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Storytime: Fruit

Books:

“Blueberry Mouse” by Alice Low
“The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear” by Don & Audrey Wood

Picked a Berry (Tune: Clementine)
Picked a blueberry, picked a blueberry (picking motion)
That was growing in the sun (circle arms above head)
Then I washed it and I ate it (pretend to eat)
And I picked another one

(repeat with other berries such as strawberries, blackberries, etc)

Source: Jbrary

Five Red Strawberries
I love using a bear puppet to gobble the strawberries off the flannel board!

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Five red strawberries, sweet to the core
Bear came and ate one, then there were four
Four red strawberries, sitting in a tree
Bear came and ate one, then there were three
Three red strawberries, shining in the sun
Bear came and ate one, then there was one
One red strawberry, left all alone
Bear came and ate one, then there were none!

Source: Sunflower Storytime

Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner Band
Get those egg shakers out and start moving!

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The Apple Tree by Carole Peterson
I have done this song with and without the music, both work great!

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Way up high in the apple tree (point up)
1 little apple smiled at me (hold up 1 finger)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shaking motion)
Doooown came the apple (wiggle fingers down)
Mmmmm, it sure looks good!

(repeat)

2 little apples under the tree (hold up 2 fingers)
1 for you and 1 for me (point to children, then self)
2 little apples crunch, crunch, crunch (pretend to eat)
2 little apples, lets eat them for our lunch
YUM!

Five Red Apples
This flannel board is based on “Ten Red Apples” by Pat Hutchins. I have a lot of toddlers and was afraid I’d lose them if I went through the whole book so I adapted it to work for my group.

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Five red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Cow comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Moo, Moo and fiddle-dee-dee
“Cow” cries the farmer, “save one for one”

Four red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Horse comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Neigh, neigh and fiddle-dee-dee
“Horse” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

Three red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Pig comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Oink, oink and fiddle-dee-dee
“Pig” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

Two red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Duck comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Quack, quack and fiddle-dee-dee
“Duck” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

One red apple hanging on a tree
Farmer cries “Yippee, there’s one left for me!

Then farmer’s wife comes along…

No red apples, my oh my
No red apples to bake in a pie
Boo, hoo and fiddle-dee-dee
“Wait” cries the farmer, “another apple tree!”

Idea came from: Read It Again!

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Storytime: Crayons

 

Books

“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
“The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane DeRolf
“Go to Bed, Monster!” by Natasha Wing

How a Crayon is Made

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We started the storytime by talking about our favorite colors and how crayons are made. I didn’t read “What Happens at a Crayon Factory?” verbatim but it is a great book to introduce how crayons are made.

Five Little Crayons
Five little crayons standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one said, “I’m red, you know!” (wiggle the fingers as you talk about them)
The second one said, “I’m green like a tree”
The third one said, “I’m blue like the sea”
The fourth one said, “I’m yellow as the sun”
The fifth one said, “Being purple is fun!”
Five little crayons, happy as can be (hold up 5 fingers)
Coloring pictures with you and me (point to person and then self)

Source: Storytime Katie

10 Little Crayons
(Tune: 10 Little Indians)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little crayons (count on fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little crayons
7 little, 8 little, 9 little crayons
10 little crayons to take to school

10 Little Fingers
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers (count on fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hands

They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together (wiggle fingers and hands)
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
10 little fingers on my hands

They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping (clap)
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
10 little fingers on my hands

Source: Jbrary

Crayons
For the next few songs/activities I handed each child a crayon to act out the motions. When handing out items of different colors I always remind children (and parents) that “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”

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Put Your Crayons
Put your crayons up (raise hands)
Put your crayons down (lower hands)
Hold your crayons up and turn around (turn in a circle)
Put your crayons up
Put your crayons down
Put your crayons on the ground (touch floor)

I Have a Crayon
Children brought their crayon to me when I held up the corresponding color.
I have a crayon, I’ll give it to you
Here is my crayon, my crayon of blue.
I have a crayon, a lovely little fellow
Here is my crayon, my crayon of yellow.
I have a crayon, it’s here on my head
Here is my crayon, my crayon of red.
I have a crayon, we can draw a circle
Here is my crayon, my crayon of purple.
I have a crayon, what do I see?
Here is my crayon, an orange one for me.
I have a crayon, the best ever seen
Here is my crayon, my crayon of green.

Harold’s Other Crayons (Flannel Board)
(Tune: Mary Wore a Red Dress)

Harold was working on a picture, he used his purple crayon
Harold used his purple crayon, purple crayon, purple crayon
Harold used his purple crayon all day long

Then Harold decided to use blue!
Harold used his blue crayon, blue crayon, blue crayon
Harold used his blue crayon all day long

(repeat with other colors)

Wow! Look at all of Harold’s Crayons.
Let’s say the colors one more time.
Do you know why Harold used these colors?
Because he was drawing a rainbow!

