Thanksgiving Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

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

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 Song & Flannel: “Thanks A Lot” by Raffi: Quiet Time (credit: Mel’s Desk) (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.”)

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Song: “If You’re Thankful and You Know It” (Tune: “If You’re Happy 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: Thanksgiving by Trudi Strain Trueit

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Song: “Turkey Hop” – Carole Peterson: H.U.M. All Year Long

Rhyme: Popcorn
You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot
You pour 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!)

Book: Theo’s Thanksgiving by David Steinberg, illustrated by Julia Woolf

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Song: “I’m Gonna Eat (On Thanksgiving Day)” w/ props – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

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Song: “Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?” (Tune: “If you’re happy and you know it”)

Hello Mr. Turkey how are you,? (clap twice)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you,? (clap twice)
With a gobble, gobble, gobble and a wobble, wobble, wobble (flap and walk like a turkey)
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you? (clap twice)

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Indian corn out of paper, tissue paper squares, and craft sticks (Credit: Play and Learn with Dana)

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Thanksgiving Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: What kind of foods do you eat on Thanksgiving? What does a turkey say? What things are we thankful for? Learn the sign language sign for thank you.

Opening song

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

thanks for thanksgiving

Song & Flannel: “Thanks A Lot” by Raffi: Quiet Time (credit: Mel’s Desk) (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.”)

thanks a lot

Book: Pigs Love Potatoes by Anika Denise, illustrated by Christopher Denise

pigs love potatoes

Song: “I’m Gonna Eat (On Thanksgiving Day)” w/ props – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

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Book: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, illustrated by Judy Schachner

i know an old lady who swallowed a pie

Song: “Popcorn” – Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime!

Book: Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

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Craft:
Hand Print Turkeys – inspired by Setting the Turkeys Free

turkey montage

Food Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for food.

Book: One Little Spoonful by Aliki

one little spoonful

Rhyme: You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot, (bounce)
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin,
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, POP! (wiggle baby, then lift)

Song: “Popcorn” – Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime

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Rhyme: Pat-a-cake

Book: The Big Eating Book by Guido Van Genechten

big eating book

Rhyme: Two fat sausages in a frying pan (bounce)
One went pop (lift baby up) and the other went bam!

Rhyme: “Arms Up 1-2-3”
Arms up 1-2-3
Arms out 1-2-3
Arms together 1-2-3
Arms down 1-2-3

Legs up 1-2-3
Legs out 1-2-3
Legs together 1-2-3
Legs down 1-2-3

Song: “Kitchen Time Medley” – Fisher Price: Babbles to Books

Rhyme: Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock (swing baby side to side)
Tick tock, tick tock, stop!
What time is it? It’s one-o-clock.
Cuckoo! (lift baby)

 Book: Eat by Roberta Intrater

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Song (with shakers): “Fruit Salad Salsa” – The Laurie Berkner Band: Victor Vito

Closing rhyme

Owl Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: What do we know about owls? Where do they live? When do they sleep? What do they eat? Learn the sign language signs for owl.

Opening song

Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson

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Book: Moo Hoo by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Mike Lowery

moo hoo

Fingerplay: The Owl
There’s a wide-eyed owl (thumbs and forefingers around eyes)
With a pointed nose, (thumbs and forefingers to make a point)
He has pointed ears (clenched hands, forefingers up for ears)
And claws for toes. (make hands into claws)
He sits in a tree and looks at you; (fingers circles around eyes)
Then flaps his wings and says, (hands to chest and flap elbows)
“whoo, whoo ” (hands cup mouth to hoot)

Book: Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney

little owls orange scarf

Fingerplay: “Two Little Barn Owls” – adapted from Two Little Blackbirds
Two little barn owls sitting on a hill, one named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill. Come back Jack, come back Jill . . .

Movie: White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies, DVD Nutmeg Media

white owl barn owl

Craft: Fuzzy owl art (Credit: Queen Bee Coupons)

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Colors Story Time – Toddler

Opening Song

Sign language for rainbow

Book: Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

monsters love colors

Rhyme: Color Rhyme by Jean Warren

If your clothes have any red
Put your finger on your head

If your clothes have any blue
Put your finger on your shoe.

