story time

Train 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: How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton; illustrated by John Rocco

how to train a train

A how-to book about catching, training and caring for a train. (Since these books show the kids doing some dangerous stunts to catch trains I started by reading the disclaimer in the back of the book about how the stunts performed should only be done by highly trained illustrated characters.) I don’t think this was super loved. I might try it with my outreach kids. Could be better for a lap read.

Song: Down By the Station
Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the station master
Turn his little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot!
Off we go!

Song/Rhythm Sticks: This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks,
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Scrape our sticks // Hammer our sticks // Tap them soft // Tap them loud // Drum the floor
Source: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Flesch Connors

Song/Rhythm Sticks: The Wheels on the Bus
Source: Jbrary 

Song/Rhythm Sticks: Tick Tock Goes the Clock
Tick tock, tick tock goes the clock, (swish sticks back and forth)
Waiting for someone to knock, (tap sticks together)
My oh my,
It’s a cat! (hold sticks to face like whiskers)

Bunny (hold sticks to head like ears) // Duck (hold sticks at mouth like a duck bill) //
Walrus (hold sticks at mouth like tusks) // Alien (hold sticks to head like antennae)
Source: Jbrary

Book: All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund; illustrated by Howard Fine


A group of dinosaurs go off on a train adventure but what happens when the bridge breaks??

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Egg Shakers: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad by Susie Tallman

I figured the kids and grown-ups would know this song so instead of singing it ourselves we shook our shakers to this version. And it went over very well! Yay!

Book: Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis; pictures by Daniel Kirk

chugga chugga choo choo.jpg

A choo-choo chugs around its toy track in this sweet rhyming tale.

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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