story time

Pets & Monkeys & Thanksgiving Story Time (Outreach 2018)

I know this is an odd combination of story time themes but I went with books I like to read aloud + Thanksgiving for this one!

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 // We wave 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: Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall

Dog and cat share a room. But cat likes things neat and dog doesn’t. Dog loves to chat with friends during the day and cat likes to stay up all night. Will they ever get along?

I got this book recommendation from the librarian at our local elementary school. She said the kids love this book so much she can’t keep it on the shelf. I read it to my outreach kids and they ADORED it! It’s amazing how some books just speak to kids. Great choice for older preschoolers and early elementary-aged kids. The book size is huge so it’s great for story time. The pictures are bright and colorful, almost graphic novel-esque. Highly recommended.

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: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

A peddler can’t sell any caps so he decides to take a nap under a tree. When he wakes up, all of his caps are gone. Who could have taken them?

This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I even remember seeing it featured on Reading Rainbow! My little one loves it as well so I decided to read it to my outreach kids since it’s on the longer side. They were very familiar with it (it’s tough to find new books with this crew — they read a ton!) but still enjoyed hearing me read it aloud to them.

Flannel: Five Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys standing by the door,
One waddled off and then there were four.
Four little turkeys under a tree,
One waddled off and then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off and then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off and then there was one.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving Day!
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

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 they all found their way back to that tree!

Book: Duck and Hippo Give Thanks by Jonathan London; illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Duck and Hippo invite all of their friends for a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving feast. But the morning of Thanksgiving, Hippo is ready but his friends aren’t there. Where could they be?

The kids loved this one as well. They were familiar with the other Duck and Hippo books but this one is new this year so they hadn’t read it yet. Great for an older group.

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

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

Bear’s friends bring all sorts of goodies to his lair to share. But Bear’s cupboard is bare. What can he share with his friends?

Bear usually makes an appearance when I do a Thanksgiving-themed story time. I love Karma Wilson’s books so much. A great story about friendship and giving.

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

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