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Storytime: Summer

Books

“Mouse’s First Summer” by Lauren Thompson
“One Hot Summer Day” by Nina crews
“Sea, Sand, Me” by Patricia Hubbell

Mr. Sun
Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun (circle arms overhead)
Please shine down on me
Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Hiding behind a tree (shield eyes)
These little children are asking you
To please come out so we can play with you (beckoning motion with hand)
Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Gold Sun (circle arms overhead)
Please shine down on me

Going to the Pool
Tune: If you’re Happy and You Know It
To encourage families to sing along I had them say the part in italics.

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If you’re gong to the pool wear your suit, wear your suit
If you’re going to the pool wear your suit, wear your suit
If you’re going to the pool then a suit will keep you cool
If you’re going to the pool wear your suit, wear your suit

(repeat with: hat, flip flops, sunglasses)

5 Little Seashells

IMG_32115 little seashells lying on the shore (hold up 5 fingers)
Swish went the waves (move arms in wave motion)
And then there were 4
4 little seashells pretty as can be
Swish went the waves
And then there were 3
3 little seashells all pearly new
Swish went the waves
And then there were 2
2 little seashells lying in the sun
Swish went the waves
And then there was 1
1 little seashell lying all alone
I picked it up and I took it home

So Many Shells
Each child was given a different color shell, when I said their color they put their shell on the board.

There are so many shells in the hot, hot sand
What color shell is in my hand?
If you have a (color) shell, come on up and put it on the sand

 

Craft – Kite
I got this idea from Lovely Commotion, check out their blog for the full instructions. Children colored/drew on the bags, put stickers on them and then taped streamers. Once they were done the child (with the parents help) added the string. Children had a great time making these and loved twirling around the room with them.

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Storytime: Fruits/Vegetables

Today’s storytime was all about fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. Summer is a great time to talk about nutrition because so many delicious fruits and veggies are in season. The Farmer’s Markets are just starting up and I thought this was a great way to celebrate!

Books

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” by Jane Yolen
“Lunch” by Denise Fleming

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I’ve been looking for an excuse to use this puppet from Discount School Supplies and I must say it was such a hit! The kids absolutely loved feeding the caterpillar and then watching him turn into a butterfly. This was also a great opportunity to talk about which foods we can eat a lot of and often and which ones we should save for a special treat!

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

Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner Band
with egg shakers
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Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas (hold up 5 fingers)
In a peapod pressed (intertwine fingers)
1 grew, 2 grew and so did all the rest (raises fingers 1 by 1)
They grew and they grew and they didn’t stop (slowly bring hands apart)
They grew so fat that the peapod POPPED! (clap)

Five Ripe Berries

IMG_3017Five ripe berries sitting in a bowl (hold up 5 fingers)
The strawberry fell out and started to roll (roll arms)
It bumped the table (tap knee)
And hit my toe (tap toe)
how many berries in the bowl? (shrug)

Count down
(blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry)

Fruit Kabobs

IMG_3015To encourage children to try some new fruits I made fruit kabobs with mango, strawberry, cantaloupe, melon, pineapple and watermelon. Most of the kids have never tried mango and really enjoyed it! I used straws instead of skewers.

C is for Caterpillar Craft

IMG_3014Children glued pom-poms onto the caterpillar. We discussed how each pom-pom can represent a different healthy food that the caterpillar ate and tried to guess what some of the colors could be.

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Storytime: Art

Books:

“The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle
“I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont
Before reading “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” I gave each child a clean paint brush. I instructed the child or caregiver to brush the body part mentioned. The kids got a kick out of joining in!
“Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh

This is the Way (Tune: Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint (stirring motion)
This is the way we stir the paint so early in the morning
This is the way we dip our brush, dip our brush, dip our brush (dipping motion)
This is the way we dip our brush so early in the morning
This is the way we paint our picture, paint our picture, paint our picture (up and down strokes)
This is the way we paint our picture so early in the morning

Five Little Paintbrushes

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Five little paintbrushes went out to paint
One painted white than ran away
The second painted red and jumped on the bed
The third painted green and fled the scene
The fourth painted black than ran around the back
The fifth painted yellow and felt so mellow
Then he invited everybody back!

Rainbow Song (Tune: Hush Little Baby)

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Rainbow purple
Rainbow blue
Rainbow green
and yellow too
Rainbow orange
Rainbow red
Rainbow shining over head

Come and count the colors with me
How many colors can you see?
(count)

I Know
First I put all of the colors up and we went over our colors again. Then I told them to close their eyes and took one away. I asked children to tell me what color was missing. To help some children I put up the rainbow to remind them of the colors.
I know the colors of the rainbow
Do you know them too?
If one color were missing
Would you know which hue?

