story time

Firefighter Story Time (2017)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol & Martine Gourbault

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A little girl invites a dragon over to play and have tea but the pepper makes him sneeze! The family escapes the house and dragon learns important fire safety tips. I love the rhyming verses.

Fingerplay: Five Brave Firefighters
Five brave firefighters standing in a row, (hold up 5 fingers)
1-2-3-4-5 they go. (count on fingers)
The alarm goes RING and they all give a SHOUT, (ring bell; cup hands to mouth)
And jump up on the engine to put the fire out. (steer firetruck; spray hose)
Five brave firefighters sleeping in their beds, (rest head on hands)
DING went the bell and down the pole they slid. (ring bell; put hand under hand going down)
They raced to the fire and put out all the flames. (drive firetruck; spray hose)
Then the five brave firefighters went back to bed again. (rest head on hands)
Adapted from King County Library System

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: I’m Brave! by Kate & Jim McMullan

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I liked this book because I was hopeful the fire department was going to do a visit during my story time (they did!–see below) and it describes all the tools firefighters use when they’re fighting fires.

Song/Flashcards: When Cow Wakes Up in the Morning
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
And what does the cow say?
Mooooooooooo
That is what he says.
(Sheep // Duck // Chicks // Pig // Dog // Cat)
Adapted from Jbrary

Song: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (lean to the left/right)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water (pretend to spray hose)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station (lean slowly left/right)
Source: Storytime Katie

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Firefighters!: Speeding! Spraying! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell; illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

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Up until this point I wasn’t sure if we were going to get a visit. Then one of my coworkers came over and told me they’d be there in about 15 minutes so I told the kids and made sure the parents knew to stick around. There was lots of excitement and this short little rhyming book was perfect for wrapping up story time!

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

And here’s our glorious firetruck:

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And our brave (all volunteer!) firefighters:

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Rawr.

They did a presentation to the families about having a fire plan, knowing your way out, and having a meeting place. Then we went outside to look at the sparkling fire truck and one of our visitors put on all his gear so the kids could see how big he was and how scary they might look but not to hide from them if there’s a fire.

They handed out hats to all the kids too! And as they pulled away with their lights flashing and beeping the horn for the kids, they got a call and the sirens started blaring. Very exciting! Many thanks to Flourtown Fire Company for making our day.

Great day, great story time!

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