Pirates – Preschool

Introduction Welcome – Bienvenidos
Book

Kindergarrrten Bus by Mike Ornestein
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Finger Rhyme Ten Little Pirates
Ten little pirates stood in a row, (Hold up 10 fingers.)
They bowed to their heads to the captain so! (Lower and raise fingers.)
They marched to the left; (March hands to left.)
They marched to the right. (March hands to right.)
They shouted yo ho! (Cup hand by mouth.)
And gave their captain a fright. (Hands over heart.)
Source: Sunflower Storytime
Book Squirrel Me Timbers by Louise Pigott
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ASL Boat, Water
Action Rhyme Yo-Ho a Pirate’s Gold
A jumping we will go, (jump)
A jumping we will go,
Yo-ho a pirate’s gold,
A jumping we will go.

A swimming we will go, (pretend to swim)
A swimming we will go,
Yo-ho a pirate’s gold,
A swimming we will go.

Running, dancing, spinning, etc
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes

Action Rhyme Row Your Pirate Ship
Row, row, row your ship, gently across the sea, (pretend to row)
Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life at sea.
Scrub, scrub, scrub the deck, gently across the sea.
Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life at sea.
Furl, furl, furl your sail, gently across the sea, (move hand over hand as if pulling a rope).
Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life at sea.
Sway, sway, sway your ship, gently across the sea, (sway body side to side)
Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life at sea.
Source: Cannot remember where I obtained this rhyme from.
Action Rhyme Walk the Plank
I placed a large wooden board plank on a blue sheet and threw my shark puppet on the ground. I played Baby Shark while the kids walked across the plank.
Source: Fun-a-Day 
Dance Song Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Dance Song The Silly Pirate Song by Jack Hartmann
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song It’s Time to Say Goodbye

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Pirates – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed 
Action Rhyme Pirate Ship, Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship, Pirate,
Go So Slow (stamp feet slowly)
Pirate ship,Pirate Ship,
Go so Fast (Stamp feet faster)
Pirate Ship, Pirate Ship
Step on the gas! (stamp feet very fast)
Source: King County Library System 
Book Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith
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Nursery Rhyme A Sailor Went to Sea
A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.
Book Pirate Potty by Samantha Berger
Sign Language Water
Traditional Rhyme This is Big, Big, Big/Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Action Rhyme Yo-Ho a Pirate’s Gold
A jumping we will go, (jump)
A jumping we will go,
Yo-ho a pirate’s gold,
A jumping we will go.

A swimming we will go, (pretend to swim)
A swimming we will go,
Yo-ho a pirate’s gold,
A swimming we will go.
Running, dancing, spinning, etc
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes

Action Rhyme Walk the Plank
I placed a large wooden board plank on a blue sheet and threw my shark puppet on the ground. I played Baby Shark while the kids walked across the plank.
Source: Fun-a-Day 
Dance Song Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Dance Song The Pirate Song by Carole Peterson
Cool down ABCs, Count to 5
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

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American Girl – Holiday Fashion Show

Introduction For my final 2018 American Girl program, I decided to go more modern girl. I actually had a young patron request that we do something with dresses, so voilà, “Fashion Show” was born. I wanted several activities to keep the kids busy.
Make a bracelet Beads are a guarantee craft and the kids always love them. We have a whole bin full of beads and I just threw a bunch of string and beads out and let the kids go to town.
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Doll Dress The kids always go gaga for anything they can make for their dolls, and I thought a tutu in honor of the The Nutracker would be really fitting. I dug around the internet to find instructions (instructions 2) that would be the easiest for the kids. Full disclosure: adults still need to help if you have a younger crowd. I bought the fabric from JoAnn Fabric and Craft because…coupons. Rhinestones are a must. Who doesn’t want a razzle dazzle tutu.

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Cookie Decoration The holidays are not complete without your 500 cookies galore, so my super awesome coworker made me a huge batch of cookies. We kept the frosting easy and threw out a ton of sprinkles.
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Fashion Show Our final activity was walking the red carpet. I purchased a red carpet off of amazon and jazzed up a door with some fringe. The kids then walked the carpet while I had a volunteer act as the paparazzi to take their pictures. Our department invested in a a portable Polaroid printer. Super awesome since we can just print the pictures as we go. The kids also love that their pictures have the option to become stickers.
  *We have pictures of the fashion show, but cropping the pictures do not do the pictures justice.

