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Storytime: Garden

Books

“Up, Down, and Around” by Katherine Ayres
“Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert
“The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss

Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a peapod pressed (hold up 5 fingers and intertwine hands)
One grew, two grew and so did all the rest (raise fingers up 1 by 1)
They grew and they grew and they didn’t stop (slowly separate hands)
They grew and they grew until they popped! (clap hands)

Something in My Garden
I downloaded an app to my phone that plays animal noises. I would play the noise and ask the children what animal they thought it was. Then I would hold up a corresponding puppet. The kids loved this but after they learned the puppets were in my bag they kept taking them out for the rest of the storytime. I should have waited until the end to introduce them.
There’s something in my garden, now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden that I can’t really see
Hear it’s funny sound
A (animal) is what I found!

Farmer and His Seeds (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The farmer plants the seeds (pretend to plant seeds)
The farmer plants the seeds
Hi, ho the derry-o
The farmer plants the seeds

The sun comes out to shine (circle arms overhead)
The sun comes out to shine
Hi, ho the derry-o
The sun comes out to shine

The rain begins to fall (wiggle fingers down)
The rain begins to fall
Hi, ho, the derry-o
The rain begins to fall

The seeds begin to grow (slowly raise arms up)
The seeds begin to grow
Hi, ho the derry-o
The seeds begin to grow

The farmer picks the veggies (pulling motion)
The farmer picks the veggies
Hi, ho the derry-o
the farmer picks the veggies

Now we’ll have some soup (eating motion)
Now we’ll have some soup
Hi, ho the derry-o
Now we’ll have some soup

Out in the Garden (Tune: Down by the Station)
I bought this wonderful felt vegetables at Target in the dollar section and have been dying to use them! I originally planned to sing the song for each vegetable and have a rabbit puppet “eat” the veggies off of the felt board. The kids were a little crazed at this point and the rabbit was already bouncing around the storytime room.  Instead I have the children (who were already clustered around me) a veggie and asked them to feed the rabbit. They really seemed to enjoy it.

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Out in the garden early in the morning
See the red tomatoes all in a row
See the hungry bunny coming out to eat them
Crunch, munch, crunch, munch, off he goes

(repeat with other vegetables)

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Storytime: Picnic

Books

“It’s the Bear!” by Jez Alborough
“We’re Going on a Picnic!” by Pat Hutchins

Bananas Unite
Bananas unite! (clap hands over head)
Peel bananas, peel peel bananas (move hands down body)
Peel bananas, peel peel bananas
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas (make chopping motion with hands)
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
Mash bananas, mash mash bananas (squish hands together)
Mash bananas, mash mash banans
Eat bananas, eat eat bananas (eating motion)
Eat bananas, eat eat bananas
Gooooo bananas!! (raise arms in the air)

Source: Jbrary

Going on a Picnic
I recently bought this toddler safe food basket from Lakeshore Learning and used the food from it. I gave each child 1 piece and they put it into our picnic basket when I mentioned their item.

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Going on a picnic, gonna pack a lunch
Going on a picnic, I wonder what we’ll munch??

Popsicle (Folder Story)
To make a folder story all you have to do is print out the image and put it on a file folder. Then you cut out the hole for the tongue. Next you find paper in the corresponding colors and put them in order in the folder. As you tell the story you pull out the paper and let the next one show through.

In the Summer when it’s really hot,
I want something that will hit the spot
Well it’s not a pickle & I’m not very fickle
All I want is an ice cold popsicle!

I’m eating a strawberry popsicle,
I’m eating a strawberrry popsicle
Slurp, slurp, slurp
Yum, yum, yum

Now stick out your tongue
Egh, egh, egh
What color is your tongue when you’re done?

(repeat with: grape, lime, orange, lemon, blueberry, rainbow)

Source: Storytiming

Craft: Puffy Paint Popsicle
For this craft I walked parents and children through making their own puffy paint. We mixed glue and shaving cream together, then added a few colors of food coloring. Next children put the puffy paint all over their cardstock popsicle and we put sprinkles on them. The parents loved learning how to make puffy paint and many said they plan on doing it at home.

