Elephants Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Sign Language: Elephant

Book: My Elephant by Petr Horáček

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Song/Rhyme: Two big elephants were sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Run away, Jack! Run away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Book: Elephants by Mary Lindeen

elephants cover image

Felt Story:
1 elephant in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)
5 elephants in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash(pat lap for each splash)
And they all fell in!

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

Book: Elecopter by Michael Slack

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Book: Always by Emma Dodd

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

Closing Rhyme


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Train Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Train

Book: Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Ant Parker

Terrific Trains book cover

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)

Rhyme: Away up high in the apple tree (lift baby)
I saw a little baby smiling at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake gently)
Down came the baby (bring down)
Mmm, was she good! (Kiss)

Rhyme: Trot, trot, trot to Boston (gently bounce baby on your knees)
Trot, trot, trot to Lynn.
Look out baby
You’re going to fall in (lower knees)

Book/Song: The Whistle on the Train by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Richard Egielski, paper engineering by Gene Vosough

The Whistle on the Train

Song: “Train Wheels Are Rolling” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Rhyme: Balloon goes up (lift)
Balloon goes down (lap)
Balloon goes up to reach the clouds (lift high)
Storm rolls by (wiggle side to side)
Babe rocks down (sway to lap)
Made it home, safe and sound (hug and kiss)
(Credit: Leah Portz)

Flannel: The Train
Chug, chug, choo, 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.
(Credit: C.S. Peterson)

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)

Book (choral): Freight Train by Donald Crews

Freight Train book cover

Song (shaky eggs): “Train Song” – Bari Koral: Anna and the Cupcakes

Closing rhyme

Ice Cream Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: ice cream

Book: Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells

Max Cleans Up book cover

Song: “We are ice cream cones” (Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
We are ice cream cones
On a summer’s day,
Melting, melting, melting, melting,
Melting all away.

(Source: Heather McPhail)

Book: Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli


Song: “We All Want An Ice Cream Cone” (Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
We all want an ice cream cone,
Ice cream cone, ice cream cone
We all want an ice cream cone, we’ll eat it every day.

(Flavor) is our favorite kind, favorite kind, favorite kind
(Flavor) is our favorite kind, we’ll eat it every day.

(Source: Storytime Source Page)

Song: “Put your Finger in the Air” – Bob McGrath: Bob’s Favorite Sing Along Songs

Yummy, Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

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 Song: “Milkshake Song” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs of Wiggleworms

Song: “The Wheels on the Bus” – Toddlers on Parade

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Ice cream cones and ice cream scoops, with numbers on cones

ice cream cones

Moose Story Time – Preschool

Opening song

Book: This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

This is a Moose book cover

Song: “A-Root-Chy-Cha Chant” – Don Monopoli: Laugh ‘n Learn Silly Songs

Book/Puppets: Elusive Moose by Joan Gannij, illustrated by Clare Beaton

Elusive Moose Book Cover

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

Flannel: Where is the Moose? (hide a moose behind shapes of different colors)

Song: There Was a Great Big Moose! (repeat-after-me)
There was a great big moose!
He liked to drink a lot of juice.
Repeat each verse, then chorus

Singin’ oh way oh
Way oh way oh way oh way oh
Way oh way oh
Way oh way oh way oh way oh

The moose’s name was Fred.
He liked to drink his juice in bed.

He drank his juice with care,
but he spilled some in his hair.

Now he’s a sticky moose
Because he’s all covered in juice!

Book: Duck, Duck, Moose! By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Duck, Duck, Moose! book cover

Closing rhyme

Craft: Moose paper bag puppets (coffee filter antlers)

Moose preschool story time craft

Boxes – Everybody Story Time

Opening Song

Sign Language: “Box”

Book: Harry’s Box by Angela McAllister and Jenny Jones

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Song/Rhyme: “Jack in the Box” – Carol Totsky Hammett: It’s Toddler Time

Book: More Bugs in Boxes by David A. Carter

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Puppet Activity: Guess the Animals in the Box
I filled a cardboard box with a variety of puppets.  I described the animals and had them guess. Then we made the animal sounds together.

Rhyme: “I Like to Be a Jumping Jack”
I like to be a jumping jack
And jump out from a box
I like to be a rocking horse
And rock and rock and rock.
I like to be a spinning top
And spin around and round
I like to be a rubber ball
And bounce right to the ground

Big Book: Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard, illustrated by Jon Agee

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Book: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

not a box

Song: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate”- Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Album

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Kids used square pieces of paper to make whatever they liked. These are the examples I gave them: