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Zoo 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: Wild About Books by Judy Sierra; pictures by Marc Brown

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I don’t know how it took me so long to discover this rhyming book! Great for a zoo story time OR a library/reading story time. A bookmobile librarian mistakenly drive into the zoo and sets up shop. The animals discover a love of books, reading and writing.

Song: You Can Hear (to the tune of She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR, ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR, ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring,
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR, ROAR!

Snakes hissing // Bear growling // Frogs croaking
Source: Storytime Katie

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: The Wheels on the Bus
Source: Jbrary 

Song/Rhythm Sticks: We’re Going to the Zoo by Raffi

*sigh* Every time I play a song I don’t sing the kids are all right with it but never as enthusiastic as I want them to be. How can you not dance and jump around to Raffi??

Book: Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora

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A little otter disturbs his family with his loud snoring so he searches for another place to sleep. Will he ever find a place where he’s welcome? I had the kids snore big snores with me. Always fun.

Flannel:  Five Little Elephants
Five little elephants rowing toward the shore,
One fell in and now there are four.
Four little elephants climbing up a tree,
One slid down and now there are three.
Three little elephants living at the zoo,
One walked out the gate and now there are two.
Two little elephants playing in the sun,
One fell asleep and now there is one.
One little elephant isn’t having any fun,
Abracadabra! Now there are none.
Source: King County Library System

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Through with the Zoo by Jacob Grant

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A little goat lives at the petting zoo and he needs some peace and quiet! Will he ever find a space to be alone? My coworker turned me on to this new book. She said the cover indicates how she feels at the library sometimes. 😀

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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Farm & Bug Story Time (Outreach)

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: Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! by Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb; illustrated by Ailie Busby

cock a doodle quack quack

A little rooster has to wake everyone up but he doesn’t know what to say so he asks the other farm animals for help. The kids really loved this one! It’s always really satisfying to pick a story time winner.

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.

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: The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

the cow loves cookies

All the other farm animals eat the usual food. But the cow loves cookies. Another winner! One of the little girls even came up to me after we were done so she could flip through the book again and point things out to me that she’d noticed.

Song/Finger Puppets: Over in the Barnyard (to the tune of Down By the Station)
Over in the barnyard early in the morning,
See the yellow chickies standing all in a row,
See the busy farmer giving them their breakfast,
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep,
Off they go!

Spotted cows // Pink piggies // Wooly sheep // Brown horses
Source: Storytime Katie

I thought the kids would think the finger puppets were too babyish but they really liked them. They all wanted to try on a finger puppet when story time was over. AND it was puppet week at their school! So it worked out perfectly.

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: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown; pictures by Felicia Bond

big red barn

I gave this book one more try. I thought it might work better for my well-behaved group of outreach kids. And it did. An old-fashioned book but the kids enjoyed it.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble; pictures by Steven Kellogg

boa

This was one of my favorite books as a child so I thought I’d read it to the kids to see if it holds up. It does. They really liked the picture at the end with the long knitted scarf for the boa. 😀

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

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

pest fest

I think they understood the story better than my pre-K story time attendees but it wasn’t one of the books they were clamoring to look at afterwards. Lesson learned. Maybe it’s better for lap reading …

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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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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Anna McQuinn Story Time (Saturday)

I love Anna McQuinn’s stories about Lola and her little brother Leo so I decided to feature them in a Saturday story time.

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: Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5-4-3-2-1
BLASTOFF!

Book: Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

lola-at-the-library

Lola goes to the library every Tuesday with her mommy. A great book that explains how libraries work and the fun things you can do there. I also like to use it for our Libraries/Reading-themed story times during National Library Week.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

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

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: Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

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Lola goes to the library on Saturdays with her daddy. They take out enough books for the week. Lola reads one book a day and that book influences her play for the day. Really conveys how books can take us places and feed our imaginations.

Flannel/Song: Bubble Bubble Pop
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Swimming in the ocean, swimming in the ocean
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, POP
(Two little orange fish // Three little blue fish // All of the fishies)
Source: Jbrary

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

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ALWAYS READ THE STORY BEFORE STORY TIME! I assumed this was a book about Lola reading to her little brother and how special it is to share stories. It’s MUCH more a book about welcoming a new baby into the family with a little reading mixed in. So noted. Lola Plants a Garden would have been a better choice (this actually was my first choice but it was checked out when I was planning this story time).

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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Farm Story Time (2018)

After a very long break I was so happy to be back at storytime this morning!

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: Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! by Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb; illustrated by Ailie Busby

cock a doodle quack quack

A little rooster doesn’t know what to say to wake up everyone up on the farm so he tries out some different animal sounds. Always a hit. The word “poo” is in it and that always gets a good giggle …

Song/Finger Puppets: Over in the Barnyard (to the tune of Down By the Station)
Over in the barnyard early in the morning,
See the yellow chickies standing all in a row,
See the busy farmer giving them their breakfast,
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep,
Off they go!

