Mem Fox Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: green

Book: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek

Where is the Green Sheep book cover

Song/rhyme: “Dancing Sheep”

Shhh!  It’s time to go to sleep (put finger to mouth, pretend to sleep)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps. (creep fingers)
“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was…  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling! (move hands above head in “dancing” motion)
He was dancing on the floor! (move hands on floor as mentioned above)
He was dancing on the window! (move hands to one side)
He was dancing on the door! (move hands to other side)

He kept on…Dancing on the ceiling! (sing faster)
He was dancing on the floor!
He was dancing on the window!
He was dancing on the door!
(repeat several times getting faster each time through)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep.
It is time to go to sleep!”
Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore.

So I started …  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
I was dancing on the floor!
I was dancing on the window!
I was dancing on the door!

(Credit: susanmdailey.com)

Book: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Song: “Ten Fingers” – Peter and Ellen Allard: Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2

Song: “Bodies 1-2-3” – Peter and Ellen Allard: Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2

Book: Hello Baby! by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Song: “This is how I do it” – Laurie Berkner: Superhero

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

Closing song

Craft: green sheep made with hearts (idea: craftymorning.com)

Love Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: love

Book: Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, illustrated by David Walker

 time for a hug

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.

Song: “If You Love Someone” (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you love someone and you know it clap your hands…
If you love someone and you know it stomp your feet…
If you love someone and you know it shout hooray…
If you love someone and you know it blow a kiss…

Book: Pepo and Lolo are Friends by Ana Martin Larranaga

pepo and lolo cover image

Song: “Skidamarink” – Madacy Kids: The Ultimate Kids Song Collection

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

Book: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson or Kiss, Kiss Good Night by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Rebecca Elliott

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: heart snail

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Clothes Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for clothes

Book: Polar Bear’s Underwear by tupera tupera

Polar Bear's Underwear

Song: “I Like My Hat” – Carole Peterson: Stinky Cake

Book: How Do I Put It On? by Shigeo Watanabe, illustrated by Yasuo Ohtomo

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Song: “Boots” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Book: Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka


Song: “Hat, shirt, pants and shoes” (Tune: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”)

Hat, shirt, pants and shoes, pants and shoes.
Hat, shirt, pants and shoes, pants and shoes
Scarf and belt and mittens and socks.
Hat, shirt, pants and shoes, pants and shoes.

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

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

Closing song

Craft: Peppa Pig and family coloring sheet

 

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Frog Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: frog

Book: Frogs by Emily Green

Song (with puppet): “Little Tadpole” (Tune: “Frere Jacques”)
Little tadpole, Little tadpole
Lost his tail, lost his tail.
Now he has two feet
Now he has four feet
Look a frog! Look a frog!

Song: “Can you leap like a frog?” – Greg & Steve: Kids in Action

Book: If You’re Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

Song (with prop): “Five green and speckled frogs”

Rhyme:
Crazy crabs walk sideways, (have kids step sideways)
What a silly way to go
Snails slip slide forwards (slide feet forward, slowly)
And that is very slow
Ducks waddle, waddle,  (waddle waddle)
And that is funny too,
Bullfrogs hop, hop hop (hop)
And that’s the best way to go!

Book: The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Jonathan Lambert

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: frog headbands (idea from Meg Hossler on pinterest)

Nursery Rhyme Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book:  Mary Had a Little Lamb by Mary Ann Hoberman and Nadine Bernard Westcott (shortened)

mary had a little lamb

Rhyme (with poster): Little Boy Blue

Song: “It’s Raining – Itsy Bitsy Spider Medley” – Music for Little People: 101 Toddler Favorites

Book: Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Big Fat Hen

Song: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

Song: “Hickory Dickory Dock” (with actions – head, shoulders, toes, and wiggle fingers up and down body)

Song: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

Book: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera

 

Song/Flannel: “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: Hickory dickory dock clock and mouse (idea: Adventures in Mommydom)

hickory dickory dock

January 2014

Jungle Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: monkey

Book: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

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

Book: Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Puppet Story: Down in the Jungle

Down in the jungle where nobody goes,
There’s a big fat elephant washing his toes,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his toes!

