Bear Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

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

if you were a panda bear

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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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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Hibernation Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Sign Language: Sleep

Book: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear Snores On Cover Image

Rhyme: “Here is a Cave”
Here is a cave. Inside is a bear. (bend fingers on one hand; put thumb inside)
Now he comes out to get some fresh air. (pop out thumb)
He stays out all summer in sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest for berries to eat. (move thumb in a circle)
When snow starts to fall, he hurries inside
His warm little cave and there he will hide. (put thumb inside fingers)
Snow covers the cave like a fluffy white rug.
Inside the bear sleeps all cozy and snug. (place one hand over the other)

Book: Hibernation Station  by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

Hibernation Station Cover Image

Puppet Story: “Where is Bear?”
Where is Bear? Where is Bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.

Repeat with snake, bat, hedgehog

Song: “Big Brown Bear” — Kira Willey: Dance for the Sun

Book: Hibernation by Margaret Hall

hibernation cover image

Song: “Gray Squirrel” – Learning Station: Where is Thumbkin?

Book: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

old bear cover image

Song: “Clap Your Hands” — They Might Be Giants: No!

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

hibernation

 

Bear Story Time – Baby

Opening song with bear puppet

Rhyme: My Bear (using a bear 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.

Sign language for bear

Book: Mama’s Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri

mamas little bears

Rhyme: Icky bicky soda cracker (bounce)
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
Up goes you! (lift baby)

Rhyme: X marks the spot (draw on baby’s back)
Dot, dot, dot,
Up and down, around and around,
Oooooh! (tickle)

Book: Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich

sleepy bear

Song: “Teddy Bear” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

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)

Rhyme: Let’s go riding in an elevator
First floor, second floor, third floor, fourth floor (slowly lift baby)
Down (bring baby back down)

Book (choral): Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett

orange pear apple bear

Song (shaky eggs): “Can You Shake Your Egg With Me?” (Tune: “London Bridge”)
Can you shake your egg with me,
Shake your egg along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your knee!
(Repeat with head, tummy, etc.)
(Credit: Nancy Stewart, nancymusic.com)

Song (shaky eggs): “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” – Susie Tallman: Animal Sounds

Closing rhyme

Camping Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: This week’s stories are about camping. Have you ever slept outside in a tent?

Opening song

Book: Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal

into the outdoors

Song: “A Camping We Will Go” (Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

A camping we will go, A camping we will go, Hi Ho the dairy o! A camping we will go.
We fix the tent right here. We fix the tent right here. Hi Ho the dairy o! We fix the tent right here.
We’re crawling to the tent. We’re crawling to the tent. Hi Ho the dairy o! We’re crawling to the tent.
We’re having lots of fun! We’re having lots of fun! Hi Ho the dairy o! We’re having lots of fun!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc99nGv096Y

Book: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

camping spree with mr magee

Song: “Sleeping Bag Chant” – Carole Peterson: H.U.M. All Year Long

Book: Scare a Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

scare a bear

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

Book: Sheep Take A Hike by Nancy Shaw

sheep take a hike

Craft: T is for Tent

tent

Bear Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: What do we know about bears? Where do they live? What do they like to eat? What do they do in the winter? Learn the sign language sign for bear.

Opening song

Book: Bear Has a Story to Tell by Phillip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead

bear has a story to tell

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

Book: The Red Sled by Lita Judge

red sled

Song: “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear” – Kimbo International: Teach a Toddler

Book: Maybe a Bear Ate It by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley

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Book: Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep by Maureen Wright

sleep big bear sleep


Craft:
Bear Masks, decorated with glue and coffee grounds. This was a fun and slightly messy project. Several parents mentioned they were glad we did it at the library instead of at home but really clean-up was a breeze. For my younger group this week, we painted the same masks with a mixture of coffee (for the brown color) & shaving cream – this added texture and dimension and was good fine motor skills practice.

bear masks

Bear Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Book: Mama’s Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri

mamas little bears

Rhyme: (using a bear 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)

Rhyme: Roly poly ever so slowly [slowly roll baby’s hands]
Roly poly faster faster faster faster! [roll hands faster]

Book: Jamberry by Bruce Degen

jamberry

Song: “Teddy bear, turn around/Three little blackbirds” – Greg and Steve: Ready, Set, Move!

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 baby down)
Mmm, she was good! (kiss)

Book: Bear Play by Miela Ford

bear play

Rhyme: One arm goes up, one arm goes down, one arm goes up and down.
Two arms go up…
One leg goes up…
Two legs go up…

Rhyme: Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock (swing baby side to side)
Tick tock, tick tock, stop!
What time is it? It’s one-o-clock.
Cuckoo! (lift baby)

Book (choral reading): Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin, illustrated by Eric Carle

brown bear

Song (with shaky eggs): “Stompy the Bear” – Caspar Babypants: Hot Dog!

hot dog

Closing rhyme