Giraffe Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: giraffe

Book: Giraffes by Catherine Ipcizade

giraffes

Rhyme: “I’m a Giraffe”
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
A big tall giraffe, I almost reach the sky (stand on tiptoes)
I eat the leaves from the tallest tress (pretend to eat)
And when I run, I move with ease (pretend to run)
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
Way…up…high! (reach on tiptoes)
(Credit: Perry Public Library)

Song: “Zoo Movements” – Dr. Jean: Better Bodies and Brains

Book: Abigail by Catherine Rayner

abigail

Song: “Butterfly Song” – David Landau: Rocket to the Moon

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

Book: Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya

life-size zoo

Song: “Jump Jump” – Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights: I’m a Rock Star

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

Closing rhyme

 Craft: Giraffe outline with cereal for spots

giraffe

Bunny Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Rabbit

Book: Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Sam Williams

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Song: Hop, hop, hop along (Tune: “Row Your Boat”)
Hop, hop, hop along (hop)
Or bounce on someone’s knee (bounce)
Higher and higher and higher and higher (lift)
Bunny hop with me. (hop)

Puppets/rhyme: A little brown rabbit popped out of the ground

Rhyme: One, two, buckle my shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (clap, tap shoes)
Three, four, shut the door (clap, cover eyes)
Five, six, pick up sticks (clap, wiggle fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (clap, raise arms)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen (clap, widen arms)

Book: Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

little white rabbit

Song: “Did You Ever See a Bunny?” – Junior Jukebox; Four Seasons 18 Sunshiny Tunes!

Song: Forgot a bag to carry (Tune: “Ring around the Rosie”)
Forgot a bag to carry (sign for bag)
Our books at the library (sign for book)
Stack’em, stack’em (lift baby, or stack hands)
They all fall down (baby to lap, or hands open)
Credit: Leah Portz

Rhyme: Trot, trot to Boston

Song: “Bunny Hop” – The Tinseltown Players; Do the Bunny Hop

Book: Bunny and Me by Adele Aron Greenspun and Joanie Schwarz

bunny and me

Song (shaky eggs): “Bunny Brown” – Caspar Babypants; Hot Dog!

Rhyme: Baby bunny bounces high
Baby bunny bounces low
Baby bunny blinks his eye
Baby bunny waves good-bye

Closing rhyme

Dance Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: dance

Book: Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown

dancing feet

Rhyme: Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

Song: “I Really Love to Dance” – Laurie Berkner: Buzz, Buzz

Book: Doing the Animal Bop by Jan Ormerod, illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner

doing the animal bop

Song: “Wiggy Wiggles Freeze Dance” – Hap Palmer: Two Little Sounds

Song: “Head to Toe Dance” – The Learning Station: Literacy in Motion

Book: Dancing in my Bones by Sylvia Andrews, illustrated by Ellen Mueller

dancing in my bones

Song: “Jump Jump” – Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights: I’m a Rock Star

Song: “Dance Around” – Woody and Arlo Guthrie: Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Ballerina pictures with cupcake liner tutus – template from thecraftycrow.net

ballerina

 

Spring Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: rain, umbrella, worm

Book: Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Sam Williams

cold little duck duck duck

Puppets/Song: “Five Little Ducks” – Susie Tallman; Animal Songs

Rhyme: One, two, buckle my shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (clap, tap shoes)
Three, four, shut the door (clap, cover eyes)
Five, six, pick up sticks (clap, wiggle fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (clap, raise arms)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen (clap, widen arms)

Book: Spring is Here by Taro Gomi

spring is here

Song: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” – Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel; It’s Toddler Time

Song: Hop, hop, hop along (Tune: “Row Your Boat”)
Hop, hop, hop along (hop)
Or bounce on someone’s knee (bounce)
Higher and higher and higher and higher (lift)
Bunny hop with me. (hop)

Song: “Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” – Susie Tallman; Let’s Go! Travel, Camp & Car Songs

