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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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Music & Movement: Week 2

We Clap Our Hands Together
We clap our hands together
We clap our hands together
We clap our hands together
Because it’s fun to do
(We wave our arms together)
(We wiggle our feet together)
(We say hello together)

Stretching
I stretch and stretch and find it fun
To try and reach up to the sun
I bend and bend to touch the ground
Then I twist and twist around

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy thumbs up
Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all around the town
Dance them on your shoulder
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed

Tempo Marches On by Jim Gill

Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill

Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

Scarves

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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)

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)

Song Cube

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Time for “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Instruments

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A colleague told me about the CD Party Like a Preschooler by Go Fish and it was very fun and upbeat. I put the CD on shuffle and let the parents and their child explore the different instruments.

Summary: The attendance is still low and the age is younger than I anticipated but it did grow by one family this week (YAY!). I’m hoping eventually to have enough children to use the parachute with them. I didn’t have much time to plan today’s program and relied heavily upon my go tos. Next week I am hoping to do something more formal with instruments and use different songs.

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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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