Woodland Animals – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

Rhyme: There’s something in the woods, that I can’t really see. (hands around eyes like binoculars)
There’s something in the woods. Now what can it be?

Repeat above rhyme before giving each clue…. (used Folkmanis tree with finger puppets)

I’m an animal who has long ears and goes “Hop, hop, hop” (rabbit).
I’m an animal who is brown and says “roar!” (bear)
I’m an animal who says ‘whoo, whoo’ at night (Owl).
I’m an animal who flies in the air and makes nests (bird – Stellar’s jay)
I’m an animal who’s small, has a big, bushy tail and loves to eat nuts (Squirrel).

Song:
“Raccoon and Possum” – Dan Zanes: Turn, Turn, Turn

Book: Raccoons by G.G. Lake

Song: If You’re Ever in the Forest (Tune: “Did You Ever See a Lassie?”)
(Adapted by Jolanda Garcia, KidsSoup Inc.)

If you’re ever in the forest,
The forest, the forest,
If you’re ever in the forest,
You might see some deer
A young one and an old one,
And some that can quickly run. (Run in place.)
If you’re ever in the forest,
You might see some deer.

If you’re ever in the forest,
The forest, the forest,
If you’re ever in the forest,
You might see some rabbits.–
They hop here, and they hop there, (Jump like rabbits.)
they hop, hop, hop everywhere.
If you’re ever in the forest,
You might see some rabbits.


You might hear some birds.
A tweet here, and a tweet there,
they are flying around everywhere. (Fly like bird.)
If you’re ever in the forest.
You might hear some birds.


You’ll surely see lots of trees.
There are tall ones and short ones, (Stretch high, and then get low.)
and young ones and old ones.
If you’re ever in the forest.
You surely see lots of tree.

Song (with ukulele): “Sleeping bunnies”

Book: Who’s in the Forest by Phillis Gershator, illustrated by Jill McDonald

Song: “Everybody Clap Your Hands” – Peter Moses: 90 Nifty Songs

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: paper plate raccoons (adapted from First and Kinder Blue Skies)

Family Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Family Book book cover

Song: “Love Grows”
Love grows one by one, two by two, and four by four
Love grows, round like a circle
And comes back knocking at your front door
(Credit: Actions from Tom Pease)

Book: One Family by George Shannon

one family

Flannel: Hearts
Hearts, hearts, how many do I see?
Hearts, hearts, count them with  me.
I have a red one, orange one, yellow one too.
I have a green one, purple one, and one that is blue.
I have a pink one, brown one, and one that is white.
And one last valentine as black as the night.
Hearts, hearts, how many do I see?
Hearts, hearts, count them with  me.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.

Song: If You Have a Brother . . . (Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

If you have a brother
A brother, a brother
If you have a brother
Please stand up!

Repeat with different family members.
(Credit: Abby the Librarian)

Book: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

knuffle bunny

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

Song: “Pig on her Head” – Laurie Berkner: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Family Tree

family tree craft

 

Thanksgiving Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

thanks for thanksgiving

Song: “If You’re Thankful and You Know It”
If you’re thankful and you know it, Clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it, Shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it, Do all three.

Song: “I’m Gonna Eat on Thanksgiving Day” – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

Book: Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by J. T. Morrow

Flannel: Five little kernels
[Put up the five kernel shapes on the board, as spread out as you can.] [When you say POP! slap a white popcorn shape right on top of one of the kernels.]
Five little kernels sizzling in the pot
All of a sudden, one went POP! [When you say POP! slap a white popcorn shape right on top of one of the kernels.]

Four little kernels… etc.
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

popcorn

Rhyme: Popcorn

You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin.
Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle Sizzle, sizzle, POP!

(Children begin in a crouched position, knees bent, then s-l-o-w-l-y rise until the final POP! when we jump up in the air!)

