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“Tough Boris” Story Explorers preschool book club

Tough Boris is one of my favorite storytime books. Not only is it about pirates (always a hit), it has great vocabulary (massive, scruffy, greedy), and it explores the deeper topic of emotions. No matter how massive or scruffy you are as a pirate, even pirates cry when sad events occur. We first did a felt bored with faces with different emotions from King County Library System.

Read Tough Boris by Susan Middleton Elya. 

Song: Jim Gill’s “I’m so Mad…

We made parrots out of circles like this post.
  

We old-fashioned newspaper pirate hats.

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“Feeling Scared” preschool storytime

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 – Time Now to Dream by Anna Kang

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
Source: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! (Random fact: Did you know Miss Mary and I both have tattoos of Pete the Cat?)

All My Fingers Go to Sleep
Tune: “London Bridge
All my fingers go to sleep
(open hands wide)
Go to sleep, go to sleep
(slowly curl fingers into a fist)
All my fingers go to sleep.
Now wake up! (quickly open hands again)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Snip! Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman

Song- Mr. Eric’s “I can Shake My Shaker Egg

Shake Your Shakers
Tune: “London Bridge
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake it here, shake it there
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake your shakers.
Shake it high and shake it low
Shake it yes, shake it no
Shake it up and shake it down
Rub your shaker on the ground
Shake it near and shake it far
Drive your shaker like a car
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Shake it stop, shake it go
Source: Jbrary

Shake It to the East
Tune: We’re Going to Kentucky
Shake it to the east
Shake it to the west
Shake it all around
and then you take a rest
Shake your shakers up
Shake your shakers down
Shake it, shake it, shake it,
and then you settle down.
Source: Jbrary

Book – I am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it one bit
Oh no! He’s got my toe!
Oh Gee! He’s got my knee!
Oh My! He’s got my thigh!
Oh Fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh Heck! He’s got my neck!
Oh Dread! He’s got my – GULP
Source: Shel Silverstein/King County Library System 

Song: Jim Gill’s “The Nothing Wrong Song

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: Exploring emotions through stories and books is a safe way to process potentially fearful situations and feelings. Kids can feel safe when reading these stories with trusted adults while at the same time still developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to navigate unknown situations.

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“Feelings and Emotions” toddler storytime

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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 – Wild Feelings by David Milgrim

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.
If you’re angry and you know it,
stomp your feet,
If you’re scared and you know it, hide your eyes.
Source: Adapted Traditional

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Where is Happy?
Where is happy? Where is happy?
Here I am (smile.)­­
ow are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Repeat with other emotions, using voice to convey feelings
Source: Adapted Traditional

Two Little Feet go Tap, Tap, Tap.
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
A quick jump up from my chair,
Two little arms reach high in the air.

Two little feet go jump, jump, jump.
Two little hands go thump, thump, thump.
One little body sways round and round.
And everyone sits quietly back down.
Source: Sunflower Storytime

Bell Horses (with bells)
Bell horses, bell horses,
What’s the time of day?
One o’clock, two o’clock,
Time to go away.
Little bell, little bell,
Where are you?
Source: Traditional

Tap Your Hand (Row your Boat)
Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Tap the beat – of the song.
Tap your bell this way.

Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Let’s make music with our hands
Then put our bells away
Source: Preschool Express

Book – The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
I have ten little fingers
and ten little toes
Two little arms and one little nose
One little mouth and two little ears
Two little eyes for smiles & tears.
One little head and two little feet.
One little chin, that’s me, complete!
Source: Everything Preschool

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:Toys and blocks with letters imprinted on them are great for the little ones. Flashcards with words and letters can be great for creating games with your toddlers. Remember also, that if a child does not want to play with you, put the games away and try again later. Forcing a child to play may cause negative feelings about the activity. Reading should always be presented as fun and never as a chore. Don’t forget to be a good role model when it comes to reading. Take the time to curl up with a good book when you can and make sure your child sees you enjoying it!
Source: Mighty Mommy

 

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