Manners Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for please and thank you

Book: Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

oh no george

Song: (Tune: “Three Blind Mice” – using “three mice in a box” puppet and a tissue)
Three nice mice, three nice mice
See how nice they are, see how nice they are
They’re always polite when they nibble their cheese
They never forget to say thank-you or please
They cover their noses whenever they sneeze
Ah-choo! Ah-choo! Ah-choo!
They’re three nice mice
(Source: http://www.preschooleducation.com/smanners.shtml)

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

Book: Manners Time by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen (or Excuse Me! A Little Book of Manners by Karen Katz)

manners time

Song: (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands
Oh it’s very smart I think – to wash those germs right down the sink
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands

Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food
Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food
Oh, it would be very rude, if I didn’t share the food
Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food
(Source: Storytime Source Page)

Song: “Reach for the Ceiling” – Carol Totsky Hammett: Toddlers on Parade

Book: This Little Piggy’s Book of Manners by Kathyrn Madeline Allen, illustrated by Nancy Wolff

 this little piggys book of manners

Activity: This frog makes a cricket noise, a fly noise, and then a big burp! We’ll feed him a cricket and fly, and then remind him to say “Excuse me!” after he burps.

burping frog

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Coloring page – Elmo and Zoe share an umbrella

Fall Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for fall

Book: Hello Kitty, Hello Fall!  by Jean Hirashima

hello kitty hello fall

Song: (Tune: “London Bridge”)

Autumn leaves are in the trees…All over town.
Autumn leaves are falling down…All over town.
Autumn leaves are whirling round…
Everybody rake them up…

Rhyme: Exercises, exercises
Let’s all do our exercises (lift baby’s arms, repeat with legs)
(Credit: Babies in the Library by Jane Marino)

Rhyme: Away up high in the apple tree (lift baby)
I saw a little baby smiling at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake gently)
Down came the baby (bring down)
Mmm, was she good! (Kiss)

Book: Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

duck and goose find a pumpkin

Song: (Tune: “Twinkle twinkle”)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Once you were a seed so small, (hold baby’s hands together)
Now you are a great big ball! (make a big circle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
(Credit: Step by Step Childcare)

Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

busy little squirrel

Song: Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, shake your bushy tail.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, shake your bushy tail.
Wrinkle up your funny nose; put a nut between your toes.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, shake your bushy tail!

Rhyme: Let’s go riding in an elevator
First floor, second floor, third floor, fourth floor (slowly lift baby)
Down (bring baby back down)

Song (with shaky eggs): “Apple Pickin’ Time” – Tom Pease – I’m Gonna Reach!

Closing rhyme

 

Messy and Clean Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: Talk about things that are messy (mud, paint, toys, etc) and about helping clean up.

Opening song

Book: Those Messy Hempels by Vanessa Hie, illustrated by J. Alison James

those messy hempels

Song: “Wash your Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” – Joanie Bartels: Bathtime Magic

Book: Hogwash by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan

hogwash

Flannel: Five Clean and Squeaky Pigs (Tune: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”)

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Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big THUD
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean & Eric Litwin

pete the cat i love my white shoes

Song: “Shake Your Sillies Out” – The Wiggles: Yummy, Yummy

Book: Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd

dogs colorful day

Movie: I Stink by Kate and Jim McMullan

i stink
Craft: Dog’s Colorful Day craft project, glue Dog to a rainbow background and glue colorful spots on him.

dog'scolorfulday

Fall Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for fall

Book: Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Judy Stead

who loves the fall

Song: (Tune: “London Bridge”)

Autumn leaves are in the trees…All over town.
Autumn leaves are falling down…All over town.

Autumn leaves are whirling round…
Everybody rake them up…

Rhyme: Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arms up high)
Two red apples smiled at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples… (make a downward motion)
And mmm, they were good! (smile and rub stomach)

Book: Let’s Look at Fall by Sarah Schuette

lets look at fall

Song: Colored Leaves (with seasons tree puppet, bottom left version with extra felt leaves)- (Tune: “Six Little Ducks”)

tree puppet

So many leaves are falling on the ground
Orange ones, yellow ones and even brown.
But the one little leaf that rhymes with…
Is my favorite color, it’s the color…

(Bed-red, been-green, you-blue, yurple-purple)

Book: Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

duck and goose find a pumpkin

Song: (Tune: “Twinkle, twinkle”)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Once you were a seed so small, (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball! (make a big circle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
(Credit: Step by Step Childcare)

Song: “Reach for the Ceiling” – Carol Totsky Hammett: Toddlers on Parade

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

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

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Leafy hedgehog (http://krokotak.com/2009/09/taralezh-ot-lista/)

leafy hedgehog

Messy and Clean Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for clean up

Book: Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

pete the cat i love my white shoes

Rhyme: Exercises, exercises
Let’s all do our exercises (lift baby’s arms, repeat with legs)
(Credit: Babies in the Library by Jane Marino)

Flannel: Five Clean and Squeaky Pigs (Tune: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”)

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Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big THUD
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Book: Pig Takes a Bath by Michael Dahl, iIllustrated by Oriol Vidal

pig takes a bath

Song: (Get out scarves and pretend they are washcloths while singing this song. Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.”)