Book: Peek-a-Bloom! By Marie Torres Cimarusti, illustrated by Stephanie Peterson

peek-a-bloom

Rhyme: Trot, trot to Boston

Song: Forgot a bag to carry (Tune: “Ring around the Rosie”)
Forgot a bag to carry (sign for bag)
Our books at the library (sign for book)
Stack’em, stack’em (lift baby, or stack hands)
They all fall down (baby to lap, or hands open)
Credit: Leah Portz

Book (choral): Welcome Spring by Jill Ackerman, illustrated by Nancy Davis

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Song (shaky eggs): “Red, Red Robin” – Rosie Flores; Best of the Land of Nod Store Music

Closing rhyme

Zoo Story Time – Preschool

Opening song

Book: My Heart is like a Zoo by Michael Hall

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Song: “It is Springtime” (Tune: “Frere Jacques”)
It is springtime, it is springtime
Winter’s gone, winter’s gone,
Soon it will be summer, soon it will be summer,
Won’t be long, won’t be long
(Source: theholidayzone.com)

Book:  Zoo Ah-Choooo! by Peter Mandel, illustrated by Elwood Smith

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Song (with scarves and shaky eggs): “Going to the Zoo” – Raffi: The Singable Songs Collection

Book: That’s Not Funny! by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds

that's not funny

Song: “The Animals at the Zoo”
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar!
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar!
All day long

Monkeys….ooh ooh ah!
Snakes…hiss hiss hiss!
Penguins…waddle, waddle, waddle

Closing song

Craft: paper monkey faces

Up in the Air Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: Up

Book: Birds by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Cover of the book BIRDS by Kevin Henkes.

Action Rhyme: “Little Birds”
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down
Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound
Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves
Little birds, little birds, sit down please

(Source: Greatest Resource Education Child Care)

Book: Little Cloud by Eric Carle

little cloud

Song: If you’re a Cloud and You Know it (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a cloud and you know it float around (raise arms to side and sway)
If you’re a cloud and you know it then you’ll really want to show it,
If you’re a cloud and you know it float around.

If you’re a cloud and you know it make it rain, (move fingers down to ground like rain)
If you’re a cloud and you know it then you’ll really want to show it,
If you’re a cloud and you know it make it rain.

If you’re a cloud and you know it make it thunder, (stomp feet and slap legs)
If you’re a cloud and you know it then you’ll really want to show it,
If you’re a cloud and you know it make it thunder.

(Source: Storytime with Ms. Kelly)

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

Book: I Love Planes by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern

i love planes

Song: “The Airplane Song” – The Laurie Berkner Band: Whaddya Think of That?

Song: “Jump Jump” – Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights: I’m a Rock Star

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Paper plate hanging birds

paper plate bird

Colors Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Rainbow

Book: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

baby bear sees blue

Song (iPod): “Five Little Frogs” – David Landau; Kids and Kitties

Song: Hop, hop, hop along (Tune: “Row Your Boat”)
Hop, hop, hop along (hop)
Or bounce on someone’s knee (bounce)
Higher and higher and higher and higher (lift)
Bunny hop with me. (hop)

Book: Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

lemons are not red

Rhyme: One, two, buckle my shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (clap, tap shoes)
Three, four, shut the door (clap, cover eyes)
Five, six, pick up sticks (clap, wiggle fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (clap, raise arms)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen (clap, widen arms)

Song (iPod): “Over the Deep Blue Sea” – Susan Salidor; Come Make a Circle

Book: Rain by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews

rain

Rhyme: Trot, trot to Boston

Flannel: This Little Chick

Song: Forgot a bag to carry (Tune: “Ring around the Rosie”)
Forgot a bag to carry (sign for bag)
Our books at the library (sign for book)
Stack’em, stack’em (lift baby, or stack hands)
They all fall down (baby to lap, or hands open)
Credit: Leah Portz

Book (choral): Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

blue hat green hat

Song (shaky eggs): “Little Red Caboose” – Old Town School of Music; Wiggleworms Love You

Closing rhyme