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“Drive-ins, Diners, and Drives” preschool storytime

diners 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 – Noisy Breakfast by Ellen Blonder

Toast in the Toaster
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot
Tick tock, tick tock, up I pop!
Source: Jbrary

Coffee
This song sounds like a train slowly starting to move and then chug-chug-chugging along!
Use your arms as train wheels that slowly rotate into action.
Coffee, coffee, coffee (say the words and move your arms very slowly)
Fish and chip, fish and chips, fish and chips (a little faster)
Cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers (even faster)
Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes (faster still!)
Soup! Soup! Soup!  (Mimic a train whistle)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Too Pickley by Jean Reidy

Song – They Might be Giants “Clap Your Hands 

If You like your Eggs Scrambled
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
Yes, they’re yummy and they’re yellow
So you’ll be a happy fellow
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
If you like your eggs fried, jump up high…
If you want bacon with your eggs, wiggle your legs…

If you want toast instead, nod your head (Mmmm-hmmm).
Yes, it’s yummy and it’s great
So you’ll be glad that you ate
If you want toast instead, nod your head.
Source: King County Library System

Jello in the Bowl
Jello in the bowl, Jello in the bowl,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
Jello in the bowl.
Cookies in the tin, cookies in the tin,
Shake ‘em up, shake ‘em up,
cookies in the tin
Candles on the cake, candles on the cake,
Blow ‘em out, blow ‘em out,
Candles on the cake.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Soup Opera by Jim Gill (with audio – I teach the kids to sing, “I can’t eat the soup!” before we start so we can sing along. 

Flip Flap Jack (to the tune of Aiken Drum)
There was a man made of food, made of food, made of food
There was a man made of food
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.
His head was made of a pancake, a pancake, a pancake
His head was made of a pancake,
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.
His eyes were made of blueberries, blueberries, blueberries
His eyes were made of blueberries
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.
Repeat the phrasing with ears/oranges, nose/strawberry, mouth/sausage, hair/whipped cream, body/waffle, arms/bananas, legs/bacon, feet/French toast, bellybutton/raspberry
Source: Adapted traditional

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: Magnetic letters are available at toy stores. Put them on the refrigerator or let your child use them on a cookie sheet at home or while travelling. Children learn by using their senses, including their sense of touch.

 

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“In the Jungle” yoga storytime

over in the grasslands

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 

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sergeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. To change it up every time, along with the theme, today we said (instead of butterflies): Monkeys climb up! Sloths go down.

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. 

Book – Over in the Grasslands by Anna Wilson and Alison Bartlett

Asana (poses):
Rhinos- extended mountain (horns on head)
Hippos – Shalabasana or locust pose for swimming
Eagle – Garudasana or eagle pose For the little, little guys, modify this pose by simply standing with one foot in front of the other and hands touching opposite shoulders. That’s PLENTY for the under 3’s. 
Lion- lion’s breath.
Bees – bumble bee breath
Warthog – ananda balasana or happy baby pose like warthogs rolling in the mud. Be sure to laugh with this pose!
Hare – Shashasana or rabbit pose We used a bound version with hands clasped behind the back like rabbit ears.
Frog – Malasana or yogic squat with frog hop
Jackal – Adho mukha svanasana or downward dog with running. Then wag the tail because running is fun.
Monkey – Because the monkeys were sleeping, I used child’s pose or balasana as a calming posture.

Monkey Toes
I tossed out 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.”

Song – Kidding Around Yoga’s Crazy Monkey

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were in a jungle. We could feel the sun, see the enormous flowers, trees, and plants. We could feel the dew on the leaves. We could hear the birds and the insects. We could see the bright colors everywhere. We watched the life happening all around us. We know that we are all part of that life. We are all connected. (60 second meditation).

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

Yoga bananas – We talked about going “within” to find peace and calm. I took this invitation idea, and we made them with paper. We drew things that made us feel calm inside our bananas. I drew a campsite. One little girl drew her mom hugging her. Another little boy drew a tractor.

Namaste!

 

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“Zoo” toddler storytime

zoo 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- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

 Animals at the Zoo
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
All day long!
The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss,
The hyenas at the zoo go ha, ha, ha,

The monkeys at the zoo go oooh, oooh, oooh
Source: Adapted traditional

The Elephant
The elephant has a great big trunk (pretend an arm is the trunk)
That goes swinging, swinging so.
(swing trunk)
He has tiny, tiny eyes
That show him where to go. (point to eyes)
His huge, long ears go flapping up & down, (pretend hands are ears)
His great feet go stomping, stomping on the ground. (stomp around)
Source: King County Library System

 Monkeys at the Zoo
(action song; tune = “Farmer in the Dell”)
The monkeys at the zoo,
The monkeys at the zoo,
Hi-ho they laugh and play,
The monkeys at the zoo
The monkeys run & hide,
The monkeys run & hide,
They like to play & run away,
The monkeys at the zoo.
The monkeys love to swing,
The monkeys love to swing,
They love to sing as they swing,
The monkeys at the zoo!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. 

