Monkey Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Monkey Colors by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne

monkey colors

Rhyme: Monkey see, monkey do, little monkey in the zoo
Monkey, monkey, in the tree.
Can you jump around like me?
(swing your tail, clap your hands, nod your head).
(Source: Perry Public Library)

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

Book: Monkey See, Look at Me! by Lorena Siminovich

monkey see look at me

Rhyme: Five little monkeys jumping on the bed

Song: (tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The monkeys in the zoo turn round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round.
The monkeys in the zoo turn round and round,
Just like I do.

The monkeys in the zoo all touch their toes…
The monkeys in the zoo all rub their tummies…
The monkeys in the zoo all pat their heads…
The monkeys in the zoo jump up and down…

Book: Little Monkey Calms Down by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Song: “Tap your Toe and Follow Me” – Susan Salidor: Come and Make a Circle

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: M is for Monkey (inspired by Blessings Overflowing)

 

Cookie Story Time – Toddler

Opening Song

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

who ate all the cookie dough

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)

Flannel: Five plates of cookies – I can’t bake any more!
Give one away, and now there are four.
Four plates of cookies, colorful to see;
Give one away, and now there are three.
Three plates of cookies, shall I give one to you?
I think I will, and now there are two.
Two plates of cookies for lots of fun.
Give one away, and now there is one.
One plate of cookies left, as you can plainly see –
That is the one I’m taking home with me!
(Credit: Geri Ceci Cupery – E.D. Locke Library)

Song: “Run Baby Run” – Caspar Babypants: Here I Am

Book: Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Counsins

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

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

who took the cookies

 

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

Closing Rhyme

Craft: cookie jar number matching

Leslie Patricelli Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: Big Little by Leslie Patricelli

big little

Rhyme: This is big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no

(Source: Mel’s Desk)

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

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

Book: Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

yummy yucky

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

Book: Tubby by Leslie Patricelli

tubby

Song: This is the way we wash our face, wash our face, wash our face.
This is the way we wash our face so early in the morning.

This is the way we scrub our tummies (repeat)
This is the way we scrub our toes (repeat)
This is the way we wash our arms (repeat)

Song: “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” – Joanie Bartels: Bathtime Magic

Song: “Run Baby Run” – Caspar Babypants: Here I Am

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

Closing rhyme

Activity: Leslie Patricelli coloring sheet (from her web page)

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)

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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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