Family Storytime: Halloween

Opening Song

Book:

There was an Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley and Adrian Emberley

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Action Rhyme:

“Monster, Monster”

Monster, monster, turn around

Monster, monster, touch the ground

Monster, monster, reach up high

Monster, monster, touch the sky

Monster, monster, touch your nose

Monster, monster, grab your toes

Monster, monster, touch your knees

Monster, monster, sit down please

Storytime Katie

Book:

Ten Orange Pumpkin: a counting book by Stephen Savage

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Song:

“We are pumpkins big and round”

We are pumpkins big and round, big and round, big and round;

We are pumpkins big and round, sitting on the ground.

See our great big shiny eyes, shiny eyes, shiny eyes;

See our great big shiny eyes, looking right at you.

See our great big laughing mouth, laughing mouth, laughing mouth;

See our great big laughing mouth, smiling right at you.

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Book:

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

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Song:

“Pumpkin Song”

I’m a little pumpkin orange and round

Here is my stem,

There is the ground.

When I get all cut up,

Don’t you shout!

Just open me up

And scoop me out!

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Parachute Activity:

Pumpkin Time is Here Again

Pumpkin time is here again,

Time to play trick or treat.

Pumpkin time is here again,

Our spooky friends we’ll meet.

See the costumes we have on,

Monsters, ghosts, goblins too.

See the costumes we have on,

Here us all shout “Boo!”

Repreated 3 times. Once where we snapped the parachute on “Boo!,” once where kids went under on “Boo!” and lastly parents let go of parachute on “Boo!” allowing me to wrap up the parachute while kids still under the chute.

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 7

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them Shut Them

Book:
Who said Coo? By Deborah Ruddell

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Song:

Baby hokey pokey

Book:

When I Grow Up by Leonid Gore

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Feltboard:

Five Little Ducks

Shared Book:

I Hear by Helen Oxenbury

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Song:

Itsy Bitsy Spider (x2)

Book:

Driving My Tractor by Jan Dobbins

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Feltboard:

Two Little Kittens

Action Rhyme/Tickle:

“Jelly on my Head”

Jelly on my head,

Jelly on my toes.

Jelly on my shirt and

Jelly on my toes.

Laughin’ and a-lickin’

Havin’ me a time,

Jelly on my belly

But I like it fine!

Closing Song

Instrument Petting Zoo

A couple weeks ago Over a month ago… I hosted an instrument petting zoo at the library. A staff member had several maracas, rainsticks and rhythm sticks at the library, and at home I have a violin, a guitar and an oboe, so something with instruments seemed like an obvious program idea.

I grouped the “orchestra instruments” (that’s what I called the oboe, violin and guitar) on one side of the room, and the “traditional instruments” (that’s what I called the maracas, rainsticks and rhythm sticks) on the other. Since I don’t actually know how to play the oboe I created QR codes to YouTube videos highlighting what each orchestra instrument is supposed to sound like. In the end, this was unnecessary since nobody used the code. I also found these lovely dioramas of the instruments, pointing out the various parts.

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It was a very loose program, with no clear structure, but the kids had a lot of fun. I purposely did it that way as it took place right after storytime and I didn’t want every attendee crowding around the violin or the grabbing for the rain stick. By making it an open house kids could come and go as they pleased and spend as much time on each instrument as they wanted.

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The only downside– a few homeschool kids came in expecting that I would teach them how to play each instrument. If I do a program like this again, I’ll be very, very, clear about program outcomes and expectations.

Family Storytime: Orange

Opening Song

Book:

New Socks by Bob Shea

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Feltboard:

“Big Orange Monster”

Big orange monster has two heart shaped eyes

And a big, red, mouth

Two leafy green ears,

Blue squiggly hair (actual words are purple squiggly hair, but I didn’t have any purple felt)

Sharp white teeth

And a long bluish grayish nose (again, supposed to be bluish-greenish nose, but I did not have the right color)

But you don’t scare me, Big Orange Monster!

