Water Story Time- Toddler

Welcome song: “We Clap and Sing Hello” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)

Sign:Water

STEM Activity: Sink or Float?

With a small tub of water and several items to put in the water, make predictions of which items will float and which will sink (rubber ducks, paper clips, clothespins, washers, popsicle sticks, etc.)

Song: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Rock, rock, rock your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream! (Aahhh!)

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to the shore
If you see a lion there
Don’t forget to roar! (Roar!)

Book: Splash! by Flora McDonnell

splash

Song: “It’s Raining, it’s Pouring/The Itsy Bitsy Spider Medley”

Rhyme:Rain is Falling Down

Rain is falling down, splash!
Rain is falling down, splash!
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter,
Rain is falling down, splash!

Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!

Book: Storm Song by Nancy Viau

storm song

Song:All the Fish are Swimming in the Water

All the fish are swimming in the water (swimming motions with arms)
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
All the fish are swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…SPLASH! (waggle fingers up and clap above head)

All the ducks are quacking in the water (doggy paddle motion with hands)
All the frogs are jumping in the water (jump with both feet)
All the children are splashing in the water (splash hands in the air)

Book: Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

hooray for fish

Song: “The Fish in the Sea” (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, (put hands together like a fin and swim along!)
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish,
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish,
All day long!

The lobsters…pinch, pinch, pinch (Make pinching motions with fingers)
The sharks…chomp, chomp, chomp (Chomp with your arms)
The stingray…flap, flap, flap (Move arms in slow, flying motions)
The crabs…skit, skat, skit (Run in place)
The octopus…wiggle, wiggle, wiggle (Wiggle your body and arms)
The clams…open and shut (Two hands together to make a clam)

Closing Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum”- David Landau

Craft: Rainbow coffee filter art

Use markers to draw on coffee filters and spray with water when finished for a color-mixing effect. Patrons took them home in plastic bags to dry.

 

 

Colors Story Time – Preschool

Opening song

Book: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

baby bear sees blue

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: I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

i spy with my little eye

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.

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

pete the cat i love my white shoes

Song: The Goldfish – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

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

Craft: Rainbow and clouds with fruity cheerios and cotton balls (on a half page). Also a fun snack!

rainbow cheerios

Weather Story Time – Everybody

Welcome Song

Introduction: Talk about weather, different kinds of weather, what the weather is like today.

Book: Creak! Said the Bed by Phyllis Root

creak said the bed

Fingerplay: 5 Little Raindrops
Five little raindrops plopping on the floor,
one plopped away, and then there were four.
Four little raindrops dripping on the trees,
one dripped away, and then there were three.
Three little raindrops splashing on my shoe,
one splashed away, and then there were two.
Two little raindrops starting to run,
one ran off, and then there was one.
One little raindrop drying in the sun,
it dried all up, and then there were none!

Song: “It’s raining/Itsy-bitsy spider medley” – Music for Little People: 101 Toddler Favorites

Book: Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

cloudette

STEM science experiment: Exploring Rain Clouds, illustrates how it rains when clouds get overfilled with water

Materials needed: clear container, water, shaving cream, food coloring

Book: Who Likes the Rain by Wong Herbert Lee

who likes rain

Song: Noisy Wind (tune: “The Farmer in the dell”)
I like the noisy wind,
I like the noisy wind.
It roars and mutters (voice loud, then softer)
And Shakes the shutters. (shake hands Tambourine-Style.)
I like the noisy wind
I Like the Noisy wind,
I like the noisy wind.
It flaps the flag (flap your arms back and forth)
And rustles my bag. (rub hands together briskly)
I like the noisy wind.

Puppet Show: adapted from Storm is Coming! by Heather Tekavec

storm is coming

Craft: Weather wheel

Water Story Time- Day Care

Welcome Song: All Through the Pond (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

All the little frogs went “Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit
ribbit, ribbit, ribbit,
ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.”
All the little frogs went “Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit,”
All through the pond.
(ribbit = simulate jumping by patting hands on thighs or knees)
All the little ducks went “Quack, quack, quack”
(duck bill with both hands)
All the little fish went “Glub, glub, glub”
(fins on top of head, big cheeks for the glub sound)

Book: All the Water in the WorldGeorge Ella Lyon, Katherine Tillotson

all the water in the world

Book: Life in the PondCraig Hammersmith

life in a pond

Song: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some moist, delicious bugs
Yum, yum! (rub belly)
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool (fan self)
Then there were four green speckled frogs.
Four green and speckled frogs…
…Then there were no green speckled frogs.

Book: Hooray for Fish, Lucy Cousins

hooray for fish

Video Story: Fish is Fish, Leo Lionni

fish is fish

Shapes Story Time- Toddlers

Welcome song: “We Clap and Sing Hello” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)

We clap and sing hello, we clap and sing hello
With our friends at story time, we clap and sing hello!
(Wave and sing hello)

Sign:Circle,” “Square,” “Triangle

Song: “I Can See Shapes” (Tune: London Bridges)

Can use flannel shapes. Hold one up and have them guess the shape, then turn it over to show the word and place it on the board. Ask the kids to tell the color of the shape after each verse. Leave shapes on flannelboard.