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And of course we ended this story time by having some popsicles!

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Storytime: Monsters

Books

“Tickle Monster” by Edouard Manceau
“If You’re a Monster  and You Know It” by Rebecca & Ed Emberley

Ten Little Monsters
1 little, 2 little, 3 little mosnters
4 little, 5 little, 6 little monsters
7 little, 8 little, 9 little monsters
10 little monsters roaring at me

“Go Away, Big Green Monster” by Ed Emberley Puppet
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This is such a fun puppet, I planned a monster storytime just so I could use it. This puppet was purchased at Lakeshore Learning.

If I Were a Monster
If I were a happy monster, I’d go ha ha ha
If I were a sad monster, I’d go boo hoo hoo
If I were a mad monster, I’d go stomp stomp stomp
If I were a scared monster, I’d go ahh ahh ahh
But I’m just me, you see, so I’ll just read read read

Monster, Monster
Monster, monster turn around
Monster, monster touch the ground
Monster, monster reach up high
Monster, monster squint your eyes
Monster, monster show your teeth
Monster, monster stomp your feet
Monster, monster slap your knees
Monster, monster sit down please

Monster Brown Bag Puppet

Today we painted with LEGO® DUPLO® bricks! It was really neat to see the patterns the bricks can make by using the different sides. While this was a lot of fun it was messier than I anticipated. I had one toddler end up getting paint all over his dad’s shorts! I wish I gave them a notice last week that we would be painting this week. Also, make sure to instruct children and adults to put glue on the monster parts and not on the bag. No one wants painted glue sticks! The monster parts are from Somewhat Simple.

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Story time: Ocean Animals

“Rub-a-Dub Sub” by Linda Ashman
“The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen
“I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” by Kevin Sherry

Five Little Fishies
Five little fishies swimming in the sea (swimming motion)
Teasing Mr. Shark, “No you can’t catch me, no you can’t catch me” (wave finger side to side)
Along comes Mr. Shark as quiet as can be… (whisper, move hands together slowly)
And snaps that fishie right out of the sea (clap hands)

(count down)
I had one child beg me to not let the last fish be eaten so we ended it with “but the fishie was too fast for Mr. Shark and got away.”

Baby Shark
Baby shark doot-doo, doot-doo-doo (tap thumb and pointer finger together)
Baby shark doot-doo, doot-doo-doo
Baby shark doot-doo, doot-doo-doo
Baby shark

(repeat with…)
Mommy shark… (open and close hand)
Daddy shark… (open and close hands widely)
Grandpa shark.. (open and close hands with closed fist)
Going swimming… (pretend to swim)
See a shark… (make looking motion)
Swimming fast… (pretend to swim quickly)
Safe at last… (wipe forehead)
Bye-bye shark… (wave goodbye)

The Waves in the Ocean
The waves in the ocean go up and down, up and down, up and down (raise and lower arms)
The waves in the ocean go up and down all day long

(repeat with…)
The crabs in the ocean go pinch, pinch, pinch (open and close hands)
The sharks in the ocean go snap, snap, snap (open and close hand widely)
The fish in the ocean go swim, swim, swim (make swiming motion)

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry Flannel Board
I love this book and thought it would translate well into a felt board and it definitely did! I wish I had enough time to actually make it out of felt but all I did was print off clip art images, laminate them and then put velcro on the back. Kids loved it!

Craft
For this craft all I did was cut out cardstock ocean animals. Kids then put glue all over their animal and put down tissue paper. For the final touch we added some eyes!

