Seusstastic

As I’m sure you all know, March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and also Read Across America Day. In honor of the day, every library in my system created some sort of programming related to our favorite doctor. More details on our special programming can be found here.

 

 

Opening Song

Book:

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Dr. Seuss’s ABC: an amazing alphabet book by Dr. Seuss

Finger Play:

“One Little Cat”

One little cat on a sunny day
Put on his hat and went out to play
Two little cats when the sky turned dark
Put on their hats and went to the park
Three little cats when the sky turned blue
Put on their hats and went to the zoo
Four little cats by the kitchen door
Put on their hats and went to the store
Five little cats on a sunny day
Put on their hats and they all ran away.

Courtesy of Mel’s Desk

Book:

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Parachute Activity:

“I Don’t Like Green Eggs and Ham”
(to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”)

 I don’t like Green Eggs and Ham
Eggs and Ham, Eggs and Ham
I don’t like Green Eggs and Ham
Sam I Am!

Would you like them here or there?
Here or there, here or there?
Would you like them anywhere?
Green eggs and ham?

I don’t want them here or there
Here or there, here or there
I don’t want them anywhere
Sam I am!

You should try green eggs and ham
Eggs and ham, eggs and ham
You should try green eggs and ham
You might like them!

Courtesy of Miss Meg’s Storytime

Closing Song

Family Storytime: Cows

Opening Song

Book:

Moo! By David LaRochelle

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Feltboard:

“Who Said Moo?”

I went to a farm when I was two,

And on that farm, I heard a “Moo!”

Who said, “Moo”? Horse did you?

No way! Horse said, “Neigh!”

I went to a farm when I was two,

And on that farm, I heard a “Moo!”

Who said, “Moo”? Lamb, did you?

No, ha-ha! Lamb said “Baa!”

Who said, “Moo”? Pig, did you?

He could, but that’s not the point. Pig said, “Oink!”

Who said, “Moo”? Donkey did you?

No way! Donkey said, “Bray!”

Who said, “Moo”? Duck did you?

No he laughed. Duck said “Quack!”

I was feeling so sad,

I wanted to cry,

When a black and white cow

Came walking by.

Do you know what she said?

I think you do….

Let’s say it together:

The cow said Moooo!

Book:

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

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Song:

“B-E-S-S-I”

There was a farmer who had a cow and Bessi was her name-o

B-E-S-S-I

B-E-S-S-I

B-E-S-S-I

And Bessi was her name-o

Etc, like, B-I-N-G-O

Book:

Chilly, Milly, Moo by Fiona Ross

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Song/Activity

Cow Hokey Pokey

Closing Song

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.

Cheryl’s sweethearts childcare

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!

Cheryl’s sweethearts childcare

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

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

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

Family Storytime: Harvest

Opening Song

Book:

The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley

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Action Rhyme:

“Silly Mr. Scarecrow”

Silly Mr. Scarecrow,

Standing all alone. (arms at sides)

Will you make the crows

Leave the corn alone? (wave arms)

 

Scary Mr. Scarecrow

Fierce as you can be. (make a scary face)

You might scare away the crows,

But you won’t scare me (say loud and point at self)

Book:

The Turnip by Jan Brett

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Song:

“The Farmer Plants His Seed”

The farmer plants his seed,

The farmer plants his seed,

Hi-ho, the dairy-o, the farmer plants his seed.

 

The rain begins to fall,

The rain begins to fall,

Hi-ho, the dairy-o, the rain begins to fall.

 

The sun begins to shine,

The sun begins to shine,

Hi-ho, the dairy-o, the sun begins to shine.

 

The wind begins to blow,

The wind begins to blow,

Hi-ho, the dairy-o, the wind begins to blow.

 

The food begins to grow,

The food begins to grow,

Hi-ho, the dairy-o, the food begins to grow.

 

Feltboard:

“Who Said Moo?”

I went to a farm when I was two,

And on that farm, I heard a “Moo!”

 

Who said, “Moo”? Horse did you?

No way! Horse said, “Neigh!”

 

I went to a farm when I was two,

And on that farm, I heard a “Moo!”

 

Who said, “Moo”? Lamb, did you?

No, ha-ha! Lamb said “Baa!”

 

Who said, “Moo”? Pig, did you?

He could, but that’s not the point. Pig said, “Oink!”

 

Who said, “Moo”? Donkey did you?

No way! Donkey said, “Bray!”

 

Who said, “Moo”? Duck did you?

No he laughed. Duck said “Quack!”

 

I was feeling so sad,

I wanted to cry,

When a black and white cow

Came walking by.

 

Do you know what she said?

I think you do….

Let’s say it together:

The cow said Moooo!

Book:

Following the Tractor by Susan Steggall

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Song/Activity:

The Hokey Pokey

Closing Song