Storytime

Book: Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers

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Song: I’m a Little Penguin (to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little penguin,
Black and white. (hold up one hand, then the other)
Short and wobbly, (hold up fingers close together)
An adorable sight. (hand over eyes)
I can’t fly at all, (shake finger back and forth)
But I love to swim, (making swimming motions)
So I’ll waddle to the water (waddle with arms)
And dive right in! (dive with arms)
Source: King County Library System

I read for two classes at the preschool and the older kids had apparently performed this song for a program so we did it once all together and then they did their version (which I liked better!). They stood for the song and while they did the same motions for the first half of the song, they flapped their arms for “can’t fly at all” and for “waddle to the water” they waddled forward and gave a little hop for “dive right in.” I’m going to do their version when I do Penguin Story Time for my pre-K group at the library!

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

Book: A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart; illustrated by Chris Riddell

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I told the kids if they were good and everyone was in the mood I would do a bonus book. They were excellent listeners today so we read this one as well. They love stories and reading so, of course, I love to indulge them.

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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