Squirrels – Preschool

 

Introduction Good Morning
Books   Shake the Tree! A Minibombo Book by Chiara Vignocchi

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Action Rhyme Grey Squirrel
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Wrinkle up your funny nose
Hold a nut between your toes
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail.Source: Small Town Story Time Lady
Book Squirrels by Derek Zobel
Sign Language Squirrel
Finger Rhyme This Little Squirrel
This little squirrel said, “Let’s run and play!”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s hunt nuts today!”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good.”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, my favorite food.”
This little squirrel said, “Come climb this tree.” (run fingers up other arm, quickly)
And crack these nuts: one, two, three! (clap hands three times)Source: Sunflower Storytime
Action Song Scamper Little Squirrel
Scamper, scamper little squirrel (run in place)
Up the tree, (reach up high)
And down again. (touch the ground)
Grab an acorn. (Pretend to grab something with one hand).
Grab that peanut. (Pretend to grab something with the other hand).
Stuff them in your puffy cheeks. (Point to your cheeks as you puff them out)
Swish your tail (wiggle your bottom)
Look around (look around with one hand above eyes)
Coast is clear, scamper up the tree again. (run in place)

Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A year Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming

Dance Song Squirrel
There was a little squirrel.
He ran up a tree.
When he turned around
He threw a nut at meSource: CanTeach
Dance Song   Let Us Chase the Squirrel
Dance Song  I’m a Nut (a cappella)
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft

Craft: Scaredy Squirrel hat! Mrs Wills’ Kindergarten was my source.

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Squirrels – Toddler

We celebrated national squirrel day!

Introduction  Hello Hello!
Action Rhyme The Squirrel
Sneaky, squeaky (tiptoe)
Hippity, hop, (hop)
Up he goes (stretch arms up)
To the tree top.
Whirly, twirly (spin around)
Round and round
Down he scampers (sit down)
To the ground.
Source: Circle Time Activities, Grade Preschool
Book The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel 

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Flannel Acorns
Down around the corner by the big oak tree
Sat five little acorns looking so yummy
Along came a squirrel with a big bushy tail.
He took one acorn and ran off down the trail.
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Book  Shake the Tree! A Minibombo Book by Chiara Vignocchi

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Traditional Rhyme 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

Second Rhyme We Do:
Very, Very Tall 

Nursery Rhyme  Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
Sign Language Squirrel
Action Rhyme Grey Squirrel
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail!
Wrinkle up your funny nose
Hold a nut between your toes
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel
Swish your busy tail.
Source: Small Town Story Time Lady
Action Song Nuts
Put your acorns UP, put your acorns DOWN
Hold your acorns and turn around!
Put your acorns UP, put your acorns DOWN
Put your acorn down on the groundSource:One Little Librarian
I modified the version from squirrels to acorn. Just a recommendation, I originally said “nuts” and realized it didn’t work as well….

I gave the kids egg shakers for this portion.

Dance Song  I’m a Nut (a cappella)
Dance Song  Let Us Chase the Squirrel
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 5
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: Scaredy Squirrel hat! Mrs Wills’ Kindergarten was my source.

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Cheese Storytime – Preschool

 

Introduction Good Morning
Books Sam’s Sandwich by David Pelham

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Action Rhyme Five Little Mice
Five little mice on the pantry floor,
(run fingers on table top)

This little mouse peeked behind the door,
(wiggle thumb)

This little mouse nibbled at the cake,
(wiggle pointer finger)

This little mouse did not make a sound,
(wiggle middle finger)

This little mouse took a bite of cheese,
(wiggle ring finger)

This little mouse heard the kitten sneeze,
(wiggle little finger)

“Ah-choo,” sneezed the kitten
(sneeze)

And “squeak!” they cried
(Make fingers “jump”)

As the found a hole and ran inside.
(hide hand behind back)

Source: Family Storytime: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages

Book This Book is Not a Piece of Cheese by Benjamin Bird

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Sign Language  Cheese
Action Rhyme Pizza, pizza, pizza!
(tune: peanut butter and jelly)Chorus:
Pizza, pizza, pizza with cheese!
Pizza, pizza, pizza with cheese!
(repeat chorus after each of the following verses)First you take the dough and you knead it,
You knead it, you knead it, knead it, knead it. Singing…
Next you take the dough and you throw it,
You catch it, you throw it up high, singing….Then you take the sauce and you spread it,
You spread it, you spread it on the pizza, singing….