Scarf Play
Peek a boo
Scarf Toss – 1,2,3, wee! 1,2,3, wee!


Scarf Dance
(Tune: 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,
Then 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 the scarf up off the ground,
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Then twirl and dance around!
Source: King County Library System

To the tune “The Farmer in the Dell”,
My scarf goes up.
My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes round and round and round And round and round and round.
My scarf goes in.
My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about.
Source: Oakland Schools


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:Book-reading times should be like a game of give-and-take. First, you do something (turn the page, for example). Then your child does something (smiles and gets excited). Keep the game going by saying, “The baby is looking at you!” The more your child looks, touches, and enjoys the book-sharing activity, the better.
Source: Early Literacy Learning

 

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“Mo Willems” preschool storytime

preschool mo willems

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 – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Song – Ziggy Marley’s “Ziggy Says

If You’re A Bird
(“If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings
If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings
If you’re a bird and you know it,
Then you really ought to show it,
If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings
Additional verses:
Shake your tail feathers
Say tweet – tweet
Drive the bus
Source: Adapted traditional

 

Book – That is NOT a Good Idea!

Song – Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken

Sometimes I am Tall
Sometimes I am tall.
Sometimes I am small.
Sometimes I am very, very tall.
Sometimes I am very, very small.
Sometimes tall.
Sometimes small
See how I am now. (sit)
Source: King County Library System

Ram Sam Sam
A ram sam sam
A ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli
A ram sam sam
A rafi A rafi
Guli guli guli guli
A ram sam sam
Source: Storyblocks

Book – Leonardo the Terrible Monster

If You Want to be a Monster
If you want to be a monster,
Now’s your chance.
‘Cause everybody’s doing the monster dance.
You just stamp your feet,
Wave your arms around. (Stomp, wave arms.)
Stretch ‘em up, stretch ‘em up, (Stretch up arms.)
Then put them on the ground. (Put hands on the floor.)
‘Cause you’re doing the monster stomp. (Stomp feet.)
Source: Storytime Katie

Monsters Galore
Monsters galore, can you roar? (Roar.)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (Flying motions.)
Monsters galore, please shut the door. (Clap.)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (Sit/fall down.)
Source: Storytime Katie

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:Mo Willems uses simple illustrations to convey complex emotions. Find pictures in magazines or online of people being happy, sad, scared, embarrassed, etc. Show your child these pictures and have them practice making similar faces in the mirror. Being able to read emotions in others teaches children sympathy/empathy and allows for smooth social interactions.

 

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“Food” toddler storytime

toddler food

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 – Too Pickley

Here is an Apple
Here is an apple (make a circle with thumb and pointer
And here is an apple (make circle with other thumb and pointer)
And a great big apple I see (make circle with arms)
Now let’s count the apples we’ve made,
1–2–3 (repeat above actions)
Source: King County Library System

Criss cross applesauce
Criss cross applesauce,
Spiders running up your back.
Cool breeze,tight squeeze,
Now you’ve got the shivers.
Source: King County Library System

 Pat-a-cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-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

Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel(wiggle fingers)
My little one shall have a tickle!
One for his/her nose (tickle nose)
And one for his/her toes (tickle toes)
And one for his/her tummy where the hotdog goes! (tickle tummy)
Source: Library Meow

Book – Noisy Breakfast by Ellen Blonder

Toast in the Toaster
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot
Tick tock, tick tock, up I pop
Source: King County Library System

I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little teapot short and stout
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.
“Tip me over and pour me out!”
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

Play Time!

Early literacy tip: Take a familiar song and change the words. Insert your child’s name or favorite toy as it fits. For example, a Mother Goose nursery rhyme such as “London Bridge is Falling Down” could be “Terry’s Teddy is falling down.” The tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is great for revising as you do your daily activities. “This is the way we brush our teeth” or “this is the way we pick up toys” can change a dull routine into a fun game.

 

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“Jan Thomas” preschool storytime

preschool jan thomas

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 – What Will Fat Cat Sit On? 

Song: Mr. Eric’s “The Number Dance

Felt Board – A-hunting We will Go
I also added “owl…towel.”

Book – Can You Make a Scary Face?

Catch a Bug
Catch a pretend bug in your hands. Peek inside to make sure it’s there.
Can you shake your bug above your head? Can you shake it above your feet?
Can you shake it over your belly? Can you shake it behind your back?
Can you put it in a kangaroo? (bounce your bug – boing! Boing! Boing!)
Can you put your bug on a ferris wheel? (Move cupped hands in a circle.)
Can you put it on a roller coaster? (Move your hands slowly up a pretend incline and then quickly down the other side like a roller coaster.)
Can you put your bug in a washing machine? (“Stir’ your bug, complete with  washing machine sound effects.)
Can you put your bug in the dryer? (Make loud noises like shoes in the dryer while bumping your bug around.)
Can you smash it on the floor? (Smash bug. Look at your hands.) Ewwwww.
Can you wipe your hands on your friend? (Pretend to wipe your hands on the person next to you.)
Can you wash your hands?
Source: I saw this at a storytime share in Colorado, but I have no idea where it came from originally. 

