Frog Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: frog

Book: Frogs by Emily Green

Song (with puppet): “Little Tadpole” (Tune: “Frere Jacques”)
Little tadpole, Little tadpole
Lost his tail, lost his tail.
Now he has two feet
Now he has four feet
Look a frog! Look a frog!

Song: “Can you leap like a frog?” – Greg & Steve: Kids in Action

Book: If You’re Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

Song (with prop): “Five green and speckled frogs”

Rhyme:
Crazy crabs walk sideways, (have kids step sideways)
What a silly way to go
Snails slip slide forwards (slide feet forward, slowly)
And that is very slow
Ducks waddle, waddle,  (waddle waddle)
And that is funny too,
Bullfrogs hop, hop hop (hop)
And that’s the best way to go!

Book: The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Jonathan Lambert

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: frog headbands (idea from Meg Hossler on pinterest)

Pet Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Sign Language: Pet

Book: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

pigeon wants a puppy cover image

Song: “There’s a Dog in School” – Stuart Stotts and Tom Pease: Celebrate

Book: I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

I Spy Pets book cover

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)!

Song: “Clap Your Hands”- Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

Book: How do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

how do dinosaurs choose their pets cover image

Song: If you’re a dog­ and you know it, wag your tail.
If you’re a dog­ and you know it, wag your tail
If you’re a dog­ and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re a dog­ and you know it, wag your tail

Repeat with kitten/meow, fish/ swim around, hamster/run in place, bird/flap your wings.

Book: Cat’s Colors by Airlie Anderson

cat's colors cover image

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

paper cat preschool story time craft

Dogs Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Dog

Book: Wag a Tail by Lois Ehlert

Wag a Tail book cover

Bounce: Leg over leg, (bounce baby on knees)
As the dog goes to Dover.
When he comes to a wall,
Jump! He goes over! (lift baby up)

Song: “Bingo” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

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, Verona Public Library)

Book/Puppets: The Doghouse by Jan Thomas

The Doghouse book cover

Song: I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet go stomp, stomp, stomp, etc…
I can make my hand wave bye, bye, bye…

Song: “This Old Man” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Flannel: 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.

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Rhyme: The moon is round  
The moon is round (circle face)
As round can be
Two eyes
A nose
A mouth like me

Rhyme: X marks the spot
X marks the spot
Dot, dot, dot
Up and down
Around and around
Oooo (tickle)

Book (choral): One, Two, That’s My Shoe! by Alison Murray

one two thats my shoe

Song (shaky eggs): “Hot Dog” – They Might Be Giants: Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Closing rhyme

Cats Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Some Cat! by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Some Cat! book cover

Rhyme/ Puppets: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children so
They run to the left, they run to the right
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
Along comes a dog, who’s in for some fun
M-e-oooow, see those kittens run!
(Credit: Los Angeles Public Library)

Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Kitten's First Full Moon book cover

Flannel: The cat of many colors

Song: “If You’re a Kitty and You Know It”
If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws (lick paws)
. . . show your claws (show claws)
. . . swish your tail (wiggle bottom)
. . . chase some yarn (swat high)
. . . say “Meow!”

Book: Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin

where is tippy toes

Craft: Standing paper cat

paper cat preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Nursery Rhyme Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book:  Mary Had a Little Lamb by Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott (shortened)

mary had a little lamb

Rhyme (with poster): Little Boy Blue

Song: “It’s Raining – Itsy Bitsy Spider Medley” – Music for Little People: 101 Toddler Favorites

Book: Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Big Fat Hen

Song: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

Song: “Hickory Dickory Dock” (with actions – head, shoulders, toes, and wiggle fingers up and down body)

Song: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Book: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera

 

Song/Flannel: “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: Hickory dickory dock clock and mouse (idea: Adventures in Mommydom)

hickory dickory dock

January 2014

Polar Bears and Penguins Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda

my little polar bear

Song: Polar bear, polar bear turn around,
Polar bear, polar bear touch the ground,
Polar bear, polar bear bend down low,
Polar bear, polar bear touch your toe.
Polar bear, polar bear slide on the ice,
Polar bear, polar bear spin around twice,
Polar bear, polar bear reach up high,
Polar bear, polar bear wave goodbye.

