Shapes Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening song

Book: Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin

Song: “Make a Circle, Draw a Square” (Tune: “Oh My Darling Clementine”)
Make a circle, make a circle, draw it in the sky
Use your finger, use your finger, make it round as pie
Make a square, make a square, make the lines so straight
Draw a square, draw a square, draw one or draw eight
Draw a triangle, draw a triangle, always start at the top
Make a tent, make a tent, use three lines and then stop!
(Credit: Best Kids Book Site)

Book: The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring, illustrated by Alys Paterson

Song: “Where do you start your letters?” – Handwriting without Tears: Rock, Rap, Tap & Learn

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “triangle” while singing “I’m a Little Teapot”

Social Story: Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer

Closing Song

Craft: glue shapes onto paper

 

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Shape Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: All Year Round by Susan B. Katz, illustrated by Eiko Ojala

cover all year round

Song: Shapes Song (sing to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
A circle is a shape that goes round and round, Round and round, round and round.
A circle is a shape that goes round and round, Round and round.
A triangle is a shape with three sides, Three sides, three sides.
A triangle is a shape with three sides, Three sides.
A square is a shape with four sides, Four sides, four sides,
A square is a shape with four sides, Four sides.

Book: Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald

shape by shape

Activity: I hid each dinosaur behind a shape and asked the kids what shape I should look under. I said the name of the dinosaur and then had them say it.

dinosaur flannel

Song: The Tyrannosaurus Rex goes grr grr grr grr grr grr, grr grr grr
The Tyrannosaurus Rex goes grr grr grr…All through the swamp.
The Triceratops’ horns go poke poke poke…(etc.)
The Stegosaurus tail goes spike, spike, spike…(etc.)
The Apatasaurus mouth goes munch, munch, munch…(etc.)
The Pteranodon’s wings go flap flap flap…(etc.)

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

It Looked Like Spilt Milk book cover

Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” –  Raffi: The Raffi Singable Songs Collection

Book: Color Farm by Lois Ehlert

colorfarm cover image

Song: “Jumping and Counting” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Closing Rhyme

Craft: I gave them this shape sheet, a black crayon, and cut out shapes. The chose if they wanted to glue them down and if they wanted to write on their shapes.

Shape Craft image

 

Winter Fun Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! By Kim Norman, illustrated by Liza Woodruff

Song: “The Winter Pokey”
You put your mitten in, you take your mitten out
You put your mittens in and you shake them all about
You do the winter pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what its all about
(Boots, Hat, Coat, Snowpants, etc.)

Book: Snowballs by Lois Elhert

snowballs

Felt Story: Build a Snowperson

Snowman felt story time

Song: “Boots” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Book with Puppets: Oh! By Kevin Henkes

oh cover image

Song: “Silly Dance Contest” – Jim Gill: JIm Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes

Flannel: Red Mitten, Red Mitten, What Do You See?

Closing Rhyme

Activity: Fake snow made using shaving cream and baking soda. Experiment with mixing and amounts to achieve desired consistency.

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Pizza Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Pete's a Pizza book cover

Song: (Tune: “Shortnin’ Bread”)

I can make a pizza! You can, too!
Listen and you’ll know just what to do.

Every little baker loves mixing, mixing
Every little baker loves mixing dough!

Chorus: Flour to the left, flour to the right
Now tie your apron nice and tight

Every little baker loves kneading, kneading
Every little baker loves kneading dough!

Every little baker loves tossing, tossing
Every little baker loves tossing dough!
(Credit: Abby the Librarian – modified with added chorus)

Book: Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington

Pizza at Sally's book cover

Flannel: Build a pizza (give children felt ingredients for board)

Song: “If You Wanna Eat Some Pizza”
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
If you like bubbly cheese then just say, “Pizza please!”
If you want to eat some pizza, clap your hands!
(Credit: Awesome Storytime)

Book/Puppets: “Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter, illustrated by Ponder Goembel

Hi, Pizza Man! book cover

Rhyme: “Pizza Man, Pizza Man”
Pizza man, pizza man: turn around, touch the ground, reach up high, touch the sky,
find your nose, touch your toes, find your knees, sit down, please!
(Credit: Modified from childhood; idea from Awesome Storytime)

Craft: Personal paper pizzas (paper shredder cheese)

pizza preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Bells Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Bell

Book: Baby Knows Best by Kathy Henderson, illustrated by Brita Granström

Baby Knows Best book cover

Song: (Tune: Shortnin’ Bread)
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’, bouncin’
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’ round.
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’, bouncin’
Mama’s little baby loves bouncin’ round.

Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Now hug that baby nice and tight.
Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Now hug that baby nice and tight.

Daddy’s little baby loves wigglin’ wigglin’ . . .

Book: Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee

Jingle Jingle book cover

Rhyme: “When the Cat Goes Walking” (with mice puppets)
When the cat goes walking (tiptoe)
Her feet make no sound
But the bell around her neck
warns all the mice around (do the sign for bell)
If they don’t hear the bell,
then mice come out to play (puppets jump and dance)
But when they hear a “ring-a-ling”
then they run away (puppets run away)

Rhyme: Icky bicky soda cracker

Book: Ting-a-ling! by Siobhan Dodds

ting-a-ling

Song: Baby Hop (Tune: “Bunny Hop”)
Snuggle up together
Baby’s in your lap
Snuggle up together and clap, clap, clap

Snuggle up together
Baby don’t you nap
Snuggle up together and tap, tap, tap

You’re working out together
Baby don’t stop
You’re working out together now hop, hop, hop

Rhyme: Diddle diddle dumpling

Song (with bells): “Frere Jacques” – Raffi: The Corner Grocery Store

Song: “There’s a Bell on My Head” (Tune: “There’s a Spider on the Floor”)
There’s a bell on my head, on my head,
There’s a bell on my head, on my head,
Oh, let it be said, there’s a bell on my head,
There’s a bell on my head, on my head.

arm…It’s not doing any harm but there’s a bell on my arm,
hand…Oh, isn’t it grand, there’s a bell on my hand,
leg…Oh, help me, I beg, there’s a bell on my leg,
knee…Oh, can’t you see, there’s a bell on my knee,
toe…Oh, wouldn’t you know, there’s a bell on my toe,
(Credit: A Box Full of Tales by Kathy MacMIllan)

Song (bells): “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits

Closing rhyme

Polar Animals Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: 10, 9, 8 Polar Animals! by Rebecca Fjelland Davis

Song: “Polar Bear Twinkle”

Polar bear, polar bear, turn around,
Polar bear, polar bear, touch the ground,
Polar bear, polar bear, stand on your toes,
Polar bear, polar bear, touch your nose,
Polar bear, polar bear, wink your eye,
Polar bear, polar bear, say good-bye.

Book: Hello, Arctic! by Theodore Taylor, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

hello arctic

Song: “Mat Man” by Handwriting without Tears: Get Set for School Sing Along

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “polar bear”

Social Story: Blocks by Irene Dickson

Closing song

Craft: Arctic fox (from I Heart Crafty Things)

 

Winter Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: snow

Book: If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacey Previn

Flannel: Dress up warmly

The day is cloudy and the wind is bold.
Dress up warmly, you mustn’t get cold!
Put on your coat and zip it up tight,
put on your left boot, put on your right.
Put on your scarf and put on your hat,
put on your mittens and clap clap clap!
Go outside and play and play.
Come in again, and then we’ll say-
Take off your scarf, take off your hat,
The snow is melting so stand on the mat.
Take off your coat that was zipped up tight.
Take off your left boot, take off your right.
Take off your mittens, you’re almost unwrapped.
Let’s have some lunch, and then take a nap!

dress up warmly

Song: “Snow on the Rooftops” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Sing the Cold Winter Away

Book: Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

Song: Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
In wintertime we dress like that!
Boots and parka, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Book: Winter by Ailie Busby

winter

Song: Snowflake snowflake (Tune:“Twinkle, twinkle”)

Snowflake, snowflake dance around
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground
Snowflake landing on my nose
Snowflake landing on my toes
Snowflake, snowflake dance around
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground.

Song (with bells): “Jingle Bells” – The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: paper snow globes

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Story Time – Everybody

Book: Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough

Where's My Teddy? book cover

Song: “Teddy Bear Turn Around” – Greg & Steve: Ready, Set, Move!

Book: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny book cover

Breathing exercises with hoberman sphere

Song: “Moon, Moon, Moon” – Laurie Berkner: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Book: Everyone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch

Song: “Yawn, Yawn, Yawn” – The Wiggles: Yummy, Yummy

Book: Goodnight Bob by Ann and John Hassett

Song: “Twinkle Twinkle”

Movie: Good Night Gorilla

Tuck all of the stuffed animals under a big blanket