story time

Farm & Bug Story Time (Outreach 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: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus round and round
All through the town

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish //
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep //
The doors on the bus go open and shut //
The driver on the bus goes move it on back //
The people on the bus go up and down //
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah //
The people on the bus go shh, shh, shh

Book: Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! by Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb; illustrated by Ailie Busby

cock a doodle quack quack

A little rooster has to wake everyone up but he doesn’t know what to say so he asks the other farm animals for help. The kids really loved this one! It’s always really satisfying to pick a story time winner.

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

the cow loves cookies

All the other farm animals eat the usual food. But the cow loves cookies. Another winner! One of the little girls even came up to me after we were done so she could flip through the book again and point things out to me that she’d noticed.

Song/Finger Puppets: Over in the Barnyard (to the tune of Down By the Station)
Over in the barnyard early in the morning,
See the yellow chickies standing all in a row,
See the busy farmer giving them their breakfast,
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep,
Off they go!

Spotted cows // Pink piggies // Wooly sheep // Brown horses
Source: Storytime Katie

I thought the kids would think the finger puppets were too babyish but they really liked them. They all wanted to try on a finger puppet when story time was over. AND it was puppet week at their school! So it worked out perfectly.

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: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown; pictures by Felicia Bond

big red barn

I gave this book one more try. I thought it might work better for my well-behaved group of outreach kids. And it did. An old-fashioned book but the kids enjoyed it.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble; pictures by Steven Kellogg


This was one of my favorite books as a child so I thought I’d read it to the kids to see if it holds up. It does. They really liked the picture at the end with the long knitted scarf for the boa. 😀

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

Book: Pest Fest by Julia Durango; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

pest fest

I think they understood the story better than my pre-K story time attendees but it wasn’t one of the books they were clamoring to look at afterwards. Lesson learned. Maybe it’s better for lap reading …

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 Miss Elena, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye …
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
Adapted from Sunflower Storytime

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