story time

Bear Story Time (2018)

One of my favorite story time themes!

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 stretch and sing hello (stretch arms up) //
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

Book: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

Bear is sleeping while his friends throw a party in his lair. But then he wakes up! 

Song: Going on a Bear Hunt by Denise Gagne

I played this song and put up flannels of grass, mud, cave and bear while we sang along. It went very well. I love this song but I’ve had varying success with it at story time! Today it went well …F

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 are clever you see,
And they all found their way back to that tree!

BookThe Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

Moose, Zebra, Lion and Sheep are looking for a quiet place to play. But the cave has a cranky bear in it! How can they make him feel better?

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Flannel: Five Little Bears
Five little bears heard a loud roar,
One ran away and now there are four.
Four little bears climbing up a tree,
One slid down and now there are three.
Three little bears deciding what to do,
One fell asleep and now there are two.
Two little bears having lots of fun,
One went home and now there is one.
One little bear feeling all alone,
He ran home to mama and now there are none!
Source: King County Library System

Book: If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell & Florence Minor

Short, rhyming book about different kinds of bears.

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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