Category Archives: Preschool Storytimes

Happy Pig Day!

Happy Pig Day!There are so many really fun pig stories out there!

Sadly, I only have one more storytime left this summer (that I know of), and that is on THIS FRIDAY, July 1 at 12:30pm at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake. Two storytimes in one week! Lucky me :)

OPENING:

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems
Song (sung with a puppet on my head): Pig on Her Head (from Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz)
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
*Action Song: Fun with Hands
Flannel/Storytelling: The Three Little Pigs
**Fingerplay: Two Mother Pigs
Read-aloud #3: Ten Pigs: an Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Read-aloud #4: Z-Z-ZOINK! by Bernard Most
“Dancing” Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Fun With Hands
Suit actions to words.
Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat”.

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

**Two Mother Pigs

Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs up) Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white. (Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play. (Wiggle eight fingers)
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all day. (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed
‘Til they went to sleep. (Tuck thumbs under fingers)

I Know a Chicken!

I had SO MUCH FUN at storytime today! I really need to start thinking about finding a steady storytime home. Today, we did one of my favorite themes: Chickens! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins *Fingerplay: Beehive Storytelling (with puppets): “Book! Book! Book!”Continue Reading

Halloween Fun

Our last fall storytime ended with a bang! Lots of Halloween fun… including kids previewing their cute costumes We’re now on break until January 2015… I will miss everyone! Happy Holidays! Keep reading! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid ofContinue Reading

Monsters don’t scare me (again)!

Last week at pajama storytime and this week at my Randall Oaks storytime, I repeated my “Monsters don’t scare me!” storytime. I added in dancing with scarves to “Monster Mash” (from Kidz Bop: Halloween Party). It was a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Next week is our last week of the fallContinue Reading

Sloths Hang Out in the Rainforest

It’s World Rainforest Week… and October 19 is Sloth International Day… so I found it appropriate to do a Sloth/Rainforest Storytime. Plus I had sloth socks and a sloth puppet that I wanted to show off! As the kids gathered for storytime, I showed them fun pictures of real sloths from A Little Book ofContinue Reading

Bear Season

Bears always win at storytime OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Thank You Bear by Greg Foley Flannel Song: Animals on the Bus Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers Read-aloud #2: The Three Bears by Byron Barton *Flannel: 5 Little Bears **Fingerplay: The Beehive Flannel: Fall Words riddles Read-aloud #3:Continue Reading

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 onContinue Reading

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

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