Color Song (Tune: Knick Knack Paddy Whack)
Red, red, red touch your head
Blue, blue, blue tie your shoe
Brown, brown, brown bend and touch the ground
White, white, white take a bite
Black, black, black touch your back
Purple, purple, purple turn in a circle
Pink, pink, pink give a wink
Gray, gray, gray now shout hooray!

Craft:
Each child was given a butterfly already cut out, hole punched and tied with ribbon. The children painted 1 half of the butterfly and folded it in half to create the same pattern on the other side. This was a very simple craft to prep and the kids had so much fun painting and were amazed when they folded the butterfly.

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Storytime: Pets

Today’s storytime was all about pets but since I have a younger crowd who mainly has cats or dogs I decided to stick to those. This was also the perfect time to bring out my new puppets from Folkmanis Puppets! I recently bought a bunch of puppets from Folkmanis Puppets and am beyond excited to use them. I especially love using them with the babies and toddlers, they get so excited to give our new storytime puppet a hug.

Yellow Labrador Puppy

Yellow Labrador Puppy  |  Folkmanis
Orange Tabby Kitten
Orange Tabby Kitten Hand Puppet  |  Folkmanis

Books

“Cookie’s Week” by Cindy Ward
“Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell
“Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd

Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left (move hand to the left)
They run to the right (move hand to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the big sunlight (hold up 5 fingers)
Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun (whisper, make fist with other hand)
Wooof! (have fist quickly move towards fingers)
Meow!! (hide fingers behind back)
See those five kittens run

Where is Big Cat?
(Tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Where is big cat, where is big cat? (hide thumbs behind back)
Here I am, here I am (bring thumbs out front)
How are you today cat? (wiggle 1 thumb)
Very well I thank you (wiggle other thumb)
Meow, meow, meow  (hide 1 thumb behind back)
Meow, meow, meow (hide other thumb)

B-I-N-G-O
I recently attended a storytime workshop that said talked about the importance of letter recognition. They suggested to encourage letter recognition you should take away the O first, this way the last letter remaining is B. Before we sang the song we talked about letter B and I informed parents about the importance of letter recognition.

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There was a farmer who had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o

(repeat until you are clapping for all of the letters)

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

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Storytime: Dinosaurs

Books

“Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs” by Byron Barton
“Shape by Shape” by Suse MacDonald
“Ten Terrible Dinosaurs” by Paul Stickland

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs lived long ago
Some walked (stomp feet)
Some swam (pretend to swim)
Some flew you know (flap arms)
Some where big (hold hands out to the side)
Some where small (lower hands to the floor)
Some were gigantic
And very, very tall (raise hands up)

We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner
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This song has been turned into a book but unfortunately it wasn’t available in time for my program. This is such a fun song to march and roar to. I can’t wait to read the book!

Dinosaur, Dinosaur
Dinosaur, dinosaur turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur sit down please

Dotty the Dinosaur
I originally got the idea after seeing Read It Again!’s post. The great thing about Dotty the Dinosaur is that you can adjust it. I had some fruit and vegetable felt pieces on hand and made my dinosaurs to match them. The dinosaurs can be used for so many things! My co-worker used them while doing a storytime about colors.

Dotty the Dinosaur loves to eat things like peas!
That is why the color of her skin is a lovely green.

One day she sees some strawberries and apples.
She eats them all day long.
Later that day Dotty turns a bright red.

(continue with other fruits/vegetables and colors)

Dotty couldn’t decide which color she likes best.
So Dotty eats everything.
Her skin an awful mess?

No, Dotty now has dots of color everywhere.
Dotty now was different but Dotty didn’t care.

Dotty loves her new skin, she likes it a lot.
Now she is the only dinosaur with a coat of polka dots!

Source: Preschool Express

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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: Spring

Books:
“Spring is Here” by Will Hillenbrand
“Mouse’s First Spring” by Lauren Thompson
“Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck” by Lisa Westberg Peters

Little Bear
Tune: Frere Jacque
(ask children and parents to repeat after you)
(this is a great song to do with a bear puppet!)

