fun with stories, rhymes & songs

Autumn leaves are falling down…

It’s fall! My favorite season :)

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
*Fingerplay: Apples
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #2: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
**Flannel: 5 Little Acorns
Action Song: Peanut Butter and Jelly
Read-aloud #3: We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
***Flannel: 4 Autumn Leaves
****Fingerplay: Autumn Leaves
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #4 (story cards): Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Action Song: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
Dancing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Apples
Way up high in the apple tree,
(Stretch arms in the air.)
Two little apples smiled at me.
(Hold up two fists.)
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
(Shake fists in the air.)
Down came the apples.
(Drop fists to lap. Mime biting into “apples”.)
Mmm, were they good!
(Pat tummy.)

**5 Little Acorns (adapted from “5 Little Apples”)
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little acorns hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Bushy Tail “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Bushy Tail as hungry as can be…
and…CRUNCH!
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 acorn flannels and a squirrel flannel or puppet)

***4 Autumn Leaves (source unknown)
Four Autumn leaves in a big old tree
One blew off, then there were three
Three little leaves with nothing to do
Another blew off, then there were two
Two little leaves in the Autumn sun
One blew off, then there was one
Being all alone wasn’t much fun
The last one blew off, then there was none

****Autumn Leaves
Leaves are floating softly down.
(Flutter fingers in downward motion.)
They make a carpet on the ground.
(Spread hands over ground.)
Then, swish, the wind comes whistling by
(Arms move side to side.)
And sends them dancing to the sky.
(Hands flutter into air.)

Let’s Clap Our Hands for Ice Cream!

September 22 is National Ice Cream Cone Day! YUM! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems Flannel: Ice Cream Colors (by Susan M. Paprocki, in 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays, p. 198) Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today Read-aloud #2:Continue Reading

Wedding Love

Today is my seventh wedding anniversary! To celebrate, we did a wedding-themed storytime, Hokey Pokey and all! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Jake Baked the Cake by B.G. Hennessy *Fingerplay: Make a Cake Action Song: Tony Chestnut Read-aloud #2: The Ring Bearer by Laura Godwin Flannel: TheContinue Reading

To the Moon!

The fall storytime session has BLASTED OFF! We have seven more weeks of fun ahead of us OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (Flannel pieces here.) Action Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little StarContinue Reading

Fox River Valley Public Library District Fall Storytimes

It’s almost time for storytimes to start back up at the Dundee and Randall Oaks Branch Libraries! The fall session runs September 8 to October 31. See the library online events calendar for more information.

A Zoo to You!

In celebration of me going to the zoo last Saturday and of our upcoming A Zoo to You! program at the Dundee Library (Real live animals! At the library!), our last summer storytime (sniff sniff) was all about Zoo Animals Our fall storytime schedule starts back up on Monday, September 8! Have a great restContinue Reading

Story Sparklers II

Today was my second year performing at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake! Sadly, I have just one storytime left this summer: this Monday, July 7 at the Randall Oaks Library at 10:30 am. It’s been a GREAT summer session, and I will be missing the kids lots. This happy Fourth of July, I sharedContinue Reading

What Does the Fox Say?

Yes, I DID use that catchy song in storytime today! It was a packed house… Very fun OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza Flannel: A-Hunting Socks (Thank you, Miss Tara!) Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today Read-aloud #2: Fox Makes FriendsContinue Reading

Don’t Let the Goat Eat the Books!

Don’t you think that letting a goat into a library would be a baaaaad idea? READING about goats at storytime is a good idea, though! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers Flannel Story: No Sleep for the SheepContinue Reading

It’s a Jungle out there!!

Now that we are in the thick of Summer Reading, it really is a jungle out there in the children’s department! So much going on! It’s not too late to sign up! Here’s our “jungle” themed storytime: OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: I’m the Scariest Thing inContinue Reading