story time

Family Story Time (2018)

First story time of the fall season!

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 tap and sing hello (tap knees) // We wave and sing hello (wave)
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me?
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,
BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ!

I’m bringing home a baby dinosaur,
Won’t my mommy hide behind the door? (hide behind hands)
I’m bringing home a baby dinosaur,
CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP! (hit knees)

I’m bringing home a baby crocodile,
Won’t my mommy wear a great big smile? (point to face)
I’m bringing home a baby crocodile,
SNAP, SNAP, SNAP, SNAP, SNAP! (snap arms)

I’m bringing home a baby grizzly bear,
Won’t my mommy pull out all her hair? (pretend to pull out hair)
I’m bringing home a baby grizzly bear,
GROWL, GROWL, GROWL, GROWL, GROWL! (hold up paws)
Source: King County Library System

This is one of my new song additions for the fall season. The kids loved it. Definitely a good choice!

Book: Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney

llama llama gram and grandpa.jpg

Llama goes on his first overnight stay at gram and grandpa’s house. But he’s forgotten Fuzzy! How will he ever sleep?

Song: Daddy Finger
Daddy finger, daddy finger, (thumbs)
Where are you?
Here I am! Here I am!
How do you do?

Mommy finger (pointer) // Brother finger (middle or “tall man” as we called it in preschool) // Sister finger (ring) // Baby finger (pinkie)

I have no idea what the origin of this song is. My son watches YouTube Kids and a lot of the videos use this tune/concept so I stole it from there!

When we finished this song I asked the kids about their families (mostly about number of siblings they had). I told them I was an only child. We had one only child, we had a little girl who just had a baby sister the week before, we had a family with four boys (!) … all different sizes of families.

Book: Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne & Max Lang

Families Families Families.jpg

This book rhymes but you have to read it a couple times to get the rhythm. I love using animals to show kids the different kinds of families there are.

Song/Puppet: Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging from the tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be and …
SNAPS that monkey right out of that tree!

Four // Three // Two // One

But those monkeys were clever you see,
And found their way back to that tree!

The ending of the song is really something like: “Now Mr. Alligator says, ‘I’m full!'” And I was going to use it with the kids! But I think the hand puppet grabbing the paddle monkeys made it a little more visceral or something and I had a feeling they would be upset knowing the alligator ate the monkeys SO I MADE UP THAT LAST VERSE ON THE SPOT! I think I’m ready for Second City now …

I swore we had a Five Little Monkeys flannel. We didn’t. So I’m going to try and construct one before next week. Instead I used the monkey paddles I made for “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” and an alligator hand puppet I purchased from Amazon.

Monkey craft sticks

This was another new song addition for the fall season. The kids LOVED it! So much so that I got asked to do it again. Another great choice!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Family Book by Todd Parr

the family book.jpg

Very similar to Families, Families, Families! but with colorful people AND animals. I love Todd Parr and his simple, bright illustrations.

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

I got a lot of compliments on this story time and had a lot of new families attend today so hopefully they enjoyed it and will come back!

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