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“Dancing” Preschool Storytime

Dancing Preschool

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Hilda Must be Dancing by Karma Wilson

Song: The Learning Groove’s “Dance Freeze Melt”

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Dancing
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves getting down
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves to turn around!
You lean to the left
You lean to the right
You hug that baby nice and tight
Source: King County Library System

Felt Board – Five Enormous Dinosaurs
Five enormous dinosaurs, letting out a roar,
One danced away, and then there were four!
Twist, twist, twist, twist,
Twist, twist, twist, twist… Roar!
Four enormous dinosaurs, crashing down a tree,
One skipped away, and then there were three!
Skip, skip, skip,skip,
Skip, skip, skip, skip… Roar!
Three enormous dinosaurs, eating tiger stew,
One twirled away, and then there were two!
Twirl, twirl, twirl, twirl,
Twirl, twirl, twirl, twirl… Roar!
Two enormous dinosaurs, resting in the sun,
One shook away, and then there was one!
Shake, shake, shake, shake,
Shake, shake, shake, shake… Roar!
One enormous dinosaur, now the day is done,
He wiggled away, and then there were none!
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle… Roar!
Source: King County Library System (variation 2)

Book – I Got the Rhythm by Connie Scholfield-Morrison

Song – The Learning Groove’s “Mi Cuerpo hace Musica”

Walking Walking (tune of Frere Jacques)
Walking walking. Walking walking.
Hop hop hop. Hop hop hop.
Running running running. Running running running.
Now let’s stop. Now let’s stop.
Source: Super Simple Learning (I love their extra verses!)

Book – Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont

Song: “Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy Thumbs up and (thumbs up sign)
Tommy Thumbs down. (both thumbs down)
Tommy Thumbs dancing all over town. (dance thumbs)
Dance ‘em on your shoulders. (bounce them on shoulders)
Dance ‘em on your head. (bounce them on head)
Dance ‘em on your knees. (bounce them on knees)
And tuck them into bed ! (fold arms, hiding hands)
Source: King County Library System

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early Literacy Tip: By integrating movement and literacy, children use more of their senses to retain information. Movement stimulates the brain and memory.
Source: United Way

 

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“Spaced-Out” Yoga Storytime!

hello moon yoga

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Open Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Book – Hello, Moon! by Francesca Simon

  1. Hello, Moon! Can we talk? I get lonely down here sometimes. What I want to know is…
  2. Do you have a bouncy bed? (jump on mat) I like bouncing on my bed.
    Do you go the park? I like going down the twisty, slide. (spin back to seated)
  3. Do you pretend you’re a crocodile? (alligator pose) Do you play pirates? (walk from back of mat to front like walking the plank)
  4. I really like tigers. (lion’s breath)
  5. Can you see the sea? (mermaid pose/ locust pose)
  6. Can you see the highest mountain? (mountain pose)
  7. Do you have lots of friends? (We said the stars were the moon’s friends – 5 pointed star pose.)
  8. Can you tell me some of their names? (Cat/cows with meows and moos for Leo, donkey kicks for Pegasus)
  9. Good night, Moon. (child’s pose)

Song: Laurie Berkner- “Rocketship Run
sun – stand with arms overhead in circle
moon – standing side bends like a crescent moon
star – five-pointed-star pose
earth – child’s pose

Collecting Moon Rocks for Science
We put on our space suits, blasted off (chair pose), landed on the moon (apanasana or rock and roll pose), and collected “space rocks” with our toes. Then we came back to earth for pranayama (breathwork) and savasana. (I tossed a bag of pompoms around the room and had the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls. Normally, this game is called “toe-ga.”

I gave them each a moon rock to place on their bellies while lying on their backs. They could watch the moon rock go up and down with their inhales and exhales. 

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We pretended we were back in space, floating calmly and watching the stars twinkle. We looked back to earth and saw how beautiful it was: green, blue, and white. We thought of the things on earth that made us the most happy and calm and tried to hold on to that feeling.

