Ice Cream Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

Should I Share My Ice Cream? 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.
(Credit: Heather McPhail)

Book: Joone by Emily Kate Moon

Joone book cover

Flannel: We Have Ice Cream, The Best in Town
(Credit: Step By Step)

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

Book: You Can Do It Too! By Karen Baicker, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

You Can Do It Too! book cover

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.
(Credit: Storytime Source Page)

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Counting ice cream scoops on cones

ice cream cone preschool story time craft

Garden Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes

my garden

Song: “In Our Garden” – Peter & Ellen Allard: Sing It! Say It! Sway It!

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

Flower Garden book cover

Flannel: There’s Something in My Garden

Song: “It is Springtime” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Jonathan and Martha by Petr Horáček

Jonathan and Martha book cover

Song: “Won’t You Plant Your Seeds with Care” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Big Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Planting a Rainbow book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Fork-painted tulips in a garden

tulip preschool story time garden craft

Bugs Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Big Rig Bugs by Kurt Cyrus

Big Rig Bugs book cover

Song: “The Ants Go Marching” – Laurie Berkner: Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs

Book: Noisy Bug Sing-Along by John Himmelman

Noisy Bug Sing-Along

Song: “On My Toe there is a Flea” – Frog in the Meadow: Music, Now I’m Two!

Puppet Story: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Book: Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards

Fly? book cover

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

Fingerplay: Ladybugs

Craft: Coloring sheet with bug cutouts

bug preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Bunny Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors by Lisa McCue

Quiet Bunny's Many Colors book cover

Song: “Fast and Slow” – Laurie Berkner: Rocketship Run

Book: A Baby Rabbit Story by Jeni Wittrock

 A Baby Rabbit Story book cover

Song/Puppets: A little brown rabbit popped out of the ground”

Song: “Do the Bunny Hop” – The Tinseltown Players: Do the Bunny Hop

Movement: “Bunny Breath” – Kira Willey: Mindful Moments

Book: Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf by Michaël Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf book cover

Flannel: Five little bunnies

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Paper bunny hand puppets

preschool story time bunny hand puppet

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Farm Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Big Book: The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most

The Cow That Went Oink book cover

Song: “Down on Grandpa’s Farm” – Raffi: One Light, One Sun

Book: On the Farm by David Elliott, illustrated by Holly Meade

On the Farm book cover

Song/Puppets: “Old McDonald” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Book/Movement: Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? book cover

Book: Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown

farmyard-beat cover image

Flannel: Mary Had a Little Lamb ( different color lambs: “fleece was ____ as ____ )

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Opening barn coloring sheet

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Love and Friendship Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend book cover

Song: “Love Grows One By One” – Tom Pease: I’m Gonna Reach!

Book: The Hide-and-Scare Bear by Ivan Bates

Hide and Scare Bear book cover

Song: “The Cool Bear Hunt” – Dr. Jean: Sings Silly Songs

Puppet Story: Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Janie Bynum

porcupine

porcupining

Flannel: Valentine Hearts
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, 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.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them with  me.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10.

Craft: Wax paper stained glass heart

stained glass wax paper preschool story time heart craft

Closing Rhyme

Dinosaurs Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge (abridged)

How Big Were the Dinosaurs? book cover

Song: “We Are the Dinosaurs” – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

Book: Dancing with the Dinosaurs by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Lee Wildish

Dancing with the Dinosaurs book cover

Flannel: Five little dinosaurs jumping on the bed

Book: Snappy Little Dinosaurs by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Derek Matthews

Snappy Little Dinosaurs book cover

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 . . .
The Stegosaurus tail goes spike, spike, spike . . .
The Apatasaurus mouth goes munch, munch, munch . . .
The Pteranodon’s wings go flap flap flap . . .

Flannel: How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

how do dinosaurs count to ten cover image

Craft: Dinosaurs on coloring sheet

dinosaur preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Outer Space – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Gravity by Jason Chin

Gravity book cover

Song: “If You’re Going to the Moon”
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots
…wear your suit (ziiiip!)
…wear your gloves (clap clap)
…wear your helmet (pat your head)

Book: Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Ant Parker

Roaring Rockets book cover

Song: “Rocketship Run” – Laurie Berkner: Rocketship Run

Flannel: “Four Little Rockets”
Four little rockets winking at me.
One shot off and then there were three!
Three little rockets with nothing to do.
One shot off, and then there were two!
Two little rockets afraid of the sun.
One shot off, and then there was one!
One little rocket alone is no fun.
It shot off, and then there was none!
(Source: RovingFiddlehead KidLit)

rockets flannel image

Rhyme: Do you want to go up with me to the moon? (Point to friend, self, then to sky.)
Let’s get in our rocket ship and blast off soon! (Pretend to climb in ship, swish hands quickly.]
Faster and faster we reach to the sky. (Jump and reach.)
Isn’t it fun to be able to fly?
We’re on the moon, now all take a look. (Look down.)
Sit back down, and I’ll read you a book. (All sit down.)

Book: Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

Higher! Higher! book cover

Flannel/Song: “Stars Shining” – Kathy Reid-Naiman – Sing the Cold Winter Away

Craft: Paint Qtips constellations

space preschool story time craft

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