Ocean Storytime 2021

WelcomeWelcome by Miss Carole
Action RhymeBubble, Bubble, Pop
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!
Source: Jbary
BookSave Your Friends by Hyewon Kyung
Finger RhymeI Caught a Fish Alive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 I caught a Fish Alive
6, 7, 8, 9, 10 I let it go again.  
Why did I let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little one on the right.
BookI’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Weekly RhymeThis 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: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian
in the Denver metro area

We do it twice. Once with our traditional hand movements
and second time with ASL.
Action RhymeDown in the Ocean
Tune: Down by the Station
Down in the ocean Early in the morning.
See the little lobster. Crawling around.
See the little lobster. Crawling in the ocean.
Crawl, crawl, pinch, pinch. Off it goes.  
Down in the ocean. Early in the morning.
See the little octopus. Waving around.
See the little octopus. Waving in the ocean.
Wave, wave, squirt, squirt. Off it goes.  
Down in the ocean. Early in the morning.
See the little dolphin. Jumping around.
See the little lobster. Jumping in the ocean.
Jump, jump, splash, splash. Off it goes.  
Down in the ocean. Early in the morning.
See the little diver. Looking around.
See the little diver. Looking in the ocean.
Look, Look, swim, swim. Off she goes.
Source: The Mailbox: Songs & Rhymes on Parade
Action RhymeI’m a Whale
Tune: I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a great big whale. (point to self)
And I can swim. (pretend to swim)
There is my tail. (point behind you)
And here’s my dorsal fin. (place one hand on hip)
When I want to show off with my friend,
I jump into the air, (jump)
And wiggle my rear end. (wiggle bottom)
Source: I believe I also snagged this from Mailbox since
I did not put adifference source in my notes.
Action RhymeThree Jellyfish
Three jellyfish, three jellyfish. (hold up hands by head)
Three jellyfish sitting on a rock.
One fell off. (drop one hand)
Two jellyfish, two jellyfish. (wave hand by head)
Two jellyfish sitting on a rock.
One fell off. (drop other hand)
One jellyfish, one jellyfish. (wiggle head)
One jellyfish sitting on a rock.
One fell off. (fall to the floor)
No jellyfish, no jellyfish.
No jellyfish sitting on a rock.
Source: I believe I also snagged this from Mailbox since
I did not put adifference source in my notes.  
Dance SongBaby Shark by Pinkfong
Dance SongRow, Row, Row Your Boat by Old Town School of Folk Music
Dance SongThe Goldfish by Laurie Berkner
Closing RhymesAbc, Count to 20
Goodbye SongSkidamarink
Craft Source: Caffeine and Classy

Green Trees

IntroductionWelcome by Miss Carole     
OpeningTall As a Tree
Tall as a tree
Wide as a house
Thin as a pin
Small as a mouse
Source: King County Library System: Tell Me a Story
BookIf Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacey Previn
Nursery Rhyme ActionTwinkle Twinkle Little Star
The kids will stretch their arms and legs out like a star.
While singing the song, the kids will cross their midline and touch one hand
the opposite foot and then repeating on the other side.
Weekly RhymeThis 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: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian in the Denver metro area

We do it twice. Once with our traditional hand movements and second time with ASL.                             
Finger RhymeGreen Says Go (with scarves)
Green says, “Go!” (hold up the color green)
Go! Go! Go! (march in place)
Yellow says, “Slow!” (hold up color yellow)
Slow…slooow…sloooow (march slowly)
And red says, “Stop!” (hold up the color red)
(freeze)
(Hold up green) Go! Go! Go!
(Hold up yellow) Slow…sloooow…slooooow
(Hold up red) STOP!
(everybody freeze)!
Source: King County Library System: Tell Me a Story
Action RhymeCupcakes 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 RhymeLet’s Make Jam!
Tune: Ten Little Indians
Let’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
Action RhymeAndy 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: https://kcls.org/content/andy-spandy-sugar-and-candy/
Dance SongTurkey Hop by Miss Carole
Dance SongJingle Bells and Stop by Miss Carole
Cool DownABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye SongSay Goodbye by Miss Carole
This craft was taken from several different inspirations, but we made it our own.