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Storytime: Boats

Books:
“Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
“Busy boats” by Tony Mitton

Splashin Up and Down
Splashin up and down in my little red rowboat (lapbounce or pretend to row)
Splashin up and down in my little red rowboat
Splashin up and down in my little red rowboat
Won’t you be my darling

(repeat with)
Lookin out to sea in my little red rowboat (shield eyes)
Waving to a whale in my little red rowboat (wave)
Don’t stand up or you might tip over (lean to the side)

Motorboat
Motorboat, motorboat, go so sloooow (roll hands slowly)
Motorboat, motorboat, go so sloooow
Motorboat, motorboat, step on the gas (tap foot)

Motorboat, motorboat go so fast (roll hands quickly)
Motorboat, motorboat, go so fast
Motorboat, motorboat, CRASH (clap)

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat gently to the river
If you see a polar bear, don’t forget to shiver

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream

Row, row, row your boat gently to the shore
If you see a lion, don’t forget to roar!

Five Sailboats
Tune: Five Little Ducks

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5 sailboats went out one day (hold up 5 fingers)
Over the waves and far away (move hand up and down)
With the wind they begin to rock (lean side to side)
And 1 little sailboat returns to dock

(count down)

Sailboats in the Water
Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man

To make the sailboats I used a cut out machine we have and used different colors. The kids love this type of activity and get really excited when it is their turn.

If you have a (color) sailboat, a (color) sailboat, a (color) sailboat
If you have a (color) sailboat, put it in the water!

Craft
For the craft I cut paper plates in half and used a razor to make a slit near the top. Next I cut out boats. Children colored the boats and glued them to the popsicle stick. Then they colored the plate and some drew fish in their water. They can put the popsicle stick inside of the plate and move the boat around like it is floating on the water!

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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: Garden

Books

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres

Five Green Peas
Five green peas in a pea pod pressed (make fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (raise fingers 1 by 1)
They grew and they grew and they didn’t stop (spread hands apart in the air)
They grew and they grew until they popped (clap hands)

Something in My Garden
I used an app on my phone to play the animal noise and had puppets in my bag. The kids had a blast trying to guess what the next animal would be.
There’s something in my garden, now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden that I can’t really see.
Hear it’s funny sound (make animal noise)
A (animal) is what I found!

A Little Sun
A little sun (circle arms overhead)
A little rain (wiggle fingers down)
Now pull up all the weeds (pulling motion)
Our flowers grow, all in a row (hold up fingers)
From tiny little seeds

Five Spring Flowers
I used our mix and match flower flannel board, the kids loved being able to change the flowers around.

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Five spring flowers, all in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one says, “We need rain to grow” (wiggle fingers down)
The second one says, “Oh yes, we need water” (nod head)
The third one says, “It’s getting hotter” (fan face)
The fourth one says, “I see clouds in the sky” (point up)
The fifth ones says,k “I wonder why?” (shrug shoulders)
Then BOOM went the thunder (clap)
And crash went the lightning
That springtime storm was very frightening (hug self)
But the flowers weren’t worried
Oh no, no, no (shake head)
Because the rain helps them grow, grow, grow (raise arms up)

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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: Royalty

“Who Wants a Dragon” by James Matthew
“I didn’t Do It!” by tony Ross

Royal King Family
This fingerplay is exactly like “Daddy Finger.”
Thumb – King

Pointer – Queen
Middle – Prince
Ring – Princess
Pinkie – Royal Baby

King finger, king finger (tap thumb)
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am
How do you do?

(repeat with other fingers)

Dragon, Dragon
Dragon, dragon turn around (turn)
Dragon, dragon touch the ground (touch floor)
Dragon, dragon fly up high (hold arms up)
Dragon, dragon float in the sky (hold arms out to the side)
Dragon, dragon shake your tail (shake behind)
Dragon, dragon move slow like a snail (tip toe)
Dragon, dragon give a roar
Dragon, dragon sit on the floor

Two Little Dragons
(Tune: Two Little Blackbirds)
Two little dragons sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Grand Old Duke of York
Parents bounced their child and older children marched and raised/lowered their arms.

The grand old duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again
And when they’re up, they’re up
And when they’re down, they’re down
And when they’re only half way up
They’re neither up nor down

Humpty Dumpty
Each child was given the chance to knock humpty dumpty off of the flannel board!

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Humpty dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty dumpty had a great fall
And all of the kings horses
And all of the kings men
Couldn’t put humpty together 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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