 Song: “Hot Potato” – The Wiggles: Hot Potatoes: The Best of the Wiggles

Book: Where is Baby’s Turkey? by Karen Katz

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

Song: “Everybody Clap Your Hands” – Peter Moses: 90 Nifty Songs

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Paper bag turkeys

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Food Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda-Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee

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

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

Hi, Pizza Man! book cover

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

Rhyme: “Pizza People, Pizza People”
Pizza People, pizza people: 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)

Book: Book: Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? by David A. Carter

who took the cookies cover image

Felt Story: “Five Little Cookies”
Five little cookies, with frosting galore
Cookie Monster ate the pink one, then there were four.
Four little cookies, two and two, you see,
Cookie Monster ate the green one, then there were three.
Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Cookie Monster ate the blue one, then there were two.
Two little cookies, oh, what fun!
Cookie Monster ate the orange one, then there was one.
One little cookie, watch me run!
Cookie Monster ate the red one, then there were none.

cookie monster prop image

Song with scarves: “Popcorn Calling Me” — Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz

Closing Rhyme

Craft:  Plate of Cookies

Socks and Shoes Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jame Porter

Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”

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

pete the cat i love my white shoes

Flannel: I Love My White Shoes with Actions

Jumping in my Red Shoes
Walking in my Blue Shoes
Tip toe in my Brown Shoes
Running in my Wet Shoes

Song: Everybody knows I love my toes.
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows, and my nose.
But everybody knows I love my toes.

Book: Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

have you seen my new blue socks

Song: I can walk on two feet, on two feet, on two feet
I can walk on two feet all day long.

Additional verses:
Run
Jump
Stomp
Tiptoe
Hop on one foot

Book: Which Shoes Would You Choose? by Betsy R. Rosenthal, illustrated by Nancy Cote

cover image which shoes would you choose

Song: “Boots” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Sock coloring sheet with stickers

 

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Cat Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Kitten's First Full Moon book cover

Song: “If You’re a Kitty and You Know It”

If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws. (pretend to lick paws)

Continue with:
…show your claws (show claws)
…swish your tail (wiggle bottom)
…say “Meow!”

Book: Cat Nap by Toni Yuly

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

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “cat”

Social Story: “Playing and Sharing”

Closing Song

Craft: Glue tissue paper squares  on a cat coloring sheet

Train Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London, illustrated by Denis Roche

train goes clickety-clack

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)

Song: “The Train Wheels are Rolling” (roll hands during chorus) – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

 

Book: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia

Song: “Wheels on the Train” (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The wheels on the train go clickety clack, clickety clack, clickety clack,
The wheels on the go clickety clack,
On the railroad tracks.

The engine on the train goes chug, chug, chug…
The conductor on the train says “ticket please…
The people on the train go bounce, bounce, bounce..
The whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot…
(Credit: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes)

Song: “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” (this version is fun because there’s also a hot rod, boat, airplane, and taxi) – Wee Sing: Wee Sing in the Car

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

freight train

Song: “Everybody Clap Your Hands” – Peter Moses: 90 Nifty Songs

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Paper rectangles and number stickers on a track

 

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Mystery Story Time – Preschool

Hello Song

Book: Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? book cover

Song: “Where is Thumbkin?” – The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy

Book: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen 

I Want My Hat Back book cover

Song: “What Are You Wearing?” – Hap Palmer: Two Little Sounds

Book: Who Has This Tail? By Laura Hulbert, illustrated by Erik Brooks

Who Has This Tail book cover

Flannel: Find the moon – a color guessing game

find the moon

Song: “Guess What” – The Wiggles: Splish, Splash, The Big Red Boat!

Book: Augustus and His Smile by Catherine Rayner

Craft: Shape mystery sheet (shape sort, colors, and counting)

mystery preschool story time craft

End Rhyme

Songs Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Sing, Music

Book/Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 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.
(Repeat with “Daddy” or other family members)

Book/Song: Every Little Thing adapted by Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Every Little Thing book cover

Movement/BookThe Croaky Pokey! By Ethan Long

The Croaky Pokey! book cover

Rhyme: Roly poly ever so slowly (roll arms)
Roly poly faster, faster faster

Puppets/Book: The Boy on the Bus by Penny Dale

The Boy on the Bus book cover

Rhyme: Two fat sausages in a frying pan (bounce)
One went pop (lift baby up) and the other went bam! (down)

Rhyme: Round and round the butter dish (circle fingers on back or tummy)
One, two, three (tap)
A little here, a little there (tickle ears)
As tasty as can be! (nibble neck)

Ukelele/Movement: Row, row, row your boat

Book: My Favorite Things by Rogers and Hammerstein, illustrated by Renée Graef

My Favorite Things book cover

Song (with shaky eggs): “A-Tisket A-Tasket” – Sara Hickman: Newborn

Closing rhyme

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Airplane Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

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?

Book: Flying by Donald Crews

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

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “airplane”

Social Story: “Having Lunch”

Closing Song

Craft: Die cut airplanes with cotton ball clouds

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