Fall Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

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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…

Book:  In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Song: “Tap, Tap, Tap” – Handwriting without Tears: Get Set for School Singalong

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “tree”

Social Story:  “Raising Your Hand”

Closing Song

Craft: Paper plate pumpkins

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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

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

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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

Pig Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace

Song: “The Tail of a Pig” (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The tail of a pig curls round and round… (circle finger round and round) All through the mud.
The mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink… (put hand in front of mouth like a snout)
The snout of a pig goes root, root, root…(act with snout and hands like you are rooting through the mud)
The trotters of a pig go run, run, run…
The ears of a pig go twitch, twitch, twitch…

Book: Pigs by Wendy Strobel Dieker

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Flannel: Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest that you’ve ever seen
Wanted to outside and play (IN THE MUD)
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a great big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs (Oink, oink!)

Rhyme: Little Pig, Little Pig, turn around
Little Pig, Little Pig, touch the ground
Little Pig, Little Pig, reach up high
Little Pig, Little Pig, wink one eye
Little Pig, Little Pig, touch your nose
Little Pig, Little Pig, touch your toes
Little Pig, Little Pig, slap your knees
Little Pig, Little Pig, sit down please

Book: How Big is a Pig? by Claire Beaton

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

Book: Pepo and Lolo are Friends by Ana Martin Larranaga

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Puppet: Do Pigs say Moo? (Source: Falling Flannel Boards)

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

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

Bear Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

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

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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

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Boat Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Boat

Book: Little Boat by Thomas Docherty

Little Boat book cover

Rhyme: Away up high in the apple tree (lift baby)
I saw a little baby smiling at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake gently)
Down came the baby (bring down)
Mmm, was she good! (Kiss)

Song: Did you ever see a baby, a baby, a baby?
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean side to side)
Go this way and that way and this way and that way (lean front to back, side to side)
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean front to back)

Book: Bathtime Piggy Wiggy by Christyan Fox, illustrated by Diane Fox

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

Rhyme: Great A, little a
Bouncing B,
The cat’s in the cupboard,
But she can’t see me.

Song: “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean” – Susie Tallman: Let’s Go! Travel, Camp & Car Songs

Book: Busy Boats by Susan Steggall

Busy Boats book cover

Song (shaky eggs): “Big Red Boat” – The Wiggles: Splish, Splash, The Big Red Boat!

Closing rhyme

Apple Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng

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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

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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

Boxes and Balls Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

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

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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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Friendship Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend book cover

Song:  Friend of Mine (sing to “London Bridge”)

Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?

Will you be a friend of mine and (insert action word) around with me?

(jump, clap, dance, wave…)

Book: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

Song: “Where Do You Start Your Letters?” – Handwriting without Tears: Rock, Rap, Tap & Learn

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “see saw”

Social Story:  “Listening in Class”

Closing Song

Craft: Friendship Bracelets

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