I can see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape,
I can see a circle shape, how about you?
(Square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)

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

it looked like spilt milk

Flannel storyboard: Use Spilt Milk storytelling kit to have kids guess what shape each “cloud” is.

Song: “Circle Song” (Tune: The more we get together)

Have you ever seen a circle, a circle, a circle?
Have you ever seen a circle which goes round and round?
It rolls this way and that way, and that way and this way
Have you ever seen a circle, which goes round and round?

Book: Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier

lots of dots

Rhyme: “Draw for Me” (point out each shape on flannelboard and have kids draw the shapes in the air)

Draw a circle, round as can be (draw circle in the air)
Draw a circle, just for me! (point to self)
Draw a square, shaped like a door (draw square in the air)
Draw a square, with corners four! (hold up 4 fingers)
Draw a triangle, with corners three (draw a triangle in the air)
Draw a triangle, just for me! (point to self)

Book: Shape by Shape by Suze MacDonald

shape by shape

Rhyme: “Star chant” (pass out star cutouts to each of the children)

Put your star shapes in the air, (hold in the air)
Hold it high and keep it there
Put your star shape on your back, (reach back and put star on back)
Now lay it on your lap. (put star on lap)
Put your star shape on your toes, (touch star to toes)
Now hold it by your nose (touch star to nose)
Hold your star shape in your hand (stretch hand out in front of you)
Now everyone please stand (have children stand up)
Wave your star shape at the door (face door and shake star)
Now touch your star to the floor (touch star to floor in front of you)
Hold your star in your hand and jump, jump, jump (hold star and jump up and down)
Now toss your star shape way, way, up! (toss star up in front of you)

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

Craft: Build a house with shapes (construction paper pieces pre-cut to be pasted on paper in shape of house)

Introduce by doing “Build a House with Shapes” rhyme/flannel:
Some houses are wood and some are stone,
But let’s build one with shapes alone.
Start with a square, but we won’t stop.
Add a triangle up on the top.
Then a rectangle for the door.
Now square windows, 1, 2, 3, 4.
A little circle is just for fun,
Now our shape house is all done!

 

Plants and Trees Story Time – Preschool

Opening song

Book: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

UpDownAround

Song: The gardener plants the seeds (Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The gardener plants the seeds.
The gardener plants the seeds.
High ho the derry oh,
The gardener plants the seeds.

The rain falls on the ground…
The sun shines bright and warm…
The seeds begin to grow…

Rhyme: Garden snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, creeps the garden snail. (Move hands down legs)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, up the wooden rail. (Move hands up legs)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, runs the little mouse, (down legs)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, in his little house. Squeak! (up legs and body, make ears)

Book: Who Will Plant a Tree? By Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Tom Leonard

who will plant a tree

Song: “Oranges Grow on Trees” – Dance and Sing: The Best of Nick, Jr.

Book: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

tap the magic tree

Song: Shakin’ Like a Leafy Tree – The Wiggles: Racing to the Rainbow

Song: The Goldfish – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Craft: Recycled magazine paper garden scene (inspired by laughpaintcreate.blogspot.com)

recycled flowers

 

Frogs Storytime – Daycare group

We had a special request for a storytime in between Spring and Summer sessions for a daycare group (ages 3-5). We offered the program at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm on Friday, June 6.

Finger Play: Baby Frogs (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Tadpoles are little baby frogs          (pinch fingers and thumb for size)
Baby frogs                                         (pinch)
Baby frogs                                         (pinch)
Tadpoles are little baby frogs          (pinch)
And they can swim like fish.            (pantomime swimming)

Tadpoles grow four stretchy legs    (stretch arms and legs)
Stretchy legs
Stretchy legs
Tadpoles grow four stretchy legs
So they can hop, hop, hop               (pat hands up and down into lap)

Book: 999 Tadpoles  by Ken Kimura

Song/Flannel Toy: 5 Little Speckled Frogs

Book: The Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

Song/Movement: Hop Hop Went the Little Green Frog

Hoppp hop went the little green frog one day                      (hop in place)
Hop hop when the little green frog!
Hop hop went the little green frog one day
And his legs went boing, boing, boing!                                  (tap legs)

Glunnnnk glunk went the little green frog one day              (Stick out tongue to catch food)
Glunk glunk went the little green frog!
Glunk glunk went the little green frog one day
And his eyes went blink, blink, blink!                                     (BIG blinks!)

Munnnch munch went the little green frog one day           (Open and close mouth)
Munch munch went the little green frog!
Munch munch went the little green frog one day
And his mouth went gulp, gulp, gulp!                                   (BIG gulps!)

Splaaaaash splash went the little green frog one day        (Splash motion with hands)
Splash splash went the little green frog!
Splash splash went the little green frog one day
And he swam, swam, swam away!                                        (Slow swimming arms)

Book/Movement: Jump!  by Scott M. Fischer

We had the kids clap every time they heard the word “jump,” but could have them jump too.