Then you take the cheese and you sprinkle it,
You sprinkle it, you sprinkle it on the pizza, singing….

Next you take the toppings and you plunk ’em,
You plunk ’em, you plunk ’em on the pizza, singing….

Then you take the pizza and you bake it,
You bake it, you bake it in the oven, singing…

And when the pizza’s done you eat it!
Yum, yum!

Source: Esther Storytime

Action Song Cheese, Cheese in our Belly
We’re going to have macaroni and cheese.
Hurrary! Hurrary!
We’re going to have macaroni and cheese.
Hurray! Hurray!
Macaroni and cheese for dinner,
Macaroni and cheese every day,
Cheese, cheese, in our belly.
Hip, hip, hip, hooray!

Source: Family Storytime: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages (I slightly modified)

Dance Song Say Cheese! (Let’s Take a Picture)
Dance Song Please Say Cheese
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft

My source of inspiration came from Magic Sewing Hands felt craft. However, instead of using felt, I used cardboard and paper. I loved that this craft worked on eye and hand coordination.

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Cheese Storytime – Toddlers

 

Introduction  Hello Hello!
Books Grandpa and Me by Karen Katz

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Action Rhyme I Wiggle
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.Source: Colorado Libraries for Literacy 
Book Brownie and Pearl: Grab a Bite by Cynthia Rylant

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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

Second rhyme we do:
Very, Very Tall 

Nursery Rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock, (crouch down)
The mouse ran up the clock. (stand up with hands overhead)
The clock struck one, (clap once)
The mouse ran down! (couch back down)
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Sign Language  Cheese
Action Song Crawly Creepy Little Mouse
Crawly creepy little mouse, (tiptoe fingers up leg)
From the barn in the house.
In the pantry under the shelf! (tiptoe fingers up to chin)
Found some cheese and helped himself.
Nibble nibble nibble nibble! (tickle)
Dance Song Say Cheese! (Let’s Take a Picture)
Dance Song
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft

My source of inspiration came from Magic Sewing Hands felt craft. However, instead of using felt, I used cardboard and paper. I loved that this craft worked on eye and hand coordination.

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Little STEAMers: Food

 

Introduction Tickle the Moon

Tickle the Moon
Tickle your toes.
Clap your hands
And tickle your nose.
Reach up high.
Reach down low.
Turn around,
And say hello!

Source: Storytime Katie has a closing version she found on pinterest. I wanted an opening song, so my coworker reworked it to make an opening song.

Book Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

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Action Song Spicy Salsa

We did not have time for this song, but I have made a mental note to do it with the kids another time.

Song Table Manners
(Tune: Frere Jacques)Chewing quietly, chewing quietly
Do not slurp, do not slurp,
We must say excuse me,
We must say excuse me
When we burp,
When we burp.Source: https://jbrary.com/family-storytime-making-food/
Activity We made our own butter! I played a list of songs that involved shakes and wiggles (Shake it Off, Hot Potato, Milkshake). I would count to 10 and have the kids pass the jar to the next kid. It worked out great! We had butter by the third song.
Closing Song Tickle the Stars

Tickle the Stars
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!

 

Activities

Craft  Taco Bar!

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Touch Rainbow Jello Soup

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This was the most popular station. It was also the messiest. Word of advice. Clean the big bin right away.

Sorting I printed off the different food groups and assigned each one to a bucket. The kids then sorted the food to the appropriate food bin.

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  Imaginary Play We have a play kitchen and I opened it up for the kids to play with.