If your clothes have any green
Wave your hand so you’ll be seen

If your clothes have any yellow,
Smile like a happy fellow

If your clothes have any brown,
Turn your smile into a frown.

If your clothes have any black,
Put your hands behind your back.

If your clothes have any white,
Clap your hands with all your might.

Book: Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry

duckies rainbow

Song: “Bodies 1-2-3” – Ellen and Peter Allard: Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it! vol. 2

Book: I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

i spy with my little eye

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

Song (with scarves): “Colors” – Kira Willey: Dance for the Sun

Closing rhyme

Craft: Match colored objects like pom poms, feathers, tissue paper squares and yarn to colored circles on paper. Either glue them on, or take the objects home in a bag to play again. (Note: Most parents opted to glue the items onto the page, but one parent reported to me later that her older child loved playing with this, and that they had added more colorful items from home.)

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Dog Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Book:  Please Take Me for a Walk by Susan Gal

please take me for a walk

Song (with dog puppet): “How much is that doggie in the window?”

Flannelboard: Dog houses (credit: Mel’s Desk)
Little dog, little dog, are you in the green house? Is this the green house? No, this is the red house. No, little dog, you are not in the red house, etc.

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Rhyme: 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! (wiggle baby, then lift)

Book: One, Two, That’s My Shoe! by Alison Murray

one two thats my shoe

Song: This Old Man (verses 1-3)

Rhyme: Ride away ride away (Bounce baby on lap)
Johnny will ride
He shall have a pussycat
Tied to one side (Slip baby to one side)
He shall have a puppy dog
Tied to the other (Slip baby to the other side)
And Johnny will ride to see his grandmother

Song: BINGO

Rhyme: Diddle diddle dumpling

Book (choral reading, with song): Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton, song from Sandra Boynton: Philadelphia Chickens

snuggle puppy

Song (with shakers): “Hot Dog” – They Might Be Giants: Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (stop after brass section)

mickey mouse clubhouse

Closing rhyme

Cow Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for cow

Flannel: Cows give us milk to drink.  What foods are made from milk?

milk

(Credit: Storytime with Miss Tara)

Book: Wow It’s a Cow! by Trudy and Jay Harris, illustrated by Paige Keiser

 wow its a cow

Rhyme: Little Boy Blue (with poster)

Song (with puppets): “Old McDonald Had a Farm” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Book: Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon

do cows meow

Song: “Cows” (Tune: “Wheels on the Bus”)

The mouth of a cow goes moo, moo, moo…all around the farm
The tail of a cow goes swish, swish, swish…
The ears of a cow go flip, flip, flop…
The hooves of a cow go clip, clip, clop…
(Credit: I Read to Relax blog)

Book: Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

is everyone ready for fun

Rhyme: Hey, Diddle, Diddle (with poster)

Song: “Bodies 1-2-3” – Ellen and Peter Allard: Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it! vol. 2

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Cow jumping over moon (idea: Danielle’s Place)

cow and moon

Ocean Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: What kinds of animals live in the ocean?  Learn the sign language signs for fish and shark.

Opening song

Book: The Fish Who Cried Wolf by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Scheffler

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Song: “The Goldfish” – Laurie Berkner: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

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Book: Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Bruce Wood

ten little fish

Prop story: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

im the biggest thing in the ocean

Song: “Baby Shark” we sang the classic camp song with actions. I like this version from the Learning Station for preschoolers because it ends with everyone safe and sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyamCXEqa5g

Book: Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae, illustrated by David Wojtowycz

commotion in the ocean

Craft: Create with sand clay and seashells
There are lots of recipes online for sand dough or sand clay. My version was roughly equal parts sand & flour mixed with enough water to make it play dough consistency. This was a bit time consuming to prepare for 3 days of story times but we had left over sand taking up valuable storage space – and the kids thought it was super fun to play with.

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