story time

Winter & Snow Story Time (2020)

Some amazingly happy news from me! I’m far more involved in children’s events then I thought I would be at my new job and I will continue to have a regular story time! I’m so thrilled. It’s a toddler story time so my books might skew a tad younger than with my preschoolers.

I also get to do a craft at every session! We have a designated story room at this library with tables and a craft closet right in the room. I love incorporating crafts with story times and it’s just not something we did at my previous library. I’m very excited about it!

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: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Book: William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman; pictures by Chuck Groenink

william's winter nap.jpg

Rhyming book about William settling down for a nap. But the doorbell keeps ringing! Will there be enough room for everyone to snuggle? Adorable and lovely. (And manages to sneak in a little hibernation lesson as well!)

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

Book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


A classic. AND the New York Public Library’s most-frequently checked out book in history!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: First Snow by Nancy Viau; pictures by Talitha Shipman

first snow

Rhyming book about children playing in the snow with their friends. I love the diverse cast of characters.

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Craft: The Snowy Day snowscape


Isn’t it adorable? I clipped cotton balls to clothespins and the kids dipped them into white tempera paint. Minimal mess! I printed out little Peter figures onto red copy paper for the kids to cut out and glue on.

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