Alphabet Book

Letter W

Our wonderful, wiggly letter W!

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X is going to be cut heavy so I went simple for letter W to save our hands. Here’s our Letter W Instructions. And our table:

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I’m excited for this project to be complete because it’s been so much work but at the same time, it’s been incredibly popular so I’ll be sad to see it go. We’re not sure what we’re going to do next year. We’re moving to the new space, hopefully in January or February, so that doesn’t give us the weeks necessary to do a complete alphabet again.

Maybe we’ll do it with lowercase letters in 2019 when we’ve forgotten how much work it was!

story time

Fall Animal Story Time (2017)

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: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: Ouch! by Regnhild Scamell; illustrated by Michael Terry

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A little hedgehog collects fruit and leaves and nuts on her quills but now she won’t fit into her winter nest. What will she do??

Flannel: Hickory Dickory Dock

Instead of just a mouse going up and down the clock I used a variety of fall animals!

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse went up the clock.
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock!

A bunny ran up the clock // The clock struck two
An owl flew up the clock // The clock struck three
A fox ran up the clock // The clock struck four
A bear went up the clock // The clock struck five

The loved the bear, especially when I made the clock crash underneath him at the end. 😀

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: Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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Told in rhyming stanzas, little squirrels play, run, and frolic. And, of course, sleep.

Action Rhyme: Furry, Furry Squirrel
Furry, furry squirrel,
Hurry, hurry hop, (run in place; hop)
Scurry up the tree trunk to the very top. (run in place; reach arms up)
When you reach the branches, hurry turn around, (stretch arms out; turn around)
Furry, furry squirrel, scurry to the ground. (run in place; touch the ground)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

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A little squirrel can’t play run and play with his friends, he’s too busy getting ready for winter!

I did a little research because I wasn’t entirely sure squirrels hibernated and it turns out, they don’t! I followed this link and found out that while they don’t hibernate like bears, they really don’t like bitter cold weather so they stay in their little dens or dreys with their squirrel friends and sleep, sleep, sleep! That’s why they store nuts away for winter. One of the moms also told the group that squirrels gather and forage for nuts and seeds and then forget where they stash them! But that’s why we have so many beautiful trees.

Nature.

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

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

Thanks & Thanksgiving 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: Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

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Non-fiction story about Tony Sarg who created and designed the famous balloons in the early years of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As usual my outreach kids were my guinea pigs for this new book selection. This book is a little longer but most kids are familiar with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I thought this was a fun Thanksgiving story as opposed to the usual turkey and families (not that there’s anything wrong with those!).

But my Thanksgiving options are limited since I try to steer clear of first Thanksgiving books (since they’re usually historically inaccurate and stereotypical) and any books that talk about killing turkeys, even in a comical way. They really enjoyed it so I’m going to give it a try at my pre-K story time in two weeks.

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.

Book: One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox; illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

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Cute story about a little mouse who raids the family Thanksgiving leftovers but his eyes are too big for his stomach. And then the cat spots him on the table …

It’s hard to tell if my group liked this (although I think they did) because every time I said the word “pea” it resulted in fits of laughter and “ewwwwwwwwwws.” So read with caution and know your group. 😀

Action Rhyme: I’m a Turkey (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
I’m a turkey, big and fat, (spread arms out at sides)
I spread my tail, I walk like that. (fan fingers like a turkey’s tail; waddle)
Each day’s corn I will not miss, (rub stomach)
And when I talk, I sound like this: (point to lips, cup hand next to ear)
GOBBLE! GOBBLE! GOBBLE!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

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: Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

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Bear has no food to give but his friends are still grateful to be with him and give thanks.

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

I figured my preschoolers at the library love scarves so why not try with my outreach group. They were a hit!

Book: Thanksgiving Is Here! by Diane Goode

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A huge family prepares dinner, spends time together, and enjoys the holiday.

Flannel: Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off and then there were four.
Four little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off  and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off, and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving Day!
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes; illustrated by Doris Barrette

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Sweet, simple story about giving thanks to the simple (but best!) things in life.