Witches – Preschool

Introduction Welcome – Bienvenidos
Book What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen by Nick Sharratt
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Action Rhyme Witches Pot
Boiling hot, boiling hot
What shall we add to the witch’s pot?
Boiling hot, boiling hot
We’ll add some ______to the witch’s pot.
Source: Jbrary
Counting Rhyme Five Little Witches
Five little witches sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “I’m glad it’s getting late.”
The second one said, “There are spiders in my hair!”
The third one said, “Well, I declare!”
The fourth one said, “Trick or treating would be fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
So, Wooo oooo went the wind.
And out went the lightAnd the five the little witches flew out of sight!
Sources: Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs
ASL Witch
Action Rhyme Witch on the broom
(Sung to The Wheels on the Bus)The witch on the broom goes hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee
The witch on the broom goes hee, hee, hee,
All through the night.Other verses:
The ghost in the castle goes boo, boo, boo
The werewolf in the field goes hoooooowl
The Frankenstein goes stomp, stomp, stomp
The cat at night goes meow, meow, meow
Source: King County Library System
Action Rhyme Witches Come on Halloween
Tune: Camptown RacesWitches come on Halloween,
Heh-heh, heh-heh!
Watch out now or you might scream,
Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh!
Pumpkins shining bright,
With their candlelight.
Ghosts and goblins coming, too.
Watching out for you—Boo!
Source: Piggyback Songs: Seasons & Holidays
Action Rhyme Witchy Song
I’m a witch.Boom! Boom! (clap, clap)
I’m a witch.
Boom! Boom! (clap, clap)With a pointed hat on my head…(hands form a hat)
I jump on my broom (pretend to jump on broom)
And I sweep the sky (sweeping motion)
While children are in bed (head resting on hands)
Source: Step By Step
Game Pass the Witch’s Broomstick
Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know ItPass the witch’s broomstick ‘round the circle here.
While you hear the music playing, do not fear.
But if the music stops, or if the broomstick drops,
You will ride the broomstick while the goblins cheer!
Source: Preschool Express
Action Song I’m a Little Witch
Tune: I’m a Little TeapotI’m a little witch with a big black cat (pretend to pet cat)
Here is my broomstick. (Hold imaginary broom)
Here is my hat. (Pretend to place hat on head)
You’d better be careful. (wag finger)
You’d better beware.
‘Cause I might give you a great, big scare. Boo!
Source: Preschool Favorite: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs
Dance Song Un Poco Loco
Dance Song Witch Doctor
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye Song It’s Time to Say Goodbye

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Witches – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Book Happy Halloween, Witch’s Cat by Harriet Muncaster
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Nursery Rhyme Soft Kitty
Soft kitty, warm kitty,
Little ball of fur.
Pretty kitty, sleepy kitty,
Purr, purr, purr.
Book Zip! Zoom! On a Broom by Teri Sloat
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ASL Witch
Counting Halloween Witches
Tune: Ten Little Indians
One little, two little, three little witches (count out three fingers)
Flying over haystacks (Fly hand up and down)Gliding over ditches
Slide down moonbeams without any hitches (glide hand downward)
Heigh-ho! Halloween’s Here!
Source: 35 Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Loves by Diane Briggs
Action Rhyme Late Last Night
Last night or the night before,
Twenty-four witches came knocking at my door.
I gave them candy but they wanted more.
I didn’t know what to do, so I shut the door!
Source: Preschool Express 
Action Rhyme Witch’s Snack
A very old witch was stirring a pot.
Oooooooooo two little ghosts said,
“What has she got?”
Oooo…Oooo…Oooo…Oooo
Tippy-toe, Tippy-Toe, Tippy-toe
Boo!
Source: 35 Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Loves by Diane Briggs
Action Rhyme Ghosts and Goblins
Tune: Frere Jacques
Ghosts and goblins, ghosts and goblins
All Around, all around.
Witches on their broomsticks,
Witches on their broomsticks,
Halloween, Halloween.
Source: Piggyback Songs: Seasons & Holidays
Dance Song Stirring Our Brew and 3 Little Witches by Dr. Jean
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

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American Girl – Caroline Abbott

Introduction Caroline Abbott was one of the first dolls I ever purchased for my library and unfortunately, she is now retired from American Girl collection. Almost four years later, I FINALLY decided to do her for my program!
About Caroline I really dug through Caroline’s books to get inspiration for this program. All the activities we did were directly inspired by Caroline’s books.
Food Since I try and provide some food, I found that biscuits and honey would be a very easy food option. My volunteer spent most of her time in the kitchen prepping the biscuits and making sure the biscuits did not burn.

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First Activity Oh, paper dolls have a special fondness in my heart, so I was excited to find the history of paper dolls in Caroline’s books. I thought my patrons would have fun making their own dolls. I found further inspiration from Thy World on affordable paper dolls. I was excited that my patrons could make boy or girl paper dolls. I had a volunteer make several clothing templates and then I put a ton of scrapbooking paper out for the participants to pick what they wanted to use.
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Second Activity Everyone love pockets! Unfortunately, during Caroline’s time, girls had to make “pockets” instead of having them sewn into their dresses. We simply used felt and I had a volunteer pre-poke holes to make the sewing aspect easier for the kids. This was kind of pain. However, the kids got a kick from it.
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Third Activity Our last activity was embroidery. I wanted this activity to be accessible for all participants and decided to use burlap and plastic needles (real needles gave me too much anxiety). I will say the youngest kids were more meh about it because it does take time and patience, but my older kids really got into it! Rhythms of Play really broke down what I needed.