Go away bluish grayish nose!

Go away sharp white teeth!

Go away blue squiggly hair!

Go away leafy green ears!

Go away big red mouth!

Go away heart shaped eyes!

And don’t come back until… next year!

(supposed to be Halloween, but we’re doing one Halloween storytime and I didn’t want to get any official Halloween stories in pre-holiday storytime) 

Book:

It’s an Orange Aardvark! By Michael Hall

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Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Book:

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

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Book:

My Name is Elizabeth! By Annika Dunklee

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Activity:

Everyone shouts their name on 3!

Closing song

Baby Storytime: 6

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them Shut Them

Book:

Pigs and a Blanket by James Burks

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Feltboard:

Five Little Ducks

Book:

Buggy Bug by Chris Raschka

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Action Rhyme:

“Bumblebee”

Bumblebee was in the barn

Carrying her dinner under her arm

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…zt!

Shared Book

Here are my Hands by Bill Martin Jr.

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Feltboard:

Two Little Kittens

Book:

Truck by Donald Crews

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Song:

The Wheels on the Bus

Book:

Bounce by Doreen Cronin

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Action Rhyme/Bounce:

“I’m Bouncing”

I’m bouncing, bouncing everywhere, (gently bounce child)

I bounce and bounce into the air.

I’m bouncing, bouncing like a ball,

I bounce and bounce, then down I fall. (let child slip through knees)

Closing Song

Family Storytime: Red

Opening Song

Book:

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

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Action Rhyme:

Five Little Leaves

Five little leaves so bright and gay (hold up five fingers)

Were dancing about on a tree one day (wiggle fingers)

The wind came blowing through the town

Ooooooo……. Ooooooooo… wave arms around

One little leaf came tumbling down (bend down one finger)

Four little leaves…..

Three little leaves….

Two little leaves…

One little leaf….

Courtesy of Preschool Express

Book:

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
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Song:
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Book:

The Red Hat by David Teague
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Parachute Activity

The Leaves on the Trees (to the tune of the Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees are red and brown

Red and brown, red and brown.

The leaves on the trees are red and brown,

All through the town.

The leaves on the trees are falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

The leaves on the trees are falling down,

All through the town.

The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound,

Crunching sound, crunching sound.

The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound,

All through the town.

Let’s rake the leaves into a mound,

Into a mound, into a mound.

Let’s rake the leaves into a mound

All through the town.

The children in town jump up and down,

Up and down, up and down.

The children in the town jump up and down

On the leaves on the ground.

Courtesy of Preschool Express

I pulled out the orange red and yellow scarves and put them in the middle of the parachute, and we pretended they were leaves. In retrospect, I should have added them later and had done a little something more with them at the end in the children jump up and down verse. Next time….

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 5

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them Shut Them

Book:

Dog’s 123  by Emma Dodd

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 Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

 

Shared Book:

I Touch by Helen Oxebury

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Action Rhyme:

Five Fat Peas

Five fat peas

In a pea pod pressed,

One grew, two grew,

So did all the rest.

They grew and grew,

And did not stop,

Until at last,

That pea popped.

 

Book:

One Two Three Crawl! By Carol Thompson

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Action Rhyme/Tickle:

There Was a Little Mouse

There was a little mouse (tickle baby)

Looking for his house. (pretend to look)

Not here, (tickle arm)

Not there, (tickle other arm)

But here, here, here! (tickle belly)

Song: 

I’m a Little Teapot

 

Feltboard:

Five Little Ducks

 

Book:

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

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Action Rhyme/Tickle:

Baby Bye

 Baby bye, (flutter fingers above baby)

There’s a fly,

We will watch him,

You and I. (point to self and baby)

There he goes,

On his toes, (gently creep fingers up toes to nose)

Right up to your

Nose, nose, nose. (tape nose)

Closing Song