story time

Winter Animals Story Time (2019)

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.

BookThe Mitten by Jan Brett

Nicki loses one of his new snow-white mittens and a bunch of woodland animals move in!

Flannel: Five Little Penguins
Five little penguins standing on the shore,
One went for a swim and now there are four.
Four little penguins looking out to sea,
One went fishing and now there are three.
Three little penguins looking for something to do,
One spun off the iceberg and now there are two.
Two little penguins sitting in the sun,
One saw a whale and now there is one.
One little penguin said, “This is no fun!”
He went home to sleep and now there are none.
Source: Librarian Lisa

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

Book: Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson; pictures by Stephen Savage

Polar bear cub explores the arctic.

Song: Polar Bear, Polar Bear
Polar bear, polar bear, turn around.
Polar bear, polar bear, touch the ground.

Polar bear, polar bear, dance on your toes.
Polar bear, polar bear, touch your nose.

Polar bear, polar bear, show your paws.
Polar bear, polar bear, hide your claws.

Polar bear, polar bear, scratch your head,
Polar bear, polar bear, go to bed.

Polar bear, polar bear, say good-night.
Polar bear, polar bear, turn out the light.

Polar bear, polar bear, wake up now.
Polar bear, polar bear, take a bow.
Source: Miss Christi’s Storytime Blog

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

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant; pictures by Christian Robinson

Five little penguins put on winter clothes and play in the snow.

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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