Pets Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: Talk about pets, what kind of pets we have at home.

Opening song

Discuss: “Good Pet or Bad Pet?” Showed the kids photos of different animals and had them say whether it would make a good or bad pet.

 pets

Book: Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

katie loves the kittens

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

Book: Peanut by Linas Alsenas

peanut

Song: “Fiddle-i-Fee” – Dog on Fleas: Cranberry Sauce Flotilla

Book: The Pets You Get by Thomas Taylor, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds

pets you get

Prop Story: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

bark george

Movie: The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! By Cynthia Rylant, Spoken Arts

great gracie chase


Craft:
Dog ears headband

dog ears

 

 

 

Stories from China Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: This week is Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, so today we will be sharing stories from China.

Opening song

Book: Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

bringing in the new year

Song (w/ panda puppet):
“Chinese Hello Song” (to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao (nee how),”
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao.”
Let’s say “hello” to all our friends,
Let’s wave and say “ni hao.”

panda

Book: Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman

fortune cookies

Song: “Wiggle Song” – Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum

Book: Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin

round is a mooncake

Book: The Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tucker, illustrated by Grace Lin

seven chinese sisters

Movie: Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong, from Two Chinese Tales DVD, Nutmeg Media

Craft: Paper Lanterns

lanterns

January 2014

Fingers and Toes Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Book:  Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

ten little fingers and ten little toes

Song: Face fingers feet and toes, feet and toes
Face fingers feet and toes, feet and toes
Ankles, knees, elbows and nose
Face fingers feet and toes, feet and toes.
(Source: King County Library System)

Rhyme: Roly poly ever so slowly [slowly roll baby’s hands]
Roly poly faster faster faster faster! [roll hands faster]

Song: “Round and Round You Go” (Tune: “The Bear Went over the Mountain”)
Our toes are starting to wiggle, our toes are starting to wiggle,
our toes are starting to wiggle, around and round they go. (slow, then fast)

Our fingers are starting to wiggle, our fingers are starting to wiggle,
our fingers are starting to wiggle, around and round they go. (slow, then fast)

(Credit: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes)

Book: Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by Marc Brown

ten tiny toes

Song: “Hands Go Up and Down” – Fisher Price: Babbles to Books

Song: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Song: “Let’s Tap our Feet Together” (Tune: “The More We Get Together”)

Let’s tap our feet together, together, together,Let’s tap our feet together, because it’s fun to do.

Let’s clap our hands….
Let’s touch our nose…
Let’s touch our ears…

Song: “On my Toe There is a Flea” (play 2x)John M. Feierabend and Luann Saunders: Frog in the Meadow

Book: Piggies by Audrey and Don Wood

piggies 

Song (with shakers): “Fingers and Toes” – Milkshake: Happy Songs

happy songs

Closing rhyme

Polar Animals Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for penguin

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

if you were a penguin

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 knot 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: Penguins, Penguins Everywhere! by Bob Barner

penguins penguins everywhere

Song (dance with scarves): “It’s a Penguin Party / A la Fiesta de Pinguinos” – Linda Arnold: Splash Zone

Book: 10, 9, 8 Polar Animals by Rebecca Fjelland Davis (read first sentence on each page only)

10 9 8 polar animals

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

Book: My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda

my little polar bear

Song: “I Like to Hop” – Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies: Born to Wiggle

born to wiggle

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Penguin coloring sheet

February 2014

Baby Animals Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for kitten

Book:  Flip, Flap, Fly by Phyllis Root, illustrated by David Walker

flip flap fly

Rhyme (fingerplay): Up a Hill
Here goes a turtle up a hill, creepy, creepy, creepy, creepy [crawl up arm]
Here goes a rabbit up the hill, boing, boing, boing, boing [bounce up arm]
Here goes an elephant up the hill, thud, thud, thud, thud [clap up arm]
Here goes a snake up the hill, slither, slither, slither, slither [slither up arm]
Here comes a rock down the hill, boom, boom, boom, boom, CRASH! [bounce down, clap hands for crash]

Rhyme (fingerplay)Two little kittens sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Song: “Hands Go Up and Down” – Fisher Price: Babbles to Books

Book: How Do You Make a Baby Smile? by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo

 how do you make a baby smile

Flannel: Chickie, Stop and Go by Norman Gorbaty (credit: Sunflower Storytime)

chickie stop and go book

chickie stop and go

Rhyme: Roly poly ever so slowly [slowly roll baby’s hands]
Roly poly faster faster faster faster! [roll hands faster]

Book: Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler

whose baby am i

Song: “Let’s Tap our Feet Together” (Tune: “The More We Get Together”)

Let’s tap our feet together, together, together,Let’s tap our feet together, because it’s fun to do.

