story time

Rain & Ducks & Bunnies & Library 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: Boom! Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog by Mary Lyn Ray; illustrated by Steven Salerno


Flannel: Five Umbrellas
Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside and then there were four.
Four umbrellas stood pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside and then there were three.
Three umbrellas stood with nothing to do,
The green one went outside and then there was two.
Two umbrellas stood watching for the sun,
The yellow one went outside and then there was one.
One umbrella stood alone in the hall,
The pink one went outside and then that was all!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Song: Rain is Falling All Around (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Rain is falling all around, (flutter fingers down)
On the rooftops, (steeple arms over head)
On the ground. (touch the ground)
Rain is falling on my nose and head and hands and toes. (touch each in turn)
Source: GoodReads review for Soggy Saturday

Song: Six Little Ducks

I usually play the Raffi version of this song off of my phone but I forgot my phone in the car so I just sang it with them.

Book: Peep and Ducky Rainy Day by David Martin; illustrated by David Walker

peep and ducky rainy day

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: Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss; illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

book book book

They didn’t like this nearly as much as my story time kids. They were also very wiggly and chatty so I don’t think they were paying as much attention as they should have been to understand the joke of the book.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Duddle Puck: The Puddle Duck by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

duddle puck.jpg

I was terrified I was going to slip and say a very naughty word (writers have to be careful with rhyming duck books!) so I read this one very slowly. Luckily, all went well!

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Action Rhyme: Little Bunny
There was a little bunny who lived in the wood. (hold up two fingers)
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should. (wiggle fingers on head)
He hopped by a squirrel. He hopped by a tree. (hop, hop)
He hopped by a duck. And he hopped by me. (hop, hop)
He stared at the squirrel. He stared at the tree. (stare, stare)
He stared at the duck. (stare)
But he made faces at me! (make faces)
Source: Storytime Katie

This was cute but I feel like I should have had Popsicle stick puppets or flannels or something that we could have stared at. I think I’ll try and do something like that for my bunny story time next week.

Book: The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen

the little rabbit who liked to say moo.jpg

I think this one was a little too “easy” for this crowd. But I think my story time preschoolers will love it on Tuesday.

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

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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