Owl Story Time – Preschool

Hello song

Book: Burrowing Owls by Melissa Hill

Burrowing Owls book cover

Song: “Nocturnal Animals”Banana Slug String Band: Dirt Made My Lunch

Book/Puppets: Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

Little Owl Lost book cover

Flannel/Song: There Was One Night Owl in the Tree (Tune: “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”
There was one night owl in the tree:
Hoo!  Hoo!
There was one night owl in the tree:
Hoo!  Hoo!
Oh, he called up to the sky to an owl flying by,
And the owl came and joined him happily:
Hoo!  Hoo!
(Credit: Jen in the Library)

Song: Be Like an Owl (Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down)
Flap your wings and fly around, fly around, fly around.
Flap your wings and fly around, just like an owl.
Open your eyes big and wide, big and wide, big and wide.
Open your eyes big and wide, just like and owl.
Land on the ground and hop along, hop along, hop along.
Land on the ground and hop along, just like an owl.
Turn your head and say who, who, say who, who, say who, who.
Turn your head and say who, who, just like an owl.
(Credit: Jen in the Library)

Book: Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

wow! said the owl

Craft: Gray owls on black paper & hand-traced wings with glued on feathers

feather owl craft preschool story time

End rhyme

Napping Story Time – Preschool

Hello Song

Book: I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems

I Will Take a Nap book cover

Song: “Jump Up, Turn Around” – Jim Gill: Moving Rhymes for Modern Times

Book/Flannel: Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith, illustrated by Valeria Petrone
Reference different colors with fish-shaped cutouts.

Pirate Nap book cover

Song: “The Goldfish” – Laurie Berkner: Victor

Book: The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

Napping House book cover

Flannel/Song: “Baa Baa Black Sheep” – Raffi: Singable Songs for the Very Young

End Rhyme

Craft: Counting sheep (collect runaway cotton balls with clothes pins, glue to grassy pasture)

sheep napping counting preschool story time craft

Sharing Story Time – Preschool

Hello Song

Book: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog book cover

Song: “This Is How I Do It” – Laurie Berkner: Superhero

Book: That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant

That's (Not) Mine book cover

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

Book: Hooray For Hat by Brain Won

hooray for hat cover image

Song: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” – Jim Gill: The Irrational Anthem

Book: Blocks by Irene Dickson

Blocks book cover

End Rhyme 

Creative Play: Sharing blocks and building together

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 – Preschool

Hello Song

Book/Song: Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf is Not Around by Claudia Rueda

Let's Play in the Forest while the Wof is Not Around book cover

Movement/Book: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Jane Cabrera

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush book cover

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

Every Little Thing book cover

Ukelele/Fingerplay:  Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Itsy Bitsy Spider

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

The Boy on the Bus book cover

Movement/Book: The Croaky Pokey! By Ethan Long

The Croaky Pokey! book cover

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

My Favorite Things book cover

Craft: Coloring songs based on emotions, with die-cut musical notes and instruments

preschool story time song craft

End Rhyme

Save

Monster Story Time – Preschool

Hello Song

Book/Puppets: Elmer and the Monster by David Mckee

Elmer and the Monster book cover

Song: “Monstermixmerge” – Scholastic

Book: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael Smollin

monster at the end

Puppet/Book: Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Go away big green monster, glove

Book: Can You Make a Scary Face? By Jan Thomas

can you make a scary face

Book: Some Monsters Are Different by David Milgrim

Some Monsters Are Different book cover

Song/Puppet: “Spider on the Floor” – Raffi: Singable Songs for the Very Young

Craft: Egg carton monsters (painted and adorned with pipe cleaners, pom-poms, feathers, etc.)

egg carton monster preschool story time craft

End Rhyme

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

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

Bear Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: If You Were a Panda Bear by Florence and Wendell Minor

if you were a panda bear

Song: “Big Brown Bear” – Kira Willey: Dance for the Sun

Book: A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

A Perfect Day book cover

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

Flannel:
Polar bear’s not tired,
He wants to play!
He wants to catch the RED ball today.
Is this the red ball? (etc.)
(Source: My Storytime Life blog)

Song: If You’re A Bear and You Know It (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a brown bear and you know it . . . clap your paws
If you’re a polar bear and you know it . . . stomp the ice
If you’re a black bear and you know it . . . climb a tree
If you’re a panda bear and you know it . . . hide away
If you’re a sloth bear and you know it . . . eat some bugs

Book: Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Orange Pear Apple Bear book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: “B is for Bear” coloring sheet

B is for Bear preschool story time craft

Save

Apple Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng

neds new home

Rhyme: Here are some worms who are, oh, so sad.
They’ve lost all the wiggles that they once had.
They wonder if you, just for today
would lend them your wiggles so they can play.

Wiggle them up and wiggle them down
Wiggle the worms around and around
Wiggle them high and wiggle them low
Wiggle them fast and wiggle them slow
Wiggle them over your shoes and your socks
Then wiggle them back into their box.

Flannel/Puppets: Little Mouse’s Big Secret by Eric Battut

Apple Tree_1 Apple Tree_2 Apple Tree_3 Apple Tree_4 Apple Tree_5 Apple Tree_6 Apple Tree_7 Apple Tree_8

Song: A Little Apple Seed” (Tune: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
Once a little apple seed
was planted in the ground.
Down came the raindrops falling all around.
Out came the big sun
Bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew up
to be an apple tree.

Rhyme: Way up high in the apple tree   (Stretch arms in air)
Two little apples smiled at me (Make two fists)
I shook that tree as hard as I could   (Shake arms in air)
And down came the apples   (Drop fists to floor)
Mmmmm, they were good!   (Rub tummy)

Book: What’s an Apple? By Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Greg pizzoli

What's an Apple? book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Apples with finger worms!

apple preschool story time craft