story time

Pirate Story Time (2019)

In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day on Thursday!

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 tap and sing hello (tap knees) //
We stretch and sing hello (stretch arms up) //
We wave and sing hello (wave) Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Grand Old Duke of York

Song: Eeny Meeny Miny Mo
Eeny meeny miny mo,
Let me hear your hands go,
Clap, clap, clap-clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap-clap, clap!

Sounds so good, sounds so fine,
Let me hear it one more time!
Clap, clap, clap-clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap-clap, clap!

Feet go stomp // Tongue go click // Mouth go shhh
Source: Storytime Outloud

Book: Squirrel Me Timbers by Louise Pigott

squirrel me timbers.jpg

Rhyming book about a squirrel following a map to the greatest treasure he can imagine — thousands of nuts! Along the way he encounters many dangers but at last, he gets the booty!

Song: Row Your Pirate Ship (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Row, row, row your ship, (pretend to row)
gently across the sea,
Yo-ho, yo-ho,
A pirate’s life for me!

Scrub, scrub, scrub the deck (move hands as if mopping) //
Furl, furl, furl your sail (move hand over hand as if raising a sail) //
Sway, sway, sway your ship (sway body side to side)
Source: Librionyian

Flannel: Five Pirates Heading Out to Shore
Five pirates heading out to shore,
One jumped overboard and now there are four.
Four pirates heading out to sea,
One stole all the captain’s gold and now there are three.
Three pirates with nothing to do,
One walked the plank and how there are two.
Two pirates having lots of fun,
One drank all the first mate’s juice and now there is one.
One pirate sitting in the sun,
He decides to abandon ship and now there are none.
Source: King County Library System 

Book: Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort


Rhyming book about pirates treasure hunting for underpants! Giggles all around.

Action Rhyme: Yo-Ho a Pirate’s Gold (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
A jumping we will go,
A jumping we will go,
Yo-ho, yo-ho,
A jumping we will go!

A swimming we will go // A spinning we will go
Source: Librionyian

Action 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)

I got this rhyme from the children’s librarian at a library I worked at years ago.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk; illustrations by Michael Slack


Rhyming book about pirate dinosaurs. They do pirate chores, hunt for treasure, and compete with a rival crew. Good dinosaur pirate fun.

Song: Skinnamarink

Closing Song: Goodbye Song (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My fingers wave goodbye, My fingers wave goodbye,
When it’s time for me to go,  My fingers wave goodbye!

My fingers blow a kiss, My fingers blow a kiss,
When it’s time for me to go, My fingers blow a kiss!

I got this song from the children’s librarian where I did my grad school practicum.

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