Love/Valentine’s Day – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Themed Rhymes

Valentine, Valentine

Valentine, valentine, turn around.
Valentine, valentine, touch the ground.
Valentine, valentine, blow a kiss.
Valentine, valentine, swim like a fish.
Valentine, valentine, give a hug.
Valentine, valentine, jump like a bug.
Valentine, valentine, find your feet.
Valentine, valentine, take your seat.
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Valentine in a Box
Valentine in a Box Sits So Still. (crouch down)
Wont you come out?
Yes, I will! (jump up)
Source: Toddler Storytimes II by Diana Briggs

Little Heart

I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating, When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to group)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)
Source: Toddler Storytimes II by Diana Briggs

Animal Kisses

Bunny kisses: rub noses
Butterfly kisses: brush eyelashes on cheek
Puppy dog kisses: a little lick on the cheek!
Goldfish kisses: suck in your cheeks and kiss on the lips!
Billy goat kisses: gently bump foreheads
And of course…
End with a big bear hug!
Source: Mel’s Desk

Valentine’s Day

Hug a friend, hug a friend, hug a friend today. (hug self)
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Blow a kiss, blow a kiss, blow a kiss today. (blow kisses
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Jump around, jump around, jump around today. (jump)
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Dance and Clap, dance and clap, dance and clap today. (dance around and clap hands
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Valentine Valentine

Valentine Valentine
Gushy Gushy Gooooooooooo
Valentine Valentine
Always saying I love y…o….u!
Source: Everything Preschool

Activity Songs

Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois, and Bram
Twist and Shout by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 20.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

The kids got a hoot out of Crankenstein Valentine and they were all soon doing Crankenstein’s noise with me. They also really enjoyed the “Valentine in a Box” rhyme and the gushy “Valentine Valentine” rhyme. For the “Valentine Valentine” rhyme, we started the rhyme off softly and then progressively got louder.

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Love/Valentine’s Day – Toddlers

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
LOVE from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Soft Kitty

Soft kitty.
Warm kitty.
Little ball of fur…
Happy kitty.
Sleepy Kitty.
Purr, Purr, Purrrrr.

Themed Rhymes

I Can Hug

I can hug, hug, hug.
I can hop, hop, hop.
I can kiss, kiss kiss.
I can stop, stop, stop.
I can nod my head yes, yes, yes.
And I can shake my head no, no, no.
And I can sit down very low.
Source: King County Library System

Valentine, Valentine

Valentine, valentine, turn around.
Valentine, valentine, touch the ground.
Valentine, valentine, blow a kiss.
Valentine, valentine, swim like a fish.
Valentine, valentine, give a hug.
Valentine, valentine, jump like a bug.
Valentine, valentine, find your feet.
Valentine, valentine, take your seat.
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Valentine in a Box
Valentine in a Box Sits So Still. (crouch down)
Wont you come out?
Yes, I will! (jump up)
Source: Toddler Storytimes II by Diana Briggs

 

Activity Songs

Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois, and Bram
Twist and Shout by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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We made our own heart flowers.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 10.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

This was a shorter storytime, as my little munchkins were refusing to sit for very long. To keep their attention I did different actions for both of the books. The kids favorite part was the action rhyme, “Valentine in a Box.”

Sensory Playtime (December 2015)

For our final 2015 sensory playtime, my coworker and I had to aim for a simple but fun session. We had a program scheduled for the next day, and we needed activities that we could easily clean up.

Our first station was peek-a-boo animal books. My coworker found this fabulous idea in a book, and we had our volunteers color and place material to make the books touch and feel. This were also great in that we saved them for our future Waddler and Walker Storytimes.

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Our second station was colorful pom-poms. We have two boards with different colorful tubes. We did have the option of separating the pom-poms into their respected colors, but we thought it made it more interesting for the children to try and put the colored pop-pom down its matching tube.

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Our third station was the egg carton walk. We taped down egg cartons to a cardboard for the kids to walk on. We also flipped them different ways for the kids to explore the different texture as they walked.

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Our fourth station was rhythm sticks. My coworker led this station. Parents could grab a rhythm stick for their child and follow my coworker as the kids tapped the sticks to different songs.

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Our final station was colorful fish. This was great for sight and taste. We got the colored goldfish.

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Friends – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich
The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman

Fingerplay

Where Is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am!
Here I am!

How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.

Where is Pointer?
Where is Middleman?
Where is Ringman?
Where is Pinkie?

Themed Rhymes

If You’re a Friend and You Know It

If you’re a friend and you know it clap your hands.
If you’re a friend and you know it clap your hands.
If you’re a friend and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a friend and you know it clap your hands.

Friend of Mine 
Tune:”Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine and [insert action word]
around with me?
jump…
bow…
clap…
dance…
Source: Johnson County Library

Two Little Friends

Two little friends are better than one,
(hold up two fingers on right hand, one on left)
And three are better than two.(three on left and two on right)
And four are much better still. (four on right hand)
Just think!
What four little friends can do!
Source: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs, Thomas Briggs

Look at the Apple I have Found

Look at the apple I have found        (circle hands)
So round and rosy on the ground.
We will wash it and cut in two      (perform actions)
Half for me and half for you.        (hold out hands)
Source: Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs, Thomas Briggs

Activity Songs

Milkshake Song by Songs for Wiggleworms
She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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Beekle from The Adventures of Beekle! I took my inspiration from a marshmallow version.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 20.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

My preschoolers sat really well for this storytime. Like my toddlers, the milkshake song was a hit. They also love learning sign language. I had one girl proudly show me what she learned last week.

Friends – Toddlers

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry
The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

Fingerplay

Where Is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am!
Here I am!

How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.

Where is Pointer?
Where is Middleman?
Where is Ringman?
Where is Pinkie

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain
and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Themed Rhymes

If You Want to Make a Friend
Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”

If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.
If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.
If you want a friend that’s new, then say, “How do you do?”
If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.
Source: Preschool Express

Activity Songs

Milkshake Song by Songs for Wiggleworms
She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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Beekle from The Adventures of Beekle! I took my inspiration from a marshmallow version.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 10.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

Super fun storytime. The kids LOVED Bunnies!!! They were soon yelling BUNNIES with me. Milkshake song was also a hit. I had quite a few parents asking me what CD I had used.