Let’s clap our hands….
Let’s touch our nose…
Let’s touch our ears…

Flannel: This little chick (Credit: dltk-teach.com)

this little chick

This little chick is black.
She stands in the barnyard on a big haystack.
This little chick is brown.
She is feeling sad and wearing a frown.
This little chick is yellow.
She’s friends with the rooster; he’s a handsome fellow.
This little chick is white.
She dances and plays, oh what a sight.
This little chick is purple.
She spends her day running around in a circle.
This little chick is green.
She is the prettiest chick I’ve ever seen.
This little chick is blue.
She lays eggs for me and you.
This little chick is pink.
She goes down to the pond to get a drink.
All of these chicks live at the farm,
Out in the big red barn.

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)

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

kids in the city 

Good-bye rhyme

Snow Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Book:  Spot’s Snowy Day by Eric Hill

spots snowy day

Song: “Snowflake, Snowflake” (Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle”)

Snowflake, Snowflake, dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground,
Snowflake, landing on your nose,
Snowflake, landing on your toes,
Snowflake, Snowflake, dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

Rhyme: Jack Frost’s Nose

Where did you get that little red nose? (touch baby’s nose)
Jack Frost kissed it (pinch nose gently) I suppose.
He kissed it once (one kiss on nose)
He kissed it twice (two kisses)
Poor little nose, it’s as cold as ice (give baby’s nose a wiggle)

Book: Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

under my hood i have a hat

Song: Boots and parka, scarf and hat (Tune: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”)
Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
In wintertime we dress like that!
Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Rhyme: Roly poly ever so slowly [slowly roll baby’s hands]
Roly poly faster faster faster faster! [roll hands faster]

Song: “Hands Go Up and Down” – Fisher Price: Babbles to Books

Book: In the Snow -by Sharon Phillips Denslow, illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

in the snow

Song: “Let’s Tap our Feet Together” (Tune: “The More We Get Together”)

Let’s tap our feet together, together, together,Let’s tap our feet together, because it’s fun to do.

Let’s clap our hands….
Let’s touch our nose…
Let’s touch our ears…

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)

Song (with jingle bells): “Jingle Bells” – Kimbo Educational: Where is Thumbkin?

Closing rhyme

Penguins and Polar Bears – Preschool

Introduction: We are talking about some animals that live in VERY cold places, penguins & polar bears. What do we know about penguins & polar bears? Where do they live?

Opening song

Book: Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks

polar opposites

Action Song: “Walking Through the Arctic”
Walking through the arctic (echo)
And what do you think I saw? (echo)
A great big polar bear! (echo)
He said, Sta-and-UP! (everyone jump up)
And shake, shake, shake this way (everyone shake)
And shake, shake, shake, that way
Shake, shake, shake this way
And then sit down (sit down)

Book: My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda

my little polar bear

Song (dance with scarves): “It’s a Penguin Party / A la Fiesta de Pinguinos” – Linda Arnold: Splash Zone

Book: Penguins, Penguins Everywhere by Bob Barner

penguins penguins everywhere

Song (w/ puppet): “I’m a Little Penguin” (tune: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little penguin, black and white.
Short and wobbly, and adorable sight.
I can’t fly at all, but I love to swim.
So I’ll waddle to the water and dive right in!

Book:  A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis

penguin story

Movie: Antarctic Antics by Weston Woods, adapted from the book by Judy Sierra

antarctic antics


Craft:
Penguin collage w/ crinkled wax paper (ice) and batting (snow).

penguins