story time

Bunny Story Time

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: This Old Man
This old man,
He played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick knack on my thumb.
With a knick knack (slap knees)
paddy wack (clap hands)
give a dog a bone, (hand jive)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)
Two … on my shoe // Three … on my knee // Four .. on the floor // Five … on the hive

Book: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler; illustrated by Roger Bollen

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Little P. J. Funnybunny is tired of being a bunny so he tries out some other animal families to see if he likes them better. Of course, there’s no place like home.

Action Rhyme: Little Bunny
There was a little bunny who lived in the wood. (hold up two fingers)
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should. (wiggle fingers on head)
He hopped by a squirrel. He hopped by a tree. (hop, hop)
He hopped by a duck. And he hopped by me. (hop, hop)
He stared at the squirrel. He stared at the tree. (stare, stare)
He stared at the duck. (stare)
But he made faces at me! (make faces)
Source: Storytime Katie

I had the flannel pieces this time to point to and stare at. It didn’t make much of a difference. But the kids still loved to make silly faces at the end!

Song: Song cube (The Wheels on the Bus)

Song: Song cube (I’m a Little Teapot)

Flannel: Five Little Bunnies
One little bunny,
Wondering what to do,
Another bunny came along,
And then there were two.

Two little bunnies,
Hopping like me,
Another bunny came along,
And then there were three.

Three little bunnies,
Jumping around outdoors,
Another bunny joined them,
And then there were four.

Four little bunnies,
So fluffy and alive,
Another bunny joined them,
And then there were five.

Five little bunnies,
Ready for some fun,
Hopped away in the
Warm, spring sun.
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

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: The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen

the little rabbit who liked to say moo

A little bunny adopts other animals’ sounds since rabbits don’t have a sound of their own to make. Then he decides on his favorite.

Song: Ten Little Bunnies
One little, two little, three little bunnies, (count on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little bunnies,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bunnies,
Ten bunnies twitch their noses. (twitch your nose)

Then we count backwards to one and sang “shook his tail.”
Source: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green; illustrated by David Walker

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Sweet little book about a mama and baby rabbit who go about their day’s activities but always have time to stop for a hug. I read this to my baby boy and even though it doesn’t have anything to do with rabbits (aside from rabbits being the main characters), it was so sweet I wanted to read it for story time. The kids weren’t as moved as I was. 😀

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Saturday · story time

Sheep Story Time (Saturday)

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Action Rhyme: Dancing Sheep
Shhh! It’s time to go to sleep (put finger to mouth)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps.
“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was … (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling! (shake hands above head)
Dancing on the floor! (tap hands on floor)
He was dancing on the window! (shake hands to the right)
He was dancing on the door! (shake hands to the left)
(repeat several times getting faster each time)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep! (shake finger)
It is time to go to sleep!” (lay head on hands)
Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore. (make snoring sounds)
Adapted from Susan M. Dailey

Book: One More Sheep by Mij Kelly and Russell Ayto

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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: When Cow Wakes Up in the Morning
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
And what does the cow say?
Mooooooooooo
That is what he says.
(Sheep // Duck // Chicks // Pig // Dog // Cat)
Adapted from Jbrary

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Book: Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

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Wiggle: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side,
And dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.
Source: King County Library System

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)

Song: Baa Baa Black Sheep

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

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I was originally going to read Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw but it didn’t speak to me as much as this book so I switched them out at the last minute.

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!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Special Events

How It Works: Water, Water Everywhere

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Our second to last How It Works of the season! We had to compete with a GORGEOUS day so attendance was light. But because of that I was able to spend time with each kid and make sure they understood the experiments. I think they had a great time!

First, I explained our density tower.

(As an aside, this took me three tries and almost didn’t happen. I finally got it to work about 10 minutes before the program was scheduled to start! The problem child was the [Dollar Tree] dish detergent. And I was using a tall glass vase in the beginning and I think the detergent had too far to drop and was disrupting the milk too much so the soap wasn’t forming a nice smooth surface. Also, I think there may have been too much water in the cheap dish soap to form properly on top of the milk. I switched to a name brand detergent [Ajax] and it worked perfectly. I also used a much shorter container and the soap didn’t have as far to drop and I think that helped as well.)

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We sunk the bolt and floated the pink pong ball on top of the vegetable oil in the tower.

Here’s the sign I made explaining the molecules and density and why certain liquids sit on others:

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I got this experiment and the illustration from the book Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects.

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Our first experiment together was floating paper clips. This experiment came from a book I bought at Kohl’s for $5 and it’s been invaluable. Totally worth the price!

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We used small cups of water for this experiment. First we dropped in a paper clip and watched it sink. Then we dropped in a small piece of tissue and put another paper clip on top. Gently we prodded the edges of the tissue with a toothpick until it absorbed the water and fell away and the paper clip floated!

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Next, I demonstrated to the kids how an egg could float in water. I did this experiment myself because I knew giving the children raw eggs would be impossible without disaster. One cup was full of regular water and the other was full of heavily salted water. The egg dropped in the water and floated in the salt water! Really cool. I got this experiment from The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments.

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Our last experiment was paper boats. We floated paper boats made out of card stock in trays of water and made them move across the tray with drops of dish soap. This one was touch and go. It worked the first time we did it but that one drop of soap really messed up the molecules in the tray of water so it only worked that one time and then we had to empty the soap water and refill the trays with fresh water. Also, the card stock boats took on water and curled very quickly. In the book they painted the boats and I see why. I’m sure they lasted longer than our flimsy paper ones. I got this experiment and graphic for the sign from the Maker Lab book.