Rhyming to Read: The Lion and the Unicorn

 

Opening Song Welcome
Opening Activity Bread and Butter
Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say hello as quiet as we can (whisper hello)Loud as we can.
Slow as we can.
Fast as we can.
High as we can.
Low as we can.
Nice as we can.
Source: Jbrary
Rhyme The Lion and the Unicorn
The lion and the unicorn
Were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicornAll around the town.
Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake
and drummed them out of town.
Sorting Activity Dairy vs Grains
I had the kids tell me if the picture fell into Grains or Dairy. I had a trick picture of a plum. They yelled fruit right away!
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Matching Activity Match the Rhyme
I found some clipart that related to the rhyme. I then had the kids identify each piece while I hid them under the bread slices (not all pictured). The kids then played a game of memory.
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Activity Toast in the Toaster
Toast in the toaster.
Toast in the toaster.
Getting Very hot.
Tick tock, Tick, tock,
Up I pop!
Battle of the Unicorns and Lions I divided my group up into four teams. Two teams of unicorns and two teams of lions. I then gave each group a mason jar filled with heavy whipping cream. While I played the Rocky theme song, the groups had to see who could make their butter the fastest! The little kids went gaga for this. It does take some time with little kids’ strength! I strongly encouraged the adults to also shake the jar also.
Treat We made butter! I then had white bread and brown bread (Technically I bought honey wheat. I wasn’t sure if all little kids enjoyed true wheat bread.) for them to enjoy their butter. I also had grape jelly as a stand-in for plums.

Sweet Treats – Preschool

Introduction Welcome – Bienvenidos
Action Rhyme I Eat
I eat apples-
crunch, crunch, crunch
I eat sandwiches-
munch, munch, munch
I eat lollipops-
lick, lick, lick
But I eat ice cream
quick, quick, quick!
Source: Music Makers for Kids
Book  If Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacey Previn
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ASL Candy
Book A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann
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Action Rhyme Sweet Candy Canes
Tune: Are You SleepingCandy canes,
Candy canes
Are so sweet,
Are so sweet.
They are nice and minty.
They are nice and minty.
Good to eat.
Good to eat.
Source: Totally for Twos: Stories and Songs by The Mailbox
Action Rhyme Baking a Pie
The kitchen is so warm and nice. (hug self)
And smells of apple pie and spice. (sniff)
Five, four, three, two, one minute more — (count on fingers)
Mother opens the oven door. (open pretend oven)
And then she puts the pie on a rack. (set out pretend pie)
Ummmm, when we eat it, our lips smack!
Source: Busy Bees: Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth Mckinnon
Action Rhyme I Love Cookies
I love cookies, I love cookies,
I love cookies, thick and thin.
I love cookies in my tum,
I love cookies, yum, yum, yum.
In my tum, yum, yum, yum – oh,
I love cookies, I love cookies,
I love cookies, thick and thin.
Source: Busy Bees: Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth Mckinnon
Action Rhyme Pudding on a Plate
Pudding on a plate, pudding on a plate (rock from side to side)
Wibble, wobble, wibble wobble
Pudding on a plate!
Candies in a jar, candies in a jar (bounce up and down)
Shake ’em up, shake ’em up
Candies in a jar.
Candles on a cake, candles on a cake
Blow’em out, blow ’em out (baby: adult blows on baby)
Candles on a cake.
Source: King County Library System 
Dance Song Sticky Bubble Gum by Carole Peterson
Dance Song I Feel Crazy So I Jump in the Soup by Laura Berkner
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye Song It’s Time to Say Goodbye

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Sweet Treats – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Book How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies by Jane Yolen
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Nursery Rhyme Do You Know the Muffin Man
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Book Count My Cupakes 1-2-3 by Joyce Wan
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Finger Rhyme Two Little Candy Canes
Two Little Candy Canes (Hold up 2 fingers)
Way up high on the Christmas tree? (point to the top of a tree)
Two little candy canes winked at me (2 hooked finger/winking)
I shook that tree as hard as I could? (wiggle body)
And down came the candy canes (bring fingers down)
Mmm, Mmm, they were good!! (act like your eating them)
Source: King County Library System 
Action Rhyme Cupcakes
The cupcakes are here, the cupcakes are there
The cupcakes, the cupcakes are everywhere!
The cupcakes are up, the cupcakes are down
The cupcakes, the cupcakes are all around
The cupcakes are in, the cupcakes are out
The cupcakes the cupcakes are all about.
Source: One Little Librarian
Action Rhyme Let’s Make Jam!
Tune: Ten Little IndiansLet’s all squish and squash some berries.
Let’s all squish and squash some berries.
Let’s all squish and squash some berries.
Now we’ve made some jam!Let’s all spread it on some bread now.
Let’s all spread it on some bread now.
Let’s all spread it on some bread now.
And now we’ll eat our jam!
Source: Totally for Twos: Stories and Songs by The Mailbox
Action Rhyme Andy Spandy Sugar and Candy
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop up! (stretch tall)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop down! (crouch down)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop in! (hug yourself)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop out! (jump up with arms outstretched)
Source: King County Library System
Dance Song Jelly in the Bowl by Carole Peterson
Dance Song Milkshake Song by Anne-Marie Ann
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Inspiration came from this craft.

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