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Star Meditation Jars

 

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Dancing Toddler storytime

dancing toddler

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Where, oh Where are Baby’s Fingers?
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? Where, oh where are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
‘Round and round it goes
Where, oh where are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Dancing
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves getting down
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves to turn around!
You lean to the left
You lean to the right
You hug that baby nice and tight
Source: King County Library System

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
(repeat with other movements—stamp your feet, shout hurray, etc.)
Source: traditional

Book – Dancing Feet! by Lindsay Craig

Here We Go Up, Up, Up
Here we go up, up, up,
(lift baby’s legs off your lap)
Here we come down, down, down,
(lower baby’s legs)
Here we go backwards and forwards (rock baby back and forth)
And here we go round and around!
(bicycle baby’s legs in the air)
Source: King County Library System

The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
(lift child up or reach arms up high)
And he marched them down again.
(lower child or arms)
And when they were up, they were up.
(lift child up or reach arms up high)
And when they were down, they were down.
(lower child or arms)
And when they were only half way up,
(hold arms or child at waist height)
They were neither up nor down.
(reach/lift up and down again)
Source: traditional

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Early Literacy Tip: By integrating movement and literacy, children use more of their senses to retain information. Movement stimulates the brain and memory.
Source: United Way

 

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Chinese/ Lunar New Year Preschool Storytime

chinese new year

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

I made one of these dragons and danced it through the group of kiddos during each dragon rhyme.

If You’re a Dragon and You Know It
If you’re a dragon and you know it,
Show your claws.
If you’re a dragon and you know it,
Show your claws.
If you’re a dragon and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re a dragon and you know it,
Show your claws.
Have the kids tell you what other traits dragons have and make up new verses with these traits.
Source: Storytime with Miss Mollie

Felt Board – Four Red Dragons
Four red dragons
Dancing ’round a tree
One danced away
And then there were three
Three red dragons
Dancing ’round you
One danced away
And then there were two
Two red dragons
Dancing in the sun
One danced away
And then there was one
One red dragon
Having lots of fun
She danced away
And then there were none
Source: Storytime with Miss Mollie

Book – Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong

Almond Cookies (Frere Jacques)
Almond cookies, almond cookies
For the new year, for the new year
Pour and mix and bake, pour and mix and bake
Yum, yum, yum. Yum, yum, yum.
Source: King County Library System

Felt Board – How Can You Tell?
This is a circle. (point to a circle)
How can you tell?
It goes round and round
No end can be found.
This is a square. (point to a square)
How can you tell?
It has four sides,
All the same size.
Source: King County Library System

Song – “Dance Freeze Melt” by The Learning Groove with Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

Book – The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer

See the Dragon
Sung to: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
See the dragon dance and prance
Dance and prance, dance and prance
See the dragon dance and prance
On Chinese New Year’s Day
Hear the firecrackers pop pop pop
Pop pop, pop pop
Hear the firecrackers pop pop pop
On Chinese New Year’s Day
Source: Perpetual Preschool

Dragon Dragon
Dragon, dragon, dance around
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground
Dragon, dragon, scratch your head
Dragon, dragon, point to red
Dragon, dragon, shut the door
Dragon, dragon, give a great big roar
Source: King County Library System

Good-bye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Introduce young children to other cultures, languages, holidays, and foods. The more familiar they are with other cultures, the more comfortable and tolerant they will be.

 

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Shapes Toddler Storytime

toddler shapes

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book: Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone

Lost my Circle (felt board with various shapes of various colors. I asked the kids after the song, “Which shape is the circle? What color is it?
(Tune: Skip to my Lou)
Lost my circle, what do I do?
Lost my circle, what do I do?
Lost my circle, what do I do?
What do I do, my darling?
Repeat with other shapes
Source: CF Kids Librarian

Scarf Play
Peek-a-boo
Scarf Toss (literally, just tossing the scarves in the air, while saying, “1,2,3 – weee!!!!)

Scarf Song
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My scarf goes up. My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes around, around, around, around, around.
My scarf goes in. My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about, about, about.
Source: No clue where I originally saw or heard this, but here is a PDF.)

