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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Vegetable Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks, illustrated by Sue Hendra

Song: “Monster Boogie” – Laurie Berkner: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Song: “Vegetable Song” (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Carrots, Peas, and Broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, Peas, and Broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
(Source: Sunflower Storytime)

Book: Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Up, Down, and Around book cover

Song: “When the Pod went Pop!” – Rachel Buchman: Sing a Song of Seasons

Rhyme: Five little peas in a pea-pod pressed,
One grew , two grew, and so did all the rest;
They grew…and grew…and did not stop,
Until one day the pod went…POP!

Book: Very Tasty Vegetables by Bryony Jones

very tasty vegetables

 

 

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: Peas in the Pod (idea: Little Family Fun)

 

 

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Feelings Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: The I’m Not Scared Book by Todd Parr

Song: “Monster Boogie” – Laurie Berkner: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Book: Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

llama llama mad at mama 

Song: “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”

I’ve got peace like a river (parallel hands side to side)
I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.
I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

I’ve got joy like a fountain (fingertips together, then spread up and out)
I’ve got love like an ocean (waves going forward)

Song: “My Energy” – Laurie Berkner: Under a Shady Tree

Book: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

my many colored days

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

Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It by David A. Carter

If You're Happy and You Know It book cover

Song: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams: Despicable Me 2 soundtrack

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

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

Closing song

Craft: “Happy or Sad?” bear coloring page

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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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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

Boxes and Balls Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Sitting in my Box by Dee Lillegard, illustrated by Jon Agee

sitting in my box

Song: “Jack in the Box” – Carol Totsky Hammett: It’s Toddler Time

Action Rhyme: “I Like to Be a Jumping Jack”
I like to be a jumping jack
And jump out from a box
I like to be a rocking horse
And rock and rock and rock.
I like to be a spinning top
And spin around and round
I like to be a rubber ball
And bounce right to the ground

Book:

Book: My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand

 

Activity – Guess the Animals in the Box
Fill a cardboard box with a variety of stuffed animals.  Give kids clues and let them guess what animal you are going to pull out of the box.

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

Book: Play Ball with Me! by Lynn Reiser


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

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

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

Closing rhyme

Activity: Play with balls!

 

 

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Fall Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Leaves in Fall by Martha E. H. Rustad

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

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…All over town.
Autumn leaves are whirling round…
Everybody rake them up…

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

Book: That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George

 

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)

Song: “Bingo” – Pamela Beall: Wee Sing Animals, Animals, Animals

Song: “Gray Squirrel” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: When It’s Autumn

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

Craft: Leafy hedgehogs

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Trucks Story Time- Toddler

Opening Song

Book: Red Truck by Kerston Hamilton, Illustrated by Valeria Petrone

RedTruck

Song: Where are Trucks? (Tune: “Where is Thumbkin?”) – with pictures of trucks on sticks

Where is pick-up truck?
Where is pick-up truck?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, truck? Very well, I thank you.
Drive away. Drive away.

Where is tow truck . . .
Where is garbage truck . . .
Where is fire truck . . .

Song: “The Wheels on the Truck”
The wheels on the truck
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the truck go round and round
All through the town

The shovel on the truck goes dig dig dig…
The horn on the truck goes beep beep beep…

Book: Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

TipTipDigDig

Song: “Old MacDonald Had a Truck”
Old MacDonald had a truck, E I E I O
And on this truck, he had some wheels,
E I E I O
With a roll, roll here and a roll, roll there
Here a roll, there a roll
Everywhere a roll, roll
Old MacDonald had a truck, E I E I O
Also add wipers/swish, horn/beeps, etc.
(Credit: Green Tree Public Library)

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

Book: Monster Trucks by Nick Gordon

Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Start Your Truck” by DJ Tonka: DiG IT!

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

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

Closing Song

Craft: Monster truck

 

 

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Bear Story Time – Toddler

Opening song with bear puppet

Rhyme: My Bear (using puppet)

My bear is looking all around.
My bear is sniffing at the ground.
My bear is looking at my toes.
My bear can kiss me on the nose.
My bear can whisper in my ear.
What’s he saying? Can you hear?
My bear can hide behind me,
But wherever I go, my bear can surely find me.
(Credit: Yorba Linda Public Library)

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

if you were a panda bear

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

Song: “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt” – Greg and Steve: Kids in Action

Book: Bear and Hare: Where’s Bear? by Emily Gravett

Song: Grizzly Bears (Tune: “Mary Had A Little Lamb”)

Grizzly bears are big and brown, (stretch up tall)
Big and brown, big and brown,
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.
Polar bears are soft and white, (rub arms)
Soft and white, soft and white,
Polar bears are soft and white,
And live where it’s cold.
Teddy bears are just my size, (hug pretend bear)
Just my size, just my size,
Teddy bears are just my size,
To cuddle with at night.
(Credit: Jbrary)

Song: “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around” – The Wiggles: Taking Off

Song: If You’re A Bear and You Know It (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a polar bear and you know it…clap your paws
If you’re a black bear and you know it…show your teeth

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

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

Goodbye rhyme

Craft: Bear on tissue paper squares and paper plate

 

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Ocean Story Time – Toddler

Opening Song

Book: Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

Rhyme: Baby shark, doot do, doot do, do do
Baby shark, doot do, doot do, do do
Baby shark, doot do, doot do, do do
Baby shark.

Repeat with:
Brother shark…
Mama shark…
Papa shark…
Grandma shark…
Swim away…
From the shark…
Safe at last…
Bye bye shark…

Song: “Over the Deep Blue Sea” – Susan Salidor: Come and Make a Circle

Flannel/Story: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
(based on the book of the same name by Kevin Sherry)

Rhyme: Slippery fish, slippery fish,
Sliding through the water.
Slippery fish, slippery fish,
Gulp, gulp, GULP!
Oh, no! He was eaten by
An octopus, an octopus,
Squiggling in the water…

Repeat with:
A tuna fish, flashing in the water
A great white shark, lurking in the water
A humongous whale, spouting in the water.
(at the end) Buurrrrp! Excuse me!

Book: Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash! by Suse MacDonald

Song: “Popcorn” – Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime!

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

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Die-cut swimming goggles

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