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But the kids still had fun and I hope they learned a little something!

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Rain & Ducks & Bunnies & Library Story Time (Outreach)

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

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 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: Boom! Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog by Mary Lyn Ray; illustrated by Steven Salerno

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Flannel: Five Umbrellas
Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside and then there were four.
Four umbrellas stood pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside and then there were three.
Three umbrellas stood with nothing to do,
The green one went outside and then there was two.
Two umbrellas stood watching for the sun,
The yellow one went outside and then there was one.
One umbrella stood alone in the hall,
The pink one went outside and then that was all!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Song: Rain is Falling All Around (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Rain is falling all around, (flutter fingers down)
On the rooftops, (steeple arms over head)
On the ground. (touch the ground)
Rain is falling on my nose and head and hands and toes. (touch each in turn)
Source: GoodReads review for Soggy Saturday

Song: Six Little Ducks

I usually play the Raffi version of this song off of my phone but I forgot my phone in the car so I just sang it with them.

Book: Peep and Ducky Rainy Day by David Martin; illustrated by David Walker

peep and ducky rainy day

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: Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss; illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

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They didn’t like this nearly as much as my story time kids. They were also very wiggly and chatty so I don’t think they were paying as much attention as they should have been to understand the joke of the book.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Duddle Puck: The Puddle Duck by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

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I was terrified I was going to slip and say a very naughty word (writers have to be careful with rhyming duck books!) so I read this one very slowly. Luckily, all went well!

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

Action Rhyme: Little Bunny
There was a little bunny who lived in the wood. (hold up two fingers)
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should. (wiggle fingers on head)
He hopped by a squirrel. He hopped by a tree. (hop, hop)
He hopped by a duck. And he hopped by me. (hop, hop)
He stared at the squirrel. He stared at the tree. (stare, stare)
He stared at the duck. (stare)
But he made faces at me! (make faces)
Source: Storytime Katie

This was cute but I feel like I should have had Popsicle stick puppets or flannels or something that we could have stared at. I think I’ll try and do something like that for my bunny story time next week.

Book: The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen

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I think this one was a little too “easy” for this crowd. But I think my story time preschoolers will love it on Tuesday.

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

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Books & Libraries Story Time

We always do a story time theme of books and libraries in honor of National Library Week.

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: This Old Man
This old man,
He played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick knack on my thumb.
With a knick knack (slap knees)
paddy wack (clap hands)
give a dog a bone, (hand jive)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)
Two … on my shoe // Three … on my knee // Four .. on the floor // Five … on the hive

Book: Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

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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: When Cow Wakes Up in the Morning
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
And what does the cow say?
Mooooooooooo
That is what he says.
(Sheep // Duck // Chicks // Pig // Dog // Cat)
Adapted from Jbrary

Song: Song cube (Itsy, Bitsy Spider)

Song: Song cube (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Book: Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson

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Song: Read, Read, Read a Book (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Read, read, read a book,
Travel anywhere,
Worldwide, you decide,
A book will take you there.
Read, read, read a book,
Beginning to the end.
What a way to spend the day,
A book’s a special friend!
Source: Storytime Katie

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

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Song: Song cube (Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Book: Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss; illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

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I had reservations about reading this book. I wasn’t certain the children would “get” that the hen’s animal sounds sounded like “book.” They loved it and so did the grown-ups. It was so successful I decided to read it to my outreach kids the next day!

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Special Events

How It Works: Fairy Tales & Fables

I forgot to take pictures from this event!!! But I wanted to post a summary anyway.

First we read the fable, The Goose and the Golden Eggs.

Book: Aesop’s Fables by Jerry Pinkney

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Then we “laid an egg” into a glass bottle! The bottle I used had a larger neck than this one and some of the eggs I made just fell in so, sadly, it wasn’t this impressive. BUT when it did work the kids were very impressed. In fact I had to use all four hard-boiled eggs I brought and the kids would have had me keep going if I’d been able to.

Next we read a passage from The Little Mermaid after I told them the original story was very different than the Disney version. I explained how instead of living happily ever after with her prince, she throws herself into the ocean and dissolves into bubbles.

Book: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen; illustrated by Robyn Officer

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I made them unbreakable bubble solution to play with to go along with this story. More on that later.

Then I read them the summary of The Three Bill Goats Gruff that came with our problem-solving STEM kit from Lakeshore.

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I provided foam blocks and the Velcro blocks that came with the kit and told the kids to build a bridge high enough and safe enough for the goats to get over the troll. I had a great group of social kids and some of them ended up working together to make their bridge.

So … the “unbreakable” bubbles. I forgot the recipe for the unbreakable bubbles at work so I looked one up online. I found a couple that added glucose (instead of the rubber cement that was noted in my original recipe) and thought, what the heck, I’m sure they do the same thing, and added the 1 tablespoon the recipe listed. The solution had to sit for 12 hours which is why I made it ahead of time.

When I came in to work the next day I found the recipe in the forgotten book and it said to add HALF A TEASPOON of rubber cement. Quite different. Suffice it to say, the solution didn’t even make a bubble let alone a bubble that didn’t pop. *sigh* BUT I used the failure as a teachable moment for the kids that we don’t give up and if we make a mistake we press on and keep experimenting. I bought them some normal bubble solution at the dollar store and they had a blast blowing real bubbles. I also told them I’d remake the unbreakable solution for next month’s program (theme: water) so we’ll try it out again with the proper recipe in a couple weeks!