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: Bend and Stretch
Bend and stretch, Reach for the stars,
There goes Jupiter, There goes Mars!
Bend and stretch, Reach for the sky,
Stand on tip-e-toes, Oh so high!
Source: King County Library System
Action Rhyme: Story Time Stretch
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap,
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap,
Two little fists go thump, thump, thump,
Two little legs go jump, jump, jump,
One little body turns around,
And everyone sits quietly down. Shhhhh …
I got this rhyme from the children’s librarian where I did my practicum for grad school.
Book: Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Bird gets bonked on the head. Drama ensues. I love to overly exaggerate his crying and carrying on. One of my favorites to read aloud.
Song: Five Little Ducks
Flannel: Five Little Birds
One little bird with feathers of blue,
Flew beside the green one and then there were two.
Two little birds singing in the tree,
The red bird came to join them and then there were three.
Three little birds wishing there were more,
Along came the purple one and then there were four.
Four little birds happy to be alive,
Found a little yellow one and now there are five.
Five little birds as happy as can be,
Singing beautiful songs for you and me!
I’m not sure where this rhyme came from. It was tucked into the bird flannel when I started here!
Book: Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler
Whatever Sylvie eats changes her color, including patterned things! So much fun.
Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle
Egg Shakers: Six Little Ducks by Raffi
Book: Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins
Another Lucy Cousins winner! Big and bright, perfect for story time.
Song: Roly Poly
Roly poly, roly poly,
Up and down, up and down,
Roly roly poly, roly roly poly,
Up and down, up and down.
In and out // Fast and slow // Loud and soft
Adapted from King County Library System
Closing Song: Goodbye Song (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My fingers wave goodbye, My fingers wave goodbye,
When it’s time for me to go, My fingers wave goodbye!
My fingers blow a kiss, My fingers blow a kiss,
When it’s time for me to go, My fingers blow a kiss!
I got this song from the children’s librarian where I did my grad school practicum.