This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
When we’re in the bathtub.

(Also wash your legs, tummies, heads…)

Song: “Wash your Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” – Joanie Bartels: Bathtime Magic

Rhyme: Let’s go riding in an elevator
First floor, second floor, third floor, fourth floor (slowly lift baby)
Down (bring baby back down)

Book (choral reading):  Tubby by Leslie Patricelli

tubby

Song (shaky eggs): “Bubble Bath” – Joanie Bartels: Bathtime Magic

Closing rhyme

Button Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for button

Book: Buttons, Buttons by Rozanne Lanczak Williams, illustrated by Keith Bergher

buttons buttons

Flannel: Button, button, who’s got the button?

Hide a button behind the cow. Say, “Button, button, who’s got the button? Does rooster have the button?” No. Repeat with lamb, baby, and finally cow.

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Song: “Reach for the Ceiling” – Carol Totsky Hammett: Toddlers on Parade

Book: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean

pete the cat and his four groovy buttons

Song (with shaky eggs): “Belly Button” – Tom Pease: I’m Gonna Reach!

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

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Color and glue buttons on Pete the Cat

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Blue Story Time – Preschool

Opening song

Introduction: Talk about the color blue. What things can we think of that are blue?

Book: Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

blue chameleon

Song: “Color Game” by Jim Gill: Jim Gill Sings Do, Re, Mi on His Toe, Leg, Knee

Book: Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

have you seen my new blue socks

Fingerplay: “Two Little Bluebirds”
Two little bluebirds sat on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack; fly away, Jill,
Come back, Jack; come back, Jill.

Book: Blue Sea by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews

blue sea

Song: “Over the Deep Blue Sea” by Susan Salidor: Come and Make a Circle

Book: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

grumpy bird

Prop story: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (prop kit purchased from lakeshorelearning.com)

it looked like spilt milk prop
Movie: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (Scholastic Video Collection)

blueberries for sal

Craft: Blue collage

blue collage(2)

Cat Story Time – Baby

Opening song (with cat puppet)

Sign language for cat

Book: Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming

mama cat has three kittens

Rhyme (with poster): Hey, diddle, diddle

Rhyme: Icky bicky soda cracker (bounce)
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
Up goes you! (lift baby)

Rhyme: I have fur upon my back (Pat baby’s back)
I have whiskers just like that (Trace whiskers on baby’s cheeks)
I have ears–I flick them twice (Touch baby’s ears)
I have paws for catching mice! (Hold your hands in front of you like paws, then clap them together when you say “catching!”)
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Book: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

what will fat cat sit on

Rhyme: X marks the spot (draw on baby’s back)
Dot, dot, dot,
Up and down, around and around,
Oooooh! (tickle)

Rhyme: Exercises, exercises
Let’s all do our exercises (lift baby’s arms, repeat with legs)
(Credit: Babies in the Library by Jane Marino)

Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It by David Carter

if youre happy

Rhyme: Let’s go riding in an elevator
First floor, second floor, third floor, fourth floor (slowly lift baby)
Down (bring baby back down)

Song (with shaky eggs): “Kitty Cat” – Laura Doherty: Kids in the City

kids in the city

Closing rhyme

Pig Story Time – Everybody

Opening song

Sign language for pig

Book: A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian

pig is big

Fingerplay: “Two Mother Pigs”
Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)
These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.
(Credit: SurLaLune Storytime)

Book: If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

if you give a pig

Song: “Pig on her Head” – Laurie Berkner: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Book: Cornelius P. Mud Are You Ready For Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

cornelius p mud are you ready for bed

Prop story: The Three Little Pigs

3pigsprop

Craft: 3 little pigs to color & glue

3 pigs craft

Monkey Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for monkey

Book: Monkey Colors by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne

monkey colors

Rhyme: Monkey see, monkey do, little monkey in the zoo
Monkey, monkey, in the tree.
Can you jump around like me?
(swing your tail, clap your hands, nod your head).
(Source: Perry Public Library)

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

Book: Monkey See, Look at Me! by Lorena Siminovich

monkey see look at me

Rhyme: Five little monkeys jumping on the bed

Song: (tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The monkeys in the zoo turn round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round.
The monkeys in the zoo turn round and round,
Just like I do.

The monkeys in the zoo all touch their toes…
The monkeys in the zoo all rub their tummies…
The monkeys in the zoo all pat their heads…
The monkeys in the zoo jump up and down…

Song: “Shake Your Sillies Out” – The Wiggles: Yummy, Yummy

Song: “Reach for the Ceiling” – Carol Totsky Hammett: Toddlers on Parade

Book: Banana by Ed Vere

banana

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

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Monkey face on a stick (inspired by Miss Meg’s Storytime)

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