Train Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for train

Book: A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London, illustrated by Denis Roche

train goes clickety-clack

Rhyme: This Little Train

This little train ran up the track (run your fingers up arm)
toot, toot, toot (make train whistle sound)
And then it came toot-tooting back (run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Credit: earlylit.net)

Song: “The Train Wheels are Rolling” (roll hands during chorus) – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Flannel: The train. This one has been in our files for a long time! I like that it’s simple, and that you can talk about the colors and count the cars at the end. (Source: C.S. Peterson)

Chug, chug, choo, choo down the track.
First comes the engine with the coal car in back.
Boxcar, flat car, boxcar again.
Last the caboose at the end of the train.

train

Song: “Wheels on the Train” (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The wheels on the train go clickety clack, clickety clack, clickety clack,
The wheels on the go clickety clack,
On the railroad tracks.

The engine on the train goes chug, chug, chug…
The conductor on the train says “ticket please…
The people on the train go bounce, bounce, bounce..
The whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot…
(Credit: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes)

Song: “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” (this version is fun because there’s also a hot rod, boat, airplane, and taxi) – Wee Sing: Wee Sing in the Car

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

freight train

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

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

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

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Die-cut train cars on the letter T made out of tracks

t is for train

Party Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for party

Book: Brownie & Pearl Step Out by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brian Biggs

brownie and pearl step out

Rhyme: Mix the batter, stir the batter (make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Shake some flour in (make a shaking motion with one arm/hand)
Mix the batter, stir the batter (make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Place it in a tin (pretend to pour)
Sprinkle in some chocolate chips (pretend to sprinkle)
Put it in to bake (open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)
Then open wide the oven door (pretend to open door)
And out comes the cake! (open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)
(Credit: Sunflower Storytime)

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

Song: “Roll your Hands” – Toddlers on Parade

Draw and Tell Story: Birthday Cake
(Credit: Linda Meuse, Notes from the Story Room)

Rhyme: Make a Wish
Big birthday cake  (make huge circle with arms)
Ice cream in a dish  (cup hands)
Here are the candles  (wiggle fingers on one hand)
Now make a wish!  (blow and make fingers into a fist)
(Credit: Upper Arlington Public Library)

Song: “Five Days Old” – Laurie Berkner: Rocketship Run

Book: Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake? by Karen Katz

where is babys birthday cake

Song: “The Hands are for Clapping” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes

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

Closing song

Craft: Decorate paper crowns with crayons and paper hearts

Leslie Patricelli Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for big, little

Book: Big, Little by Leslie Patricelli

big little

Song: “Little Red Wagon” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

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

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

Book: Yummy, Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

yummy yucky

Song: “Roll your Hands” – Toddlers on Parade

Song: Did you ever see a baby, a baby, a baby?
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean side to side)
Go this way and that way and this way and that way (lean front to back, side to side)
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean front to back)

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): Tubby by Leslie Patricelli

tubby

Song: “Can You Shake Your Egg With Me?” (Tune: “London Bridge”)
Can you shake your egg with me,
Shake your egg along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your knee!
(Repeat with head, tummy, etc.)
(From Nancy Stewart; see nancymusic.com)

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

Closing rhyme

Pet Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for bunny

Book: Lift-the-flap Pets by Sarah Khan, photographs by Jane Burton

lift the flap pets

Rhyme:  I went to the pet store (with puppets)

I went to the pet store and made a special wish.
The pet that I wanted was a very special (fish)!

I went to the pet store, I went there at a jog,
To get a pet with a wagging tail, it was a little (dog)!

I went to the pet store, it had become a habit.
The pet I wanted now was a soft, fluffy (rabbit)!

I went to the pet store, I’m sure this sounds absurd,
But the pet I wanted was a colorful flying (bird)!

I went to the pet store, it was no mistake.
What I really wanted now was a hissing green (snake)!

(Credit: A Box Full of Tales by Kathy MacMillan)

Song: “The Hands are for Clapping” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes

Book: That Pup! by Lindsay Barret George

that pup

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.

little dog

Song: “BINGO” – Pamela Conn Beall: We Sing Animals, Animals, Animals

Book: I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

i spy pets

Song: “If You’re a Cat and You Know It” (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re a cat and you know it say meow, meow.
If you’re a cat and you know it say meow, meow.
If you’re a cat and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a cat and you know it say meow.