Wild Pets – Preschool

Introduction Put Your Finger in the Air by Carole Peterson
Opening RhymeThe Little Skunk
I stuck my head in a little skunk’s hole.
And the skunk said, “Well, bless my soul!”
Take it out (clap-clap)
Take it out (clap-clap)
Re-move it!  
Well, I didn’t take it out, and the little skunk said,
“If you don’t take it out, you’ll wish you had!”
Take it out (clap-clap)
Take it out (clap-clap)
Psss-ssst!
P- U…I removed it too late! (pinch nose with fingers as you say this line)
Source: Book Besotted Librarian
BookOne Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
Finger RhymeTen Little Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs, (hold up ten fingers)
That makes ten.
Sitting on top is the mother hen. (cover one hand with the other)
Crack, crack, crack, (clap 3 times)
What do I see?
Ten little chicks,
As cute as can be! (Hold up ten fingers)
Source: Teaching Mama
BookHello, World! Pets by Jill McDonald
ASLChicken                                       
Egg
Action RhymeThis is the Way the Chicken Moves
This is the way the chicken walks,
Bob the head, chin in front,
Bob the head, chin in the front.
This is the way the chicken stretches,
Flap, flap, flap your wings,
Flap, flap, flap your wings.
This is the way the chicken dances,
Move your tail feathers to the left,
Move your tail feathers to the right.
This is the way the chicken sits,
Fold your legs on the nest like so, Fold your legs on the nest like so.
Source: The Artsy Toddler
Action RhymeAlligator Elevator (parachute)
An alligator went for an elevator ride
Said the elevator operator, “Step inside”
First floor, second floor, up and down
It’s the only alligator elevator in town!
Group ActivityI’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein (parachute):
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it very much!

Oh no, oh no, he swallowed my toe,
he swallowed my toe

Oh gee, oh gee, he’s up to my knee,
he’s up to my knee

Oh fiddle, oh fiddle, he’s reached my middle,
he’s reached my middle

Oh bleck, oh bleck, he’s up to my neck,
he’s up to my neck

Oh dread, oh dread, he swallowed my…. schlirppp!
Source: One For the Books

I used a tunnel as a snake. I slowly moved it up until the “snake” ate me.
Dance SongChicken Dance by The Hit Crew
Dance SongGalloping Country Style by Mr. Al
Cool DownAlphabet Count to 15
Goodbye SongWiggle Finger! By Miss Carole
Inspiration Source: Glued to My Crafts

Wild Pets – Toddlers

IntroductionPut Your Little Foot By Miss Carole
BookPiggies by Audrey Wood
Nursery RhymeThis Little Piggy
(with action rhymes)
This little piggy went to market, (shake one arm)
This little piggy stayed home, (shake the other arm)
This little piggy had roast beef, (shake one leg)
This little piggy had none. (shake the other leg)
This little piggy went …
Wee, wee, wee, (tickle belly)
all the way home!
BookPet the Pets: A Lift-the-Flap by Sarah Lynne Reul
ASLChicken
Weekly RhymeThis 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: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian in the Denver metro area

We do it twice. Once with our traditional hand movements and second time with ASL.
Librarian Action RhymeI’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it very much!

Oh no, oh no, he swallowed my toe,
he swallowed my toe

Oh gee, oh gee, he’s up to my knee,
he’s up to my knee

Oh fiddle, oh fiddle, he’s reached my middle,
he’s reached my middle

Oh bleck, oh bleck, he’s up to my neck,
he’s up to my neck

Oh dread, oh dread, he swallowed my…. schlirppp!
Source: One For the Books

I used a tunnel as a snake. I slowly moved it up until the “snake” ate me.
Action RhymeGot a Feather
(to the tune of Clementine with a die-cut feather)
Got a feather,
got a feather,
got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc.]
First I lost it,
then I found it
Got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc.]
Source: The Buckeye Librarian
Dance SongI Know a Chicken (with shake eggs)  
Dance SongSuper Shaker Song by Culture Queen
Cool DownABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye SongSay Goodbye

We made hedgehogs!

Inspiration Source: Glued to My Crafts

Junior Favorites: T.O.T.S.

