Polar Bears and Penguins Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda

my little polar bear

Song: Polar bear, polar bear turn around,
Polar bear, polar bear touch the ground,
Polar bear, polar bear bend down low,
Polar bear, polar bear touch your toe.
Polar bear, polar bear slide on the ice,
Polar bear, polar bear spin around twice,
Polar bear, polar bear reach up high,
Polar bear, polar bear wave goodbye.

Book: If You Were a Penguin by Wendell Minor and Florence Friedmann Minor

if you were a penguin

Flannel:    Five perky penguins, Stood on the shore
One went for a swim, And then there were four. (swimming motions)
Four perky penguins, Looked out to sea (look around)
One went swimming, And then there were three. (swimming motions)
Three perky penguins said “What can we do?” (shrug shoulders)
One went swimming, And then there were two. (swimming motions)
Two perky penguins, Sat in the sun. (fan self)
One went swimming, And then there was one. (swimming motions)
One perky penguin said, “This is no fun!” (grumpy look)
They went swimming, And then there were none.(swimming motions)

5 Little Penguins

Song: If You’re a Penguin and You Know It (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings,
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings,
If you’re a penguin and you know it, then your face will surely show it,
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings,
…stomp your feet
…waddle around.

Book: Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear's Underwear

Song: “Clap Your Hands” — They Might Be Giants: No!

Book: I Am Small by Emma Dodd

i am small

Song: Two little penguins sitting on a hill. (hold up two fingers)
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Waddle away Jack. Waddle away Jill.
Come back Jack. Come back Jill.

(slow fast, high low, loud quite etc.)

Song: “Walking, Walking” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

polar bear face craft

Brave Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Big, Stop, Hot

Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy book cover

Song: “Home on the Range” – Victor Johnson: Putumayo Kids

Song: I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet go stomp, stomp, stomp, etc…
I can make my hand wave bye, bye, bye…

Rhyme: The moon is round  
The moon is round (circle face)
As round can be
Two eyes
A nose
A mouth like me

Book: Cuddle Time by Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Julie Vivas

Cuddle Time book cover

Song: Forgot a bag to carry (Tune: “Ring around the Rosie”)
Forgot a bag to carry (sign for bag)
Our books at the library (sign for book)
Stack’em, stack’em (lift baby, or stack hands)
They all fall down (baby to lap, or hands open)
(Credit: Leah Portz)

Rhyme: X marks the spot
X marks the spot
Dot, dot, dot
Up and down
Around and around
Oooo (tickle)

Song/Puppets: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” – Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel: It’s Toddler Time

Book (choral): I Am So Brave! by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Sara Gillingham

I am so brave book cover

Song (shaky eggs): “Bravest Kid in the World” – Recess Monkey: Flying!

Closing rhyme

Hockey Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: I’m Cool! by Kate and Jim McMullan

I'm Cool! book cover

Song: Hockey pokey
You put your right glove in,
You put your right glove out,
You put your right glove in,
And you shake it all about

You do the hockey pokey
And you skate yourself around
That’s what it’s all about

2) left glove 3) right skate 4) left skate 5) helmet 6) stick
(Credit: Leah Portz, Verona Story Time)

Book: Dino-Hockey by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Barry Gott

Dino-Hockey book cover

Song: Hockey game (Tune: “Row, row, row your boat”)
Pat, pat, pat your gloves
Quickly on your knees
Hurry now, hurry now
Your fingers mustn’t freeze

Bend, bend, bend your legs
Quickly, it’s your role
Hurry now, hurry now
You must defend the goal

Pass, pass, pass the puck
Quickly, with your stick
Hurry now, hurry now
To Score you must be quick

Skate, skate toward the net
Quickly win the game
Happy now, happy now
Fans will shout your name, hooray!
(Credit: Leah Portz, Verona Story Time)

Book/Flannel: Hockey Shapes by Mark Weakland (abridged – with felt shapes)

Hockey Shapes book cover

Craft: Hockey rink coloring sheet (with hockey players). Have children find and color in shapes on the rink.

hockey preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Jungle Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: monkey

Book: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Song: “The Monkey Dance” – The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy

Book: Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Puppet Story: Down in the Jungle

Down in the jungle where nobody goes,
There’s a big fat elephant washing his toes,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his toes!

Down in the jungle where there’s nobody there,
There’s a great big lion washing his hair,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his hair!

Down in the jungle, if you look in the trees,
There’s a cheeky monkey washing her knees,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she washes her knees!

Down in the jungle if you care to check,
There’s a hippopotamus washing his neck,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his neck!

Down at the river, if you look underneath,
There’s a great big crocodile brushing his teeth,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he brushes his teeth!

Down in the jungle, if you care to take a peek,
There’s a colorful bird cleaning its beak
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she cleans her beak!

(Credit: Miss Meg’s Storytime)

Song: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

(most lions live in grasslands but a few are found in jungles)

Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It : Jungle Edition by James Warhola

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: lion mask

lion Mane Image

Shapes Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening song

Book: Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin

Song: “Make a Circle, Draw a Square” (Tune: “Oh My Darling Clementine”)
Make a circle, make a circle, draw it in the sky
Use your finger, use your finger, make it round as pie
Make a square, make a square, make the lines so straight
Draw a square, draw a square, draw one or draw eight
Draw a triangle, draw a triangle, always start at the top
Make a tent, make a tent, use three lines and then stop!
(Credit: Best Kids Book Site)

Book: The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring, illustrated by Alys Paterson

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

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “triangle” while singing “I’m a Little Teapot”

Social Story: Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer

Closing Song

Craft: glue shapes onto paper

 

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Shape Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: All Year Round by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Eiko Ojala

cover all year round

Song: Shapes Song (sing to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
A circle is a shape that goes round and round, Round and round, round and round.
A circle is a shape that goes round and round, Round and round.
A triangle is a shape with three sides, Three sides, three sides.
A triangle is a shape with three sides, Three sides.
A square is a shape with four sides, Four sides, four sides,
A square is a shape with four sides, Four sides.

