Counting Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening song

Book: Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jan Thomas

lets-count-goats

Song: “Jumping and Counting” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Book: Big Fat Hen illustrated by Keith Baker

Big Fat Hen

Song: “Where do you start your letters?” – Handwriting without Tears: Rock, Rap, Tap & Learn

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “Take 5”

Social Story:  “Waiting your turn”

Closing song

Craft: egg-shaped puzzles with numbers and dots

Baking Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell

Jampires book cover

Song: “The Cookie Bakers of the Night” – Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz

Book/Flannel: All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
(count pie pieces as you take them away)

all for pie pie for all

Song: “Three Little Muffins” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Book/Puppets: Piggies in the Kitchen by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Piggies in the Kitchen book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Four donuts on a pan

baking donut preschool story time craft

Red Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: red

Book: Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis

Red is Best book cover

Flannel: Five Little Ladybugs

Five little ladybugs, ready to explore
One flew away, and then there were four

Four little ladybugs, crawling up a tree
One flew away, and then there were three

Three little ladybugs didn’t have a clue
One flew away, and then there were two

Two little ladybugs, looking for some fun
One flew away, and then there was one

One little ladybug, alone in the sun
She flew away and then there were none

Song: “Little Red Wagon” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

Book: Red by Rebecca Stromstad Glaser

red

Rhyme: “Blue is the Lake”

Blue is the lake
Hold arms out in a circle in front of you
Yellow is the sun
Move arms, still in circle, overhead
Silver are the stars when the day is done
Wiggle fingers overhead
Red is the apple
Make a round ball with your fingers in front of you
Green is the tree
Hold arms up like branches
Brown is a cookie for you and me
Rub tummy!

(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Song: “Toes are Tapping “ – Kimbo Educational: Toddler Gym

Book: Fire Truck by Peter Sis

Fire Truck book cover

Song: “Drive the Fire Truck” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Song: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Song: “Icky-Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Coloring sheet of red things

Feeling Sick Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

bear-feels-sick cover image

Song:     If you’re sick and you know it say “Ach-oo”…
If you want to feel better and you know it drink your juice…
If you want to feel better and you know it take a nap…
If you feel better and you know it jump in the air…

Book: Llama, Llama Home with Momma by Anna Dewdney

llama llama home with mama cover image

Puppets: Animal Sneezes
Gather a bunch of animal puppets and sneeze with the sound of the animal and have the patrons guess. “What animal is sneezing? Moo-Achoo! Moo-Acho! A Cow!”

Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Book: How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen; illustrations by Mark Teague

how do dinosaurs get well soon

Song: “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” – Joanie Bartels: Bathtime Magic

Book: I am Sick  by Patricia Jensen, illustrated by Johanna Hantel

i-am-sick cover image

Rhyme: I’ve Got a Cold
I’ve got a cold
My nose can’t smell
My eyes are red
I don’t feel well
So I’ll drink my juice
And go to bed. . .
My nose feels better
And so does my head!

Book: The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Mary Ann Hobermen & Nadine Bernard Westcott

lady with alligator purse

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Llama Llama’s Quilt

llama llama craft image

Family Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Family Book book cover

Song: If You Have a Brother . . . (Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

If you have a brother
A brother, a brother
If you have a brother
Please stand up!

Repeat with different family members.
(Credit: Abby the Librarian)

Flannel: It’s Too Noisy!  by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Kate Duke

It's Too Noisy! book cover

Song: “Family Goodbyes” – Jim Gill: Moving Rhymes for Modern Times

Movie: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Draw your family in a house

Family house preschool story time craft familyhouse2

Thanksgiving Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: thank you

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

thanks for thanksgiving

Flannel: “Thanks a Lot” – Raffi: Quiet Time (sign “thanks” and “a lot”)
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

 thanks a lot

Song: “If You’re Thankful and You Know It”
If you’re thankful and you know it, Clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it, Do all three.

Book: Is that Wise Pig? By Jan Thomas

is-that-wise-pig

Flannel: Five little kernels
[Put up the five kernel shapes on the board, as spread out as you can.] [When you say POP! slap a white popcorn shape right on top of one of the kernels.]
Five little kernels sizzling in the pot
All of a sudden, one went POP! [When you say POP! slap a white popcorn shape right on top of one of the kernels.]

Four little kernels… etc.
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

popcorn

Rhyme: Popcorn

You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin.
Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle, POP!

(Children begin in a crouched position, knees bent, then s-l-o-w-l-y rise until the final POP! when we jump up in the air!)

 Song: “Hot Potato” – The Wiggles: Hot Potatoes: The Best of the Wiggles

Book: Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks by David Soman and Judy Davis

ladybug-girl-gives-thanks

Song: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Song: “Icky-Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Pumpkin pies (idea from A Night Owl Blog)

pumpkin-pie

Family Travel – Everybody Story Time

Opening Song

Sign Language: Family

Book: Over the River & Through the Wood by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Kim Smith

over-the-river

Song: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate”- Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Album

Book: The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Family Book book cover

Flannel: Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Grandma Jennie.
All the other relatives show up and then:
Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Pizza! Party!

Song: “The Wheels on the Bus”

Book: Toot, Toot, Beep, Beep by Emma Garcia

toot toot beep beep

Activity: Green says, “Go!” (run in place)
Go go go! Go go go! Go go go! Go go go! 
Yellow says, “Slow…” (march slowly)
Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow…
And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze)
Go go go! Go go go! Go go go! Go go go!
Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow…
And STOP!

Song/Flannel:  “Thanks A Lot” — Raffi: Quiet Time (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.”)

thanks a lot
(credit: Mel’s Desk)

Song: “Family Goodbyes” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill sings moving rhymes for modern times

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Family Tree

family-tree

PAW Patrol Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: King for a Day! by Mary Tillworth, illustrated by Mike Jackson

King for a Day! book cover

Rhyme: Castle Capers
I am the king of running, I run and run and run.
My subjects all run with me, and we have so much fun!

I am the prince of turning, I turn and turn and turn.
My subjects all turn with me an easy thing to learn!

I am the princess of dancing, I dance and dance and dance.
My subjects all dance with me and dance when they get the chance!

I am the Queen of jumping, I jump and jump and jump.
My subjects all jump with me and sit down with a bump.
(Source: Delta Township District Library Storytimes blog)

Book: Rubble to the Rescue! by Kristen L. Depken, illustrated by Mike Jackson

Rubble to the Rescue! book cover

Song/Puppets: “There’s a dog in school” – Stuart Stotts and Tom Pease: Celebrate

Song: “Black Dog in the River” – Kira Willey: Dance for the Sun

Book: Pups to the Rescue! by Nickelodeon AND Flannel: PAW Patrol Colors

Pups to the Rescue! book cover

A fire hose on his back
A fireman’s helmet on his head
Marshall’s patrol vest is RED

With a nose meant to follow
He sniffs a scent that’s new
Chase’s patrol vest is BLUE

She flies in a helicopter
She jets off in a blink
Skye’s patrol vest is PINK

He loves a digger and a shovel
And a bath to feel mellow
Rubble’s patrol vest is YELLOW

He recycles and reuses
To keep the Earth clean
Rocky’s patrol vest is GREEN

With tanks for underwater
And a hovercraft in storage
Zuma’s patrol vest is ORANGE
(Credit: Leah Portz)

Song: “Drive the Fire Truck” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Activity: Bridge Collapse (role play scene where different pups come to the rescue when their specific skills are needed)

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Coloring PAW Patrol Badges

Family Story Time – Baby

Opening Song

Sign Language: Family, Mommy, Daddy

Book: The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Family Book book cover

Song: (Tune: Shortnin’ Bread)
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’, bouncin’
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’ round.
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’, bouncin’
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’ round.

Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Now hug that baby nice and tight.
Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Now hug that baby nice and tight.

Daddy’s little baby loves wigglin’ wigglin’ . . .

Rhyme: Diddle diddle dumpling

Book: When You Were Born by Emma Dodd

When You Were Born book cover

Song: “Gifts for Mommy” – Children’s Music: Toddlers on Parade

Rhyme: Icky bicky soda cracker

Song: Baby Hop (Tune: “Bunny Hop”)
Snuggle up together
Baby’s in your lap
Snuggle up together and clap, clap, clap

Snuggle up together
Baby don’t you nap
Snuggle up together and tap, tap, tap

You’re working out together
Baby don’t stop
You’re working out together now hop, hop, hop

Book (choral): “More, More, More,” Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

"More, More, More," Said the Baby book cover

Song (shaky eggs): “Every Family’s Different” – Jazzy Ash: Home

Closing Rhyme

Owl Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening song

Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

owl babies

Song: “Be Like an Owl” (tune: of “London Bridges”)

Flap your wings and fly around, fly around, fly around.
Flap your wings and fly around, just like an owl.

Open your eyes big and wide, big and wide, big and wide.
Open your eyes big and wide, just like an owl.

Land on the ground and hop along, hop along, hop along.
Land on the ground and hop along, just like an owl.

Turn your head and say who, who, who, who, who, who, who, who,
Turn your head and say who, who, just like an owl.

(Source: Upper Hudson Library System)

Book:  Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

little-owl-lost

 

Song with magnetic pieces: “Mat Man” – hwtears.com

Yoga pose: Owl

Social Story: “Asking Kids to Play”

Closing Song

Craft: paper plate snowy owls (from “I heart crafty things”)

snowy-owl

 

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