This was one of my last programs before we had to shut down for the pandemic. Disney T.O.T.S. was gaining popularity and I wanted to do it as a part of my Junior Programs. I made a variety of stations that was based off a Nursery Checklist.

Set-UpI had several stations based off the TV show.
Children also received a check-list that guided them
through the stations.

Station 1Kids picked their baby from a bin when they collected their Nursery Checklist.

Station 2Once the kids picked their baby, they would take the babies to the play area.
I had a ball pit, blocks, and stacking toys. Of course the kids played more with
the toys themselves.

Station 3The babies would be hungry after so much play. The kids had to make bottles and feed
their babies. This was a great sensory station. I had extra bottles that the kids would fill
with lentils. Be aware that this can be very messy!

Station 4The kids would then take their babies to the bathing station.
The water beads were another hit. However, they were super messy.

Station 5After giving their babies a bath, the kids would them swaddle up and deliver the babies
to their new homes.



CraftsOnce the kids completed all the stations, they could create their own T.O.T.S. badge
and a Baby Passport.


Photo OpOur super volunteer made me this great backdrop!

Time Travelers: Titanic

IntroductionI welcomed my kids and families to my program. Each person randomly picked
a Titanic passenger from a bucket when they entered the meeting room.
I then kicked off with a Powerpoint and discussed the basics of the Titanic.
I finally introduced our three projects.
Iceberg ScienceIceberg Deception and Iceberg art
I had prepared “icebergs” using muffin tins. I gave each kid a cold glass
of water. We observed how the ice looked very smooth on the surface of the water
but there was a large chunk of ice undetected under water.

The kids then received a new iceberg. They sprinkled some ice on top of it and then
using pipettes to dribbles colored water over their icebergs.
Source: Science Fun
CraftMorse Code Bracelet
The kids created beaded bracelets based off morse code. Unfortunatley, the link I used for
inspiration is no longer available.
Boat ScienceTinfoil and Pool
I gave the kids each a tinfoil and they had to try and make a tinfoil boat that would
hold the most glass stones. I could a several boats that did not sink!
TreatsIce Cream and Oreos
For our treat, we served ice-cream and Oreos. Oreos were first released on March 6, 1912.
I thought it was very fitting, since the Titanic sank a month later.
Did you survive?The last part was where I revealed information about each person’s Titanic passenger.
They found out if they survived the sinking.

I unfortunately have no pictures from this event. I did not have my normal help, and I ended up running around most

of the program.

Fish – Preschool

Introduction  Put Your Finger in the Air by Carole Peterson
BookGilbert Goldfish Wants a Fish by Kelly DiPucchio
Action RhymeThe Animal Walk
Can you walk like a bug? How would you walk if you had six legs?
How do cows walk? They are so big!
How do frogs walk? Do they walk or jump?
Snakes don’t have legs? How do they get around? They slither!
What about horses? They gallop!
Do fish walk? No, they swim!
Show me how you can swim.
Do bees walk? No, they fly!
Show me how you can fly.
Book The Cow Said Meow by John Himmelman
ASLFish
Water
Action RhymeThe Fish in the Sea
The fish in the sea
Go swish, swish, swish,(wave scarf side to side)
swish, swish, swish, swish,
swish, swish
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish
All day long.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHNmGN_jQzk
Action RhymeFish, Fish Tune: 
Skip to my Lou
Fish, fish, swim up high.
Fish, fish, swim down low.
Fish, fish, swim so fast.
Fish, fish, swim so slow.
source: https://kcls.org/content/fish-fish/
Action RhymeDid You Ever See a Fishy (Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie)
Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy
Did you ever see a fishy, swim this way (lean forward) 
and that (lean backwards)?
Swim this way (lean to the right)
 and that way (lean to the left),
and that way (lean forward) 
and this way (lean backwards).
Did you ever see a fishy,
swim this way (lean right) 
and that (lean left).
Source: https://www.adventuresofabookworm.com/2014/02/03/storytime-fish/
Group ActivityFish Addition
I gave each kid a sheet and a cup of goldfish. We did simple addition and subtraction.
Dance SongThe Goldish by Laura Berkner
Cool DownAlphabet Count to 15
Goodbye SongWiggle Finger! By Miss Carole
Source: iHeartCraftyThings

