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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: Bugs

My Monday story time is for all ages but recently has turned into baby time. Sometimes I get children above the age of 1 but it is mostly 6 months to 1 years old. As such, I have taken out a story (I usually read 3), added in lap bounces and fingerplays that can be adapted. I have added the different actions for each activity, this way you can see the slight changes I use to make them fun for all ages.

Book

I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges

Beehive
Here is a beehive (make a fist)
But where are the bees? (shrug shoulders)
Hiding inside where nobody sees (point to fist)
Soon they’ll come out of their
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (raise one finger at a time)
BUZZZZZ, their alive! (wiggle fingers in air or tickle babies belly)

The Little Bee
The little bee went flying (fly hand in the air)
To see what he could see
And all that he could see
Was a little tummy! (tickle belly)

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers (wiggle fingers or touch baby’s fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes (stamp feet or touch baby’s feet)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton (pat belly or touch baby’s belly)
Round and round it goes (make circle on stomach or on baby’s stomach)

Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I have a board book set (12 books) for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” I give each parent and child a book to read together. Some children will look at it at their own pace, while others will follow along with me. I encourage the parents to let their child hold the book and encourage them to turn the pages.

Four Green and Speckled Frogs by Peter Moses

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Four green and speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 4 fingers)
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum, yum, yum (rub baby’s bell or rub stomach)
One jumped into the pool
Where is was nice and cool
Now there’s just three green speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 3 fingers)
Ribbit, ribbit

(count down)

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Bouncing Baby
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee (bounce baby or jump)
Bouncing, bouncing 1, 2, 3 (lift baby or raise arms on 3)

Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee (clap hands)
Clapping, clapping 1, 2, 3

Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug baby or self)
Hugging, hugging 1, 2, 3

Grand Old Duke of York
The Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men (bounce baby or march)
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby or lift arms)
And he marched them down again (lower baby or touch floor)

And when they’re up, they’re up (lift baby or lift arms)
And when they’re down, they’re down (lower baby or touch floor)
And when they are only half way up
They’re neither up nor down (lift and lower)

Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me by Cedarmont Kids

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Shoo fly, don’t bother me (wave scarf around, pretending to try and hit a fly)
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star (wave scarf over head)
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star

Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

Free Play!!

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Rhyme Time: Week 1

This week kicked off our brand new set of Children’s programs!! Today was the first day I held a program for the under 2 crowd and was very excited to get started. This program was also the first one I ever did without a theme. At first I was apprehensive not having a theme but then I realized all the options available. Without any further do…

Let’s All Clap (Tune: Skip to My Lou)
Kids love their own names and get really excited to have people clap for them. This is a great opener to get children ready for the program.
Let’s all clap cause (name)  is here, (name) is here, (name) is here,
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here
(name) is here today
YAY! (raise arms in the air)

Wake Up Feet
Next I told the children it is time to wake up our body parts!
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning
(hands, ears, knees)

Source: Jbrary

Hello Everybody
Of course we had to make sure we brought all of our body parts to the library today.
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose today
(touch your toes, pat your head, rub your tummy)

Source: Jbrary

The Garden Snail
A real crowd favorite! This received a few “do it again” yells.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail (creep thumb slowly up arm)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, up the garden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly goes the little mouse (scurry fingers up arm)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, all around the house

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And then itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Book- Read it to the tune of Frere Jacques

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Picture Walk- I Went To Visit a Farm One Day

I love picture walks, for those of you who are not familiar with them it is basically when you go over the pages of a book without actually reading the story. It is a great way to get kids engaged. For this picture walk we looked at the different animals in the book.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

I went to visit a farm one day
I saw a (animal) along the way
And what do you think that (animal) did say?

Source: Mother Goose on the Loose

Scarves

Next we played with the scarves. I just received these wonderful bright scarves from Lakeshore Learning and couldn’t wait to use them!

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This is the Way We Wash Our Face
This is the way we wash our face (pretend to wash face)
Wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face
So early in the morning
(repeat with other body parts)

Wind, Oh Wind
Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say (wave scarves)
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves I say
I am blowing the scarves away

Popcorn Kernels (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (wave scarves, over head)
In the pot, in the pot (bunch scarves in fist)
Shake them shake them shake them (shake closed fist)
Shake them shake them shake them
‘Til they pop (toss scarves into the air)

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold scarf out)
Wiggle it high
Wiggle it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow
Where did it go? (hide behind back)

Overall: I was really excited to work with the younger ones. By far the most popular song was “The Garden Snail” and the scarf activities were a huge hit. I actually had a child and grandmother stay late and keep playing with the scarves. I had a small crowd since it was only the first week and the library I am currently working at has never had a program like this before but I’m optimistic that it will grow with time.

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