story time

Bug Story Time (2018)

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: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Pest Fest by Julia Durango; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

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The bugs hold a contest to figure out which is the biggest pest. I like this book but I’ve read it a few times at story time and I’m not sure the kids understand the concept. And it uses a lot of bigger words. I think it would be better for an older group. My outreach kids should handle it well.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song/Rhythm Sticks: This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks,
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Scrape our sticks // Tap them soft // Tap them loud (hold bumpy stick on the floor and tap with smooth — it’s louder that way!) // Drum the floor
Source: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Flesch Connors

Song/Rhythm Sticks: Alphabet Song

We tapped our sticks and sang.

Song/Rhythm Sticks: The Wheels on the Bus

I got the idea to do The Wheels on the Bus with rhythm sticks from Jbrary of course. They’re fantastic.

Book: Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran

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I love Prunella and her bug facts. The kids especially love the dung beetle at the end … of course.

Flannel: Five Little Ladybugs
Five little ladybugs on our front door,
One flew to Evan (or another kid’s name) and that left four.
Four little ladybugs oh so wee,
One flew to Kathryn and that left three.
Three little ladybugs saying “howdy-do,”
One flew to Avery and now there are two.
Two little ladybugs snoozing in the sun,
One flew to Kaylan and now there is one.
One little ladybug alone on the door,
It flew to Sawyer and now there are no more.
I originally got this flannel rhyme from Perry Public Library but they seem to have taken down their storytime agendas (wah!!). 

Action Book: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

I love acting out this book with the kids. I especially love the chicken dance.

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)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd

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This was a pretty long story time so I ended with a short but lovely book about a little kid who loves all kinds of bugs.

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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 all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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