Scarf Dance
(Tune of Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush)
Wave the scarf above your head
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head.
Now drop it on the ground.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
To the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
Now make a clapping sound.
Pick your scarf up off the ground
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground.
Now twirl and dance around.
Source: King County Library System

Book – My Toys have Shapes by Bobbi Kalman

Where is Triangle?
(Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)
Where is triangle?  Where is triangle?
Here I am.  Here I am.
How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.  Run away.
Repeat with other shapes
Source: A to Z Teacher Stuff

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

Rainbows in my Bubbles
(Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early Literacy tip: Narrative refers to the process of stringing together meaningful ideas as a story. When a baby points to a dropped bottle and gestures grandly, she may be saying, “I was holding my bottle. Then it slipped. Now look, there’s a big mess!” When these narratives are acknowledged, infants are motivated to continue sharing their stories with adults. Narrative understanding is at the heart of learning to read and communicate.
Zero to Three

 

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Love and Hearts Preschool Storytime

preschool love hearts

 

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

So… I had planned a bunch of heart and Valentine-related rhymes, but the kiddos today were SO RESTLESS so we mostly just danced in between books.

Song: Greg and Steve’s “Listen and Move

Book – Planted a Kiss by Amy Krause Rosenthal

Here is a Green Leaf
Here’s a green leaf, and here’s a green leaf
(hold out left hand, then right)
And that you see makes two
(hold up 2 fingers)
This is the bud that makes the flower
(hold palms together)
Now watch it bloom for you
(slowly separate palms)
Source: King County Library System

Song – “Growing Bigger” by Preschool of Rock

Felt Board – Little Red Valentine (Skip to my Lou)
Little Red Valentine, I love you.
Little Red Valentine, I love you.
Little Red Valentine, I love you.
Orange one says, “I do, too!”
Repeat with other colors: orange, blue, green, yellow, etc. 
Little Pink  Valentine, I love you.
Little Pink  Valentine, I love you.
Little Pink  Valentine, I love you
Happy Valentine’s Day
I passed out hearts of various colors to the kids and had them bring them up when we said the color.
Source: Storytime ABCs

Book – The I Love You Book by Todd Parr

Little Heart
I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump
(pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)
Source: King County Library System

Good-bye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Talk about the word “Valentine” sound out the different parts of the word “val” “en” “tine” – say them separately and then together again, first slowly and then faster. Clap once for each syllable of the word. Do the same thing with “sweetheart.” 

♥ Help your child think of words that rhyme with “love” like “glove, above, dove” – make up silly rhymes with these words. Try rhyming “den” and “sleep” too!

♥ Help your child think of words that start with the “V”- “vuh” sound or have the “v” sound in them (vase, violin, glove, drive, very, give).
Source: Perry Public Library

Bonus Valentine joke: What did the boy sheep say to the girl sheep on Valentine’s Day?
You’re not baaaaa-d.
 

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Love and Hearts Toddler Storytime

Toddler love and hearts

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – My Heart is like a Zoo by Michael Hall

Valentines
Valentines, valentines
How many do you see?
Valentines, valentines
Count them all with me
One for father, one for mother
(count on fingers)
One for grandma too
One for sister, one for brother
And here is one for you
(make heart with thumbs and index fingers)
Source: King County Library System

Scarf Play
Peek-a-boo
Scarf Toss (literally, just tossing the scarves in the air, while saying, “1,2,3 – weee!!!!)!

Scarf Song
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My scarf goes up. My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes around, around, around, around, around.
My scarf goes in. My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about, about, about.
Source: No clue where I originally saw or heard this, but here is a PDF.)

Book – I Love You Book by Todd Parr

Teeny Tiny Valentine for You
I’m a teeny tiny valentine for you
(repeat twice in soft voice)
I’ll be yours, will you be mine
And I will love you all the time
I’m a teeny tiny valentine for you.

I’m a great big valentine for you
(repeat twice in loud voice)
I’ll be yours, will you be mine?
And I will love you all the time
I’m a great big valentine for you.
Source: King County Library System

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early literacy tip: Children love books that reaffirm your love for them. Especially as they grow older and learn to deal with their emotions, it’s important for them to know that you love them, no matter how much they may sometimes misbehave.

