story time

Wind & Rain Story Time (2018)

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: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand

kite day.jpg

Bear sniffs the air and realizes it’s Kite Day! He and Mole make a kite but then a storm comes and the kite flies away!

Action Rhyme: Make it Rain
We made a rain storm together. First we tapped together one finger, then two, then three, then four, then all five to clap. Then we tapped our knees and stomped our feet to add thunder. Then we stopped stamping, then tapped together four fingers, then three, then two, then one.

I had a good sized group today but they were subdued, maybe because it’s dark and rainy here? I think the rain storm idea will go over better with a more enthusiastic group. I’m going to try it with my outreach kids. They embrace any and all opportunities to make noise …

Song: The Rain is Falling Down (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap)
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter, (tap knees softly)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap)
Source: Perry Public Library Storytime

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: Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison; illustrated by Pam Paparone

raindrop plop

Sweet rhyming book with bright colors. A little girl plays in the rain and then warms up afterwards.

Flannel: Five Umbrellas
Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside and then there were four.
Four umbrellas stood pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside and then there were three.
Three umbrellas stood with nothing to do,
The green one went outside and then there was two.
Two umbrellas stood watching for the sun,
The yellow one went outside and then there was one.
One umbrella stood alone in the hall,
The pink one went outside and then that was all!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: I See Spring by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

i see spring.jpg

This book is small in size so it’s not great if you have a huge group who’s far away but the pictures are sweet and I love the rhymes. It’s hard to find spring books that don’t end with summer anticipation and this is a good one.

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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

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