If you’re a cat and you know it lick your paws…
If you’re a cat and you know it purr like this…
If you’re a cat and you know it pounce like this…

(Source: Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan)

Song: Sleeping bunnies (ukulele)

See the little bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune
Oh how still, are they ill, wake up soon
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Pet turtles (idea from spitupisthenewblack.com)

pet turtle

Special guest: Midnight the bunny

midnight

 

 

Bear Story Time – Baby

Opening song with bear puppet

Rhyme: My Bear (using a bear puppet)
My bear is looking all around.
My bear is sniffing at the ground.
My bear is looking at my toes.
My bear can kiss me on the nose.
My bear can whisper in my ear.
What’s he saying? Can you hear?
My bear can hide behind me,
But wherever I go, my bear can surely find me.

Sign language for bear

Book: Mama’s Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri

mamas little bears

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

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

Book: Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich

sleepy bear

Song: “Teddy Bear” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

Song: Did you ever see a baby, a baby, a baby?
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean side to side)
Go this way and that way and this way and that way (lean front to back, side to side)
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean front to back)

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): Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett

orange pear apple bear

Song (shaky eggs): “Can You Shake Your Egg With Me?” (Tune: “London Bridge”)
Can you shake your egg with me,
Shake your egg along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your knee!
(Repeat with head, tummy, etc.)
(Credit: Nancy Stewart, nancymusic.com)

Song (shaky eggs): “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” – Susie Tallman: Animal Sounds

Closing rhyme

Camping Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: This week’s stories are about camping. Have you ever slept outside in a tent?

Opening song

Book: Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal

into the outdoors

Song: “A Camping We Will Go” (Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

A camping we will go, A camping we will go, Hi Ho the dairy o! A camping we will go.
We fix the tent right here. We fix the tent right here. Hi Ho the dairy o! We fix the tent right here.
We’re crawling to the tent. We’re crawling to the tent. Hi Ho the dairy o! We’re crawling to the tent.
We’re having lots of fun! We’re having lots of fun! Hi Ho the dairy o! We’re having lots of fun!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc99nGv096Y

Book: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

camping spree with mr magee

Song: “Sleeping Bag Chant” – Carole Peterson: H.U.M. All Year Long

Book: Scare a Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

scare a bear

Song: “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt” – Greg and Steve: Kids in Action

Book: Sheep Take A Hike by Nancy Shaw

sheep take a hike

Craft: T is for Tent

tent

Bear Story Time – Toddler

Opening song with polar bear puppet

Rhyme: My Bear (using puppet)

My bear is looking all around.
My bear is sniffing at the ground.
My bear is looking at my toes.
My bear can kiss me on the nose.
My bear can whisper in my ear.
What’s he saying? Can you hear?
My bear can hide behind me,
But wherever I go, my bear can surely find me.
(Credit: Yorba Linda Public Library)

Sign language for bear (cross arms over chest and scratch twice)

Book: If You Were a Panda Bear by Florence and Wendell Minor

if you were a panda bear

Song: If You’re A Bear and You Know It (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a polar bear and you know it…clap your paws
If you’re a black bear and you know it…show your teeth
If you’re a grizzly bear and you know it…growl out loud

Song: “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt” – Greg and Steve: Kids in Action

Book: Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett

orange pear apple bear

Song: Grizzly Bears (Tune: “Mary Had A Little Lamb”)

Grizzly bears are big and brown, (stretch up tall)
Big and brown, big and brown,
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.
Polar bears are soft and white, (rub arms)
Soft and white, soft and white,
Polar bears are soft and white,
And live where it’s cold.
Teddy bears are just my size, (hug pretend bear)
Just my size, just my size,
Teddy bears are just my size,
To cuddle with at night.
(Credit: Jbrary)

Song: “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around” – The Wiggles: Taking Off

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

Goodbye rhyme

Craft: Glue yarn pieces onto a picture of a bear