 

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Construction Preschool Storytime

construction preschool

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

Green Means Go
Red means stop. Green means go.
Yellow means be careful. You better go slow.
I look both ways when I cross the street.
I use my head to guide my feet.
Source: variation of this one from King County Library System

Cranes
Cranes reach up,
Cranes reach down,
Cranes reach out,
And all around.
Source: Jbrary

Five Little Nails
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
(hold out hand with five fingers standing straight)
Here I come with my hammer ready! (other hand makes a fist)
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down. (hammer one finger down)
Now there’s just four nails to pound.
Count down until all fingers down
Source: Mel’s Desk

Book – The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer

Song – “Hammer Ring” by Hullabaloo

Johnny Hammers with One Hammer
Johnny hammers one hammer,
One hammer, one hammer. (pat hand on leg)
Johnny hammers with one hammer
All day long.
Repeat with two hands for two hammers, use feet for three and four hammers.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies ‘til I say stop
Source: Mr. Russ (I’ve seen this in a lot of libraries, but I love this guy’s extra verses!)

Dump Truck
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuump out the load
Source: Storytime Katie

Good-bye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Building with blocks or Legos develops a child’s early math, science, and spatial reasoning skills. Let the construction and demolition begin!

 

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Cookies and Milk Preschool Storytime

preschool cookies and milk

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

This Little Cow Eats Grass
This little cow eats grass
This little cow eats hay
This little cow drinks water
This little cow runs away
And this little cow does nothing
But just lies down all day!
(Lay thumb across the palm of other hand)
Source: King County Library System

Song – “Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song”

Milk (with American Sign Language)
Milk, milk, milk,
More, more, more,
Milk, milk, milk,
Please!
Repeat with cookie
Source: King County Library System

Book – The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

Song – “Tea for Two” by Jim Gill 

Felt Board – It Looked like Spilt Milk (felt version of the book by Charles G. Shaw)

Book – The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems

Song – “When the Saints Go Marching In” by Mr. Eric

 Good-bye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Make cookies with your child! Showing a child how to follow a recipe not only introduces print in a new way, but also develops early math skills through measuring. It also teaches the ability to follow directions.

 

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Cookies Toddler Storytime

cookies toddler

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book: Who Ate all the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont

Five Little Kangaroos
Five little kangaroos jumping by a door
One jumped away and
Then there were four
Four little kangaroos jumping by a tree
One jumped away and
Then there were three.
Three little kangaroos looking at you
One jumped away and
Then there were two.
Two little kangaroo jumping in the sun
One jumped away and then there was one.
One little kangaroo jumping all alone
That one jumped away and
Then there was none.
Source: King County Library System

Kangaroo, Kangaroo
Kangaroo, kangaroo,
sleeping on the couch,
What is hiding inside your pouch?
Open up your pocket, peek inside.
Why, it’s your baby, trying to hide.
Kangaroo, kangaroo,
Open up your pocket.
Out comes your joey…time to rock it.
Source: King County Library System

Ten Little Cookies
1 little, 2 little, 3 little cookies
4 little, 5 little, 6 little cookies
7 little, 8 little, 9 little cookies
10 little cookies with milk!
Source: King County Library System

Milk (with American Sign Language)
Milk, milk, milk,
More, more, more,
Milk, milk, milk,
Please!
Repeat with cookie
Source: King County Library System

Book – It Looked like Spilt Milk

Patty Cake
Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for baby and me!
Source: Traditional

This is Yes, Yes, Yes
This is big, big, big
This is small, small, small
This is short, short, short
This is tall, tall, tall
This fast, fast, fast
This is slow, slow, slow
This is yes, yes, yes
This is no, no, no
Source: Storyblocks

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

Rainbows in my Bubbles
(Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early literacy tip:  Make cookies with your child! Showing a child how to follow a recipe not only introduces print in a new way, but also develops early math skills through measuring. It also teaches the ability to follow directions. For babies, set out a small tub filled with uncooked beans or rice. Give them a scoop, and let them play.

 

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