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

if you were a penguin

Flannel:    Five perky penguins, Stood on the shore
One went for a swim, And then there were four. (swimming motions)
Four perky penguins, Looked out to sea (look around)
One went swimming, And then there were three. (swimming motions)
Three perky penguins said “What can we do?” (shrug shoulders)
One went swimming, And then there were two. (swimming motions)
Two perky penguins, Sat in the sun. (fan self)
One went swimming, And then there was one. (swimming motions)
One perky penguin said, “This is no fun!” (grumpy look)
They went swimming, And then there were none.(swimming motions)

5 Little Penguins

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 know 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: Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear's Underwear

Song: “Clap Your Hands” — They Might Be Giants: No!

Book: I Am Small by Emma Dodd

i am small

Song: Two little penguins sitting on a hill. (hold up two fingers)
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Waddle away Jack. Waddle away Jill.
Come back Jack. Come back Jill.

(slow fast, high low, loud quite etc.)

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

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

polar bear face craft

Brave Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Big, Stop, Hot

Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy book cover

Song: “Home on the Range” – Victor Johnson: Putumayo Kids

Song: I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet go stomp, stomp, stomp, etc…
I can make my hand wave bye, bye, bye…

Rhyme: The moon is round  
The moon is round (circle face)
As round can be
Two eyes
A nose
A mouth like me

Book: Cuddle Time by Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Julie Vivas

Cuddle Time book cover

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: X marks the spot
X marks the spot
Dot, dot, dot
Up and down
Around and around
Oooo (tickle)

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

Book (choral): I Am So Brave! by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Sara Gillingham

I am so brave book cover

Song (shaky eggs): “Bravest Kid in the World” – Recess Monkey: Flying!

Closing rhyme

Hockey Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: I’m Cool! by Kate and Jim McMullan

I'm Cool! book cover

Song: Hockey pokey
You put your right glove in,
You put your right glove out,
You put your right glove in,
And you shake it all about

You do the hockey pokey
And you skate yourself around
That’s what it’s all about

2) left glove 3) right skate 4) left skate 5) helmet 6) stick
(Credit: Leah Portz, Verona Story Time)

Book: Dino-Hockey by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Barry Gott

Dino-Hockey book cover

Song: Hockey game (Tune: “Row, row, row your boat”)
Pat, pat, pat your gloves
Quickly on your knees
Hurry now, hurry now
Your fingers mustn’t freeze

Bend, bend, bend your legs
Quickly, it’s your role
Hurry now, hurry now
You must defend the goal

Pass, pass, pass the puck
Quickly, with your stick
Hurry now, hurry now
To Score you must be quick

Skate, skate toward the net
Quickly win the game
Happy now, happy now
Fans will shout your name, hooray!
(Credit: Leah Portz, Verona Story Time)

Book/Flannel: Hockey Shapes by Mark Weakland (abridged – with felt shapes)

Hockey Shapes book cover

Craft: Hockey rink coloring sheet (with hockey players). Have children find and color in shapes on the rink.

hockey preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Jungle Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: monkey

Book: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

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

Book: Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Puppet Story: Down in the Jungle

Down in the jungle where nobody goes,
There’s a big fat elephant washing his toes,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his toes!

Down in the jungle where there’s nobody there,
There’s a great big lion washing his hair,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his hair!

Down in the jungle, if you look in the trees,
There’s a cheeky monkey washing her knees,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she washes her knees!

Down in the jungle if you care to check,
There’s a hippopotamus washing his neck,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his neck!

Down at the river, if you look underneath,
There’s a great big crocodile brushing his teeth,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he brushes his teeth!

Down in the jungle, if you care to take a peek,
There’s a colorful bird cleaning its beak
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she cleans her beak!

(Credit: Miss Meg’s Storytime)

Song: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

(most lions live in grasslands but a few are found in jungles)

Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It : Jungle Edition by James Warhola

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: lion mask

lion Mane Image