Book: Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald

shape by shape

Activity: I hid each dinosaur behind a shape and asked the kids what shape I should look under. I said the name of the dinosaur and then had them say it.

dinosaur flannel

Song: The Tyrannosaurus Rex goes grr grr grr grr grr grr, grr grr grr
The Tyrannosaurus Rex goes grr grr grr…All through the swamp.
The Triceratops’ horns go poke poke poke…(etc.)
The Stegosaurus tail goes spike, spike, spike…(etc.)
The Apatasaurus mouth goes munch, munch, munch…(etc.)
The Pteranodon’s wings go flap flap flap…(etc.)

Book/Puppets: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

It Looked Like Spilt Milk book cover

Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” –  Raffi: The Raffi Singable Songs Collection

Book: Color Farm by Lois Ehlert

colorfarm cover image

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

Closing Rhyme

Craft: I gave them this shape sheet, a black crayon, and cut out shapes. The chose if they wanted to glue them down and if they wanted to write on their shapes.

Shape Craft image

 

Winter Fun Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! By Kim Norman, illustrated by Liza Woodruff

Song: “The Winter Pokey”
You put your mitten in, you take your mitten out
You put your mittens in and you shake them all about
You do the winter pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what its all about
(Boots, Hat, Coat, Snowpants, etc.)

Book: Snowballs by Lois Elhert

snowballs

Felt Story: Build a Snowperson

Snowman felt story time

Song: “Boots” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Book with Puppets: Oh! By Kevin Henkes

oh cover image

Song: “Silly Dance Contest” – Jim Gill: JIm Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes

Flannel: Red Mitten, Red Mitten, What Do You See?

Closing Rhyme

Activity: Fake snow made using shaving cream and baking soda. Experiment with mixing and amounts to achieve desired consistency.

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Pizza Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Pete's a Pizza book cover

Song: (Tune: “Shortnin’ Bread”)

I can make a pizza! You can, too!
Listen and you’ll know just what to do.

Every little baker loves mixing, mixing
Every little baker loves mixing dough!

Chorus: Flour to the left, flour to the right
Now tie your apron nice and tight

Every little baker loves kneading, kneading
Every little baker loves kneading dough!

Every little baker loves tossing, tossing
Every little baker loves tossing dough!
(Credit: Abby the Librarian – modified with added chorus)

Book: Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington

Pizza at Sally's book cover

Flannel: Build a pizza (give children felt ingredients for board)

Song: “If You Wanna Eat Some Pizza”
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
If you like bubbly cheese then just say, “Pizza please!”
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
(Credit: Awesome Storytime)

Book/Puppets: “Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter, illustrated by Ponder Goembel

Hi, Pizza Man! book cover

Rhyme: “Pizza Man, Pizza Man”
Pizza man, pizza man: turn around, touch the ground, reach up high, touch the sky,
find your nose, touch your toes, find your knees, sit down, please!
(Credit: Modified from childhood; idea from Awesome Storytime)

Craft: Personal paper pizzas (paper shredder cheese)

pizza preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Bells Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Bell

Book: Baby Knows Best by Kathy Henderson, illustrated by Brita Granström

Baby Knows Best 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’ . . .

Book: Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee

Jingle Jingle book cover

Rhyme: “When the Cat Goes Walking” (with mice puppets)
When the cat goes walking (tiptoe)
Her feet make no sound
But the bell around her neck
warns all the mice around (do the sign for bell)
If they don’t hear the bell,
then mice come out to play (puppets jump and dance)
But when they hear a “ring-a-ling”
then they run away (puppets run away)

Rhyme: Icky bicky soda cracker

Book: Ting-a-ling! by Siobhan Dodds

ting-a-ling

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

Rhyme: Diddle diddle dumpling

Song (with bells): “Frere Jacques” – Raffi: The Corner Grocery Store

Song: “There’s a Bell on My Head” (Tune: “There’s a Spider on the Floor”)
There’s a bell on my head, on my head,
There’s a bell on my head, on my head,
Oh, let it be said, there’s a bell on my head,
There’s a bell on my head, on my head.

arm…It’s not doing any harm but there’s a bell on my arm,
hand…Oh, isn’t it grand, there’s a bell on my hand,
leg…Oh, help me, I beg, there’s a bell on my leg,
knee…Oh, can’t you see, there’s a bell on my knee,
toe…Oh, wouldn’t you know, there’s a bell on my toe,
(Credit: A Box Full of Tales by Kathy MacMIllan)

Song (bells): “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits

Closing rhyme

Polar Animals Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: 10, 9, 8 Polar Animals! by Rebecca Fjelland Davis

Song: “Polar Bear Twinkle”

Polar bear, polar bear, turn around,
Polar bear, polar bear, touch the ground,
Polar bear, polar bear, stand on your toes,
Polar bear, polar bear, touch your nose,
Polar bear, polar bear, wink your eye,
Polar bear, polar bear, say good-bye.

Book: Hello, Arctic! by Theodore Taylor, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

hello arctic

Song: “Mat Man” by Handwriting without Tears: Get Set for School Sing Along

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “polar bear”

Social Story: Blocks by Irene Dickson

Closing song

Craft: Arctic fox (from I Heart Crafty Things)