Down in the jungle where there’s nobody there,
There’s a great big lion washing his hair,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his hair!

Down in the jungle, if you look in the trees,
There’s a cheeky monkey washing her knees,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she washes her knees!

Down in the jungle if you care to check,
There’s a hippopotamus washing his neck,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his neck!

Down at the river, if you look underneath,
There’s a great big crocodile brushing his teeth,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he brushes his teeth!

Down in the jungle, if you care to take a peek,
There’s a colorful bird cleaning its beak
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she cleans her beak!

(Credit: Miss Meg’s Storytime)

Song: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Laurie Berkner: Whaddaya Think of That?

(most lions live in grasslands but a few are found in jungles)

Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It : Jungle Edition by James Warhola

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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

Closing song

Craft: lion mask

lion Mane Image

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

 

Sweet Treats Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: cookie

Book: Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

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Song: “Peanut Butter” – Jean Feldman: Keep on Singing and Dancing with Dr. Jean

Book: Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins

maisy makes gingerbread

Rhyme: Making Cookies
I am making cookie dough. (hold out arms in a circle, like a bowl)
Round and round the beaters go. (roll hands)
Add some flour from a cup. (shake a pretend cup)
Stir and stir the batter up. (stirring motion)
Roll them, cut them nice and neat. (rolling pin motion)
Put them on a cookie sheet. (place pretend cookies)
Bake them, count them 1-2-3. (counting motion)
Serve them to my friends for tea. (take a bite!)
(Credit: Sunflower Storytime)

Song: “Three Little Muffins” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

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

who ate all the cookie dough

Flannelboard: “Ice Cream Colors”
We have ice cream, the best in town,
Let us begin with chocolate brown.
Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink,
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.
Here is ice cream minty and green,
It is the creamiest I have ever seen.
Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,
We like its taste from the very start.
Scoops of blueberry would make my day,
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!
Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,
All these scoops are a wonderful sight.
Vanilla white is a popular flavor,
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.
Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,
Good and yummy till the very last lick.
Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,
We love ice cream in any combination!
Credit: Step By Step

Song: “Brush your Teeth” – Raffi: Singable Songs Collection

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

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

Closing rhyme

Activity: Decorate paper gingerbread cookies

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Jan Thomas Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

rhyming-dust-bunnies

Song: “Toes are Tapping “ – Kimbo Educational: Toddler Gym

Song: “Roll your hands” – Carol Totsky Hammett: Toddlers on Parade

Book: Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

is everyone ready for fun

 

Song: “Big Fun” – Greg and Steve: Big Fun

Book: What will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

what will fat cat sit on

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!”

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

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Jan Thomas mouse coloring page and finger puppet take-home

 

Red Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: red

Book: Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis

Red is Best book cover

Flannel: Five Little Ladybugs

Five little ladybugs, ready to explore
One flew away, and then there were four

Four little ladybugs, crawling up a tree
One flew away, and then there were three

Three little ladybugs didn’t have a clue
One flew away, and then there were two

Two little ladybugs, looking for some fun
One flew away, and then there was one

One little ladybug, alone in the sun
She flew away and then there were none

Song: “Little Red Wagon” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

Book: Red by Rebecca Stromstad Glaser

red

Rhyme: “Blue is the Lake”

Blue is the lake
Hold arms out in a circle in front of you
Yellow is the sun
Move arms, still in circle, overhead
Silver are the stars when the day is done
Wiggle fingers overhead
Red is the apple
Make a round ball with your fingers in front of you
Green is the tree
Hold arms up like branches
Brown is a cookie for you and me
Rub tummy!

(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Song: “Toes are Tapping “ – Kimbo Educational: Toddler Gym

Book: Fire Truck by Peter Sis

Fire Truck book cover

Song: “Drive the Fire Truck” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

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

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Coloring sheet of red things