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

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

story time

Monkey Story Time (2017)

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: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: Little Monkey Lost by Keith DuQuette

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A little monkey is bored so he explores the jungle with all sorts of monkeys who teach him different tricks. But how will he get home?

Rhyme/Wiggle: Bananas Unite
Bananas unite! (put hands together over head)
Bananas split! (hands at sides)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas!
Go bananas! Go, go bananas! (turn in circle moving hands up and down)
Bananas to the left! (jump left)
Bananas to the right! (jump right)
Peel your banana and, mmmmmmmmmmm, take a bite! (peel banana, take a bite)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas!
Go bananas! Go, go bananas! (turn in circle moving hands up and down)
Source: The Teacher’s Guide

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: Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell

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This book needs a great group in order for it to work correctly. Luckily I had a super enthusiastic group who were excellent participants. And the parents were chuckling too. Always a plus.

Song: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein

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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

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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Monkey Story Time (Toddlers)

My coworker is on vacation for a few days so I covered her story time this morning. We had SIXTY-ONE people!!!!!! She sure knows the best days to get away! Chaotic but so fun …

Song: Open Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your mouth …
But do not let them in!

Action Rhyme: I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little turtle, (hands on top of each other, wiggle thumbs)
He lived in a box. (make a box with hands)
He swam in the puddle, (paddle with hands)
He climbed on the rocks. (climbing motions)
He snapped at a mosquito, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a flea, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a minnow, (pinch fingers in air)
And he snapped at me! (pinch fingers toward self)
He caught the mosquito, (clap)
He caught the flea, (clap)
He caught the minnow, (clap)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake head and point at self)
Adapted from Perry Public Library Storytime

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
Stomp your feet // Shout hurray

Book: Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein

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A little gorilla is loved by his family and all the other animals in the jungle. But will everyone still love him when he’s big?

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

Flannel: Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys sitting on the floor,
One went away and then there were four.
Four little monkeys climbing up a tree,
One fell down and then there were three.
Three little monkeys visiting the zoo,
One ran back to mama and then there were two.
Two little monkeys bathing in the sun,
One got a sunburn and then there was one.
One little monkey wasn’t having any fun,
He went home and then there were none.
Adapted from Themed Storytime Ideas

Instead of making five flannel monkeys I printed out monkey clip art and taped them to craft sticks. I was originally going to tape on magnets and use them but I couldn’t find the magnets this morning in our terribly unorganized stock closet.

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They were a little tough to juggle but I think the kids got the gist.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Song: London Bridge Is Falling Down
London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down,
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady.

Build the bridge up stone by stone, stone by stone, stone by stone,
Build the bridge up stone by stone, my fair lady

Book: Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson; illustrated by Brian Won

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A little monkey won’t get out of bed so the doctor orders him to get some exercise. This book is best for a rowdy group that’s already standing and wiggling (which mine was!). I love the rhymes and the little dance the kids get to do with monkey! My 18-month-old also LOVES this book.

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*)

Action Rhyme: Furry, Furry Squirrel
Furry, furry squirrel,
Hurry, hurry hop, (hop hand up opposite arm)
Scurry up the tree trunk to the very top. (run hand up to top of head)
When you reach the branches, hurry turn around, (turn hand around on head)
Furry, furry squirrel, scurry to the ground. (scurry hand down arm)

The first time we run it through we use our arms. The second time through we’re the squirrels.

Furry, furry squirrel,
Hurry, hurry hop, (run in place; hop)
Scurry up the tree trunk to the very top. (run in place; reach arms up)
When you reach the branches, hurry turn around, (stretch arms out; turn around)
Furry, furry squirrel, scurry to the ground. (run in place; touch the ground)

Song: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Goodbye Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together

Tap, tap, tap your feet // Wave, wave, wave goodbye

Special Events

Halloween Party

I forgot to take a single picture yesterday before or during our Halloween party! But I’ll try and piece together what we did …

To start off I had a very short story time. Our age group skewed to an older crowd so some of the little songs I did for the few little ones we had attend went over with a *thud* but they all seemed to enjoy both stories that I read.