Fish – Toddlers

IntroductionPut Your Little Foot By Miss Carole
BookSwallow the Leader by Danna Smith
Nursery RhymeOnce I Caught a Fish Alive
One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten,
Then I threw him back again.
Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on my right.
BookGo Fish! by Tammi Sauer
ASLFish in ASL
Weekly RhymeThis 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: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian in the Denver metro area

We do it twice. Once with our traditional hand movements and second time with ASL.
Action RhymeFish (with die-cut fish)
Hold your fish up high
Hold your fish down low
Hold your fish & turn around
Hold your fish up high
Hold your fish down low
Put your fish on the ground.
Source: One Little Librarian
Action RhymeLittle Fish
I’m a little fish watch me go.
I swim fast,
and I swim slow.
When the sharks come out, I dare not play.
I dive down deep and swim away.
source: No Time For Flashcards
Group ActivityColor Goldfish
I printed off a fishbowl sheet. Each kid got a cup of fish and we worked on counting
and colors.
Source: Pocket of Preschool
Dance SongRow, Row, Row Your Boat by Old Town of Folk Music
Cool DownABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye SongSay Goodbye by Miss Carole

Our craft was taken from iHeartCraftyThings.

Bedtime – Preschool

Introduction  Put Your Finger in the Air by Carole Peterson
BookPete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kimberly Dean
Flannel BoardBedtime Routine
Source: Fun With Mama
BookDon’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
ASLPajamas
Action RhymeI Went to Bed and I Tried To Sleep
I went to bed and I tried to go to sleep
But somebody put running shoes on my feet! (run in place)
Repeat with ballet shoes, (dance) tap shoes, (tap dance) basketball,
(dribble and shoot) shoes, snow,(ski) shoes…

Variation for “hat” theme:
I was tired (yawn) so I went to bed (head on hands)
But somebody put a cowgirl hat on my head! (gallop)

Repeat with swimming cap (swim/dive), football helmet (run),
firefighter’s hat (spray water), etc.
Source: King County Library System
Action RhymeI’m a Little Candle
Let’s be candles. 
Stand up straight and tall. 
Here’s the wick on top.
Let’s light the wick — POOF!
I’m a little candle growing smaller as you see.
(sing on descending scale, slowly sinking down and speaking more and more slowly)
All my wax is melting till there’s nothing left of me.
(spoken) 
Now I’m just a puddle of wax!
Source: King County Library System
Group ActivityJumping on the bed by Asheba
I busted out the parachute and a bin of teddy bears.
The kids had to make the teddy bears jump on the bed!
Dance SongHot Lava Game
I laid out bedsheets close together. The kids had to get on a “bed” and when
the music started, they jumped from bed to bed. Once I stopped the music,
they had to be on a bed or they would be in lava.
Cool DownAlphabet Count to 10
Goodbye SongWiggle Finger! By Miss Carole
The inspiration came from Door 2 Door Librarian, but I found it on Pinterest.

Bedtime – Toddlers

IntroductionPut Your Little Foot By Miss Carole
BookGo Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Nursery RhymeTwinkle Twinkle Little Star
BookSnuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
ASLWe learned the sign for Sleep!    
Weekly RhymeThis 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: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian in the Denver metro area

We do it twice. Once with our traditional hand movements and second time with ASL.
Action RhymeHop a Little, Jump a Little
Hop a little, jump a little, one, two three!
Run a little, skip a little, tap one knee!
Bend a little, stretch a little, nod your head!
Yawn a  little, sleep a little, in your bed!
Source: King County Library System
Action RhymeTeddy Bear, Teddy Bear (with teddy bears die-cuts)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go to bed,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, rest your head,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the lights,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say “good night”.
Group ActivityJumping on the bed by Asheba
I busted out the parachute and a bin of teddy bears.
The kids had to make the teddy bears jump on the bed!
Cool DownABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye SongSay Goodbye by Miss Carole
The inspiration came from Door 2 Door Librarian, but I found it on Pinterest.