story time

Winter Story Time (2019)

Welcome to our first story time of the new year!

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: 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 them out and scream)

I got this song from a children’s librarian I used to work with. It’s always a hit.

BookMouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Buket Erdogan

Mouse and Poppa explore all the fun things to do on a snow day.

Flannel: Five Little Snowflakes
One little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and now there are two.
Two little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and now there are three.
Three little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and now there are four.
Four little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another and now there are five.
Five little snowflakes having so much fun,
Out came the sun and now there are none.
Source: Storytime Katie

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 The Bear Went Over the Mountain)
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

BookFirst Snow by Nancy Viau; pictures by Talitha Shipman

Rhyming book about two kids and their friends and all they do on the first snow day of the season.

Song: Snowflakes Dance Around (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around,
Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.
Snowflakes, snowflakes in the air,
Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere.
Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around,
Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.

I found this song on Perry Public Library’s now defunct website. I miss it.

Song: Snow on the Rooftops (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Snow on the rooftops, (make pointed roof shape with arms)
Snow on the trees, (hold arms up like tree branches)
Snow on the green grass, (wave hands over ground)
And snow on me! (point to self)

Snow on my mittens, (hold up hands like mittens)
Snow on my nose, (touch nose)
Snow on my head, (touch head)
And snow on my toes! (touch toes)

Twirling, swirling, whirling down, (spin in circle)
Down and down and down and down. (gently wiggle fingers like snow falling and crouch down)
Source: Sunflower Storytime

I didn’t realize until I was in the moment that I put two songs next to each other that used Twinkle, Twinkle as their tune. *sigh*

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

I got a new phone for Christmas and it doesn’t have a sound jack! So I played it off my phone directly and it was super quiet. So I sang along to the music. We made do but I’ll be sure to bring my old phone with me next week.

Book: Snowy, Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka; illustrated by Judy Stead

Short, rhyming book about winter activities. One of the few books about winter I’ve found that don’t end with a spring scene!

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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