Book: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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Song: Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (hold up five fingers)
First one said, “It’s getting late.” (tap wrist where watch would be)
Second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (point to the sky)
Third one said, “But we don’t care.” (shake finger back and forth)
Fourth one said, “Let’s run and run.” (mime running in place)
Fifth one said, “Let’s have some fun.”

Whooooooo went the wind, (flutter fingers in front of you)
And OUT went the lights. (clap)

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll hand over hand)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Song: Three Little Witches (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little witches (count on fingers)
Flying over haystacks, soaring over ditches (point with right hand/point with left hand)
One little, two little, three little witches (count on fingers)
Happy Halloween! (tap knees)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown

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From the author of Creepy Carrots, another spooky tale starring Jasper Rabbit. His glowing underwear creeps him out and even after he thows them out, they keep coming back to haunt him. But are they really as scary as they seem? This book is relatively new so even some of our most dedicated little library patrons hadn’t read it. I wish I’d known about this book when I did my outreach Halloween story time. They would have loved it. Next year!

I had another song planned but I canned it given the reaction to the two prior songs and let them play our games and do our craft.

Our craft was a paper plate ghost. I got the idea here. Here’s my version:

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As you can see I skipped the arms but I think they still look awesome.

I had a table full of candy and treats (Halloween pencil toppers, temporary tattoos, skull and bat rings) for the kids to choose from. I liked to have some non-candy treats for any kids with allergies. The candy bowl got cleared out in about five minutes. We still had some leftover tattoos but the other treats disappeared.

We also reused the hook game from Talk Like a Pirate Day:

Ring toss game

And we had spider races. I got that idea here. I set up that game in case we got little ones but since our crowd skewed slightly older the spider races weren’t super popular. We ended up packing that game away after a few kids went and using the table as an additional craft space.

Our last game was mummy bowling. We bought this game at Target years ago and have gotten so much use out of it. (Our pins are white but that’s basically the same set we have.)

So there you have it! We had about 75 people and it was a great success!

And on a side note, here’s me and my little narwhal at his Halloween parade:

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Could you just die from the cuteness?!? We went trick-or-treating with him for the first time last night and had a blast.

Happy Halloween!!

story time

Halloween Story Time (2017)

I love Halloween. There are no presents to buy, no big meal to cook, and free candy.

I had a small crowd today. I’m assuming it’s because the elementary schools do their parades and parties in the morning because they have a half day and families were there instead. But many of the kids I did have wore their costumes and were very enthusiastic about our stories and songs.

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: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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I adore this book. I plan on reading it for our Halloween party this afternoon too!

Song: Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (hold up five fingers)
First one said, “It’s getting late.” (tap wrist where watch would be)
Second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (point to the sky)
Third one said, “But we don’t care.” (shake finger back and forth)
Fourth one said, “Let’s run and run.” (mime running in place)
Fifth one said, “Let’s have some fun.”

Whooooooo went the wind, (flutter fingers in front of you)
And OUT went the lights. (clap)

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll hand over hand)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Song: Three Little Witches (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little witches (count on fingers)
Flying over haystacks, soaring over ditches (point with right hand/point with left hand)
One little, two little, three little witches (count on fingers)
Happy Halloween! (tap knees)
Source: 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: Trick Arrr Treat by Leslie Kimmelman; pictures by Jorge Monlongo

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Rhyming book about a group of pirates trick or treating who come home to a surprise Halloween party!

Song: Pumpkin, Pumpkin (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin, big and round (make big circle with hands)
Sitting on the cold, hard ground. (touch ground)
Soon I’ll pick you of the vine, (pretend to pick a pumpkin)
Give you a name and make you mine. (hug pumpkin tightly)
Carve a face for all to see, (point to face)
Add a candle for Halloween glee! (clap your hands)

Song: I’m a Little Pumpkin (to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little pumpkin, orange and bright (cup hands)
You’ll see me out on Halloween night (hand over eyes — seeing)
Carve me a face and add a light (point to your face)
I’ll glow and glow throughout the night (wiggle fingers all around)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming

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Simple rhyming book about Halloween night trick or treating.

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

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