Building Story Time

You! Story Time (Building)

For our last Build a Better World story time I told the kids I wanted to talk about them and the great ideas I know they have and how they’re going to make our world a better place.

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

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: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss


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)

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

As promised last week, an additional scarf song:

Song/Scarves: The Fish in the Sea (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, (wave scarf side to side)
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish.
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish,
All day long.

The dolphins in the sea swim round and round (circle scarf in front of you)
The sand in the sea goes down, down, down (raise scarf up and drop it down)
The waves on the sea go up and down (wave scarf up and down)
Source: Jbrary

Book: What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada; illustrated by Mae Besom


Wiggle: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side,
And dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.
Source: King County Library System

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Because of You by B. G. Hennessy; illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

because of you.jpg

I told the group before I even started I was going to try not to tear up. I adore this book, it’s so sweet and was the exact message I was trying to convey to them. They can make the world a better place. (And p.s., I held it together.)

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

After Baby Shark we made balloon marshmallow rockets! I based our craft on the one found here. They were super easy (and cheap!) and the kids loved them. A highly recommended project!

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