Humpty Dumpty and Chickens!

What a fun storytime today! Miss Jennifer loves stories about chickens, so this was one of her favorite storytimes. She especially enjoyed seeing everyone do the Chicken Dance! Afterwards, everyone seemed to enjoy our new Big Cozy Books furniture that we just got at the library 🙂

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Stories Shared:
Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker (Pop-up Book)
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Five Little Chicks by Nancy Tafuri
Little Red Hen

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I’m a Little Teapot
Down on Grandpa’s Farm
Skidamarink

Bonus Poem:
“This Little Chick” felt board rhyme
Can be found here

Music:
Raffi: Everything Grows
The Chicken Dance

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Mary, Mary
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Stories Shared:
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
In My Garden by Ward Schumaker
Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce
The Enormous Turnip

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Round and Round the Garden
Blackbirds
The Beehive
Fun With Hands

Bonus Song:
“Green Grass Grows All Around”
Full version of the song can be found here

Music:
John Lithgow: Singin’ in the Bathtub
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Bunnies

It’s Spring! We had a lot of fun making pop-up bunny puppets to go along with our Bunny storytime theme. We also distributed a new rhyme sheet. We’re taking a short, one-week break to re-energize…so, no storytime next week. I look forward to seeing all of my friends again on April 4!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Tired Bunnies
“Come my bunnies, it’s time for bed.”
That’s what Mother Bunny said.
“But first I’ll count you just to see
If you have all come back to me.
Bunny 1, Bunny 2, Bunny 3, oh dear!
Bunny 4, Bunny 5, yes, you’re all here!
You’re the sweetest things alive.
My bunnies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”

Stories Shared:
Five Little Bunnies Hopping on a Hill by Steve Metzger
A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
Little Rabbit’s Snacktime by Alan Baker

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I’m a Little Teapot

Bonus Rhyme:
Here’s a bunny with ears so funny,
(Make curved bunny ears with two fingers of one hand.)
And here is his hole in the ground.
(Make an open fist with the other hand.)
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
(Raise bunny-ear fingers straight and tall.)
And jumps in his hole in the ground.
(Tuck bunny-ear fingers into the fist.)

Bonus Song:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo”
Lyrics and melody can be found here

Music:
Raffi’s Box of Sunshine
Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Hokey Pokey)

Snakes for St. Paddys

Oh my, I forgot to post last week’s storytime! We has a sssssuper time on March 14 with our Snakes and St. Patrick’s Day storytime.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Stories Shared:
Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Pot O’ Gold by Kelly Green

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Old MacDonald
Open Shut Them
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Poem for Flannel Board:
“Five Green Shamrocks”
Poem and templates for flannel board pieces can be found here

Music:
Sharon, Lois and Bram: Mainly Mother Goose
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Nursery Rhyme of the Week (Again…):
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!

Stories Shared:
Can You Growl Like a Bear by John Butler
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow
Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Soon, Baboon, Soon by Dave Horowitz

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Open Shut Them
Five Little Monkeys
Where is Thumbkin?
Roll Your Hands
Rain is Falling Down
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Music:
Music For Little People: Toddler Favorites
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (I am a Fine Musician)

To the Moon!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!

Stories Shared:
What the Sun Sees/What the Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Where is Thumbkin?
Five Little Monkeys
Tony Chestnut

Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?

Bonus Flannel Song:
Aiken Drum
   There was a man lived in the moon,
lived in the moon, lived in the moon,
There was a man lived in the moon,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
   And he played upon a ladle,
a ladle, a ladle,
He played upon a ladle,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
   And his eyes were made of gum drops…
   And his nose was a banana…
   And his mouth was a watermelon…
   And is hair was made of green beans…

Music:
Music for Little People: A Child’s Celebration of Lullaby
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)

Rocking Horse…Giddy Up, Cowboys!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Rocking Horse
Rickety, rickety rocking horse,
Over the fields we go
Rickety, rickety rocking horse
Giddy up, giddy up, WHOA!

Stories Shared:
Cowboy ABC by Chris Demarest
Giddy Up, Cowgirl by Jarrett Krosoczka
“Do Cowboys Ride Bikes?” from book by Kathy Tucker
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy
Cap, Mittens, Shoes and Socks
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Old MacDonald
Rain is Falling Down

Bonus Rhyme:
I’m a little cowboy.
Here is my hat
(point to self, then to hat)
Here are my spurs
(point to your heels)
And here are my chaps
(pat legs)
As soon as I get up,
(stretch, pretend to wake up)
I work all day
(pretend to lasso a cow)
I get on my horse
(pretend to get on a horse)
And ride away.
(Pretend to gallop on a horse)

Music:
Yodel the Cowboy Way with Riders in the Sky
Barney’s Favorites (Sally the Camel)

Hickory Dickory Dare…Piggies

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hickory, Dickory, Dare
Hickory, dickory, dare.
The pig flew up in the air.
The man in brown
Soon brought him down,
Dickory, dickory, dare.

Stories Shared:
Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood
Can You Make a Piggy Giggle? by Linda Ashman
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
The Three Little Pigs

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Open Shut Them
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Old MacDonald
I’m a Little Teapot
Rain is Falling Down
Tony Chestnut

Music:
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (I am a Fine Musician)
Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)

Roses are Red…Be My Valentine!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Roses are Red
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you!

Stories Shared:
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Fun With Hands
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Rhyme:
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, share them now with me.
I have red ones.
I have orange ones.
I have yellow ones, too.
I have green ones.
I have purple ones.
I have some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them now with me.
1-2-3-4-5-6!

Music:
Carol Hammett: Toddlers on Parade
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Frog Prince

OPENING:
Intro Music: The Renaissance Album
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me

PROGRAM:
Readers Theater: The Frog Prince adapted from the book by Susanna Davidson
Read-aloud #1: The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Read-aloud #2: The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins

MOVIE:
The Tale of the Frog Prince (Faerie Tale Theater)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Paper Crowns, Coloring Sheets and Heart Suckers