Spotted cows // Pink piggies // Wooly sheep // Brown horses
Source: Storytime Katie

My coworker found a really cute set of farm finger puppets so I decided to give them a try. This was my first attempt at finger puppets and I think it went well. I’d definitely try it again!

We also tried a new prop today: rhythm sticks! I outlined a couple of rules for our rhythm sticks: We don’t run around with them and we don’t hit our friends. One of the moms asked if I could include brothers in that announcement. 😀 I guess brothers don’t count as friends when you’re three. The kids did VERY well with them; no one got hit and everyone stayed in their own little space while we were drumming and tapping. The caregivers and I were all very impressed.

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!) // Tap the floor
Source: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Flesch Connors

Song/Rhythm Sticks: Hot Dog! (from Micky Mouse Clubhouse) by They Might Be Giants

I thought more of the kids would know this song but I don’t think they did. I think I’ll try another song next week, maybe something with more rhythm stick movement instructions built in.

Book: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown; pictures by Felicia Bond

big red barn

Beautiful rhyming stories by one of the greats about all the animals on the farm.

I had a flannel planned here but the kids were NUTS today so I skipped it in favor of some wiggle time! Here’s the one I was planning to do:

Flannel: Open Up the Barn Door
Open up the barn door, the spring goes “boink,”
There’s a pig in the barn saying, “oink, oink, oink.”
Open up the barn door before the clock strikes two,
There’s a cow in the barn saying, “moo, moo, moo.”
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day,
There’s a horse in the barn saying “neigh, neigh, neigh.”
Open up the barn door while singing “tra-la-la,”
There’s a sheep in the barn saying “baa, baa, baa.”
Open up the barn door while the sky is blue,
There’s a rooster in the barn saying “cock-a-doodle-doo!”
Open up the barn door and don’t get off the track,
There’s a duck in the barn saying “quack, quack, quack.”
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

I was also going to do the Raffi song Down on Grandpa’s Farm as an additional shaker song but a lot of the kids had moved on the games and puzzles so I skipped it.

Book: The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

the cow loves cookies

Rhyming story about what the farm animals eat. All are normal except for the cow … he loves cookies.

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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Karma Wilson Story Time (Saturday)

I had a small group today but they were very enthusiastic!

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: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

bear snores on

Bear is sleeping while his friends throw a party in his nice, warm cave. One of my absolutely favorite books to read aloud. Not only do you get to snore, there’s a great big sneeze as well!

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

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

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: Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

bear's new friend

Bear and friends find out “hoo” is hiding in the hole.

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

the cow loves cookies

All the other animals on the farm eat standard fare but the cow loooooooooves cookies!

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

 

story time

Garden & Pet Story Time (Outreach)

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

I think my little ones are getting too old for this song!

Book: The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

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A little boy loves being outside but his city is dreary. When he finds an abandoned raised railroad track, he starts planting a little garden. But the garden expands, and soon the whole city is covered in beauty. This book is so visually beautiful. The kids were very quiet while I was reading the book and I think they enjoyed hearing that it was based on a true story.

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.

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)

There was a new kid in class today and I don’t think he was prepared for all the screaming we do at story time. 😀

Book: Whose Garden Is It? by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Jane Dyer

whose garden is it

I like this book so much I’ve read it three times this past week for three different gardening story times.

Song: The Farmer and the Seeds (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The farmer plants the seeds, (pretend to plant seeds)
The farmer plants the seeds,
Hi, ho, the dairy-o, (slap knees)
The farmer plants the seeds.

The sun comes out to shine (circle arms overhead) //
The rain begins to fall (flutter fingers down) //
The seeds begin to grow (flutter hands up)
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

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: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

muncha muncha muncha

Three bunnies keep eating Mr. McGreely’s beloved garden so he sets increasingly elaborate barricades for them. Will the bunnies every get to their snacks? This one is always a hit!

Flannel: There’s Something in My Garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be? (shrug shoulders)
There’s something in my garden,
That I can’t really see. (cover eyes)
Hear it’s funny sound … (put hand to ear)
RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT
A frog is what I found!

SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK … A mouse is what I found! //
TWEET TWEET TWEET … A bird is what I found! //
THUMP THUMP THUMP … A rabbit is what I found!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Song: All Through the Garden (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz,
Buzz, buzz, buzz,
Buzz, buzz, buzz,
The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz,
All through the garden.

Butterflies in the air go flutter, flutter, flutter (make butterfly with hands and flutter wings) //
The ants in the dirt go march, march, march (march feet) //
The spiders on the plants go climb, climb, climb (climb fingers up)

I got this song from our other children’s librarian. I don’t know what her source was …

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

anywhere farm

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

Book: What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss

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The daycare does theme weeks and this week was pets so I snuck a pet book in at the end. A brother and sister go to the pet store to choose just one pet. But how will they make a decision and choose which pet to get? We had a minor revolution when I shut the book without revealing which pet the kids choose. I don’t think they cared for the “use your imagination” suggestion …

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