Are you sleepy, are you sleepy (yawn)
Little bear, little bear
Wintertime is coming, wintertime is coming
Very soon, very soon

Find a cave, find a cave (shade eyes and look around)
Little bear, little bear
Wintertime is here, wintertime is here
Go to sleep, go to sleep (put head on hands)

Are you sleepy, are you sleepy
Little bear, little bear
You wake in the spring, you wake in the spring
Little bear, little bear

Time to wake up, time to wake up (stretch)
Little bear, little bear
Springtime is here, springtime is here
Wake up now, wake up now

In the Spring
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Sway your arms in the spring, in the spring, in the spring
Sway your arms in the spring, a happy time of year

repeat with:
wiggle your toes
shrug your shoulders
stomp your feet

During the Spring
During the spring it often showers (flutter fingers down)
Or the sun shines for many hours (circle arms overhead)
And both are good for the flowers (cup hands and extend them up)

Ten Little Flowers
Tune: Ten Little Indians

1 little, 2 little, 3 little flowers (count on fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little flowers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little flowers
10 flowers in the spring

Give them rain and lots of sunshine (wiggle fingers down and circle arms overhead)
Give them rain and lots of sunshine
Give them rain and lots of sunshine
So they’ll grow up tall! (reach arms up)

Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came back

(count down)

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Storytime: Clothes

Books:
“Ella Sarah Gets Dressed” by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
“Hooray for Hat!” by Brian Won
“Duck Sock Hop” by Jane Kohuth

Silly Hat
On my head, I wear a hat (pretend to place hat on head)
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro (tilt head side to side)
Where else can my silly hat go?
(repeat with different body parts)

Source: Jbrary

Grandma’s Glasses
These are grandma’s glasses (circle hands over eyes)
This is grandma’s hat (place hands over head)
This is the way she folds her hands (clasp hands together)
And lays them in her lap (place hands in lap)

Here are grandpa’s glasses (circle hands over eyes)
And here is grandpa’s hat (place hands over head)
And here’s the way he folds his arms (cross arms)
And takes a little nap (place head on arms and snore)

Boots by Laurie Berkner

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This was a great song to get wiggles out! We marched around the room, had kids jumping like frogs and danced about. Even the shyest kids got into it!

Missing Socks Flannel Board
(Tune: Where, Oh Where)
For this flannel board I hot glued a magnet onto a clothes pin and gave each child a clothes pin to practice opening and closing it. Parents were great about helping their little ones use their motor skills! Next I gave each child a colored sock and had them discuss with their parents what color the sock is. As I sang about my missing sock children would bring their matching sock to the board. 

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Where, oh where did my socks go? (shrug shoulders)
Where, oh where can they be?
I have looked high and I have looked low (shield eyes and pretend to look)
Where, oh where can they be?

I’m looking for my red sock!

(repeat with other colors)

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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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Superhero Training Course

Who doesn’t want to become a superhero?? This training course was simple to prep and really fun for the kids. The attendance we receive was over double of what I expected (thank goodness for awesome staff who can cut out masks quickly)! If you have never done a superhero training course I highly recommend you do. Our program was aimed at children 8 and under but can be modified to meet other age groups.

To become a superhero children had to complete the stations in order, I gave each parent a checklist and pencil to keep track. Once children completed all of the stations they received a superhero certificate!

Station checklist:
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You can find a printable checklist here: superhero-checklist-read-with-mich
You can find printable station signs here: station-signs-read-with-mich

Station 1: Make a Mask
We made each mask out of cardstock to ensure that it would hold up while the children completed the training course. The template we used came from Clip Art Best.

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Station 2: Make Arm Cuffs
First we painted toilet paper rolls, next we cut a line down them and curved the edges to give it a superhero touch! We put out stickers, puff balls and foam stickers for children to decorate the cuffs with.

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Station 3: Superhero Name
Every superhero needs a special name! Children used the name generator or came up with their own and put it on a name tag. My favorite name was “Captain America Batman.” I found this Name Generator image online but do not have a source for it.

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Station 4: Spider Crawl
For the spider crawl I put out a tunnel in the stacks. While this was a fun activity for the younger crowd I did have a few 10 year olds who were unable to go through it.

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Station 5: Knock over the Villains
We used some plastic bottles who had laying around (cans would work as well) and taped pictures of different villains onto them. Children then used bean bags to knock over the bottles This was by far the favorite activity!

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Station 6: Leaps & Bounds
Another very simple activity that was a crowd pleaser! We printed out pictures of real buildings, laminated them and then taped them to book ends. There was a lot of creative jumping.

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Certificate:
After completing the training course each superhero received a certificate with their superhero name on it! The Burke Family’s Blog is the source of the certificate.

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