Can You Move with Me?
Can you wiggle like a worm?
Can you squiggle? Can you squirm? (wiggle)
Can you flutter? Can you fly like a gentle butterfly? (flap arms like wings)
Can you crawl upon the ground (crawl hands on ground)
Like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me? (clap)
Can you flip? Can you flop?
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like bee
Who is buzzing round a tree?
Can you move with me?
Source: King County Library System

Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
clench fist and bring out fingers quickly one by one
Hidden away were nobody sees
Watch and you will see them come out of their hives,
One, two, three, four, five,
Buzz, buzz, buzz.
Source: King County Library System    

Book – Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy

I like to read this book and sing the following song wearing one of these babies.

Silly Hat Tune: This Old Man
On my head I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat that my head
will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
(foot, elbow, knee…)

On my hands I wear my hat.
It is such a quiet hat that my
hands don’t wiggle they just go clap.
Then I fold them in my lap.
Source: King County Library System 

 

Song: Laurie Berkner’s “Goldfish” 

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
A warm and trusting relationship is the strongest foundation for learning. If a child is having a tantrum, and an adult responds with, “What a terrible time to have tantrum!” those children became less adept at reading and understanding other’s feelings and thoughts. When adults expressed empathy and understanding (“You must be really upset about something”), children came to realize there are human needs underlying emotions.
– Ellen Galinsky, Mind in the Making

 

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“Colors” toddler storytime

toddler colors

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 – Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera

Little Mouse, Are You in the House? felt board
Source: King County Library System

 

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.
Source: Traditional

Book – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. 

 Baa Baa Black Sheep (with felt board)
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
Three bags full

One for my master,
One for my dame,
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
Three bags full
Repeat with other color sheep
Source: Adapted traditional

Fishies (felt board)

There are so many fishies
In the deep blue sea
What color fishie do you see?
­______, _____, this one’s ______
This little fishie is _______
Source: Nancy Stewart

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: Provide lots of opportunities to explore many kinds of materials that can be sorted and categorized by size or shape. These include small plastic toys such as animals and vehicles, Unifix cubes (or other “manipulatives”), blocks, or other small objects such as coins, stamps, cups, and bottle caps. Have children explore different ways sort objects into similar groups. The groups, or categories, could be general concepts such as “hard things” “soft things” or something personal, such as “things that were gifts,” “things I found.”
Source: íColorín Colorado!

 

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“Stars and Stripes” preschool storytime

preschool 4th

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 – Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong

Song – “Irrational Anthem” – Jim Gill

Boom Bang
Boom, bang, boom, bang!
(clap hands like cymbols)
Rumpety, lumpety, bump!
(drum thighs like a drum)
Zoom, zam, zoom, zam!
(slide hands back and forth)
Clippety, clappety, clump!
(stomp on the floor)
Source: King County Library System 

The Finger Band
The finger band has come to town,
Come to town, come to town.
The finger band has come to town
so early in the morning.
This is the way we play the drums,
Play the drums, play the drums.
This is the way we play the drums
so early in the morning.
Play other instruments like flute, tuba
The finger band has gone away,
Gone away, gone away.
The finger band has gone away
so early in the morning
Source: Nuttin’ but Preschool

Book – We’re Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins

Felt Board – Five Hungry Ants
Five hungry ants were marching in a line.
They came across a picnic where they could dine.
They marched into the salad. They marched into the cake.
They marched into the pepper. Uh-oh, that was a mistake.
Aa-aa-aa-choo!
Source: King County Library System

A Little Hot Dog
I had a little hot dog,
I popped it in a bun
I added some relish — Hot dogs are fun!
I spread on some ketchup,
And mustard, like I should.
Then I popped it in my mouth,
“Mmm, mmm good!”
Source: King County Library System

Book – Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw

Wave the Flag (with scarves)
Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Hold it very high.
Watch the colors gently wave,
Way up in the sky.
March, march, march around,
Hold the flag up high.
Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Way up in the sky
Source: Harris County Public Library

Bubble Machine!

All Around the Library
All around the library
The children chased the bubbles.
The children laughed and had such fun.
Pop! Go the bubbles.
Source: Monroe County Library System

 Bubble Hop
1 bubble, 2 bubbles, 3 bubbles, top.
4 bubbles, 5 bubbles, 6 bubbles, hop.
7 bubbles, 8 bubbles, 9 bubbles, pop.
10 bubbles float down, time to stop.
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
Put paper plates, cups, and napkins along with plastic forks and spoons in a picnic basket. Lay out a blanket on the floor and arrange several stuffed-animal “picnic guests” around it. Ask your children to tell how many plates they will need to take out of the basket for the guests. Have them check their answer by putting a plate in front of each animal. Did they take out too many plates? Too few? Just the right number? Continue in the same manner using the remaining items in the picnic basket.
Source: Preschool Express

 

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