Stop and Go Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: stop, go

Book: Red Light, Green Light  by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

red light green light

Song: Twinkle, twinkle traffic light
Shining on the corner bright.
Red means stop, green means go,
Yellow means go but take it slow.
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light
Shining on the corner bright.

Rhyme: Green says, “Go” (march in place quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly)
Slow…slow….slow
And red says “stop!” (stop suddenly)
Go !Go! Go! (move fast)
Slow…slow….slow (move slowly)
and STOP! (stop)
(Repeat and allow children to pretend they are cars driving down the street)

Book: On the Go Time by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

on the go time

Flannel: Chickie, Stop and Go by Norman Gorbaty

chickie stop and go book

chickie stop and go

(Credit: Sunflower Storytime)

Song: “Silly Dance Contest” – Jim Gill: The Sneezing Song and other Contagious Tunes

sneezing song

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

Book: Away We Go! by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

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

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Stoplight necklace

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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

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Rabbit and Bunny Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish by Maragrita Engle, illustrated by David Walker

Tiny rabbit's big wish cover image

Song: “I Like to Hop” – Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies: Born to Wiggle

Book: Peek-A-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice

Peek-a-Boo Bunny book cover

Flannel: 5 Little Bunnies

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

Book: Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

little white rabbit

Song: “Little Bunny” (Tune: “Twinkle, twinkle”)
Little bunny turn around
Little bunny touch the ground
Little bunny wiggle your nose
Little bunny touch your toes
Little bunny rest your head
Little bunny jump in bed

Book: Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall

everybunny dance cover image

Song: “Bunny Pokey” – Junior Jukebox: Animals

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

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

Spring Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: spring

Book: Abracadabra, It’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal

Flannel: There’s something in my garden

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

Book: Spring by Julie Murray

Song: “It’s raining/Itsy-bitsy spider medley” – Music for Little People: 101 Toddler Favorites

Song: “La Arana Pequenita” – Cantarima: Canciones Tradicionales

Book: Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott

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

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

Closing song

Craft: Coloring sheet “u” with die-cut umbrella

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Bird Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening song

Book: Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler

Song: Owl in a Tree (Tune: “Skip to my Lou”)
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Robin in the nest goes, “Tweet, tweet, tweet…”
Duck in the pond goes, “Quack, quack, quack…”
Rooster in the yard goes, “Cock a doodle doo…”
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Book: I Spy in the Sky by Edward Gibbs

Song: “Where do you start your letters” – Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer: Get Set for School Sing Along

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “swan”

Social Story: It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr

Closing song

Craft: swan in a paper plate pond

 

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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

Pirate Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague

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Song: “A Sailor Went to Sea” – Music for Little People Choir: 101 Toddler Favorites

Book: Pirate Nap by Danna Smith

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Flannel: Pirates Wear Patches
Pirates wear patches and on their hand, hooks
Pirates love to mismatch And give dirty looks
Pirates wear white shirts with big puffy sleeves
Pirates are scoundrels And rascals and thieves!
Pirates wear black hats with a skull and cross bones
Pirates yell “Avast”! And “Ahoy, thar she blows!
Pirates have long hair they decorate with beads
Pirates aren’t rare When you’re sailing the seas!
Pirates have a pet bird and tie the best knots
Pirates are quite absurd X marks the spot!

Pirates Wear Patches flannel

Puppet Show: Peg Leg Pup

Song: If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it, then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin.
If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)

verses two and three
If you’re a pirate and you know it, walk the plank (stomp, stomp)…
If you’re a pirate and you know it, say ahoy Ahoy! (with arm movement)…

(Credit: Born Librarian blog)

Book: Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

bubble bath pirates cover image

Closing Rhyme

Activity: Bubble Machine Dance Party

Bunny Story Time – Toddler

Opening song with bunny puppet

Book/Puppets: Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

little white rabbit

Song: “I Like to Hop” – Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies: Born to Wiggle

Book: Peek-A-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice

Peek-a-Boo Bunny book cover

Rhyme: Here is a bunny (Make fist with two fingers up straight.)
With his ears so funny.
Here is his hole (Circle fingers and thumb of other hand.)
In the ground.
When a noise he hears, (Rotate rabbit as if hearing noise.)
He pricks up his ears,
And jumps in his hole (Jump rabbit ears into hole.)
In the ground.

Song: “Did You Ever See a Bunny?” – Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Sam Williams

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Song: “Little Bunny” (Tune: “Twinkle, twinkle”)
Little bunny turn around
Little bunny touch the ground
Little bunny wiggle your nose
Little bunny touch your toes
Little bunny rest your head
Little bunny jump in bed

Book/Puppets: Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by John Butler

Wee Little Bunny book cover

Song: “Bunny Pokey” – Junior Jukebox: Animals

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

Closing song

Craft: Paper bunny hand puppets

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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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