story time

Thanks & Thanksgiving Story Time (Outreach 2017)

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: 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 doors on the bus go open and shut //
The driver on the bus goes move it on back //
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: Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

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Non-fiction story about Tony Sarg who created and designed the famous balloons in the early years of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As usual my outreach kids were my guinea pigs for this new book selection. This book is a little longer but most kids are familiar with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I thought this was a fun Thanksgiving story as opposed to the usual turkey and families (not that there’s anything wrong with those!).

But my Thanksgiving options are limited since I try to steer clear of first Thanksgiving books (since they’re usually historically inaccurate and stereotypical) and any books that talk about killing turkeys, even in a comical way. They really enjoyed it so I’m going to give it a try at my pre-K story time in two weeks.

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.

Book: One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox; illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

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Cute story about a little mouse who raids the family Thanksgiving leftovers but his eyes are too big for his stomach. And then the cat spots him on the table …

It’s hard to tell if my group liked this (although I think they did) because every time I said the word “pea” it resulted in fits of laughter and “ewwwwwwwwwws.” So read with caution and know your group. 😀

Action Rhyme: I’m a Turkey (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
I’m a turkey, big and fat, (spread arms out at sides)
I spread my tail, I walk like that. (fan fingers like a turkey’s tail; waddle)
Each day’s corn I will not miss, (rub stomach)
And when I talk, I sound like this: (point to lips, cup hand next to ear)
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

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: Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman


Bear has no food to give but his friends are still grateful to be with him and give thanks.

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

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

I figured my preschoolers at the library love scarves so why not try with my outreach group. They were a hit!

Book: Thanksgiving Is Here! by Diane Goode

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A huge family prepares dinner, spends time together, and enjoys the holiday.

Flannel: Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off and then there were four.
Four little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off  and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving Day!
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes; illustrated by Doris Barrette


Sweet, simple story about giving thanks to the simple (but best!) things in life.

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

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye …
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
Adapted from Sunflower Storytime

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