Fort Night Story Time – Everybody

Opening song

Book: Can’t Sleep Without Sheep by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Flannel: Where is the green sheep?

Song: “Turn-a-round” – Hap Palmer: Getting to Know Myself

Book: Goodnight Bob by Ann and John Hassett

Song: “Moon, moon, moon” – Laurie Berkner: Lullabies

Book: Everyone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch

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

Book: Fort Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Abigail Halpin

Song: “Twinkle Twinkle”

Boo-Hoo Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Bandage, Hurt, Sick

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? book cover

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)

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: What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby? By Cressida Cowell, illustrated by Ingrid Godon

What Shall We Do With the Boo-Hoo Baby?

Song: “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” – Joanie Bartels: Bathtime Magic

Book: Boo Hoo Boo-Boo by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Elivia Savadier

Boo Hoo Boo-Boo book cover

Rhyme: Great A, little a
Bouncing B,
The cat’s in the cupboard,
But she can’t see me.

Puppets: Animal Sneezes
Gather a bunch of animal puppets and sneeze with the sound of the animal and have the patrons guess. “What animal is sneezing? Moo-Achoo! Moo-Achoo! A Cow!”

Song (with shaky eggs): “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Closing rhyme

Party Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff

if you give a pig a party

Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” – Laurie Berkner: Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs

Book: Brownie and Pearl Step Out by Cynthia Rylant

Brownie and Pearl Step Out

Song: “Mat Man” – Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer: Get Set for School Sing Along

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “balloon breath,” belly breathing

Social Story: “Asking for Help”

Closing Song

Craft: Cupcake coloring sheet with jewel sprinkles

cupcake coloring sheet

 

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Colors Story Time – Toddler

Opening Song

Book: Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

monsters love colors

Flannel: Green sheep hide and seek

Song: “If You’re Wearing…” (Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
If you’re wearing red today, red today, red today
If you’re wearing red today, please stand up!

(Blue- clap your hands, Green – touch your ears, Black – tickle your toes)

Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

Flannel: “This Little Chick”

This little chick is black.
She stands in the barnyard on a big haystack.

This little chick is brown.
She is feeling sad and wearing a frown.

This little chick is yellow.
She’s friends with the rooster; he’s a handsome fellow.

This little chick is white.
She dances and plays, oh what a sight.

This little chick is purple.
She spends her day running around in a circle.

This little chick is green.
She is the prettiest chick I’ve ever seen.

This little chick is blue.
She lays eggs for me and you.

This little chick is pink.
She goes down to the pond to get a drink.

All of these chicks live at the farm,
Out in the big red barn.

Song: “Clap Your Hands” – They Might Be Giants: Here Come the ABCs

Book: I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

i spy with my little eye

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

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

Song (with scarves): “Wave your scarf up and down” (Tune: “London Bridge”)
Wave your scarf up and down, up and down, up and down,
Wave your scarf up and down. Wave your scarf.

(Side to side, fast and slow, round and round, wave goodbye with your scarf)

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Match colored objects like pom poms, feathers, tissue paper squares and yarn to colored circles on paper. Either glue them on, or take the objects home in a bag to play again.

color match 2 color match

 

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Sneeze Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee book cover

Song: “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” – Joanie Bartels: Bathtime Magic

Book: Pigs Make Me Sneeze! By Mo Willems

Pigs Make Me Sneeze book cover

Song/Puppet: “The Sneezing Song” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes

Song: If you’re sneezy and you know it, say Ah-choo, “Ah-choo”. . .
If you’re shivery and you know it, slurp your soup, “Slurp slurp”. . .
If you’re sweaty and you know it, drink your juice, “Glug glug”. . .
If you’re sleepy and you know it, take a nap, “Snore”. . .
If your better and you know it, jump on up, “Woo-hoo”. . .

Book: Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney

llama llama home with mama cover image

Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Movement: “Hot Soup” – Kira Willey: Mindful Moments for Kids 

Book: Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex

Chu's Day book cover

Puppets: Animal Sneezes
Gather a bunch of animal puppets and sneeze with the sound of the animal and have the patrons guess. “What animal is sneezing? Moo-Achoo! Moo-Achoo! A Cow!”

Closing Rhyme

Craft:
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! coloring sheet (have kids shred and glue on tissue)

Pigs Make Me Sneeze preschool story time craft

Hello, Goodbye Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Say Hello by Rachel Isadora

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

Book: Hello, Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa

Flannel: Can We Find? (Tune: The Muffin Man)
(Hide six different items under the houses. Look for each one after singing the refrain. Greet each item with a loud hello after finding.)
Can we find a red cat?
A red cat? A red cat?
Can we find a red cat?
We want to say hello!

(source: Storytime Katie)

Song: Bread and Butter

Book: Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel

Song: Hands Are Clapping
(sing to tune of “Skip To My Lou”)
Hands are clapping
Clap clap clap
Hands are clapping
Clap clap clap
Hands are clapping
Clap clap clap
Clap your hands my darling!

Continue with …
-feet are stomping
-arms are flapping
-legs are jumping

Book: Wave Goodbye by Rob Reid, illustrated by Lorraine Williams

Song (with shaky eggs): “Shaky, Shaky” – The Wiggles: Yummy, Yummy

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Many Languages Waver

Fall Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

penguin-and-pumpkin cover image

Song: (Tune: “London Bridge”)

Autumn leaves are in the trees…All over town.
Autumn leaves are falling down…All over town.
Autumn leaves are whirling round…
Everybody rake them up…

Book:  In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Song: “Tap, Tap, Tap” – Handwriting without Tears: Get Set for School Singalong

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “tree”

Social Story:  “Raising Your Hand”

Closing Song

Craft: Paper plate pumpkins

pumpkin-face

Spider Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

Rhyme: Little Miss Muffet

Song: “Spider on the Floor” – David Polansky: 32 Familiar (mostly) Kid Songs

Book: The Itsy Bitsy Spider as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

 

Song: “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”

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

Book: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Song: “Old McDonald Had a Farm” – Bob McGrath: Sing Along with Bob #2

Song: “Clap Your Hands” – They Might Be Giants: Here Come the ABCs

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Paper plate spiders

Fall Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Song: (Tune: “London Bridge”)
Autumn leaves are in the trees . . . All over town.
Autumn leaves are falling down . . .
Autumn leaves are whirling round . . .
Everybody rake them up . . .
Jump into the piles we made . . .

Book/Flannel: That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George (count 10 acorns as flannel)

Song: (Tune: Twinkle, twinkle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Once you were a seed so small, (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball! (make a big circle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
(Source: Step by Step Childcare) 

Puppet Show: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Busy Little Squirrelbusy little squirrel

Song: “Gray Squirrel” – Learning Station: Where is Thumbkin?

Song/Puppet: “So many Leaves are Falling on the Ground”
So many leaves are falling on the ground
Orange ones, yellow ones and even brown.
But the one little leaf that rhymes with…
Is my favorite color, it’s the color…

Song (Shaky Eggs): “Shakin’ Like a Leafy Tree” – The Wiggles: Racing to the Rainbow

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Leaf-painted tree (spread paint on vein side of leaf, then press on paper!)

fall leaf painted tree preschool story time