Source: Story Time Secrets

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Storytime: Penguins

The favorite book we read was “I Like It When…” by Mary Murphy parents got a kick out of the interactive element and it engaged the children when they started to get the wiggles!

Two Little Penguins
Two little penguins sitting on the ice (hold up thumbs)
One bows once, the other bows twice (make thumbs up and down)
Waddle little penguins, waddle away (wiggle thumbs and put behind your back)
Come back penguins, time to play! (bring thumbs back out)

Penguin – Sign Language

I taught the children (and parents) the sign for “penguin.” This is a really fun sign to do and the kids loved it!

Source: My Smart Hands

Penguin, Penguin
We signed penguin every time we said it!

Penguin, penguin, flap your little wings (flap arms)
Penguin, penguin, flap your little wings
You eat fish and swim all day (swimming motion)
You can’t fly but that’s ok (shake finger)
Penguin, penguin, flap your wings

Five Little Penguins

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Five little penguins went out to play
On a snowy winter day
The ice was cold and the clouds were gray
So one little penguin waddled away

(count down)

No little penguins went out to play
On a snowy winter day
The sun came out and the clouds blew away
So five little penguins came back to play!

Did You Ever See a Penguin?
Did you ever see a penguin, a penguin, a penguin (lean side to side)
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that
Waddle this way and that way, that way and this way
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that

Source: Storytime Katie

Penguins on a Stick 

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For the next two songs each child received a penguin to do the actions with!

Put your penguins up,
Put your penguins down
Hold your penguins and turn around
Put your penguins up,
Put your penguins down
Put your penguins on the ground

Penguins Everywhere
The penguins are here, the penguins are there
The penguins, the penguins are everywhere
The penguins are up, the penguins are down
The penguins, the penguins are all around
The penguins are in, the penguins are out
The penguins, the penguins are all about
The penguins go low, the penguins go high
The penguins, the penguins all wave goodbye!

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Storytime: Body

A lot of children under the age of 3 attend our Monday morning storytime. To make these programs more interactive I try to incorporate a lot of songs and rhymes that require the parent or child to point to different body parts. That is when I got the idea of having a storytime all about our body parts! The parents and children had a blast during this program, this is a high energy crew and the storytime had the perfect amount of movement for them. Also, the books I picked have some great parts that parents truly appreciate. You know a book is good when even the parents are laughing!

My Hands Wave Hello (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
My hands wave hello (wave)
My hands wave hello
Every time I see my friends
My hands wave hello

(My feet wave hello)
(My elbows wave hello)
(My tongue waves hello)

Source: Mel’s Desk

I Love You Nose, I Love You Toes by Linda Davick
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This Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big (hold hands out to side)
This is small, small, small (bring hands in)
This is short, short, short (lower hands to floor)
This is tall, tall, tall (raise hands high)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll arms quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll arms slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes)
This is no, no, no (shake head no)

Fingers Like to Wiggle Waggle
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle (wiggle fingers)
Fingers like to wiggle waggle to and fro
Feet like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle (wiggle feet)
Feet like to wiggle waggle to and fro
My body likes to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle (wiggle body)
My body likes to wiggle waggle to and fro

Hurry Scurry
Hurry scurry little mouse (pretend fingers are a mouse)
Starts down at your toes (touch toes)
Hurry scurry little mouse (bring fingers up shin)
Past your knees he goes (walk fingers to knee)
Hurry scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is (Tickle stomach)
Hurry scurry little mouse
Gives you a mousy kiss (blow kiss)

Source: Mel’s Desk

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
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To make this book more interactive I passed out scarves to each child and told them to pretend it was a paintbrush. Children and parents would touch the scarf to the different body parts mentioned in the book and would pretend to paint themselves. Both the kids and parents got a kick out of this.

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? (touch fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes? (touch toes)
Where, oh where is baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes (make a circle with finger on stomach)

Where, oh where are baby’s ear? (touch ears)
Where, oh where is baby’s nose? (touch nose)
Where, oh where is baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes

Source: Jbrary (I do not sing it)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Lots of Exercise (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
We’re jumping up and down,
We’re jumping up and down
We’re getting lots of exercise
We’re jumping up and down

(We twist from side to side)
(We bend and touch our toes)
(We stretch up to the sky)

Source: King County Library System

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

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10 Little Fingers (Tune: 10 Little Indians)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers (hold up fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hands

They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together (wiggle fingers)
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
10 little fingers on my hands

They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping (clap hands)
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
10 little fingers on my hands

Source: Jbrary

Here Comes the Little Bird

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Here comes a little bird, flying high in the sky.
Where do you think he’ll land?

(have the bird land on different body parts)

Source: Jen in the Library

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